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Executive Compensation at the School Nutrition Association

The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a non-profit 501 (c) (4) national organization of school professionals that provide education and advocacy for its members in an effort to improve the quality of school meal programs. A 501 (c) (4) is a social welfare organization who can engage in advocacy and lobbying. Businesses and unions can donate unlimited amounts to 501 (c) (4)’s and the donations are not tax-deductible.

Based in National Harbour, Maryland, the SNA reported $11.8 million in revenue for the year ending July 31, 2016 (hereafter referred to as “2016”) on the Form 990 submitted to the IRS. Read more »


How Revenue is Spent at the School Nutrition Foundation

The School Nutrition Foundation is the “sister organization of the School Nutrition Association” focused on obtaining resources for “education, professional development, scholarships, and research in school nutrition.” One is a 501 (c) (3) – the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) and one is a 501 (c) (4) – the School Nutrition Association (SNA), the major difference being the former accepts tax-deductible donations while the later is a professional association (donations are not tax deductible). Read more »


Where Does $100 to the Food Research and Action Center Go?

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) that works to eradicate poverty-related hunger and improve public policies in the United States by awarding grants, assisting people with access to nutrition assistance programs, and working in both the public and private sectors to foster program participation and promote changes in public policies and attitudes.

The 2016 IRS Form 990 reports the following key information about FRAC: Read more »


Executive Compensation at Wake Forest

Wake Forest University (Wake Forest) is not a part of the Ivy League (8 private universities in the northeast) but if rank is ever determined by executive compensation, then Wake Forest would be right up there.

In 2016, Wake Forest reported employing 5,838 individuals for the roughly 8,000 students (5,000 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate) at a total compensation cost of $232 million, which equates to an average compensation of $56,000 (compared to $58,000 at Harvard and $75,000 at Yale). However, 431 individuals received more than $100,000 in compensation, including the 15 most highly compensated individuals listed below: Read more »


Where Does $100 to God’s Love We Deliver Go?

God’s Love We Deliver (GLWD) is a New York City-based 501 (c) (3) that prepares and delivers “high quality and nutritious” meals (approximately $1.6 million worth in 2016) to people who are living with serious illnesses in the New York City metropolitan area who are unable to provide or prepare meals for themselves. The organization also provides nutrition education and counseling.

Housed in a 48,000 square-foot relatively new building (2015), the 6-story facility (including rooftop garden) was named for the designer, Michael Kors whose personal donation in 2012 kicked off the building project, and whose rooms looks like a whose who of New York with The Joan Rivers Bakery and the Anna Wintour Volunteer Center. Read more »


Where Does $100 to the Childhood Leukemia Foundation Go?

The Childhood Leukemia Foundation (CLF) is a 501 (c) (3) based in Brick, New Jersey.  Typically, disease-related foundations raise money to award grants for research but not so with CLF, an organization primarily engaged in using professional fundraisers to raise money to provide “wish baskets” and other products for special events. However, only 20% of revenue goes to these projects, so donor beware.

According to the IRS Form 990, CLF raised nearly $3.2 million  in 2016,  most of which ($2.5 million) came from contributions obtained through phone solicitations from four outside companies: Read more »


Where Does $100 to the Children’s Wish Foundation International Go?

The Children’s Wish Foundation International (not to be confused with the Make a Wish Foundation) is a 501 (c) (3) based in Atlanta, Georgia.

The organization (CWFI) fulfills wishes for seriously and terminally ill children which is enough to make almost anyone pull out their checkbook or respond to telemarketers phone calls, mailings, or internet solicitations. But, donors should think twice before donating to this organization because $51 of every $100 in revenue went towards fundraising and management expenses while only $23 out of every $100 was awarded in grants ($16 in cash grants and $7 in non-cash awards). Read more »


Executive Compensation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) is a private non-profit 501 (c) (3) college that specializes in engineering, technology, and the sciences. Located on 300 acres in Troy, New York, RPI also has two campuses in Connecticut – in Hartford and Groton. But, what also makes this institute well-known is its inclusion on lists of most highly compensated employees.

About 7,500 students (mostly undergraduate) attend RPI where annual tuition is about $50,000 plus about $17,000 for room and board bringing the total annual cost to $67,000. However, 5,172 recipients received $122 million in tuition discounts (an average of $24,000) while 919 teaching assistants at the graduate level received $35 million in tuition discounts  (an average of $38,000 each). Of the total revenue received in 2016 ($538 million), $166 million (or 31% of revenue) was used for tuition discounts. Total expenses were $490 million (not including depreciation) which means expenses did not exceed revenue. RPI had $364 million in net fund assets at year-end. Read more »


Executive Compensation at Duke

Duke University (Duke) is one of the most academically competitive schools in the country with an acceptance rate at about 9% of applicants.  Located in Durham, North Caroline, Duke has about 15,000 students, of which 6,500 are undergraduates. The annual tuition is about $53,000 while room and board adds another $17,000 for a total annual cost of about $70,000.

In 2016, Duke’s total revenue was $2.8 billion with most of the income coming from 3 sources: contributions, gifts, and grants ($1.4 billion), tuition and academic fees ($1 billion) and investment income/sale of assets ($0.3 billion). Expenses were $2.7 billion (not including depreciation).  At year-end, Duke had $9.2 billion in net fund assets. Read more »


Where Silicon Valley Community Foundation Spends Revenue

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) is one of the largest (in terms of dollars) donor-advised community foundations in the country, second only to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, according to the NY Times. Never heard of it?  Me neither until the New York Times printed an article (“Inside a Silicon Valley Charity, A Toxic Culture Festered“) about the organization’s “toxic culture” caused by the chief fund-raiser who allegedly bullied her staff while the foundation’s chief executive ignored complaints because her success at raising funds made him look good. Read more »