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8
Feb

Where Does $100 to the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews Go?

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501 (c) 3 founded by a rabbi in 1983 as a way to “bless Israel and the Jewish people around the world with humanitarian care and life-saving aid” while “building bridges between Christians and Jews.”

How is revenue spent at IFCJ?  The short answer is that about half of revenue was spent on grants to Jewish organizations – in the US and in Israel – while the other half was spent on fundraising, staff compensation, fees for services, office-related expenses, and travel.  For more detail, read on. Read more »

6
Feb

Majorie Taylor Greene is Allowed to be an Adult but Chooses Not to be

The controversy surrounding Marjorie Taylor Greene has become a national obsession over the past few weeks.  Greene, who was elected to Congress this past November to represent District 14 in Georgia has a colorful past (check out You Tube for videos she made in the past few years leading up to her Congressional run before the PR people got to her) that has shown her support for controversial issues, of which there is insufficient space to go into. Read more »

4
Feb

Space X, Elon Musk, Jared Isaacman and St Jude: The Questions No One is Asking

Jared Isaacman, a 37-year old billionaire who made his fortune as a co-founder of a payment processing company called Shift4 Payments, announced he is spearheading a $200 million dollar fundraising campaign for St. Jude by leading a crew of 4 private citizens in a SpaceX rocket (of Elon Musk fame) that will fly into orbit around the earth. Mr. Isaacman is personally donating $100 million to St Jude with the conviction we should conquer childhood cancer.

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t want to conquer childhood cancer. There is little else that will push adults into action than seeing a child suffer from a serious illness.  But, Mr. Isaacman and everyone else may want to ask some serious questions about St. Jude, research, and how revenue is spent before embarking on fundraising for an organization that has increased its net assets from $2.5 billion in 2012 to $5.4 billion in 2019; primarily by saving a large portion of revenue annually (as opposed to spending more on research and helping sick kids and their families). Read more »

2
Feb

Executive Compensation at UPMC (Pittsburgh, PA)

UPMC Group represents the operations of 52 tax-exempt entities including 15 hospitals, 12 physician groups, 3 skilled nursing facilities, and 22 other ancillary and support entities within the UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) integrated healthcare delivery system.

Key financial details about UPMC Group for the year ending June 30, 2018 are summarized as follows:

  • Total revenue was $13.5 billion, of which $7.6 billion was net patient revenue and $5.3 billion was “other program service revenue.”
  • Expenses totaled $12.9 billon (not including $400 million in depreciation), with the 4 largest expenses being compensation ($5.6 billion), medical expenses ($3.7 billion), other expenses ($1.3 billion), and drugs and supplies ($1.2 billion).
  • UPMC Group had $5.7 billion in net assets at year-end.

62,093 employees received total compensation of $5.6 billion, which equates to an average compensation of $90,000.  7,958 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 176 most highly compensated employees reported to be: Read more »

31
Jan

How Membership Dues Are Spent at the California Nurses Association

With the pandemic out of control in this country and the demand for healthcare workers and particularly nurses soaring, the National Nurses United (NNU) has been all over the news explaining, defending, cajoling, opining, and talking about nursing in general.

Often referred to as the largest nursing union in the country, the NNU was formed in 2009 when the California Nurses Association (CNA)/National Nurses Organizing Committee/AFL-CIO (NNOC), the United American Nurses, and the Massachusetts Nurses Association came together as 4 founding organizations to create NNU, the largest union and professional association of nurses in the US. Read more »

29
Jan

Executive Compensation at the California Nurses Association

The California Nurses Association is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) 5 – a professional trade union – representing more than 100,000 nurses in hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare locations throughout the country.  It is important to note the CNA is a founding member of the National Nurses Union (NNU) which was formed when the California Nurses Association (CNA)/National Nurses Organizing Committee/AFL-CIO (NNOC), the United American Nurses (UAN), and the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) came together as 4 founding organizations to create NNU, the largest union and professional association of nurses in the US. Read more »

27
Jan

Executive Compensation at Paralyzed Veterans of America

The Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) 3 based in Washington, DC (although the organization has 70 offices and 33 chapters throughout the country).

Established in 1947, PVA has a core mission of vets serving vets, funding spinal cord research, and advocating for disability rights, according to their website. So, the question most donors want to know is:  how much of my donation goes to the organization’s core mission?  The answer:  less than half because the organization spent more than $45 million (out of the $92 million in revenue) on a mail program to raise funds.

Key financial information reported by PVA to the IRS on the Form 990 (for the year ending June 30, 2019) include the following: Read more »

25
Jan

Israel’s Discriminatory Policies on Covid 19 Vaccination

Israel clearly values some lives more than other lives and its no more apparent than in the distribution and rollout of the Cover-19 vaccine in Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip.

Five days after Hanukkah (the 8-day festival of lights that commemorates the Jews rising up against their oppressors), Israel began vaccinating its citizens, which includes Israeli settlers living inside the West Bank and Palestinian residents of Jerusalem.

Excluded are the nearly 5 million Palestinians (including doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers) who live in the West Bank (under Israeli military occupation) and the Gaza Strip (which is considered by most people to also be occupied by the Israeli military), according to Amnesty International.  How is it that a country who just celebrated rising up against its oppressors exclude Palestinian doctors, nurses, and the elderly in the West Bank (a territory that is not a part of Israel) and the Gaza Strip?  Read more »

23
Jan

Where Does $100 to Paralyzed Veterans of America Go?

The Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) 3 based in Washington, DC (although the organization has 70 offices and 33 chapters throughout the country). Established in 1947, PVA has a core mission of vets serving vets, funding spinal cord research, and advocating for disability rights, according to their website. So, the question most donors want to know is:  how much of my donation goes to the organization’s core mission?  The answer:  less than half because the organization spent more than $45 million on a mail program to raise funds.

Key financial information reported by PVA to the IRS on the Form 990 (for the year ending June 30, 2019) include the following: Read more »

21
Jan

Executive Compensation at Save The Children (2019)

Save the Children – the Fairfield, Connecticut-based non-profit in the US – is formally known as Save The Children Federation, Inc. and is part of the Save the Children Alliance (a group of 30 Save the Children groups throughout the world that also support Save the Children International).  Established in 1932, Save the Children is a 501 (c) (3) and one of the most well-known charities in the world.

In 2018, Save the Children raised $782 million (including $327 million in government grants)  – $48 million less than the previous year – and spent $751 million (not including $3 million in depreciation) primarily on grants ($551 million), staff compensation and benefits ($108 million), fees for services ($48 million), and office-related expenses ($20 million). Read more »