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“Munich,” and the Strong Cities Network [ISIL/ISIS aren’t the only ones who want to control the World]. (Published 7/29/2016)

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Post title & Shortlink (added in 2017): “Munich,” and the Strong Cities Network [ISIL/ISIS aren’t the only ones who want to control the World]. (Published 7/29/2016) (WP-generated, case-sensitive shortlink ends “-42b”)

PREVIEW:

There is more to this post.  This is simply all I want to put up today; follow-up, soon.  Also, I do not want the follow-up material buried at the bottom of a post.

The follow-up post details the “family counseling” programs identified to “de-radicalize” terrorists that, actually, a US Ambassador recommended in a May, 2, 2016 speech on “The Global Threat of the Islamic State,” mentioning that the Germans have some experience in this area, thanks to their work de-programming the Nazis — and that practitioners have a lot to teach other countries on how this is done.

The parallels with behavioral modification and socialization according to federally-approved value programming already in place within the US targeting batterers, family violence, family lack of unity (i.e., “reunification”), preventing child abuse (really?), preventing poverty through promoting marriage and fatherhood.

On the Strong Cities Network site, I found a (broken) link to what looks like a tour of the US to learn “CVE” techniques — from someone, obviously, in the following U.S. Cities, which apparently is starting something intended to be an ongoing program.  Notice the language “Practitioners” and “CVE”

http://strongcitiesnetwork.org/strong-cities-network-international-visitors-leadership-program/

The SCN International Visitor Leadership Program

The U.S. Sate Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs organised the first Strong Cities Network IVLP from 27 February to 19 March, 2016. Exchange visitors travelled to Washington, Los Angeles, Denver, Columbus, Indianapolis and Chicago where they connected with U.S practitioners and gained insight into local CVE strategies.

[The link showing this IVLP (under “Activities”) is not active.]

I see that the IVLP was created back in 1940 – it’s not new.  What’s new is the “Strong Cities Network IVLP” tour.  This tour and that program is under the US Department of State.

https://eca.state.gov/ivlp/about-ivlp

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. Professional meetings reflect the participants’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States.

It’s been around since 1940, meaning it was launched (so to speak) right as World War II was underway, and before the US joined the Allies (Pearl Harbor: Dec. 7, 194).  Visitors do not apply but are nominated by US embassies within other countries.  The visits have specific themes. This is currently (website anyhow) housed under the US Department of State’s “Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs” mandated by a 1961 law to promote peaceful relations through cultural understanding….  But the IVLP apparently predates that..

Each year nearly 5,000 exchange participants come to the U.S. on the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). More than 200,000 International Visitors have engaged with Americans through the IVLP, including more than 335 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government.

Launched in 1940, the IVLP helps strengthen U.S. engagement with countries around the world and cultivate lasting relationships by connecting current and emerging foreign leaders with their American counterparts through short-term visits to the United States. The majority of IVLP exchanges include visits to four U.S. communities over three weeks, although projects vary based on themes, Embassy requests and other factors. Participants meet with professional counterparts, visit U.S. public and private sector organizations related to the project theme and participate in cultural and social activities.

There is no application for IVLP. Participants are nominated and selected annually by the staff at U.S. Embassies around the world. For those who live in the United States, there are many opportunities to get involved at the community level. Visit the Global Ties U.S.website for a list of community organizations in 45 states and information about local activities.

 

I just searched (several times, and they have more than one search link) this U.S. Dept. of State/Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs — and “IVLP” is a program underneath this bureau — website for any reference to “Strong Cities” (several — but not the network), “Strong Cities Network” (not found) and finally “Countering Violent Extremism” and found 16 results (short videos, this is mostly promo, not much real information) and only 12 results — NONE of them referencing this 2016 spring tour of the US.   Here’s are two to make a note of, but neither labeled “Strong Cities.”

  • [P2P or “Peer-to-Peer”] In partnership with EdVenture Partners and the U.S. Department of State, 23 Universities around the globe were invited to create digital campaigns to counter violent extremism.
  • Creating a More Safe and Secure World, One Exchange at a Time IVLP host annual initiative to facilitate a dialogue

FINALLY — searching the web under the title “SCN International Visitors Leadership Program” I found a link under the other website, and clicking through, Secretary of State John Kerry’s March 1, 2016 remarks on this.  Why wouldn’t this be posted more readily available in the logical place — either under “countering violent extremism” — on a list of recent IVLP exchanges as one of them labeled Strong Cities?  Instead, it’s under the direct US Dept. of State Website.  I also notice NOT ONE MAJOR MEDIA MENTION came up in my first three pages of search results on this:

http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2016/03/253828.htm

Remarks at the Strong Cities Network International Visitors Leadership Program for Municipal Leaders and Countering Violence Extremism Experts Event

John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
March 1, 2016

His first example is from Windsor, Canada, and eventually he gets down to promoting the Strong Cities Network…as an all-purpose remedy to keep young people on track:

 The fact is that the battle against violent extremism does not begin on some distant battlefield, but it’s in our own neighborhoods and in classrooms and workplaces and houses of worship, and homes.

And we’ve learned that lesson in bitter ways. We’ve learned it pretty realistically. There are many, many countries – ours included – that have young people, by and large, almost always – who have been seduced into believing that somehow life is better blowing people up and living according to the dictates of someone else rather than the choices that you yourself make. And what people learn very quickly when they get sucked into one of these enterprises is how deprived and stark and horrendous life itself can be. We know this because we know people who are survivors who’ve escaped, and regrettably, too many people are executed summarily when their captors – mental captors, physical captors – learn that they are in fact disaffected and perhaps contemplating escape.

So we know these lessons. We’re learning them. And the question is whether or not we’re going to apply them in a thoughtful way in order to protect ourselves for the long term.

Windsor, Canada learned this very much in a firsthand way last year. Two of their native sons, both in their 20s, had gone to Syria in order to join the terrorists of Daesh. And when Windsor learned this, the citizens of that community were upset; but they were also determined that they weren’t just going to be upset. They were going to do something about it. They were going to try to prevent that kind of tragedy from happening yet again . . . .

So this is a challenge that we have all come here today to try and meet, and I want to particularly congratulate everybody who has picked up this baton to take up the challenge of a Strong Cities Network. That’s what we need.

We want cities across the globe to help each other to make use of the tools and the capabilities that are available to protect citizens. We want to create more opportunities to learn from one another about what works best in building resilience to radicalization. We want to exchange ideas, best practices. …. The idea is here to tailor these things to pick the best practices from various places and make them fit….


And we are encouraging national governments to recognize the value of inter-urban collaboration to help cities work together to prevent violent extremism from ever taking root.

The fact is that the Strong Cities Network and other initiatives like it are regrettably – well, I shouldn’t say “regrettably” – are absolutely essential, because even if we didn’t have the challenge of violent extremism, we ought to be doing these things to connect people to their community, to get people connected one to the other. It would still be important in terms of just keeping people out of trouble, out of jail, helping people to find the right path for education and for a future.

Again, the Title “says it all” in who is supposed to connect — Municipal Leaders and CVE Experts. Not the public, necessarily, through normal governmental channels, but the US Department of State taking opportunity to hop, skip, and jump targeted cities to inject the concept of best CVE practices. The CVE experts names are not referenced in the remarks, are they??

Remarks at the Strong Cities Network International Visitors Leadership Program for Municipal Leaders and Countering Violence Extremism Experts Event

The ONLY other reference to this “SCN IVLP” on the ECA (Educational and Cultural Affairs) website of the USDepartment of State — a small description under major other graphic, distracting and “bulletin-board” postings, was this one, February 29, 2016 (after the tour already began).  As you can see, this title makes no reference to the CVE experts as the first one did, so it must be a kind of warm-up event, and it is in the form of a Press Release:

February 29, 2016

Secretary Kerry Welcomes City and Local Leaders in the Strong Cities Network [readmore link takes one off the “ECA.state.gov” website]

Notice to the Press

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 29, 2016

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will host international municipality and non-government organization leaders at the U.S. Department of State on March 1, as part of the “Strong Cities: Building Community Resilience to Radicalization and Violent Extremism” professional exchange program.

The Strong Cities Network is a global network of local authorities united in building social cohesion and community resilience to counter violent extremism.

Secretary Kerry will be introduced by Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall. The Secretary will speak at 8:45 a.m. in the Dean Acheson Auditorium of the Department of State. Following the remarks, there will be presentations from Strong Cities members from Montgomery County, Maryland. The participants are in the United States as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program.

Following their time in Washington, D.C., they will travel to Los Angeles, Denver, Columbus, Indianapolis, and Chicago to meet with state, city, and local leaders. The participants are arriving from Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Morocco, The Netherlands, Norway, Tunisia, Turkey, and The United Kingdom.

The program is a lead-up to the inaugural Strong Cities Network Summit May 11-12, hosted by Antalya, Turkey with support from the city of London.

The Secretary’s remarks will be open to the press. The remarks will be streamed live on www.state.gov.

In what version of the US Constitution is the Secretary of State supposed to be presiding over and engaging in forging political connections, emphasizing the international, with local MUNICIPALITIES within the various states?   ???  And sharing tools to be applied on ALL residents (permanent or transitional) of the cities, and their children — but only cities who join (for free — not including what freedom of the residents is sacrificed in the process, without their consent…).   

So I think you can see about what direction my reporting might be going in…. from a blog reporting on technical assistance and training materials in a different context, as well as the not-for-profits (NGOs) that, working with governments, seek to institute these to defuse domestic violence, intimate partner violence, child abuse, and so forth, within the USA.

To be honest, last week kind of wore me out working on the “SFFI – CFFPP – JustGive, Inc. – IronPlanet, Inc. – ZOPB – Texas DoT’s $1B GrandParkway Project – US Gov’ts Big Banks Bailout|SunTrust (while Fixing Fragile Families?)” & the “Do You Know Your Social Science PolicySpeak? Can You Name Some University Centers|Key Professionals |BIG Foundation Sponsors|Related Networked Nonprofits| and A Basic Timeline Since at least The Moynihan Report?” posts, and two days of updates to the first one. I have just about begun to dream in IRS-Form-990 and “copy and paste” from corporate filings mentality…after working, sometimes, a full day on a project.
[[and the one you’re reading now: “Munich,” and the Strong Cities Network [ISIL/ISIS aren’t the only ones who want to control the World]. (Published 7/29/2016) (WP-generated, case-sensitive shortlink ends “-42b”) comment added 11/6/2017<~~]

ADDENDUM — and some Rhetorical Questions:

<>Another situation locally (in Northern California)– and within the family court reform field generally– has come to my attention which demands a prompt response on this blog.

<>Meanwhile, in Minnesota – for coverage of the latest mother convicted for felony parental interference (and only avoided jail on the spot because a contingent of supporters was in the courtroom and bail was raised — prior bail had been $1 million, outrageously) in Minnesota — see “Red Herring Alert” posts on the Grazzini/Rucki case.  Sometimes I comment on those posts.

