In 2008, they brought in a total revenue of 2.8 million in donations. Equally fascinating is how much they pump back into helping the kids, considering they have assets of 5.29 million dollars. Yes, they give it all back to helping kids. And Wakefield received a salary of $270, 005. They have 1.89 million dollars in cash and 1.93 million in savings, just sitting there.
Interestingly, they get to call themselves a nonprofit, even though they sit on those assets because of this:
How does that compare to previous years? Let's see.
In 2007, they brought in a total revenue of $2.39 million. Assets were $4.5 mil.
Now here's where it's interesting. In 2008, Wakefield's working 40 hours a week and getting compensation of $270 grand, but in 2007, he's listed as the executive director, working 10 hours a week and not getting any compensation. Hmmmm.
In 2006, Thoughtful House brought in $2.91 million. Assets were $3.6 million. Wakefield's listed as executive director, working the 10 hours per week and receiving no compensation.
In 2005, TH brought in $908 grand. Assets were $1.7 million. Here's an interesting tidbit. He's executive director; he's there 40 hours a week, no compensation, but an expense account of $46 grand.
In 2004, TH brought in $1.7 million. Assets of $1.6 million. Now, I don't know how they're shifting things, moving his money around, but in 2004, Wakefield made $75 grand as executive director and worked 40 hours a week. It's possible that he's being funded by TH under research, which is not itemized out to individual payees.
The 2007 Annual Report for Thoughtful House shows that Wakefield is the research staff. He took no compensation for executive director. There were salaries of $243,237 paid out to unnamed staff. $319,991 was paid to Medical Intervention for Autism out of Wilmette, Illlinois, for research services.
In all honesty, it looks like Thoughtful House takes in donations and does very little with those donations to help anyone.
Thoughtful House states its mission as: "Fighting for the recovery of children with developmental disorders through the unique combination of medical care, education, and research."
They have nine clinical staff listed, as well as five research staff (Wakefield), and four administrative staff. Having looked through their non-profit tax returns, the only consistently paid staff is
Anissa Ryland, who consistently has been paid over $100,000 for her work.
The employee compensation amounts are not high enough to account for all of the above employees. I'm pretty sure they aren't working for free, so are their compensations being covered under the fees-for-services. When you look at their page on the medical clinic, you can see that they are taking in money for medical care (which does not appear to be covered under the non-profit):
"Do you bill insurance?
No, due to the variability of insurance benefits we do not. We will, however, assist you by providing invoices with the appropriate coding and HCFA forms as needed to submit to your carrier for reimbursement. You are responsible for payment, which is due at the time of service."
"What are your fees?
Consultations and follow-ups are billed from $290 to $390 per hour. This is pro-rated - that is, only the time you spend in the appointment is billed."
And get this, if you don't cancel 7 days in advance, they charge you half of that:
"What is your cancellation policy?
We have a strict cancellation policy because so many children are urgently seeking our attention and care. Whether the consult is via phone or in office, all new patient appointments require seven business days notice for cancellation and all follow up appointments require 48 business hours notice for cancellation. If timely notice is not given, there will be a charge equal to 50% of the scheduled consultation fee."
Here's what I don't get: the folks at AoA and around rage about how little is done for autistic children to help them be cured. Thoughtful House takes between 300 and 400 dollars for an hour consult, and then the huge costs for lab work and tests with their service providers. Insurance is not accepted. And they take donations on top of that for their nonprofit, where they are sitting on 5 MILLION DOLLARS in assets. And the folks at AoA love Wakefield and Thoughtful House. How do they justify this? Where is the evidence that TH and Wakefield are helping? Because it really looks to me like they're preying on the vulnerable and the desperate.
Where are the investigations by the IRS? By the medical boards? I don't get it. Where is the moral outrage that a non-profit would be sitting on 5 million dollars instead of using that to support these families? What the hell is going on here?