Want a huge paycheck?

After 9/11, naturally, there were many who wanted to build memorials that honored those killed that dark day.

You would think that people heading up the museum would not see it as an opportunity for major financial gain, and instead do their jobs, at a wage that would allow them to make a living, and yet also allow for as much of the funding as possible go toward the museum, its contents, and its programs…you know…so that those who were lost can be honored.

I must be one of those naive people who think that statement would be true.

Schoolchildren thought their penny jars and bake-sale proceeds would go toward building a 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero — not the six-figure salaries of nonprofit execs.
But 11 staffers at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum each pulled down more than $170,000 in total compensation in 2009, according to the most recent filings. Four execs took home more than $320,000.

Foundation President Joseph Daniels, 38, pocketed $371,307 after receiving hefty raises three years in a row — 28 percent in 2006, when he was promoted from acting president, followed by 12 percent and 6 percent.

Museum director Alice Greenwald made $351,000, and capital planning Vice President Joan Gerner soaked up $337,143 before leaving last spring. Development director Cathy Blaney raked in $322,292. The full-time foundation employee also worked last year as a fund-raiser for Gov. Cuomo’s election campaign.
The money to pay the $5.3 million in compensation for the foundation’s 87 staffers in 2009 came from private donations — $220 million raised in a Herculean grass-roots effort to honor the 2,974 victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and $150 million from blue-ribbon board members. More than 60,000 individuals in all 50 states and 31 countries donated to the cause.

The remainder of the article is definitely worth your time.

I know I shouldn’t be shocked by what people do, especially when the almighty dollar is at hand. I’d like to think that there are people in this world who are not out for only themselves. But, like I said…I tend to be naive.

It all just smells bad to me.


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