Mike Challman 
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Re: “An outsourcing suggestion, Weinstein's 'outrageous' salary, Gold Hill dreaming, more

Publish - with respect, it seems that it is you who does not have a strong grasp of what non-profit means. It certainly does not mean that the organization doesn't pay salaries. It also does not mean that a highly-qualified, highly-effective leader of the organization should not be paid an appropriate salary.

You clearly believe that Mikey Weinstein, with his background as a USAFA graduate, law school graduate, USAF JAG officer, White House Fellow, with his almost three decades of experience, and with his demonstrated effectiveness as an advocate for the protection of the Constitutional rights of all military members, is overpaid.

I'd suggest that you don't have a handle on what an individual with that background is worth -- for if you did, then you'd know that he's worth much more.

As to your comment about being "turned into a believer", rest assured I am already a believer --- in God, in the importance of upholding the US Constitution, and in supporting honorable men like Mikey Weinstein who are willing to fight an unpopular fight.

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Posted by Mike Challman on 07/15/2014 at 2:34 PM

Re: “An outsourcing suggestion, Weinstein's 'outrageous' salary, Gold Hill dreaming, more

'Amen' works fine for me, Mr. K.... In addition to being an MRFF supporter and donor, I'm also an active and devout Christian....

.....which I know messes up the dismissive narrative advanced by some that MRFF is an anti-Christian organization. But whaddya know, it turns out that one can serve God AND respect the US Constitution at the very same time.

Thanks for your comments, I agree completely that this sort of attack suggests an inability to debate effectively the actual issues.

Peace, Mike

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Posted by Mike Challman on 07/10/2014 at 11:05 AM

Re: “An outsourcing suggestion, Weinstein's 'outrageous' salary, Gold Hill dreaming, more

Re: Helen Sabin's letter......

I’m a USAFA graduate (’85) and veteran who supports MRFF. The kerfuffle stirred up by Stephen Losey’s recent article is unfortunate, because the issue is a red herring at best and an unfair hatchet job at worst.

Unlike some organizations, MRFF’s does not collect donations and use that money for financial support of some constituency. There are groups that do that – two that spring to mind are the Wounded Warrior Project and the Fisher House Foundation (where both CEO’s earn more than MRFF’s CEO, I believe). That is not the model or mission under which MRFF operates. Donors to MRFF understand that we support the expenses and viability of the organization, including Mikey Weinstein’s salary. There is no subterfuge. No misrepresentation. No broken promise.

Mr. Losey’s selective use of Charity Navigator’s guidance is also troubling. Beyond general advice about expense ratios and board structure, CN also cautions: “Consider the performance of the charity in relation to the CEO's pay. If you come across a charity whose CEO pay is higher than other similar charities, don't immediately dismiss that charity's request for funding.” (2013 Charity CEO Compensation Study). By any measure, Mikey has been enormously successful as a leading voice in the fight to ensure all military members fully receive the Constitutional guarantees of religious freedom to which they are entitled under the First Amendment.

As a corporate executive, I appreciate the links between skill sets, job requirements and salary. Mikey is appropriately compensated for his talents and for the tremendous job requirements that he shoulders. He brings to his role vast experience and capability as an attorney and former JAG, attributes that would be valued (and appropriately compensated) by many organizations.

Mikey is one of the most honorable and genuine men I know. It’s important to note that, despite misspeaking in the Losey interview, Mikey actually does not vote on his own salary. He is worth every cent of his compensation, and I know my donations are a solid investment in an important cause.

Mike Challman

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Posted by Mike Challman on 07/09/2014 at 3:42 PM

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