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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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27
Sep

Executive Compensation at the United Negro College Fund (UNCF)

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) based in Washington, DC. Established in 1944, UNCF funds scholarships for students and also scholarship funds at 37 private historically black colleges and universities (member institutions).

In 2018-2019 UNCF reported having 255 employees who received $21 million in compensation, which equates to an average compensation of $79,000. 48 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the most highly compensated employee being the President and CEO, Michael L Lomax who received $838,291 in compensation. Read more »

25
Sep

Where Does Revenue to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Go?

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) is one of the few non-profits experiencing a steep decline in revenue while keeping their expenses relatively constant resulting in decline in net assets over the past few years (in millions): Read more »

23
Sep

Executive Compensation at Novant Health

Novant Health is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) based in Winston Salem, North Carolina. An integrated healthcare provider, Novant Health has 14 hospitals and medical centers and more than 50 physician clinics and outpatient centers in four states:  North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia.

It is important to note Novant Health has dozens of related/affiliated 501 (c) (3)’s, taxable partnerships, corporations, and trusts that are listed on Schedule R of the Form 990.  This post addresses the executive compensation at only Novant Health, and not the related/affiliated organizations including the specific hospitals, physician clinics, imaging centers, etc.  However, there are employees whose responsibilities overlap with other affiliated organizations. When this is the case, compensation may also come from related organizations (and this is noted below). Read more »

21
Sep

Executive Compensation at the National Grocers Association

The National Grocers Association (NGA) sounds like a big organization but, in reality, NGA is a small non-profit, tax-exempt trade association that represents independent supermarket operators across the country. This 501 (c) (6) typically raises about $7 million annually (primarily through convention/conference fees, membership dues and royalties) and spends slightly less (primarily on compensation, travel and conferences, and office expenses). At year-end 2017, NGA had $11 in net fund assets. Read more »

19
Sep

Vegan Vanilla Yogurt Cake

Making a great tasting moist vanilla cake without butter and eggs has never been easier.  The secret lies with using unsweetened cashew yogurt, and cake flour which has a lower protein content than all purpose flour and is lighter (finer), and softer than other flours. However, with the knowledge that white cake flour doesn’t have a lot of nutritional attributes, there are two ways to make this cake:

  • Use only white cake flour for a lighter, higher rising cake; or
  • Use a combination of white cake flour and whole grain spelt flour or whole wheat pastry flour for a slightly denser but more nutritious cake.

In addition, using unsweetened plain cashew yogurt (I use Forager’s) gives this cake a moist, tangy flavor that is greatly enhanced with the added zest of a lemon. Read more »

17
Sep

How Revenue is Spent at the AFL-CIO

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is a federation of 55 labor unions that represent nearly 13 million men and women. A non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (5) – a member labor organization, the AFL-CIO is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Key facts about the AFL-CIO include the following information taken from the IRS Form 990’s: Read more »

15
Sep

Executive Compensation at the AFL-CIO

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is a federation of 55 labor unions that represent nearly 13 million workers. A non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (5) – a labor organization, the AFL-CIO is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Key facts about the AFL-CIO include the following information taken from the IRS Form 990’s: Read more »

13
Sep

Executive Compensation at Northwestern Memorial HealthCare (Chicago, IL)

Northwestern Memorial HealthCare (NMH) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) that provides healthcare in more than 200 locations (including 10 hospitals) in the Chicago metropolitan area. Headquartered in Chicago, NMH is affiliated with Northwestern’s School of Medicine.

Key facts to know about NMH include the following information taken from the Form 990 (2017 for the year ending August 31, 2018):

NMH has $7.3 billion in net assets (up from $6.4 billion the year before). The $900 million increase is primarily attributed to transfers from affiliated organizations (about $550 million) and excess revenue over expenses (about $350 million), all of which means NMH made a lot of money from healthcare in 2018. Read more »

11
Sep

Almond Biscotti Cookies (Vegan)

Almond Biscotti Cookies are not quite biscotti – that tends to be dry – and not quite a cookie – that tends to be very sweet – which makes them the perfect treat for someone who prefers an insanely delicious snack that falls between these two categories of sweets. Moist and slightly sweet, Almond Biscotti Cookies are vegan but are not a “health” food owing to the inclusion of canola oil and sugar but they are worth it. That these cookies are super easy to make is an added bonus!

These cookies disappear quickly. The recipe is easily doubled (note: the standard recipe below makes about 20-22 pieces). In terms of oil and sugar, each cookie has about 1 teaspoon of oil and 1 teaspoon of sugar.  Read more »

9
Sep

Executive Compensation at Oberlin

Oberlin College (Oberlin) is a liberal arts college (College of Arts and Sciences) and music conservatory (Conservatory of Music) with approximately 3,000 students in Oberlin, Ohio (about 40 miles southwest of Cleveland). Established in 1833, Oberlin has graduated Rhodes Scholars (16), Pulitzer Prize Winners (7), MacArthur Fellows (12), Truman Scholars (20), and Nobel Laureates (3).

Tuition, room, and board is nearly $80,000 (with health insurance) annually making a 4-year degree a total cost of $320,000. Oberlin awards about $60 million annually in the form of financial aid. According to the most recent available Form 990 (2016 for the year ending June 30, 2017), 2,710 students received $62 million, which equates to an average financial aid of $23,000. Read more »