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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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25
Jan

Israel’s Discriminatory Policies on Covid 19 Vaccination

Israel clearly values some lives more than other lives and its no more apparent than in the distribution and rollout of the Cover-19 vaccine in Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip.

Five days after Hanukkah (the 8-day festival of lights that commemorates the Jews rising up against their oppressors), Israel began vaccinating its citizens, which includes Israeli settlers living inside the West Bank and Palestinian residents of Jerusalem.

Excluded are the nearly 5 million Palestinians (including doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers) who live in the West Bank (under Israeli military occupation) and the Gaza Strip (which is considered by most people to also be occupied by the Israeli military), according to Amnesty International.  How is it that a country who just celebrated rising up against its oppressors exclude Palestinian doctors, nurses, and the elderly in the West Bank (a territory that is not a part of Israel) and the Gaza Strip?  Read more »

23
Jan

Where Does $100 to Paralyzed Veterans of America Go?

The Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) 3 based in Washington, DC (although the organization has 70 offices and 33 chapters throughout the country). Established in 1947, PVA has a core mission of vets serving vets, funding spinal cord research, and advocating for disability rights, according to their website. So, the question most donors want to know is:  how much of my donation goes to the organization’s core mission?  The answer:  less than half because the organization spent more than $45 million on a mail program to raise funds.

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

21
Jan

Executive Compensation at Save The Children (2019)

Save the Children – the Fairfield, Connecticut-based non-profit in the US – is formally known as Save The Children Federation, Inc. and is part of the Save the Children Alliance (a group of 30 Save the Children groups throughout the world that also support Save the Children International).  Established in 1932, Save the Children is a 501 (c) (3) and one of the most well-known charities in the world.

In 2018, Save the Children raised $782 million (including $327 million in government grants)  – $48 million less than the previous year – and spent $751 million (not including $3 million in depreciation) primarily on grants ($551 million), staff compensation and benefits ($108 million), fees for services ($48 million), and office-related expenses ($20 million). Read more »

19
Jan

Where Does $100 to Save The Children Go (2019)?

The Save the Children Fund is one of the most recognizable charitable organizations in the world. Established more than a hundred years ago in 1919, the organization is legally known as Save the Children Federation, Inc. in the United States, but is often simply referred to as “Save the Children.”

On the Save the Children website (www.savethechildren.org), the organization reports that “86% of all expenditures went to program services” with the key word being “expenditures.”  Expenses are normally analyzed as a percentage of revenue, not as a percentage of total expenditures because both parts of the equation – revenue and expenses – are important to understand how an organization is operating. Without revenue, it doesn’t matter how much of an organization’s expenditures were spent in a single category.  Both sides of the equation have to be considered.  In addition, most people want to know how their charitable contribution (which is revenue) was spent. In order to know this, an analysis has to include the revenue collected and the revenue spent. Read more »

17
Jan

Executive Compensation at Spectrum Health System (Michigan)

The Spectrum Health System is a tax-exempt integrated healthcare system based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. With dozens of related and affiliated non-profit organizations that include 15 hospitals, 12 urgent care facilities, 43 labs, physician practices, a health insurer (Priority Health) and more, the Spectrum Health System generally refers to the whole organization. This post addresses the executive compensation reported on the IRS Form 990 (2017 for the year ending June 30, 2018) for the Spectrum Health System Group Return (SHSGR). Read more »

15
Jan

Rice Pudding: With No Dairy or Refined Sugar

Last year I was walking around New York City and zeroed in on a sign in a restaurant window that said “Finally, A Rice Pudding That Doesn’t Suck” that cracked me up laughing. I then took a picture even though I had no idea why. Probably because the sign just made me laugh with its truth.

Rice pudding is a total comfort food that is pretty hard to screw up but often is because people use cheap or crappy ingredients or don’t give the dish the attention it requires.  There’s no way around making a fantastic rice pudding except to use exceptional ingredients and to remember to always stir when the rice is cooking (just like risotto). Read more »

13
Jan

10 Key Things to Know About Samaritan’s Purse

Samaritan’s Purse – based out of Boone, North Carolina – 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.

Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational Christian organization that provides “spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world.” Read more »

11
Jan

Executive Compensation at the National Chicken Council

Americans love their chicken. In the US, chicken consumption is nearly 100 pounds per capita which is why we raise and slaughter more than 9 billion birds a year.  That’s a lot of chicken.

Although many people consider chicken a “healthy meat,” because chicken has less cholesterol than steaks and burgers, chicken actually has about 20-25 mg of cholesterol per ounce of white meat and about 35-40 mg of cholesterol per ounce of dark meat. Given that most chicken servings are 5-6 ounces per serving, people eating a portion of chicken can expect to add 100 – 240 mg of cholesterol per serving (note:  Our bodies produce all the cholesterol we need. Food from plants – fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, etc. don’t have cholesterol). Read more »

9
Jan

Executive Compensation at Shriners Hospitals (2019)

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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7
Jan

Where Does $100 to Shriners Hospitals Go (2019)?

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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