Michelle Nunn Cut Staff, Took Raises as Nonprofit Executive

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Georgia’s Democratic candidate for Senate Michelle Nunn is talking up her time as an executive in the nonprofit sector, but an analysis by the National Review’s Jim Geraghty shows that Nunn was taking in huge pay raises as her organization laid-off nearly half of its staff.

Nunn was the first executive director of Hands On Network, which she founded with a “group of friends” in Atlanta to create a “vehicle by which young people could engage in service to solve problems in their own communities,” according to her campaign.

In 2007, her nonprofit merged with the Points of Light Foundation. After the merger, the Hands On Network had to drop a lot of employees, cutting its staff from 175 to 80 from 2007 to 2010.

However, Nunn’s salary did not suffer at all. After the merger, Nunn’s salary went up from $120,000 to $250,000, according to Geraghty.

It’s just that after the merger … Nunn’s salary went up. A lot.

In 2008, Nunn received $250,000 as CEO of the Points of Light Foundation, according to the organization’s Form 990.

In 2009, Nunn received $197,506 as CEO of the Points of Light Foundation, according to the organization’s Form 990, and the same in 2010. (Form 990)

In 2011, Nunn received $322,056 in total compensation, with a base compensation of $285,533 as CEO of Points Of Light Foundation, according to the Form 990.

Her personal financial disclosure lists her 2012 salary as CEO Of Points Of Light Foundation as $270,770 and her 2013 salary as $214,231.