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21
May

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 »

19
May

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 »

17
May

Educated

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 »

15
May

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 NutritionFacts.org).

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 »

13
May

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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11
May

Executive Salaries at the University of Chicago

The University of Chicago (UC) is a private nondenominational research university that accepts about 8% of the students who apply. UC has approximately 6,300 undergraduate students and 10,200 graduate students.  The annual tuition with room and board for an undergraduate is about $77,000 annually which means a 4-year degree is about $300,000.

The IRS Form 990 (2015) for the year closing June 30, 2016 reported $3.2 billion in revenue which came primarily from 4 sources: Read more »

9
May

Executive Compensation at the North American Meat Institute

The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) is a national trade association based in Washington, DC. A tax-exempt 501 (c) (6), NAMI represents companies that process most of the red meat and turkey in the US. To do this, they try to shape public policy so that these companies can “produce wholesome products safely, efficiently, and profitably.”  Although many people would disagree that these products are “wholesome,” the association nevertheless represent the interests of the companies that produce beef, pork, lamb, and poultry products for consumers.

NAMI has 104 directors, 98 of whom are male while 6 are female. Read more »

7
May

Executive Compensation at the National Cattleman’s Beef Association (NCBA)

The National Cattleman’s Beef Association (NCBA) is a tax-exempt 501 (c) (6) – a “business organization” – whose purpose is to increase demand and profits for cattle and beef producers. To do this, members (many of whom are cattle head owners) are charged based on the number of heads of cattle, starting at $150 to over $2,000 annually (although each cattle owning member has only 1 vote no matter how many head of cattle he/she owns).  In addition, the NCBA also has non-voting members who pay $50-$200 annually to belong to the association. Read more »

5
May

Chocolate Chip Cookies (Vegan)

Before I went plant-based one of my favorite indulgences was a Levain Chocolate Chip Cookie which really was a Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie (they just didn’t advertise the walnuts). A monstrous thick cookie, the Levain Chocolate Chip Cookie was huge and chunky (about 6 ounces) and very gooey on the inside – the way a chocolate chip cookie should be (although I realize that’s debatable).  But when I changed my diet, I had to figure out a way to have a thick, rich, melt-in-you-mouth cookie without the dairy and eggs. Read more »

3
May

Executive Salaries at the ACLU

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a 501 (c) (4) – a tax-exempt social welfare organization that engages in political and/or lobbying efforts to further its mission which means donations are treated as membership fees and, are therefore not tax deductible.

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU Foundation) is a 501 (c) (3) – a tax-exempt organization whose donations are tax deductible because their political and/or lobbying efforts are very limited.

Although both organizations are set up as different types of tax-exempt non-profits, they both operate out of the same office in New York City. So, when people talk about the ACLU, it is necessary to look at both organizations. In addition, it is important to note there are state affiliate offices nationwide that are separate tax-exempt organizations. Read more »