Disclaimer: I am following this case and blog (and related organizations/movements in Minnesota) for particular reasons, and referring to it is not a statement of agreement with any political discussions which may occur there separately, or all sites it refers to.  Which is my way of saying, I’m not a Focus-on-the-Family, or in any other way, right-wing Republican, nor do I like what many organizations who are, tend to do, organizationally.  I see progressive organizations (such as “JustGive, Inc. or CFFPP!) doing their own brand of the similar things, and I keep (stubbornly? foolishly?) hoping that enough of people might so see through it, that they start teaching others to track the nonprofits involved on their OWN side of any cause, so as to make good choice for “with whom to hang out on-line.”

Are mothers protesting violence and threats against their children (to the tune of continuing claims “false allegations!”) or in the presence of their children, REALLY “violent extremists” who need to be “countered” with threats of jail, jail, or bankruptcy through ongoing litigation, defamation in the press and in court, and complete destruction of any normalcy???

Should also anyone who offers solace, social/psychological/physical support to any mother whom the state or the local family court bureaucracy/officials have determined should be “taken down” (USA-style), be subjected to the same punishment, including felony charges as these “dangerous,” dissenting from violence against themselves and their children mothers?  Does the concept “civil disobedience” if necessary to preserve life and prevent injury NEVER apply to unmarried, or divorcing/divorced mothers? Not that this necessarily was —

In the Grazzini/Rucki case, parental interference DID take place, but an affirmative defense towards it in the state law (link posted recently over there) existed.

Meanwhile — although I did not go this route and do not recommend it — three other involved adults (and one of the Red Herring Alert bloggers) are themselves facing felony charges for felony parental interference.  I instead made a point of obeying the family court orders to the letter of the law, and look where that has gotten me, and both my children, to date, when the other side wasn’t of the same “proclivity” and law enforcement (as to existing court orders) just wasn’t interested — and in a system for which fatherhood.gov (HMRF funding) and access/visitation grants were created to produce exactly the type of outcomes they are indeed producing….

One reason some of these programs (Strong Cities and its “International Visitor Leadership Program” skipping across oceans and this continent to learn “CVE” techniques from local “practitioners”) is so no one has to, really, deal directly with feedback IN THE USA from “the common man” (and woman)” on whom these techniques are developed and refined, or look them in the eyes.

 

//LGH, post intro updated & clarified July 30, 2016.

Today’s, July 29, 2016’s, Wall Street Journal, Print Version, page A8, under “World News” — in additon to the front page, has an entire page on terrorism, lead article with photo:  “Merkel Stands Ground on Refugee Policy : German leader rejects calls to close border after Islamist attacks by asylum seekers.” by Anton Troianovski and Ruth Bender, Berlin (print version has more people in the photo, with caption ….after Sunday’s suicide bombing in Ansbach.”

There are plenty of maps of migrant movements available on-line.  One: Mapping the Syrian Refugee Crisis Across Europe in Pictures (Sept. 2015, in “Wired.UK”), Sept. 11, 2015 by Katie Collins:

…There’s no doubt, however, that Germany has been leading the way when it comes to taking in asylum seekers — it is estimated the country will take in 800,000 refugees this year, and unlike many countries it is welcoming them with relatively, if not universally open arms. A map published by Germany’s Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development showing population decline across Europe goes some way to suggesting why this might be.

Both the Independent and the Washington Post point out that Germany has an economic motive for accepting new arrivals, given that the country’s population is slowly declining and also ageing. Germany’s Federal Statistical Office predicts that by 2060 only half the population will be of working age and tone in eight will be 80 or over. The overall population will likely have shrunk from 81 million from 68 to 73 million.

While many Germans may be welcoming refugees as a matter of principle, the reality of the situation is also that the country is lacking skilled workers and stands to benefit economically from welcoming newcomers, many of whom are young and educated. This is in contrast to the UK, which already has one of Europe’s most diverse populations and is set to become the continent’s most populous countries by 2060 due to fertility and immigration rates.

Another: this amazing map (interactive) from “Lucify.com/The Flow Toward Europe” takes a while to load.  I put my cursor over the top-left “menu” to get the regional (Europe, North Africa, MiddleEast and some others) to load.  It shows moving indicators throughout the region until you cursor over any single country (for example, Syria, Turkey, or any other) at which point the labels and (as you watch) numbers start moving.  Data based on the UN sources, it says.  Instructions:

The map below shows the flow of asylum seekers toEuropean countries over time.

Each moving point on the map represents 25 people. That corresponds to approximately one busload with every other seat taken… Hover over countries to show details. Click on a country to lock the selection. The counts shown on hover represent the number of people who have left or arrived in a country since 2012.

The line chart displays the total rate of asylum seekers over time. Hover over the chart to move the map in time.

 

Munich, Nice . .. other places recently….

A map, for visual reference — I know many people (myself included) can get geography-blind on relative size or even locations of these influential countries.  For some reminders…(with Germany obviously not even shown on the top left, above France…).

TURKEY, SYRIA, IRAQ, IRAN,AFGHANISTAN, etc.

By Iakovos Aldhadeff 11/19/2015:  “A New Role for Russia in Syria?”

A very nice article from the Wall Street Journal, about Russia’s new role in Syria, titled “U.S. Eyes Russia-Iran Split in Bid to End Syria Conflict”, November 2015. According to the article, after the Paris terrorist attacks of November 2015, there is an increasing pressure on the United States and Europe to cooperate with Russia in Syria against the Islamic State and ISIS. France is very active in diplomatically pushing for a coalition between France, United States and Russia against ISIS in Syria. (Further down on article)…

“U.S. Eyes Russia-Iran Split in Bid to End Syria Conflict”, November 2015. http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-eyes-russia-iran-split-in-bid-to-end-syria-conflict-1447895357Map 5 Oil (black) and Natual Gas (red) Fields. [in the Persian Gulf and Caspian Sea Basins] (Legend reads “(black) OilField, (brown) Giant Oil Field and (red), Major Gas Fields)..

From wordpress blog “Ikal.files.wordpress.com/2015/11… Iakodos Aldaheff, posting.


Wall Street Journal, Friday July 29, 2016, cont’d…

Other articles on the same topic fill the rest of that same 7/29/2016 WSJ page A8, and similar titled articles (some dated Spring 2015, some fall 2015 re: Merkel’s stand) the search results:  “Lapse Hindered Hunt for Church Attacker” …” French Media Balk at Showing Terrorists in Media ” …”and at the bottom, labeled “ANALYSIS” by Julian E Barnes in Brussels and Benoit Faucon in London, “Threat to Europe from Islamic State takes varied forms.” with call-out under the photo:  “FBI Chief Says Defeated Extremists Could Flee to U.S.”

(citing an on-line 7/28 article, link as above:):

FBI’s Comey Warns ISIS Fighters Could Spread to U.S., Western Europe If Defeated in Middle East ‘Greater than any diaspora we’ve seen before,’ director says of possible outcome

By NICOLE HONG July 28, 2016 5:47 p.m. ET 73 COMMENTS**
Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey warned of a potential consequence of a future Islamic State defeat in the Middle East: a migration of the group’s fighters to Western Europe and the U.S.

In a speech at Fordham University on Wednesday, Mr. Comey said counterterrorism officials are focused on the prospect of hundreds of Islamic State fighters surviving the battlefield and flowing into Western Europe to commit attacks like the recent ones in Brussels and Paris. The ease of travel would also make the U.S. vulnerable to this threat, he said.

“This is an order of magnitude greater than any diaspora we’ve seen before,” Mr. Comey said. “A lot of terrorists fled out of Afghanistan in the late 1980s and early 1990s. This is 10 times that or more.”

Mr. Comey said violence inspired and directed by Islamic State is the greatest current threat to the physical safety of Americans. Trying to stop such attacks is even harder than finding a needle in a haystack, he said.

“We have to figure out which pieces of hay may become a needle because there are troubled people consuming that propaganda all over the world,” he said.

**Most comments critical or sarcastic.  One said, “Good thing we didn’t attack the Nazi’s in Europe or they might have all come over here..” ..


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SFFI – CFFPP – JustGive, Inc. – IronPlanet, Inc. – ZOPB – Texas DoT’s $1B GrandParkway Project – US Gov’ts Big Banks Bailout|SunTrust (while Fixing Fragile Families?) [First Publ. July 26, 2016. See also my ~>March 3, 2010<~ post].

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I’m referencing this topic again Nov. 2017.  Accordingly, here’s the post title (updated to show when published and referencing an earlier, March 2010, post also on the topic):

SFFI – CFFPP – JustGive, Inc. – IronPlanet, Inc. – ZOPB – Texas DoT’s $1B GrandParkway Project – US Gov’ts Big Banks Bailout|SunTrust (while Fixing Fragile Families?) [First Publ. July 26, 2016. See also my ~>March 3, 2010<~ post]. (blog-generated, case-sensitive short-link ends “-43Z”)

On doing this, I find it odd timing that CFFP apparently stopped filing tax returns the year or year after I first blogged them.

One type of 2017 Update: Notice that I exported a segment of this post making it now about 8,500 words (with “connective tissue”).  It was getting unwieldy and the information at the bottom of the post was among the most complex (bank bailout, and HUD-identified reinsurance kickback scheme, not to mention the $6B profits the US Government made when the bailed out banks paid back “TARP”). Look for this wording (and highlighting) below to see where it was extracted; there is 2016 material below that point:

Substantial Section removed here Nov. 25, 2017, to separate post or page. Either will show up on sidebar when posted again….Shortening the original post length which was (before removal) 12,400 words..by about a third….

The new home to the section repost, is: The Dark Sides (Bottom Line) in Web-based, Donor-Advised Funding: Donor Disclaimers, Buyouts, Emigration (JustGive [US], JustGiving [UK]) and Related Operations (IronPlanet: ZOPB Highway ByPass J.V.) and Bank Bailouts. [A July 26, 2016 section repost].

Another type of 2017 Update is the next comments (some images and even a tax return table are involved) which extend until you see this “Two Days of Updates” title and new background-color with a black-bordered box :

Two Days of Updates, Introduced, within this box.

This post is now 11,500 12,300 words. Not including these words explaining why..

July 27 and 28 [2016] I added a significant portion to the front part, including some images and more links on CFFPP, a short section on the irony of the California Attorney General having pursued “JustGive” — pretty quickly — on its failure to register as a charity, within about a year, but having let the Alameda County Family Justice Center (staffed in part by District Attorney’s Office, which is naturally under the Attorney General’s Office — which handles the “Registry of Charitable Trusts”) not register for several years after it started up….

…(And two more paragraphs of 2016 commentary in same color background)

Reviewing anything after a time-lapse (here, about 1-¼ years), you’re going to notice more about the original information and of course have an opportunity chance to check back on changes in it since then.

While I didn’t check much of what’s below (except for CFFPP), I did notice, on the exported section and in general, that I’d viewed the dramatically affluent and smart business model (if not the most ethical execution of it) of JustGive.org and said it had possibly become “JustGiving.org” after being caught soliciting unregistered in the State of Utah, Spring 2016.  So I’d viewed the one organization as having moved overseas, particularly after reading a California AG (Attorney-General) approved permission to dispose of most of its assets, probably in settlement of the Utah litigation.  There may be some evidence (for example in founding documents) I’d seen back then that do not remember just now, but I should add that…

However,…checking back now in 2017, I see no evidence that “JustGive” ever did that, although no question there has been a “JustGiving” based in the UK doing business in the USA since then. Regarding JUSTGIVE (on one hand) and “JG US INC dba in California as “JustGivING CA”…

Recent printout from California’s OAG for the JustGIVE entity:

JustGive.org, Calif OAG, viewed Nov. 2017, still current. EIN# is now displayed on these search results, and is: #943331010

And another (FY2016 which is FY205) tax return for JustGIVE has shown up.  Added to what’s in this post below, that’s now, all four years:
Search Again.

ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN
JustGive CA 2016 990 448 $4,428,472.00 94-3331010
JustGive CA 2015 990 1291 $3,673,878.00 94-3331010
JustGive  **Actually this link now only has two pages uploaded to it, despite showing “56” in col. “PP” CA 2014 990 56 $3,512,788.00 94-3331010
JustGive CA 2013 990 56 $3,906,182.00 94-3331010

ABOVE, Page counts: It shouldn’t take long to figure out that a tax return with first 56, then 56 (exactly) again the next year, then 1,291, then 448 pages is doing something differently meanwhile.  That difference is mostly on the way its grants are reported — first, illegibly fine print (56pp, sample is in the post below), then ONE per page sorted not alphabetically, or by category, or by location, but by lowest-to-highest amount of pass-through donations, starting with about $5,000.  Alternating from too small to too dispersed across the pages, it then goes to one per page (FYE2015, 1,291pp tax return), then (if you think about 12 / 4 = 3) to “only” 448″pp when there are 3 grantees shown/page.


Meanwhile California Entity C3911707 “JustGIVING CA” (the London, England-based operation) dba as JG US Inc (see colorful next image taken from this post below) isn’t showing a tax return — because it’s not a tax-exempt entity (!)  How I connected one to the other is and to “Iron Planet” as referenced in this post title, is explained in more detail far below (look for section on “I do” website operated by JustGive which says the assets are held by JG US Inc.) [some links are broken but others exist saying the I Do Foundation merged with JustGive in 2009]. Links in other articles where provided went to a (i.e., cheap) “GoDaddy.com” website whose certificate expired (last week, 2017).

The other connection was through registered agents which have, I see, changed since then…

JG US Inc (Cal Entity C3911707) dba JustGivingCA Inc (Sec of State info as of July 26 2016 post)

Again, I couldn’t find any tax return on this one for a very basic reason — it’s a foreign stock corporation (not “nonprofit” — nonprofits by definition don’t issue stock; they are nonstock corporations).  Something you may notice the old version of the Secretary of State Business Search did not give up on its “detail” Page.  This one only registered 5/31/2016, as a Delaware Corporation with a London address.  See next two images, after which the July 2016 text starts as signaled above (light-green background color):

 

JG US Inc (Cal Entity C3911707) dba JustGivingCA Inc (SOState info as of Nov 2017 (cf to as of my July 26 2016 post) | Search Results (2nd page, after click on entity name) Updated SOS website now shows business category and includes pdf images

JG US Inc (Cal Entity C3911707) dba JustGivingCA Inc (SOState info as of Nov 2017 (cf to as of my July 26 2016 post) | Search Results (1st page)


Two Days of Updates, Introduced, within this box.

[This post is now 11,500 12,300 words.  Not including these words explaining why..

July 27 and 28 [2016] I added a significant portion to the front part, including some images and more links on CFFPP, a short section on the irony of the California Attorney General having pursued “JustGive” — pretty quickly — on its failure to register as a charity, within about a year, but having let the Alameda County Family Justice Center (staffed in part by District Attorney’s Office, which is naturally under the Attorney General’s Office — which handles the “Registry of Charitable Trusts”) not register for several years after it started up.  And whether or not this delay had anything to do with the CEO of that Family Justice Center (complete with soap opera life events) having been married to then-attorney General Bill Lockyer).  In an “Exclusive Interview” of 2012 of Nadia Davis Lockyer, some telling quotes on the attraction between public service women lawyers and convicted felons (let alone the life and habits of our local “enforcement” branch of government leadership) are included. …. Not to mention, she admitted to lying on a jail visitation card, and to having put faked emails to falsely accuse her spouse of supplying her with drugs.


I’m not a social scientist (obviously) but it seems to me that this type of behavior is just not typical of most people.  I don’t THINK most of the public is drug-addicted, lies when visiting people in jail, cheats on their spouses, and in general, live out-of-control lives and expect to be well-paid, with pensions, for it.  Many of us are more directly concerned with the short-term survival, and for homeowners (I’ve not been one, but I can see), not losing their homes.  Speaking for people who are even halfway as normal as myself, I would like to state that this woman does not represent my gender — or mothers, in general.


Lastly I also — because it came up in a search result on CFFPP — linked to a year 2010 post I wrote on the same, noticing the collaboration of fatherhood groups & DV professionals on the CFFPP board, however I notice still NEITHER field of practiced breathed a whiff of the existence of HMRF funding, or the word “HHS” although they did briefly reference “TANF.”  This withholding is tacit collusion to “NOT TELL” about these significant grants streams, which stack the decks for specific out-comes in the state-jurisdiction family courts.  Disgraceful, and we need to pull back the cover on this habit and understand what kind of personality and system is being dealt with when the DV organizations are covering up economic abuse of the public, big-time!

Original Start of this Post:

I thought about calling this post “Don’t Ask – Just Give!” which is obviously the general idea of such on-line funding platforms, but thought it would be more fun to give the preview of the string of associations causing me to seriously question “speed-of-light” online donation platforms, and notice the lack of quality control involved — because at least in this case, JustGive, Inc. was not set up to have any. 

(CFFPP.org. See also very bottom of this post for more info, and related posts in this sequence).

And among the many nonprofits JustGive has been passing on funds to through its “DAF” (Donor Advised Fund), one of them, CFFPP, has also demonstrated lack of basic compliance with business entity registration (in Illinois)  AND IRS filings (in Wisconsin), where the IRS “Pub. 78” searchable database (showing legit, revoked, and “filed a Form 990-N” postcard organizations)   reveals that CFFPP got its IRS# revoked in 2014.  Also, the FoundationCenter.org database shows that its filing in 2004 indicating a name change after some sort of reinstatement and moving to a new state, “Just so happened” to reverse the digit “6” for digit “9” and file under the wrong EIN#.

  • Were there “accidentally wrong” #s (digital transpositions) for any $$ figures reported, too?

The involved CFFPP Board of Directors individual attached to the wrong? EIN# filing showing address change and name change from Chicago, is their current Treasurer Daniel Ash.  This wrong EIN# is on the various Parts of the Return and on the Attachment pages. (Four years’ of CFFPP tax returns under two different EIN#s also shown towards the bottom of this post.)

This Year 2003 filing, Amended because they “inadvertently forgot to include Schedule B” (lists major contributors!) states Primary Exempt Purpose not on the blanks attached, for example, on Part III, Line 1, but as “See Statement 2”, which reads simply:

CFFPP CHALLENGES THE NEGATIVE PUBLIC PERCEPTION OF LOW-INCOME FATHERS, WHO POTENTIALLY HAVE MORE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR CHILDREN IN THE WAY OF SUPPORT

That was a 2003 Amended CFFPP tax return (delivered REAL late and under an accidentally odd EIN#) after the organization, on having been Dissolved or Revoked DEC. 2004, sought to get Re-instated (Feb. 2005) with a Wisconsin Street address and a name less overtly pro-Fathers.  Signatures of David Pate, Jr. (for Wisconsin) and Registered Agent Daniel Ash (showing what looks like a University of Chicago street address, no Suite# though).

p17 ONLY, IL (Form NFP112.45:113.60) Appl for Reinstatemt (not stamped %22Rec'd%22)@CFFPP's Amended FY2003 Return as EIN#394038873 (2nd digit should be %226%22) showing Req for Namchange Signed 2-24-2005 in WI (Certific of Diss:Revoc Dec1,20014 (19pp)p17 ONLY, IL (Form NFP112.45:113.60) Appl for Reinstatemt (not stamped %22Rec’d%22)@CFFPP’s Amended FY2003 Return as EIN#394038873 (2nd digit should be %226%22) showing Req for Namchange Signed 2-24-2005 in WI (Certific of Diss:Revoc Dec1,20014 (19pp) (<=click for image).

This was done with an “illustrious” (in several fields) Board of Directors from Chicago, Madison Wisconsin, San Francisco, Boston, and St. Pau Minnesota (Univ. MN), at least two representing the symbolic participation of the domestic violence fields (i.e., Esta Soler, Oliver Williams).

I’d already caught onto that hypocrisy back in a March 3, 2010 post, “CFFPP & FVPF – Where “families” really means “fathers but it took longer to navigate the tortuous tangle of economic/corporate chameleonship, a sense & gut instinct developed with a lot of practice over the years.  But even then, six years ago, I felt it appropriate to comment:

“I am tired and ornery today, and instead of blogging current news, I’m going to blog “vocabulary news.” Because I believe the gap between theory and practice in the courts is a vocabulary problem. Yes, you heard me right.”

And, even as far back as 2010, and regarding the systemic, organized and coordinated co-opting that language with a view to changing its meaning,

PIONEERS for sure, also ELITISM:

This is unbelievably elitist, and is co-opting the vocabulary in these fields, and transforming them, in part through grants giving them access to “technical aid” and spiffy websites, logos, conferences, and so forth — things single mothers, meanwhile stuck in the family law system fishnet, are often hard put to find.

Meanwhile, the family law system professionals ALSO collaborate, among each other, and again, not seeking litigant input. That’s AFCC and friends.

[[Post incomplete, portions were lost: to be finished later. FVPF is also, FYI, collaborating with AFCC: search the site for “family law” and a link will come up. Makes you think!]]

Again, Simple Solutions are often the best: I still think Jack Straton’s idea that abusive fathers just shouldn’t be around kid, is a great one. The whole concept of trying to reconcile “fatherhood” with “protection from violence against women and children” is just trying to straddle things that don’t belong together.

No room in this post for much elaboration on Jack C. Straton. Maybe another time….but FYI, Jack C. Straton of “NOMAS” and Portland Oregon wrote the well-known 1992 “What’s Fair for Children of Abusive Men?” (presented at Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs or [header info reads] “Duluth Domestic Abuse Project” conference).  Looking for that, I found an article (NO year given, and in a somewhat isolated context at “EuroFem” website) Don’t Create Custody Laws That Facilitate Abuse.  

NOMAS posted this “What’s Fair…?” article again on a 11/21/2015 “Latest Posts” section from the info of its webpages, currently looking like this:

…but (which is also unprofessional) undated, and out of context.  I eventually discovered from the footnotes they were quoting the well-known “The Liz Library(™)” posting of the article which itself  (see its header info here) cites a 1993 newsletter (fourth edition, 2001) originally from NOMAS.  While The Liz Library(™) posted the complete footnotes, the NOMAS (2015) version only had text up through footnote 30 (out of maybe 60) and didn’t show most of those anyhow.

See next image for what I’ll bet looks familiar to may protective mothers, and has been repeatedly reblogged by them (myself included, until I started learning more about the tax returns and federal grants in combo with AFCC — which, I noticed, Elizabeth Kates, Esq. doesn’t exactly bring up — nor does NOMAS. Professional courtesy?)

