What’s Going On At The Arthritis Foundation?

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WBS-TV Atlanta: Major Layoffs at Arthritis Foundation 

“The Atlanta-based Arthritis Foundation’s national headquarters laid off twenty-six administrative workers, nearly twenty percent of its entire staff.

But even with the foundation’s financial problems, its most recent tax return shows that in 2001 Dr. Klippel [Arthritis Foundation CEO] got a raise: more than a half million dollars in pay and benefits including a seventy thousand bonus.

Those same tax records show in 2011, outside fundraising firms raised nearly fourteen and a half million dollars for the Arthritis Foundation, but the foundation only got about 3.1 million–which is 22 percent of it–enough for watchdog Charity Navigator to give the nonprofit a one-star rating.”

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Comments 6

  1. Joie

    I don’t know what has led up to the layoffs at the national office of the Arthritis Foundation, whose Charity Navigator’s rating has dropped to one star out of four. But AF’s Pacific Region(1) and Upper Midwest Region(2) branches are rated three out of four stars by Charity Navigator, an independent organization that rates charities and provides financial info about them.(3)

    1. http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=3313

    2. http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=8473

    3. http://www.charitynavigator.org/

  2. Annette

    There must be a better way for the Foundation to use the money donated. I would imagine that they might raise 3.1 million by bequests alone after all of this time in operation.

    They should showcase their good works and seriously look at these outside firms and the methods they use to fundraise. And maybe they are too top heavy and should cut at the top level.
    For this DR Klippel got a bonus?? It’s a black eye for arthritis advocates everywhere

  3. mary

    Sadly, it is why I just can’t give to them. They have had a reputation as a charity that feeds the top exexs with your donations. it has been that way for the 25+ years I have had this disease.

  4. Janet

    Sadly, this is with all foundations and all the monies go straight to drug research. Not on why, or how this happened is what I think many of us want to know. I control my arthritis through a strict diet and exercise plan. There are no tests or books to follow to figure out my trigger foods. It was pure elimination and journal tracking. Two years later I still don’t have it exact and have problems but there is no way I would go back to medication. I am at 90% of feeling “perfect” now I just have to get my carb/fat/protein ratios down. My GP still insists it’s not my food and my Rheumatologist at least says “if it’s working, keep it up” but he has never heard diet helping. Weird, because people with gout follow a diet plan. I can make my pain as bad as I want it and I choose to keep away from gluten, dairy, soy, peanut and limit my sugar. I do take supplements everyday.

  5. Kathleen England

    This is my first time on this site but I must say I am shocked! Fire the fundraisers! Cancel the big salaries and bonuses and get back to the basics – research, education and support for those of us who are living with these diseases, our families and caregivers. I only came to check when my membership was due – no more $$ until the situation is turned around in Atlanta. This is no way to run a non-profit organization that says it cares about people. Kathleen England, Omaha, NE

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