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HHS Faith-Based Grants= Water Gushing from an Uncapped Fire Hydrant. Tracking Them = “Down the Rabbit Hole.” I Suggest a Different Approach.

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OK, So I mix & Match references.  Both apply and Both seem good labels for the situation.  To illustrate the References:

Fire Hydrant Hydration — How to Cool Off Responsibly (Scientific American, Blog post , 7/21/2010, by Ferris Jabr)

An opened fire hydrant in New York gushes 1,000 gallons of water a minute, draining the same reservoirs that supply kitchens, bathrooms, and—of course—fire hoses. “It’s illegal for private citizens to open fire hydrants on their own,” says Farrell Sklerov, a spokesman for the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). “What people are supposed to do is ask for a spray cap from their local firehouse.”

Free of charge, NYC firemen will install or lend out perforated caps that cut down a hydrant’s gushing to 25 gallons per minute, while still providing constant jets of water for the hot and bothered. The caps help prevent water pressure from dropping dramatically in nearby homes and buildings.

Diagram courtesy of Flickr user takomabibelot @ http://urbanomnibus.net/2009/07/nyc-uncapped/

hydrant

AND…

+Alice

(book images from “Perspectives on a Headache,” February 24, 2008, 9:48 PM @ http://migraine.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/02/24/curioser-and-curiouser/

Who in the world am I?’ Ah, that’s the great puzzle!” says Lewis Carroll’s Alice after experiencing a sudden, disorienting growth spurt.  While she meditates on this philosophical conundrum, her body changes again. The girl shrinks. I have asked myself the same question many times, often in relation to the perceptual alterations, peculiar feelings, and exquisite sensitivities of the migraine state. Who in the world am I? Am “I” merely malfunctioning brain meat?

(the blog has 5 authors, one of them Oliver Sacks, Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at Columbia University.)

RE:  Water Gushing from an Uncapped Fire Hydrant +

Water Gushing from an Uncapped Fire Hydrant:

Yes, I have mixed references to a children’s book OFTEN cited when attempting to describe the family law system, or anything else upside down — and a fire hydrant, designed to provide life-saving water in the case of real fires, with its lid off, gushing precious water into the streets. . . .  So I’ll explain ANALOGY I and ANALOGY II before Declaring the HHS Faith-Based Grants system such a fire hydrant that needs to be capped, NOW!

The idea of this post began with the grant 90SN0001 to a presumably faith-based group in Connecticut, “Conference of Churches,” which was listed on Whitehouse.gov as the CT contact for a faith-based office.  See?  And the numbering “90SN0001” shows it was the first, possibly formative, in the series.   It should — but hasn’t, enough — raise serious fire alarms when the US Government — which taxes citizens regardless of their faith, while giving nonprofit exempt status to a multitude of churches (specifically the problem institution I’m tracking, less so than mosques or synagogues at this time.  The Bush-related Executive Orders and Prayer Breakfasts are not synogogue & mosque oriented, and that’s where these type of grants got propagated, see last post, see his Executive Orders establishing such offices in the Executive Branch of US Government — and without vetting this through the legislature, either.  It was not VOTED on — it was “declared” ex cathedra  by Executive Order, essentially  “Let There Be Light” on how the poor faith-based groups are not getting their fair share of federal loot, I mean largesse, I mean, funding to build capacity to better serve their communities.  We hereby — by decree– order there be created a federal docking station for all such underprivileged and yet well-wishing faith institutions, such as the Catholic Church and would-be rivals, Protestant evangelical megachurches headed by (men) called Bishops.

(a.k.a Eddie Long, or Archbishop Stallings of the Unification predilection, etc.)(incidentally, those links I stuck in there are revealing…  Bishop Eddie Long has been central in a Hampton University, VA-based Marriage Promotion program which is basically an HHS outreach center itself.  The person heading said conference was recently found alongside Wade Horn, David Blankenhorn, and another woman whose blog project is titled “No Wedding No Womb” (NWNW) — see Kansas.  Bishop Long was divorced twice now, his first wife having cited extreme cruelty, and has a sexual abuse suit by four young men.  

Clearly, we need to give faith-based groups a larger seat at the table for their community service to needy (vulnerable) populations, regardless of the original causes of this need.  Here’s another one, smaller I imagine in scope, but well-positioned:

Grantee Name Recovery Act Indicator Grantee Class Award Number Award Title Principal Investigator Sum of Actions
Conference of Churches REC Non-Profit Private Non-Government Organizations 90SN0001 STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND SHELLEY COPELAND $ 250,000

This was in CONNECTICUT — home to (besides Yale), Fundraisers for “The Haiti Fund” which continued collecting for a nice young man (from wealthy Illinois suburb) to go to “the poorest country in the Western hemisphere” and a population of hungry street boys, to “help them.”  Being a Jesuit priest, I guess he wasn’t supposed to sleep with or marry women, so these boys were a good enough substitute.  Meanwhile — despite this utter betrayal of both faith AND charity — a “Conference of Churches” still gets federal help.

(Back Issues of CourthouseNews describe, and the recent one contains the complaint of one victim):

12/23/2011

NEW HAVEN – An alleged victim claims The Society of Jesus of New England and Fairfield University enabled and covered up Douglas Perlitz’s sexual abuse of at least 20 children in Haiti.

By CHRISTINE STUART 04/20/2011

     HARTFORD (CN) – A man who says he was sexually abused at a school for street children in Haiti seeks $110 million in damages from Fairfield University, the Jesuit order, and former Connecticut resident Douglas Perlitz, who is serving 19 years in prison for sexually abusing children at Project Pierre Toussaint, in Cap-Haitien.

Really, along with the morning headlines or the evening TV news (if you read or watch them), remember to browse this on-line.  It provides a steady sampler of civil litigation affecting the judiciary, and often links to the documents themselves.  It is not just an aggregate of other news sources.  “About Us

I hope this post doesn’t (like yesterday’s did) take me down the Rabbit Hole in trying to state the obvious:  The faith-based grants in particular (along with the fatherhood and marriage promotion ones — what’s next? — are “NONSENSE!”  From the start and in concept.  They are also serious trouble for what was formerly a great idea underlying the USA — defying “the Divine Right of Kings” and other nonsense used to justify tyranny.  Now, it’s not called that — it’s called “Helping” and “problem-solving” and “serving” families, etc.  But only because the same type of people with the same concepts (conscious or less than conscious) know better than to just come out and say (before total control is obtained over reproduction, marriage, divorce, education of young, the workforce, ownership, right to self-defense, and of course trade and commerce, the production of food and other things necessary to sustain human life and breath).

ANALOGY I

“Curiouser and Curiouser” is how these grants and grantees get individually and collectively.

No! No! Sentence first — verdict afterwards (Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland)*

(top ten quotes from the book do seem to relate to this system)

[(*That link discusses aspects of criminal justice system, problem-solving courts and other principles.  Interesting read, just found it.)]

(Image is a Wikipedia Upload)

A long time ago, in writing foundational to the existence of the USA, we held certain truths to be self-evident.  Now, not many years later (barely 250 years – maybe 10 generations? — later) it has become “self-evident” that there’s something seriously upside down with the problem-solving court system, particularly family courts.   It IS an altered realty – -and more than a bad dream, worse than a drug trip.  Whoever came up with the idea to start with was surely either on drugs, or high on themselves or some other ideology contrary to the concept of all men — and women — created equal.  “No, No!” Say the courts.  “There are experts, on and advising the bench, and then there are non-experts, those standing in front of them.”

Although the backup from clogged courts sometimes erupts in a newspaper headline, it still is basically an underground intricate rabbit warren of strange creatures and concepts, interlaced and with players scurrying back and forth between conferences, uttering (sometimes ludicrous) proclamations and with a clear hierarchy among them, declaring who is and who is not “mad.” And perhaps it is best handled as did this young woman who didn’t buy into it.  (From “the top ten quotes” link):

6) The Queen turned crimson with fury, and, after glaring at her for a moment like a wild beast, screamed `Off with her head! Off–‘

`Nonsense!’ said Alice, very loudly and decidedly, and the Queen was silent.
The King laid his hand upon her arm, and timidly said `Consider, my dear: she is only a child!’

or,

9) `I quite agree with you,’ said the Duchess; `and the moral of that is–Be what you would seem to be–or if you’d like it put more simply–Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.’

`I think I should understand that better,’ Alice said very politely, `if I had it written down: but I can’t quite follow it as you say it.’

`That’s nothing to what I could say if I chose,’ the Duchess replied, in a pleased tone.

The entire system essentially is one huge moralizing masterpiece, which also has figured out how to get paid for it, and “off with their head!” to anyone who dares to criticize or protest.  Look at this blog — I’ve lived it, and I’ve read it — and that’s not an idle comment.  See the series on Parent Coordinators and check out the handbook, if not.  Under what system of “law” is a parent to be regularly hauled before a magistrate or judge, and in a hearing lasting 20 minutes (OR, in ex parte hearings they were not present for) and supplemented by an entire set of administrative orders, with the power of court orders, which the child support system brings into play – -and much of which a “custodial” parent can’t even get ahold of, but affect his/her household — that can permanently alter people’s lives without due process AND without real remedy.

This is done to men and women both (hey, not my fault!) but the system was definitely influenced by the concepts shared with National Fatherhood Initiative, which is an HHS-originated beast that simply happens to have infiltrated if not permeated the child custody, child welfare, and to an extent, domestic violence fields, as the AFCC/CRC combo has created and staffed, essentially “led” the domestic relations/family court sphere down the Primrose Path, paved with public payments, and leading  . .. well, Down the Rabbit Hole.

Even Fathers and Families (Glenn Sacks, Robert Franklin et al.)  — and this system, and grants funneling into its tributaries — has compared it to “Alice in Wonderland.”

Anyone who has been forced to deal with the Alice-in-Wonderland procedures of family courts knows that one enters a totally different world than what we expect American jurisprudence is to be. One federal appellate judge, after reviewing a case in New Hampshire family court stated, “This must be what courts in Bolivia do.”  contributed by Fathers and Families Reader, David D. Vandenberg, posted May 27, 2011, article on NH Legislature Hearing to Impeach a General Master.

