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Omidyar Entities: The Harvard/Bain/Bridgespan Consulting Model (Transform and Help Run — or own — Distressed Assets, LIKE U.S. PUBLIC SCHOOLS), Rebranded, on Steroids, and Gone Global [Publ. 03-30-2017]

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Omidyar Entities: The Harvard/Bain/Bridgespan Consulting Model (Transform and Help Run — or own — Distressed Assets, LIKE U.S. PUBLIC SCHOOLS), Rebranded, on Steroids, and Gone Global(with WordPress-generated case-sensitive short-link ending “-6lm”)(total length about 13,000 words)

This post has two companion posts I am trying to get out, with this one, ASAP and one right after the other.  This one has a significant new payload relating to some previous goods delivered on the matter referenced in its title, on this FamilyCourtMatters.org.

This was intended to be third, but after two days of working on it, I’m publishing it first.  The post  falls into about two equal sections (after the “Read-More” link below, before which I am mostly demonstrating that the Omidayar Entities are major players in this field) each has its own key information. The end just sort of “stops” because it was taken out of another post; it ends explaining more of the “Bain & Company” model.  Some of my purposes will be come clear as the other two posts, focused on school transformation entities, are published.  We are dealing with a MAJOR section of U.S. public institution assets, U.S. Society (as in, “the next generation”) and I am showing you, sector by sector, WHO wants (and so far, has) a major piece of the action — and some of their organizational characteristics.

Upcoming:  More on “WestEd” (a 1995-formed JPA formed by other JPAs with connections to two other JPAs dating back to the 1960s which in the first sentence describing WHO it is, lies (by about 30 years), and the second one, disarming in its openness, explains who it came from.  Which readers ought to look at, ConnectEd, and the James Irvine Foundation itself (key entity in California) and the current (billionaire) Irving Company sole shareholder, Donald Bren.  It wants to get into school transformation too, of course.

Upcoming, another post:  Three (or Four) Nonprofits who Just Wanna Transform Schools (link and full title below).  Again, this would be the third post, except I just decided to post it first.

If you’re not familiar with the name Omidiyar (unlikely…), probably you’ve heard of “eBay.”  From Bloomberg.com, the Executive Profile won’t fit all on one screenprint, but here’s most of it.  Please do read the rest of this just 49-year old billionaire, philanthropist, board member, and “mover-and-shaker” in general:

Mr. Pierre M. Omidyar co-founded Omidyar Network in 2004 and serves as its Founding Partner and Chairman. As an entrepreneur and innovator, Mr. Omidyar guides Omidyar Network with his strategic vision, values and fresh approach to the field of philanthropy. As an extension of Omidyar Network’s activities in microfinance, in 2005, Mr. Omidyar gave $100 million to Tufts University. …He also founded eBay Inc. as a sole proprietorship on Labor Day in September 1995. Mr. Omidyar served as the President at eBay Inc until August 1996. He served as the Chief Executive Officer at Ebay Inc. until February 1998 and served as its Chief Financial Officer until November 1997. After eBay became a public company in 1998, he co-founded the Omidyar Foundation… [ insert multiple accomplishments and companies he founded, and a few he worked for before founding others…]  He served as the Chairman of eBay Inc. since May 1996 until July 17, 2015 and has been its Director since May 1996. Mr. Omidyar serves as a Director of ePeople, Inc. He serves as a Director of The Ulupono Initiative, LLC. He served as an Independent Director of PayPal Holdings, Inc. since July 2015 until March 20, 2017…He served as a Director of MeetUp Inc. Mr. Omidyar serves on the Board of Trustees of Omidyar-Tufts Microfinance Fund, the Punahou School, Santa Fe Institute and the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute. In 2011, he was honored with the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy for the lasting impact of their work. Mr. Omidyar holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Tufts University.

Ebay, Inc. Executive Profile, viewed 3-29-2017 at Bloomberg.com — note: image doesn’t include the whole profile. See related link!

While writing this, I couldn’t remember exactly whether this man was associated with a sponsor of CalExit, and went looking.  Another entrepreneur (Sherpa Capital) Shervin Pishevar, was.  One thing both and many more tech and internet entrepreneurs do agree upon is shown in a letter they signed in July, 2016, expressing their opinion of our current president, but then, candidate, Donald J. Trump:

A Gigantic List of Tech Leaders Just Slammed Trump” by Sophie Kleeman (News Editor) in Gizmodo.com (“Gizmodo Media Group”).

“A lengthy list of Silicon Valley’s top players have signed an open letter slamming Donald Trump’s bigotry and policies, arguing that the bloviating, radioactive orange slime puddle “would be a disaster for innovation.”

“The letter, published this morning on Medium, includes the endorsements of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Tumblr CEO David Karp, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, Twitter co-founder Ev Williams, billionaire entrepreneur Pierre Omidyar, venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar, Slack founder Stewart Butterfield, Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman, and Arielle Zuckerberg, a partner at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers and sister to Facebook CEO Mark.

The letter specifically calls out Trump’s “divisive candidacy,” “poor judgment and ignorance about how technology works,” and attitudes toward women, immigrants, and people of color. It argues that his approach runs counter to “the open exchange of ideas, free movement of people, and productive engagement with the outside world that is critical to our economy.” There’s not much in the way of specific policy callouts, but the letter does criticize Trump’s giant wall and plans for deportations and profiling…

My point here being that in such a long list (click link to “Medium” to see), Pierre Omidyar made the cut for listing the big ones; is simply billionaire entrepreneur” (I’m sure many of the others on the list also fit that category), and there also is Shervin Pishevar who has come out in favor of CalExit.

I’m not following all Omidyar entities –one of them came up in the blogging context for school transformation using technology and in a particular business format which has close resemblance to the Bain/Bridgespan model, from what I can tell.   However, this paragraph from that letter is also interesting:

An open letter from technology sector leaders on Donald Trump’s candidacy for President

from 7-14-2016 “An Open Letter to Trump from the Technology sector”

We are inventors, entrepreneurs, engineers, investors, researchers, and business leaders working in the technology sector. We are proud that American innovation is the envy of the world, a source of widely-shared prosperity, and a hallmark of our global leadership.

We believe in an inclusive country that fosters opportunity, creativity and a level playing field. Donald Trump does not. He campaigns on anger, bigotry, fear of new ideas and new people, and a fundamental belief that America is weak and in decline. We have listened to Donald Trump over the past year and we have concluded: Trump would be a disaster for innovation. His vision stands against the open exchange of ideas, free movement of people, and productive engagement with the outside world that is critical to our economy — and that provide the foundation for innovation and growth.

Great ideas come from all parts of society, and we should champion that broad-based creative potential. We also believe that progressive immigration policies help us attract and retain some of the brightest minds on earth — scientists, entrepreneurs, and creators. In fact, 40% of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children. Donald Trump, meanwhile, traffics in ethnic and racial stereotypes, repeatedly insults women, and is openly hostile to immigration. He has promised a wall, mass deportations, and profiling.

The parts I marked in different font may sound differently after you’ve looked more closely at the business model and (as I did, particularly as to grants and overseas investment policies) the Omidyar Network Fund, Inc. (a philanthropy and a Form 990PF) initial grantees and ongoing “investees.”  Total Gross Assets for the Network Fund, Inc. for YE 2015 was $446M, i.e., pushing ½ billion. It is being funded from another trust in his name; that year, to the tune of $184M (see its “Schedule B” for the list of payments).  No outside donations or funders are even needed, or wanted, apparently.  Control rests in the hands of the Boards of Directors at least for the private foundation.

The Omidyar Group (see in “PayLoad” section) has offices in the US (East-D.C. and West Coast – “Silicon Valley” Northern California), London, Mumbai, and Johannesburg, as well as it Network Fund is the controlling entity of an LLC in Brazil. The investment model seems to include the typical “partial ownership in exchange for our support” and among the investments are in proprietary digital platforms targeting school systems (here, and overseas).

Among the first $8M of grants to from the fund in its first year, $1,000,000 (the largest grant by far) went to America Indian Foundation, and $700,000 to an Institute in London.  Ongoing involvement in buying British government debt and charities seems to be part of its strategy (“program investments”) and so forth. (Tax returns and some more of these screenprints will be shown below). $4M went to Grameen Foundation USA (Both Grameen Foundation and Grameen Bank articles in Wiki were flagged, but I gather this is based on Grameen Bank (Bangladesh), Microcredit financing and the USA foundation was started in DC in 1997; and that last fall, the foundation consolidated operations with “Freedom From Hunger.)

Short Insert Section on Grameen Bank & Grameen Foundation USA (half of first Omidyar Network, Inc. grants to other organization went to this one, so I looked into it….)  This adds about 2,000 words to the post size. Looking more closely at this situation, I saw why it might be attractive to the Omidyar business model in general.  

