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2017 Table of Contents Continues Themes From 2016. See TOC for: (1) 2017 now thru Sept. 21; (2) 2016 All; and (3) Sept. 2012 – June 2014, Reverse Chrono, and (4) See Also More Info Below. [First published Jan. 9 2017, last updated 9/30/2017]

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(Rev. 09/24/2017 (format/appearance changes, adding TOC entries since March 2017) ~ | ~  (FYI, on Jan. 27, 2018, I just “unstuck” ALL other posts except this one.  This post is also readily available through a New Home Page which lists the Top Ten Posts (this being one of them because it’s a Table of Contents. The “unsticking” process is to move current posts closer to the top of the blog. Let me know (comments field) if this works better for you.  Thanks,//LGH).


FYI — at the bottom of this post is also some information on the $89M Assets (FY2014) nonprofit called “CENIC” (Corporation Network for Education Initiatives in California). (Here’s Tax Return for FY2015). I talk about it here also as a bit of “show and tell” for some processes I use repeatedly in the blog, whether on family-court-connected corporations, federal grants, or lookups of tax returns.

Blog Preview (Some comments added March 2018 — seven numbered paragraphs — but I may take them out later.  I’m feeling conversational today….) After that, a section (in this background-color) on my state’s (California) provider of high-speed, multi-function internet for those fortunate enough to be involved in certain types of universities or institutions within the state (and for which we all pay, indirectly through those funded institutions, increasing “membership fees/assessments”).  The times we live in….

1. This blog is not typical journalism, anecdotal reporting with references to the standard “expert,” the standard “injured parties” for a story line and some promotion of whatever advocacy group or foundation might be associated with fixing the problem.  I believe the situations we face run much deeper (and higher up the decision-making ladder), and I believe that the journalism reporting symptoms, while important, is a major distraction from comprehending and observing over time (in transition) reporting systems — and developing a functional vocabulary (as opposed to the one in standard use for “PR” reasons).

2. Beyond “system failures” (or successes!) of varying types, I found it necessary to start looking more at the macro level of how government and the philanthropic (nonprofit) sectors interact, and  report themselves, as contrasted (often) with what their economic footprints tell over time. In the USA, there’s a public sector, and a private sector.  The word “public” by implication means a government entity and as such, its revenues are NOT taxed, although as an employer it will pay taxes for its employees.  The word “private” means that which is NOT a government entity, for which different reporting rules apply.

3. When within the private sector there is the major tax-exempt portion, and the blending of leadership (for example, on boards of directors) or revolving doors (government service // nonprofits in sequence –or simultaneously) that action itself, given only government — not private corporations — can tax people, the power bloc is consolidated.  As typically consolidated, what next to do but talk about how to help “low-income” families or people — while taking advantage of the same through tax-exemption and — some of these foundations or nonprofits — unbelievably high salaries for some of the leadership, and major profits for the subcontractors.

4. A major difference between them is where any rights exist, and alternatives when those rights are violated.  I’ve looked at thousands of websites and organizations (and tax returns) over the years, and it doesn’t take too long to start recognizing which websites advertise big, and report small (fail to show their financials), or which may look like they’ve been around forever — but it turns out, they were incubated elsewhere, flew (sometimes “under the radar”) as far as reporting their existence through normal means, then are suddenly “spun off” as their own entities (with great graphics and colorful logos, complex websites sometimes).  Patterns emerge.

5. I told you in the blog motto, this is “Uncommon Analysis,” but it’s not “unnecessary” analysis!

6. Over the years, I would’ve appreciated more personal conversations along these lines — there have been some — but when faced whether to hang out with people who prefer anecdotal reporting with a sprinkling of “financial facts,” and those willing to look seriously evaluate where financial facts are to be found — and where they are NOT being found but should be — I’ll choose the latter, who also appear to be fewer.

7. This process is also subject to personal limits and the necessity periodically to deal with events stemming from the original matters surrounding (speaking personally) the reporting of domestic violence and seeking legal intervention to stop it. As I recall, I originally started blogging when it seemed that endless comments on others blogs buried information, delivering it in short burst only, across multiple threads.  When I found many people just re-posting others’ work which was being fed to them –and among advocacy groups for any cause, that can be risky (or, just plain distracting)….. The other thing I remember as starting it was watching websites  — and my hard-worked, researched, linked, and “public-interest” comments — go down suddenly.  The blog serves to preserve at least much of the information.

This tan-background section on “CENIC” added during post review early March, 2018. Below it, I show the Tables of Contents and explain how to access them (a variety of ways).

I discovered CENIC as an organization when it showed up as a visitor to this blog.  Its existence highlights who funds the increased capacity for high-speed internet and institutional connectivity between universities, school systems (in this case), and a few other places — connectivity that we benefit from indirectly, but in general cannot personally access as citizens so much as can the faculty and enrolled students or researchers at the various institutions.  (List of “BIIG” Associates and steps to full connection, where “BIIG” stands for “Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grant” (from California Dept. of Education) for access to a certain kind of network.  The main concern behind this seems to have been the ability to provide “computer-based assessments” everywhere.  CENIC.org website also has a “Connection Tracker,” by categories.  Here are those categories:

See also BIIG.k12HSN.org (BIIG 2.0) for more description of the network. The improvement was targeted to both schools and districts.; reference is to 2015-2016

It was organized in 1997 (says the tax return) and its main revenues are not from government contributions, but from “program service revenues” — however these are labeled “membership fees/dues” which would in essence be contributions — and generally coming from educational (public) institutions, which (say the tax return, and CENIC’s schedule of revenues and assets over time)  they only increase year after year. Looking at the details of the tax returns helps show where the weight of expenses and revenues is, and related entities, whether taxable or not. Here, one of the largest expenses for CENIC is “Circuit Leases” ($20M/year one year), while its two kinds of activities, one made a significant profit (nearly $12M — roughly) and the other, a loss.  The profit comes from the membership dues.

