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Where Does $100 to Susan G Komen Go?

When most people think of Susan G Komen and pink ribbons, they think of the organization that works to reduce breast cancer deaths by raising money to fund research and community-based educational, medical, financial, and psychosocial support services for those facing a breast cancer diagnosis.  However, there are actually two Susan G Komen organizations:

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Why The Big Picture Matters

Several years ago I started making donations to sanctuaries specializing in the rescue of animals from slaughter houses and abused “homes.”  The stories were heartbreaking and I knew my dollars were primarily going to the veterinary care of the animals, food, shelter, and the selfless staff devoted to taking care of these animals.

When a cow escapes from a slaughter house in Brooklyn, I cheer for the cow (and curse the people chasing the petrified animal) and often send a donation to the kind person who rescued the terrified animal.  So, before I go further, I want to unequivocally say these charities deserve our support because they spotlight the abuse and horrific way people treat most animals. They make us think twice about our choices.

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Top 10 Executives (MEN) at the NRA Made $10.6 Million

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

The National Rifle Association of America (NRA) is a non-profit 501 (c) (4) organization that fights tirelessly for our second amendment rights. Whether or not you believe the second amendment refers to “militia” or “the people” has always been controversial but is even more so in the wake of the near daily occurrence of mass shootings in this country. People are speaking out for gun control because quite frankly, there are too many guns and assault weapons in the hands of the wrong people.

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Where does $100 to St. Jude’s Go?

St. Jude’s is one of the most popular non-profit organizations in the country because the charity’s mission appeals to donors:  they treat and help children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses. But, before making donations, donors should understand that St. Jude’s is actually two organizations:

  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Inc. (Hospital)
  • ALSAC – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Inc. (ALSAC)
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Who To Trust For Nutrition Advice?

Lifestyle choices are one of three aspects (the others being genetics and the environment) that greatly affect our health. We can’t pick our parents and environmental factors are not wholly within our control but we can focus on lifestyle choices that affect our health so who do we turn to for advice?

Everyone has an opinion about diet and nutrition which makes the amount of information to sift through a monumental and often overwhelming task that typically leads to confusion – which is just what the industries who are threatened by the power of nutrition want.

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Executive Compensation at Dairy Management, Inc. (2018)

Dairy Management Inc (DMI) is the big organization that most people haven’t heard of because unless you’re a dairy farmer, work in the dairy industry, or work in the corporate offices of Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, or KFC, you would have no reason to know that this non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (6) is the most powerful non-profit dairy organization in the country.

Considered a “check-off” program authorized by Congress but responsible to their members, DMI’s mission is to increase consumption of dairy products by finding more ways to get dairy products to the public including assisting fast food companies with menu items. Read more »


Executive Compensation at the American Cancer Society (2019)

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501 (c) (3) dedicated to eliminating cancer by funding cancer research and focusing on prevention and detection, and treatment. Key information about ACS includes:

  • ACS is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia but the organization has more than 250 offices throughout the country.
  • ACS raises about $700 million annually.
  • ACS has $1.1 billion in net assets.
  • There are 21 independent voting members of the governing body, 16 (76%) of whom are male and 5 (24%) who are female (Note:  the Form 990 does not report gender identity. The numbers are based on names and google searches).

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Where Does $100 to the American Cancer Society Go (2019)?

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501 (c) (3) dedicated to eliminating cancer by funding cancer research and focusing on prevention and detection, and treatment.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ACS has a presence throughout the country (divided into 6 geographic regions) with 250 offices in all 50 states, Washington, DC, Guam and Puerto Rico.

There are 21 independent voting members of the governing body, 16 (76%) of whom are male and 5 (24%) who are female (Note:  the Form 990 does not report gender identity. The numbers are based on names and google searches). Read more »


Executive Compensation at the American Diabetes Association (2019)

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) based in Arlington, Virginia.  Over the past several years, the ADA experienced a drop in revenues and a decline in the organization’s endowment but in 2018, with the replacement of the Executive Director and key staff, the numbers increased slightly ($by $14 million) but declined by $11 million in 2019. In the most general terms, the organization has raised about $150 million annually over the past three years.

By cutting staff (from 1,500 in 2013 to 956  in 2019) and other expenses, ADA seems to be back on track financially. However, it remains to be seen if the organization will accomplish one of their key goals in the years ahead:  to prevent and cure diabetes. Read more »


Where Does $100 to the American Diabetes Association Go (2019)?

The mission of the American Diabetes Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

Established 80 years ago in 1940 when less than a million Americans (or less than 1% of the population) had diabetes, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is one of the few (if not only) non-profit organizations working against a disease that has increased thirtyfold (The CDC estimates that more than 30 million people (nearly 10% of the population) in the USA have diabetes – primarily Type 2 which is largely preventable and reversible – and that another 100 million people have pre-diabetes which if not treated often leads to Type 2 within 5 years) over the decades despite hundreds of millions of dollars raised by the organization. Read more »


How $100 is Spent at Turning Point (2020)

Turning Point USA (Turning Point) is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501 (c) 3 that advocates conservative principles on high school, college, and university campuses and in convention centers that focus on attracting high schoolers, college students, and young adults ages 15-25 who they often refer to as activists.

Established in 2012 by Charles Kirk, the President who received nearly $430,000 in compensation, flew first class, and had a discretionary spending account (as do all officers), according to the Form 990 (2019 for the year ending June 30, 2020) submitted to the IRS.

Turning Point is overseen by 4 voting members of the governing body, 3 of whom are independent. All directors are male. Read more »


Where Does $100 to the Southern Poverty Law Center Go?

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) was established in 1971 as a tax-exempt, non-profit 501 (c) (3) advocacy organization specializing in civil rights and public interest litigation.

Based in Montgomery, Alabama, the SPLC has 13 independent voting members on its governing body although 15 are listed on the most recent Form 990 (2019 for the year ending October 31, 2020), 9 (60%) of whom are male while 6 (40%) are female. Read more »


Executive Compensation at the UJA Federation of NY

The United Jewish Appeal Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of NY, Inc is also known as the UJA Federation of NY.  Based in New York City, the UJA Federation of NY is primarily engaged in awarding grants: of the $240 million raised in the year ending June 30, 2020, $163 million (68% of revenue) were awarded in grants. The second largest expense was for compensation. 506 employees received $58 million in compensation, or an average of $115,000.

There are 161 independent voting members (directors) of the UJA Federation of NY,  of which 96 (60%) are male and 65 (40%) are female.

109 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 13 most highly compensated reported to be: Read more »


Executive Compensation at the University of Chicago (2020)

The University of Chicago (UC) is a private nondenominational research university that accepts about 8% of the students who apply. UC has approximately 7,000 undergraduate students and 10,000 graduate students.  The annual tuition with room and board for an undergraduate is about $80,000 annually which means a 4-year degree is about $320,000.

There are 46 voting members (trustees) of the governing body (board of trustees), 39 of whom are independent.  However, the Form 990 reports 50 trustees, which appears to be due to timing differences.  40 of the 50 (80%) are male while 10 of the 50 (20%) are female. Read more »


Executive Compensation at Health First

Health First is a fully integrated health delivery network (in this case, meaning the network provides a variety of insurance options through Health First Health Plans in central Florida, and the provision of health care through four hospitals and numerous outpatient and wellness services including Health First Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician group) in central Florida.

The purpose of this post is to report the executive compensation at Health First, Inc. (Health First), a tax-exempt, non-profit 501 (c) (3) headquartered in Rockledge, Florida – an organization that oversees the whole network and provides management, planning, IT,  finance, and administrative support services. Read more »