Grameen Bank (“Bank for the Poor”) Founder Muhammad Yunus:

Muhammad Yunus was born on 28 June, 1940 in the village of Bathua, in Hathazari, Chittagong, the business centre of what was then Eastern Bengal. He was the third of 14 children, of whom five died in infancy. His father was a successful goldsmith who always encouraged his sons to seek higher education. But his biggest influence was his mother, Sufia Khatun, who always helped any poor person or relative who knocked on their door. This inspired him to commit himself to eradication of poverty. His early childhood years were spent in the village. In 1947, his family moved to the city of Chittagong, where his father had the jewelery business. …. (realizing the problem was interest rates and middle men for poor women with a trade):

Against the advice of banks and government, Yunus carried on giving out ‘micro-loans’, and in 1983 formed the Grameen Bank, meaning ‘village bank’ founded on principles of trust and solidarity. In Bangladesh by 2015, Grameen has 2,568 branches, with 21,751 staff serving 8.81 million borrowers in 81,392 villages. On any working day Grameen collects an average of $1.5 million in weekly installments. Of the borrowers, 97% are women and over 97% of the loans are paid back, a recovery rate higher than any other banking system. Grameen methods are applied in projects in 58 countries, including the US, Canada, France, The Netherlands and Norway.

And a message from the founder:

Beloved owners and honoured members of Grameen Bank:

Thirty-five years ago, I did not know that I would start a bank, and that I would lend to poor people, especially to poor rural women. Like many other teachers, I was busy teaching in the classroom, far from the realities on the ground. But Jobra village took my future into a completely different direction. I saw, first hand, how the loan sharks enslaved the villagers; I thought that if I were to lend money to the poor, then the villagers could be free from the grasp of the loan sharks. That is what I did. I never imagined that this would become my calling in life. I learned a lot sitting and talking with the women of Jobra; I came to know about things which I had never imagined. I longed to do whatever I could to help them. With my students, I was able to help the women in a small way. Acting as the guarantor, I was able to arrange loans from the bank for the poor people of the village. Alongside the loans, I added a savings program. At that time, women in the village did not have the capacity to save. The savings program started with 25 paisa in savings per week. Today the total amount of savings by the borrowers stands at 6 billion Taka!

Our members, when we started, did not know how to read or write. We started to teach them to write their name, with sticks in the dirt. I then created the Grameen Bank Project.   (etc.)

Among the “16 Decisions” are those relating to cultural decisions (not taking dowry, keeping family size small) as well as commitment to living clean, and no dilapidated housing, and “16.0 We shall take part in all social activities collectively.” (The model was designed for the villages it was intended for)….See also its “FAQs” (For example: Why focus on women:  “Women in Bangladesh are neglected by society. Through the opportunity of self-employment and the access to money, Grameen Bank helps to empower those women. In addition, studies have shown that the overall output of development is greater when loans are given to women instead of men, as women are more likely to use their earnings to improve their living situations and to educate their children.”). Or, under “Breaking the Vicious Cycle of Poverty — the poor do not have collateral. Instead, Grameen Bank depends on: “the voluntary formation of small groups of five people to provide mutual, morally binding group guarantees…” accompanied by “Intensive discipline, supervision, and servicing characterize the operations of the Grameen Bank, which are carried out by “Bicycle bankers” in branch units with considerable delegated authority. The rigorous selection of borrowers and their projects by these bank workers, the powerful peer pressure exerted on these individuals by the groups, and the repayment scheme based on 50 weekly installments, contribute to operational viability to the rural banking system designed for the poor…”


Grameen Foundation in Washington, D.C.

That was the bank; this is the foundation, which as it says, is focused on other nations, women, in particularly and (well read their main page):

The Grameen Foundation (“About” page)

Mission

Enable the poor, especially women, to create a world without hunger and poverty.

About

Grameen Foundation is a global nonprofit organization that brings innovative and sustainable solutions to the fight against poverty and hunger. Together with local partners, we equip families, women, and smallholder farmers with resources and services that expand financial inclusion, strengthen resilience, enhance health and improve livelihoods.

Our approach combines the power of partnerships, digital technology, and self-help solutions.

  • To achieve lasting change, we collaborate with local partners: companies, non-governmental organizations, government agencies and others that share a common interest in developing, delivering and sustaining innovative solutions to poverty and hunger.
  • We strive to harness the unprecedented opportunities offered by technology, especially digital technology, to accelerate progress across our programs.
  • Our solutions always promote self-help, and because children are most vulnerable to the ravages of poverty and malnutrition, we focus on women—their primary caretakers. We equip women to succeed at the very thing they are already determined to do—feed their children, improve their family’s health, and create positive change in their communities

Where We Work

Grameen Foundation works in developing nations where poverty and chronic hunger are suffered by a large portion of a country’s population, and in countries where wide disparities of wealth leave large populations marginalized.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we are a 501(c)(3) organization with offices in the U.S., Africa, Asia, and Latin America. We work in the Middle East and North Africa through Grameen-Jameel Microfinance Limited, a joint venture, and in India through Grameen Foundation India, a wholly-owned subsidiary, and through Freedom from Hunger India Trust, an independent affiliate.

Total results: 3Search Again.

ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN#
Grameen Foundation USA DC 2015 990 63 $16,146,182.00 73-1502797
Grameen Foundation USA DC 2014 990 51 $17,208,690.00 73-1502797
Grameen Foundation USA DC 2013 990 58 $20,467,631.00 73-1502797

For year “2015” (which is Fiscal 2014) above, declaration of authority over financial  accounts in the following countries (by 2-letter abbreviations):

At any time during the calendar year, did the organization have an interest in, or a signature or other authority over, a financial account in a foreign country (such as a bank account, securities account, or other financial account)?…………………….

If”Yes,”enter the name of the foreign country CO-GH,CO,UG,HK,RP,KE,ID,IN
See instructions for filing requirements for FinCEN Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBA R)

I managed by tweaking the URL (and figuring out a different Fiscal Year End (Dec, not March) to locate this foundation’s FY2004 return, pretty early in its development.  For Omidyar Networks Fund to have given it $4,000,000 out of a total $10.9M (non-government) received that year was a significant boost. In the same return (two images shown) Schedule A of prior years, we can see it basically helped double their revenue.  At this time no officer was paid over $100K (and few over $50K) and few program investments.  Now, many are paid well over $100K, and program investments (are around $3.6M):

Grameen Foundation USA Yr 2004 (Pg 1 top)

Grameen Foundation USA Yr 2004, Sched A of Support (Prior years)

 

 

Financials are posted (Annual Report, Audited Statement, Form 990) on organization site, unfortunately the one labeled “FY2016 if clicked turns out to be “FY2015 (Their Fiscal Year is April 1 – March 31 of next year):

https://grameenfoundation.app.box.com/v/FY2016-Form990 (EIN# 73-15027977, shows a new address within Washington, D.C.)

Tax Return Part VIIB, Independent Subcontractors paid over $100K for that year (only 5) shows  (with a name that includes “Mauritius”) only one in the USA, and 4 out of 5 are “Software Development Services;” the next image shows where Program Related Investments are held:


In other words, there is a significant involvement globally, but when it comes to the US, schools transformation seems a focus. Speaking of the investment in schools, this is also what the Tech Leaders, in the letter re: Trump, had to say last July:

Finally, we believe that government plays an important role in the technology economy by investing in infrastructure, education and scientific research. Donald Trump articulates few policies beyond erratic and contradictory pronouncements. His reckless disregard for our legal and political institutions threatens to upend what attracts companies to start and scale in America. He risks distorting markets, reducing exports, and slowing job creation.

We stand against Donald Trump’s divisive candidacy and want a candidate who embraces the ideals that built America’s technology industry: freedom of expression, openness to newcomers, equality of opportunity , public investments in research and infrastructure, and respect for the rule of law. We embrace an optimistic vision for a more inclusive country, where American innovation continues to fuel opportunity, prosperity and leadership.

 

Among some of the more progressive school transformation nonprofits I’ve been seeing, and their wealthy sponsors, “respect for the rule of law” has NOT been at an all-time high (referring to the James Irvine Foundation / Connected:  The Center for College and Career relationship, nothing particularly re: Omidyar entities so far).  While I have plenty of concerns about our current president, I know too much about prior administrations to take proclamations of loyalty to this country at face value.  Certainly it’s been good for the tech giants and those who have invested in their stock, and it’s very, very good for those who figure out “which way the wind is blowing” (before acquiring enough leverage to Do the blowing themselves, or with each other) before any field has been fully co-opted by others.

Right now, as I am continuing to document, the “school transformation through proprietary digital platforms” field is already crowded, the application of the Bain & Company turnaround (LBO, nonprofit-style) to nonprofits field is GETTING crowded, and the concept of reducing manpower by standardizing operations according to digital analytics in the social science and family services field has long been on that course, as you can see (and I have been blogging since I learned of it) by groups such as NCCD (National Council on Crime and Delinquency) and their various trademarked data analytics which you can view on their website:  NCCDglobal.org last I looked.

