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20
Jan

Where Does $100 to the Nature Conservancy Go?

The Nature Conservancy raises nearly a billion dollars a year and has close to $6 billion in their net fund assets, making the organization one of the most well capitalized non-profits in the country. If you’ve ever wondered how a donation is spent but don’t feel inclined to read the dozens and dozens of pages of the IRS Form 990 (the tax return submitted to the IRS annually), then continue reading. Read more »

18
Jan

Roasted Vegetable Cannellini Lasagna

Roasted Vegetable Cannellini Lasagna is a hearty main dish filled with an assortment of roasted vegetables, greens, and cannellini beans in between layers of noodles and sauce.  Inspired by the recipe for Roasted Vegetable Lasagna in The How Not To Die Cookbook by Dr. Michael Greger, MD,  the following recipe uses lots of Portobello mushrooms (instead of eggplant) to give the dish a meaty texture (but use whatever vegetables you prefer).

Delicious out of the oven, Roasted Vegetable Cannellini Lasagna is even better the next day (just like the traditional dish). Somehow that day of settling brings out the flavor of the vegetables and beans in this variation of the classic Italian dish. Read more »

16
Jan

Executive Compensation at United Way

United Way may refer to a number of charitable organizations throughout the world but in the United States, United Way generally refers to United Way Worldwide (formerly United Way of America) and/or one of the 1,400 offices in 40 countries and territories.

United Way Worldwide is the leadership and support organization for the whole network which includes approximately 1,200 local offices (approximately 85% of the total number of offices) in the United States (including DC, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands). A non-profit 501 (c) (3), United Way Worldwide is required to submit an IRS Form 990 (a tax return that provides details on revenue, expenses, assets, liabilities, and more) annually, as does each of the local offices.  Read more »

14
Jan

Eucalan: The Ultimate Delicate Wash

Several years ago at a party, a friend of the family was sitting by the fireplace enjoying an ice-cold beer when he started talking about a married man who used to help our family take care of a summer house. Seems this married gentleman was carrying on with a woman in town and using our place as a love shack, unbeknownst to us. When the seductress forgot to turn off the silent alarm one autumn afternoon, the police and fire department were alerted, along with the married gentleman’s wife (who had a police radio at home) – all of whom raced to the house where there is only one road in and one road out. Read more »

12
Jan

Executive Salaries at the Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy – a 501 (c) (3) based in Arlington, Virginia – whose mission is “to conserve land and waters on which all life depends” has been around since 1951 and is one of the most popular and wealthy non-profits in the country.

The most recent financial information (the 2015 IRS Form 990 for the year ending June 30, 2016) reports the organization raised $914 million and spent $810 million. Although it appears the organization could have added $104 million to their net fund assets, these unspent funds were used to offset unrealized losses on investments. Consequently, the Nature Conservancy’s net fund assets remained virtually unchanged at year-end at $5.9 billion. Read more »

10
Jan

Chocolate Almond Butter Buckleberry Truffles

The Chocolate Almond Butter Buckleberry Truffle by Buckleberry Foods is a sinfully delicious plant-based and gluten-free dessert truffle made of almonds, maple syrup, coconut oil, oats, cocoa and sea salt.

Made by Buckleberry Foods of Warren, Rhode Island, Chocolate Almond Butter Buckleberry Truffles look like mini cupcakes and taste like a cross between an almond butter “peanut butter cup” and a chocolate truffle. Rich, nutty, and bursting with chocolate, the Chocolate Almond Butter Buckleberry Truffle is, as the company says “indulgence in its purest form.” Read more »

8
Jan

Back Roads Granola

After all these years, we are still Crunchy Granola People.

At the southeastern tip of Vermont is a town called Brattleboro where a family-owned bakery of self-described “crunchy granola people” makes some of the most delicious and nutritious granolas on the market.

Using only non-GMO certified organic ingredients, Back Roads Granola is also noteworthy for what they don’t use:  sugar, salt, canola oil, and no wheat products (all the granolas are certified gluten-free). Instead, the company uses Vermont maple syrup and honey to add a slight sweetness to the granola along with a touch of sunflower oil. Read more »

6
Jan

Where Does $100 to the Clinton Foundation Go?

The Clinton Foundation – also known as the “Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation” (BHCCF) – is based out of Little Rock, Arkansas although there are offices in other locations including New York City. Established in 1997, the organization is a 501 (c) (3) engaged primarily in maintaining and operating the Presidential Library and Museum in Little Rock, and addressing “the world’s most pressing problems.”

BHCCF is not a large grant provider; nor does the organization specialize in implementing projects but instead appears to be focused on pubic awareness, establishing partnerships with other organizations, and finding solutions (referred to as initiatives) to a variety of global issues including third world problems, climate change, and health-related issues. Read more »

4
Jan

Candy Bars by Nelly’s Organics

In my ongoing search for a healthier alternative to the sugary and additive filled confections offered in supermarkets, I came upon Nelly’s Organics: a line of scrumptious certified organic candy bars in the refrigerated section of a Fresh Market that sell for just $2.99 a bar (note:  most certified organic chocolate bars cost two or three times as much). With no preservatives (which is why they are in the refrigerated section), additives, dyes, powders, fillers, by-products, nutritional supplements, or added stimulants, Nelly’s Organics contain real ingredients that have been certified organic. Read more »

2
Jan

The How Not To Die Cookbook

When the groundbreaking book, How Not To Die was published in December, 2015 by Dr. Michael Greger, MD, who had no personal financial stake in book sales because all of the proceeds are donated to charity (www.nutritionfacts.org), the public took notice putting the book on the New York Times Bestseller List instantly and keeping it there for more than a year. Read more »