ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – Several employees are being laid off at the Arthritis Foundation’s national headquarters in Atlanta.

Officials say 26 administrative workers were laid off this week. That amounts to nearly 20 percent of its staff at the nonprofit’s headquarters.

Officials say the foundation has struggled financially for years, but the foundation’s tax returns show that CEO John Klippel got a $70,000 bonus in 2011 and has a salary and benefit package of more than $508,000.

Klippel says the layoffs were in the best interest of donors to the foundation, which is trying to better focus on its mission and position itself for growth.

Dorothy Glasser, who has served on its regional board, says the foundation doesn’t want to jeopardize grant funding by what she described as operational blunders.


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