In the Table of Contents, it shows up right next to a “BMCC” promotion, on a link which ends “nomas.html.”  (Click to read header information more carefully).

JackStraton's 1992 %22WhatIsFairforChildrOfAbusiveMen?%22 @THE LIZ LIBRARY(™)- LIZNOTES research on family law politics and child custody

SO, in 2010, (back to my March 3 post CFFPP & FVPF – Where “families” really means “fathers”) …And after questioning the common usage of “fatherhood practitioner” and “domestic violence advocate” Even back then, I said:

Want to learn something more? (I finally did). Sign up for Guidestar.org (it’s free). ** Check out who’s who, and then check out the financials. In ANY nonprofit, we have a right to see the books. That’s right, folks. You have a right to look at the IRS 990s and demand an explanation of what ANY nonprofit (tax-exempt) organization is doing with its tax-exempt status.

For example, the Family Violence Prevention Fund, per USASPENDING.gov, has received over $32 MILLION in funding. You’d think that would have really reduced violence by now, right?

**Guidestar, since then, I found unwieldy.  I prefer (despite its penchant for mislabeling organization names, making EIN# searches also), 990finder.foundationcenter.org.  I also sometimes use Citizenaudit.org because, while it doesn’t generate handy-dandy tables of the last three tax returns, it does show returns going back more than 3 years, viewable through pdf, and also the ability for search results including organizations who gave TO an organization as well.


This 2010 post is not on the Table of Contents (it doesn’t go back that far yet).  On July 27, 2016, I added a substantial update, with some images and publications by CFFPP to this post.  It’s worth a bookmark: March 3, 2010 Let’s Get Honest post, “CFFPP & FVPF – Where “families” really means “fathers”  FYI, that was a particularly devastating time in my life, and housed-but-destitute.

Now…


Back to “Don’t Ask — JustGive!,” and, speaking of language transformations on the concept of charity, and giving….

Eventually it becomes clear that the “fast, on-line giving” part means you are contributing to a “Donor Advised Fund” (DAF) indicating a preference, but guess who controls that fund — the organization, not the advisors.

There is a major lack of concern for accountability of the fast-moving funds by such groups — and certainly with JustGive.org (now blended with a UK|London-based on-line platform anyhow, which runs the website).  The groups involved, I take it, just do not care that within the US (that is, NOT globally) we might just want to know how our public resources are being used because we contribute towards them through taxation, fees, fines, licenses, and in all manner of public support.

People who sprinkle (or I should say, “spray”) their resources electronically over a vast quantity of nonprofits each year, with lightening-speed electronic agility, and organization founders or website designers with venture-startup funding accelerators internet expertise ought to apply some of those electronic engineering skills to providing something “We the Public” might be able to handle with as much agility and flexibility as the donors are suggested to exercise.

They have forgotten that their own tax-exempt status is a privilege and a private public benefit courtesy the overall population and as such ought to be used with respect for the overall population, USA citizens, including respect for our right to know and our concern for representative government.  Not everyone has venture startup DNA in his or her makeup, and those who don’t, working regular jobs, have a need for government with boundaries.  As our government is consistently doing “public/private partnerships” not just for major infrastructures — but also for human social services — we deserve a responsible nonprofit sector. The capacity to monitor its ethics should not be further undermined.

Right now, we have nothing of the sort.  Part of my purposes in posting so much is to prove this conclusively so we will better understand that “philanthropy” and “charity” may provoke warm fuzzy feelings, but there are certain ways they operate which show, it’s not just love of mankind in operation here.

See Prior Post on SocialPolicySpeak, Middle Section “JUSTGIVE.org” (Some overlap with here). The first logo you see below and its website grabbed my attention amid a bevvy of funders of another Fatherhood-specific group (calling it “Families”).  Shown again at the bottom of this page. (or see their “About Us” dropdown menu under “Funders”).
Funding Resources - Center for Family Policy and Practice [http-:cffpp.org:funders: PAGE 1 of 2 only!]Funding Resources – Center for Family Policy and Practice [http-:cffpp.org:funders: PAGE 2 of 2 only!] ~ Funding Resources – Center for Family Policy and Practice [http-::cffpp.org:funders: PAGE 1 of 2 only!]##### Funding Resources – Center for Family Policy and Practice [http-::cffpp.org:funders: PAGE 1 of 2 only!]

Funding Resources - Center for Family Policy and Practice [http-:cffpp.org:funders: PAGE 2 of 2 only!]


See “https://www.justgive.org/about-us/index.jsp” and that in “…On July 18, 2016 JustGive joined with JustGiving, the world’s largest social giving platform. Headquartered in London, UK, JustGiving has helped 27m people in 165 countries raise $4bn for NPOs and grassroots projects since its launch in 2001. Both JustGive and JustGiving share an identical goal: to grow charitable giving by connecting people with the charities and causes they care most about. Kendall Webb conceived the idea for JustGive in 2000. She had worked in the Internet world for many years, and was a founding member of the successful start-up more.com, but became disillusioned by the focus on profits.”

 

 

 

 

 

The List of Foundations contributing to CFFPP includes JustGive. In approximate order by columns, it is (omitting the word Foundation for most):  Annie E. Casey (Baltimore), Ford (NYC), The Hill-Snowden (sic — it’s “Hill-Snowdon, at least the separate, $35M Private Foundation.”…wealth from Johnson & Johnson stock, currently into “Making Black Lives Matter” movement…(“The Band-Aid® Company & multi-billionarie global pharmaceutical whose fourth-and fifth-generations have been making scandal and tragedy pages for years) Foundation Fund of the Tides Foundation (SF), W.K. Kellogg, Madison Community Founda’n. Community Shares of Wisconsin, William and Flora Hewlett (Menlo Park, CA — as in “Hewlett-Packard” company), IBM Corporation (not foundation), JustGive, Charles Stewart Mott, Microsoft Corp. courtesy TechSoup Stock, Ms. Foundation for Women (Brooklyn), Open Society Foundation (NYC), Public Welfare Foundation (Washington, D.C.) Sociological Initiatives Foundation (Boston), US Dept. of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women (USDOJ/OVW) in Flint Michigan [??], State of Michigan DHS (Lansing), University of Wisconsin Public Interest Law Foundation (Madison, WI).



<== After reading the yell0w-highlit caption under “JustGive” logo, above left thereby understanding that it’s just merging with an even larger UK group, kindly browse the RAPIDLY accelerating REVENUES (and slower, but still accumulating ASSETS) of this lean, mean, on-line giving machine JustGive, Inc. — shown in the “Details” page of California Charitable Registry, next link:

JUSTGIVE.org EIN#943331010, CHARITABLE DETAILS pages (5pp) See the “Schedule” section… There is a chart, by year — and in each year, the top $$ figure is ‘Assets’ and the second, each year, is “Revenues.”  The rows are labeled well enough.  Watch the pace of change over time….

  • JustGive didn’t register as a charity until prompted to by the OAG Oct. 2000 (this material subsection added to post 7/27/2016).  Signature page of its Charity App or date-stamped “Rec’d” as I recall isn’t uploaded to the Calif. OAG website, either..

JUSTGIVE.org section, see this background-color and font

One of the Miscellaneous” labeled documents uploaded to the California OAG site shows JustGive.org, which incorporated 7/15/1999 (shown below on this post), had to be prompted to register as a charity, i.e., over one year later, and apparently as of 10/26/2000 — had not bothered. That’s odd, however, because the corporation’s website claims it only changed its name from “Justgive.COM” in, I believe it was 2009.  This letter is addressed to “JustGive, Inc.”  The letter below does not provide the official “Inc.” designation.

CA OAG 10-26-2000 to JustGive “Pls Send (Missing) Docts”  “You Must Comply With Nonprofit & IRS Laws – Check a Library…” 1pg <==click this link to read image full-size.

CA OAG 10-26-2000 to JustGive %22Pls Send (Missing) Docts%22 %22You Must Comply With Nonprofit & IRS Laws - Check a Library...%22 1pg
After being asked to confirm that their Fiscal Year-end date was December 31 (I guess the default), the company then chose February 28 as their Fiscal Year end….strange….

The first year uploaded Assets/ Revenues showing is YE 2002 (i.e., Fiscal Year 2001).  I can see why the state OAG might want to keep an eye on them**:

**[JustGive] Fiscal End: 28-FEB-02
Total Assets: $2,467,863
Gross Annual Revenue: $1,363,845
RRF Received: 17-JUL-02

Ironic that at the time (in 2000) career politician Bill Lockyer was State Attorney General.  About six years later, his (third) wife, Nadia Lockyer-Davis, Esq., was appointed (anointed?) first Executive Director of the Alameda County Family Justice Center (salary, paid from DA’s office, $90,000), which 501©3 then had to also be prompted to register in 2010 and explain themselves, although as such she was a direct employee of the District Attorney’s Office, which I’d presume is under the State Attorney General’s Office….(searchable under “Details” page on the Calif. Charitable Registry, like the one from JustGive.org I’ve just linked to above; on this blog; or if you want to see my write-ups, submit a comment and I’ll reply with a link from a different blog). (FamilyJusticeCenters are public/private partnerships, and a little tricky to track $$ on).

So together, both Lockyers were some of the criminal prosecution / domestic violence leadership over the county (for Bil Lockyer, the whole state) where my family court and DV case were, and from which my kids were stolen on an overnight visitation based on unproven allegations (several).   Exclusive Interview: Nadia Lockyer tells how affair, drugs, and deceit led to downfall; (<==hover-cursor for excerpt) (Omitted from that title:  how HER affair, drugs and deceit)….” 4/21/2012 by By Julia Prodis Sulek, copyright Bay Area News Group, posted in Mercury News.  READ, this also tells how they met, includes an admission she faked emails accusing her spouse of sending her drugs, and also reveals (this seems to happen in the field) how as a public interest attorney she bonded with a convicted felon, which became the start of that affair in the first place.

Meanwhile, the California OAG didn’t go after the Alameda County Family Justice Center until 2010 for ITS charitable registration– until her (his wife’s) last year working there, per her LinkedIn.

(Image from her LinkedIn) Consultant Previous Alameda County Bd of Supervisors (2011-2012) Ala’mda. Cnty Family Justice Center (1/2007-12/2010) Education: Loyola Law School, Los Angeles [Not on LinkedIn:]Mother of 3 with Mr. Locker incl. twins 12/2015]

Bill Lockyer (Image from his “Wiki”), Civil Service 1973-2014 incl. CA State Treasurer, CA Attorney General, President Pro Tem of California State Senate, and as of Dec. 2015, father of twins in addition to adult daughter from prev. marriage.

Exclusive Interview: Nadia Lockyer tells how affair, drugs, and deceit led to downfall;

She met Chikhani in 2010, while she was still working for the Alameda County Family Justice Center and was running for county supervisor, a campaign paid for by a $1.5 million donation from her husband’s political war chest.