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All they really needed to get it going for good is contributions from INTERNATIONAL governments and all across the USA (as a nonprofit no one would particularly pay much mind to), shifting their HQ to the West Coast (NY to Oakland, CA), and lawyers or a nonprofit firm run by lawyers in New York (Children’s Rights, Inc. self-appointed national watchdog for abused and neglected children)  to, in sequence, systematically sue entire state child welfare agencies, WIN settlements, and demand restructuring to use the NCCD software.  Someone has to be trained in its usage, and “voila” — NCCD gets more business.

NCCD provides training and technical assistance related to juvenile justice, child welfare, adult protective services, economic support, and education. These activities focus on the needs of our clients and partners, and include training in the SDM system, family and client engagement, gender responsiveness, addressing disproportionate incarceration by race, worker and supervisor coaching, data monitoring, and process evaluation and consultation to improve services.

For more information, please contact us.

Children’s Rights, Inc. in NYC. NCCD was a subcontractor one year, I noticed it on the tax return because it was on the opposite coast, which in the context seemed odd. Sho ’nuff, NCCD was taking grants from many Commonwealth of Nations government, provinces (Canada and others) as well as many specific states in the USA as well as some metropolitan areas within this country. It functions nonprofit too, of course.

You can search this blog for some of those terms and look at the uploaded images or IRS filings; I have reported on this, but may not remember all details exactly of course.


Why I’m in the mood to talk..

After days of annotating images and moving links into place, reformatting with each annotation, move and linkage, I’m in a mood for a conversational “Preamble” about this situation.

Below that, you can see the pictures, charts, exhibits and more visually interesting documentation which has begun to populate this blog since I learned how to do it, about a half year ago.

Actually, both sections now have images as I decided to also post something I’ve been holding onto for a long time, as in all it’s a major (detailed, over 150pp) write-up covering several fields of professional practice, and some well-known entities.  BUT, I did it looking at the nonprofit filings.

This writeup was completed over a year ago.  I am posting several images and a link to 7 pages of summary information specific to original entities starting the Family Justice Center and its Camp Hope in Southern California. It shows just how far off-the-chart insane the setup is — and that it IS indeed a “set-up.”

I am about to talk about “Selling Hope,” and as it turns out key to the Family Justice Center model (originally) was its “Camp Hope seeking to just help some kids ages 6-15 especially, get out and play (with or without their parents), particularly traumatized and vulnerable kids. Now there’s a Camp Hope Oregon being advertised.

I would’ve thought that “Selling Hope” would be a sarcastic title, and that “hope” should NOT be for sale in the form of words Or goods, but apparently there’s now a “science of Hope” and a “Pocketful of Hope®” nonprofit which University of Oklahoma just “had” to do a preliminary evaluation on (run by the person who’s running the trademarked program). Just shows how far people will go in search of a sale….Among the quoted authors is Mr. Gwinn of the original San Diego FJC.  So, in this “Preamble” section, I will also have “Show and Tell.”

For those who just don’t have the patience or time for both sections, I’ll mark them “Preamble” ….  then  “PayLoad”… If you must pick one, pick section “PayLoad”

“PREAMBLE”

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March 30, 2017 at 9:01 pm

A Closer Look at “The Trade of the [previous] Century,” and some of the related Soros/Open Society Foundations, Their Ownership, Investments, and Activities (per Forms 990/990PF) [Publ. 3-24-2017]

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A Closer Look at “The Trade of the [previous] Century,” and some of the related Soros/Open Society Foundations, Their Ownership, Investments, and Activities (per Forms 990/990PF) (short-link ends “-573”)

In looking at the 1992 trade of the (previous) century in which $1 billion was made for the fund which bet AGAINST British pound sterling, while billions more were lost by the unfortunate Brits in that deal, I asked (before delving somewhat headfirst — only the heels left above ground-level — into some of these Open Society tax-exempts and how they interact with each other, in this post) —

My question being, given  how the funds are flowing and the profits being made, if someone this smart (with smart advice also, obviously) could bring the Bank of England to its knees, resulting in an entire currency having to go off the ERM (Exchange Rate Mechanism), but still fail anyhow — and thus get devalued costing the British taxpayers billions, then what country, or currency, is next, and from the same source?  Also, do we really think this kind of game is only played on the politically Left or Progressive side of politics?

It’s beyond interesting, and I think should be kept in mind whenever you are hearing rhetoric about the pubic schools, education, transformation, and again, “left v. right.”

This post (as drafted 11/28/2016) began:

We have to open some Forms 990 and comprehend the contents.  Once this becomes habit (and probably not before it does), will the importance of the habit become evident.


Written and stored as draft 11/28/2016 with much detailed research and annotated images of the same.  In publishing it 3/24-25/216 (within the First 100 Days of the Pres. Donald J. Trump Administration, and as (today) the vote to take down “Obamacare” has just officially fizzled when the Republicans refused to support it.  So as to “a nation divided” I think these posts are still relevant.

Because of the level of detail already researched in late Nov. for this post, I am not going to re-immerse myself in the material, but post most of it “as is.”  However here is some transition information, highlights, which may help digest the original posts.  Writing it took me from some generalized awareness that the Open Society/Soros Funds were (1) many and (2) generally, large.  I also already knew that there was a particular hub of fatherhood (male minority-focused) programming in Baltimore and was surprised to learn of one tax-exempt entity characterized as Open Society’s “U.S. Programs” base — and using a “dba” for the actual legal name of the NY based “Open Society Institute-Baltimore.”

You will also find some information in here (not typical in the media) on Betsy DeVos, now our new Secretary of (the U.S. Department of Education), whom the Left is raking over the coals for her support of charter schools and intent to supposedly dismantle the public education system.

While I am no fan of the DeVos Family or ANY of their programming I’ve become aware of over time (nor am I a fan of charter schools, although I’ve taught in some — as well as other kinds of schools over several decades — as a professional musician), I also understood the differences between various school options as a parent (after first escaping the abuse, single parent) of modest means with the goal of making possible for my daughters a four-year college of their choice on scholarships based on each child’s unique abilities.  But what came up here is funding of the “Fund for Educational Excellence” and the “Foundation for Educational Excellence” not to mention Alliance for Excellence in Education.  There are personnel in common you might not expect to be working together for this cause.

https://www.ffee.org/about-us/ (Baltimore-Based) (does it post Form 990s or EIN#?  No.  It does post “Annual Reports” (but only through year 2014).  Since 1984.  List of major sponsors includes Open Society Institute-Baltimore. Says it’s serving as a fiscal agent for the public schools (??).

Founded in 1984, the Fund is a Baltimore-based non-profit organization that works to secure the financial, human, and knowledge resources necessary to support innovation that increases student achievement in City Schools.

FundForEducat’lExcellence (ffee’org,Baltimore) 2014 Annual Rept WhatItDoes Excerpt (Screen Shot 2017-03-25)


 

 

 

 

 

 


In the last post “Indicators”* like this one written and stored in draft 11/28/2016 and being published about four months later in late March, 2017, with some additions, I asked a series of pointed questions, after discussing the “Conservative vs. Progressive” (or, Republican v. Democrat, or, [switching the order of labels here..] Left v. Right) and some “shine the light on our political opposites” websites — as the nonprofits they were.

*”Indicators that both Left and Right Want Their Public Distracted, Occupied, and Entertained (engaging the Emotional versus Logical Processes) with Good Guy/Bad Guy Storytelling 

I asked the questions in this format:

…[re:] “Sourcewatch,” a project of The Center for Media and Democracy [“CMD”], also a small progressive nonprofit dedicated to the opposite, and in its own words:

“CMD’s breakthrough investi-gations of the Koch Brothers, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its American City County Exchange (ACCE), the State Policy Network (SPN), and numerous corporations and corporate-front groups).  Like  the David Horowitz Freedom Center, CMD has several projects, which may be reflected in on-line web pages:  PRWatch.org, SourceWatch.org, AlecExposed.org, etc.”

The point being:

Discover the Networks (and similar nonprofits or on-line publications) are going to look at Soros and the Clinton Foundation and report on and condemn groups/activities considered Left or Progressive.  The other side (and similar nonprofits or on-line publications) is of course going to point fingers at the Koch Brothers and others considered Right or Conservative.  Both attempt to identify their own position as best for America (and by association, the world).  Essentially, pointing fingers, mud-slinging, personalizing/demonizing perceived leadership of the other side, and telling one-sided stories while implying they are factual, neutral and objective.