(That’s odd because the (different) group “Fathers and Families Coalition of America (see azffc.org) is practically an HHS handmaid; they are linked together like the male & female components of a USB Port on a laptop.  Once plugged in, they understand each other perfectly.   Fathers and Families Coalition of America  functions as the receptor component, providing an association of nonprofit (and often enough, non-tax-filing with the state) groups who get Federal HHS grants (some of better character than others) and run conferences.  HHS leadership attends or communicates with the conference attendees (about 65% of who already work in government) to promise bigger and better help to solve the fatherlessness crisis.

And the protective mothers and domestic violence advocates almost NEVER even mention the group, and definitely do not track its events and grants-grabbing purposes, which keeps women & mothers who might otherwise protest — with consequences — out of their way.  Both advocacy tracks (DV prevention and FR promotion) carry the same type cargo down parallel train tracks, while proclaiming they are moving in the opposite direction.  They aren’t! . . . .)

ANALOGY II:  HHS + Faith-Based Anything =a Gushing Fire Hydrant

Underlying concept:  Money, information (& privilege) flows like water.

Underlying that:  — the IRS, which is like an income generator for the Federal Government.

So much writing about the courts I read is incident-related, or single-truth-focused.  But the fact is, it’s the relationships that count.  I find it very helpful to understand flow of this or that, as enabled by various technologies where connections are made (i.e., the web, conferences, trade associations, and related publications).  I also know from having studied what certain originating nonprofits focus on setting up first:  “Technical Assistance” grants and “resource centers” meaning websites to enable their affiliates to download rhetoric (literally) from.   They understand how web is transforming business, but the people IN the courts, while organizing themselves on-line with (varying degrees of) success, and often forming “family court reform” nonprofits — do not seem to understand that their own government IS no longer organized according to a single-plane flowchart which reads like a standard hierarchy:

  • Federal
  • State
  • County
  • Municipal
  • Jurisdiction by Subject Matter in the Courthouses.

And DEFINITELY no longer consist of these three Balanced Powers:

  • Executive — headed by the President of the United States, extending all the way down through enforcement systems such as prisons.
  • Legislative — headed by Federal Laws, U.S. Code — i.e., written authority — passed by two houses of U.S. Congress which writes & revises this.
  • Judicial — headed by The U.S. Supreme Court, and under which all levels of courts come, down to your local family law justice.

Where, for example, would the Child Support System go — under this worldview?  Because it’s DEFINITELY now a hybrid between Executive (HHS/OCSE/$4billion/year enforcement, black holes of accountability/child support diversions) Legislative (Welfare Reform IS public law), and when you have a grant system which requires a certain outcome and XYZ incentives to be continued – it is an Incentive to Tip the Scale of Justice (and has been doing so for over a decade in family courts).

The only way I see fit to describe the influence of so many other systems upon the ones we still– somehow — seem to believe still exist sort of intact, as the scaffolding — is to describe water, which flows, has many functions, and can tear a new hole in a brick wall, depending on how much of it there is.

In short, we have to think in symbolic language which — on examination — actually applies to the situation, or we have lost the ability to MENTALLY grasp the reality of life.  It is also important to understand where power lies to do anything about its excesses.  Failure to incorporate the understanding of how “money” flows (let alone what money IS), and how FAST it flows in some cases, 

And the Fire Hydrant Analogy also applies because so many of the grants are to prevent, avert, or repair alleged fires or social crises — like “fatherlessness.”

Where’s the Fire, Really?

Connecticut is an interesting state for several reasons.  First, a University (or members of it) in Fairfield, CT was supporting this “Haiti Fund” even after the pervert running the schools (etc.) for boys it was funding got arrested for his perverted behavior.  Second, there’s, like, YALE. . . . . .

And it’s Center for the Study of Children (or wherever it is that AFCC honchos Dr. and Mr. Pruett, and a member of this new Defending Childhood Initative’s recent Task Force headed off by sports figure Joe Torre, add a Jesuit Priest with its non-filing (with California) organization, Homeboy Industries, (recent post) has someone from a Yale Center on it.

Here’s that Application — notice NOTHING on it reference the Custody or Domestic Relations Field.  The Coordinating Organizations here are dealing with the Criminal Justice System mostly — as though there was nothing marital, familial, domestic, or custody-related enough to merit involvement of even a family-law-based organization.  Sorry this is a long description, but here it is:

Overview

The Defending Childhood Task Force Technical Assistance Project will support an organization and/or a consortium of organizations that will

(1) conduct four public Defending Childhood hearings nationwide to raise awareness of the issues surrounding children’s exposure to violence and assist the Attorney General’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence (hereafter, the Task Force) in recommending promising practices to prevent and reduce the effects of children’s exposure to violence,

(2) prepare a final report, including information gathered at the hearings and other relevant information, from which the Task Force may draw specific policy recommendations, and

(3) provide all necessary support for the Task Force and Defending Childhood hearings, which will drive the work of the Task Force.

The project will be administered through a cooperative agreement with the [1] Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in partnership with the [2] Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), the [3] National Institute of Justice, the [4] Community Orientated Policing Services Office, and [5] the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). As a cooperative agreement, this project will require close coordination between the award recipient and the OJJDP program manager to ensure that all deadlines are met.

Note: Exposure to violence includes being a victim of violence or a witness to violence and encompasses abuse, neglect, child maltreatment, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking, school violence, and community violence.

This program is authorized by the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011, Pub. L. No. 112-10.

To reiterate the ridiculous — all the above organization assert that domestic violence is a crime.  They are SILENT on the matter that, once such criminal matter enters the realm of CONCILIATION (counseling, psychology-based, problem-solving, solutions-providing) COURT — it is NOT a crime, it is a “family dispute” or “parental alienation” or parents being selfish, or miscommunication.  It is something that needs a public-paid AND parent-paid and Nonprofit-owning-education-dispensing apparatus to handle.    They are not silent on the matter without reason — speaking up about it would probably shut down more child-trafficking and child-abuse, thereby forcing too many others to find another line of work, flood the job-seeker market and further shut down any wage protections remaining in the US Economy.

That was the announcement.  Here’s a live blog from The Daily Record, reporter Danielle Ullman (I guess on the first hearing) relating shocking stories and spokespersons, and even divorce — but not the field of custody as a field.  It also gets in a plug from an Imam equating child-abuse with father-absence:  Earl El-Amin, resident imam of the Muslim Community Cultural Center of Baltimore spoke about the rise of community violence in town. He attributes a lot of the problems to what he calls the “absent daddy club.” El-Amin says “If you don’t see a man, you can’t be a man.”

[Nonie Darwish and Ayaan Hirsi-Ali,* women, might see this differently.  Hirsi-Ali:

[*hover cursors for excerpts to the links, why I include them].

“Islam was like a mental cage. At first, when you open the door, the caged bird stays inside: it is frightened. It has internalized its imprisonment. It takes time for bird to escape, even after someone has opened the doors to its cage.”  

Many well-meaning Dutch people have told me in all earnestness that nothing in Islamic culture incites abuse of women, that this is just a terrible misunderstanding. Men all over the world beat their women, I am constantly informed. In reality, these Westerners are the ones who misunderstand Islam. The Quaran mandates these punishments. It gives a legitimate basis for abuse, so that the perpetrators feel no shame and are not hounded by their conscience of their community. I wanted my art exhibit to make it difficult for people to look away from this problem. I wanted secular, non-Muslim people to stop kidding themselves that “Islam is peace and tolerance.” 
― Ayaan Hirsi AliInfidel

How long will it take for others to realize that, at some level, MOST of the Faith-Based organizations (i.e., religions) tend this way; Islam, just more-so?  Christianity doesn’t mandate the punishments, but the message starts in Genesis and in practice, to me, despite Jesus (as recorded) having been virtually anachronistically feminist in many accounts — he also opposed religious systems of men abusing their own flock, male & female  — the current churches don’t see it that way.  They are so concerned about abortion and LGBT, that their own members molesting children and beating women doesn’t even cause major system change, or shutdown.  I speak as a witness and survivor, but at a cost that should never have been imposed if the Bill of Rights were respected FIRST, a situation that “therapeutic jurisprudence” literally spits on.  

Photo from the Baltimore Hearing, link above:

This task force just doesn’t have any plain old Mamas reporting on what it does to them to have their children legally (?) translated from their care into whoever it was they left because of abuse to start with.

It doesn’t in fact have ANYONE representing the family law venue (the link= the list), even that’s the FIRST area one ought to clean up when it comes to abusing and trafficking in children — because this is also a gateway into the welfare system and into the foster care, if the cards are played right in some cases.

That type of reporting will not happen with FEDERAL assistance– because it’s reporting basically ON federal assistance.  It has to be street-savvy, guerilla-level.  I don’t see it about to happen — most groups (including the Scranton forum I’ve been highlighting recently) are too gullible and person-not-principle-minded.  The problem is not systemic and national, it’s obviously just in our neighborhood.   And the problem is a particular GAL, Judge, or Courthouse.  This is not true and trying to solve it piecemeal locally makes no sense, not at this stage of the game.  Therefore…. 

. . . after maybe ONE more month on this blog, I tend to “abandon ship,” stop sounding such unheeded alarms, and save myself and what’s left (including for my kids’ futures, who are now young adults and still entrenched financially, psychologically, and to a degree physically not with their abusive father — who was cast off once his purpose was finished (serves him right, in my opinion, after he did the same to me as their mother) but are (it seems, from recent indicators) co-dependent for their survival upon the family “mafia” (word seems applies here without the quotes better than in some cases), with its value system of “thou shalt not talk about it, or else” and obtaining loyalty by (I’ll say “just about” although it seems unqualified) forcing and inducing others to participate in the same crimes, creating a certain collective mentality and guilt.

It being 12/31/2011…. I could

. . . talk about nice, nostalgic stuff and try & pretend I’d never even LOOKED down this rabbit hole of just how many ways the US Government oppresses and tricks its own citizens, after having got the money to do this FROM the same citizens!  Grants, child support diversions, welfare diversions, and the habit of public employees forming nonprofit after nonprofit to pursue THEIR trade interests, when their clients are being controlled by the legal system in a whimsical and no-due-process fashion.

