Sunday 22 January 2017

Charity bosses' pay: the haves and the have nots

While some Irish charities pay their chiefs over €100,000 a year, most organisations are considerably less generous to their chief execs. And it's those dedicated bosses who receive no pay for their work who deserve to be respected and celebrated, writes Michael Colgey

Michael Colgey

Published 10/07/2016 | 02:30

Adi Roche
Adi Roche
Barry Dempsey of the Irish Heart Foundation
Mo Flynn of Rehab
Fionnuala O'Donovan of Enable Ireland
Senan Mullins of the Care Trust
Ashley Balbirnie of Focus Ireland
Dee Ahearn of Barretstown
Fergus Finlay of Barnados
John McCormack of the Irish Cancer Society
Ray Jordan of Gorta

Name: Fionnuala O'Donovan

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Rank: CEO, Enable Ireland

Salary: €145,679

Revenue: €46.87m

State investment: €38m in 2014

Enable Ireland provides free services to more than 5,000 children and adults with physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities.

The company needs to generate over €2m in revenue a year to meet the cost of delivering its services.

Last year, the company made an urgent appeal for extra stock after clothes donations were damaged by the weather.

Name Dee Ahearn

Rank: CEO, Barretstown

Salary: €142,800

Revenue: €4.84m

State investment: €151,000

Barretstown offers free, medically endorsed camps and programmes that are designed for children and their families living with cancer and other serious illnesses.

The charity also offers 24-hour on-site medical and nursing care.

Ms Ahearn was appointed CEO six years ago and has previously spent time as the chairperson of the board of Make a Wish.

Name: Mo Flynn

Rank: CEO, Rehab

Salary: €140,000

Revenue: €165m

State investment: €91.5m

Rehab helps people with disabilities or that are disadvantaged in society by improving their skills and confidence to become more active within the workforce.

The charity has 3,200 employees in over 170 locations in Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales and Poland.

The organisation has recently completed a review of its operations setting out a five-year plan.

Name: Ray Jordan

Rank: CEO, Gorta Self-Help Africa

Salary: €112,750

Revenue: €16.49m

State investment: n/a

Gorta was set up to tackle poverty and hunger in rural Africa with the charity focusing on small-scale farming and growing family farm businesses.

The reason behind the organisation's decision to pursue farming as a method of reducing poverty is down to its effectiveness.

Gorta says it is 11 times more effective than other approaches.

Name: Senan Mullins

Rank: CEO, The Care Trust

Salary: €119,500

Revenue: €5.724m

State investment: n/a

The Care Trust is owned on a 50/50 basis by the Central Remedial Clinic and Rehab.

The not-for-profit raises money for its two parent companies and has been doing so for the last 50 years.

As a result of the money raised children and adults with medical or intellectual disabilities are granted care. The parent charities look to maximise their beneficiaries' potential.

Name: Fergus Finlay

Rank: CEO, Barnardos

Salary: €114,651

Revenue: €23.1m

State investment: €14,784,000

Barnardos delivers services and support to children and families around the country from its 40 locations.

The organisation's main focus centres around increasing the child's emotional well-being as well as improving the learning and development of the child when going through difficulty. Its main aim is to improve the life of the child.

Name: Ashley Balbirnie

Rank: CEO, Focus Ireland

Salary: €115,000

Revenue: €19.6m

State investment: €11.3m

Focus Ireland was set up to tackle homelessness across the country.

While the company works with homeless people, it also works with those at risk of becoming so.

The charity is currently facing a new unique problem posed by the housing crisis in Dublin.

Increased rents have squeezed a number of families out of their homes while a supply shortage also looms.

Name: John McCormack

Rank: CEO, Irish Cancer Society

Salary: €135,000

Revenue: €22.8m

State investment: €377,000

The Irish Cancer Society funds research projects to help improve the lives of those affected by the disease.

The organisation also offers a range of services to cancer sufferers to improve their daily life and also raises awareness of the problem at government level.

The majority (72pc) of its overall spend goes into research and cancer services.

Name: Barry Dempsey

Rank: CEO, Irish Heart Foundation

Salary: €134,000

Revenue: €5.08m

State investment: n/a

The foundation was set up to tackle heart disease and stroke with the ambition of helping every Irish person live a long, healthy and active life.

The charity provides support to sufferers and holds heart health information programmes in schools and workplaces.

The group combats cardiovascular disease, which claims the lives of around 10,000 people a year.

Name: Adi Roche

Rank: CEO, Chernobyl Children International

Salary: €0

Revenue: €2.3m

State investment: n/a

The trust arranges trips for kids in disadvantaged areas of Belarus to Ireland where they stay with host families.

The average age of the children that go on the trips is 10 with the youngest children aged 7.

The trips aim to bring positivity into the lives of children that are disadvantaged.

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