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Executive Compensation at Disabled American Veterans (DAV)

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-$250 for a lifetime of assistance and benefits), DAV is the largest disabled veteran assistance organization in the country. But, its important to note membership dues only brought in about $7 million in 2017 (about 5% of revenue; most revenue – $108 million out of $137 million raised – came from contributions). Read more »


Almond Butter Oat Chocolate Chip Crumble

It’s like eating cookie dough, only better.

Almond Butter Oat Chocolate Chip Crumble is a chewy, delicious, and nutritious topping that take minutes to make, a few hours to chill and seconds to devour. With only six ingredients:  almond butter, whole grain oats, almonds, maple syrup, chocolate chips, and a touch of salt, Almond Butter Oat Chocolate Chip Crumble is the perfect topping for baked fruit, oatmeal, whole grain cereals, or ice cream because it satisfies a sweet craving while providing lots of nutrients and fiber without added refined sugar or flour. Read more »


Executive Compensation at the American Chemical Society

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is the world’s largest scientific society in terms of membership with more than 156,000 members who pay $29-$175 a year to belong to this Washington, DC based 501 (c) (3).

Professionally, the organization is the largest source of scientific information through journals, conferences, and abstract services. The provision of these information services is the primary source of income for ACS, accounting for 84% of revenue ($501 million out of $600 million) in 2017.

ACS reported having 2,373 employees who were compensated $243 million in 2017, which equates to an average compensation of $102,400.  However, only 724 individuals received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 11 most highly compensated individuals listed below: Read more »


Millet, Beans, and Greens

Millet is a mild-tasting grass although the texture is that of a grain which means millet goes well with all sorts of vegetables, especially greens and beans. Often referred to as pearl millet, the small grains look like little yellow pearls and cook in about 15 minutes.

The following recipe is a variation of a recipe (Millet Vegetable Fattoush) from the Purple Carrot. The low-sodium vegetable broth adds some flavor to the millet while the vegetables give the salad a delicious crunch.  Beans add some depth to the salad along with the avocado and walnuts.  I prefer a lemon vinaigrette sprinkled very lightly over the salad. Read more »


Executive Compensation at Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame (the legal name is the “University of Notre Dame du Lac” but more often referred to as “Notre Dame”) is a Catholic teaching university in South Bend, Indiana and a non-profit 501 (c) 3. With 12,400 students (8,500 undergraduate and 3,900 graduate students), Notre Dame is one of the most well-known religious-affiliated universities in the country. Read more »


Executive Compensation at Williams College

Williams College (Williams) is a private liberal arts college in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Often ranked as one of the best small colleges in the country, Williams only accepts about 12% of applicants (last year, nearly 10,000 applied and about 1,200 were accepted. Approximately 550 will attend). Total enrollment is about 2,000 students whose annual tuition, room, and board is about $74,000 (or about $300,000 for 4 years). Read more »


Executive Compensation and Perks at Liberty University

Liberty University was originally established as Lynchburg Baptist College in 1971 but changed its name to Liberty University (Liberty) in 1985, the same year the school was accredited. Described as an evangelical institution of higher education, Liberty has about 15,000 students on campus but more than 90,000 enrolled in on-line classes, making the school one of the largest Christian universities in the country.

Liberty has 17 colleges including a school of medicine (osteopath) and law, along with 20 Division 1 sports.  The annual cost of tuition, room, and board for undergraduates is about $35,000, or about $140,000 for a 4-year degree – a relative bargain compared to many private universities whose cost is often $75,000 annually or $300,000 for a 4-year degree. Read more »



Have you ever thought that maybe you should just let them go?

In the introduction of Educated by Tara Westover, the author is careful to write “This story is not about Mormonism. Neither is it about any other form of religious belief” but after reading the book, I wonder how anyone could not think that Mormonism (or any faith that is patriarchal) not be a big part of the story? When a child is taught in Sunday school and by her father that “in the fullness of time God would restore polygamy, and in the afterlife, she (sic) would be a plural wife,” the message is clear, even to a child: submit and behave according to our standards and you can be a part of this family. Do otherwise, and you are a sinner and unwelcome. Read more »


Plant-Based Tips

Living a plant-based lifestyle is a journey. No matter what anyone says, the vegan you are in year one is not the vegan you are five years down the road because you learn so much along the way. For me, going plant-based was very gradual (I never thought I could give up cheese on my bagel or real milk in my coffee) but once I started feeling so much better without dairy in my body, I became more committed to reading and learning more about the health benefits of a plant-based diet (thank you

Over the past few years, there are several important things I learned that I wish I knew way back then so I pass this information along and hope it helps anyone who is trying to gradually move towards a plant-based diet or who just wants to make their plant-based life easier. Read more »


Executive Compensation at MIT

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private research university in Boston, Massachusetts that tends to attract the smartest of the smart. With an acceptance rate of 8%, MIT is selective – even at an annual cost (tuition, room and board) of about $70,000 annually, which equates to nearly $300,000 for an undergraduate degree.

The most recent IRS Form 990 (2015 for the year ending June 30, 2016) reports the school received $4 billion in revenue which primarily came from three sources:

  • $2.1 billion:  Program Services including tuition and fees, research contracts, auxiliary fees
  • $1.0 billion:  Contributions including $400 million from the government
  • $0.9 billion (or $900 million):  Gains on the sale of assets, investment income, royalties, and rents

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