But I’m not going to.

Here’s an example.

I discovered that the Connecticut Office of Faith-Based HotShots is actually a “Conference of Churches” and, fool that I was, looked them up, got their EIN#, and then, fool that I was, found out (using the EIN# to see if they were on the HHS Santa Claus list — they were) which grant it was, called   90SN0001 and for $250,000.

Knowing that the “0001” of any HHS grant series is somewhat significant, usually, I (fool that I was) went and looked up all the “90SN” series grants — which are specifically RECOVERY (ARRA) grants — which I know have a reputation for being poorly monitored.  Not a good indicator so far.

Anyhow, here we are — and after looking at the rows and columns of this, do you see? (I do!) anything strange about this grant series for STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES?  Let’s look at this.

I found 56 actions (some of them “0” or negatives) but, here they are, selected columns being fields I selected.

To try and NOT exceed the margins this time, I’ll skip columns that have all the same contents:

All were CFDA 93711, and all were from the program office with initials “OCS.”  (not ACF or OCSE,  or CDC, NIH, etc.)  ALL were marked “Discretionary” “Demonstration” and “New” and ALL were year 1 of the grant (regardless of date of the award action), and all are ARRA — “Recovery” grants.  What makes no sense to me– see “Award Title” column — there is a database field “Recovery Grant” or not; which can be (a) Blank or (b) labeled “NON” or (c) REC  (I just learned in this case).  Besides something should either be Recovery grant — or Not (i.e., mark the field X or leave it blank) — why would grant award title need any indicator of ARRA or not ARRA?  In this one short list, there are three different ways of labeling the Title field — which is supposed to, after all, give some indicator of WTF the grant is for, or doing, right?

Some add “ARRA” to the title, which is (quite frankly) stupid.  Some actually write out the acronym “ARRA” which is even more stupid.  COllectively, it makes sorting by title award# a joke.  I’ve never administered major databases, but I’ve designed some, and worked in high-level administrative support fields for major industries.  Even at clerk level, common sense says, get your act together, set some style standards, design database for intended users (in this case, the US public, free-access) and make it at least HALFway reasonable.  TAGGS — with hundreds of thousands of records in the database — just doesn’t.   It could’ve — but it didn’t.  To date, no one has yet fixed the absent last name of principal investigators for the $120million (or so) of October 2011 grant awards announced.

This and many, many other indicators show an Administration reasonable awareness that checks and balances for this database are nonexistant.  Has anyone besides me noticed?  Should I have to personally write someone at HHS to say, excuse me, but there are serious problems with your database?  Do none of their data entry clerks, if that’s who inputs, talk to each other, and communicate internal discrepancies?   Is, in fact, this database worth the cost of the website it’s up on for even a general picture of what gushing fire hydrants are pouring money from which funds into whose grantee-organizations?

As fascinating as this database is — and I do not know of ONE (nonprofessional, parent) blogger who reports on it in the context of family law, domestic violence, or preventing child abuse, that hasn’t previously communicated with me or ONE person (Liz Richards of NAFCJ.net, around since 1993 the site declares) which even points people to this site and encourages looking at it.  I do know, and can name, several nonprofit leaders (so-called) in those fields which actively discourage (by silence, and by attempting to silence me when I mentioned this) discussion of it, after California NOW in 2002, 2005 and thereabouts was reporting on the matters.  The thing is an insult, a spit in the face to taxpayers, who ought to have access to reliable information about where theirs went after it was collected/extorted under threat of imprisonment and/or bankruptcy for noncompliance.  Taxes also help create a centralized bureaucracy for which the number of competitors advantage the distributor – in any business, right?   To add to the insult, those who distribute (meaning who appropriate) are themselves public employees, sometimes at fantastically high salaries.  Some of those employees were elected in part by lobbying and assistance from wealth, inherited or corporate.   So why do we put up with this all these years, then?

The award titles were created by HHS after all, not the recipient, right? — given this field is on TAGGS, which they should know — why cloud the filing or electronic sorting system by prefacing a grant name with the descriptor?    This is the equivalent of a lowly file clerk (pre-electronic or otherwise) filing half the folders of company names containing a “The” under “T” but an unknown quantity, also prefaced with the word “The” under the second, not first noun.  It’s inconsistency creating extra work for any investigator.  PUBLIC investigators do this on their free time, i.e., non-income-producing time.  Therefore, our time should be better respected – but isn’t.

I decided to post this to show how I think about some of these, or spot which type of organization to look take a sample, further look at:

Fiscal Year Grantee Name State Award Number Award Title Action Issue Date Award Action Type Sum of Actions
2011 CaliforniaVolunteers CA 90SN0041 ARRA – STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND 05/06/2011 EXTENSION WITH OR WITHOUT FUNDS $- 233,082
2011 CaliforniaVolunteers CA 90SN0041 ARRA – STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND 05/11/2011 OTHER REVISION $ 0
2011 HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY SPONSORED PROGRAMS FOUNDATION CA 90SN0050 ARRA – STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND 05/06/2011 NEW $ 233,082
2010 City of Seattle – Human Services Department WA 90SN0009 ARRA-2009 SCF-STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL GOVT. CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM 08/24/2010 CHANGE OF GRANTEE / TRAINING INSTITUTION / AWARDING INSTITUTION $ 0
2010 Governor`s Ofc of Faith-Based & Community Initiatives AL 90SN0033 ARRA-2009 SCF-STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL GOVT. CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM 05/14/2010 CHANGE OF GRANTEE / TRAINING INSTITUTION / AWARDING INSTITUTION $ 0
2010 VI DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES VI 90SN0027 AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT (ARRA) 2009 STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND 03/12/2010 CHANGE OF GRANTEE / TRAINING INSTITUTION / AWARDING INSTITUTION $ 0
2010 Workforce Investment Board of Passaic County NJ 90SN0043 ARRA STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND 08/17/2010 CHANGE OF GRANTEE / TRAINING INSTITUTION / AWARDING INSTITUTION $ 0
2009 ADAMS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS CO 90SN0004 AMERICAN RECOVERY & REINVESTMENT ACT (ARRA) OF 2009 STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND 09/19/2009 NEW $ 250,000
2009 AFFILIATED TRIBES OF NW INDIANS OR 90SN0044 STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND – STATE, LOCAL, & TRIBAL GOVERNMENT CAPACITY BUILDING PROG 09/23/2009 NEW $ 250,000
2009 AL ST OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR AL 90SN0033 ARRA-2009 SCF-STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL GOVT. CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM 09/23/2009 NEW $ 250,000
2009 AS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AS 90SN0006 ARRA – STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND 09/21/2009 NEW $ 250,000
2009 Arkansas Coalition for Excellence AR 90SN0025 ARRA OF 2009 STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUNDS STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL GOVERNMENT CAPACITY B 09/23/2009 NEW $ 250,000
2009 BROWARD COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS FL 90SN0048 ARRA-2009 SCF-STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL GOVT. CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM 09/23/2009 NEW $ 218,150
2009 CHIPPEWA CREE TRIBE MT 90SN0045 STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND – STATE, LOCAL, & TRIBAL GOVERNMENT CAPACITY BUILDING PROG 09/23/2009 NEW $ 250,000
2009 CITY OF EL PASO TX 90SN0029 STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND – STATE, LOCAL, & TRIBAL GOVERNMENT CAPACITY BUILDING PROG. 09/23/2009 NEW $ 250,000
2009 COLVILLE CONFEDERATED TRIBES WA 90SN0011 STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND – STATE, LOCAL, & TRIBAL GOVERNMENT CAPACITY BUILDING PROG 09/23/2009 NEW $ 249,301
2009 COUNTY OF RIO ARRIBA NM 90SN0010 ARRA OF 2009-STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND-STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL GOVERNMENT CAPACITY BU 09/23/2009 NEW $ 250,000
2009 CaliforniaVolunteers CA 90SN0041 ARRA – STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND 09/23/2009 NEW $ 249,911
2009 City of Boston MA 90SN0024 ARRA – STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND 09/23/2009 NEW $ 249,980
2009 City of Hammond LA 90SN0049 ARRA-STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND 09/23/2009 NEW $ 250,000
2009 City of Montgomery AL 90SN0038 ARRA-2009 SCF-STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL GOVT. CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM 09/23/2009 NEW $ 222,079
2009 City of New York, Office of the Mayor, Deputy Mayor for NY 90SN0023 ARRA-STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND 09/23/2009 NEW $ 250,000
2009 City of Racine WI 90SN0032 ARRA – STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND 09/23/2009 NEW $ 250,000
2009 City of Warren, Ohio OH 90SN0026 AMERICAN RECOVERY & REINVESTMENT ACT (ARRA) OF 2009 STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND 09/23/2009 NEW $ 248,690
2009 Colorado Nonprofit Association CO 90SN0028 AMERICAN RECOVERY & REINVESTMENT ACT (ARRA) OF 2009 STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND 09/23/2009 NEW $ 250,000
2009 Commonwealth Corporation MA 90SN0022 ARRA – STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND 09/23/2009 NEW $ 249,140
2009 Conference of Churches CT 90SN0001 STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND 09/19/2009 NEW $ 250,000
2009 Council of Community Services VA 90SN0005 ARRA ACT OF 2009-STRENGHENING COMMUNITIES FUND-STATE, LOCAL, AND TRIBAL GOVERNMENT CAPACIT 09/19/2009 NEW $ 242,633
2009 DC DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES DC 90SN0014 ARRA OF 2009-STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND-STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL GOVERNMENT CAPACITY BU 09/23/2009 NEW $ 250,000
2009 DEKALB COUNTY GEORGIA GA 90SN0020 ARRA-2009 SCF-STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL GOVT. CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM 09/23/2009 NEW $ 250,000
2009 Department of Children and Families WI 90SN0036 ARRA – 2009 SCF – STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL GOVERNMENT CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM 09/23/2009 NEW $ 250,000
2009 Donors Forum IL 90SN0013 AMERICAN RECOVERY & REINVESTMENT ACT (ARRA) OF 2009 STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND 09/23/2009 NEW $ 250,000
2009 FAMILY SERVICES PA 90SN0019 ARRA ACT OF 2009 STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND- STATE, LOCAL, AND TRIBAL GOVERNMENT CAPAC 09/23/2009 NEW $ 250,000
2009 Governors Office of Community & Faith Based Initiatives MI 90SN0021 ARRA-2009 SCF-STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL GOVT. CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM 09/23/2009 NEW $ 250,000
2009 LEAD Brevard, Inc. FL 90SN0031 ARRA-2009 SCF-STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL GOVT. CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM 09/23/2009 NEW $ 249,915
2009 LINN COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT IA 90SN0037 STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND – STATE, LOCAL, & TRIBAL GOVERNMENT CAPACITY BUILDING PROG. 09/23/2009 NEW $ 167,933
2009 LOUISVILLE/JEFFERSON COUNTY METRO GOVERNMENT KY 90SN0034 ARRA-2009 SCF-STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL GOVT. CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM 09/23/2009 NEW $ 249,975
2009 Lakewood Resource and Referral Center, Inc NJ 90SN0047 ARRA-STRENGTHEN COMMUNITIES FUND 09/23/2009 NEW $ 250,000
2009 MUSKEGON COUNTY COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES BOARD MI 90SN0040 AMERICAN RECOVERY & REINVESTMENT ACT (ARRA) OF 2009 STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND 09/23/2009 NEW $ 250,000
2009 Maine Association of Nonprofits ME 90SN0017 ARRA STRENTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND 09/23/2009 NEW $ 250,000
2009 Municipio de San German PR 90SN0016 ARRA-STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND 09/23/2009 NEW $ 250,000
2009 Nevada Community Action Association NV 90SN0039 ARRA – STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND 09/23/2009 NEW $ 250,000
2009 New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits NH 90SN0012 ARRA-STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND 09/23/2009 NEW $ 250,000
2009 OneStar Foundation, Inc. TX 90SN0003 STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND – STATE, LOCAL, & TRIBAL GOVERNMENT CAPACITY BUILDING PROG 09/20/2009 NEW $ 250,000
2009 PASSAIC COUNTY BOARD OF CHOSEN FREEHOLDERS NJ 90SN0043 ARRA STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND 09/23/2009 NEW $ 249,995
2009 PHILADELPHIA CITY DEPARTMENT OF STREETS PA 90SN0018 ARRA OF 2009- STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND-STATE, LOCAL, AND TRIBAL GOVERNMENT CAPACITY 09/23/2009 NEW $ 249,333
2009 PINOLEVILLE INDIAN COMMUNITY CA 90SN0042 ARRA – STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND 09/23/2009 NEW $ 250,000
2009 SEATTLE CITY MAYOR’S OFFICE WA 90SN0009 ARRA-2009 SCF-STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL GOVT. CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM 09/23/2009 NEW $ 250,000
2009 South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations SC 90SN0046 ARRA-2009 SCF-STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL GOVT. CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM 09/23/2009 NEW $ 200,487
2009 State of Hawaii, Department of Business & Economic Dev. HI 90SN0030 ARRA – STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND 09/23/2009 NEW $ 250,000
2009 The Grants Experts NM 90SN0008 ARRA OF 2009 STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND- STATE, LOCAL, AND TRIBAL GOVERNMENT CAPACITY 09/23/2009 NEW $ 249,716
2009 UNIVERSITY OF IOWA IA 90SN0007 STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND – STATE, LOCAL, & TRIBAL GOVERNMENT CAPACITY BUILDING PRO 09/23/2009 NEW $ 250,000
2009 UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY, RESEARCH FOUNDATION KY 90SN0035 ARRA-2009 SCF-STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL GOVT. CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM 09/23/2009 NEW $ 250,000
2009 United Way of Greater Toledo OH 90SN0015 AMERICAN RECOVERY & REINVESTMENT ACT (ARRA) OF 2009 STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND 09/23/2009 NEW $ 202,762
2009 VI DEPT OF JUSTICE VI 90SN0027 AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT (ARRA) 2009 STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND 09/23/2009 NEW $ 250,000
2009 VIRGINIA COMMUNITY CAPITAL, INC VA 90SN0002 ARRA OF 2009-STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND-STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL GOVERNMENT CAPACITY BU 09/19/2009 NEW $ 250,000

