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Working for a Charity

As you can probably guess from some of my articles, I am not a young guy. I have had the pleasure of working for different industries and held different positions. I've bartended, cut meat and designed medical implants, electro-surgery equipment and computer systems. The companies I've worked for range from an international medical manufacturers, hospitality companies, electrical lighting manufacturers and multiple healthcare systems.

After contracting for manufacturers and hospitality companies, I interviewed for a contract position at an internationally known medical research facility. We could not come to to terms concerning the length of the contract. The CIO contacted me three times asking that I come on board as a Director. After about a month, I decided to accept the position. It was a cut in pay but I did have heath insurance at a group rate rather than the $800/month individual family rate.

I promised the CIO that I would stay one year. After seven years I left the organization. The CIO left the year before and it seemed to go downhill quickly. The new CEO (former CEO retired) did not see eye to eye with the CIO causing him to leave the company.

An eighteen year veteran of the organization was promoted as the new CIO. Not a bad choice, I had worked with him for 6 years and he could do the job. I did have concerns about his management style but nothing major. After 6 months in the job I received a call from the Human Resources Vice President. She asked that I go to my office immediately. After arriving in my office, she called my office phone. She asked me to remove access for the CIO and the Project Management Director. Unfortunately the CIO and Director had taken a trip to a fictitious conference so they could conduct their affair. This sent shock waves through the organization and especially through the IT department. I realize this type of thing happens at many places but I had never witnessed such acts from a management position.

After a few months and much consideration I decided to resign from the organization when I found an invoice for $400 bottles of wine for a donor dinner. It was the best job and I loved it but I did have an issue with asking people for $20/month and spending the funds in such a way.

At the time my best friend was a "city" truck driver and he worked hard to support his family. He and his wife made our organization a part of their charitable giving. I could not stay after seeing him work so hard for his money and us spend it on such things.

Maybe I'm a bit crazy for giving up so much. After 5 years I have finally recovered my income level. I believe we all have principles and are given challenges that test them.

Unfortunately I have become tainted on national and international charities after seeing the spending practices. The charity rating system is not a good indicator due to the way organizations report their financials. I am very cautious about who I support and why it is a priority.

Please do not let this article taint you also. All charities have problems. The key is how they respond to the problems and fundamentally change their guiding principles.

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maxeen wrote on December 11, 2014, 10:30 AM

I think the key is Who gets the cash ? There are many charities who actually fund the expenses themselves rather than using the donations.

LoudMan wrote on December 11, 2014, 11:08 AM

Did you give something up or did you find something of greater value? :) I'm guessing the latter. As for third-party charities, I rarely give to them, any more. I'd rather give something directly to someone else because they know better what they need and I am disgusted with the idea that ALL the poor need is "food." sometimes, they need a bus ticket. Sometimes they need something more than just another meal. I AM tainted to most charities these days, since many of them are ran by little more than well-dressed parasites.

sward wrote on December 11, 2014, 11:12 AM

I went back to contracting temporarily. My wife and I do the same. We stay away from organized charities and contribute to those who need help.

fufurinha wrote on December 11, 2014, 7:00 PM

I sometimes do voluntary work and I really enjoy it. I feel like I am useful for something or for someone else :)

scheng1 wrote on December 11, 2014, 9:49 PM

I support only those charities that do the work I can see, eg clinics for the poor etc.

luisga814 wrote on December 11, 2014, 9:52 PM

If I only have enough money I am very eager to work in any charitable institution but I need to work myself and for my family. Maybe in the future, because if my hardwirk, it is more fun to work in charitable institution.