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29
Mar

Denise Meyer: 1950 – 2018

The most I can do for my friend is simply be her friend.

My friend, Denise passed away a few days ago from cancer. I was going to write “after a long battle with cancer” but that wouldn’t tell the full story – words rarely do.

34 years ago, after struggling with fertility issues Denise was pregnant with her daughter, Candice when she found out she had cancer. Against the advice of doctors, Denise decided to wait a few weeks for the baby’s lungs to develop before having a c-section followed by a complete hysterectomy. Years later when I was in the last weeks of pregnancy, Denise told me how lucky I was to carry my daughter to term; she felt she missed out on the whole 40 week pregnancy experience but also came to realize she was very fortunate in other ways. In the early years, Denise didn’t know if she would see her children grow up and then proceeded to tell me how incredibly lucky she was to have raised her kids. In that moment, Denise showed me that life is lived with both losses and wins, fear and joy, grief and gratitude. Read more »

27
Mar

Where Does $100 to Vietnam Veterans of America Go?

The Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is a 501 (c) (19) – an organization with past or present members of the armed forces (75% or more), that is exempt from federal income taxes. Donations are deductible as charitable contributions.  Based in Silver Spring, Maryland, VVA has 119 employees who “support a range of issues affecting Vietnam veterans and their families.”

According to the IRS Form 990 (2016) for the year beginning March 1, 2016 and ending February 28, 2017, VVA raised $8.7 million from the following sources: Read more »

25
Mar

Executive Compensation at UNICEF

UNICEF is one of the most well-known charities in the world. Formed in 1947, UNICEF in the US is based in New York City.  In 2016, the United States Fund for UNICEF raised $553 million – an increase of $53 million more than in 2015 – and most of which came from contributions, gifts, and grants.  Expenses totaled $545 million with the remaining revenue added to the net fund balance which had $114 million at year-end. Read more »

23
Mar

Where Does $100 to UNICEF Go?

The United States Fund for UNICEF (“UNICEF”) is a non-profit organization primarily engaged in raising contributions and awarding grants to other organizations that work with health and education issues in more than 150 countries (but primarily in Sub-Sahara Africa).

Established in 1947, the organization is based in New York City in a headquarters that was acquired and equipped with a $43.5 million (which had a year-end balance of about $37.5 million) bond issue in 2007. Read more »

21
Mar

Executive Compensation at Hippocrates Health Institute

The Hippocrates Health Institute (HHI) – a non-profit 501 (c) (3) that operates out of a 50-acre tropical setting in West Palm Beach, Florida – provides educational and instructional services to teach individuals how to live and eat healthier for a fee (referred to as “program service revenue”). HHI is not a charitable organization that relies on donations; instead HHI relies on  program service revenue paid by those who choose to enroll and/or attend the Institute. Read more »

19
Mar

Where Does $100 to the Children’s Hospital in Washington, DC Go?

The Children’s Hospital (CH) in Washington, DC is one of the leading pediatric hospitals in the country. Established in 1870, CH is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation with 7,850 employees that work in the network of hospitals, outpatient clinics – 19 health centers, outpatient centers, and mobile health units – and emergency rooms that collectively fall under CH. Read more »

17
Mar

Executive Compensation at the Children’s Hospital in Washington DC

The Children’s Hospital (CH) in Washington, DC is one of the leading pediatric hospitals in the country. Established in 1870, CH is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation with 7,850 employees that work in the network of hospitals, outpatient clinics – 19 health centers, outpatient centers, and mobile health units – and emergency rooms that collectively fall under CH.

The Children’s Hospital Foundation (CHF) is the fundraising arm of the Children’s Hospital. Whereas most charitable organizations report revenue and four key expenses (program, management, grants, and fundraising), CH reports revenue, program and management expenses while CHF reports fundraising revenue along with fundraising costs and grants. Therefore, it is necessary to look at both 990’s to fully understand the hospital. Read more »

15
Mar

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

The Children’s Hospital Foundation (CHF) serves as the fundraising arm for the Children’s National Medical Center (also known as the Children’s Hospital) in Washington, DC.  Typically non-profits post revenue and four types of expenses (program, grants, management, and fundraising) but CHF reports the revenue from fundraising and the costs associated with the fundraising and the grants awarded. The Children’s Hospital reports the revenue collected (primarily from patients and insurance) and the costs of the programs and management. Read more »

13
Mar

Where Does $100 to Help the Vets Go?

Just hearing the words “Help the Vets” makes many Americans open their wallets because we all know the VA is not meeting the needs of the men and women who have served our country, and we want to help.  But, if you want your donor dollars to go further, don’t give donations to phone, mail, e-mail or other third-party solicitors on behalf of an organization (they take too big a cut), or to an organization called “Help the Vets” – a 501 (c) (3) based in Orlando, Florida that has one employee – Neil G Paulson, Sr who received total compensation of nearly $250,000 in 2016. Read more »

11
Mar

Executive Compensation at the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) is a 501 (c) (3) based in Arlington, Virginia with about 255 employees who received total compensation of $19.2 million, which equates to an average of $75,000 each. 14 individuals received more than $100,000 in compensation with the most highly compensated 11 staff listed below: Read more »