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2017 Table of Contents Continues Themes From 2016.

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Rev. 1/12/2017

For 2017 Link to this post for this year2017 Table of Contents Continues Themes from 2016   I am writing mid-January, 2017, so all posts still display (for now) on “Most Recent Posts” on the sidebar.  The (short, so far) Table for 2017 however, is at the bottom of this page. It will at any point in time be only as updated as I have taken time to make it.  Meanwhile, the “8 most recent posts” is the best indicator of how current this table is.

  • Valuable material in addition to the actual list (table) of posts remains on the 2016 post, but I included below on this post some images of the actual TOC 2016 (minus the extra narratives), which copied into a word-processing document, formatted, then “printed to pdf.” Printing to pdf and loading that pdf onto the blog (accessible by a single click on the link I provide) produces a document in which every post in that table can be accessed by clicking on its name.  On every row, the post’s underlined title is an active link to the post, whether viewed here, or viewed on the uploaded pdf (8.5X11) format
    • This sounds more complex than it is.  Anyhow, after those images and the “access” link comes the Table for 2017, which I will add to as I publish each post. In fact it’s towards the end of this (so far, short) post.
  • As before, the right sidebar will display titles and links to only the last few posts.  I have it set to only eight.  The blog as a whole contains about 670 posts.

Here’s a link to the one-page pdf of TOC 2017 in 8.5X11 pdf form.  It includes the last three posts from 2016 too, and an two images (one for each page) of what it will look like:

Click for the 2017 TOC + last 3 of 2016 (with active links). It's just 1 page.

Click for the 2017 TOC + last 3 of 2016 (post titles = active, links). It’s just 1 page and current through Feb. 6 only. UPDATED: TOC through March 21, adds p.2, here. Or see partial table (updated) right on the post, right below here for Posts Feb 9- March 21, 2017)…(After adding new posts to tables on this blog post, I updated, and printed to pdf, added an image for “Page 2” here as you can see, in 8X11.5 format)

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Posts 6-15; (Image of second page added 3/22/2017). Post titles are active links (clickable) through the TOC 2017 pdf link above image, not on the image itself. The link in this caption is just in case someone wishes to view it better.



 6  Vital Info: Formerly “Sticky” Posts (pared down from 15)       [2/8/2017] Feb. 9, 2017
7 Progressive Language Creep Section from 2012 “Reconceptualize This” post (reviewed and reformatted 2017) Feb. 19, 2017
8 Retrospective @ 1/2017:  Beginning-of-Year Posts (“As I’ve Been Saying, Since 2009”) and an Update or Two  Feb. 21, 2017
9 OHIO.  My Oh My…  501©3, EIN#34-1376870, ACTION Ohio Coalition for Battered Women, a 1970s, deficit-ridden holdout, Still testifying – NOT, of course, about OHIO.Fatherhood.Gov (1999ff), though… Feb. 28, 2017
10 Understand Statewide “CADV” Funding (CFDAs 93591, 93592, 93671, and 93136 grants to Statewide Orgs) But Also Check Out “Family and Community Violence Prevention” (93910) in all its Male/Minority-focused Wealth — Over $99M to One Recipient under ONE Principal Investigator, Spanning 10 years — and Glory. Mar 6, 2017
11  Don’t know Who or What ~QIC-NRF ~ is?  Looks like neither do the AHA, the NFI, the ABA Center on Children and the Law, and HHS/Children’s Bureau (at least as uploaded at UCBerkeley’s School of Social Welfare CalSWEC) who collaborated on IT, then reported IT as a WHO (2010).  File under Fatherhood Engagement Absurdities — or at least, lots of anomalies —  2010 Mar. 7, 2017
12  Should the USA join the Commonwealth of Nations?  And if Not, Why Should We Allow our Elected Federal and State Officials to sponsor Coordination of Child Welfare, Domestic Violence, and Family Court|Custody Practices, as Ordered (Ordained?) by Appointed (not elected) Experts To Promote Their Personal Beliefs, Practices, and Profits? (A Few Reminders of Who’s Who) Mar. 12, 2017
13 Explaining my Inspirat’n for asking, on March 8, Internat’l Women’s Day, Should the USA Join the Commonwealth of Nations?… Mar. 17, 2017
14  Who is Foundation Press? (Started 1/22/2017, published 3/20/2017) Mar. 20, 2017
15 Dear Readers (2017 Themes and Ongoing Concerns) [started 1/19, published in part 2/19, and the whole enchilada 3/21/17] Mar. 21, 2017

For 2016 ONLY with valuable material before/after:

It (also) is now accessible in two formats — on-line, or a printed pdf (paginated to fit 8.5X11 format), as explained below (pdf completed added post-publication here).

