Friday, April 5, 2013

Should We Be Concerned About The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network?

by Gary Snyder

The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network begun in 2000, has seen its revenues grow steadily, from less than $20,000 in 2005 to nearly $700,000 in 2011. That year, contributions were bolstered by a $100,000 prize from the Gerard Health Foundation, a pro-life philanthropy in Natick, MA., that praised the Schiavo network for helping 1,000 families, and giving them "safe haven amidst the pressure of the so-called 'right to die' movement."

An analysis by the nonprofit clearinghouse GuideStar shows that in 2010, the network dedicated only 40 percent of its spending to program services. Nearly half of expenditures went just to fundraising, a percentage that dismays Schiavo's brother Bobby Schindler. "I wish there was more to show for it," Schindler said. "Fundraising is always a struggle, because of the apathy out there . . . I hate the amount of time I spend to raise funds." In 2011, the foundation spent nearly $46,000 on travel. Schindler said he goes 20-plus events a year. Documents for 2011 list three key employees and their pay: Schindler got $47,062; his mother Mary, the office administrator $23,250; and sister, Suzanne Vitadamo, the treasurer, $39,042. (Philly)

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