Cough up some links then Fred. Back up your statements with some real world figures.
Well, here are some slightly different World Wildlife Fund statistics from 2010...
For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2010, WWF's program expenses were:
Conservation field and policy programs 129,238,725
Public education 57,531,450
Total Program Expenses: $186,770,175
Leaving field and policy programs aside for the moment, what does public education mean to you? awareness campaigns? and at one-third of the total spend? how does one achieve these? and does paying someone's salary to go out in the field, including their hotel, per diem and flight expenses, on a three-week program to "raise awareness" NOT come in under administrative costs? But the money is still primarily going to pay a "staff member" or a "consultant" to go out to speak to groups in conferences rooms (no doubt with Powerpoint slide presentations) on how to "raise awareness" or how to "take action."
Chief Executive : Carter Roberts, President and CEO
For those who had any doubts about NGOs being akin to corporations with similar interests and SIMILAR pay scales, here is the salary for the president and CEO... not too shabby... but I am sure that he CARES greatly about the environment and even more so about WILDlife... haha
Paid Staff Size: 725
Paid staff size... 725... can we assume that the lowest of the low probably gets at least $15,000 to $20,000 per month, then we no doubt have lots of vice presidents and CFOs and accountants and perhaps marketing experts for those fund raising campaigns and and and... so let's take ONLY the $20,000 and NOT include the social benefits like health insurance, paid vacation, etc. and say... hell... 600 of the 725 make $20,000 per year (remember these figures do not include all of those volunteers) and what do you get.... $12 million.... and then let's say the next 75 get $40,000 so what do you get $3,000,000 and then the next 50 get $75,000 for $3,750,000 for a total of nearly $20 million and then there is the rent and office expenses and phones and faxes and copy machines and electricity and and and ... for these people... I am wondering how exactly one calculates 8% in administrative fees...
In one country where I worked, WWF (by way of example) paid its executive director $125,000 per year and his apartment was $150,000 per year and the rent on the office was roughly $150,000 per year and there were three administrative positions for locals averaging $25,000 per year and the program worked with six other "partners" and these were partially funded by grants of $50,000 to $200,000 each per year and each of these partners had a director (local) for a cost of about $40,000 each and three administrative positions at $25,000 each and then field workers and consultants who were paid project by project but hotel costs even in the country where $200/night with $75 per day for per diem plus the air fare (roundtrip roughly $500 per person) BUT the car rental to get around these areas was $400/day with driver and then if there were any copying costs to distribute materials to students in awareness raising classes plus hotel conference room rental... roughly $400 per day...
So this is what WWF claims:
Programs: 84% Fund Raising: 12% Administrative: 4%
Total income $235,041,817
Program expenses $186,770,175
Fund raising expenses 27,589,160
Administrative expenses 9,901,134
Total expenses $224,260,469
Income in Excess of Expenses 10,781,348
Beginning net assets 227,351,912
Ending net assets 238,133,260
Total liabilities 139,385,321
Total assets $377,518,581
Now, how is it divvying up its personnel costs to account for a $10 million administrative expense? Is it including rental of office space? salaries? copy machines? and then of course one would well imagine as per my description above that much of the program expenses might also have a personnel cost and administrative component but these are simply not presented as such...
Or is this just your feeling?
No... I think that I have a lot more to go on than just a feeling here.