I closed out 2016 with an average of one post a week (52 posts total). 

Link to TOC 2016 & that post’s revised title:  {1}Table of Contents 2016 (52 posts Jan. 23 – Dec. 13, 2016) with {2} Intro on First 5 Years Fund(ing), incl. but not limited to Tobacco Lawsuit Settlement Payouts + Warren Buffett’s “Ounce of Prevention Fund”(IL) and {3} Appendix of Tags from some Critical-to-Understand Posts
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January 9, 2017 at 8:09 pm

BASSC (1987), CalSWEC(1990), PCWTA (1996), CFPIC(2003)…How Many Acronyms, and Foundations (Zellerbach Family, Ford, et al.) in this Global Child Welfare Village, and why did the California Components of the CalSWEC Public/Private Partnership draw its Core Curriculum Competency Model from a funky and not-quite-honestly-reporting (1979-formed) trio of Ohio nonprofits?

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A preview, now titled:  “Preview Bordered Blue:  The Philadelphia Connection” (there is one…) was split off from this post, and when published, that link will lead to it. The “bordered blue” was just a way of distinguishing the preview from the post I’d already written, which is as you can see bordered in black.

It is self-explanatory, jammed with relevant information, and again, I hope it inspires people to start cracking the books, and if appropriate, “the whip” on the coordinated tax-exempt foundations of at least $1B assets or more, and figure out what their real and collective agenda is — just in case there might be some belated objections to it  or to the practices of simply dispersing so much influence on government over so many grantees.

(The $6.4B Assets John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation – aligned in basic purposes with Casey Family Programs ($2.2B) which comes up here — in year 2014 distributed $191 MILLION in grants which, however, was just a fraction of the foundation’s revenues (mostly from investments that year.  This was  a mixture of domestic and international, with a major infusion of grants to universities around the countries, and the world.  Check out their tax return for yourself!).

Are You Keeping Your Eyes on the Real Prizes behind Coordinated Global Philanthropy?

Can you even track public funding of public AND private universities, or the USA federal entities with which some of these larger foundations collaborates?

It’s well said, “Keep Your Eyes on the Prize.”  Let’s see who prizes WHAT by looking beyond the public relations (paid-for), promotions (paid-for) and enthusiastic agreement at the university and government levels (scroll through just ONE year of those grants, and see who’s being paid, nicely, to agree with this organization…

Especially for private (990PF-filing) tax-exempt foundations, who judging by their websites would rather we keep our eyes on their charitable motivations and disbursements, we would do well to keep our eyes on their assets (where invested and who paid to do it) which tell us, relative to the disbursements involved, where their real treasures lie — and where the “heart” of the organization actually is. ONE of their prizes is paying less tax on all that wealth.  Another — in this case — is clearly sponsoring international development and paying internationally-based investment advisors big bucks to, well, “diversify” offshores.

The View from the Organization’s Website

(The top and, three “page-downs” later, bottom):

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Look at image below (again, several “PageDowns” were necessary to get that far down, with large font and pictures hopefully? distracting all but the most determined from ever getting that far.)  Once down there — look at the tiny print beneath the details of providing a more just, verdant and peaceful world….with social media links above and below.

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I dare anyone to locate where “Annual Reports” “Financials” or even “History” are (above image) with the naked eye — but could you not easily read “Chicago” (its hometown), Just, Verdant, and Peaceful on same sized image above this one? (I grabbed about the same amount of visible website from each).

MacArthur Foundation, home page, $11.6M in New Chicago Investments (again, this all means nothing as to relative size without a look at their financials, including their financials over time).

