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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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20
Feb

L’Artisane Creative Bakery in Miami Beach

When I made the transition from a vegetarian to a plant-based diet, there were foods I never thought I would ever eat again. One of those foods was a croissant:  that exquisite French pastry known for its buttery layers of flaky baked dough, a crunchy exterior and a chewy melt-in-your-mouth interior.  Without butter, how could a croissant be a croissant? And, so I thought my croissant days were over.

Through the years, I’ve often sought out vegan pastries, most of which ranged from so-so to “I wouldn’t give my dog this.” Yet, I never gave up because the evolution in plant-based food seems to change daily.  Several weeks ago, I heard about a bakery in Miami Beach called L’Artisane Creative Bakery that opened in 2018 by a classically trained pastry chef named Carolina Molea who went vegan and decided to open a vegan bakery in Miami for the simple reason that she couldn’t find a great tasting vegan croissant or pastry in one of America’s most vibrant cities. Read more »

18
Feb

Executive Compensation at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (2018)

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) based in Rye Brook, New York with 1,291 employees who received total compensation of $104 million, which equates to an average of $81,000 per individual. However, the IRS Form 990 (for the year ending June 30, 2018) reports that 187 individuals received more than $100,000 in compensation.

The most highly compensated individuals (12) were compensated $4.6 million (an average of $383,000 each): Read more »

16
Feb

Where Does $100 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Go (2018)?

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) whose mission is to “cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s Disease, and Myeloma, and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. To do this, LLS primarily focuses on three major programs:

  • Patient and Community Services
  • Research Programs
  • Public Health Education

According to the IRS Form 990 (2017) for the year beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2018, the following key information was reported: Read more »

14
Feb

Why “Republicans” Are Voting for Sanders in State Primaries

The Republicans are lining up behind Donald Trump to nominate him as the presidential party candidate in November but rumor has it Pro-Trump Republicans are leaving their party in droves (not because they don’t want Trump but instead to ensure his victory) to register as Democrats in order to vote in closed primary elections (the 50 states have an open primary where registered voters may vote in any party primary regardless of party affiliation, a closed primary where registered voters may only vote in the party he or she is affiliated with or a hybrid of sorts). Read more »

12
Feb

Executive Compensation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2017)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) is a private non-profit 501 (c) (3) college that specializes in engineering, technology, and the sciences. Located on 300 acres in Troy, New York, RPI also has two campuses in Connecticut – in Hartford and Groton. But, what also makes this institute well-known is its inclusion on lists of most highly compensated employees.

About 8,000 students (mostly undergraduate) attend RPI where annual tuition is about $54,000 plus about $20,000 for room and board bringing the total annual cost to $74,000. However, nearly 8,000 recipients received $187 million in non-cash tuition discounts (an average of $23,500). Read more »

10
Feb

How Donations are Spent at the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH)

The American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) sounds like a very important non-profit with all the key buzz words – American, Council, Science, and Health – in its name but in reality ACSH is a very small (raises about $1 million annually and has a $1 endowment) non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) whose “mission is to ensure peer reviewed, evidence-based science reaches the public, the media, and the decision makers who determine public policy” except that they don’t according to some. Read more »

8
Feb

How Membership Dues are Spent at the National Education Association (NEA)

The National Education Association of the United States (NEA) is a non-profit tax-exempt 501 (c) (5) – a labor organization – that represents public school teachers, retired educators, and college students preparing to become teachers. The largest professional employee organization in the US, NEA has more than 3 million members (which is also about how many public school teachers there are in the US).

Based in Washington, DC, NEA reported total revenue of $374 million in 2017, most of which ($370 million) came from membership dues, which means the average membership dues were $123.

Expenses totaled $361 milloin and were categorized as follows: Read more »

6
Feb

Executive Compensation at the National Education Association (NEA)

The National Education Association of the United States (NEA) is a non-profit tax-exempt 501 (c) (5) – a labor organization – that represents public school teachers, retired educators, and college students preparing to become teachers. The largest professional employee organization in the US, NEA has more than 3 million members (which is also about how many public school teachers there are in the US).

Based in Washington, DC, NEA reported total revenue of $374 million in 2017, most of which ($370 million) came from membership dues, which means the average membership dues were $123. Read more »

4
Feb

Executive Compensation at the American Diabetes Association (2018)

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) based in Arlington, Virginia.  Over the past several years, the ADA experienced a drop in revenues and a decline in the organization’s endowment but in 2018, with the replacement of the Executive Director and key staff, the trend started to reverse. By cutting staff (from 1,500 in 2013 to 1,000  in 2018) and other expenses, ADA seems to be back on track financially. However, it remains to be seen if the organization will accomplish one of their key goals in the years ahead:  to prevent and cure diabetes. Read more »

2
Feb

Where Does $100 to the American Diabetes Association Go (2018)?

The mission of the American Diabetes Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

Established 80 years ago in 1940 when less than a million Americans (or less than 1% of the population) had diabetes, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is one of the few (if not only) non-profit organizations working against a disease that has increased thirtyfold (The CDC estimates that more than 30 million people in the USA have diabetes – primarily Type 2 which is largely preventable and reversible – and that another 100 million people have pre-diabetes which if not treated often leads to Type 2 within 5 years) over the decades despite hundreds of millions of dollars raised by the organization. Read more »