Keeping with the recent threads of organ donation, I have an experience I'd like to share about Carolina Donor Services (CDS), the organ procurement company that handled part of Jessica's transplant proceedings.
I took Medical Terminology
II at Wake Technical Community College in NC last year, and we had someone from CDS come and speak to us about careers in the organ procurement field. It was an interesting topic, because most people don't think about that field as part of the medical field.
However, one fact that she shared about the company REALLY shocked and disturbed me. She said that if the company has any money left over at the end of a fiscal quarter, they give their employees bonuses.
Now, I'm not against rewarding employees for good work, but I have to be honest and say that when a charity/non-profit group does it, it bothers me. Shouldn't they have used the money to continue fulfilling their stated purpose?
It bothered me because I would be VERY angry if I donated money to CDS hoping to help them save people lives...and it ended up in somebody's POCKET instead. I don't know how common this practice is in the organ procurement field (Does anyone know?), how often it happens, or how big the bonuses are...but it's bothered the tar out of me ever since.
Maybe I have a double standard when it comes to charities and non-profit groups, I don't know. I believe strongly in donating money to charity (and do so every year, after doing research), and it upsets me to think that money I give could be going in someone's pocket instead.
What do you guys think?
FYI, for anyone interested in researching charities online, two good places to go are www.give.org
Hope that helps if anyone has wanted to, but wasn't sure where to go.