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Executive Compensation at Geisinger System Services

Geisinger System Services is a 501 (c) (3) that provides administrative management and other support services for the Geisinger health care system (which consists of dozens of non-profits that serve more than 3 million residents in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. With more than 32,000 employees in 13 hospital campuses, 2 research clinics, and other health provider services, the Geisinger health care system is on of the largest healthcare providers in the Pennsylvania/South Jersey area.

The focus of this post is on the executive compensation at Geisinger System Services (GSS) only.  For the year ending June 30, 2017, GSS reported employing 5,420 individuals who received $329 million in compensation which equates to an average compensation of approximately $61,000.  343 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 29 most highly compensated employees listed below: Read more »


Oat Bars

One of the challenges of eating a plant-based diet is finding ways to make desserts with little or no oil and no refined sugar. But, the challenge is deeper than that because a truly nutritious treat is also about what is included. Ideally, ingredients that stand alone as nutritious and delicious.

I started with a recipe called Pumpkin Seed and Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Breakfast Bars by Dreena Burton and adapted the ingredients to come up with a recipe for Oat Bars that contain whole grain oats, whole grain oat flour, seeds, nuts, spices, date syrup, dark chocolate chips, and non-dairy milk.  Basically, these bars are whole-grain and plant-based with no dairy, no oil, no refined sugar, and no eggs.

Oat Bars have a base of rolled oats and oat flour whose flavor is enhanced with what I call “the big 3” – pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and dark chocolate chips.  The big 3 are simply three wholesome ingredients that are super tasty together. But, if you find raisins, walnuts, and sunflower seeds more to your liking, make a substitution. Read more »


Dr-Cow Raw Chocolate Bricks

One of the great benefits of following a plant-based diet is enjoying dark chocolate whose subtle differences in taste, texture, and aroma become more pronounced over time.  Acquiring a taste for dark chocolate evolves but once you’ve come to appreciate the purity and intensity of dark chocolate, you’ll never want to eat milk chocolate ever again. The difference is really that striking.

Dr-Cow, a small storefront in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn is known for making organic, raw, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, and soy-free food products, especially tree nut cheese, granola, biscotti, crackers, desserts, and chocolates. Read more »


Where Does $100 to the American Lung Association Go?

The American Lung Association (ALA) was established more than 100 years ago (1918) initially to fight tuberculosis but expanded its mission to improve lung health and preventing lung disease through research, education, and advocacy.

Specifically, ALA works to “defeat” lung cancer, “improve” the air we breathe, “reduce” the burden of lung disease on individuals and families, and “eliminate” tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. To do this, the organization relies on staff (626 people) so the organization is a non-profit (a 501 (c) (3)) that primarily provides services rather than a grant maker (ALA made $8 million in grants in 2018). Read more »


Executive Compensation at the American Lung Association

In 2017, the American Lung Association (ALA) underwent big changes when the eight charter and national boards voted to unite the organization into a single nationwide organization. A 501 (c) (3) based in Chicago, Illinois, the ALA raised about $108 million in 2018, spent $104 million (primarily on compensation, fees for services, direct mail, and office-related expenses), and had about $148 million in net fund assets (think savings account) at year-end.

The ALA reported having 626 employees in 2018 who were compensated nearly $46 million, which equates to an average compensation of $74,500.  30 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 18 most highly compensated employees listed below: Read more »