This next “…@Sep28,2017, 3pp)…” link is to a printout (for CENIC, taken in 2017 Sept) from the California Department of Justice, Office of Attorney GeneralRegistry of Charitable Trusts” — a resource I use a lot (along with a few other main sites to look up tax returns, or double-check tax-exempt status with the IRS) on this blog.  I’m placing it here for familiarity, in general what such a “Details” printout would look like, and some things it reveals about any organization.  The printout also contains active links to “Related Documents.”  By looking here at its “Founding Documents” one can see that certain universities and research institutions were original “Charter members” but considered affiliates — not “members.” (The Corporation has no “members” it says).

Charitable registries at the state level should become familiar. So should Secretaries of State (or as appropriate, other places) “Business Entities Search” sites at the state level.  Each state is different, but so much can be learned there- – including the state of those databases in the first place and how they are organized.  “Business entities” have to have a legal domicile — which should be located.  If nonprofit and required to file, their files should be looked up (i.e., search for the EIN# then go to a database such as “990finder” and look it up).  For government entities — look under the filing entity’s “Comptroller” or “Financial Reports” somewhere and, as much as possible, locate and start reading their “CAFRs”* to discover what, really, are the collective holdings of any such entity — as opposed to the budgets only.

(*A searchable term on this blog will tell much about CAFRs and link to plenty of others who lay it out well too).

Please take a look!  To get there, you may need to click once on the link, and a second time, on the “page icon” which displays there under my blog title and the image title:
CENIC (Corp for Educ Netwk Initiatives in Calif) Calif DOJ-OAG-RCT Details (@Sep28 2017, 3pp) CalEntity# C2031925, EIN#943289022, first funded only in 1997? <==OAG DETAILS page differs from these images from a single-year Form 990.  Shows entity growth over the years, and some of its filing habits (in “Related Documents” section) Check it out!

Click Image to Enlarge — this is CENIC’s explanation for its Gov’t funding (not in compliance with requirements of the simple one-page form). They did send in the FYE 2016 report, but “forgot” the $300 fee, says a letter at the California OAG’s website. (image repeated below with a better caption. Anything not in black and white is my commentary…)

CENIC website CalREN coverage + Backbone maps SShots, Overview (Calif) courtesy “Intermapper” (Image 3 of #3) here.

I believe there are parallel types of organizations in many other states.  Stated purpose:  “To Establish an Advanced Network Infrastructure for the Expanding Needs of Education and Research, for University Faculty and Students.”  It operates “CalREN2.”

After looking at its tax returns, charitable filings at the State level, and realizing how (a) late and (b) evasive it was on certain information required to be reported (i.e., specific contact names where there’s government grants) — “back then,” despite appreciating (not that I ahve access to!) the need for “multi-functional network” of the highest speed and calibre for educational (K-20) and certain research institutions, I expressed my, well, disgust, in the annotations to a part of its RRF.  (Also shown at the bottom of this post).


 

For 2017 Link to this post for this year2017 Table of Contents Continues Themes From 2016. See TOC for: (1) 2017 now thru March Sept. 21; (2) 2016 All; (3) Sept. 2012 – June 2014, Reverse Chrono, and (4) See Also More Info Below. (case-sensitive, WordPress-generated shortlink-ends 5qZ, first published Jan. 9, 2017, second half of post title and substantial updates added in late September, 2017).  About 9,800 words.

The Table for 2017 (with the last three of 2016 for continuity of a certain theme) is near the bottom of this page. It is current through September, October 8, 2017. You will see the header to 2016 with 3 rows, the header for 2017 and 53 54 rows followed by some more blanks.  That’s one of several ways to access posts for 2017. It looks like this  (notice the last entry pictured represents the post you’re looking at, “Row 3” for 2017):

Click to enlarge. Excerpt from Jan. 9, 2017 post explaining TOC navigation. If you don’t want to mess with uploaded pdfs or anything complex, find this part of the post and browse at least last three posts of 2016 and all of 2017’s posts. Other years (and links to them) are also discussed below.

Meanwhile, the “10 most recent posts” section on right sidebar is helpful for 2017, or if you’re handy with scroll or page-down functions (but not recommended on cell phone) go to the top of this blog (just: “FamilyCourtMatters.org“), scroll down below this lone “sticky” post with its abbreviated lead-in  (i.e., text preceding the “Read More….” link), realizing that lower down = earlier posts.

As the title indicates, the Tables (plural) of Contents (“TOC”) are in three sections:  <> 2017 through March, <> 2016 (all of it), and <>Sept., 2012 – June, 2014.  Post title also signals that besides the tables of contents, this post has <> more info below.  

The next three links pull up those three TOC for better browsing in a form whereby any post displayed on that table can be reached by clicking on its name after clicking on the link to bring up the pdf.  The next inset box is just in case a little vocabulary might further help navigate what follows.
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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).

==>Click to Read Full-size and Comments (Also see image caption).

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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