The Boy Scouts of America have been impacting the lives of boys for over a hundred years. Scouts develop good character skills and learn to make ethical and moral choices. Young men learn about team work and good citizenship. They serve others through community service. They also participate in fundraisers such as selling popcorn. And, a portion of their hard-earned profits help support the salary of the CEO and other paid staff.
According to charitynavigator.org, the current CEO Robert J. Mazzuca earns a whopping $1,016,135 per year. Also, the Scout Executives for regional councils earn nice salaries as well. For example, John Primose, the Scout Executive for the Greater St. Louis Area Council earns $331,571 per year. Donald Townsend of the California Inland Empire Boy Scout Council earns $375,494 a year.
Is it fair for the CEO of a nonprofit agency to earn more than a million bucks a year? Is it necessary? Could the money be used elsewhere?
Many would argue, that yes, it is fair. After all, the CEO of for-profit businesses earn salaries much higher than that. For example, Bradbury H. Anderson, the CEO of Best Buy earns over 49 million. And, Mark Hurd, the CEO of HP earns over 51 million a year. (Check this link here for more CEO salaries.)
Some would also say that the Boy Scout CEO is worth it. He helps to keep boys off the street, helps prevent early teen drug abuse, teaches young men about serving others and much more.
However, I personally feel that a salary of over a million dollars a year for the Boy Scout CEO is a little over the top. Yes, CEO’s of for-profit businesses earn much more. But, this is not a for profit operation, this is a non-profit agency.
I would think an adequate salary for the CEO of the Boy Scouts would be $180,000 at most. That is still a very comfortable, nice salary. It is more than most pediatricians, cancer research scientists, college professors and superintendents make. Plus, it’s still about quadruple the salary of most teachers. It’s still enough for him to live in a decent home in Texas (where the headquarters is located), and have a nice quality of life.
I do not think a million dollar salary is fair because of all of the other options the money could be used for. If the salary was only $180,000 a year, there would be about $836,000 dollars remaining. That could be used to pay for boy scout uniforms for those who cannot afford it, and camping trips for those in low-income areas. In addition, it could help fund a variety of boy scout service projects. For example, it could help fund projects for the boy scouts to paint homes of elderly residents, build playground equipment for group homes and much, much more. The money could even buy roughly 10,000 new coats for a winter coat giveaway for less fortunate children.
If I was the boy scout CEO earning a salary of over a million bucks a year, I would feel very guilty. I would wonder how many determined and hard earned boy scouts had to work diligently in a fund-raising project to pay my salary. I would almost feel as though I was robbing from poor and innocent children. In conclusion, I do not think the salary is fair, appropriate, or needed.
Curious as to the salaries of other CEO’s of charities? Take a look at “Charity CEO Salaries: Jobs that Pay Over 500k a Year.” You also might read “Nonprofit CEO Salaries: Jobs that Pay Well Over 300k a Year.” If you would like to read more about giving to charity, please take a look at “Which Charity Should I Donate To?”