Thursday, April 09, 2009

Facts About PEN

A few facts about PEN American Center from their 2007 form 990. (PEN is listed as a public charity.)

This charity's total giving amounted to
$285,150. (Much of it to successful authors.)
This figure is dwarfed by PEN's total compensation for officers and staff of
This includes for Michael Roberts, compensation of:
Michael Welch:
Linda Morgan:
Lawrence Siems:
It turns out the bulk of the "public charity" PEN doles out goes to itself!

NOTE: Michael Welch is listed as Finance Director. His role presumably is to give valuable financial advice. One thinks he could advise PEN to eliminate his position, which alone would save a substantial financial amount.

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Tom Hendricks said...

What do they say when you ask them, "What do you DO for that much money?"

King Wenclas said...

Say? They don't say anything!
I've sent them many emails in the past. I'm readying new mailings to them presenting the case for change. They know about the current petition, and are ignoring it.
But will they be able to ignore indefinitely an unshakeable case for change?

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