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6
Apr

Where does $100 to USA For UNHCR Go?

Commercials for USA for UNHCR televising the plight of refugees across the world have been playing on various networks lately. Showing refugees – especially children – at their most vulnerable is enough to make most people pick up the phone and make a donation but beware because the most recent financial information (IRS Form 990 2015) indicates that less than 60 cents of every dollar donated to this organization goes to THE UN organization that helps refugees. Read more »

4
Apr

Beet Chips

Delight in the natural sweetness of beets.

Beets are not just for borscht or summer salads. With the highest natural sugar count of any vegetable, beets are often boiled, pickled, or roasted to use in soups or salads until recently when some very smart and creative people realized this nutrient rich vegetable can also be made into a crunchy, delicious snack food.

At Rhythm Superfoods, beets are gently dehydrated and then roasted raw or with a touch of sunflower oil to make a crunchy, delicious chip that naturally contains a lot of fiber, potassium, and other nutrients. Read more »

2
Apr

Where does $100 to March of Dimes Go?

If you made a $100 donation to the March of Dimes (MOD) in 2015, how was that money spent? According to the IRS Form 990 (2015), there are two ways in which to look at how that donation was spent: by looking at the four categories in which the organization classifies expenses:  program, management, fundraising, and grants; or by looking at the line item expense, with the later providing more detail: Read more »

31
Mar

The Kiwiberry

The kiwiberry is the ultimate popper.

Kiwiberries arrived in grocery stores this week so grab a half pint container while you can.  If you’ve never heard of a kiwiberry, then you’re not alone.

Relatively new to the US, a kiwiberry is a small green fruit (about the size of a cherry tomato or a large green olive) with a smooth (no fuzz) edible skin and a concentrated very sweet kiwi flavor that will have you popping them in your mouth as fast as you can chew them (which is really fast).  Because of their size, the kiwiberry can be eaten like a grape but the little green fruits can also be cut in half or quartered and added to a fruit salad. Read more »

29
Mar

Where does $1 to the Arthritis Foundation go?

The Arthritis Foundation, Inc. (AF) is a 501 (c)(3) whose mission is to improve the lives of those suffering from arthritis through advocacy (lobbying for access to treatment and medications), program services, community programs, professional education, and supporting research.

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, AF has a national office (a not-for-profit Georgia corporation) and chartered entities (offices in virtually every state which serves local communities) throughout the United States which are separate 501 (c)(3)’s and consequently, file separate 990’s. Beginning in 2014, AF started consolidating the chartered entities into the national office to obtain economies of scale and centralize certain administrative functions. Read more »

27
Mar

Livionex

We all know that good oral health is critical for our overall well-being so we brush our teeth two or three times a day, floss, and see a dental hygienist once or twice a year to professionally clean our teeth. Walking out of the dentist’s office with sparkly clean teeth is a great feeling but it never lasts long. So what can we do to maintain healthy gums and teeth? The answer:  use Livionex: a tooth gel that removes more plaque than other commercial toothpaste.

Several months ago, I read an article in the Wall Street Journal about a certain traveler’s must-haves. On that list was Livionex dental gel. Intrigued, I went to the company website and read about the benefits of using Livionex compared to regular commercial toothpaste.  The website told me that Livionex: Read more »

25
Mar

Who is the Freedom Caucus?

Over the past few weeks as I’ve listened to arguments over healthcare, the “Freedom Caucus” keeps coming up which made me wonder “Who is the Freedom Caucus?” The answer:  a congressional caucus made up of 30 men, almost all (28) of whom are white and middle-aged or seniors. The other two men include a middle-aged man who was born in Puerto Rico and an Arab-American.

The Freedom Caucus is a conservative group of congressmen who claim to represent the interests of their constituents.  There are no women and no African-American members of the Freedom Caucus, and this fringe group only has 30 members (7%) out of 435 members of Congress, which is telling. And, yet the Freedom Caucus is a powerful group in that they can withhold enough votes to stop the Republican party from pushing forward their agenda (which actually helps the Democrats much to their dismay). Read more »

24
Mar

Nutpods

Finally, a dairy-free alternative to Half and Half…..

For people contemplating eliminating dairy products from their diet, there are usually three roadblocks to success:  summer ice cream cones, cheese, and creamy milk in the morning cup of coffee. The plant-based community is making strides in creating delicious alternatives to ice cream, cheese, and milk by using various nuts (almond, cashew, macadamia, coconut) and legumes (pea) instead of cow milk but finding a nut-based milk that blends well with coffee has been elusive….until now. Read more »

22
Mar

Journey

A picture is worth a thousand words.

People often talk about the power of words but consider for a moment the power of pictures. The well-known saying “A picture is worth a thousand words” is easily understood when we think of the Mona Lisa or American Gothic but the meaning takes on a whole new dimension when applied to a children’s picture book called Journey by Aaron Becker, a man who has been known to say his favorite destination remains in his imagination. Read more »

20
Mar

Where Does $100 to Samaritan’s Purse Go?

Samaritan’s Purse – based out of Boone, North Carolina – is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) established in 1970 by Bob Pierce who died in 1978. W. Franklin Graham (son of Billy Graham) became Chairman, President, and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse in 1979 and has held the position since although he is also an evangelist for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational Christian organization that provides “spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world.” Read more »