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Dairy and Egg-Free Holiday Gifts

Holidays are all about enjoying food so there is no better time to give a palate pleaser than now. Not everyone is a foodie but most people appreciate holiday cookies, chocolate, nut butters, sweets, pure maple syrup, colossal roasted cashews, award winning crispy potato chips made with extra virgin olive oil, pastries, fresh fruit, and chewy, sweet dates.  All of the products are made by small business who make exceptional food.  And, best of all none of these products contain dairy or eggs!  Read more »


AdventHealth Hendersonville

An Open Letter to Brandon Nudd, President and CEO of AdventHealth Hendersonville:

On June 13, 2021 I was admitted to the AdventHealth emergency room in Hendersonville, North Carolina with extreme pain underneath my right shoulder blade and lower right neck.  I presented as a 60-year old very healthy (taking no meds) athletic person who had not changed any sporting activity in the previous weeks  leading up to the visit.  I was seen by Dr. Smith and her PA who examined me and who diagnosed “back and shoulder pain with suspected spasms.” Read more »


Executive Compensation at Intermountain Healthcare (2019)

Intermountain Healthcare refers to a large healthcare system (22 hospitals and nearly 200 clinics) based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Although there are  numerous non-profits under the Intermountain Healthcare system, the primary entities include IHC Health Services, Inc. and the Intermountain Healthcare Foundation, Inc.  – both of whom operate out of the same office. Read more »


Executive Compensation at the American Lung Association (2020)

The American Lung Association is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501 (c) (3) that focuses on preventing lung disease and improving lung health by providing program services (education and advocacy to the public (research grants comprise about 10% of expenses).

There are 17 independent members (directors) of the governing body (board of directors), although the Form 990 lists 19 directors, which appears to be due to timing differences.  12 of the 19 (63%) directors are male while 7 of the 19 (37%) are female (note:  gender identity is not reported on the Form 990; conclusions were made based on name and google searches). Read more »


How Revenue is Spent at Research America

Never heard of Research America?  Me neither until a reader e-mailed me and advised me to look at the Form 990 of the organization.

Research America is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501 (c) (3) based in Arlington, Virginia (close to Washington, DC – the lobbying capital of the country) that “advocates for science, discovery, and innovation to achieve better health for all.”  Their mission is to “gain public awareness of the benefits to humankind of medical research.” Read more »


Executive Compensation at Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. is generally referred to as “Planned Parenthood” and known to provide reproductive healthcare in the US and globally.  Although Planned Parenthood is often in the news over women’s reproductive rights and specifically, abortion rights, the organization provides general healthcare, birth control, patient education, pregnancy testing, STD testing, treatment, and vaccines, women’s services, LGBT services, and men’s services. Read more »


Executive Compensation at the American Medical Association (AMA) (2018)

The American Medical Association (AMA) is a non-profit 501 (c) (6) – a professional association and the largest association of physicians – whose primary purpose is to:

  • publish the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) – a peer reviewed medical journal that includes original research, reviews, and editorials of medicine;
  • maintain a code of medical ethics,
  • create and maintain physician data which is sometimes referred to as master files; and
  • update and maintain medical classification codes (referred to as CPT codes) used by the government, medical practices, hospitals, and insurance companies in return for royalty fees.

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How the National Association of Manufacturers Spends Revenue

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is a tax-exempt, non-profit advocacy group (trade association) representing more than 14,000 manufacturing companies. Based in Washington, DC, NAM is primarily engaged in lobbying for policies in all areas that affect labor and employment in manufacturing.

The governing body has 204 voting members (board members), 203 of whom are independent.  171 of the 204 (84%) board members are male while 32 of the 204 (16%) are female. Read more »


Executive Compensation at the Jewish Communal Fund

The Jewish Communal Fund is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501 (c) (3) that focuses on donor-advised funds, which are funds (more than 4,200) that have been established at the Jewish Communal Fund for philanthropic purposes.

The Jewish Communal Fund manages the funds and assists the clients that established the funds on how to give back to the community.  This type of fund basically eliminates the client from having to do the research, management, and monitoring of funds, leaving the responsibility to the Jewish Communal Fund staff.

Based in New York, NY, the Jewish Communal Fund manages about $2 billion.  In 2020, total revenue was $585 million (including $194 million in marketable securities), most of which came from contributions, gifts, and grants ($525 million), and investment income/gain on the sale of assets ($60 million). Read more »


The Purple Harmony Pillow

When I used to walk through an airport and see someone tugging along a pillow with the pillowcase billowing in their wake, I often stared and wondered if the pillow was for comfort, familiarity, or even a germ thing?  I didn’t get it because for decades, I could rest my head on any pillow and get a decent nights sleep. But then things changed; I got older and started feeling tightness or discomfort if my head and neck were not properly supported, all of which started me on a search for the perfect pillow. Read more »