Several of Franklin Graham’s family members are on the board and payroll at Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
His father, Billy Graham, got about $225,000 in compensation as chairman in 2013. His son, Will Graham, got about $173,000 in compensation as vice president. His sister, Anne Graham Lotz, and cousin, Melvin F. Graham, were unpaid members of the charity’s board.
At Samaritan’s Purse, another charity FranklinGraham runs, his son, Roy, and cousin, Melvin, also served as unpaid board members in 2013.
“I think it’s a serious conflict of interest,” said Pablo Eisenberg, a senior fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership. “It sort of reduces the organization to being a family affair rather than a serious, independent nonprofit.”
Graham spokesman Mark DeMoss said four family members serve on the 14-member BGEA board – a “healthy balance,” said DeMoss. None of them are on the board’s compensation committee, which decides pay.
DeMoss also said Graham, BGEA president and CEO who was named the board’s chairman in October 2014, does not participate in deliberations about his compensation.
Ames Alexander and Tim Funk