The 10 highest-paid nonprofit executives in New Orleans: How much they make and why

The 10 highest-paid nonprofit executives in New Orleans: How much they make and why

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Take a food bank, for example. If the goal is to end hunger, should an executive director be judged on the number of meals the organization serves? Or is it better for business when demand is low?

"It's really about seeing that inch-by-inch progress, which is very difficult to write into a contract" for many nonprofits, said Cohen, with the National Council of Nonprofits.

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Kelly Pepper, executive director of the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, said more nonprofit boards are using performance measures -- such as fundraising goals, programs launched and services offered -- to determine what they pay executives.

For the most part, however, boards still rely heavily on comparison -- looking at what similar organizations pay and making sure they are competitive, Pepper said. 

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Boards also have to consider the type of person they want leading their organization, Pepper said.

"Executive directors are the face and voice of our organization. Our personalities, our character, our honorability, our worth is a reflection of our organization," Pepper said. "What is the value of that?"

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