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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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Chickpea Pasta Salad

Chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) and pasta are typically not two foods that people think about putting together but if you’re looking for a fresh delicious new take on a summer pasta salad, look no further. Chickpea pasta is delicious, has a slightly heavier texture and heartier flavor than white pasta, and is infinitely more nutritious with 12 grams of protein and 1 gram of natural sugar per serving.

Full of greens, vegetables, and beans, the Chickpea Pasta Salad doesn’t need any oil or sauce to bring it together. Instead, the addition of an avocado (chopped) and the juice from a fresh lemon add a creamy tangy texture to the salad. Read more »


Executive Compensation at Catholic Health Initiatives

Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) is one of the largest non-profit health care providers in the country with 101 hospitals and clinics in 18 states. Based in Englewood, Colorado, CHI has more than 250 related organizations that file separate Form 990’s. This post simply addresses the executive compensation at CHI in Englewood, Colorado.

3,446 employees were compensated $396 million, or an average of compensation of $114,000 in 2017. However, only 962 employees were compensated more than $100,000 with the 24 most highly compensated individuals listed below: Read more »


Executive Compensation at Ascension Health and Ascension Health Alliance

Ascension Health is the nation’s largest Catholic non-profit health system with 151 hospitals, 2,600 sites of care, and 50 senior living facilities in 21 states and the District of Columbia. The sole corporate member of Ascension Health is Ascension Health Alliance, a Missouri non-profit 501 (c) (3).  Consequently, there are two separate IRS Form 990’s that need to be viewed to gain an understanding of the executive compensation. Read more »


Executive Compensation at Seton Hall University

Seton Hall University (Seton Hall) – one of the countries leading Catholic universities – is located in South Orange, NJ (main campus), Newark, NJ (law school), Clifton and Nutley, NJ (College of Nursing and School of Health and Medical Sciences),  and Hackensack (School of Medicine).  10,000 students (6,000 undergraduate and 4,000 graduate) attend Seton Hall. Undergraduate tuition, room, board, and fees total about $60,000 annually or $240,000 for four years.

In 2017, Seton Hall reported total revenue of $415 million, of which $343 million (83% of revenue) came from program services (tuition, room and board, fees, and medical residency program). The remaining revenue primarily came from contributions, gains on the sale of assets, athletics, parking, and government grants.

Expenses totaled $399 million (including $17 million in depreciation) including $133 million in grants.  The $16 million in unspent revenue along with $14 million in net unrealized gains on investments allowed net assets (often referred to as the endowment) to increase from $420 million at the beginning of the year to $450 million at year-end. Read more »


Dr-Cow Tree Nut Cheese

Right across the Williamsburg Bridge on a quiet street (South 6th) in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, is a tiny store called Dr-Cow that makes tree nut cheeses that taste just like cheese, only better (and unlike any of the commercial non-dairy cheese substitutes sold in grocery stores). These organic, dairy-free, raw, and plant-based cheeses are low in fat, sodium, and calories, have no cholesterol, and are high in iron and plant protein.

At Dr-Cow, tree nut cheeses are made the same way exceptional dairy cheeses are made:  with three ingredients – milk, a culture, and salt – but instead of cow milk, Dr-Cow uses nuts (primarily cashews and macadamia nuts) which means, Dr-Cow cheeses contain no gluten, no casein, no soy and are lactose-free. And, yet, they taste incredible. Read more »


Executive Compensation at Villanova University

Villanova University (Villanova) – a collection of six colleges – located just outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is known for its basketball team and for its liberal arts, nursing, engineering, business, law, and professional studies. With more than 11,000 students (6,500 undergraduate and 4,500 graduate), Villanova is an accredited university that has been educating students since 1842 (and thus, the oldest Catholic university in Pennsylvania).

The annual undergraduate cost (tuition, room, and board) is approximately $67,000 which equates to $268,000 for a four-year degree. Read more »


Executive Compensation at the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFFPR) is a 501 (c) (3) established in 2000 to assist in the development of better treatments for Parkinson’s Disease “through an aggressively funded research agenda.” Most foundations of this type are established to raise funds which are then awarded as research grants in the hopes of finding better treatments and ultimately a cure.

In 2017, the MJFFPR raised $104 million and awarded $82 million in grants, which equates to 79% of revenue (although in 2016, MJFFPR awarded $74 million in grants (representing 65% of total revenue). The remaining $22 million was primarily spent on compensation and office-related expenses. Read more »


Where Does $100 to DAV Go?

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization is a 501 (c) (4) – a social welfare organization – that was created by Congress in 1920 to assist disabled military veterans and their families.  Based in Cold Spring, Kentucky, DAV provides services nationwide to disabled veterans through staff, national service offices and more than 1,300 local chapters.

With more than a million members (who pay $0-$250 for a lifetime of assistance and benefits), DAV is the largest disabled veteran assistance organization in the country. In 2017, DAV reported total revenue of $137 million although only $7 million (about 5% of revenue) came from membership fees.  $108 million (79% of revenue) came from contributions. $20 million (15% of revenue) came from investment income and the gain on the sale of assets while $2 million came from royalties and other sources. Read more »


Executive Compensation at Disabled American Veterans (DAV)

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization is a 501 (c) (4) – a social welfare organization – that was created by Congress in 1920 to assist disabled military veterans and their families.  Based in Cold Spring, Kentucky, DAV provides services nationwide to disabled veterans through staff, national service offices and more than 1,300 local chapters.

With more than a million members (who pay $0-$250 for a lifetime of assistance and benefits), DAV is the largest disabled veteran assistance organization in the country. But, its important to note membership dues only brought in about $7 million in 2017 (about 5% of revenue; most revenue – $108 million out of $137 million raised – came from contributions). Read more »


Almond Butter Oat Chocolate Chip Crumble

It’s like eating cookie dough, only better.

Almond Butter Oat Chocolate Chip Crumble is a chewy, delicious, and nutritious topping that take minutes to make, a few hours to chill and seconds to devour. With only six ingredients:  almond butter, whole grain oats, almonds, maple syrup, chocolate chips, and a touch of salt, Almond Butter Oat Chocolate Chip Crumble is the perfect topping for baked fruit, oatmeal, whole grain cereals, or ice cream because it satisfies a sweet craving while providing lots of nutrients and fiber without added refined sugar or flour. Read more »