 

Or, to put it another way (sorting by what class of entity got the grant) shows one that wasn’t labeled as to class. 

Techniques: To get a quicker overview, I’ll just choose certain columns “Grantee Class” & Grant# to show what’s really happening here, in the series “Strengthening Communities.”  APparently a good part of “communities” means simply, another arm of government.  So money is being collected by the government from individuals (through a variety of sources) and distributed it back to “Communities” — meaning chosen arms of government, or certain types of nonprofits.”
Grantee Class Award Number Sum of Actions
City Government 90SN0009 $ 250,000
City Government 90SN0018 $ 249,333
City Government 90SN0023 $ 250,000
City Government 90SN0024 $ 249,980
City Government 90SN0026 $ 248,690
City Government 90SN0029 $ 250,000
City Government 90SN0038 $ 222,079
City Government 90SN0049 $ 250,000
County Government 90SN0004 $ 250,000
County Government 90SN0010 $ 250,000
County Government 90SN0020 $ 250,000
County Government 90SN0037 $ 167,933
County Government 90SN0040 $ 250,000
County Government 90SN0043 $ 249,995
County Government 90SN0048 $ 218,150
Non-Profit Private Non-Government Organizations 90SN0001 $ 250,000
Non-Profit Private Non-Government Organizations 90SN0002 $ 250,000
Non-Profit Private Non-Government Organizations 90SN0003 $ 250,000
Non-Profit Private Non-Government Organizations 90SN0008 $ 249,716
Non-Profit Private Non-Government Organizations 90SN0012 $ 250,000
Non-Profit Private Non-Government Organizations 90SN0013 $ 250,000
Non-Profit Private Non-Government Organizations 90SN0015 $ 202,762
Non-Profit Private Non-Government Organizations 90SN0016 $ 250,000
Non-Profit Private Non-Government Organizations 90SN0017 $ 250,000
Non-Profit Private Non-Government Organizations 90SN0019 $ 250,000
Non-Profit Private Non-Government Organizations 90SN0025 $ 250,000
Non-Profit Private Non-Government Organizations 90SN0028 $ 250,000
Non-Profit Private Non-Government Organizations 90SN0039 $ 250,000
Non-Profit Private Non-Government Organizations 90SN0043 $ 0
Non-Profit Private Non-Government Organizations 90SN0046 $ 200,487
Non-Profit Private Non-Government Organizations 90SN0047 $ 250,000
Non-Profit Public Non-Government Organizations 90SN0005 $ 242,633
Non-Profit Public Non-Government Organizations 90SN0032 $ 250,000
Non-Profit Public Non-Government Organizations 90SN0034 $ 249,975
Other (Towns, Villages, American Indian Tribes) 90SN0011 $ 249,301
Other (Towns, Villages, American Indian Tribes) 90SN0042 $ 250,000
Other (Towns, Villages, American Indian Tribes) 90SN0044 $ 250,000
Other (Towns, Villages, American Indian Tribes) 90SN0045 $ 250,000
State Government 90SN0006 $ 250,000
State Government 90SN0007 $ 250,000
State Government 90SN0014 $ 250,000
State Government 90SN0021 $ 250,000
State Government 90SN0022 $ 249,140
State Government 90SN0027 $ 250,000
State Government 90SN0030 $ 250,000
State Government 90SN0033 $ 250,000
State Government 90SN0035 $ 250,000
State Government 90SN0036 $ 250,000
State Government 90SN0041 $ 16,829
State Government 90SN0050 $ 233,082
 ** 90SN0031** $ 249,915
Results 1 to 56 of 56 matches.
(IN TAGGS SORTS –whichever field you want to sort by, generally, read the columns top to bottom, left column first, and it sorts by whichever column you select first.  Except when “Fiscal Year is chosen” then that’s the first year to sort.  90SN0031 (bottom row) is grantee “LEAD Brevard, Inc.” out of Florida.  Mental note to check this one….EIN# 59-3189067, 2009 return. Its website shows a membership organization (opaque enough — no information til you cough up your email address; which I am not in the mood to do, today) providing leadership graining.
It claims to have been formed in 1985, however the truth (as to nonprofit) is in more than one place, including its own annual return for 1996 , responding to a “2nd notice” (to file, plus $61 due or it’ll be dissolved on a certain date) says it was “incorporated or qualified (as nonprofit) on 5/14/1993.  Its 2011 on-line annual report however is titled “Celebrating 25 years,” so you do the math!
In other words, this leadership group – like so many others — simply misled viewers by about 8 years on when it began.  what else will it mislead leaders on, financially, and is this a good quality for leaders? ….It went through some name changes, per Florida’s “sunbiz.org,” this was the name in 1996 (as early as their records go on-line):  “Brevard Council of Chambers Leadership Brevard, Inc.” which later became “Leadership Brevard” and finally as above “LEAD Brevard, Inc.”   It runs apparently intensive (one, an 8-month) leadership development courses ,and has plenty of supporters.  I’m not sure why HHS has to be one of them.  Unlike others, shows no signs of being a typical fatherhood/marriage etc. or even faith-based grantee.  Yet this same series (meaning 90SN) of awards is going to, literally, church groups.  I can see why the labeling might be unclear, as the group originated (it seems) from the local Chamber of Commerce.
Here’s a check of the grants by # only, a quicksort to see if all #s are accounted for, the negative and “0” amounts appear to represent some 2010 and 2011 housekeeping actions (?):
Results 1 to 56 of 56 matches.
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Award Number Action Issue Date CFDA Number Sum of Actions
90SN0001 09/19/2009 93711 $ 250,000
90SN0002 09/19/2009 93711 $ 250,000
90SN0003 09/20/2009 93711 $ 250,000
90SN0004 09/19/2009 93711 $ 250,000
90SN0005 09/19/2009 93711 $ 242,633
90SN0006 09/21/2009 93711 $ 250,000
90SN0007 09/23/2009 93711 $ 250,000
90SN0008 09/23/2009 93711 $ 249,716
90SN0009 09/23/2009 93711 $ 250,000
90SN0009 08/24/2010 93711 $ 0
90SN0010 09/23/2009 93711 $ 250,000
90SN0011 09/23/2009 93711 $ 249,301
90SN0012 09/23/2009 93711 $ 250,000
90SN0013 09/23/2009 93711 $ 250,000
90SN0014 09/23/2009 93711 $ 250,000
90SN0015 09/23/2009 93711 $ 202,762
90SN0016 09/23/2009 93711 $ 250,000
90SN0017 09/23/2009 93711 $ 250,000
90SN0018 09/23/2009 93711 $ 249,333
90SN0019 09/23/2009 93711 $ 250,000
90SN0020 09/23/2009 93711 $ 250,000
90SN0021 09/23/2009 93711 $ 250,000
90SN0022 09/23/2009 93711 $ 249,140
90SN0023 09/23/2009 93711 $ 250,000
90SN0024 09/23/2009 93711 $ 249,980
90SN0025 09/23/2009 93711 $ 250,000
90SN0026 09/23/2009 93711 $ 248,690
90SN0027 09/23/2009 93711 $ 250,000
90SN0027 03/12/2010 93711 $ 0
90SN0028 09/23/2009 93711 $ 250,000
90SN0029 09/23/2009 93711 $ 250,000
90SN0030 09/23/2009 93711 $ 250,000
90SN0031 09/23/2009 93711 $ 249,915
