The Contribution Of The Salvation Army

1170 WordsApr 7, 20165 Pages
The Salvation Army, founded in 1865, is one of the world’s largest Christian social welfare organizations providing social services to millions of people across the world every day as well as operating retail thrift stores and providing housing to the poor. The non-profit organization’s mission statement “preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in his name without discrimination” has been the goal since its founding. All operations of the organization follow in accordance with the Gospel of Jesus Christ allowing for a more spiritually driven structure rather than a profit driven organization. Peter Drucker, who many consider to be the father of modern management theory, said the Salvation Army is the “most effective organization in the United States”. After all, of the companies listed on the Dow Jones in 1896 only one, General Electric, withstood the test of time and exists today alongside the Salvation Army. The average base salary of a Salvation CEO in the organization is $35000, at a time when the median salary for 248 other CEOs at public companies stood at $10 million according to a Wall Street Journal report in 2012. The Salvation Army continues to expand and attract people despite little to no pay. Donations range from cents at Christmas time, to millions and to as much as a single one and a half billion dollar donation. What motivates people to volunteer their time or labor for little to no pay may be the desire to help and bond with those in
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