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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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May

Where Does $100 to the Ethics and Public Policy Center Go?

The Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) organization that is often described as a conservative advocacy group “dedicated to applying the Judeo-Christian moral tradition (defined as the concept of supersession where the Christian covenant or Testament (new) supersedes the Jewish covenant or Testament (old).

Based in Washington, DC, EPPC reported total revenue of $3.9 million in 2018 (down from $4.2 million the prior year) most of which came from contributions, gifts, and grants. Expenses totaled $3.8 million and were categorized (on the Form 990) as follows:

  • $2.1 million (54% of revenue):  Compensation
  • $ .7 million (18% of revenue):  Fees for Services
  • $ .6 million (15% of revenue):  Office-related Expenses
  • $ .4 million (10% of revenue):  Travel/Conferences/Conventions

Compensation is the largest expense for EPPC. 18 employees were compensated $2.1 million which equates to an average compensation of $117,000.  However, only 8 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the most highly compensated employees reported to be:

  • $392,066:  M Edward Whelan, President
  • $238,411:  Peter Wehner, Senior Fellow
  • $195,579:  George Wegel, Distinguished Senior Fellow
  • $174,536:  Henry Olsen, Senior Fellow
  • $161,379:  Sylvia Travaglione, Senior Director of Operations
  • $137,549:  Mary Hasson, Kate O’Beirne Fellow
  • $133,786:  Yuval Levin, Vice President and Hertog Fellow
  • $130,239:  Michael Cromartie, Vice President

The above 8 employees received $1.6 million, which equates to an average compensation of $200,000.  If the compensation for the above 8 employees ($1.6 million) is deducted from total compensation ($2.1 million) then $500,000 was used as compensation for 10 employees, which means the average salary of the other employees is $50,000.

6 of the 8 (75%) most highly compensated employees are male while 2 of the 8 (25%) are female.

The second highest expense ($700,000) was for fees for services, almost all of which was for consultants and “honoraria” program service expenses.  2 independent contractors received more than $100,000:

  • $157,167:  Stanley Kurtz of Washington, DC for consulting fees
  • $153,500:  YouGov America, Inc. (a public opinion and data company) of Redwood City, CA for consulting fees

So, it appears that about $310,000 was paid for the above consulting services. It is unclear where the remaining fees for services were specifically spent on (except for $17,000 for accounting).

Using the above information, every $100 in revenue was spent as follows:

 $100:  Revenue

-$ 54:  Compensation

-$ 18:  Fees for Services

-$ 15:  Office-related Expenses

-$ 10:  Travel/Conferences/Conventions

-$ 97:  Total Expenses

 $  3:  Unspent Revenue

As illustrated above, $72 out of every $100 was spent on compensation and fees for services.  An additional $25 out of every $100 was spent on office-related expenses and travel/conferences/conventions.  $3 out of every $100 was not spent and allocated to the general fund which had $5.3 million at year-end.

The bottom line is that revenue is primarily spent on employees and consultants.

To read the IRS Form 990 (2017) for the year ending June 30, 2018, click here.

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May

Where Does $100 to the Fresh Air Fund Go?

The past 5 years have been a revenue roller coaster ride for the Fresh Air Fund (FAF). In 2014, the FAF reported total revenue of $19 million and they had $138 million in net fund assets. In 2015 and 2016, revenue grew to $27 million and $38 million, respectively and the endowment remained stable at $133 million and $127 million, respectively. But something happened in 2017. Revenue dropped to $24 million although the endowment increased to $136 million. In 2018, revenue dropped again, to $16 million although, again the endowment remained stable (and actually increased slightly to $139 million due to unrealized gains on investments).  But, no one seems to be talking or writing about what happened to cause the most recent decline in revenue. Read more »

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May

How the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Spends Membership Dues

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 »

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May

Executive Compensation at the National Association of Realtors

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. Key information about NAR include the following: Read more »

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May

Executive Compensation at the National Restaurant Association

The National Restaurant Association is the largest food trade organization in the world. Governed by a Board of Directors comprised of 90 leaders (although the Form 990 indicates there are 72 board members) in the industry, the National Restaurant Association is a professional trade association, a tax-exempt non-profit organization based in Washington, DC.

In 2017, the National Restaurant Association raised $110 million most of which comes from three (3) sources:  the sale of inventory ($62 million) which appears to be trade data, trade shows ($32 million), and royalties ($8 million). Membership dues – often the biggest source of revenue for trade associations – only provided $4 million to the organization in 2017. Read more »

21
May

Executive Compensation at Edward W Sparrow Hospital

Edward W Sparrow Hospital (EWSH) is a non-profit tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) teaching hospital with 676 beds (although the Form 990 states there are 703 beds) in Lansing, Michigan. EWSH is a subsidiary of Sparrow Health System (SHS), a non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) with 6 hospitals:  Sparrow Eaton, Sparrow (the flagship), Sparrow Specialty, Sparrow Clinton, Sparrow Ionia, and Sparrow Carson. In addition, SHS has dozens of satellite care centers, and the Michigan Athletic Club (a 276,000 square foot health club). Read more »

19
May

How Revenues (Your Premiums) are Spent at Physicians Health Plan

Physician’s Health Plan (PHP) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (4) – a social welfare organization whose contributions received are not tax-deductible – based in Lansing, Michigan. According to PHP:

Physicians Health Plan began in 1980, when Sparrow Health System (the sole member of PHP) and a group of visionary physicians began developing mid-Michigan’s first broad-based independent practice association (IPA), a type of health maintenance organization. An IPA is made up of a network of local physicians, hospitals and other professionals who deliver a full continuum of care. In 1982, PHP introduced its first products to the market. Today PHP remains a subsidiary of Sparrow, and it has more than 3,100 practitioners and 31 hospitals participating in its provider network.

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17
May

How Revenue is Spent at Feeding America (2019)

Established in 1988, Feeding America has been around for more than three decades and has grown substantially through the years. For the year ending, June 30, 2019, Feeding America raised $2.8 billion of which $2.6 billion (93%) were non-cash contributions (i.e. food) and about $188 million cash – from contributions ($113 million), program revenue sources ($23 million), royalties ($50 million), and other sources ($2 million). With most contributions being food for distribution to the vast network of food banks across the country, the question that most donors want to know is how the $188 million in cash revenue was spent. Read more »

15
May

Executive Compensation at Feeding America

Feeding America is a 501 (c) (3) whose mission is “to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of food banks and engage the country in the fight to end hunger.” With more than 37 million people (or 1 out of 9 people) experiencing hunger every day, Feeding America seeks to alleviate hunger by procuring and distributing food, creating public awareness and educating the public, lawmakers, and public policy influencers, and conducting research on hunger.

In 2019, Feeding America raised $2.8 billion of which $2.6 billion or 93% were non-cash contributions (food). $188 million was obtained through contributions, program revenue, and royalties.  The organization largest expense was grants – primarily food  ($2.7 billion). The second largest expense was for compensation for the 326 employees who received $36 million, which equates to an average compensation of $110,000.  103 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 18 most highly compensated employees listed below: Read more »

13
May

Executive Compensation at Oceana

Ocean is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) based in Washington, DC although the organization has offices worldwide. In 2017, Ocean raised $48 million and spent $38 million, leaving $10 million added to the general fund (or what is often referred to as the endowment) which had $38 million at year-end.

In 2017, Ocean had 167 employees who were compensated $19 million, which equates to an average compensation of $114,000. 28 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 12 most highly compensated employees listed below: Read more »