My questions were:

  • Which types of reporting, and in this case which of the above two nonprofits (David Horowitz Freedom Center with its “DTN” above + The Center for Media and Democracy, with Sourcewatch, PRWatch, AlecExposed, etc.), encourages or even helps readers acquire basic nonprofit, Form 990, or otherwise basic accounting and economic literacy on the nonprofit OR the government sector, and in the public interest?
  • And since neither are doing this, why not?  Why, if the originators of this type of reporting are so concerned about the magnitude of the opposite political party’s threat to stability, commonsense, or “America” would these not wish for their audiences a wide public better educated on economic and accounting literacy, instead of maintaining or acquiring the position of chief storyteller?
  • Is the attempt to grab people’s heads and discretionary time to listen to storytelling (which any hearsay information is), and hopefully add to the contributions of said nonprofits doing the reporting, a genuine demonstration of civic interest?  Or is all the reporting (on both sides) justifying the continued proliferation of the nonprofit sector, which is actually profitable for corporate wealth on BOTH sides of the political fence?

[Logically, if any group is so concerned about the public’s lack of awareness of how bad the other side’s nonprofit “shadow governments” as well as their programming (run through the nonprofits), then the same wouldn’t just post the results of their own studies, but point readers to “the tools of the trade” in looking up ANY nonprofit, or foundation, and evaluating it — getting their eyes (and heads) closer to the evidence, versus being spoonfed it from a different nonprofit.

These groups, by and large, are NOT promoting “where to look up a nonprofit” or “how to locate and read your local government financial statements” but “how to follow us and counter the bad guys’ programming….  Apparently they only want a public educated enough to follow — not to act independently and possibly investigate not only those being reported on, but also those doing the reporting — as to what kind of entity, how funded, how small or big, how old, where located, and in particular, how honestly are they reporting to the IRS, and maintaining corporate legitimacy.

Finally (in this list of points from last post “Indicators….”) I referenced my intent, in following education-focused nonprofits, to look more closely at the Open Society ? Soros entities.

  • In the field of education, specifically — these nonprofits I have been currently looking at, although clearly one is more Open Society Foundations / Soros-involved than the other political side — have organizations whose board membership (and in one instance I am talking, an ex-Governor) can be found on both progressive and conservative nonprofit focused on the same subject matter.  Interesting….

Yes, and this did catch my attention, I saw a known right-wing leader and a known progressive-associated leader on the same “make education excellent” foundation (actually two different ones, not including yet another one “Alliance for Excellent Education.”).

A Closer Look at “The Trade of the [previous] Century,” and some of the related Soros/Open Society Foundations, Their Ownership, Investments, and Activities (per Forms 990/990PF) (short-link ends “-573”)

….emerged from this post,

Long post title with shortlink (short enough to tweet): 4th Quarter 2016 Review of Who’s Pushing Things “First 5” (and K12) Public School “Transformation”   (Sticky Post added 11-20-2016)

My long introduction to the Closer Look and a series of tax-return images from Open Society or Soros Foundations (Funds), in its demonstrating why we need to get this fiscal literacy thing down — and start at the top (Macro Economic Players) with some sustained, self-directed study and refusal to buy into the name-calling, finger-pointing, mud-slinging political parties (Progressive OR Conservative in alignment) that the various on-line websites and publications (not to mention mainstream media) encourage, to their nonprofit program purposes (including contribution, and persuasion) — to make those points, of course required more show and tell.  About 8,000 words into that, I booted that information overboard, to THIS post (in draft still):

Indicators that both Left and Right Want Their Public Distracted, Occupied, and Entertained (engaging the Emotional versus Logical Processes) with Good Guy/Bad Guy Storytelling with Big Letters, Bright Colors and Pretty Pictures. Otherwise the Public might Actually Acquire the Basic Fiscal Literacy which underlies Good Judgment, and, in general, through Independent Action, Actually Communicate with Each Other to Achieve Economic Independence without Enslaving Others? (shortlink these urls ARE case-sensitive ends “-57T”).


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Indicators that Both Left and Right Want Their Public Distracted, Occupied, and Entertained (engaging the Emotional versus Logical Processes) with Good Guy/Bad Guy Storytelling with Big Letters, Bright Colors and Pretty Pictures. Otherwise the Public might Actually Acquire the Basic Fiscal Literacy which underlies Good Judgment, and, in general, through Independent Action, Actually Communicate with Each Other to Achieve Economic Independence without Enslaving Others? [Publ. March 23, 2017]

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Cont’d. from 11-28-2016 post-Presidential s/Election times, this post still relevant within “the First 100 days” while news coverage focuses on (a) natural and political disasters and terrorism and (b) depending on the news network or media outlet, a right vs. left  political debate roughly framed around Republican v. Democrat.

Post title with case-sensitive short-link ending “-57T”, post was published 3-23-2017:

Indicators that Both Left and Right Want Their Public Distracted, Occupied, and Entertained (engaging the Emotional versus Logical Processes) with Good Guy/Bad Guy Storytelling with Big Letters, Bright Colors and Pretty Pictures. Otherwise the Public might Actually Acquire the Basic Fiscal Literacy which underlies Good Judgment, and, in general, through Independent Action, Actually Communicate with Each Other to Achieve Economic Independence without Enslaving Others?

 

The current crisis combo includes but is not limited to London terrorist attack on Parliament (Parliament went on lockdown, pedestrians were mowed down, people arrested within 24 hours) and in what form, if in any form, is the new, improved (or depending on your persuasion, defective) healthcare reform (USA) taking place. For more info, tune into any MSM news station, read the NYT, the WSJ (I do), local papers or news networks.

I admit to being highly stressed out by these situations and by my ongoing observation of the basic citizen’s inability or unwillingness to talk coherently about the things I am seeing fiscally, financially and as to some of the power players.  I continued working over December, January, February and now March (i.e, over the new year, being undistracted by such things as any “family time,” or contact with my own family, or holiday celebrations as is true most years) on this blog, both individual posts and better documenting and organizing the blog itself (as to updating the Table of Contents, removing several “Sticky Posts,” upgrading the platform, reformatting some older posts for inclusion in a 2017 Retrospective — see “most recent posts” for example.  I spent considerable time focused on things “Ohio.”

In this Q1, first quarter, 2017, I’m still highly stressed by the resistance of people to doing their own homework instead of finding which bandwagon to jump on, out of what may seem like endless choices, but often boils down to just a few big ones that are playing out their, in my opinion, staged battles in public. I don’t believe this bodes well for so-called “democracy” or for individual freedom in the USA or anywhere else.

In addition, this week:  “The Broken Courts/Safe Child/BMCC” (etc.) crowd, (my label)** as they periodically do, are showing up in San Francisco tomorrow, at the California Judicial Council (bring your T-shirts and your stories, and tell your legislator you support this bill) (NO bill summary or link to it provided….). The call-out has been sounded*** to sell some more HOPE to protective parents — including HOPING to get 2 minutes of air time in a time slot of 30 minutes), while some of the more local among those calling-out, I guess continues to HOPE that my understanding of the same groups doesn’t ever contaminate the “rally, relate, and retell” group unity — or further challenge its existing leadership.  Through documentation of exactly who it is (entity-wise).

**(Under this particular collective — loosely defined but discernible by who refers to whom where, and using the common, group-specific jargon). ***This time, with a more open promotion of groups I have been specifically exposing on this blog (including NCJFCJ, BWJP and others) as a major problem, and as to where they fit on the HHS-CADV and Special-Issue-Resource Center (DV funding), how this neatly blends with the Greenbook Initiative (Wingspread Conference), and so forth.  This situation demands a formal written response to lawmakers (and cc’d to strategic others) from at least my conscience to at a minimum state:  

“I represent the demographics of the people these say they represent.  Given my dozen-years observation of some of the groups, and ten years of others, they do NOT represent me, my kids, or my kids’ best interests — or the public’s.  They operate like a cult, or a racket — and possibly are.  SO:  where, my local and state and federal Congressional (etc.) representatives, senators, [and administrators], where do YOU stand on that enterprise?”

My understanding, obviously, does not include being impressed by group names, or even books sold over the years (particularly books failing to identify the HMRF funding*** until well after I “outed” the situation in 2014, and earlier, on this blog and off it) but does include identifying which among them has been filing tax returns larger than a Form 990-N postcard over the years, and at least one which to my recall has NEVER shown up incorporated in California, although its title includes the word “Inc.” and I know that it is involved in training custody evaluators and mediators as approved by the California Judicial Council. It also claims on the website to be a nonprofit, but isn’t showing up (that I can identify) as itself in places where incorporated nonprofits ought to show up.  And hasn’t EVER (I’ve been aware of that group for nearly 8 years now).

(A review of the well-organized but obviously not quite current website under link the box (link) “Continuing Education Credits” shows the related entities actually approved providers including (next two images), depending on which profession is being trained — the IVAT at Alliant University and CAFI (Child Abuse Forensic Institute).  (website says Pacific Grove & Napa, CA) Again, quality of information and organization is one thing, but “who’s the real entity in this mix of providers?” is another.  IVAT as I’ve explained in other posts, is apparently a dba of Alliant University (now Alliant International University).

