How Much or How Little?

Recently my spouse posed an interesting question that I found surprisingly difficult to answer: How well should the workers in charities be compensated?

The subject in question was the head of the Red Cross, but I think the question generalizes to all workers in all charities and to the charities themselves. On the one hand, if the workers themselves look destitute, it may make the charity seem incompetent and interfere with its ability to get support. On the other hand, if the workers themselves look wealthy, it may make the charity seem like a scam and interfere with its ability to get support.

I suspect that this is an issue that many have encountered in other venues as well. For example, can a social worker be effective if they look separate from the people they are trying to help? (I know that social workers do not get paid enough for that to be too much of a problem in actuality.) Or how big a building does a church really need to minister to the people?

If someone is willing to work toward bettering others' lives, should their only compensation be spiritual? Is it fair to pay them less than a comparable position in another industry? Should charities be unable to compete on compensation for the best workers?

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