Americans are justified in their anger over the extravagant misuse of charitable donations by William Aramony, who was recently forced out of his $463,000-a-year post as president of United Way of America in Alexandria, Va.
According to an assessment released last week, he spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on trans-Atlantic Concorde flights, limousine service, clothes and golf equipment, even romancing a Florida woman. During his 22-year tenure, he hired friends and relatives, compensating them royally. Such expenditures, the report concluded, "evidence, at best, an insensitivity to the loss of confidence they engender in a public that gives, often at personal sacrifice, to meet the needs and suffering of others. At worst, they convey to the public a disregard for UWA's very mission."
Mr. Aramony feels wronged. "I have built the United Way into the philanthropic organization it is today," he says, claiming he is the victim of a "modern-day Salem witch-trial-by-press-release."