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14
Sep

Executive Compensation at the NRA (2017)

The National Rifle Association of America (NRA) is a non-profit 501 (c) (4) organization that fights tirelessly for our second amendment rights. Whether or not you believe the second amendment refers to “militia” or “the people” has always been controversial but is even more so in the wake of the near weekly occurrence of mass shootings in this country.

People are speaking out for gun control because quite frankly, there are too many guns and assault weapons in the hands of the wrong people (primarily males under the age of 60 if you look at the statistics of who is committing these mass shootings), and too many people are dying (about 36,000 a year from guns although admittedly not all from mass shootings). Read more »

12
Sep

Where Does $100 to Paws For Purple Hearts Go?

Paws for Purple Hearts (PPH)  is a non-profit (501) (c) (3) that teaches veterans to train service dogs for their fellow veterans with combat related injuries. So, most donors would expect revenue to be primarily spent on program staff compensation, veterans, and service dogs.  According to the most recent IRS Form 990 (2017) submitted to the IRS, this does not appear to be the case.

PPH raised $5.6 million in 2017 (which is $2 million more than in 2016) most of which came from contributions, gifts and grants.

Expenses totaled $5.3 million and were categorized as follows: Read more »

10
Sep

Remembering Captain William (“Billy”) Francis Burke, Jr.

On 9-11, 343 firefighters were killed trying to help others. One of those firefighters was Captain William “Billy” Francis Burke, Jr of FDNY Engine Company 21. A firefighter for over 20 years, Captain Burke led his company into the north tower on that September morning but ordered them out of the building while he continued searching for people who needed help or to be rescued.  At 46 years old, Captain Burke was an experienced firefighter who understood the dangers but couldn’t turn around when there were people trapped in the burning building. Read more »

8
Sep

Executive Compensation at INOVA

Inova is a 501 (c) (3) healthcare provider serving the Washington metro area. Based in Falls Church, Virginia, Inova is five-hospital system containing more than 1,700 licensed beds and more than 17,000 employees. It is also important to note Inova offers the only level 1 trauma center and level 4 neonatal intensive care unit in the metro Washington, D.C. area.

The health system is comprised of numerous non-profits that are related and affiliated with each other including Inova Health Care Services  – (a subsidiary of the parent organization, Inova Health System Foundation) and  IMANCO ( also a subsidiary that provides executive management oversight) and the Inova Health System Foundation. The most highly compensated employees of all three organizations are included with a name notation in bold if the employee was listed on a return but compensated by one of the other two non-profits (note: the names NOT in bold were compensated by the organization filing the return). Read more »

6
Sep

Executive Compensation at Houston Methodist

Houston Methodist describe a large system of non-profits that include hospitals (7) , research institutes, a foundation, physician groups, 120 care locations and more throughout the greater Houston area. Although the organizations employ more than 22,000 people, this post only addresses the executive compensation reported by the Methodist Hospital Group – a 501 (c) (3) considered to be the “group return” although the other major two non-profits within the organization (Houston Methodist Specialty Physician Group and the Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation) file separate Form 990’s to the IRS. However, the group return does list the compensation of employees of affiliated or related organizations.

The Methodist Hospital Group employed 11,025 individuals in 2016 who were compensated $712 million which equates to an average compensation of $64,600.  674 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 49 most highly compensated employees listed below: Read more »

4
Sep

Executive Compensation at the Houston Methodist Specialty Physician Group

The Houston Methodist Specialty Physician Group (HMSPG) is also known as the TMH Physician Organization. A 501 (c) (3), HMSPG is based out of Houston, Texas and part of the healthcare organization known as Houston Methodist, which has dozens of non-profits that are affiliated and related.  Consequently, each non-profit files its own Form 990 with the IRS annually.

HMSPG employed 2,754 individuals who were compensated $385 million in 2016, which equates to an average compensation of $140,000.  However, only 721 employees were compensated more than $100,000.  The 38 most highly compensated employees were reported to be: Read more »

2
Sep

Noka® Superfood Smoothies

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Who doesn’t love a smoothie? A thick, smooth drink typically made with fruit, vegetables, and some type of liquid (i.e. water, almond milk, oat milk, soy milk, juice, etc), a smoothie is thirst quenching, filling, usually nutritious (depending on what is added to the fruits and vegetables), delicious, and very satisfying.

The problem with smoothies is that you either have to make a smoothie at home or go to a store to have one made for you, which isn’t always convenient. You may be on your bike, at a sports event, or even in the car when all you have is a dry energy bar in your backpack or handbag when what you really want is a smoothie. Until recently, you had to settle for the energy bar but not anymore. Read more »