She says the relationship didn’t become physical for months, but like being her brother’s caretaker, she was drawn to help Chikhani, an addict with a criminal record for fraud. And he provided something she had been missing in her marriage — “a peer.”{{See 30-year age difference with husband}}. ~ “People I’m sure wonder, why the hell was Nadia involved with this guy?” she wrote in her pre-interview memo. “It was more than just our mutual loves in nature, music, movies and food. It was spiritual.” ~ He promised to give her the second child she always wanted.

Affair unravels

But by last summer and fall, the relationship became explosive and traumatic, jealous and paranoid. Romantic pillow talk turned to screaming accusations, then tearful apologies. “Drugs and alcohol contributed to the drama and chaos of the relationship,” she said, refusing to disclose her drug of choice.
She visited him in jail over the summer, signing in as a defense lawyer, even though she wasn’t his attorney of record, saying Friday she didn’t know the jailhouse policies.”

FYI, for people NOT from here, the soap opera surrounding this marriage and couple never seems to end — but while it was ongoing, SOME more normal, less drug-addled and cheating on their husbands people, including MOTHERS and FATHERS, needed honest services from them, and specifically, Ms. Lockyer, in her official capacity, whether as CEO of the Family Justice Center, or Alameda County Supervisor.  We also need people in office who exhibit good sense and discernment, i.e., make better judgments; if they can’t handle their own lives, then why should they continue to be enabled to make judgments on others?

Charitable Registry Details (3pp) of AlamedaCountyFJC (EIN#261141080)thru FYR 2014 (YE is Apr30), Notice RRF Rec’d Dates. Its Doc’t links may be still active|see’FirstNoticetoRegister’

(Seeing the year 2000 Calif. OAG letter to “JustGive”under Lockyer’s Office from 2000 reminded me of the above.  “Search the Files of the Calif. Registry of Charitable Trusts EIN# 261141080, and/or see link to its Char. Details above.  Interesting as of FYr2014 Assets = double revenues. )

AlaCoFJC, May27,2010=FIRSTNoticetoRegister (under AttyGenl EdmundGBrown...) <==Image Link to Full-Size==> AlaCoFJC, May27,2010=FIRSTNoticetoRegister (under AttyGenl EdmundGBrown…)

[end section added 7/27/2016]

Exploring “JUSTGIVE” and related organizations = most of this post.

  • The contrast of the level of projects and financing (including federal $4.85 billion bailout of big-bank “SunTrust” in 2008, repaid 2011, consequences still being felt for years, but another syndicate for major ($55M) debt financing provided “IronPlanet” by 2015 — with a $1.04 billion Texas “Grand Parkway” infrastructure (develop, build, maintain) agreement 2012-2013 completed by 2015 — and in 2016 IronPlanet now has a “Holdings” corporation…  no question, we have some interesting intersections of groups and movement of money….

Meanwhile CFFPP concerned for the well-being of low-income noncustodial fathers (although it nominally mentions “mothers and fathers” the emphasis is clear) claims proudly to be sponsored by JustGive, and the other foundations, while itself not exactly staying business-registration compliant, or IRS-compliant.

Longer Post Title with parentheticals:

SFFI (Ford Foundation)+CFFPP (@1995 SFFI “Policymaking Arm”|EIN# Revoked|SMALL) JUSTGIVE.org (@1999 one of CFFPP’s MANY sponsors|BIG REVS) + IronPlanet, Inc. (@2000 Online Auctions for Heavy Equipmt|Global=BIG) + ZOPB (Tx/Brazil Joint Venture) + TexasDoT $1B Grand Parkway Project (@2012-15?)+ BAILED-OUT BANKS (Obviously@2008ff – see SunTrust)…

The “IronPlanet, Inc.” factor here as well as the ZOBP are interesting, and good types of information to juxtapose with why we seem to have so many fragile families when we have such major financing poured into hard construction projects that the public, besides funding, will then be asked to pay tolls to access.
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Do You Know Your Social Science PolicySpeak? Can You Name Some University Centers|Key Professionals |BIG Foundation Sponsors|Related Networked Nonprofits| and A Basic Timeline Since at least The Moynihan Report? [First Publ. July 26, 2016,rev.2017 & (minor) 2019. See its tags]

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If you don’t, this post shows several of the terms, the centers and associated professionals, the foundations (coordinating with each other), at least a few of the associated nonprofits, and where HHS funding fits in.

Do You Know Your Social Science PolicySpeak? Can You Name Some University Centers|Key Professionals |BIG Foundation Sponsors|Related Networked Nonprofits| and A Basic Timeline Since at least The Moynihan Report? [First Publ. July 26, 2016; revs.2017 & (minor)2019. SeeAlso its tags] (WordPress-generated, case-sensitive shortlink to the post title ends in “-42K“).**  (“The Moynihan Report:” 1965, i.e., it just turned “50” in 2016…//LGH 2019).


This 11,700 word post is is well worth reading; if you do not agree on my connections between the various organizations and personnel, at least become aware of themthey are still influential today, as are the programs they’ve initiated and/or administered.  Call it the “Dewey Decimal System” (at least a labeling system by time, and some of the lingo) for Federal Family Design, the public/private-funded way. Call it what you like — it’s a good start at a historical roadmap. [Other than adding this post title & link, a habit I adopted later, and this paragraph, I haven’t changed the post from it’s July 26, 2016 details.  LGH/June 21, 2017] [**Shortlink ending originally mis-labeled “-42P,”  Finally discovering this (3+yrs later, ℅ my Twitter thread referencing it) I corrected it to “-42K“.//LGH, Oct. 8, 2019 ]

It’s Show-and-Tell time, we’ll start with the “Ford Foundation’s influence in sponsoring the Strengthening Fragile Families Initiative

THIS POST came from the middle of the following sequence.  It is a large section extracted from “Re-Organizing The World through International Institutes….” after publication.  In case you haven’t noticed, that’s how I work —  I write, I post, I review, I continuing considering and writing on the subject matters, which results in posts extracted from the middle.

The fabled “some day” maybe I’ll get a blog laid out differently so will not need to rely on the “One Main Page, Linear / Serial Installment” features of a blog.   And/or, get this into proper book format, maybe online, and hit the road with it (?? Maybe I’ll even catch up or run across some of the personnel I’ve been blogging who do this for a living — only on the public dole with private supplementation….).

Related posts:

JUST PUBLISHED 7/23/2016:

“Re-Organizing” The World through International Institutes, Strategies, Dialogues, Peacemaking and Programs Targeting Fragile Families, Communities — and Countries... and, Part 2 of it, UNESCO’s IIP Rutgers|”Partners” + ISD and the Strong Cities Network (Reorganizing the World through International Strategic Institutes, cont’d.)

Extracted from the middle of THIS post:  SFFI – CFFPP – JustGive, Inc. – IronPlanet, Inc. – ZOPB – Texas DOTs $1B GrandParkway Project – US Gov’ts Big Banks Bailout|SunTrust (while Fixing Fragile Families?) and to be published simultaneous on 7/26/2016.  The starting point for this one was JustGive.org as a CFFP funder (one of many).

UPCOMING:   “Munich,” and the Strong Cities Network [ISIL/ISIS aren’t the only ones who want to control the World] upcoming)

Also, a shortlink (if you copy the url) to THIS one, Do You Know Your Social Science PolicySpeak? Can You Name Some University Centers|Key Professionals |BIG Foundation Sponsors|Related Networked Nonprofits| and A Basic Timeline Since at least The Moynihan Report? …If there’s any mixup on the shortlinks, go to main blog, Sidebar “Most Recent Posts” or simply to Archives by date.

As this post is basically almost complete, I’m putting it before publication of the third post in the other sequence,  “Munich,”  and the Strong Cities Network although that one’s just about ready to go as well.


Since “FRAGILE FAMILIES” is such a key phrase and policy, let along strengthening them (“Strengthening Fragile Families Initiative”) I start there, for the most part. …. which pretty much brings up the Ford Foundation.  But, it’s hardly operating solo in the overall cause — this is a COORDINATED Public/Private effort, with the end-game completely outsourced and privatized government, and what’s left looking like a legal system, pretty much in name only.

While that’s kind of obvious (if one pays some sustained attention to various centers, or nonprofits), a simple and interesting example below in the funders of a 1995 nonprofit that calls itself “the policymaking arm of the Strengthening Families Initiative“** does tend to crystallize the “many coordinated into one purpose” funding that larger philanthropies do.  They pick causes, and then target midsized (including community) funding by cause, and get public funds involved too.

**Minutes before hitting ‘PUBLISH’ on this post, I checked the IRS “Exempt Organization Select” website to clarify a contradiction in EIN# show for this organization (the one filed 2003 and associated with a state and namechange showed an EIN# off by one digit from the subsequent one).  I found that they were just revoked in November 2014, which was not published for a full year.  Results below).

Maybe it’s felt that as this policy is now so firmly entrenched, the organization is no longer needed. I noticed that its tax returns are basically showing mostly private (but some) government-supported salaries for people to write on the topic.  On the other hand, their website is still up and soliciting Donations.


I also ran across an HHS conference with a (kazillion) speakers, that now meets every two years, called “RECS” (Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency). This conference just took place last month: June, 2016. Link below, and you can see the Social Science PolicySpeak in the Conference Agenda. It seems to be HHS/OPRE (“Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation) which hosts it.

I’ve been looking at the interlocking pieces of this things for some time now (the strangely inbred role of centers at Columbia and Princeton with Fragile Families studies with the Brookings Institution, MDRC (formerly Manpower Development Research Corporation, until year 2003), not to mention “the Urban Institute,” for at least a year.  This might have been in part from the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Moynihan Report, although I was already aware of many of these centers simply because I track Marriage and Fatherhood Funding from the TAGGS.hhs.gov level outwards, at a minimum.

This is not the first reference to them in my writings, or my first run at a summary write-up, in combination with references to the 1965 Moynihan Report and pointing out that, as controversial as it was then, and is now, its basic tenets are now mainstream welfare policy, as evidenced by influential welfare spokespeople referring to it.

I blurted this out, with the details, post-publication in the post “Re-Organizing the World….”   That post already had a pale-yellow section labeled “PREVIEW” (of the same post).  I started adding explanatory sections to it today Sat. July 23, 2016, further reflecting on the subject matter, and finally decided to just rip the whole section out, brutally, and hang it out to dry on this post.

On Sunday, July 24, 2016 (as of now) as explained at the top of the original (in this sequence of posts) “Reorganizing the World” post — and for good cause, I still say…  I have expanded that middle section of that original post, again,   All of it is food for thought about how Public & Private sectors interact, and what, exactly, has been the practice and remains the overall agenda.


I hope this doesn’t get me in too much trouble (telling the truth, that is); I noticed the CIA was on this blog recently.  I’m hoping probably because I simply reported recent international news and for no other scary purpose.

Following the Financing of the well-fed and well-equipped (at least for their chosen tasks of publishing, proselytizing, conferencing and influencing legislative policies) Armies of Experts Studying the Poor for the Purpose of Reducing Poverty and Inequality, Outposts by Outpost– no simple Task.  It seems that either the money is buried in university budgets, or sometimes when it’s NOT, it gets “lost in transition” for smaller nonprofits.

