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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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Where Does $100 to Samaritan’s Purse Go (2019)?

Samaritan’s Purse is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501 (c) (3) established in 1970 by Bob Pierce who died in 1978. W. Franklin Graham (son of Billy Graham) became Chairman, President, and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse in 1979 and has held the position since although he is also an evangelist for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Based out of Boone, North Carolina, Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational Christian organization that provides “spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world.”  How do they do this?  Primarily through grants (i.e. shoebox gifts:  a box filled with toys, supplies, and hygiene items) which average about 40% of revenue. The rest of the revenue is spent on staff, travel and conferences, supplies, office supplies, advertising, and more. Read on for more specifics. Read more »


Executive Compensation at Boys Town

Boys Town refers to a non-profit, tax-exempt organization focused on helping children and their families but the “organization” is actually many non-profit, tax-exempt organizations with one member:  Father Flanagans Boys Home (FFBH) who controls and provides oversight to all the affiliates.

Based in Boys Town, Nebraska, FFBH has two research hospitals (west and east) and 10 non-hospital health care facilities.  However, FFBH has affiliate organizations that also provide services in Nebraska, Iowa, Louisiana, Nevada, Washington, DC, Florida, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, the Boys Town organizations reach across the US. Read more »


Where Does $100 to Boys Town Go?

Boys Town generally refers to a tax-exempt, non-profit organization whose focus is on the care of children and families who need assistance.  However, the organization actually consists of many tax-exempt, non-profit organizations in Nebraska, Iowa, Florida, Louisiana, Nevada, Washington, DC, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, all of whom have one member:  Father Flanagans Boys Home (FFBH) and are therefore controlled by FFBH.

Based in Boys Town, Nebraska, FFBH provides medical services at two hospitals and numerous types of outpatient clinics in the Omaha, Nebraska metropolitan area and oversight at the affiliated organizations throughout the country.  FFBH is governed by 17 voting members, 16 of whom are independent.  Information on the website indicates there are 16 trustees, 10 of whom (73%) are male while 6 (27%) are female. Read more »


Executive Compensation at the National Pork Producers Council

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (5) – an agricultural organization that can make unlimited corporate, individual, or union contributions – that also owns a for-profit corporation called the American Pork Export and Trading Company, whose focus is on the export of pork.

Based in Des Moines, Iowa (with an office in Washington, DC), NPPC represents 42 affiliated state associations that promote pork (there are 60,000 pork producers with Smithfield being the largest, that raise and slaughter about 120 million hogs annually – about 1 hog for every 3 people in the US). Read more »


Executive Compensation at Sentara Hospitals

Sentara Hospitals is part of the integrated healthcare system referred to as “Sentara Healthcare.”  A non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (3), Sentara Hospitals reports the financial and other information of seven hospitals in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. (Note: Sentera Healthcare reports having 12 hospitals in 2020 which indicates some hospitals are separate related/affiliated organizations). Read more »


Executive Compensation at Sentara Healthcare

Sentara Healthcare is a healthcare system with more than 28,000 employees who work at more than 300 sites of care including 12 hospitals and 4 medical groups in Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.  In addition, Sentara includes Optima Health, a health insurance provider for more than 500,000 people in Virginia and Ohio.

Although Sentara Healthcare generally refers to one organization, Sentara Healthcare includes dozens of organizations. For the purpose of this post, the executive compensation at Sentara Healthcare, a non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) based in Norfolk, Virginia that employs the CEO and President and supporting staff is addressed.  It is important to note there are other related/affiliated organization (Sentara Hospitals, Sentara Medical Group, Sentara RMH Medical Center, etc) whose executive compensation will be covered in future posts. Read more »


Executive Compensation at Scripps Health

Scripps Health is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) healthcare provider that includes hospitals (5), clinics, medical centers, urgent care facilities, walk-in clinics, hospice care, surgery centers, specialty care centers and health plans. Although “Scripps Health” often refers to an entire healthcare system, it is important to point out that Scripps Health consists of many organizations – both non-profit and for-profit.

The executive compensation reported on the Form 990 (2017 for the year ending September 30, 2018) for “Scripps Health,” the non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) – a single entity – is the subject of this post. Governed by 16 voting members (trustees) of a  board, 14 of whom are independent, Scripps Health reported board composition being 10 males and 6 females. Read more »


Pasta Roni

One of my favorite comfort foods is a dish I call “Pasta Roni” which is a play on the classic decades-old “beefaroni” dish made of macaroni, beef, and tomato sauce except that my version tastes better, is plant based, and more nutritious! Oil and dairy free, Pasta Roni is the dish everyone wants on a cold night when nothing but a tummy-warming bowl of pasta will do.

Inspired by Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s recipe for Lentil-A-Roni in Isa Does It, the Pasta Roni recipe showcases whole grain pasta, lentils, tomatoes, and greens for a delicious and nutritious meal. Isa uses raw cashews that have been soaked in water, drained and then blended with vegetable broth in a high-powered blender to make the sauce creamy but I am not a cream sauce person so I don’t use cashews. If your preference is for a creamy sauce, then by all means, soak 1/2 cup of raw (not roasted) cashews in water for a few hours and then blend away before adding to the sauce.

But first, a few words about other ingredients: Read more »


Executive Compensation at Roper St. Francis Healthcare

CareAlliance Health Services is a South Carolina tax-exempt, non-profit 501 (c) (3) doing business as Roper St. Francis Healthcare (RSFH).

Established in 1998, the Roper St Francis Healthcare system is actually several non-profit organizations (see Schedule R of the Form 990, the link of which is at the end of this post) that include hospitals (4) and other entities.

This post addresses the executive compensation at RSFH, the management and oversight entity of related/affiliated hospitals and healthcare subsidiaries. However, it is important to note RSFH uses Atrium Health, formerly Carolinas Healthcare System (an unrelated organization) for management oversight services. Read more »


Executive Compensation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA) is the largest art museum in the US with two sites in New York City (the Met Fifith Avenue and the Met Cloisters).  Established in 1870, MMA is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501 (c) (3) based in New York City with 46 trustees (44 of whom are independent), although 48 are listed on the Form 990 (2018 for the year ending June 30, 2019) due to timing differences.  34 of the 48 (71%) listed are male while 14 (29%) are female.

For the year ending June 30, 2019, MMA reported the following information: Read more »