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Posted on: Wed, 01/02/2002 - 8:10am
Rhonda RS's picture
Joined: 02/24/2001 - 09:00

Hey Rue,
Where did you get this information about the salary? Got a link?
Stay Safe,

Posted on: Wed, 01/02/2002 - 6:00pm
gw_mom3's picture
Joined: 02/14/2000 - 09:00

Well, I think I'll quit subscribing to the FAAN newsletter. We struggle to pay the $30 per year and only make about 10% of what they are making. Sorry-I don't feel anyone needs a quarter of a million dollars per year to live on.

Posted on: Thu, 01/03/2002 - 3:45am
Rue's picture
Joined: 12/31/2001 - 09:00

Thanks for the welcome - I'm thrilled I found this site. It's nice I'm not alone out here! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Just a couple of points - first, the comment about the Sultan of Brunei. Remember, he made his fortune in business, just like Donald Trump or Bill Gates or anyone else. I don't begrudge anyone their success. If you work hard or invest well or anything else and get rich, more power to you! But I'm just a regular working person, not wealthy by anyone's definition. And when I write my little donation checks, I feel a bit of a pinch. I still do it, because it will go to a good end, but it means we do without something else down the line. And when nonprofits spend my money, I expect them to be accountable. So does the Federal government, which is why nonprofits' tax returns are public information. You can see the returns of any U.S. nonprofits at [url="http://www.guidestar.org."]www.guidestar.org.[/url] When you go to the main page, type 'food allergy' in the search box, and you'll see FAAN listed.
Some examples from their 2000 return (on Guidestar):
Page 4: Ann's salary is listed as $132,000 plus $9,241 in benefits and deferred compensation, Terry's is $105,000 plus $9,178 in benefits and deferred compensation (keep in mind this is for 2000, not 2001).
Page 2: $237,000 for compensation of officers, directors, etc. (Furlongs salaries listed above), $552,260 for other salaries and wages, $15,345 for pension plan contributions, $42,251 for other employee benefits, $53,878 in payroll taxes - for a total of $900,734 in SALARIES AND RELATED EXPENSES ALONE.
Also listed on page 2, total functional expenses for the year were $2,094,180. According to page 1, total contributions were $1,187,524. It just seems to me that these figures are a bit excessive, especially in comparison to the total amount donated.
I think FAAN has done some good work. I have nothing against them, but it does seem they could be a bit better with a dollar, particularly when the dollars they're spending are our hard-earned money.
In comparison, Food Allergy Initiative's expenses were nearly nothing - I k now where my next check is going. Some of that money will still go to FAAN, since Food Allergy Initiative funded some of their major projects (EMS training video, restuarant training video, etc.), but this way, the money will go directly to a worthwhile project.
One other note - FAAN did not invent the epipen trainer. The manufacturer did (the trainer is basically just an epipen without the needle or medication, with a reset mechanism so you can use it over and over.) FAAN sold them at one time, but now you have to get it from the manufacturer or the pharmacy.

Posted on: Thu, 01/03/2002 - 7:58am
Carefulmom's picture
Joined: 01/03/2002 - 09:00

Dey and FAAN both contributed toward the development of the Epipen trainer. Dey just recently started including it in their Epipen 2-pack. Until recently it could only be gotten from FAAN.

Posted on: Thu, 01/03/2002 - 2:17pm
Sue's picture
Joined: 02/13/1999 - 09:00

I am not sure what you mean by recent - but I got free Epipen trainers from Dey Labs almost three years ago. They also send lots of good info free - posters on how to use the EpiPen and info sheets on severe allergies. I gave the poster and a couple of the Epi trainers to the school nurse when my daughter was in kindergarten (she is now 2nd grade).
I also give most of my expired pens to the school nurse for training. During the training sessions she uses the Epi trainers and the real EpiPens on an orange so people can get the real feel of the pen.
Sue in sunny Arizona

Posted on: Fri, 01/04/2002 - 2:10am
Carefulmom's picture
Joined: 01/03/2002 - 09:00

Wow, how time flies! I was referring to when my daughter was a year or two old and I used babysitters; she is now almost seven. FAAN providing a trainer was a life-saver for me. It enabled the babysitters to practice as much as they needed to so that they and I could feel comfortable.

Posted on: Fri, 01/04/2002 - 5:22am
margaret's picture
Joined: 11/01/2000 - 09:00

Could you provide a link to the article you mentioned? I am interested in reading it. BTW, it may not be such an outrageous salary, given the area of the country, and all the other benefits that are included in that salary (ie health and life insurance, retirement benefits, etc), and the incredible amount of time that is required of a CEO of such a large non-profit organization.

Posted on: Fri, 01/04/2002 - 6:59am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

While this certainly made me gasp when I first read it, it really isn't as outrageous as it sounds. This is a real problem with non-profits - the only way to attract quality people is to pay competitive salaries, unless the people involved happen to be fabulously, independently wealthy (or incredibly idealistic). And while $125,000 sounds like a lot, you'd be surprised how far it DOESN'T go in areas like DC, NYC or LA.
We too are average, middle class folk and the donation checks I write are not effortless. But as of now FAAN is the best source of info (all in one place) that can be used for schools, camps, etc. that we've got. I will continue to support them, as well as FAI. But for sure, everyone has to do what they are comfortable with.

Posted on: Fri, 01/04/2002 - 3:24pm
Cindia's picture
Joined: 06/05/2001 - 09:00

I agree that $125,000 sounds like a lot but you need to pay that to attract researchers that could get more elsewhere. I know that a salary like that doesn't buy you much in the Los Angeles area, just check out the real estate section of the LA Times. Quite shocking!

Posted on: Fri, 01/04/2002 - 5:40pm
gw_mom3's picture
Joined: 02/14/2000 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by Cindia:
[b]I agree that $125,000 sounds like a lot but you need to pay that to attract researchers that could get more elsewhere. I know that a salary like that doesn't buy you much in the Los Angeles area, just check out the real estate section of the LA Times. Quite shocking!
-Cindia [/b]
That $125,000 is paid as a salary to Anne Munoz Furlong. It isn't the salary of the researchers or anyone like that. I still hold on to my opinion-no couple needs a quarter of a million bucks to live on each year. I realize we live in an area with a lower cost of living, but we are having to get by on about 25,000 per year (with NO benefits-we pay our own health insurance and my husband gets no paid vacation) and we have 3 small kids.
[This message has been edited by gw_mom3 (edited January 05, 2002).]


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