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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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17
Aug

Executive Compensation at Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) is New Jersey’s largest non-profit healthcare network with 17 hospitals, 500 patient care locations, and 34,000 employees. Based in Neptune, New Jersey, HMH is made up of numerous affiliated and related non-profits but this post will address the non-profit referred to as Hackensack Meridian Health – Subordinates (HMHS) since this entity compensates most of the senior management team whether compensated from HMHS or an affiliated organization. Read more »

15
Aug

Nana Joes Granola Bars

Looking for a granola bar that is vegan, gluten-free and made with organic ingredients? How about a granola bar that tastes crunchy, delicious, and satisfying? Then Nana Joes Granola Bars are the bomb. Handmade in San Francisco, Nana Joes Granola Bars come in four flavors, three of which have a base of oats and maple syrup and one with a base of unsweetened coconut chips and maple syrup: Read more »

13
Aug

Executive Compensation at the Cleveland Clinic

The Cleveland Clinic was founded nearly 100 years ago as a single hospital in Ohio but has grown to include the flagship hospital on a 170 acre campus in Cleveland, 10 regional hospitals, more than 150 outpatient clinics, and 19 family health centers in Ohio.  In addition, the Cleveland Clinic includes an academic medical center in Weston, Florida, a hospital in Nevada, offices across the United States, a hospital in Abi Dubai, and a sports medicine clinic in Toronto – all part of the 273 Cleveland Clinic locations across the world.

Often recognized as one of the best health care providers and one of the top hospitals (in Cleveland) in the country and the world, the Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit organization that generated $8.9 billion in revenue, had expenses of $8.5 billion (including $467 million in depreciation), leaving about $400 million to be added to the net assets or fund balance in 2016 (which increased from $7.2 billion at the beginning of the year to $8.2 billion because the organization had about $100 million in unrealized gains on investments and $500 million in other changes in assets (see Schedule O of the Form 990). Read more »

11
Aug

Executive Compensation at Christiana Care Health Services

Christiana Care Health System includes an extensive network of inpatient and outpatient servers (2 hospitals, medical aid units, home healthcare, and more) in Delaware. A not-for-profit teaching healthcare system, the Christiana Care Health System includes many non-profits that make the organization the largest employer in the state with about 12,000 employees.

The President and CEO and management team are compensated from Christiana Care Health Services, Inc. (CCHSI), a non-profit 501 (c) (3) headquarted in Wilmington, Delaware.

For the year ending June 30, 2017, CCHSI reported total revenue of $1.8 billion, total expenses of almost $1.6 billion, leaving more than $200 million added to the net fund balance which had $2.3 billion at year-end (note:  $86 million in net unrealized gains on investments and $70 million in changes in pensions and post retirement benefits also helped increase the net fund balance from $1.9 billion at the beginning of the year).  In other words, CCHSI is making money by spending less than they are taking in but also by gains on investments and decreased pension and post retirement liabilities. With more than $2 billion in net fund assets, this non-profit is sitting in a comfortable position. Read more »

9
Aug

Executive Compensation at Carilion

Carilion is often referred to as Carilion Clinic, Carilion Health Services, or simply Carilion Services although the healthcare provider encompasses several non-profits that provide healthcare services in Virginia.

Carilion Clinic is the parent organization of the Carilion Clinic healthcare network but Carilion Services, Inc is the non-profit that compensates the executives managing the overall network. Based in Roanoke, Carilion has a network of seven hospitals and 225 practice sites staffed by more than 13,000 employees.

Carilion Services, Inc. reported having 2,411 employees who were compensated $158 million in 2017 which equates to an average compensation of $66,000. 150 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 14 most highly compensated employees listed below: Read more »

7
Aug

Executive Compensation at BJC HealthCare

BJC HealthCare (whose legal name is BJC Health System) is one of the largest non-profit healthcare providers in the country with 15 hospitals and multiple community health locations in Missouri and Illinois. BJC HealthCare consists of dozens of affiliated non-profits but the one that encompasses most of the employees of the network is the BJC Health System Group Return which shows the organization reported $4.658 billion in revenue, $4.450 billion in expenses, $208 million in unspent revenue, and $3.038 billion in net assets (or fund balances).

The most recent IRS Form 990 (2016) reports 34,136 employees were compensated $1.839 billion (about 40% of revenue) which equates to an average compensation of $54,000.  2,578 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 66 most highly compensated employees listed below: Read more »

5
Aug

Asymmetry

First time authors are rarely known to write a truly exceptional book but Lisa Halliday accomplished the nearly impossible when she published Asymmetry:  a collection of three short stories, two that appear to be related (Folly and Ezra Blazer’s Desert Island Discs) and one that appears to be asymmetrical but is clearly the star of the show (Madness).

In Folly, Alice, a twenty-something assistant editor at a publishing house in New York City meets Ezra Blazer, an elderly well known and universally respected writer of classic 20th century fiction who has yet to win the Nobel Prize for fiction. Blazer was probably once a player with rugged good looks and a shocking head of thick hair but time has not been kind to the author who complains about back pain, his heart problems, and the other ailments that haunt the elderly. Read more »

3
Aug

Executive Compensation at Atlantic Health System

Atlantic Health System is a nonprofit healthcare system in New Jersey that includes five medical centers, a children’s hospital, a hospice and home care organization, rehabilitation center and 600 community-based providers from the affiliated Atlantic Medical Group.

The Atlantic Health System Group IRS Form 990 return (2016) reports the organization had 17,145 employees who were compensated $1.261 billion, which equates to an average compensation of $74,000.  2,266 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 54 most highly compensated employees listed below: Read more »

1
Aug

Summer Greens and Berries

Eating light in the summertime is as easy as tossing a salad together with fresh seasonal produce. Fill a large bowl with assorted greens (the darker the better) and then add a handful of blackberries, blueberries, and sliced strawberries along with a chopped avocado and sliced almonds for an added crunch. Drizzle some balsamic vinaigrette or your favorite dressing over the top, toss and serve. Lunch never tasted so good! Read more »

30
Jul

Executive Compensation at AdventHealth

AdventHealth (formerly known as Adventist Health System until 2019 when the 501 (c) (3) “rebranded” itself) is one of the largest non-profit health care providers in the United States with 47 hospitals in 9 states. Based in Altamonte Springs, Florida, AdventHealth is a very large system with dozens of separate 501 (c) (3)’s for the hospitals, physician care, patient care, and more. This post looks at the executive compensation at  Adventist Health System Sunbelt Healthcare Corporation (AHSSHC) and Adventist Health System West (AHSW) because the most recent IRS Form 990’s are available for these two entities (before the organization was rebranded to AdventHealth). It is important to note there are dozens of other related and affiliated non-profits related to AdventHealth that are not covered under this post. Read more »