This website with a “NoCal” (Berkeley) address is utilizing for the legitimacy of credits at least in part another entity (using a dba or other fiscal agent) representing a San-Diego-based (primarily), i.e., “SoCal” University, with strong ties to a man from Texas, Robert Geffner, Ph.D. in its origins (“FVSAI”) and so forth.  In fact I just looked for “CAFI” as a charity — it’s current, barely, and exists (barely) — see the Charitable Details notice $1K startup in 2001, then NOTHNG for seven more years at which time (FY2008) it starts admitting to its existence somehow — with $0.00 revenues and about $2K assets (unchanging) for several years, and not ONE tax return (why should they — no revenues, right??) shows up.  After two delinquency notices in 2015, they finally clear it (apparently by sending in the annually-required RRFs), and continue, so far as we can tell, to “exist” so far as California is concerned.

1993 Initial 5 Directors of CAFI (from its Founding Dox) are all SF Bay Area (Scrn Shot 2017-03-24 at 5.41PM)

CAFI (on whom, apparently with IVAT) reliance for credits for training attorneys is cited (below images) I’ve seen the website before, realized it wasn’t exactly current, but this time looked a little harder, including locating an EIN#.  The IRS says it IS still active for donations, has never shown a status revoked, but somehow only Form 990-Ns (post-cards) show for years 2008, 2009 and 2012 on the IRS website, while NONE show over a 15-year period at California Charitable Trusts Registry (which, if postcards were being filed, is still legit), but they weren’t sending in the RRS declaring annual revenues and if any of this was from government agencies (and if so, which ones).

Note: Not all From 990-N (e-Postcard) filers qualify for exemption from federal income tax. To confirm an organization’s tax-exempt status, call Customer Account Services at (877) 829-5500.”


1-3 of 3 results Results Per Page (25) « Prev | 1-3 | Next »
EIN Sorted Ascending Legal Name (Doing Business As) Sorted Ascending City Sorted Ascending State Sorted Ascending ZIP/..Code Sorted Ascending Country Sorted Ascending Tax Year Sorted Ascending
68-0328915 CHILD ABUSE FORENSIC INSTITUTE Pacific Grove CA 93950 United States 2008
68-0328915 CHILD ABUSE FORENSIC INSTITUTE Pacific Grove CA 93950 United States 2009
68-0328915 CHILD ABUSE FORENSIC INSTITUTE Pacific Grove CA 93450 United States 2012

CAFI 1993-04 Founding Dox (1st directors all men from SFBayArea) from CalCharTr Registry and, EIN#680328915,  CAFI (ChildAbuseForensicInstitute) a CJC-approved CE provider? REALLY? See CharDetails viewed Mar2017) works alongside ChildAbuseSolutns Inc (BK)

CAFI’s undeveloped website “links” show ONLY two — one for attorneys (DVLeap) and another for psychologists (“the Leadership Council)” and another page shows connections to California NOW 2002 Family Court Report (Helen Grieco, Rachel Allen).  IF they read that, this entity knows about AFCC and the HHS fatherhood grants, as these came up in that report.

Seth L. Goldstein, Esq. (Law Offices of) are showing a historic interest in this area, and which boards or commissions (incl. advisory boards) he’s been on.  I see he was advisory board to the California Chapter of NACC (relevant in that groups work over the years alongside “AFCC”


This “look-it-up” perspective of course estranges me from the personally loyal, emotionally bonded, and who have for years been “telling their stories” in support of the various groups premises and demands.  So yes, I really am stressed out to have seen this develop over more than a decade in my “home turf” (N. California) as well as across the country, over time.  They are ambulance chasers and self-promoters, and again, feature telling stories, seeking media attention, and above all, coaching their followers what is and is not important to notice.   NOT analysis.  And I will get to them shortly — but right now am as I just said, too stressed to compile a post on it for publication today.

The above paragraph does not mean I do not believe the stories of abuse of children, or children going to the custody of abusive parents over time, or needless family-court-related “roadkill.”  But I am in complete earnest that the more fiascoes and disasters occur, the better it is for these professionals who seek to be on the training (T&TA) providers list, as are some of their colleagues whose policies, allegedly they protest and want overturned or I guess “trained” out of existence.

POST-PUBLICATION EXPANSION (SECTION) ON “HMRF” as “explained” through images from HHS.gov pages on the same:  (This background color marks the section)

***Image refers to funding under a specific “CFDA” 93086 started in 2005 only, however plenty existed before.  Unfortunately, Basic Search (TAGGS.HHS.Gov) database no longer goes back selectable before 2007, and Advanced Search by default eliminates the possibility of searching that CFDA# through checking it off where the available #s to select are indicated.  You might try USDASpending.gov (goes back to 2000 only, data officially cited as inaccurate, particularly when it comes to grants…)

EXAMPLES of how even HHS obscures research on the grants and grantees while promoting their activities (5 images (arranged 2, then quotes on grantee “ICF”, then remaining 3) and 4 corresponding links to view them full-size):

(1) ACF’HHS’gov[]ofa[]programs[]healthy-marriage HomePage Screen Shot 2017-03-24 at 11.22AM (2) HMRF Detail level one (from home page) shows it is 5-yr funding, titles the breakdown (artificial as its just one CFDA# here) but NO link to grants database or help researching (Screen S (3) HMRF Hunt ‘n Click Maze, Level3 fineprint bottom link leads to pdf list,SidebarInfo Far Out of Date (Screen Shot 2017-03-24 at 11.55AM) (4) (HHS “download” link to the grantees list is “end of the line” for information on that Hunt’n Click trail.  Going any further would be up to the reader — HHS is not about to help the readers, either see or evaluate these programs or grantees in any further detail.  Apparently this is on a “Need to Know — and Public Doesn’t Really Need to Know” basis.  But what they DO need more education in is healthy marriages, fatherhood.

Also note (from descriptions) that this grants stream is In discretionary, and may go to nonprofits or government units, universities, etc. Some grants obviously dwarf the others in size, so HHS “discretion” must include who are the best representatives.  Further lookups (I’ve done plenty over time) of a 2015 in Oklahoma City (Public Strategies, Inc.) is that it continues to be a PR firm; of “ICF Incorporated, LLC”  [Bloomberg.com on that company shows size of contracts — and HHS is using public funs to give it GRANTS?] [definitely a strange entity name — “Inc.” designates one kind of corporation and typically “LLCs” another, as to the IRS filing.  This one is an “…. Inc., LLC.”] (“National Resource Center”) is that it is a multi-million-dollar global for-profit business who’s built its assets primarily through government contracts, where the “ICF” originally stood for “Inner City Fund.”  The National Fatherhood Initiative (as a 501©3) has also used them or one of the offices (or related entities) as an independent contractor, meaning this entity got money both directly and indirectly for this cause from the public.

An old PRNewswire (see also history of this company) from 1998 when it was “ICF Kaiser” claims contracts dating back to 1982, and advertises a $10M one for the EPA shows what size entity is receiving HMRF GRANTS (gifts not contracts), diverted courtesy TANF Title IV-A (Temporary Aid for Needy Families) once “block grants to States” under this theory went into effect as a result of 1996 Welfare Reform:

ICF Incorporated Awarded $10M to Support EPA’s Office of Solid Waste

FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 10 [1998] /PRNewswire/ — ICF Kaiser International, Inc. (NYSE: ICF) today announced that its Consulting Group subsidiary, ICF Incorporated, has been awarded a $10 million contract to support the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Solid Waste. Under the four-year
contract, ICF Incorporated will provide a wide range of analytic and technical
support services for planning, implementing, and evaluating the RCRA hazardous
waste minimization and management program.

“ICF has held contracts with the Office of Solid Waste since 1982,” said James 0. Edwards, Chairman and CEO of ICF Kaiser. … “ICF has won several contracts in the environmental arena over the last 12 months totaling nearly $50 million,” said Edwards.

About the Company

Headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, ICF Kaiser is one of the United States’ largest engineering, construction, program management, and consulting services companies. Its nearly 5,000 employees, located in 70 offices around the world, provide fully integrated capabilities to clients in four related market areas: environment, infrastructure, industry, and energy. ICF Kaiser reported gross revenue of more than $1.1 billion for the 12 months ended December 31, 1997. All references to ICF Kaiser indicate ICF Kaiser International, Inc. and any of its subsidiaries.

