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Executive Salaries at AIPAC

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is a 501 (c) (4) based in Washington, DC whose mission is to “strengthen, protect, and promote the US Israel relationship in ways that enhance the security of Israel and the US.” Although AIPAC is exempt from taxes, donations to AIPAC are not tax deductible (although they may be tax deductible as trade or business expenses) because the organization is a social welfare organization that can engage in unlimited lobbying (this is key). Read more »


Executive Compensation at the Special Olympics

Rarely is there a disagreement about the importance of funding the Special Olympics but yesterday, Betsy DeVos, the Education Secretary proposed cutting $17.6 million in government assistance to the organization next year, asserting that the non-profit is better supported by philanthropy.  Before anyone makes up their mind about this issue, they should know the financial facts about the organization, which include revenue, expenses, executive compensation, and the fund balance (which many refer to as the endowment) and ask if the Special Olympics needs the government contributions? Read more »


Where Does $100 to the American Humane Association Go?

The American Humane Association (AHA) is a Washington, DC-based non-profit 501 (c) 3 whose “No Animals Were Harmed” certification program in film and television is well-known in the entertainment industry. In addition, AHA certifies zoos, aquariums, conservation centers, and humane treatment in food production (farms, slaughterhouses, etc), awards grants, donates goods, and participates in other program services. Read more »


Executive Compensation at the American Humane Association (2017)

The American Humane Association (AHA) is a charitable non-profit 501 (c) 3 that paid more than $500,000 in compensation to its Chief Executive Officer, Robin Ganzert AND paid for first class domestic travel for the board members (there are 14) and the Chief Executive Officer in 2017.  And, this is an organization that raised $19 million ($13 million in contributions, $4 million from certifications – movie and television sets, farms, slaughterhouses, etc, and $2 million in royalties) in 2017 and $16 million the year before; and whose net fund assets were $17 million at year-end 2017. In other words, AHA is a relatively small non-profit with a modest endowment. Read more »


What Happened to Character?

Apparently, there is absolutely no way Robert Kraft, the billionaire owner of the Boston Patriots is going to accept the plea deal in the Florida prostitution case even though the police supposedly have two tapes of Kraft paying for and receiving sexual acts from massage parlor “therapists.”

And, it looks like Felicity Hoffman and Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli may plead “not guilty” to the charges related to illegally helping their children gain entrance to prestigious colleges, even though the FBI has recorded conversations and a money trail that shows they cheated and/or bought their children’s admission. And, then there is Donald Trump trash talking John McCain, who died of brain cancer last year, and Kellyanne Conway’s husband, George Conway, who Trump called “a whack job” and a “stone cold loser and husband from hell” (as if Trump was heaven-sent). Read more »


Executive Compensation at World Vision (2017)

World Vision, Inc (World Vision) – a Christian humanitarian organization – based out of Federal Washington – is one of the largest and most recognized non-profits in the country. In 2017, World Vision raised more than $1 billion (as they did in 2016) and awarded $762 million in grants, $706 million of which was to overseas organizations, governments, and individuals.  With a $205 million endowment, World Vision has the resources to make a difference.

In 2017, World Vision had 1,133 employees who were compensated $101 million, which equates to an average compensation of $89,000. 202 individuals received more than $100,000 in compensation. The 18 most highly compensated individuals were: Read more »


Kale and Mushroom Pita

Kale and Mushroom Pita is a super easy way to get that all important dose of greens and fiber in your diet. Whenever I don’t feel like spending a lot of time cooking, a Kale and Mushroom Pita is on the menu.

With just 4 ingredients: dark green lacinto kale, mushrooms, nutritional yeast, and whole grain pita bread, the Kale and Mushroom Pita takes about 10 minutes to make. The biggest time sap is cleaning and cutting the mushrooms and kale which can be done ahead of time (or buy pre-washed baby kale), covered and refrigerated until later in the day. Read more »


How is $100 to the Carter Center Spent?

The Carter Center, Inc. (Carter Center) was established in 1981 as a 501 (c) (3) to “advance human rights and alleviate unnecessary human suffering.” Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the Carter Center is a very well endowed organization ($768 million as of August 31, 2017) that raises about $120 million annually. Rather than primarily operating as a grantor, the Carter Center works towards achieving their goals with their own staff and in conjunction with other partnerships. Read more »


Executive Compensation at the Carter Center

The Carter Center was established in 1981 as a 501 (c) (3) based in Atlanta, Georgia. With $767 million in net fund assets, the Carter Center is a well-endowed organization that focuses on public health and human rights.

In 2017, the Carter Center had 263 employees who were compensated $35 million, which equates to an average compensation of $134,000. However, the IRS Form 990 reports that just 36 individuals received more than $100,000 in compensation. The 11 most highly compensated individuals are listed as follows: Read more »



Powerballs are moist, nutty delicious bites made from eight ingredients: dates, walnuts, dried apricots, sprouted sunflower seeds, goji berries, hemp hearts, flaxseed meal and cinnamon. Sweet and scrumptious, Powerballs are the ideal snack or dessert that satisfies those sweet cravings we all get from time to time.

Inspired by the recipe for Superfood Breakfast Bites in the How Not To Die Cookbook, Powerballs are heavy on the dates, apricots, and walnuts but its the seeds, berries, hemp, and flaxseed along with the cinnamon that make these treats so special. Read more »