Thursday, May 17, 2012

NY Gov. Proposes Salary Cap For Nonprofit Execs

N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo yesterday proposed new regulation that would place caps on the salaries that nonprofit executives receive.

As reported by The Daily News, the new rule would cap the amount of money towards an executive's compensation package at $199,000. The actual pay package could be higher, but the nonprofit would have to find new funding sources to make up the difference and get special permission. Salaries could also fall no higher than the 75th percentile for the field in which the organization works.

The new rule would only impact nonprofits that receive 30 percent of their total funding from the state. The Daily News reported that the Bronx-based Soundview health clinics -- run by recently convicted ex-state Sen. Pedro Espada -- would have been in real danger of losing state funding. Nearly half of the organization's funding came from the state, and Espada's $612,000 salary placed him above the 75th percentile in that field ($380,000).

Gov. Cuomo's announcement shouldn't come as a surprise. He vowed to crack down on excessive pay for executives during his State of the State address in January. Before that, he created a task force to investigate pay at nonprofits that receive taxpayer money. This stemmed from a New York Times article that reported high salaries and perks at the Young Adult Institute. Executives at that organization reportedly received $1 million a year, in addition to ethically questionable perks, such as billing the nonprofit to cover their children's college tuition.

You can read the full article on Cuomo's announcement on The Daily News' website.

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