Company website viewed today: https://www.icf.com/who-we-are/about/our-history

…With a focus on solving energy challenges for United States federal agencies and for industry throughout the 1970s, ICF expanded into helping address the world’s environmental concerns in the 1980s and also began to build its engineering capabilities. In 1988, ICF acquired Kaiser Engineers, which had originated as the engineering unit of Henry J. Kaiser’s industrial empire and grew to rank among the largest engineering and construction companies in the world. The following year, the combined company went public and eventually traded stock on the New York Stock Exchange, operating as “ICF Kaiser,” with the consulting unit remaining largely intact.

In 1999, ICF Consulting ended its decade-long affiliation with Kaiser Engineers through a leveraged buyout, financed in part by the CM Equity Partners, LP, a New York City-based equity investment firm.

In 2006, ICF Consulting was renamed ICF International to reflect a growing geographic presence and increased scope of service offerings from advisory services to execution, implementation, and improvement. The firm also pursued an Initial Public Offering (IPO) and now is a publicly traded firm listed on the NASDAQ under the symbol ICFI. Today, the company is known simply as “ICF,” while still retaining its international presence.

(If you think that’s impressive (or wonder, as I do, why the US federal government should be GRANTING to it in addition to all the contracts, you should see its “ACQUISITIONS” page that public funds diverted from TANF, in part, have been (over the hears of HMRF funding involving this company or a subsidiary) in part facilitated.  See next images (from that page), below which you’ll see just how VERY little HHS revealed about the sole grantee ($1.5M in 2015) for the National Center for Healthy Marriage and Relationship EDUCATION (not to be confused with also a large grant to the Oklahoma City “Public Strategies, Inc.” for a similar, but not identical resource center on Healthy Marriage….

ICF’com ACQUISITIONS (~In 2002, 2005, 2007, ICF Acquired (n) Companies~) Screen Shot 2017-03-24 at 1.16PM (and) ICF’com ACQUISITNS (~In 2009 (2), 2011(2), 2012 (1), 2014(3), ICF Acquired x Companies~) Screen Shot 2017-03-24 at 1.15PM

Partial Image #1 of 2 from 2-page download of 2015 HMRF grantees from HHS (ACF|OFA) website (“end of the line Hunt ‘n Click” link to both pages)

Partial Image #2 of 2 from 2-page download of 2015 HMRF grantees from HHS (ACF|OFA) website (“end of the line Hunt ‘n Click” link to both pages) showing ICF Incorporated, LLC’s $1.5M grant and New Pathways” (alpha by state) with $2K to one in LA (Southern) and one in (SF Bay Area, Northern) CA [Rubicon programs]

 

END, Post-Publication Section on “HMRF” and grantee “ICF Inc.”

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On the blog, I am continuing to clean-up and publish various draft posts containing hard work and documentation (production of annotated images).

An upcoming theme about “Telling Stories, Selling Hope” is imminent, but I think this “macro” level post makes the point again — those stories will grab anyone’s attention and psyche, but identifying the storytellers in this age is AS important as the material being carried on the airwaves. Putting out this post illustrates the principles as well as being its own story.

By “identifying the storytellers” I mean finding that category — or lack of category, which is significant — under which the publication, the blog-site’s window frame revealing the funders, or some way to identify those funders — is critical, because these funders ARE organized into their own coordinated power blocs, with specific agenda which you will NOT be finding revealed that often on the story-telling websites, including the websites narrating “Who We Are,” company history and so forth.  Sometimes, maybe — but not reliably. I concocted a personal one (it still basically works, although there could be more tags added) many years ago — starting with Public or Private?

From my FamilyCourtMatters.org DRAFT 2014 post, showing my previously-published chart prompting categories any ENTITY may fall under ~ Screen Shot 2017March15 at 5.40PM

Click here to read all that stuff (annotations and chart)! This actual post is still draft, but the chart showed up in prior posts, and this screenprint in a more recent one. It’s a matter of having some functional categories under which to mentally file groups A,B,C,D and to tell the difference between a project (program, initiative, etc.) of one or more ENTITIES and the ENTITIES themselves. Again, the concept is that public funding and private influence in the so-called public interest, should be traceable. Often, they aren’t — and that’s a primary point!

Moving on to the blog drafted last November:  Below here, I won’t add much, except to identify whether related posts are yet published or not, and I see one or two places another screenprint of the website might help.///LGH 3/23/2017.


This post with case-sensitive, WordPress-generated shortlink ending “-57T” was basically written last fall:

Indicators that Both Left and Right Want Their Public Distracted, Occupied, and Entertained (engaging the Emotional versus Logical Processes) with Good Guy/Bad Guy Storytelling with Big Letters, Bright Colors and Pretty Pictures. Otherwise the Public might Actually Acquire the Basic Fiscal Literacy which underlies Good Judgment, and, in general, through Independent Action, Actually Communicate with Each Other to Achieve Economic Independence without Enslaving Others?

It emerged from an intermediary post on A Closer look at The Trade of the Century the Soros/Open Society Foundations (approximate title, still in draft.)

[Exact title and link, and I expect to publish right after this one:]

This post, which asks basically, “How Soros-Savvy Are You?” (and provides some remedies, if the answer is — we’ve been told who to suspect, but have no other significant details…)

A Closer Look at “The Trade of the [previous] Century,” and some of the related Soros/Open Society Foundations, Their Ownership, Investments, and Activities (per Forms 990/990PF)

(short-link ends “-573”) started 11/28/2016. The post is about 11,400 words (including all words in the many tax return tables shown there, as well as captions of all images). It shed some significant light on events and organizations in Baltimore (including one associated with the National Fatherhood Leaders’ Group I posted on recently) and on some nonprofit affiliations of the new US Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. However I think it packs a different kind of punch overall, on what to pay better attention to when discussing politics and major public institutions that need to be “transformed..”

Which itself emerged from  4th Quarter 2016 Review of Who’s Pushing Things “First 5” (and K12) Public School “Transformation”   (Sticky Post added 11-20-2016) (wisas published 12/16/2016 as Pt 1 of 2 (pt. 2 was also published.  See my TOC page under “2017” — the last 3 of 2016, including these two and the “ConnectEd” one below, were included).

Which emerged from another one which for short I’ll call the “ConnectEd | WestEd | US Dept of Ed” post and actually was published 11/18/2016. Exact title here:

ConnectED + MPR Associates Inc. + Gary Hoachlander, WestEd, and the US Dept. of Ed, with help from James Irvine Foundation,.  (It is currently 16,000 words long, and a bit complex! Then again, so are the networks I am discussing and exposing…)   This post was started 10/22/2016

A post on this blog may take at least a week to write.  I do not specialize in just re-blogging, or compiling a pre-existing list of links that others have already reblogged.  When I look things up, and I stay in “teaching” mode with hope that other adults, whether young or old, will understand

This “Indicators” post here actually has more in common with the ConnectEd and 4th Quarter Review subject matter than the “A closer look at …. Soros Open Society Foundations,” one although the Open Society Foundations — and “The Trade of the Century” certainly did come up in connection with the same topics.

At first I just looked at “Open Society Institute” as a single nonprofit.  But that makes no sense when dealing with this phenomena.  There is an obvious difference between billions and millions of dollars held by a single 990PF-filer.  Let alone when there’s a US-based AND an international network of them.  Starting to review the Open Society Institute AND related foundation entities (starting with identifying them as corporate entities and where the assets were being held), the difference in size is immediate — and relevant.

In making the point that we ought to start with distinguishing “monster” size entities from the more colorful, quotable, and organized by political stance smaller nonprofits often funded by the larger ones, I showed one from each side of the fence (as does, in part, the 4th Quarter Review 2016 post) and saw again how the Rightist “Discover the Networks” was doing little more to encourage financial literacy on the left by pointing the public to the tools used to look, than the Left itself was to reveal their own financials on the various websites involved.

Both claim to be exposing the other’s agenda and networks.  My intention is to  drive a wedge down the middle and posted financials from both sides, and do more of it on this post, to support my claim that — in reality– BOTH are “in on it” and playing Good Cop/Bad Cop with the public, to our collective harm.  

I continue to believe that there are — or will be — some “ears to hear” this message although I am not personally conversant with enough to persuade me it will make a political difference.   For one, I see who has been watching this site over time.

Now that that I’ve shown the immediate context, let me get to what inspired this post, especially after a closer look at some of the smaller, reporting nonprofits both left and right, pointing fingers and setting up colorful websites and multiple related organizations to demonize the other side of the aisle, and recommend how to solve the absymal state of the nation’s public schools (allegedly) while withholding accurate reporting on who, collectively, are the self-appointed, mutually fingerpointing or backslapping (in public at least) problem-solvers, the problem to of course involve redesign (with more investments) by the private sector.


No wonder both the Political Left and the Political Right wish to privately control, steer, and direct the public schools and partner with governments and state (and private) universities to recommend more and more investment in the infrastructure, with universal preschool, and attempts to turn schools into health and community centers.

