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Major Layoff at Arthritis Foundation National Headquarters

By March 26, 2013

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I heard rumblings that there was bad press circulating about the Arthritis Foundation, in particular, their national headquarters in Atlanta. As I dug deeper into the problem, I found the television news account from WSBTV in Atlanta. It seems that 26 people in administrative positions were laid off. This accounts for about 20% of the entire staff at headquarters.

But, the story is not quite that simple or short. The Atlanta reporter who dug into the tax returns and financials found some alarming facts. Apparently, the 2011 tax return shows that the Director, Dr. John Klippel was paid more than $508,000 that included a hefty bonus. But this occurred while the foundation ran in the red 4 out of the last 5 years.

A regional board member who was interviewed by the Atlanta news station referred to "operational blunders". Klippel, who also was interviewed, suggested that it was proper to cut the administrative positions rather than programs that serve the public. What's more alarming, is the fact that over $14,086,000 were raised in 2011 through outside fundraising programs for the Arthritis Foundation -- but only 22% actually got to the Foundation. Charity Navigator, America's leading independent charity evaluator, has given the Arthritis Foundation HQ only one star.

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March 27, 2013 at 10:34 am
(1) Catherine says:

Not surprised. Their magazine is a joke. They accept ads from quack cures, and very few of the articles have any value. I would be willing to support a foundation that actually gives money for arthritis research, but AF has proved over and over that the money they raise is mostly for wages and salaries of foundation employees.

March 27, 2013 at 6:06 pm
(2) Elizabeth Daverio says:

What a F-ing shame! So many of us praying for a cure or some kind of beneficial treatment that helps us more then just 20-40% and they are paying themselves enormous paychecks from our research moneys. I don’t know why they would need over 100 employees to run the office either.
Seems they need more cuts to me!

March 28, 2013 at 11:25 am
(3) Sandra B. says:

I agree with Catherine. The magazine is a joke. When you finish tearing out the sponsors ads there’s not much left to the magazine. It really ticks me off when I get them because I have to go through the whole painful process of tearing out these ads just to read articles that don’t offer any meaningful information. I’ve cancelled the subscription several times over the years for this very reason.

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