Thank you everyone for the informative links, I will pursue them. I haven't heard about the ccsvi allocation for the mswalk, I will check their site!
Msrelly: I hope I am right or the MS Society will be in trouble, these are the charity returns or T3010 forms registered with the government!
Total expenditures for research grants and scholarships as part of charitable programs in 2009 $7,739,998
Total expenditures for research grants in 2008 was about $12 milllion. So why the drop?
I'm not here to analyze their return they have paid over $3 million in consulting fees in 2009 to have that done. I was just bringing an awareness to how some money was spent, we have the right to see numbers, not only pretty percentages. Well except for that confidential part, for their eyes only. Oh in 2008 they only had reported $1.8 million in advertising.
So 2009 research almost 8million, 4million office supplies etc
In 2008 research almost 12 million, 7million office supplies etc
I'm not out to bring them down or discredit the work of many volunteers who don't get paid. There is some good, but when they can't throw a measly $1 million towards something that has potential to add quality to our lives, I ask about the money.
$1 million to possibly help 40,000 people or $4 million in advertising...hmmmmmm. So I suggest they stop sending me stuff in the mail, save the postage and use that towards ccsvi. Don't give out t-shirts at the walk, make people wear their own...for one year, how much would they save? I don't need to be gifted a fancy track suit for my pledges, I want symptom relief...put a bow on that and then I will proceed as usual and stop complaining about the Society's spending.
This isn't directed at you msrelly, just stating my case as an ms'er who is confused by the reluctance of the people who can make change happen
We all know the words "cut backs" so why would I look at the society any differently. I've worked hard to raise money in the past years, so why don't they work hard to "cut back" and put it towards something that might actually work for us!!!
The society needs our support? What about us needing their support?
If they wanted to, they could fund Buffalo and UBC and still have money left over. I don't loathe them, I just don't understand the reluctance. I know there are good people who help people in the organization. I wish you all the luck with your walks, maybe we'll see 100,000 of that in the summer granting spree, or maybe not.