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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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Executive Compensation at Trinity Health (MI)

Trinity Health is a tax-exempt non-profit Catholic healthcare system that employee more than 120,000 in 92 hospitals and more than 120 continuing healthcare locations (i.e. senior living, hospice, home care, etc) in 22 states. Based in Livonia, Michigan, Trinity Health includes hundreds of related and affiliated organizations. This post reports the executive compensation at Trinity Health Corporation (THC), which overseas the entire healthcare system.

Governed by 15 directors (14 of whom are independent), THC has a board made up of 7 women and 9 men (note: 16 directors are listed on the Form 990, which appears due to timing differences). Read more »


Nairn’s Oatcakes

An oatcake is a cracker made primarily from oats. A Scottish creation, the oatcake is to the Scots what a Ritz cracker is to Americans, a Rosca to the Spaniards, and what a TUC cracker is to the French: that is, a traditional cracker that is often used as a chariot for a topping with bold flavor. Read more »


Executive Compensation at Disabled American Veterans (DAV) 2019

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-$300 for a lifetime of assistance and benefits), DAV is the largest disabled veteran assistance organization in the country. Read more »


Where Does $100 to Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Go (2019)?

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. Read more »


Executive Compensation at TriHealth (OH)

TriHealth is a non-profit healthcare system that operates 5 hospitals and more than 130 healthcare sites in the Cincinnati, Ohio metropolitan area. With about 12,000 employees that work for dozens of related/affiliated organizations, TriHealth is one of the largest employers in Cincinnati.

This post is about TriHealth, Inc. (TriHealth) which is a tax-exempt non-profit 501 (c) 3 that has two corporate members: Bethesda, Inc. and Catholic Health Initiatives, who elect board members. There are 13 board members in the governing body, 8 of whom are independent. 11 of the 13 (85%) are male while 2 (15%) are female. Read more »


Executive Compensation at Texas Health Resources

Texas Health Resources healthcare system is one of the largest tax-exempt non-profit healthcare systems in northern Texas with more than 350 access locations including 27 hospital locations. The healthcare system consists of dozens of related organizations but are overseen by a parent organization: Texas Health Resources. This post addresses the executive compensation at the parent organization.

The Texas Health Resources healthcare system has more than 23,000 employees with Texas Health Resources (THR) employing about 5,000 of those employees. Governed by 16 board members, 15 of whom are independent, THR has 13 males (81%) and 3 (19%) females on the board. Read more »


Executive Compensation at Sutter Health (CA)

Sutter Health generally refers to a healthcare system provider that operates in northern California. With more than 53,000 employees and 12,000 physicians that operate out of 24 hospitals and more than 200 clinics, Sutter Health is one of the largest tax-exempt non-profit integrated healthcare providers in California. But, Sutter Health is not just one organization; there are, in fact, dozens of organizations that make up Sutter Health. This post addresses the executive compensation at one of those organizations (Sutter Health) that employs about 9,000 employees or about 15% of their workforce that manage the overall system. Read more »


Executive Compensation at St Luke’s Health System (Boise, ID)

St. Luke’s Health System (SLHS) is a tax-exempt non-profit healthcare provider based in Boise, Idaho that is most well known for its flagship medical center – St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center – although there are numerous healthcare provider sites.

Governed by 16 directors, 10 of whom are independent, SLHS board makeup consists of 12 males and 4 females.

16,897 employees received $402 million in compensation, which equates to an average compensation of $24,000, which appears low compared to other non-profit healthcare providers. However, 1,550 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 13 most highly compensated reported to be: Read more »


Executive Compensation at CommonSpirit Health

Commonspirit Health (CH) was formed in 2019 when Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health (DH) merged to become one of the largest non-profit healthcare providers in the country with 137 hospitals and more than 1,000 healthcare sites in 21 states.

Based in Englewood, Colorado, CHI has more than 350 related organizations (tax-exempt and taxable partnerships, corporations, and trusts) that file separate Form 990’s. This post addresses the executive compensation at CH in Englewood, Colorado (To see employee compensation from affiliated or related organizations, the specific Form 990 of the entity must be viewed).

3,387 employees were compensated $348 million, or an average of compensation of $103000 in 2019. However, only 878 employees were compensated more than $100,000 with the 25 most highly compensated individuals listed below:

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Where Does $100 to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Go?

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is one of the largest, if not the largest philanthropy focused solely on health. The foundation’s goal, through the use of grants, is “to improve the health and healthcare of all Americans.”

Given that people in the US (compared to other high income countries) have shorter lives, more heart disease, obesity, diabetes, lung disease, disabilities, HIV and AIDS, drug-related deaths, adolescent pregnancy, bad birth outcomes, and disabilities than nearly every single other country (as measured by the American Public Health Association) but spend more per capita (about $8,000 per person) than every other country in the world, is there any question the US needs to focus on health and reversing the current trends? But, the more potent question is this:  Is the foundation making a difference – reversing the health trends in the US – with the more than $400 million in grants awarded annually and the $300 million the foundation spends annually to support, manage, and grow itself? Read more »