The investment advisors (while I’m there) like those in Casey Family Programs are quite well paid, there are a LOT of them (Casey listed 26 one year I viewed; MacArthur’s 2014 return listed 72) here, based in a number of different countries, including two in the UK and one in Mauritius, private equity company, with investments focused on India.  For a general idea, that’s Continent of Africa, 787 sq. miles, south of the Equator, population about 1.2M.  Or, check out this map (which also contains some shortlinks to other images and the related tax return):

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Click HERE to read the explanations I added full-sized. These also contain some TINYURL.com links for further elaboration. Map is as I recall © 2012; Worldmaps.com pg. last revised 8/2016

 

ChrysCapital is a private equity and venture capital firm specializing in later stage, management buy-outs or buy-ins, co-investments, public equity, PIPEs, growth capital in private and listed companies, and special situations including carve outs, joint ventures. The firm focuses on the business services; information technology; consumer goods and services; financial services; real estate; healthcare with a focus on pharmaceuticals, medical diagnostics and devices; infrastructure, power, and manufacturing sectors….

[Exact link to the above quote from Bloomberg.com is on the second image, showing Pts. VIII and IX-A of MacArthur Foundation tax return, below.  FYI, the “**” after that shortlink within image are not part of the TINYURL.com link, which doesn’t take special characters.]

http://tinyurl.com/Where-IsMauritius-MapsOfWorld [Open in new window]

 

The organization’s home page (again, the above quote is from Bloomberg.com profile, link shown on the annotated image below) for ChrysCapital.com shows 8 Directors — most chief connections are to the UK or Mauritius, one to France.  True, there are some directors with US college degrees (I saw Pepperdine-Loyola-Georgetown combo, and another, Harvard MBA, Stanford mechanical engineering (and on Stanford Bd of Trustees 1980-1985).  (George McCown — here’s link to private equity firm he co-founded, based in Foster City, CA with only 8 investors: McCown & De Leeuw):

McCown De Leeuw & Co. (MDC) is a private equity investment firm with approximately $1.2 billion of capital under management. With a mission to build companies that make a difference, MDC specializes in buying and building industry-leading middle-market companies in partnership with management.

Most MDC investments generally involve controlling positions in growth-oriented companies with demonstrated earnings.

Since 1984, MDC has completed 38 platform acquisitions, creating companies that today collectively generate in excess of $6 billion in annual sales. The firm currently has 8 investment professionals in its Foster City, California, headquarters. 

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Here’s one profile of a Director of the ChrysCapital Board, which company received, again, $1.2M to manage investments for MacArthur Foundation (John D, Catherine T, consolidated 2014 statements):

Dev (Joory) is the co-founder and Executive Director of International Financial Services, a leading management company specializing in international tax, business and corporate advisory services. Previously, he served as a senior tax executive at Ernst & Young, London. Dev has over 30 years of experience in international tax planning and business structuring. His area of specialization includes international banking and financial services including Islamic banking, offshore fund structuring and administration, intellectual and real property planning, franchising and retail operations. Dev is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

So, take a look at the image:

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It’s important that Americans understand what this major and “ModelsForChange” foundation’s tax return reveals about where its true heart is (a.k.a., where its treasures are). Particularly seeing the highest-paid independent contractor ($1.2M) is domiciled in Mauritius (an island nation off S. Africa which only became independent from France in 1968, but which PRIVATE Equity firm is focused on India. Read all ChrysCapital’s Bd of Directors (there is one woman); their “Chartered Associate” focus is the UK, although you can see at least one Harvard and Stanford individual. What’s more, the only Investmt MANAGER (2014) based in the US (Boston), Babson Capital Mgmt, underwent a merger with 3 others announced 12/29/2016 and now is a new firm under the “Barings” brand which, while HQ’d in Charlotte NC (and London) still has a focus on Asia and Europe. (1,700 employees in 41 countries).

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So, in bringing up “The Philadelphia Connection” on this post about the California/OHIO connection, well, nonprofits in both CA and OH were found running “Casey Family” and/or MacArthur Foundation programming (the purposes are similar).