Perhaps over time, we will all be reduced  to the perceptive level of (the adult equivalent) of kindergartners, and not EVER even thinking about getting educated above our appointed station in life which — face it — for most people now is NOT to be challenging the existing elite (whether left, or right politically), or its thinking or operations.

Perhaps over time also, when we aspire to anything, it will be to Pick One from Column A (Republican) or One from Column B (Democrat), or if we wish to be thought somehow more free-thinking, go More Left or More Right.  I mean, for whom to walk, talk, and think like on every major issue (health care, schools, vouchers, charters, prisons …. domestic violence, divorce, custody, the role of religious-exempt institutions in immigration and in running local communities), that when a person is approached on any typical issue, the kneejerk response will be left, or right (to a lesser or greater degree) — and be unable to have a neutral, fact-based discussion with someone on the opposite side of the fence.

Keeping any population illiterate, and language-deprived, except to a caste-level, is a symptom that one is dealing with colonization.  What was illiterate in the 1800s and what is illiterate in the 21st century — including on what just happened in the 20th century — obviously is going to differ.

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Dear Readers (2017 Themes and Ongoing Concerns) [started 1/19, published in part 2/19, and the whole enchilada 3/21/17]

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This post’s title and shortlink: Dear Readers (2017 Themes, Ongoing Concerns)

Or as it’s now going to be published after a detailed review, two months later after writing and being stored in draft, by myself  and an unofficial third-parpic sounding board for its overall coherence, tone, and sanity:  “Dear Readers (2017 Themes and Ongoing Concerns) [started 1/19, published in part 2/19, and the whole enchilada 3/21/17]  with that short-link ending “-5rq”).

The part already published on 2/19/2017 was  Retrospective @ 1/2017:  Beginning-of-Year Posts (“As I’ve Been Saying, Since 2009”) and an Update or Two (<=this post title with case-sensitive shortlink ending “-5wN”)

Sometimes after working hard on some material, it’s in my conscience, it’s also on the blog, and I may forget for a while which part was published and which was stored in draft.  Some of the recent discoveries are as disconcerting as any of the ones in prior years:  they involve at least one private university and its law school, and one public university (specifically in Ohio) and recent publications from the CRS (Congressional Research Service) admitting that the designated funds-tracker USASpending.gov is simply unreliable (as if this wasn’t obvious to people attempting to compare its information with federal agency information).

Many people are in turmoil and distress over the change of administrations this year. As a reminder, Administrations change every four to eight years, and technology races on; public/private partnerships people are NOT watching carefully for the most part, will be continuing anyhow.  While media (left, right, alt-right, international, and otherwise) churns the situation, and leaders watch, and I, too, am disturbed at the short-to-medium-term future for this country, I still live here and must make short-to-medium (about the most that can be made these days) plans for my own life and where to put my primary life energies. Including whether to continue pouring them into this blog.

After re-reading this post from top to bottom, I see one link which doesn’t lead to a published page (which I can handle soon enough if so), and some overlapping visuals.  Maybe some copyediting oversights (not that many).  But it’s still an excellent post.

I have done my best to lay out why people should take the personal actions I’m exhorting them to take, over time and to follow through.  Some anger at my personal situation will show through, but there is also documentation and teaching efforts not typically found outside this blog.  There is a bottom line here, and that bottom line should be identified, considered, and intelligent (not stupid or uninformed) decisions made by people about it.  I cannot hang with the “cognitive dissonance/dissociative” social media groups whose followers refuse to utilize some sort of screening and evaluation for the media they consume and want to discuss, endlessly, much of it leading in circles.

We CAN start to keep others in our immediate circle of associates honest (Start SOMEwhere! Why not there?), or if not, find some honest associates, with courage (not just stubbornness) to handle built-in unresolved dilemmas in the policy solutions being demanded.  Once immediate circle of associates are found to have integrity, be courageous, honest and at least informed, THEN take it to the political leaders.


It has three distinct sections:  I guess the first part I’d have to call

  • 1.  State of the Union | From This Perspective.

But before I even get there is, and this section is important because it is:

  • A Concrete Analogy for Fiscal Reality (When Foundations aren’t on Solid Rock, The Towers May Sink, or Lean, and regardless of the builders, Bottom Line, the Public WILL be paying.

This section is easily found by looking for the photos of skyscrapers followed by images obviously fine-print documents with an occasional logo:  These are from the financial statements of a joint powers authority right next to a significant high-rise in San Francisco which is sinking.  Fast!

Why others didn’t pay better attention or dig deeper to start in this example?  Probably, profits.  Either way, taking our own “core samples” of governmental financial statements reveals the foundations of the financing, and the accounting practices.  In the USA, we are the bottom line, and as such, should know, what’s being developed among us, and whether our “hired hands” are reporting and building appropriately.

This section simply developed as I sought a current analogy for concepts which are, literally, business, operations, financial, and governmental (tax-revenues-based) concepts.  Writing it took my own understanding up a notch, and I’m sure reading it (with attention) also will for others.

That other understanding I did migrate to a separate page (you’ll see the next lime-green reference  again at the very bottom of post).

[**This part may not be published yet, but I’ll look into it shortly.  LGH 3/20/2017]

The page had been published, I corrected the link (using WordPress-generated, not TinyUrl, one).

Don’t you want to understand about V2V meaning “Vehicle to Vehicle Communications” as facilitated by UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) and how your taxes are facilitating this through, in part the US Department of Transportation?

Or about how major on-line media communications — as the companies continue to buy and sell each other (for example, PRNewswire), and have gone so large as to name their parts by world regions?  While the profits from at least some of the Americans who sold off their part of this, are channeling the funds into transforming, say, our public school systems through private corporations they mutually control?

But before I even got into looking closer at USDOT.gov and its financial statements and the TIFIA (Infrastructure funds) and related projects, I first looked at some of the partners and players in what looks like a major:  reconstruction or re-alignment of a mid-SF highrise; a major expense no matter HOW you look at it for the public, as one of the parties being sued is the neighboring government entity (TJPA).  And that’s the “Concrete Analogy for Fiscal Reality” section BEFORE “State of the Union”…

Then there’s a entire “Retrospective” section in sky-blue-borders, a reminder of  previous points year by year, i.e., when, and an update.

About that next section  [It was published 2/19/2017, see top of this post].

For the 2014 posts, a follow up, appropriate because it’s typical of the field, and shows by how (by whom, in what fashion, and where (including a specific university)) the ongoing and habitual fiscal misdeeds of two specific and “outstanding in their field” (=”responsible fatherhood”) entities has just been glossed over, ignored, and their at times non-existence compensated for through forming partnerships (as Brother’s Keepers, apparently one doesn’t mention fiscal misdeeds, or long periods of “status-revoked” while the website (not that this one’s domain remained up) and friends talk among each other as though the not-real was in fact real.

NB:  Womens’ and violence-prevention groups also do this, and I have reported over time on both sides, which I feel is only fair. However, I did catch on to the HHS-funded fatherhood entities first because the funding streams seem to be so much larger and the behavior, so blatantly typical.

I also feel it’s important to bring up that centralizing subject-based funding (public & private both) at private OR public universities significantly complicates tracking the funding — and that means, holding our public institutions accountable for how public resources are allocated.

  • 2.  Retrospective: Beginning-of-year Posts, Back to 2009.

[That part already published on 2/19/2017 was  Retrospective @ 1/2017:  Beginning-of-Year Posts (“As I’ve Been Saying, Since 2009”) and an Update or Two (<=this post title with case-sensitive shortlink ending “-5wN”)]

Then, after that extensive section with its quotes and updates, comes positioned last but written first, Section 3. 

There, I bring it back to my current research (naming names and posting references) and concerns on which I have upcoming posts illustrating the concepts.  This one is called:

  • 3.  A “Letter to Readers,”or something two notches less formal.

About that section

The “Letter to Readers” was actually the first material of the year under this post and came out naturally while I was migrating (a cleaner copy of) the 2016 and 2014 Tables of Post Contents to a different format, and posting them as links + images on my “Table of Contents 2017” page.

This section also has images and links explaining why, regretfully, I find it necessary to take on some of the higher powers individually and collectively, for a problem that has shown top-down origins in the first place.  Here’s a short quote (from that section):

So, how’d YOU like to go up, in public, against that type of power bloc and call it what it is based on what you are seeing, without colleagues or one’s own “nonprofit” standing by to witness the same evidence — as those one might think should be most concerned appear to be still busy telling their stories and speaking about the symptoms in individual blogs, texts, tweets, (still, after all these years) and basically flying in the same formation year after year, and somehow calling it “exposure.”  

Well, I got in the habit of doing just this long ago, 

and don’t see a good reason to stop now.

