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Where Does Your Donation to Toys For Tots Go (2020)?

Toys for Tots is one of the most well known organizations whose mission is to work with the US Marine Corp to collect new unwrapped toys and distribute those toys to economically disadvantaged children at Christmas time.  A non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) 3, Toys for Tots is legally known as Marine Toys for Tots Foundation but nearly everyone refers to the organization as “Toys for Tots.”

There are 13 voting members of the governing party, 12 of whom are independent. 9 of the 13 (69%) directors are male while 4 (31%) are female.

So, if you made a donation in 2020, where did it go?  It depends. If you donated a toy, then more than likely, a child received that toy. If you made a cash donation, then the funds were probably used to pay for organization expenses (i.e. compensation, office-related expenses, fees for services, etc), purchase toys, or put into the general fund (savings). How do I know this? Because the Form 990 that Toys for Tots submitted to the IRS (2020) reports the following information: Read more »


AdventHealth Hendersonville and Google Reviews

If you google “AdventHealth Hendersonville” a score of 3.1 out of 5.0 from 190 reviewers (as of December 5, 2021) comes up which in terms of Google reviews is not very good.  Read through the reviews and learn about some very unhappy experiences at this hospital in Hendersonville, NC that is owned by a huge healthcare system referred to as AdventHealth whose parent company is Adventist Health System who has dozens of hospitals and operate in about a dozen states in the US which makes them a big player in healthcare.

In fairness to AdventHealth Hendersonville there are also some very happy clients who wrote positive reviews. But, overall a 3.1 out of 5.0 generally means there are a lot of very unhappy people out there (about 80 people gave AdventHealth 1 star with several saying they would give 0 stars if they could). Read more »


Executive Compensation at AdventHealth (2019)

AdventHealth (formerly known as Adventist Health System until 2019 when the 501 (c) (3) “rebranded” itself) is one of the largest non-profit health care providers in the United States with nearly 50 hospitals and hundreds of care sites in 9 states. Based in Altamonte Springs, Florida, AdventHealth is a very large system with dozens of separate 501 (c) (3)’s for the hospitals, physician care, patient care, and more.

This post looks at the executive compensation at  Adventist Health System Sunbelt Healthcare Corporation (AHSSHC) because the most recent (2019) IRS Form 990 is available for this entity (before the organization was rebranded to AdventHealth). It is important to note there are dozens of other related and affiliated non-profits related to AdventHealth that are not covered in this post. Read more »


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

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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