Ohio as an entire STATE also figures in the (MacArthur promoted) “Models for Change” USA map of its “partners”…. It is a “Mental Health Action Network State” per this map w/ legend, along with Texas and others:

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Also, in Philadelphia, (see RED “CORE PARTNER STATE on USA map above) the well-known Juvenile Law Center at 1315 E. Broad St. 4th Floor (as I recall- easy enough to check) is the lead agency for Pennsylvania in re: the “Models for Change” purposes.

There were still more, different Philadelphia connections to those involved in what I’m blogging on this post, but I’ll leave it to that other “Preview Bordered Blue” post (forthcoming soon) to explain.

Either way, let’s pay better attention to which foundations are blowing the winds to which continents and along which currents of change of US-based public institutions.

A look through the MacArthur Foundation 990PF is a wakeup call, for sure.

I realize this all takes time.

But, well, so does working X hours for day and __% percent taken in taxes, and more (for some of us) wasted fighting family court feuds in venues with gender-stacked decks and infinite case-churning abilities and some federal incentives to keep unnecessary conflict going.
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January 5, 2017 at 9:58 pm

“Consulting, Training and Program Development for Public Child Welfare and Child Protection Organizations to Promote Safety, Permanency and Well Being for Abused, Neglected, and Sexually Abused Children” (Or, “A Tale of 3 Ohio Nonprofits basically run by a Board of 1 man, 1 woman, + the Perpetual-Motion Grants Recycling Operation”) 1980-2016

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I live in California, but if I lived in Ohio I would get on this situation ASAP.  I will say that a few more times during the post.  

Post Title & Shortlink”Consulting, Training and Program Development for Public Child Welfare and Child Protection Organizations to Promote Safety, Permanency and Well Being for Abused, Neglected, and Sexually Abused Children”(Or, “A Tale of 3 Ohio Nonprofits basically run by a Board of 1 man, 1 woman, + the Perpetual-Motion Grants Recycling Operation, 1980-2016”)

(That ‘s a =single, system-generated shortlink; short enough to “Tweet” or tell others, spanning a two-part title.  WordPress-generated shortlinks for use within this domain (obviously) ARE case-sensitive.  This one ends “-5fG”)


HAPPY NEW YEAR (almost, Pacific Standard Time).  I’m posting this as-is, and will amend or improve it as I can, when I can within the next few days.  Please use the page-down function liberally, and feedback is welcome through the comments field, as at all times. What I have to say on this topic will not fit on one post, and about four are currently in draft on this very important timely, and I believe, relevant to everyone, topic.


Note on publishing this post.  I don’t take it lightly to red-flag this situation, but it is based on my first readings of several related tax returns, and I know what I saw, and will show readers also, to the best of my ability in the timeframe, with enough points of reference for others to follow-up fact-check, or look at more of the evidence and see what it may have to say.

For one, no one in his or her right mind would take on major universities (at the School of Social Work level) and two of the larger (I DNK If largest, but both are in the billion-dollar-plus range) tax-exempt foundations, as participants, not to mention the State of Ohio Department of Job and Family Services for their dealing with said 3 Ohio Nonprofits so long without confronting their fiscal behavior without some basis for doing so.

This post goes with more than one other post, but the one I hope to publish soonest after this one, which I hope to do perhaps even within two hours (although there is a change of year inbetween — I’m doing this New Year’s Eve!): The title (and shortlink) here of “California Components” related post BASSC (1987), CalSWEC(1990), PCWTA (1996?), CFPIC(2003)…How Many Acronyms, and Foundations (Zellerbach, Ford (et. al))  in this Global Child Welfare Village, and why did the California Components of this Public/Private Partnership draw its Core Competency Model from a funky, and not-quite-honestly reporting (1979-formed) Ohio nonprofit? [link active and accurate only after I publish this draft.  Note: shortlinks generated by WordPress are case-sensitive]

After looking at the history of “CalSWEC,” and how closely aligned this is with a series of federal acts with associated funding streams, I am even more convinced that it’s time to publicize this to a more general audience, particularly those who might have an interest in this blog after having been personally devastated by court-related procedures breaking up their families WITHOUT any identified maternal abuse, criminal behavior, court order violations, but often after separating from abusers.
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January 1, 2017 at 12:43 am

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