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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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18
Feb

Where Does $100 to the Veterans Support Foundation Go?

The Veterans Support Foundation (VSF) is a 501 (c) (3) operating out of the same office as Vietnam Veterans of America (also a 501 (c) (3) that is a “related tax-exempt organization”) in Silver Spring, Maryland.

VSF has two functions:  provide funds (grants) to other non-profit organizations supporting “community-based veteran-related projects; and, manage four residential properties (3 which they own and operate in concert with the VA) that provide housing for up to 30 veterans.  Unfortunately less than $8 out of every $100 was allocated to grants and only $21 out of every $100 was used to support the organization’s other mission. $67 out of every $100 was given to professional fundraisers. Read more »

16
Feb

Where Does $100 to Challenge Aspen Go?

Challenge Aspen is a 501 (c)(3) based in Snowmass, Colorado. Established in 1995 by Houston Cowan (who retired May 31, 2017) and Amanda Boxtel, Challenge Aspen is a non-profit focused on people with cognitive and physical disabilities to have access to a wide variety of recreational and cultural activities through their “strong working relationship with Aspen Skiing Company, that includes access to the area’s four ski mountains, a dedicated staff, and a committed volunteer force.”

According to the IRS Form 990’s over the past three years (ending May 31st of 2017, 2016, and 2015), Challenge Aspen has been reporting total revenue of about $3.5 million annually with about $1.5 million coming from non-cash donations described as lift tickets and ski lessons. On the expense side, Challenge Aspen has been expensing the exact same amount as the non-cash donation for ski company instructors. What this appears to mean is that the organization donating the lift ticket and ski lessons (appears to be Aspen Ski Company) gets a charitable donation for making the donation to Challenge Aspen and then Challenge Aspen turns around and spends the exact same amount on Aspen Ski Company instructors. Read more »

14
Feb

Where Does $100 to the American Friends of the Hebrew University Go?

The American Friends of the Hebrew University (AFHU) is a 501 (c)(3) based in New York City whose purpose is to raise funds to support the Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Israel’s second oldest university established 101 years ago (1918).

The university has about 23,500 students at 6 campuses.

Over the past three years, AFHU reported the following information on the IRS Form 990’s: Read more »

12
Feb

Executive Compensation at the American Friends of the Hebrew University

The American Friends of the Hebrew University (AFHU) is a New-York based 501 (c)(3) that raises funds to support the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  The IRS Form 990 (2016 for the year ending September 30, 2017) reports the following key information about the staff of the organization:

AFHU employed 83 individuals who were compensated $9 million which equates to an average compensation of about $109,000. However, only 16 individuals received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 8 most highly compensated individuals listed below: Read more »

10
Feb

Where Does $100 to the Cancer Alliance of Help and Hope Go?

The Cancer Alliance of Help and Hope (CAHH) is a 501 (c)(3) established in 2003 in Palm Beach County to primarily provide emergency financial assistance to help cancer patients and their families.  They basically help people meet basic non-medical needs, such as rent, mortgage, and/or car payments, car insurance, health insurance, and utilities (in an amount of up $10,000 per family).

Modeled after a non-profit established in Naples, Florida, CAHH has been a relatively small (and still is) organization that brought in a new Executive Director (Stanton Collemer) in 2016 to grow the organization. Operating out of an office in Palm Beach, the organization appears to be focused on raising funds in a town known for its fundraising and charity support. Read more »

8
Feb

Executive Salaries at St. Jude’s (2017)

When some people think of St. Jude’s, they associate the organization with the children’s research hospital but St Jude’s is actually two organizations:  the children’s hospital (St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital) which provides research and medical care, and the fundraising organization (ALSAC which stands for American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities). Although most non-profits do not separate fundraising from services, St. Jude’s does so both organizations need to be analyzed when looking at “St. Jude’s.Read more »

6
Feb

Executive Compensation at City of Hope

When some people hear the words “City of Hope” they think of a cancer treatment center in California but there is so much more to the organization than what those words describe.  Specifically, there are four 501 (c) (3)’s: the main organization (City of Hope), the medical center (City of Hope National Medical Center) that provides hospitalization, the foundation (City of Hope Foundation) that provides physician services and the research institute (Beckman Research Institute) that does medical research.

It is important to understand the direct controlling entity of the Medical Center, Foundation, and Research Institute is City of Hope.  Although these organizations are separate organizations with different purposes, they are all located in Duarte, California and are related so it is difficult to analyze one without looking at the others.

When looking at executive compensation, many of the  most highly compensated executives receive compensation from more than one of the City of Hope organizations. Therefore, the list of the most highly compensated individuals from each of the four organizations will be listed followed by a detailed list at the end of the post of those who received compensation from 3 or 4 of the organizations and what the compensation was. Read more »

4
Feb

The Double A BCD Salad

The Double A BCD Salad is a crunchy, colorful, nutritious and delicious salad that takes about 10 minutes to make. Made with 5 primary ingredients:  apple, avocado, beans, celery, and dill, the Double A BCD Salad is full of nutrients, fiber, and flavor.  So on those days when you don’t have a lot of time for food prep, consider making this amazing salad for lunch or supper. For an added boost of nutrition, serve the salad on a bed of greens. Read more »

2
Feb

Proteinaholic

It’s been said that we don’t change when we see the light, but when we feel the heat.

Those are the words of Dr. Garth Davis, MD – a board-certified surgeon – who specializes in bariatric surgery in Asheville, NC. Prior to moving to Asheville in 2018, Dr. Davis was the medical director of the Davis Clinic at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas.  A graduate of University of Texas in Austin, and the Baylor School of Medicine, Dr. Davis completed his surgical residency at the University of Michigan. Read more »

31
Jan

Home Radon Testing

Most people don’t think about radon until they are buying or selling a house. By law, homes need to be tested with the results provided to the owner and prospective buyer so that everyone is aware of the radon level in a house.  But, people really need to be thinking about radon long before they buy or sell a house because radon is not something to be casual about.

Radon is an invisible, tasteless, and odorless radioactive gas that naturally comes from the ground. So, radon is present in all homes and buildings, and outside (but at lower levels). Radon comes from soil, water, natural gas, and building materials. Human exposure to radon occurs through inhalation and ingestion. Read more »