Every non-profit must have a source of funding. I think it's critical to be honest and upfront about this. A non-profit must get some portion of its funding from grants. That is true for RDBO. In addition, a non-profit is allowed by law to get some portion of its funding from payment for services it renders. That is also true for RDBO. RDBO accepts the fees that Social Security sends any attorney or representative, which come from a successful applicant's past-due benefits. (By law, these fees are limited to 25% or $6000, whichever is less, of past-due benefits.) It is our hope to someday be able to decline even these fees but at the outset, we depend on these fees to keep our doors open. Our Executive Director does not take a salary for her work.