There is a LOT of money floating around “under the table” and showing how this happens doesn’t make many friends with those engaged in moving it.  In the matter of how HHS Marriage/Fatherhood programming (plus the organizations tag-teaming with revolving door court, and/or prison policies) fits in at a significant scale, overall, and I’m sure it bothers some people involved to have a ‘nobody’ (unaffiliated with a nonprofit, university, or government entity) blogger such as myself, “Let’s Get Honest” simply exposing by posting it what sociologists say about poor people in places where they don’t expect poor people to actually look, and pointing out just how arrogant — sexist, racist and elitist — the material is (when it’s not busy being condescending — same thing) … or at times ridiculous. I’m also exposing, which we aren’t really supposed to think too hard about, where it’s being said, and more recently, identifying by label, name, and subject matter, some of the key networks. What’s worse, I make a consistent attempt when labeling any group (for purposes of keeping them all straight!) to, where $$ figures and age of corporation IS available, making it known, alongside any screwy business on their tax filings. Such as “The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven” moving assets to the Cayman Islands in 2015, while continuing to NOT post proper grantee details on Schedule I when a significant purpose of the foundation is grantmaking in the first place — and the Year-end 2015 amount was declared to be $29M!… and more “missing info” filers where that came from.

I mean, one of the main things that separates these people from normal people is the use of jargon meaningful among themselves to elevate the “scientific, rational objective” in the sexist, racist and elitist policies” which always seem to require diverting wealth FROM the poor unless they come under a designated, favored program, prefers operating tax exempt, then acquiring assets and paying subcontractors hefty fees to crunch some of the data, and whether operating from private OR public universities (also supported by the same public being population-categorized, sorted, labeled, analyzed, and designated by who gets what interventions) these same professionals’ careers are typically marked by both government and private grants to start with. So, in comparison with the amounts exchanged, who, really, is on “welfare”?


I’m not saying I can quantify the numbers (that’s the purpose of ANYTHING being “under the table” to start with — that it’s NOT tracked), but I can see, and can document so others may recognize other situations where this happens, potential cracks in accountability that don’t seem accidental.

The more attention to detail, and comparing websites to tax returns to (where possible) where “government grants” are all lumped on one single line, to available records on the grants databases (themselves not comprehensive, or always reliable) the more questions arise.

I have no respect for “don’t ask don’t tell” when it’s about public funds and telling is part of just the right thing to do.  

Chameleon/State-Skipping Business Entities (Organizations) — not my main point here, but it came up. When an organization is involuntarily dissolved, thereby losing its right to operate legally in one state, and decides to move to another: State, Name, AND EIN# — what’s with that?


The final detail in deciding to move this post was when I noticed a smallish nonprofit which let its corporate status slip — in Illinois — and then when seeking re-instatement did a name-change, and moved to a Madison Wisconsin address, obtaining thereafter, looks like, a new EIN#.

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Obviously terrorist events may happen while one is in the middle of doing something else.  Also true of the miniature versions of this, domestic violence incidents, which can also be terrorizing in that they’re not just single-events, they tend to be ongoing, deliberately unpredictable, and with the ultimate goal (typically) of control and exploitation.  There’s a lot more in common with the two scenarios — and with the state’s response to countering them, I just learned today while reading a US Ambassador’s speech in Berlin on how some of the “best practices” in preventing radicalization of their own legal citizens.

The Global Campaign Against ISIL, ….continued
Annual Meeting of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution
The Islamic State – A Global Threat Berlin, May 2, 2016 Ambassador John B. Emerson


Speaking of Strong Cities, and Munich, most of this post (obviously not the part referring to the shootings) written yesterday 7/21/2016 revisited “Strong Cities Network” only because I got two of the similar but not identical sounding international institutes for strategic studies and peacemaking dialogues for a more sustainably developed world presided over by — of course — the UN (Anglo/American/European primarily) ….and both of these were also headquartered in a London-based charity

 

“The SCN is made up of mayors, municipal-level policy makers and practitioners united in building social cohesion and community resilience against violent extremism in all its forms. The global network is currently made up of 56 cities with membership set to grow to around 200 by the end of 2017. Membership is completely free of charge.”



 

The shooting happened Thursday evening, but by the time I learned about it, I had already written this below.  Because of the type of studies I’m doing, including curiosity about such things as why the United States Department of Justice does not provide for the public a functional Grants Distributed database (there appears to be some disjunct, inflexible pages listing grants by year AND by title or type — but nothing comprehensive or really functional for the public to study any of the various funded programs, so many of them aimed at PREVENTING violence).
This is an announcement from “De.USEMBASSY.gov” I believe the website would be US Department of State.

I’ve quoted it also further below.

U.S. Embassy Berlin Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Travel Alert Europe

June 1, 2016

As part of the State Department’s continuous efforts to provide Americans travelling abroad with information about relevant events, we are alerting U.S. citizens to the risk of potential terrorist attacks throughout Europe, targeting major events, tourist sites, restaurants, commercial centers and transportation.  The large number of tourists visiting Europe in the summer months will present greater targets for terrorists planning attacks in public locations, especially at large events.  This Travel Alert expires August 31, 2016. ……

And now that “MUNICH” has happened, an addendum at the bottom of this US State Dept. message (latest update, 21:33 presently, shows at top of page; I switched the only other one on there, “19:52”, to first place).

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Shots Fired at Multiple Locations in Munich

[19:52] Media is reporting shots fired at the Olympia shopping mall in Munich, Germany, resulting in casualties.  There are subsequent reports of shots fired in other locations in Munich. There is a major police operation underway.  Mass transit around the city is also reported to be halted during the police operation.

[Update 21:33] Media are reporting that Munich authorities have declared an emergency using the city’s smartphone warning system. Residents have been warned not to leave their homes:  For your own safety, avoid squares and streets: perpetrators are on the run. Train and bus transport suspended. Turn radio and TV on.  Munich’s mainline railway station is closed, and mass transit remains halted.

U.S. citizens are advised not to come to the U.S. Consulate due to the uncertain security situation.  Continue to shelter in place, contact your family members to let them know you are safe, and follow the instructions of police and emergency personnel.  Continue to monitor local news stations for updates.  Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.


 

Since this is an added section to my post, I’ve given it the different background color you can see starting with the first article.  Below that background color is the previously-written post on the Rutgers Institute for International Peace “Partners Page” with the material I’d added on Strong Cities Network last night, as a matter of general public interest

This section has: four brief news links on “MUNICH” (ABC News, The Telegraph.UK, the Guardian.UK, and (link only) The Financial Times (published I believe also in the UK), and Two on Strong Cities Network (A Briefing Paper #2, and a May 2, 2016 speech posted at US Department of State (I think it is) — same site as the warning to US Travelers’ above — on the Global Threat of ISIL by a US Ambassador to Germany, and probably given in Berlin.  It has some important information and indicators I felt readers should know — which ties into the family counseling / family law sector practices over here, vis a vis “Violence Prevention.” But I will discuss those parts separately.


Press and Some feedback on Munich mall shootings:

ABC News, “At Least 6 Dead, ‘Possible Terror Attack” Manhunt underway ”

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Related posts:UNESCO’s IIP@Rutgers|”Partners” + ISD and the Strong Cities Network (Reorganizing the World through International Strategic Institutes, cont’d.) (next in this sequence, about to be published) and, because “Munich” happened meanwhile, “Munich,” and the Strong Cities Network [ISIL/ISIS aren’t the only ones who want to control the World] also upcoming)

Also, a shortlink (if you copy the url) to THIS post: ‘“Re-Organizing” The World through International Institutes, Strategies, Dialogues, Peacemaking and Programs Targeting Fragile Families, Communities — and Countries...

“Tags” were copied between posts, there is some overlap and some tags may actually be referring to the next one in the sequence, here, of three. As of first “Publish” this post is 9,300 words. It may [and did] change after publication.


I hope you enjoy this informational, conversational post which comes from a systematic lookup of “Partners” link at a single university website combined with my awareness of similar related activity.  Read the “tags” for a generic idea of just a few organizations using the words shown in the post title.  The post has undergone a few changes (significant, and to a middle section) in the two days after it was published on 7/22/2016 and is currently about 12,000 words.  I expanded some on “MDRC” and because of its tax return reference to “Atlantic Philanthropies” which I already knew had been registered outside of the US for anonymity purposes, and which wealth was based on marketing duty-free products internationally, to military and tourists to start with, it got longer.

In the process of not shutting up or stopping “just one more” lookup, I discovered that the Atlantic Philanthropies which provided MDRC a $7M matching grant in 1999 (not long after it was forced into the public when one partner of the underlying company “DFS” (Duty Free Shops, I guess) decided to sell it for around $3.8B, and the other partner protested via lawsuit,  resulting in a pre-emptive disclosure to the public of who — and where–  it was.

It announced in 2002 it would be winding down (distributing everything), and I learned that, announced this past May, 2016,  the two final largest grants totaling around $200M would BOTH go to British institutions — one of them which exactly matches this post title:  “International Institute on Inequalities” at the London School of Economics (and the other to the Rhodes Trust to set up scholarships — see Fulbright, Rhodes famous scholarships — under the Atlantic Philanthropies name).  This Institute was only launched in 2015.

Another major sponsor of the same institute was the well-known (in the UK) “Leverhulme Trust” (since about 1925), with the underlying corporate wealth behind it (Lever Brothers, later Unilever) involving a Lordship who made his initial fortune in SOAP on the backs of Congolese laborers, in part from a close friendship with the King of Belgium (per Wiki, anyhow).  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Lever,_1st_Viscount_Leverhulme  (1851-1925).

A 2014 book by David Hollett (Amazon.com link) “The Dark Side of Sunlight – The Story of King Leopold, Lord Leverhulme and the Congo.”  Abstract:

With a great deal of political manoeuvring, and the able assistance of the famous explorer, Sir Henry Morton Stanley, in 1885 King Leopold II of Belgium founded the Congo ‘Free’ State. However, this was not as a Belgian colony, but as his own private domain which extended to 905,000 square miles of Central Africa. Leopold then set up a system of forced labour under which millions suffered and died due to brutal treatment, exhaustion, hunger or disease. Eventually, in 1908, the Belgian government took control of the Congo away from Leopold and the worst excesses of his despotic rule came to an end. However the forced labour system established by Leopold remained largely in place. It is against this historical background that Lever Brothers, the soap manufacturers of Port Sunlight, became significantly involved in the affairs of the Congo. In 1911 the Belgian Government offered the company land “Concessions” to develop as oil palm plantations. A decade later William Hesketh Lever was controlling vast palm plantations, oil mills and a fleet of 74 steam vessels on the Congo River. In 1930 the firm was employing no less than 28,000 Congolese workers. The rise and rise of Lever Brothers wealth and good fortune was to continue, throughout the Congo and West Africa in general

A 1987 article in The New Internationalist is interesting reading on how the US fits in (what other brands were bought up, the UAC (United Africa Company) and more:

Today Unilever is one of the world’s largest corporations, employing
300,000 people and spanning 75 countries – with pre-tax profits in
1986 of $1.8 billion. This is the story from its humble beginnings

Three other things I noticed from Wiki on William Hesketh Lever — his involvement in freemasonry (founding lodges), and his practice of “monopoly”, as learned, it says, from the Rockefellers, it’s said, and with this wealth, buying up Villages or setting up model villages with which better to control (intrusively) the workforce.  If THAT doesn’t remind you of current situations in the USA, urban areas and welfare policies, you are simply asleep!  “PORT SUNLIGHT” (the brand was “Sunlight Soap”)

In 1887, Lever looking to expand his business, lought 56 acres (230,000 m2) of land on the Wirral in Cheshire between the River Mersey and the railway line at Bebington. This site became Port Sunlight where he built his works and a model village to house its employees. From 1888, Port Sunlight village offered decent living conditions in the belief that good housing would ensure a healthy and happy workforce. The community was designed to house and support the workers. Life in Port Sunlight included intrusive rules and implied mandatory participation in activities. The tied cottages meant that a worker losing his or her job could be almost simultaneously evicted.[15]Even workers’ social lives were policed from the head office. W.H Lever stated “a good workman may have a wife of objectionable habits, or may have objectionable habits himself, which make it undesirable for us to have him in the village.”[16]

REMINDER — my only connection of the above info. to this post comes by way of a look at NY-based “MDRC:  Knowledge to Improve Social Policy”‘ involvement with Atlantic Philanthropies; the interesting history of Atlantic Philanthropies and its (first-generation US from Ireland) Chuck Feeney, and in that Mr. Feeney felt the International Institute for Inequalities at the London School of Economics, was worth a big chunk of the Atlantic Philanthropies’ final distributions, this Leverhulme Trust also agreed. In the US, the MDRC, studying the poor, is still maintaining $56M of investments, while taking $41M in government grants — I’d say something is “off-kilter” in that scenario.