90SN0032 09/23/2009 93711 $ 250,000
90SN0033 09/23/2009 93711 $ 250,000
90SN0033 05/14/2010 93711 $ 0
90SN0034 09/23/2009 93711 $ 249,975
90SN0035 09/23/2009 93711 $ 250,000
90SN0036 09/23/2009 93711 $ 250,000
90SN0037 09/23/2009 93711 $ 167,933
90SN0038 09/23/2009 93711 $ 222,079
90SN0039 09/23/2009 93711 $ 250,000
90SN0040 09/23/2009 93711 $ 250,000
90SN0041 09/23/2009 93711 $ 249,911
90SN0041 05/06/2011 93711 $- 233,082
90SN0041 05/11/2011 93711 $ 0
90SN0042 09/23/2009 93711 $ 250,000
90SN0043 09/23/2009 93711 $ 249,995
90SN0043 08/17/2010 93711 $ 0
90SN0044 09/23/2009 93711 $ 250,000
90SN0045 09/23/2009 93711 $ 250,000
90SN0046 09/23/2009 93711 $ 200,487
90SN0047 09/23/2009 93711 $ 250,000
90SN0048 09/23/2009 93711 $ 218,150
90SN0049 09/23/2009 93711 $ 250,000
90SN0050 05/06/2011 93711 $ 233,082
Results 1 to 56 of 56 matches.
Assuming that CFDA 93711 = the 90SN series would be a mistake, it’s a guess.  Searcing CFDA 93711 (which the 90SN grants all come under, i.e., “Strengthening Communities” is the ARRA purpose).  Sorting by that brings up some larger (like, $1,000,000) grants to unusual recipients; there is also an “SI” series.  For it to sort by grant number, I cannot include Grantee — so using common field of “principal investigator” I’ll show who those grantees were, below.   (Such a use for the last day of 2011, eh?)….
Award Number Action Issue Date CFDA Number Principal Investigator Sum of Actions
90SI0001 09/14/2009 93711 SUSAN WEINRICH $ 1,000,000
90SI0002 09/16/2009 93711 REGINA P ABBOTT $ 1,000,000
90SI0003 09/23/2009 93711 PAM ANDERSON $ 764,780
90SI0004 09/22/2009 93711 PATRICIA SCHULTE $ 999,932
90SI0005 09/19/2009 93711 MARY ANN SODEN $ 1,000,000
90SI0006 09/15/2009 93711 GORMAN W HORNE $ 1,000,000
90SI0007 09/17/2009 93711 MELANIE M BEENE $ 1,000,000
90SI0008 09/15/2009 93711 JOHN SCOGGINS $ 1,000,000
90SI0009 09/21/2009 93711 DAVID CLIFFORD $ 1,000,000
90SI0010 09/19/2009 93711 HARRY BROWN $ 973,584
90SI0011 09/14/2009 93711 DAVID HARDENBERGH $ 800,000
90SI0012 09/22/2009 93711 PAULA SIEGLER $ 1,000,000
90SI0013 09/20/2009 93711 SUSAN COWEN $ 1,000,000
90SI0014 09/14/2009 93711 ELLEN BASS $ 1,000,000
90SI0015 09/14/2009 93711 ALTHEA RICHARDSON $ 1,000,000
90SI0016 09/17/2009 93711 DARYL VANDERWILT $ 1,000,000
90SI0017 09/22/2009 93711 PATRICIA TALTON $ 1,000,000
90SI0018 09/21/2009 93711 ANTHONY M POWELL $ 1,000,000
90SI0019 09/14/2009 93711 JOANNE BURSICH $ 1,000,000
90SI0020 09/21/2009 93711 DEBRA KARP $ 1,000,000
90SI0021 09/20/2009 93711 KYLE CALDWELL $ 1,000,000
90SI0022 09/14/2009 93711 PATRICK MCGUIGAN $ 1,000,000
90SI0023 09/18/2009 93711 MICHAEL W HALTERMAN $ 1,000,000
90SI0024 09/22/2009 93711 KATHY GAALSWYK $ 1,000,000
90SI0025 09/19/2009 93711 MARK W PERRY $ 800,000
90SI0026 09/20/2009 93711 THOMAS RENIER $ 879,903
90SI0027 09/19/2009 93711 SHILOH TURNER $ 1,000,000
90SI0028 09/21/2009 93711 ALETA L SPICER $ 1,000,000
90SI0029 09/18/2009 93711 ESTHER SHIN $ 1,000,000
90SI0030 09/18/2009 93711 PAUL MAJOR $ 999,684
90SI0031 09/22/2009 93711 MARK PUTNAM $ 1,000,000
90SI0032 09/22/2009 93711 WENDY LAWRENCE-FOWLER $ 982,117
90SI0033 09/18/2009 93711 SARAH VERMILLION $ 800,000
90SI0034 09/15/2009 93711 CHRISTOPHER L MARTIN $ 1,000,000
90SI0035 09/23/2009 93711 BRADLEY MCPEAK $ 1,000,000
90SN0001(etc.).. 09/19/2009 93711 SHELLEY COPELAND $ 250,000
I’m going to sort these by Grantee Type (I have no idea how HHS distinguishes “Type” from “Class” but it does).
GRANTEE TYPE “nonprofit PRIVATE non-government”  (notice the variety of classes, and grantees):
Selecting on GRANTS 90SI series, CFDA 93711:  As follows, there are 17, all action dates showed as Sept. 2009:
Grantee Name State Grantee Type Award Number Principal Investigator Sum of Actions
ACTION, INC GA Community Action Organization 90SI0008 JOHN SCOGGINS $ 1,000,000
Applied Information Management Institute NE Other Special Interest Organization 90SI0035 BRADLEY MCPEAK $ 1,000,000
Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston, Inc. MA Other Social Services Organization 90SI0014 ELLEN BASS $ 1,000,000
CHATHOLIC CHARITIES OF KANSAS CITY-ST. JOSEPH, INC. MO Other Social Services Organization 90SI0023 MICHAEL W HALTERMAN $ 1,000,000
Community Developers of Beaufort-Hyde, Inc. NC Other Special Interest Organization 90SI0006 GORMAN W HORNE $ 1,000,000
Empower New Haven, Inc. CT Other Social Services Organization 90SI0015 ALTHEA RICHARDSON $ 1,000,000
Iowa Center for Faith Based & Community Initiatives IA Other Special Interest Organization 90SI0016 DARYL VANDERWILT $ 1,000,000
Knoxville Leadership Foundation TN Other Special Interest Organization 90SI0034 CHRISTOPHER L MARTIN $ 1,000,000
New Future for Youth, Inc. AR Other Social Services Organization 90SI0025 MARK W PERRY $ 800,000
Nonprofit Finance Fund NY Other Special Interest Organization 90SI0019 JOANNE BURSICH $ 1,000,000
Northwest Leadership Foundation WA Research Institution, Foundation and Laboratory 90SI0017 PATRICIA TALTON $ 1,000,000
ORANGEWOOD CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION CA Community Action Organization 90SI0005 MARY ANN SODEN $ 1,000,000
Providence Plan RI Other Educational Organization 90SI0022 PATRICK MCGUIGAN $ 1,000,000
Telluride Foundation CO Health Department 90SI0030 PAUL MAJOR $ 999,684
The Erie Community Foundation PA Other Special Interest Organization 90SI0027 SHILOH TURNER $ 1,000,000
Urban Strategies Inc. MO Other Special Interest Organization 90SI0029 ESTHER SHIN $ 1,000,000
YOUTH NETWORK COUNCIL OF CHICAGO, INC IL Community Action Organization 90SI0013 SUSAN COWEN $ 1,000,000
Results 1 to 17 of 17 matches.
These all are labeled PRIVATE, NON-GOVERNMENT, nonprofits and every single one should be looked up EIN#, DUNS#, Website declarations, State-level incorporations as (a) corporation and (b) charity – for indications of compliance and honesty.  Some are overtly religious (like “Chatholic Charities” (sic)), others are not.  The principal investigators and other grants the same groups should also be checked, as well as headlines — IF we are going to monitor what happens to a million here, a million there.
What types of capacities are they building — and are they racist, classist or (more to my subject hatter here) sexist?
You wanna do it?  For example, why does the Telluride Foundation need a $999K grant?  And why is it labeled as “Health Department”
 GRANTEE CLASS:  nonprofit PUBLIC non-Government = 7 results:
Grantee Name State Grantee Type Award Number Principal Investigator Sum of Actions
Building Changes WA Other Health Organization 90SI0031 MARK PUTNAM $ 1,000,000
Community Initiatives 

