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Cappello’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

If you want to taste the world’s finest (really, truly, honestly) grain-free, gluten-free, and vegan chocolate chip cookie dough, look to Cappello’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough – a roll of frozen cookie dough (think Slice and Bake but in a Michelin star sort of way) made with the most high quality ingredients (almond flour, organic Vermont maple syrup, dark chocolate morsels (unsweetened chocolate, organic cane sugar, cocoa butter), arrowroot flour, organic unrefined coconut oil, organic vanilla extract, coarse sea salt, and baking soda.

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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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A nut grown under makes for a milk above the rest.

Milkadamia is one of the newest and most creamy non-dairy nut milks on the market. Made of filtered water, macadamia nuts, calcium phosphate, pea protein, natural flavors, locust bean gum, sea salt, sunflower lecithin, gellan gum, and vitamins A, D, and B12, Milkadamia has all the good ingredients and none of the bad stuff.

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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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The Sumo Citrus Orange

A Sumo Citrus Orange is quite possibly the sweetest orange you will ever taste. Seedless, full of flavor, and easy to peel, the Sumo Citrus Orange is everything the Clementine seemed to promise but couldn’t deliver.

It all started with a citrus grower in Japan who wanted to combine the best attributes of two types of oranges: the easy to peel Satsuma of Japan and the big, juicy, sweet oranges of California. For years, this hybrid orange was only grown in Japan and Korea but a group of farmers in Central Valley, California – the 450 mile long, 50 mile wide large flat valley – realized this huge agricultural garden is the ideal place to grow one of the world’s best citrus fruits.

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Where Does $100 to the Everglades Foundation Go?

While the Everglades is often described as a swamp or forested wetlands, it’s actually a very slow-moving river that comprises the largest sub-tropical wetland ecosystem in North America. At 100 miles long and 60 miles wide stretching over 1.5 million acres from Orlando, Florida to the Florida Bay on the southern tip of the state, the Everglades is not only a source of water for about 8 million Floridians (about 1/3 of the population) but also a habitat for animals and plants. Read more »


Himalania Organic Dark Chocolate Covered Chia Seeds

Rich in Omega 3’s, fiber, and magnesium, organic and fair-trade Himalania chia seeds are grown in Peru. A popular seed used in cereals, chia seeds are also used as an egg replacement because the seeds when moistened expand into a gel-like texture that helps bind and elevate foods together. But beyond using chia seeds as a nutritional boost, leavening agent, or binder for cereals, puddings and baked goods, chia seeds are also a great tasting snack food, especially when they are covered in rich, dark chocolate. Read more »


Executive Compensation at the YMCA of Greater NY

The YMCA of Greater New York (YMCA – GNY) is the largest “alliance” of YMCA’s with 24 branches in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Statin Island, and a camp in upstate New York. Based in New York City, the MYCA-GNY employs 6,581 persons who were compensated $101 million (an average of $15,300 per employee). 74 individuals received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 21 most highly compensated employees listed below: Read more »


Executive Compensation at the YMCA

The YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) is a worldwide (119 countries) organization based in Geneva, Switzerland (World Alliance of the YMCA). Within the United States, there are approximately 2,700 YMCA’s serving 10,000 communities that rely on the YMCA of the USA (that is also known as the National Council of YMCA’s of the USA) that in turn relies on The World Alliance of the YMCA).  In the most simplistic terms, the YMCA is organized as follows: Read more »


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: Read more »


Executive Compensation at the Wounded Warriors

The Wounded Warriors organization is technically named the Wounded Warrior Project, Inc. (WWP) although many people simply refer to this non-profit 501 (c) (3) as “Wounded Warriors.” Established in 2005, WWP is based in Jacksonville, Florida and serves “veterans and service members who incurred a physical and mental injury, or wound co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001.”

Each year, WWP submits a Form 990 to the IRS which details key financial information about the organization. The 2015 IRS Form 990 (covering the period beginning October 1, 2015 and ending September 30, 2016) reports the following information: Read more »


Executive Compensation at Samaritan’s Purse

Samaritan’s Purse is an evangelical Christian organization that provides “spiritual and physical aid” to people around the world.  To perform evangelism and relief programs, Samaritan’s Purse provides charter travel via the use of ministry owned aircraft (4) in North Carolina, Alaska, Kenya, and Liberia, and private charters.

In 2016, Samaritan’s Purse reported 2,500 individuals were employed with the organization of which 57 received more than $100,000 in compensation.  The following 12 individuals were the mostly highly compensated employees: Read more »


The Rainbow Spinach Salad

Rainbows are in short supply in the wintertime so instead of looking outside turn to the kitchen for an updated version of the spinach salad.  I call this salad a Rainbow Spinach Salad because of the array of colors: red, yellow, light green, orange dark green, and deep purplish black. Although beautiful to look at, the Rainbow Spinach Salad is a feast to savor with only one caveat:  you must like fresh beets because there are two types (both yellow and red) and they are a substantial part of this easy-to-make salad. Read more »


Executive Salaries at Goodwill

Goodwill Industries was established in 1902 and is widely known across the country as the place where we all donate clothing and household goods to help others.

There are 161 Goodwill Industries agencies and more than 3,200 retail stores in the US and 14 other countries that generate $5.7 billion in revenue annually, and Goodwill Industries International, Inc is the executive member association organization that provides oversight, support, expertise, and products to local agencies (each is a separate 501 (c) (3)) that operates independently but who collectively pay membership dues to support Goodwill Industries International, Inc. (Goodwill). Read more »


Fundraising and the Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy raised $914 million (including $627 million in contributions, $130 million in fees and sales, $50 million in investment income and gains, and $102 million in government grants) and spent $796 million (not including depreciation) in the year ending June 30, 2016.  With nearly $6 billion in net fund assets – most of which is unrestricted – the Nature Conservancy has successfully raised a lot of revenue and retained a significant portion.

The IRS Form 990 (2015) reflecting the year beginning July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2016 indicates the Nature Conservancy spent $109 million (or roughly 12% of revenue) on fundraising expenses: Read more »