Charity head advocates modest salaries

The chief executive of Mary’s Meals has said the charity will not pay large salaries to its staff because it works with some of the poorest people in the world.

Magnus Macfarlane-Barrow, founder and CEO of Mary’s Meals, spoke after it emerged that Cafod and two other Catholic charities in the UK paid their chief executives more than £90,000.

No one at Mary’s Meals was paid more than £60,000.

He told The Tablet: “We have a conviction that those who are paid to work for Mary’s Meals should never be paid high salaries. This is because we work with some of the poorest people on earth, as well as tens of thousands of volunteers all over the world, and we would find it hard to do this that while paying ourselves high salaries.

As we have grown, this has sometimes been a difficult thing to manage, and there have been times when potential candidates have been unable to accept paid posts with Mary’s Meals because of our salary policy. However, we feel very blessed to have a team of good, talented people with a very deep vocational attitude to this mission.

Of course, it is one thing to say ‘we will not pay high salaries’, but it is another to work out exactly what that should mean in practice. Our staff have to live and bring up their families like everyone else.

This is a complex issue that sometimes is used in the wrong way to hit good charities over the head. We have chosen a particular way with Mary’s Meals but that doesn’t mean we think that charities taking a different approach are necessarily doing something wrong.”


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Bombay Laity Ezekiel’s Chapter 3 Task as Watchman 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for[b] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. 19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
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