A warning by the chairman of the Charity Commission over top charity executives' salaries is "deeply unhelpful", according to Sir Stephen Bubb.
The chief executive of charity leaders organisation Acevo has criticised William Shawcross's view that high executive salaries could bring the charitable sector into "disrepute".
Mr Bubb said charity trustees and donors are focused on the performance of an organisation and not issues over pay.
This simply isn't an issue for donors. Donors are more concerned about the outcomes, the performance and the efficiency of these organisations.
To keep talent, really strong people, at the top of these organisations they need to be paid properly. These are still not excessive salaries when you compare them to the public and private sectors.
Executive salaries at 14 of Britain's leading foreign aid charities are "broadly in line" with other charities, according to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), the umbrella organisation which coordinates responses to major disasters overseas.
The Daily Telegraph reported that the number of executives at charities connected to the DEC receiving salaries of £100,000 or more has increased from 19 to 30 over the past three years.
The Disasters Emergency Committee plays no part in setting executive salaries at our member agencies but we believe these salaries are broadly in line with pay at other charities of comparable size.
To ensure the most effective use of appeal funds, a balance must be struck between minimising overheads and ensuring a robust management system is in place.Good management of emergency responses in the UK allows our member agencies to deliver the planning, monitoring, accountability and transparency that this work requires and that the public rightly demands.
Charity trustees should consider whether high salaries paid to executives are "really appropriate" and "fair" to both the donors and taxpayers who fund the organisations.
William Shawcross, who chairs the Charity Commission, has called for executive salaries to be in line with the current financial climate in the industry.
It is not for the commission to tell charities how much they should pay their executives. That is a matter for their trustees.
However, in these difficult times, when many charities are experiencing shortfalls, trustees should consider whether very high salaries are really appropriate, and fair to both the donors and the taxpayers who fund charities.
Disproportionate salaries risk bringing organisations and the wider charitable world into disrepute.
Disproportionate salaries for charity executives risk bringing the wider charitable world into disrepute, the Charity Commission's chairman has warned.
William Shawcross said it is a matter for trustees to decide if high wages are appropriate and fair to both donors and taxpayers who fund charities.
Mr Shawcross made the comments as the Daily Telegraph reported that the number of executives at charities connected to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) receiving salaries of £100,000 or more has increased from 19 to 30 over the past three years.
The Telegraph research focused on 14 foreign aid charities which make-up the DEC, which raises money quickly at times of tragedy in the world.
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The survey for the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) found that the number of individuals giving to charity fell in 2011/12 and amounts donated also declined, from £11 to £10 a month.
Data from 3,000 people, collected by the Office for National Statistics, suggested that:
- Total giving to charities by members of the public in the UK fell from £11 billion to £9.3 billion in 2011/12 - the largest one-year decline in the Survey of Individual Giving's eight-year history.
- When inflation is taken into account, the £1.7 billion reduction is the equivalent of a £2.3 billion fall in donations - more than 20% of total UK giving by individuals.
- The survey found that 28.4 million people gave to charity during 2011/12 - more than half of all UK adults
- But the proportion of people donating to charitable causes in a typical month fell from 58% to 55%
- A larger proportion of women (58%) than men (52%) gave to charity