United Way posts executive salaries on website

United Way posts executive salaries on website

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by STUART WATSON / NewsChannel 36
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Posted on May 13, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Updated Thursday, May 13 at 6:35 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The United Way of the Central Carolinas is more transparent than ever.

The charitable organization now posts the salaries of any executive who earns more than $100,000 on its website before the tax forms are even filed with the IRS.
 
The move comes after the NewsChannel 36 I-Team uncovered a former CEO was earning more than $1 million a year.

"My experience is it's always better to be proactive on the front end rather than reactive, so it is just part of our overall -- always be very proactive," said Jane McIntyre, the new executive director of the United Way.

McIntyre makes a lot less money than her predecessor, Gloria Pace King. The board of directors fired King after the I-Team reported she was paid more than $1 million -- most of it in a hefty retirement plan.

Now, the board is smaller, executive compensation is more tightly governed and finances, including tax forms, are a lot more open.

"There are no surprises in there. There's nothing that has not already been reported or has not been seen already," McIntyre said.

Donations are down at the United Way. That means administrative overhead eats up a bigger part of donations. But the board laid off almost half the staff and promises to bring that overhead down.

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