http://www.communityin.org/board.html**

CA Other Special Interest Organization 90SI0007 MELANIE M BEENE $ 1,000,000
First Nations Development Institute CO Other Social Services Organization 90SI0033 SARAH VERMILLION $ 800,000
MICHIGAN NONPROFIT ASSOCIATION MI Other Special Interest Organization 90SI0021 KYLE CALDWELL $ 1,000,000
Northland Foundation MN Research Institution, Foundation and Laboratory 90SI0026 THOMAS RENIER $ 879,903
Occupational Enterprises, Inc. VA Other Social Services Organization 90SI0028 ALETA L SPICER $ 1,000,000
RURAL ALASKA COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAM, INC AK Community Action Organization 90SI0011 DAVID HARDENBERGH $ 800,000
Results 1 to 7 of 7 matches.
Let’s sample the one in California.  Its incorporation date (11/1996) coincides with Welfare Reform (also 1996). It is an outgrowth of the San Francisco Foundation (i.e., which is LARGE).    The idea being,
In 1996, leaders from The San Francisco Foundation identified a challenge: Community-benefit projects needed a place to incubate their ideas without having to become independent nonprofit organizations. The foundation responded to the challenge by creating a new organization that today is called Community Initiatives.
Currently its CEO has this background:
Cheryl Polk, Chair
A noted leader in the child and family services field, Cheryl Polk has a wealth of experience as a clinical psychologist, academic, and civic volunteer. Dr. Polk was recently appointed executive director of the John and Lisa Pritzker Family Fund, before which she served as executive director of the Mimi and Peter Haas Fund for nine years. She serves as a director of many professional and community organizations, including Zero to Three, Jumpstart, and the W. Haywood Burns Institute. {??} (Board, here)  (The Burns Institute looks like a valuable project)
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She recently completed eight years as an appointed member on the San Francisco Children and Families Commission. Dr. Polk has received many citations, recognitions, and awards, including the prestigious National Leadership Fellowship from the Kellogg Foundation, Salzburg Fellow for Early Childhood Development, San Francisco Outstanding Advocate for Children in 2003, and the Shining Star Award for Leadership and Dedication to the Children of San Francisco in 2000.
She Loooves Children.  Another listing (at Spoke) duplicates some of this and adds a little more:
 In 2006, Mayor Gavin Newsom selected Dr. Polk as a founding member of the San Francisco Children and Family Policy Council.** She recently completed eight years as an appointed member on the San Francisco Children and Families Commission. Dr. Polk has received many citations, recognitions, and awards, including the prestigious National Leadership Fellowship from the Kellogg Foundation and was a Salzburg Fellow for Early Childhood Development.
Not to cut too fine a point, but this looks like an arm of government (although HHS calls it NONGovernment) to me, or at least a sure link to an arm of government.   **SF’s mayor formed this  policy council (link gives members) in 2005 specifically to address the problem of families with children leaving the city.  FYI — it’s one of the most expensive places around to live.   Here’s part of the text, in scarlet font:

BACKGROUND

San Francisco Leads Cities in Family Policy and Programming

Based on a national scan of best practices, San Francisco has an envious array of successful local policy and programming for children and families already in place. Our living wage ordinances, groundbreaking children’s budget, Healthy Kids insurance program, formation of a dedicated children’s department, inclusionary housing policy, voter-supported partnership with public schools, and our very successful Working Families Tax Credit program place San Francisco far above par according to the National League of Cities’ recently published Strengthening America’s Families: An Agenda for Municipal Leaders. The city received an “A” on the Kid Friendly Cities: Report Card of health indicators, with a low teen birth rate, low percentage of children without health insurance, and low infant mortality rate. On the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kid’s Count Data Book, the proportion of San Francisco children living in poverty dropped from 18% in 1990 to 14% in 2000, in contrast to an average poverty rate of 26% for urban areas nationwide.

Despite San Francisco being ranked “family friendly” among cities nationally, and a leader regarding family policy and programs, US Census Bureau data reflects that between 1990 and 2000 our proportion of households with children has decreased from 21% to 19%. Even more significantly, the number of children under age 6 dropped 11% in those years. California is the most child rich state in the nation, with 27% of the population under 18. In contrast, only 15% of San Francisco’s population is under 18. We now hold the distinction of having the fewest children per capita of any major county in the United States, and, since families with young children are not staying in the city, we are very likely looking at an even greater decline of households with children over time.

The relative family friendliness of San Francisco and our role as a leader in progressive family policy and programming does not suggest inaction. On the contrary, it demands that we craft a response to declining child population which addresses our unique, local circumstances.

Mayor Creates Policy Council on Children, Youth and Families

Gavin Newsom formed the Policy Council on Children, Youth and Families to address the problem of families with children leaving San Francisco. The Policy Council formed in March 2005 and meets quarterly.

Policy Council Members: Gavin Newsom, Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco; Margaret Brodkin, Co-Chair, Director, Department of Children, Youth and their Families;

DCYF
http://www.dcyf.org/GranteeListing.aspx
San Francisco has a host of family-friendly things to do; in many ways it’s a terrific place to live, particularly for people interested in culture, the arts, progressive ideas, the outdoors (consider the variety of geography), academia (it’s full of universities and colleges in the area, and rich in things important to the history of the U.S.  I really like the area.
WHAT A CRYIN’ SHAME IT’S ALSO — LIKE OTHER AREAS NATIONWIDE, BUT SF & LA SEEM TO BE THE FOUNTAINHEAD — HAS SUCH A PERVASIVE AND CORRUPT CHILD CUSTODY/CHILD SUPPORT RECORD THAT SOAKS UP PARENTS’ TIME AND RESOURCES FOR YEARS AT A TIME, AND A JUSTICE SYSTEM SO CORRUPT AND CONNECTED THAT THE CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE RETROACTIVELY GRANTED ITS JUDGES IMMUNITY FROM PROSECUTION FOR SYSTEMATICALLY VIOLATING STATE LAW, AS TO SBX-211, AND THEREAFTER THREW ONE OF ITS BETTER CITIZENS AND ATTORNEYS INTO JAIL (RICHARD FINE) AFTER DISBARRING HIM — FOR 18 MONTHS FOR REPORTING AND PROTESTING THIS CORRUPTION, ON BEHALF OF — CHILDREN AND TAXPAYERS.
BEFORE THIS, IT THEN DEVELOPED THE “HABIT” OF JUDGES & ATTORNEYS (ETC.) GETTING TOGETHER TO FORM NONPROFITS SUCH AS KIDS’ TURN TO FURTHER DELETE INCOME FROM LOCAL FAMILIES, AND PROFIT THEMSELVES!   INBETWEEN DOING SUCH THINGS, THEY CHOOSE WHO TO BE A “SUPER ATTORNEY” OR RECOGNIZE FOR BENEFITTING THEIR PROFESSIONS.
(OK, done now — just felt it appropriate to say.  The entire Bay ARea is one of the more expensive areas to live in the country.  It is one of the most interesting ones as well, with so many different cultures.    Some of its inner cities (talking Bay Area, not just SF) have among the highest homicide rates around, too.   I have spent much of my life here, a portion of which will be etched in my memory and consciousness of where, by virtue of being FEMALE — like others, and because the family law system exists as it does, I was systematically robbed and driven back into poverty after serious abuse, and where justice is simply not to be found.  PERIOD.  It has to be carved out of the rock.  I will remember this “Jim Crow” era in feminist gains of the 1970s, and what appears to at some levels a Jim Crow era as to the country overall.  For a period, I think, most of the country “got” the concept of liberty, not monarchy and not theocracy.   But they weren’t well enough organized to hold it.
2010 Tax Filing (990) EIN 943255070 shows:  approximately EIGHT directors earning (most of them) well over $100K — Ms. Beane’s compensation is $173 + $9K of “other,” one pulling in $96K and a few others in lower (but over $50K) range.  There was a crabfest by a professional fundraiser:  Costs $151K — net income, $31K loss….   According to Community Initiatives website, it really does provide a LOT of services, and in return, takes 10% of revenues. Anyone with annual budget under $24,000 has to pay $200/month for fees (in other words, either maintain a budget of $24K, which gives CI 10% of the $2,400 per year, per member or simply pay it directly. — that’s not too bad a deal for CI, who, admittedly is taking the risk and supplying the nonprofit registration status).
Since I just noticed the CrabFest Fundraiser on there, “Nichelle Lyons” and (Down That Rabbit Hole again) saw fit to do a quick search on the name, I did NOT come up empty.  well for one, what kind of fundraiser puts out $151K for a net proceeds to organization of NEGATIVE about what would support a family of four in the area, including food and housing, for a year? ($31K).
I’m not the only person questioning this, and something seems “fishy.”  This account relates how a SF? Supervisor tapped various groups to contribute (a lot — $5,000 each) to a Laguna Honda Foundation (Louise Renne’s), which is characterized as his “benefactor” and which — though ITSELF a 501(c)3 — somehow needed fiscal sponsorship by Community Initiatives also?   Read article plus comments below it for details, particularly as to the Crabfest.  Report dates to March, 2011, from:  “CitiReport” on Politics, Ethics & Money:

Elsbernd taps Lobbyists

by LARRY BUSH on 03/26/2011

in MERELY RUMORS

Supervisor Sean Elsbernd tapped City Hall lobbyists and businesses at $5,000 each to make charitable contributions to the Irish Immigration Pastoral Center in February.

Elsbernd, as a member of the Board of Supervisors’ Rules Committee, currently is weighing the selection of the Board’s choice for the San Francisco Ethics Commission which oversees compliance and rules on violations of lobbyists and political contributors.

Supervisor Elsbernd’s fundraising took place at his annual Crabfest.

Among the reported contributors who responded to Supervisor Elsbernd’s request are the Shorenstein Realty Company, which owns the building that hopes to nail Twitter as a tenant if the Board approves a tax holiday for the internet company; Platnium Advisors, one of the city’s leading lobbying firms and whose principal is a partner in a Treasure Island marina contract; AT&T, San Francisco Association of Realtors, Sutter West Bay Hospitals; Catholic Healthcare West; and Charles Schwab.