Which all just goes to show why many philanthropies all around the world had BETTER make a good show of caring about the poor, given what they’ve done to perpetuate inequalities worldwide and maintain riches by avoiding taxation in the first place.

http://iip.rutgers.edu

The International Institute for Peace (IIP) at Rutgers University, Newark is a UNESCO Category II organization dedicated to peacebuilding, conflict transformation through nonviolent struggle, and the promotion of peace education and a culture of peace. The IIP builds partnerships locally and globally by working with grassroots organizations, youth leaders, activists, journalists, educators and researchers to promote peacebuilding, nonviolent conflict transformation, and just and sustainable peace. The IIP promotes research on issues of peace and conflict as well as education about peacebuilding and nonviolent struggle.


IF there was a genuine intent to relieve poverty within the US first, instead of restructure the world according to some private visions (and saving women overseas while attacking women, as women, in the United States, is a pretty sorry state of affairs indeed), it would not be done this way.

How did that Rutgers Institute come up?  Well, I was just thinking about what, really, is the purpose of all these diversions FROM the poor into instead STUDYING them.  I have begun to get answers on that (through my study of widely-dispersed nonprofits) over time. I’m no longer just suggesting, I will be showing, from the various centers and institutes’ own description, and comparison across similar (or, networked) ones.

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#2 of 3, Connecticut’s New Haven Family Alliance | Street Outreach Worker Program (SOWP), SOWP’s Role Model, a Rhode Island 501©3 “Institute for Study and Practice of Nonviolence” + ITS partner “Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership” (“RIMP,” a d/b/a of Chamber Education Foundation) somehow organized under non-entity? “The National Mentoring Partnership” | See Also the USDOJ/OJP/OJJDP facilitating Public/Private Partnerships & Global One-World Agenda.

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Correction:  If you read the initials “CFNGH.org” in this blog’s former version (I’ve corrected now) or any other post, that stands for “CFGNH” — The Community Foundation of Greater New Haven about which we had have much to say…

More Commentary: The “New Alliance Foundation” mentioned below, it turns out, also has some of its assets held by the CFGNH, so no wonder both are donating to the “Active” but why, don’t know, and IRS-revoked “NHFA.” (Note: It may get reinstated, but that doesn’t erase that it had been IRS status previously revoked…)

Community Foundations, in any metropolitan area, should not be overlooked or misunderstood.  Whether they are dealing with HHS, Education, Violence Prevention, Housing (HUD), Labor, Refugees/Immigration Issues, or any other critical subject matter, they are frequently serving as intermediaries for Federal Policies, including but not limited to those run through the CNCS (Corporation for National and Community Service) and Social Innovation ‘Social Impact” Funds to fast-track what works, targeted geographically.

This is ALREADY in streamlined operation, and the public will probably figure out what happened (wake up) later unless they start looking at some of the top-down sources (including financers) of local operations.  There may be no more “local” at this point when all factors are on the table.  And where there is not, there is then no effective, local  representative government.  And by “local” I include even as “Local” as an individual State, let alone an individual country.  There is NOWHERE that I can see, which is not considered fair game for investors (those who have the wherewithal to invest), whether or not those locals are particularly invested in this country or not.

This only becomes evident when one attempts to follow the financing. If all we follow is names and self-descriptions, or paid-for press releases, or “quotables” from the local nonprofit leaders in the local press, promoting events or responding to some other recent news some incident, we do not have enough pieces of larger picture for understanding.


For any of these organizations in Connecticut, The Connecticut Secretary of State (Commercial Recording Division)  “Business Inquiry” Search page.  Massachusetts’/ HERE, and Rhode Island’s /HERE.  Usually easy to find by typing state name followed by “Business entity search.”  While I’m here in case it comes up, here’s DCRA.DC.Gov (Dept. of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs) for a District of Columbia search.  It’s free, but you must create a password and user ID.

  • Mentor: The National Mentoring Partnershipregistered as a D.C. corporation in Massachusetts only in 2013.  Its address is in Boston.” Because it did, I now have an EIN# 001117630 (other states typically don’t reveal EIN#s) at 201 South Street, Sixth Floor, Boston, MA 0211.
  • It’s DC Registration I just found, it shows 1990 registration, and Governing Officer “David Shapiro.”
MENTOR: NATIONAL MENTORING PARTNERSHIP, INC. (THE) 900927 3/09/1990 Active Non-Profit Corporation Domestic Non-Profit

However a search of that EIN# (001117630) produces NO results as “Eligible to Receive Tax Deductible Contributions” on the IRS “Exempt Select Organizations Check” link.  Perhaps because it’s kind of a “business” or trade (the trade of mentoring) organization — I don’t know, yet. So, Instead, I searched just Boston, MA — and by name (not EIN#) and got a similar, but not identical name, with a different EIN#, that WAS eligible. For why I may seem obsessed about this, continue reading the post…

04-2775852 Mentor Group Institute for Intercultural Education Inc. Boston MA United States PC
04-3502631 Mentor Charitable Fund Inc. Boston MA United States PF
04-3575764 Silver Lining Mentoring Inc. Boston MA United States PC
20-4935290 The Mentor Network Charitable Foundation Inc. Boston MA United States PF
22-3207958 Mass Mentoring Partnership Inc. Boston MA United States PC
46-3310980 College Perspectives Mentor Program Inc. Boston MA United States PF
52-1674088 National Mentoring Partnership Incorporated Boston MA United States PC

(Last three tax returns):

ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN
National Mentoring Partnership MA 2014 990 40 $2,770,647.00 52-1674088
National Mentoring Partnership MA 2013 990 36 $2,481,192.00 52-1674088
National Mentoring Partnership MA 2012 990 41 $2,486,418.00 52-1674088

I absolutely cannot find this one registered (by EIN# search, by name, or even by Person’s name) registered in Massachusetts.  Apparently this EIN# isn’t supposed to be noticed at the state level?

To review where we stand in the Connecticut, Again (2016) post series, I keep links near the top and have made them short-links in case people wish to Tweet,  or share elsewhere. Please do!!  The Titles are long, but the underlying urls are not.

[Those links and text will be repeated below].

We are looking at nonprofit after nonprofit after nonprofit and the money moving between them, and between government and them.  Some larger than others, often copying each other.  Word is out that some low-income youth are slipping through the cracks, not having mentors, and causing problems, such as violence, which providing mentors would then correct.

It seems to me that what’s significantly slipping through the cracks and might, if found more directly affect the poverty status of troubled youth and communities, is accountability for public (and private) money run through those tax-exempts.

For example, I discovered that The National Mentoring Partnership needs people to send donations to them through “Network For Good.”  Here’s THAT set of tax returns — sounds like this is working out real well for this organization, maybe not so well for people who wish to sort through over 6,000 pages of tax return to see what any “Organization We Help People” (fabricated name) received in the latest round:

ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN
Network for Good DC 2014 990 6375 $77,679,754.00 68-0480736
Network for Good DC 2013 990 637 $62,156,491.00 68-0480736
Network for Good DC 2012 990 203 $56,249,127.00 68-0480736

How does $56M turn to $77M in just two years?  Where are those assets being held (invested)? (It turns out most of those assets are “Grants for Distribution” — meaning, they are being held somewhere, and while being held somewhere THAT SIZE of fund balance, even if held for just a single month (!!) or ongoing, WILL be producing interest.  The website doesn’t show most of this — but they have just moved their employees over to a for-profit C-Corps related organization, meaning, less transparent to the public.

Their website does NOT provide searchable information on grants distributed (nonprofit leadership or employees must log in). While this may (I’m sure does) increase the amount of money moving from donors to (wherever) or allegedly moving there, it bypasses credibility checks IF and WHEN those nonprofits are involved in providing government services, or contracting/taking donations also from governments THROUGH here.

Network for Good is a hybrid organization—a nonprofit-owned for-profit. Network for Good’s nonprofit donor-advised fund uses the Internet and mobile technology to securely and efficiently distribute thousands of donations from donors to their favorite charities each year. Our donor-advised fund is accredited by the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance and meets all 20 of its standards for charity accountability. View our accreditation information.

And how does a tax return get to be that long (conjecture while it’s still loading on my laptop — out of the many grants they are distributing, the listing is only one or two showing per page, instead of the about 10/page the IRS form prompts for)….

Wow.  How Network For Good is now operating –Gross Receipts for Year ending 2014 — $230M.  Grants to other organizations (yes, shown 1/page for a total of $218M distributed!) $218M, they spent almost nothing on salaries — but $6.8M on Professional Fundraising services.  The previous year, they spent $4M on salaries.

It has a related C-Corps for fundraising, so all board members shown on the above nonprofit will show their salaries as paid from “Related Organization” — this being the same organization Name (“Network for Good, Inc.” at the exact same street address (but different legal domicile), and the 501©3 (above, nonprofit) Network for Good owns 51% (formerly 100% it said) of the assets and revenues of the for-profit (taxable) management/fund-raising C-Corps also called “Network for Good, Inc.”   (which may explain why it’s legal domicile is in a different state; the name was already taken in the original state).

That for-profit (taxable) management/fund-raising C-Corps “Network for Good, Inc.” controls another for-profit (taxable) entity called “GiveCorps (also a C-Corp) which does “software for nonprofits and  universities.” At the end of the day, this nonprofit and its thus controls everything (51% is a majority stake…).  Despite all having the same street address and suite#, what you see above is a Delaware Legal Domicile; the other one, a New York legal domicile, and GiveCorps, a Maryland one.

