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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 the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is a 501 (c) (3) (AJJDC) based in New York City that describes itself as the “world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization.” Staffed with 169 employees who were compensated nearly $66 million (an average compensation of $391,000, which appears very high), the AJJDC reports 36 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation.  The 15 most highly compensated individuals were reported to be: Read more »


Where Does $100 to Shriners Hospitals Go?

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a network of 22 hospitals that provide specialized pediatric care (orthopaedic, burn, spinal cord, and palate) for children under the age of 18. According to the Shriners website, 20 out of the 22 hospitals are located in the United States and file IRS Form 990’s under two corporations:

  • The Shriners Hospitals for Children (for 18 of the hospitals in the US) – a Colorado corporation based in Tampa, Florida; and
  • The Shriners Hospitals for Children (for 2 of the hospitals in Massachusetts) – a Massachusetts corporation based in Tampa, Florida.

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Executive Salaries at Shriner’s Hospitals for Children

Shriners Hospitals for Children have 22 hospitals within the hospital network, 20 of which are in the United States. For reporting purposes, Shriners Hospitals for Children are actually two 501 (c) (3)’s that report the revenue and expenses of these 20 hospitals:

  • Shriners Hospitals for Children – Colorado (SHC – Colorado):  18 hospitals
  • Shriners Hospitals for Children – Massachusetts (SHC – Mass):  2 hospitals

SHC – Colorado has 5,547 employees who were compensated $418 million in 2017, which equates to an average compensation of $75,400.  667 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the most highly compensated individuals listed below: Read more »


Where Does $100 to United Israel Appeal Go?

United Israel Appeal (UIA) – a 501 (c) 3 based in New York (and an affiliate of the Jewish Federation of North America) is responsible for the allocation and oversight of funds raised by the Jewish Federation of North America and expended in Israeli by its operating agent, The Jewish Agency for Israel (a 501 (c) (3) based in Jerusalem. Read more »


Where Does $100 to the Jewish Federation of North America Go?

The Jewish Federation of North American (JFNA) is a New York City-based 501 (c) (3) that represents 148 federations, more than 300 network communities and 30 Jewish community foundations (that are separately incorporated).  With 178 employees, JFNA is primarily engaged in fundraising and awarding grants (primarily to United Israel Appeal – a wholly owned subsidiary organization that files a separate Form 990, and the Joint Distribution Committee). Read more »


Executive Compensation at the Jewish Federation of North America

The Jewish Federation of North America (JFNA) “represents and serves 148 Jewish Federations, 300 independent network Jewish communities across North America and 30 separately incorporated Jewish community foundations.” In more simplistic terms, JFNA raises funds, organizes assistance, training, and leadership to the Jewish Federations and communities in North America.

Of the $261 million raised in 2017, JFNA awarded $214 million (82% of revenue) in grants,  most of which went to domestic organizations (primarily to two organizations:  $155 million to United Israel Appeal, a subsidiary of JFNA who awarded all the funds to foreign organizations, foreign governments, and foreign individuals,  and $50 million to Joint Distribution Committee, a Jewish Humanitarian 501 (c) (3).

JFNA is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) based in New York City with 178 employees who were compensated nearly $24 million, which equates to an average compensation of $135,000. However, only 47 individuals received more than $100,000 in compensation.  The 13 most highly compensated individuals were reported to be: Read more »


Executive Salaries at UNICEF (2017)

UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) was established by the United Nations more than 70 years ago and is headquartered in New York City although there are UNICEF offices throughout the world.

In the most simple terms, the United States Fund for UNICEF (USF UNICEF) raised $474 million, of which $370 million ($78 out of every $100) was used for grants and other assistance to foreign organizations, foreign governments, and foreign individuals. The remaining revenue ($104 million) was spent on employee compensation ($31.5 million), payments to affiliates ($29 million), printing, postage, shipping, advertising, promotion, and mailing lists ($23 million), fees for services – fundraising, management, and program – ($13 million), and office-related expenses ($7.5 million).

In 2017, the USF UNICEF employed 320 individuals and spent $31.5 million on compensation which equates to about $98,500 per individual. However, 51 individuals received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 13 most highly compensated listed as follows: Read more »


Executive Salaries at the American Red Cross (2017)

The American Red Cross (ARC) is one of the most recognized charities in the world. Based in Washington, DC, ARC works to “prevent and alleviate human suffering” by mobilizing employees and volunteers in emergencies and through the collection and sale of blood (ARC collects, tests, and distributes 40% of the nation’s blood). To do this, ARC relies on it’s 20,602 employees who were compensated $1.5 billion (an average of $74,500 each). 1,249 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 17 most highly compensated employees listed below: Read more »


The Unwinding of the Miracle

When serious illness strikes the young, we are often drawn to their story while feeling thankful a different fate awaits us.  Such was how I felt when I read The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow, and When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.

In Pausch’s book, the authors focused on big life lessons after Pausch was diagnosed with late stage pancreatic cancer while Kalanithi’s book focused on how he spent the limited amount of time he had left, which included living in the moment with the people – his wife, daughter, parents, brothers, friends, and colleagues – who made his life meaningful, after being diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer at the age of 37. Read more »


Executive Salaries at Dairy Management, Inc.

Unless you’re a dairy farmer or work in the dairy industry, you may never have heard of Dairy Management, Inc. –  a 501 (c) (6)  – whose tax-exempt status as a “business league” is one of the most powerful dairy organizations in the country.

Funded by America’s 41,000-plus farmers and dairy importers, Dairy Management’s purpose is to increase demand and sales for dairy products.  To do this, dairy farmers pay 15 cents (and dairy importers pay 7.5 cents) for every 100 pounds of milk (a gallon of milk weighs 8.6-11.6 pounds so 100 pounds of milk is roughly 10 gallons, meaning US dairy farmers pay Dairy Management about 1.5 cents per gallon for their services).  These funds are used to “fund programs and aimed at promoting dairy consumption and protecting the good image of dairy farmer, dairy products, and the dairy industry.” Read more »