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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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21
Apr

Executive Compensation at the National Fire Protection Association

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501 (c) (3) based in Quincy, MA that is known as the “codes and standards” organization to minimize risk and the effects of fire.

The NFPA generates about $80-$90 million annually and does not generally spend as much as they bring in which is how the organization has come to accumulate nearly $300 million in net assets.

In 2018, the NFPA reported total revenue of $82 million which primarily came from 4 sources:  sale of inventory ($41 million), training, meetings, and conferences ($16 million), royalties, gains, and investment income ($14 million), and membership dues ($11 million including $2 million from the government from three classes of members:  director, voting, and non-voting). Read more »

19
Apr

Executive Compensation at the Alzheimers Association (2019)

The Alzheimers Disease and Related Disorders is commonly referred to as the Alzheimers Association. A tax-exempt, non-profit 501 (c) 3 whose goal is to eliminate Alzheimers Disease through research but also offer support, information/public awareness, and education on the disease, raised $390 million in 2019, primarily from contributions, gifts, and grants ($366 million including $24 million from the government).

Expenses totaled $387 million (99% of revenue) with the largest expense being compensation ($182 million or 47% of revenue) for the 2,620 employees, who received an average compensation of $70,000.  249 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 8 most highly compensated employees reported to be: Read more »

17
Apr

Where Does $100 to the Alzheimers Association Go (2019)

The Alzheimers Disease and Related Disorders is commonly referred to as the Alzheimers Association. A tax-exempt, non-profit 501 (c) 3 whose goal is to eliminate Alzheimers Disease through research but also offer support, information/public awareness, and education on the disease, the Alzheimers Association raised $390 million in 2019, primarily from contributions, gifts, and grants ($366 million including $24 million from the government). Read more »

15
Apr

Executive Compensation at the National Association of Realtors (2018)

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) is the largest professional trade association in the US. A non-profit tax-exempt 501 (c) (6) based in Chicago, Illinois, NAR represents 1.4 million members who belong to one or more of the 1,200 associations/boards and 54 state or territory associations.  Members can be residential or commercial brokers, sales people, property managers, real estate appraisers, counselors and others who work in the real estate industry.

NAR functions as a self regulatory agency, a lobbying organization, and as a provider of accreditation and certification of designations. Read more »

13
Apr

Executive Compensation at the National Retail Federation (2019)

 

The National Retail Federation (NRF) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (6) – a membership based trade association  – whose mission is to “advance and protect the interests of the retail industry and to help retailers achieve excellence in all areas of their business.” That’s quite a mission, given the retail environment in this country.  Retailers – both national chains and local – are closing daily.

Governed by 30 board members, 29 of whom are independent (38 are reported on the Form 990 due to timing differences; 30 are male while 8 are female), NRF is based in Washington, DC. Read more »

11
Apr

Executive Compensation at the National Pharmaceutical Council

Pharmaceutical companies have gotten a lot of bad press lately, and for good reason. When epipens cost $650-$700 in the US for a pack with two auto injectors (compared to $150 in Canada or $38 in Australia), people get upset. Or, when pharmaceutical companies (i.e Perdue) have acted irresponsibility by promoting and marketing opioids, people question the motives of companies they are supposed to trust and the value of medicines as an integral part of healthcare. One of the ways the pharmaceutical industry operates is to fund a trade association called the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC).

NPC is a Washington, DC-based trade association whose mission is to put forth science and good information to foster an environment that supports what they call “medical innovation” or what others would call “drug innovation” (where were they during the decades long opioid crisis?). In short, they gather research to support the use of pharmaceuticals and disseminate that information. Read more »

9
Apr

Executive Compensation at the National Multifamily Housing Council

The National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501 (c) 6 – a trade association – that advocates for multifamily rental organizations – that pays its President, Doug Bibby very well ($1.3 million in 2018 and $150,000 into a retirement account) along with its other top executives (7 other executives received $300,00 – $450,000 in 2018).

By most standards, NMHC is a small non-profit:  they raise about $18 million annually, most of which comes from two sources:  membership dues ($10 million) and meeting revenue ($7 million). Expenses total about $18 million with the largest being compensation ($10 million) and conferences/conventions/meetings ($3 million). At year-end 2018, NMHC had $13 million in assets. Read more »

7
Apr

Executive Compensation at the NCAA (2018)

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) organization focused on college sports in the US. With 1,100 member colleges and universities in 102 athletic conferences across the country that participate in 90 championships in 24 sports in 3 divisions, the NCAA is a powerful and well financed organization.

There are 16 independent members of the governing party although 18 board members are listed on the Form 990 (probably due to timing differences). 14 of the 18 (78%) board members are male while 4 of the 14 (22%) are female.

The NCAA raised about $1.1 billion in 2018 – most of which came from from television rights (83%) and championships/National Invitation Tournament (13% of revenue).  Expenses were $1 billion with the 3 largest expense scholarships and grants ($635 million), championship expenses ($145 million), and compensation ($78 million). Read more »

5
Apr

Executive Compensation at the American Red Cross (2019)

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 19,363 employees who were compensated $1.4 billion (an average of $72,000 each) in 2019. 1,464 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 18 most highly compensated employees listed below: Read more »

3
Apr

Executive Compensation at the US Chamber of Commerce

The US Chamber of Commerce (also known as the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America) is the largest business organization in the United States representing businesses. A tax-exempt, non-profit 501 (c) 6 organization, the US Chamber of Commerce (USCOC) is based in Washington, DC.

The USCOC raises about $160 million annually (primarily from contributions, gifts and grants with only $5 million coming from membership dues) and spends what it receives. In fact, the USCOC has a negative net asset position (-$26 million) which is an important consideration when the 10 most highly compensated employees received $24 million in compensation in 2018.   In addition, USCOC paid for first class and charter travel, companion travel, health or social club dues or initiation fees, and for personal services (i.e. maid, chauffeur, chef). Read more »