Incidentally that last paragraph I saw from the tax return:  Page 1 (showing a major change in Salaries Line Item), Part VIIB (showing “Network for Good” as a $6M+ “Independent Contractor.”   I never did get how an organization gets to call its own “Related Organization” an “independent contractor” in Part VIIB of the Form 990. …..   Schedule R (Related Organization) as well as Schedule L (Transactions between interested persons) reveals this, and in this case, Schedule O (Supplemental information) talks about the relationship.

As I keep saying, you can learn a lot from a tax return, and sometimes it will be laid out more specifically than clicking all over the organization’s website and speculating on what is meant by the descriptive text.

General Principles:

A lot of “PR” must continually happen about all the great projects run by smaller nonprofits which the bigger philanthropies are supporting for proper (?) distraction from what their funders are doing with the wealth held as investments within the philanthropy or private foundation, that is, filing with the IRS either a Form 990 or Form 990-PF for private foundation, or owned similarly but held under separate organization or entity.  

A reminder about the process: the donation of a SMALL percentage of tax-exempt corporate “profits” (it can be around 5% only) yields for any such privately-controlled corporation positive local PR and significant corporate tax reduction simply because of foundation status.

Another reminder:  they are organizing with each other as tax-exempts to act regionally with common purpose.  Whether or not this is grassroots requests, or the will of the people, at this point, doesn’t seem to matter.  The donations should be looked at — are they going to legitimately registered nonprofits / entities or not?  However, the assets of the larger groups should be looked at as to how they are coordinating with each other regionally, and cross-cutting legal representation provided in the political units which individuals must deal with.

That coordinated privately held wealth — when combined with the public funding, is a major power bloc and political influence.  This wealth will ALWAYS describe itself as for the purpose of better provision of public (government) services; but from the individual’s perspective, it should be looked at as a network, and that network as to the collective honesty and transparency of its members.=

So, who ever gets around to fact-checking whether donations record go to legitimate nonprofits, or figuring out what some of the indicators are when the dealing may be less than legitimate, despite positive local press… But this is something the average person who will commit to consistently taking a look at commonly overlooked details, can actually do.  Case in point….I do…


New Haven Street Outreach Workers program had tough financial year
By Shahid Abdul-Karim, New Haven Register
POSTED: 08/03/14, 9:57 PM EDT | UPDATED: ON 08/03/2014 2 COMMENTS

NEW HAVEN >> New Haven Family Alliance Executive Director Barbara Tinney said the Street Outreach Workers Program had a difficult 2013-14 fiscal year.

The program that works to prevent violence has been operating at a loss for the past three years, Tinney said

“Full funding for the program requires $400,000 and we’ve managed the program at the funding level of $348,000 in fiscal year 2013-14,” said Tinney.

Fiscal year 2013-14 ended June 30….

According to Tinney, the program budget covers these expenses: seven full time and one part time street outreach workers; one part-time supervisor, one part-time program coordinator, fringe benefits including employer taxes, health, dental and life insurance, program expenses such as cell phones, youth activities, trips, and supplies, and administrative costs that are less than 5 percent of the total program budget.

Tinney noted that her organization has “a contract through the New Haven Board of Education for services that support families and student school achievement,” she said.

The New Haven Family Alliance obtained separate state funding for violence prevention awarded through the city, as one of 18 organizations,” said Tinney.** “Funding is obtained through processes that require the submission of proposals and applications that are vetted by reviewers.”

The Street Outreach Workers Program is one of a number of anti-violence initiatives in the city. Other efforts include community policing, Project Longevity, the relatively new YouthStat initiative that works to connect services for youths, and numerous community organizations working to prevent violence, The number of shooting and homicide victims is nearly the same for 2014 to date compared to the first half of 2013, according to police reports.

According to city’s spokesman Lawrence Grotheer, the city’s appropriation to New Haven Family Alliance the current fiscal year is $425,308; approximately $70,000 of which came from the school district’s general fund.

**In what year is not defined.

Interesting admissions, in that the organization NHFA apparently stopped filing annual reports (as a state business entity) as of Year 2011, and per IRS, stopped filing tax returns past year 2011 also (see charts below) for which their EIN# was subsequently revoked in 2015, which the IRS published in 2016.  So much for “vetting.”  Moreover, CFGNH.org, local half-billion-dollar community organization which as of 2015 (webpage last revised, though its still up there) continued to promote and may have also donated to the NHFA (CFGNH’s board membership –you should read their tax return’ Schedule O –it involves by definition public officials or appointees by public officials who absolutely ought to know better than to grant to a non-filing entity after it stopped filing…) CFGNH’s therefore refusal to upload a Schedule I of identified grantees, by name, address, EIN# and amount granted each year reflects on the chief executive of City of New Haven, the Bar Association Probate court, Chamber of Commerce, etc.

But apparently neither “commoners,” nor working folk, nor anyone receiving services aresupposed to check up, or think about such things…

 

Section on NHFA (Street Outreach Workers Program) DONOR

New Alliance Foundation

on 195 Church Street, 7th Floor, New Haven

New Alliance Foundation (who??) Annual Report says in Fiscal Year 2013, they gave NHFA $2,500 for the SOWP.  Not much, but they say they gave for:

To support Project Success, a work-based learning program embedded in the Street Outreach Worker Program and designed to provide services, supports and opportunities for youthful ex-offenders experiencing significant barriers to academic success and employment readiness

Did New Alliance Foundation {“NAF” for this post} care that New Haven Family Alliance wasn’t filing its reports and IRS returns, on donating to it in that year?  And, what’s with all the groups named “Alliance” anyhow?  See NAF’s  “About Us” History Page for some clues on who it is.  The entire website is in bright, primary colors (red, yellow blue) and some green:

NewAlliance Foundation was established in 2004 through a contribution of $40 million in stock from NewAlliance Bancshares, Inc. at the time of the Bank’s initial public offering. Committed to the same long history of philanthropy of its predecessor, The New Haven Savings Bank, NewAlliance formed the Foundation to enhance economic vitality and improve the quality of life for residents in the communities it served.

In April 2011, upon the closing of the merger of NewAlliance Bancshares, Inc. with First Niagara Financial Group, NewAlliance Foundation became a private, independent foundation serving 44 Connecticut communities.

Since its inception, NewAlliance Foundation has approved $18 million in grants to local organizations.

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Look at Who’s Been Looking at This Blog Recently. [+ Update re: the Trust/Probate Factor]

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For those who complain that my blog is a little too dense on the detail, and light on the format — I do have trouble getting it in detail and in acceptable format. Detail is needed for depth — I am defining terms, speaking in somewhat of a different language, and about different things, than most blogs focused on this subject matter.  How much can go in one post, and how that displays (format) is a definitely a challenge on an informal website such as blogs.

There’s the process of writing, and there’s the process of formatting all those quotes, which means much of the time for any post I am actually typing in “html” (“Text”) mode and adjusting the formatting instructions.  The quotes make for longer posts, and scrolling back up and down for formatting is, yes, a pain in the neck.

However, here’s perhaps a little encouragement to hang in there as a reader — who else within government is at least visiting this site (and, month after month after month, with some fluctuation, this is a fair sample).

To tell the truth, while researching and writing it up, I am in learning mode and that’s a good mode to be in when under significant pressure otherwise.  I no longer have the outlet (or many associations) from the classical musicians I used to hang with (all ages), or other kinds.  I don’t do holidays any more (any of them!), and learning which develops understanding and has at least some potential for positive action (as I’m sure this blog does — we have to stop those incentivized grants both for cause and for how they are being handled) helps me, too.  In hindsight, that writing helped me survive the years of marital abuse also, which always involves the ongoing “gaslighting” (crazymaking) post-incident by the abuser; at that time it was my husband.  It also provided a written record post-incident; over time, they start to blur together and the cumulative effect which may become the “normal” with some time and distance, shows more of the scope.

Concurrently — how many can identify with this? — the pressures that started “back when” for some of us, and resulted in decade-plus in the courts, and disheartening look at the future (no present communications with my own children, and I’m concerned to about both, yet myself dealing with a long-term, no-permanent housing situation related to a family trust — related to the family court fiasco — related to the prior domestic violence) are still on.

Once you’re “in” this system at some angle — or have been targeted by a power network for “assets appropriation” or “family dismantling” — when we are not documenting and writing, we are often just fighting pending, imminent, or past litigation and to preserve housing in such a way as not to be subject to imminent threat of loss of housing through loss of income.

Most of my stuff (including a prized piano) is in storage and has been for months.  Last summer I (again) protested a longstanding form of trustee abuse and within a few months was driven out of a long-term rental under crisis conditions which arose, suspiciously, the same month, and continued until I had to exit the property on 24 hrs notice for a safer place, which was a room in a hotel.

(I am very, very tempted to post more details, but don’t think it wise at this point.)

I have a few close friends (local, some not local) for regular conversation.  This week in I am again empathizing in particular with Sandra Grazzini-Rucki’s situation (a kangaroo criminal trial for felony parental interference next Monday 7/18/16 in Minnesota, dragging others in also as I understand it), while I myself have been dealing with “how to stop extortion based on fraud” and how to communicate with entities who have made a joke of the process.

So what you get may not be short enough or clean enough.  If I come within range of personal contact simultaneous In person, and with access to my laptop, I can definitely present and speak with authority (based on research, not degrees) on this material, and coherently.  I see how it’s assembled and working — but putting this into a WordPress.com blog format without a dynamic audience is a whole different beast.

For those who pray, I also ask prayers particularly this next week.  I am an elder (it happens!) and this exploitation routine is getting old.  I’m having to fight for paperwork that should be given, and each and basically any, interaction will involve being lied to or exposed to more dysfunction of people in control of, as I have said this before, resources I need each week, to stay housed and have transportation and food.

Health care not even on the front burner yet, although I prefer focusing on living a decent lifestyle, there are still times one must go in.  Right now, my stress level (see above) is through the roof and I would consider it a health hazard.  That’s one reason I had to get away from that slumlord/substandard housing and, hopefully soon, toxic personalities motivated by money, not ethics or their own industry professional guidelines (if the shoe fits wear it!), and forced interactions with people who have taken parts of my life (present past and future) hostage for pay they do not deserve and have not earned, in the capacity in which they entered to start with.

These people to continue certain kinds of operations need associates (friends, cronies, related people in the associated professions) to pull it off, and attempt to continue intimidating those who are being robbed of both time (which is life) and money, and their legal rights.

Which gets back to another reason I do blog — once anyone goes through the level of work it takes to smoke out, label, narrate, and show the connections between the various sectors involved — why force others to go start from scratch in their personal cases too?  Only by collective action, at least SOME collective action, can at certain points and times, some of the abuse of privilege and position once usurped, be taken back.

I’m here now to remind us (and the case in Minnesota also reveals) that some of the greatest wealth around is being held in real estate and business operations, and that real estate and those businesses are sometimes contained in trusts.  So, in any given state (New York, Florida, Illinois — Connecticut….), for a power structure when it comes to lawyers, look in the real estate and trusts sections, and when it comes to exploiting elders who may have something saved over the years, or due them from elsewhere, you will be talking probate court and dealing with the category of people called “trustees,” and the corresponding sections of the State Bar specializing in these fields.

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July 16, 2016 at 8:57 pm

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