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A Novel Idea for Non-Profits: Continue to Pay Your Employees

Watching this country fall apart from the devastation of the coronavirus has made me realize how shockingly fragile all our lives are. It doesn’t matter what socio-economic group people are in because the virus doesn’t discriminate but for those who are barely making ends meet or don’t have a safety net, the effects of this virus are disastrous economically. Read more »


Where Does $100 to Baby2Baby Go?

Baby2Baby is a relatively young organization, established six years ago in 2014 as a non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) to provide children between 0-12 years old with the necessities (i.e. diapers, clothing, shoes, hygiene products, toys, books, backpacks) that every child deserves but doesn’t always receive.

Supported by many big names in Hollywood including Jessica Alba, Nicole Ritchie, Chrissy Teigan, Kelly Rowland, Rachel Zoe, Jennifer Meyer, Amy Adams, Drew Barrymore, Kate Hudson, Zoe Saldana, and dozens more, Baby2Baby is based in Los Angeles although the organization’s national network has grown to 37 cities. Read more »


Where Does $100 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Go (2018)?

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) whose mission is to “cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s Disease, and Myeloma, and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. To do this, LLS primarily focuses on three major programs:

  • Patient and Community Services
  • Research Programs
  • Public Health Education

According to the IRS Form 990 (2017) for the year beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2018, the following key information was reported: Read more »


Where Does $100 to Samaritan’s Purse Go (2018)?

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 »


Where Does $100 to Big Dog Ranch Rescue Go?

Big Dog Ranch Rescue (BDRR) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) whose mission is to “provide shelter, care and affection to homeless dogs of all breeds and adopt them out to loving homes.” In addition, the Loxahatchee Groves, Florida-based organization provides education and community outreach about dog care and the importance of spaying and neutering. BDRR is the largest no-kill 33-acre cage-free rescue in the southeast United States with an annual goal of saving 5,000 dogs a year. Read more »


Where Does $100 to the American Heart Association Go (2018)?

The American Heart Association (AHA) is one of the most popular and recognized non-profits in the United States with enormous public support as evidenced by the $852 million raised last year.   That the AHA also has nearly a billion dollars in their net fund balance (which is often referred to as the endowment) is also noteworthy.

By most accounts, this organization is a magnet for public contributions and an expert at raising and saving money.  But, are they accomplishing their mission, which is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke (especially with hundreds of recipes on their website calling for eggs, dairy products, beef, poultry, pork – including bacon, a Type 1 carcinogen according to the World Health Organization, oil, sugar and white flour)? With heart disease the number one cause of death in the United States for decades, one has to wonder if all the contributions to the AHA are really helping to prevent and reverse heart disease? Read more »


Where Does $100 to Compassion International Go (2018)?

Compassion International, Inc. (CI) is a Colorado Springs, Colorado based 501 (c) (3) engaged in Christian ministry to “release children from their economic, social, physical, and spiritual poverty.”  Key information (based on the information submitted on the 2018 Form 990 to the IRS) include the following:

CI raised $953 million, nearly all of which came from contributions.

Expenses totaled $933 million (including $12 million in depreciation), leaving $20 million unspent and allocated to the general fund which had $269 million (net fund balance or what some people refer to as the endowment) at year-end. Read more »


Where Does $100 to United Way of Lee County Go?

United Way of Lee County, Inc. is the United Way agency for Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee counties in Florida. Recently recognized by Charity Navigator as a 4-star charity with a perfect overall score of 100, United Way of Lee County, Inc. (UWLC) awarded $75 out of every $100 in revenue ($8.5 million out of $11.4 million) to local human service organizations. Read more »


How is $100 to the Carter Center Spent?

The Carter Center, Inc. (Carter Center) was established in 1981 as a 501 (c) (3) to “advance human rights and alleviate unnecessary human suffering.” Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the Carter Center is a very well endowed organization ($768 million as of August 31, 2017) that raises about $120 million annually. Rather than primarily operating as a grantor, the Carter Center works towards achieving their goals with their own staff and in conjunction with other partnerships. Read more »


Where Does $100 to Challenge Aspen Go?

Challenge Aspen is a 501 (c)(3) based in Snowmass, Colorado. Established in 1995 by Houston Cowan (who retired May 31, 2017) and Amanda Boxtel, Challenge Aspen is a non-profit focused on people with cognitive and physical disabilities to have access to a wide variety of recreational and cultural activities through their “strong working relationship with Aspen Skiing Company, that includes access to the area’s four ski mountains, a dedicated staff, and a committed volunteer force.”

According to the IRS Form 990’s over the past three years (ending May 31st of 2017, 2016, and 2015), Challenge Aspen has been reporting total revenue of about $3.5 million annually with about $1.5 million coming from non-cash donations described as lift tickets and ski lessons. On the expense side, Challenge Aspen has been expensing the exact same amount as the non-cash donation for ski company instructors. What this appears to mean is that the organization donating the lift ticket and ski lessons (appears to be Aspen Ski Company) gets a charitable donation for making the donation to Challenge Aspen and then Challenge Aspen turns around and spends the exact same amount on Aspen Ski Company instructors. Read more »