Almost every top international football organization consists of 100s of staff who aren't players. For example, in 2018 Manchester United employed approximately 922 people, only 81 of whom are players. The other 841 are doing administration, media, commerce, coaching, and technical support. That's approximately 11 support people to every 1 player. In the military, an average of 9 (or more) non-combat troops support each frontline soldier. We have much different ratios at Operaiton Mercy.
At Operation Mercy's International Office we have eight non-field staff supporting approximately 300 field staff in ten countries. I'm not saying this ratio is idea. We could do more if we had more support staff. However, it is VERY hard to find donors who are excited about funding the back office operations needed to support our field programs. Thank you for being one of those rare donors.
I am extremely proud of our back office and leadership team. A virtual team of people working from Sweden, Germany, Scotland, Jordan, and Australia. Supporting over a hundred field projects by processing funds in dozens of currencies, debiting, crediting, balancing, traveling economy, enduring jet lag, leading meetings, writing emails, analysing issues, fixing problems (occationally causing them), Skyping at odd hours, proposal writing, fund raising, encouraging, reporting, monitoring, coffee drinking... to name a few.