Kudos to Dan Pallotta for standing up for the non profit sector and the current negative sentiment about executive salaries! In a recent Globe & Mail article entitled “Salary caps would cripple our charities” the prominent author of Uncharitable makes some pretty bold statements about Bill C-470, the Private Member’s Bill to cap executive salaries in the non profit sector at $250,000. While on the one hand bold, his statements also point out some realities that many may not have thought of. Like his book, this article ventures where many others have not dared to go.
It was great to read someone being so candid. I’ve never understood why it’s OK for professional coaches and athletes, celebrities, and private sector executives to earn exorbitant salaries. As Pallotta points out, this is a sad commentary on society’s priorities.
The charitable sector needs good leaders, and good leaders command good salaries, within reason of course. It would be really unfortunate to see good leaders being forced to make the mutually exclusive choice Pallotta points out, between doing well and doing good.
It will be interesting to see how well embraced Pallotta’s message is, or if people are even open to hearing it. It will also be interesting to see whether Bill C470 progresses any further. What do you think about salary caps for the non profit sector in Canada? Will this have the desired effect, or will it back-fire and result in the negative effects Pallotta points out?