No other reports of “behested” payments were filed for the peeriod at the Ethics Commission.

Someone comments and although I can’t follow all this, we get a sense of their concerns regarding “el crabfest”

Patrick Monette-Shaw March 28, 2011 at 6:22 am

You mean like Elsbernd’s Crabfest held in February 2009, which was ostensibly held to raise funds for his benefactress, Louise Renne, and her Laguna Honda Foundation?

According to the 2009 IRS Form 990 tax return filed by Laguna Honda Volunteers, Inc., Elsbernd’s preferred fundraiser, Nichelle Lyons, was paid $10,000 for fundraising, though they didn’t specify for what Laguna Honda fundraising event.

But Community Initiatives — the separate non-profit acting as the “fiscal sponsor” for Louise Renne’s Laguna Honda Foundation, which weirdly has its own IRS 501(c)(3) designation but somehow needs a “fiscal sponsor” — also reported on its 2009 tax return that Nichelle Lyons had been paid another $42,993 to raise funds for Elsbernd’s crabfest to help out his pal, Renne in 2009. The event raised $151,650, of which Lyons pocketed 28.3%.

This seems true — I just looked it up.  It has EIN# 412112467, according to the “Charity Registry” site, has been around plenty, but never earned anything; but in 2009 (its only year filing either an RRF or an IRS form) it declares that this was under Community Initiatives Foundation:

(BEGIN QUOTE from their one tax return.  The group exists to raise money for a hospital, it says).

2008 CLIENT 5130

I 1/13/09

STATEMENT 3

FEDERAL SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

LAGUNA HONDA FOUNDATION C/O LOUISE RENNE

PAGE 1 (EIN#) 41-2112467

11:44AM

DURING THE YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 2009, LAGUNA HONDA FOUNDATION OPERATED AS A PROJECT OF COMMUNITY INITIATIVES (EIN 94-3255070) AND NOT AS AN INDEPENDENT EXEMPT ORGANIZATION. AS SUCH, ALL REVENUE RECEIVED AND EXPENSES INCURRED DURING THE PERIOD WERE PROPERLY REPORTED AS REVENUE AND EXPENSES ON THE EXEMPT ORGANIZATION RETURNS FILED BY COMMUNITY INITIATIVES.

(END QUOTE)

So far, Lyons has earned up to $53,000 in fees that most donors thought were being directed to actual elderly and disabled patients at Laguna Honda Hospital.

By law — she has to register as a fundraiser in California.  It seems clear, we are talking about California here, right?  She is indeed registered as a commercial fundraiser on California OAG site — see?

Organization Name Registration Number Record Type Registration Status City State Registration Type Record Type
NICHELLE LYONS FP0002275 Fundraising Professional Registered SAN FRANCISCO CA Commercial Fundraiser Fundraising Professional
1

Apparently she is doing a lousy job at raising any money (CI tax return would seem to confirm that she doesn’t balance income to expenses very well?) – because she has not filed ANYTHING — at ALL — to report funds raised — as required by California law.  It shows registration as of 2011 (?), no EIN#

Related Documents
CT-810 FP Notice to Reg Notif NTR CFR July 2011
CT-810 FP Notice to Reg Notif 2nd Req CF NTR 2nd Req
CT-812 CFR Registration Cert 2011 2011 REG CERT

The first letter, contents are clear enough to Ms. Lyons, after certifying that

NICHELLE LYONS 731-B LIGGETT ST SAN FRANCISCO CA 94129

July 25, 2011 CT FILE NUMBER:

(address info, etc.)

FP0002275 (Not Reg)

RE: NOTICE TO REGISTER AS A COMMERCIAL FUNDRAISER FOR CHARITABLE PURPOSES – CERTIFIED

Based on information received by the Attorney General’s Registry of Charitable Trusts, the captioned organization may be providing services in California as a Commercial Fundraiser for Charitable Purposes, as defined in Government Code section 12599. All such fundraising professionals are required to register and file annual reports with the Registry. A copy of the Supervision of Trustees and Fundraisers for Charitable Purposes Act (Government Code section 12580 et seq.) is enclosed for your reference.

To register as a commercial fundraiser for charitable purposes, submit Form CT-1CF, a $25,000 surety bond (Form CT-4CF) and $350 registration fee. Please note that California law requires a written contract between a commercial fundraiser and the charity for which it is raising funds. Section 12599(i) sets forth a list of specific provisions which must be included in the contract. In addition, a Notice of Intent (Form CT-10CF) must be filed with our office at least ten (10) days prior to commencement of a solicitation campaign in California.

Additional program information and all required forms and instructions can be found on our website at

http://ag.ca.gov/charities .

IT IS UNLAWFUL TO PROVIDE SERVICES IN CALIFORNIA AS A COMMERCIAL FUNDRAISER FOR CHARITABLE PURPOSES UNLESS AND UNTIL ALL REGISTRATION AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS HAVE BEEN MET. Solicitation in violation of California law is grounds for civil action, including injunctive relief and civil penalties.

the second letter, dated 9/28/2011, references the first, and adds:

 

Enclosed please find a copy of our letter dated July 25, 2011, requesting registration as a commercial fundraiser for charitable purposes. We did receive the application and registration fee August 26, 2011, along with a letter indicating you were in the process of obtaining the required surety bond (CT-4CF). To date, we have never received the bond.

Additional information we have obtained indicates you were also operating as a commercial fundraiser in 2009 and 2010. That being the case, you will need to submit registration applications (Form CT-1CF) for each of those years, along with the $350 annual registration fee ($700 total).

perhaps we should ask CANDY HETHERINGTON Associate Governmental Program Analyst Registry of Charitable Trusts (whose letter it is) why Community initiatives is getting $1,200,000 from HHS while providing cover to an illegally operating, and it seems politically connected, commercial fundraiser, not to mention a Laguna Honda Foundation (which DOES have an EIN — but  claims the CI umbrella, hence zero assets, and we don’t file EITHER) also using CI’s services. ….

Perhaps this Community Initiatives (of the SF Foundation) is itself  a kind of different sort of shelter/umbrella organization that at first meets the eye….

Finally, there is an (unsigned) 10/21/2011 registration on the site.

Back to Monette-Shaw’s comment about Nichelle Lyons, professional contractor for COmmunity Initiatives

How much she was paid to help Eslbernd raise funds for Renne’s Black Tie Gala Dinner at LHH on June 24, 2010 is not yet known. Did Lyons again pocket nearly one-third of the estimated $400,000 raised at that event?

Eslbernd should recuse himself from voting on the Board of Supervisors’ Rules Committee that is currently weighing the selection of the Board’s choice for the San Francisco Ethics Commission, which oversees compliance and rules on violations of lobbyists and political contributors.

If he doesn’t recuse himself, there will be lingering questions about his relationship with Nichelle Lyons and potential violations of lobbyists and political contributors.

Patrick Monette-Shaw  (SOUNDS LIKE A FEW FAIR QUESTIONS.  THERE ARE SOME RESPONSES ON THE ORIGINAL LINK, ABOVE).

Further lookup on the California OAG (Charitable Registry) site shows that this organization is, by FOunding Document Names, actually (as a nonprofit public organization with EIN#) actually a FUND of the San Francisco Foundation.    I encourage people to look it up.  With $16million of assets and $15 of revenues in 2010 (per site) — it has NOT filed with the state since 2008!  Although its IRS forms are seen elsewhere on the OAG.  Is it paying its (revenue-appropriate) annual fee to our broke state of California?  Looks like, NO.
I include this single-liner (HHS TAGGS) to give the DUNS# — I searched by EIN#)
Recipient Name City State ZIP Code County DUNS Number Sum of Awards
Community Initiatives  SAN FRANCISCO CA 94104 SAN FRANCISCO 828767884 $ 1,200,000

Sho

Recipient: Community Initiatives
Address: 225 BUSH, SUITE 500
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94104
Country Name: United States of America
County Name: SAN FRANCISCO
HHS Region: 9
Type: Other Special Interest Organization
Class: Non-Profit Public Non-Government Organizations

AWARD ACTIONS

Showing: 1 – 5 of 5 Award Actions

FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2009 90SI0007  ARRA – STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND – NON-PROFIT CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM 1 0 ACF 09-17-2009 828767884 $ 1,000,000 
Fiscal Year 2009 Total: $ 1,000,000
FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2003 90EI0117  ASSETS FOR INDEPENDENCE DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM (IDA PROGRAM) 1 1 ACF 05-13-2003 828767884 $- 461,800 
2003 90EI0192  ASSETS FOR INDEPENDENCE DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM (IDA PROGRAM) 1 1 ACF 05-13-2003 828767884 $- 800,000 
Fiscal Year 2003 Total: $- 1,261,800
FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2002 90EI0192  ASSETS FOR INDEPENDENCE DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM (IDA PROGRAM) 1 0 ACF 09-11-2002 828767884 $ 800,000 
Fiscal Year 2002 Total: $ 800,000
FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2001 90EI0117  ASSETS FOR INDEPENDENCE DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM (IDA PROGRAM) 1 0 ACF 09-10-2001 828767884 $ 661,800 
Fiscal Year 2001 Total: $ 661,800
Total of all award actions: $ 1,200,000

Showing: 1 – 5 of 5 Award Actions

 Here are:   State Government & County Goverment (Class):
Grantee Name State Grantee Class Grantee Type Award Number Principal Investigator Sum of Actions
Chiesman Foundation for Democracy SD State Government Other Special Interest Organization 90SI0004 PATRICIA SCHULTE $ 999,932
Council of Community Services of NYS, Inc NY State Government Other Special Interest Organization 90SI0001 SUSAN WEINRICH $ 1,000,000
EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY MI State Government Junior College, College & University 90SI0009 DAVID CLIFFORD $ 1,000,000
Initiative Foundation 

(has a CYF area)

