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12
Mar

Purely Elizabeth Wellness Bars

Introducing the Functional Granola Bar.

From March 10-17, Purely Elizabeth of granola fame is selling a Wellness Bar Sampler Pack which contains 5 bars for $9.99. These bars are made with Purely Elizabeth award-winning Ancient Grain Granola and are certified organic, gluten-free, vegan, and non-GMO project verified.  As with every Purely Elizabeth product, you can trust the ingredients which are always of the highest quality with no added sugar, artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. Read more »

10
Mar

Understanding the NRA Organizations

When most people think of the NRA they think of the National Rifle Association of America and the Second Amendment (“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”) but there are six separate non-profits that comprise the NRA:

  • NRA (National Rifle Association of America):  501 (c)(4)
  • NRA Foundation, Inc.:  501 (c)(3)
  • NRA Freedom Action Foundation:  501 (c)(3)
  • NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund:  501 (c)(3)
  • NRA Special Contribution Fund: 501 (c) (3)
  • NRA Political Victory Fund: PAC Section 527

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8
Mar

Shiloh Farms Organic Grain Flakes

Look no further than Lancaster, Pennsylvania where organic, non-GMO whole grain flakes are packaged for Shiloh Farms.

Spelt, barley, and kamut flakes look remarkably similar to rolled oats but have subtle nutty flavor differences which can liven up and energize a variety of breakfast and snack foods. Delicious alone or combined with each other and oats, whole grain flakes make a nutritious and delicious hot cereal or mid-morning pick-me-up. Simply cook according to the package directions (5-20 minutes) or add as is to a homemade muesli recipe (click here for a fantastic not too sweet muesli recipe).   Read more »

6
Mar

Roasted Kale with Sea Salt

Say the word “kale” and watch people’s reactions:  a raised eyebrow, a snicker, or maybe a smile and acknowledgement that he or she is in on the news:  Kale is a superfood rich in nutrients (Vitamins A,K,C, E, the B vitamins, and manganese) and minerals (iron, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus) that not only nourishes our bodies but is also a flavorful vegetable that can be used as a side dish or a snack food.

A rich dark-colored curly leaf cabbage, kale has many varieties known for a bitter and earthy flavor although Lacinato Kale (which is also known as Dinosaur Kale or Tuscan Kale) enjoys favored status because the leaves are a bit sweeter with a lighter, softer texture than other curly leaf kale varieties. Read more »

4
Mar

Where does $10 to Paws for Purple Hearts Go?

Paws for Purple Hearts (PPH)  is a non-profit (501) (c) (3) that teaches veterans to train service dogs for their fellow veterans with combat related injuries. According to the organization’s website, PPH provides the guidance for this program but according to the IRS Form 990 (2014) submitted to the IRS, PPH raised $1,311,433 and spent just $150,661 on this program – less than 12% of the revenue raised went towards the organization’s program.

The remaining funds were spent primarily on fundraising – in fact, $805,930 was spent on mailing lists, printing and publications, postage and shipping, professional fundraising services, supplies, and related office expenses. $99,242 was spent on the management of the organization while $255,610 was retained by the organization in their fund balance although PPH did give $29,917 to Bergin University for Canine Studies, which is where the program is from. Read more »

2
Mar

Where does $100 to Operation Smile Go?

Operation Smile is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) that provides corrective surgery to children and young adults in developing countries who are born with cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformities. Established in 1982, Operation Smile was founded by Dr. William Magee,Jr.  (a dentist and plastic and craniofacial surgeon) who serves as the organization’s Chief Executive Officer and his wife Kathleen McGee, who serves as the organization’s President. Their daughter, Kristie Porcaro also serves as the SVP of US and Global Philanthropy of Operation Smile. Read more »