Occupy this or Occupy that might want to occupy more nonprofit corporations, since the executive of at least one children’s charity in Florida is reportedly being compensated over a million dollars annually.
Shouldn’t Occupy occupy Henry & Rilla White Foundation, a Tallahassee-based nonprofit that has done work for the state for more than two decades? Talk about corporate greed, William Schossler, who as the nonprofit’s chief executive exemplifies the charity factor of GRWF, is reportedly knocking down $1.2 million per year in salary and benefits, as reported in the Tampa Bay Times.
Even Florida government, a grand distiller of economic Kool-Aid in its own right, is outraged.
“It was never the department’s intent that such a large share of the funding would go to compensate the top administration of your corporation instead of into direct services for our youth,” wrote Gov. Rick Scott’s juvenile justice chief, Wansley Walters, in a Dec. 12 letter to Schossler. “That is something that neither the department nor the citizens of Florida can abide.”
Schossler, 65, of Chiefland is president of the Tallahassee-based nonprofit named for Schossler’s grandparents that manages residential treatment beds, provides counseling and therapy to troubled children after they complete residential care, and has programs to divert kids from delinquency.
But who’s guarding the henhouse? Is the aforementioned letter from a state official one of polite protest, or will much of the millions Schossler received be redistributed to children’s services where it belongs?
Does Schossler not represent the big, bad wolf of corporate cronyism – the proverbial red-tied corporate sponge posing as a “nonprofit” Samaritan while pushing children aside and gobbling up millions meant for them? Perhaps the characterization seems a bit harsh, but if the shoe fits… .
The Department of Juvenile Justice reportedly discovered that Schossler earned $397,940 in salary and $862,837 in other compensation in 2010, according to the foundation’s Form 990 filing with the IRS.
The previous year, Schossler made $382,906 in salary and $579,914 in bonuses and incentive compensation, that year’s IRS filing shows.
“You work your butt off for 25 years, and then you get ready to retire, and somebody decides to pay you some retirement money and somebody doesn’t like that,” Schossler said.
Are we talking about a highly-profitable golden parachute package for an outgoing nonprofit CEO, or compensation for a missing butt?