MN  State Government  Welfare Department  90SI0024  KATHY GAALSWYK  $ 1,000,000 
Spalding County Collaborative Authority for Families & GA County Government Community Action Organization 90SI0002 REGINA P ABBOTT $ 1,000,000
UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA FL State Government Junior College, College & University 90SI0012 PAULA SIEGLER $ 1,000,000
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS – PAN AMERICAN TX State Government Junior College, College & University 90SI0032 WENDY LAWRENCE-FOWLER $ 982,117
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN PARKSIDE WI State Government Welfare Department 90SI0020 DEBRA KARP $ 1,000,000
United Way of Central Alabama, Inc. AL State Government Welfare Department 90SI0010 HARRY BROWN $ 973,584
Results 1 to 9 of 9 matches.
I fail to see why a Minnesota Welfare Department needs a “Strengthening Communities” boost.  Is it not already established?**  And why is a United Way — or a University -labeled a “Welfare Department?   And how can a County Government authority actually be a Community Action Organization.  Now, I understand the idea is “collaboration” — but at what point do those taking funding so merge their identities with their funders (i.e., the Feds here) that they no longer can really be called representing the “community.”
**The Minnesota is a full-fledge operation.  Search on Princ. INvestigator (after looking at the group’s website/annual report) came up with:

For economic development foundations, an anniversary with new hurdles (access required)

Posted: 8:20 am Fri, June 24, 2011
By Chris Newmarker
Tags: 

 The McKnight Foundation in 1986 started an unusual experiment to boost the languishing rural Minnesota economy — six community groups that lend money to grow jobs. Twenty-five years later, the Minnesota Initiatives Foundations [[plural??]] boast that they have created or retained 40,000 jobs through $193 million worth of business lending, but it hasn’t been without some lessons …
Category :  State Government, but Identity — Nonprofit and a very profitable one, looks like:

ORGANIZATION NAME

STATE

YEAR

TOTAL ASSETS

FORM

PAGES

EIN

Initiative Foundation MN 2009 $44,371,848 990 40 36-3451562
Initiative Foundation MN 2008 $39,508,643 990 33 36-3451562
Initiative Foundation MN 2008 $45,296,501 990 60 36-3451562
Initiative Foundation MN 2007 $48,004,522 990 53 36-3451562
Initiative Foundation MN 2006 $40,664,676 990 56 36-3451562
Initiative Foundation MN 2005 $38,525,032 990 47 36-3451562
Initiative Foundation MN 2004 $36,309,311 990 33 36-3451562
Initiative Foundation MN 2003 $32,339,424 990 40 36-3451562
Initiative Foundation MN 2002 $30,077,722 990 21 36-3451562
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation MN 2010 $30,742,973 990 38 36-3454285
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation MN 2009 $29,721,024 990R 4 36-3454285
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation MN 2009 $29,721,024 990 33 36-3454285
They are quite big on early childhood coalitions, plus healthy partnerships, giving money back to cities and school boards and (one case I saw) a Family Center Home Visitation.  The purpose of the group (per 2009 990, link above) is:

TO UNLOCK THE POWER OF CENTRAL

MINNESOTA PEOPLE TO BUILD AND SUSTAIN HEALTHY COMMUNITIES.

Well, who locked it up?  Are they speechless without this initiative?    CEO makes a tidy $160K (not unreasonable in the field), someone else $80K, a magazine, as contractor, $120K, and etc.   This describes the $1,000,000 HHS grant as for “The HOP Program” ??
97/
Healthy Organization Partnership Program“:
The majority of funding is provided through a $1,000,000 grant award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Strengthening Communities Fund (SCF) Nonprofit Capacity Building Program. This program was created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The Initiative Foundation was one of 35 organizations in the nation to receive a SCF Nonprofit Capacity Building grant, out of over 700 applicants.

This program is also supported with funding from The McKnight Foundation and other generous donors.

It looks to me from my short sampling, this was a good deal more than 35 organizations nationwide here.
In other words, the idea of the label “Community” implied NOT primarily public employee, but something local.
Look at the one from Spalding County, GA (the only HHS award to this recipient):
Recipient: Spalding County Collaborative Authority for Families &
Address: 881 Memorial Drive
GRIFFIN, GA 30223
Country Name: United States of America
County Name: SPALDING
HHS Region: 4
Type: Community Action Organization
Class: County Government

AWARD ACTIONS

Showing: 1 – 1 of 1 Award Actions

FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2009 90SI0002  THIS AWARD IS SUBJECT TO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AMERICAN RECOVERY AND RE 1 0 ACF 09-16-2009 830917576 $ 1,000,000 
What kind of award title is that — and what happened to the $1 million?
We can look at RECOVERY.GOV and try to get more data (on these) in fancier format — but would that answer the question, who is that group at:
881 Memorial Drive
GRIFFIN, GA 30223
I see it listed under Corporations at Georgia Secretary of State:  Actually, listed twice under the same date (?).  Its original board of directors speaks loudly — contains plenty from all branches of government, including County (and city) commissioner, school board — a Juvenile Judge — health services, and pastor …..  Apparently it’s been operating smoothly and now only requires the (officer-ship) of several woman.  The chief one (Regina Abbott) also has these other businesses going — er, not in compliance though — in Georgia as well.  That is, assuming it’s the same “Regina Abbott.”
REGINA ABBOTT GEORGIA PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION, INC. (has an M.D. officer; but is in noncompliance)
  THE SHEPHERD’S SWORD, INC. (involutarily dissolved)
OVERVIEW OF FUNDING The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 distributes funds in three ways. Since its enactment in February 2009, $737.3B has been  paid out.

$840 BILLION  allocated.

 

 

Let’s talk about some accuracy issues with this grant series and even with USASpending.gov — this isn’t my testimony, I just found it:

House Oversight Subcommittee Discusses Problems with USASpending.gov Data

On Friday, Ellentestifiedin front of theSubcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform, a subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. Her testimony mostly focused on the findings from ourClearspendingproject, which assessed the data quality of the grant programs in USASpending.gov. It was heartening to see the committee taking the issue of data quality in USASpending.gov so seriously. While admittedly not a sexy topic, this issue has serious implications in decisions that the government makes about our federal spending. To quote Rep. Issa’s opening statement, “The failures to make the data right is the reason we’re not getting a responsible government”.

Clearspending found nearly $1.3 trillion dollars Clearspending logoin misreported spending in 2009. This includes spending reports that were late, incomplete or inconsistent with other information sources that track federal spending. In Ellen’s testimony, she discussed two specific examples of poor data quality in USASpending.gov: the Department of Education reported over $6 trillion in student loans for 2010 and the Department of Agriculture did not report any spending for the National School Lunch Program, which obligated $8 billion in grants last year. The CIOs from both these agencies also testified on the panel, and were given a chance to respond to our critiques during the committee Q&A.

{{Listen up:  How come $8 billion out of $840 Billion was simply not reported….. this should be good comedy …..}}

Chris Smith, the CIO of the USDA, testified that the reason the grants were not reported was because they went to individuals, and the law governing grant reporting does not require reporting for grants to individuals. However, the actual program description describes these grants as formula grants to states. The entity receiving the grant is a state, not an individual, and therefore the grant is subject to the reporting requirements.

Evasion #1 shot down, per this report.  Here’s #2:

Smith also mentioned that the transactions were under $25,000 and therefore not subject to the reporting requirement. While this may be the case, it seems unlikely. The program in question has a $10 billion budget. Let’s say that each state gets an equal payment once a month. That would still be over $16 million dollars per transaction–not even close to the $25,000 minimum. It seems that the reporting guidelines have been misinterpreted in this case.

 

 

Now, it is within hours of 2012, and even I have something else to do.

But — does it make any sense that ordinary (?), non-commercial fundraisers, non-nonprofit incorporators, non-government employees, and in short anyone who cannot make a seriously GOOD living going down this Rabbit Hole — so the rest of us can figure out out our “WTF” pronouns . . . .

for example

 

WHY TF — should we pay taxes until we get a straight answer on some of these programs

WHY TF — should there even be a for-profit/not for profit designation to start with, and WTF should any religious organization EVER get a nonprofit status, let alone any faith-based organization?

WHO TF — keeps voting for people on the Appropriations Committee that fund some of these programs?

IS not going to jail a better alternative than putting up with this baloney?

WHY TF should anyone be listening to a politician talk about how broke our state is?

and

WHAT TF is the real purpose of the HHS/ACF to start with, based on job performance to date?

 

IDEA:  CAP THE FIRE HYDRANT AND SURVEY DAMAGES.

 

Close off the Rabbit Holes (that definitely includes the family court denizens) so no one else steps in it and breaks something, or is subject to its perceptual distortions and attempts at mind-altering the masses just because it’s possible, and they tolerate it (HOWEVER I do think Alice’s cry of “Nonsense!” would be appropriate).

 

By boycotting — get the government ALL the way out of the education business.  I have been meaning to say this for a very long time, but someone should do a survey of where all the children of ALL the Congressmen and women attend school — and how many of them, the parents, came up through local public schools, either, since the mid-1960s or since.

 

No more universal compulsory education of “captive” audiences.  It is entirely contrary to the human spirit to other individuals attempting to stuff information into their brains, or manipulating interpretation of what’s around them to fit a desired collective utopia.     What’s more, in far too many of these coaching and educational situations (Penn State, Haiti, etc.) (and this has apparently included the White House too, per FRanklin Coverup) – the teachers end up stuffing parts of their anatomy — or their charges’ anatomy — where they don’t belong anyhow.

Meanwhile, we are finding nonprofit charity after nonprofit charity “stiffing it” to the state legislatures, not to mention individuals.

COMMUNITY INITIATIVES TAKES 10% OF ITS SUBSIDIARY (FISCALLY SUPPORTED) GROUP’S BUDGETS, MINIMUM $2,400 PER GROUP TO PROVIDE MULTIPLE SALARIES OF THE DIRECTORS (WHO WE SEE HOLD MORE THAN ONE DIRECTORSHIP AT A TIME) HEFTY SALARIES.

 

One way to “Just Say No” is to figure out what, where, and how to boycott.  I am not particularly “Occupy” minded — I think it’s better to occupy onesself in front of enough information to get to those legislators properly and if they don’t hear, vote ’em out.

 

All this said, ‘Happy New Year,’

and be assured I’m not going to keep

doing this grunt work next year.  The best learning is self-initiated.  these are just footprints.

 

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December 31, 2011 at 6:51 pm

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