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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 Advocate Health and Hospitals Corp

Advocate Health and Hospitals Corp is a tax-exempt non-profit 501 (c) (3) and one of many organizations within Advocate Aurora Health (which was formed when Advocate Health Care (in Illinois) and Aurora Health (in Wisconsin) merged into one healthcare system in 2018. Based in Downers Grove, Illinois, AAH operates 26 hospitals and more than 500 out patient care sites staffed by 75,000 employees.

Advocate Health and Hospitals Corp (AHHC) is governed by 11 voting members (directors), 8 of whom are independent.  12 directors are reported on the 990 (which appears to be due to timing differences) – 9 of the 12 (75%) are male while 3 of the 12 (25%) are female. 10 of the directors receive between $4,000 – $91,000 annually for an average of 1 hour of work per week. Read more »


Executive Compensation at Advocate Aurora Health (IL)

Advocate Aurora Health (AAH) was formed in 2018 when Advocate Health Care (in Illinois) and Aurora Health (in Wisconsin) merged into one healthcare system made up of numerous other tax-exempt, non-profit and for profit organizations.  Based in Downers Grove, Illinois, AAH operates 26 hospitals and more than 500 out patient care sites staffed by 75,000 employees.

A tax-exempt, non-profit 501 (c) (3) named Advocate Aurora Health Inc (AHHI) that provides overall management to the healthcare system. AHHI is governed by 14 directors, 12 of whom are independent.  10 of the 14 (71%) are male while 4 of the 14 (29%) are female. Read more »


Executive Compensation at Banner Health

Banner Health is a tax-exempt non-profit healthcare system that operates 30 hospitals and numerous health care clinics, nursing homes, home health care agencies, urgent care centers, and ambulatory facilities in 6 states with more than 50,000 employees.

Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Banner Health consists of dozens of related/affiliated organizations (including taxable partnerships, trusts, and corporations) but for the purpose of this post, the executive compensation of Banner Health (a 501 (c) (3)) is reported.

Banner Health has 13 members (directors) in its governing body, 11 of whom are independent. 10 of the 13 (77%) are male while 3 of the 13 (23%) are female. What is unusual (compared to other non-profit healthcare providers) is that the directors receive $65,000-$75,000 each in compensation, except for the President and CEO, Peter Fine, who received more than $11 million in compensation. Read more »


Executive Compensation at Christus Health

Christus Health is a tax-exempt non-profit healthcare system that supports “the healthcare ministries of the sponsoring congregations in extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ in conformity with the Roman Catholic Church” which includes paying for first class for executives and board members and companion travel (I’m fairly confident Jesus Christ would prefer revenue be spent on helping the sick and the poor than on flying employees first class). Read more »


Executive Compensation at Bon Secours Mercy Health

Bon Secours Mercy Health (BSMH) became one of the largest Catholic healthcare providers serving communities in seven states and Ireland when merged with Mercy Health in September, 2018.

A tax-exempt, non-profit healthcare system that consists of dozens of related/affiliated organizations, BSMH used Bon Secours Mercy Health Inc (BSMHI) as the “home office for Bon Secours Mercy Health System providing administrative/management services to affiliates.”  Consequently, total revenue in 2018 ($115 million) is primarily from related organizations who all contributed for corporate management service fees.

This post is limited to the executive compensation reported by BSMHI. Read more »


Executive Compensation at Avera Health

Avera Health is a Christian-based integrative healthcare system provider with 35 hospitals, 215 primary care and specialty clinics, 40 senior living facilities, and numerous home care, hospice, sports, and wellness facilities serving more than 1 million people in South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Nebraska.

Based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Avera Health is made up of dozens of organizations that include tax-exempt non-profits and taxable partnerships, corporations, and trusts.  This post reports the executive compensation at Avera Heath, a tax-exempt non-profit 501 (c) (3) with 15 voting members on the governing body, 10 of whom are independent, 8 of whom are male and 7 whom are female.

Key information reported on the Form 990 (for the year ending June 30, 2019) include the following: Read more »


Compensation at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2019)

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is one of the largest, if not the largest philanthropy in the US focused solely on health. The foundation’s goal, through the use of grants, is “to improve the health and healthcare of all Americans.”

The most recent Form 990 (2019) submitted to the IRS reports the RWJF is a private non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) foundation based in Princeton, New Jersey with 17 trustees, 9 of whom are female; 8 are male. Read more »


Where Does $100 to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Go (2019)?

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is one of the largest, if not the largest philanthropy focused solely on health. The foundation’s goal, through the use of grants, is “to improve the health and healthcare of all Americans.”

Given that people in the US (compared to other high income countries) have shorter lives, more heart disease, obesity, diabetes, lung disease, disabilities, HIV and AIDS, drug-related deaths, adolescent pregnancy, bad birth outcomes, and disabilities than nearly every single other country (as measured by the American Public Health Association) but spend more per capita (about $8,000 per person) than every other country in the world, is there any question the US needs to focus on health and reversing the current trends? But, the more potent question is this:  Is the foundation making a difference – reversing the health trends in the US – with the more than $400 million in grants awarded annually and the $300 million the foundation spends annually to support, manage, and grow itself? Read more »


How Revenue is Spent at the World Wildlife Fund (2019)

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is considered by many to be the leading conservation organization in the world. Established nearly 60 years ago in 1960, the WWF is based in Washington, DC but operates all over the world (in more than 100 countries).

The most recent IRS Form 990 (2018) reports financial information about the organization for the year beginning July 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2019 (hereafter referred to as 2019).  A 501 (c) (3), WWF reports the following information on revenue, expenses, grants, assets, liabilities, and the organization’s net fund balance. Read more »


Executive Compensation at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) was established in 1979 “as a nimble non-profit with strong community partnerships that would connect hard-to-tap public and private resources with underinvested places and people….” Sounds like United Way and in many ways the organizations are similar except that LISC is a much smaller version with 37 local offices in 2,200 counties in 45 states (compared to thousands of United Way offices throughout the world). Read more »