For example (click to read; the Page* is just a quick preview of what’s below): Extra Narrative, Goes with 2017 “Dear Readers” post (@Jan. 17, 2017) CalSWEC, CFPIC, CWDA (Following where the Facts Lead, No Matter How Daunting the Destination, or How affluent, how well-entrenched, and how well-networked the public institutions or private entities living there).  *Pages don’t seem to generate WordPress-specific “shortlinks” so I created a tinyurl one,  http://tinyurl.com/GoWhereTheFactsLead.  <==Both links in this paragraph are identical and short. It’s a short read.


It is simply where my research and remaining true to the facts requires admitting they exist, and that when laid out together they speak differently than the surface proclamations (paid-for) on primary institutions of common public life.  Some material regarding CFPIC and CWDA also near the bottom of this post, I see.  Among the basic problems there is that one entity cites an EIN# associated with the other one.  The organizations seem related (though not always portrayed that way), but two different organizations canNOT share a single EIN#:  not these two, for sure!
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March 21, 2017 at 3:32 pm

Who is Foundation Press? (Started 1/22/2017, published 3/20/2017)

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Who is Foundation Press? (Started 1/22/2017, published 3/20/2017) (The WordPress generated, case-sensitive short-link ends “-5yu” and FYI, I include that information for my own help when   quoting one post on another also…).  The post was basically complete in late January, I added mostly just footnote information (two out of three) at the bottom.  Since then, I have been focused deeply on other topics.

The information points out who profits from trademarked information tied into the legal profession case notes, some interesting info about the history of both “West” and LexisNexis, and I hope an appeal to some people I’ve given up attempting to persuade that it actually matters, WHEN they reblog from some funded alternate news (so-called), on-line news (so-called) or Independent Media (so-called) who, really, is behind it.

I’ve also had long and sometimes detailed, and at times impassioned, “communications” with individuals over the issue of whether it’s really helping ANY custody cases, or the overall situation in the family and divorce courts, to “Call attention to” and get some news reporter who has to keep the headlines coming for his (or her) employer, or client (if a freelancer) to produce a dramatic story line over individual cases.  After that, then what?  Who is any better informed about WHAT systems are involved, how they interact, and how they are controlled and financed?

If I get to it (which I intend to, this week), I have two more examples of “storytelling” which do less than help illuminate anything but those who like to engage in story-telling.  THere is ALWAYS a back story and (referring to the two examples upcoming, which tend to show up in my inbox, referenced by tweets, or facebook posts from groups I keep my eye on), you can often learn much more by looking up the organizations associated with the individuals being quoted.  Most of them are, after all, networked.  News reporting gravitates towards the personal quote, but usually it’s not the personal quote, but the person’s connections, one should pay better attention to over time.

Let me put it another way:  If you had three years to spend listening and reading on a major problem to take to a powerful entity (the federal government, or your state government (if that applies), would you rather approach them with their financials relating to the problem, or an anthology of anecdotal evidence (even if true and compelling) and expect that storytelling to apply for the rest of the state (or country) because it has an emotional, heartstring component?

So do many folktales and mythologies.  They have story lines, heroes, antagonists, and at the end usually a moral and an underlying message about “how the world works.”  Generally speaking, if you compile anecdotal evidence from one “cause” and from “another” (to the contrary purpose), they can easily cancel each other out; but the politicians may hear both sides because they are supposed to be “responsive” to all.  You feel heard and get to go tell followers you were heard by a politician as part of building momentum (so do the others).  The politicians or other civil servants get to go tell someone else they listened.  You’ve “bonded” at some level.

All that time, anyone could be, on their own time and individually, looking up the financials and teaching EACH OTHER how to read and analyze them, as it pertains to the cause of interest and at the end of the same few years, you would have something to demand that public attention, more substance and less symbiotic “theater.”

Parts of this story are still located in Minnesota.  If the shoe fits, wear it, on paying attention to active corporations in your home state affecting key issues of interest to some of the “justice” or ‘Injustice” blogs around the family court theme. And on paying attention, given any report, news (breaking or otherwise) as to who published it.  That’s all I did to learn what’s in this post.  It’s just a personal habit.  ANYONE with access to a cell phone or other device accessing the internet can develop that personal habit, but which ones they are (and aren’t) over time make a huge difference.


I looked up the publisher of a single author whose cause I knew about in a summary of a conference I’d written about, and I learned again that the publications are most interested in their profit, and typically that’s advertising revenue not subscriptions, that newspapers in the USA are increasingly consolidated, and not necessarily even run or operated by people with the USA’s best interests at heart.

On the other hand if the material is trademarked or controlled by licensing, and the information flow NEEDED for (say, the legal or financial, health or science) professions to function, subscriptions (with licensing fees) are a VBD (Very Big Deal).

While that shouldn’t be ALL news, it sure does shine some light on the situation about who became the richest man (in Canada) and how (as of year 2000) his family controlled 73% of the stock of an entity which helped him get there.

Other than that intro and the second and third footnotes below, I didn’t do much to this post:  WYSIWYG (What You See (as written two months ago and held as a draft) is What You Get.



Who is “Foundation Press”?

(Whatever it was, now it’s an owned imprint, used by license from a strange corporation registered only Feb. 2013 in Minnesota (Jan. 2013 Delaware legal domicile), from another one, also in Minnesota, which at one point was bought-out by major Canadian publisher Thomson Corporation (despite an antitrust movement by the US Department of Justice), which then bought Reuters as in (later) Thomson Reuters, significant in the financial and news market and “the rest is history,” then and now.   Another corporation, still active (and it says since 1982) in Minnesota seems to be the licensor, the 2013 one the licensee, but my trip to USPTO.gov (U.S. Patents and Trademark Office) seems to say, the 2013 entity owns most of those trademarks. And the one in Minnesota has an assumed name.  What I don’t know yet is, why the assumed name, and what’s with that exact entity in 2017.

Before looking at how my asking Who (and looks like I should’ve added “or what”) is Foundation Press? led to this much broader realization (see post titles):

As of a very well-written 2008 article by Erin Carlyle, writing for a TwinCities (MN)-based weekly, I’ll be quoting below — but not before I take readers through the filing history lookups, trademark lookups which led me eventually to the article, after I had sorted out “who was who” among the entities, publishers, trademarks, and “imprints.” At least I think (and I still have unanswered questions about the current owner — or licensor of the trademarks):

…Competition between the two companies was fierce. In 1995, West’s management decided to put the company up for sale. Thomson Corporation, a Canadian information mega-firm, purchased West for $3.45 billion.[###] Though the Department of Justice antitrust division got involved, Thomson West came out controlling about 40 percent of the legal publishing market.

[Thomson Corporation, later Thomson West, no longer exists.  It’s Thomson Reuters.  From their website company history 2008:  “The Thomson Corporation and Reuters Group PLC combine to form Thomson Reuters.”]

At the time, people said Thomson paid too much. They doubted that Thomson would be able to squeeze more profit out of West, which was already posting 25 percent returns. But since its takeover, Thomson has consistently managed to attain 30 percent or higher profit margins. Legal information seems to be the sponge that won’t dry.

Last year (2007), Thomson acquired Reuters, the financial information and news firm. In its first year as a single entity, the combined company earned $11.7 billion in total revenue—more than any American-held printing and publishing company, including Gannett, McGraw Hill, and the New York Times.

[Yes, Thomson Reuters, as I said just above, from website viewed in 2017]

Westlaw is one of the great successes of the information age. At a time when major newspapers are falling into bankruptcy, it’s worth paying attention to what worked.##

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March 20, 2017 at 6:50 pm

Explaining my Inspirat’n for Asking, on March 8, Internat’l Women’s Day, Should the USA Join the Commonwealth of Nations?..

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Published @ 16,800 wds (approximate, and NOT including annotations on its many images); post may be split in half or otherwise revised after publication.  {with addition of an extended section on Canada as relating to the first head of the Commonwealth Secretariat (in 1965), also a recipient of “the Order of Canada” (title of nobility) and the character of continued monarchy (the only one in North America) and the partition of North America among Great Britain, France, Spain, and the U.S. Colonies in rebellion… now 20,500  22,275 words. 

Tags likely to be added after publication.  This one covers a lot of territory and has many quotes (incl. an entire section on Cecil Rhodes (re: background and original purpose  and means to that purpose of the Rhodes Scholarships), another on the Order of Canada (with images), a section on a Malcolm-X oriented organization I just discovered (although not its registration/incorporation, or — if any — returns), “MXGM.org” with chapters in major well-known cities (Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, NYC & Phillie I believe, Oakland,CA). I posted again links on “Functionalism” & David Mitrany and in general contrast the options of ongoing colonialism (which I think it’s fair to say — I speak as a woman — is still the current basic operating plan within the USA) with “socialism & communism”(which I cannot and do not endorse) I’ve worked on it long enough.  Enjoy! // “Let’s Get Honest.”

 I think there has to be another way, but if people REFUSE to educate themselves to the point of reading their own local, state, and federal “Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports” and take a look at how money is moved inappropriately and illegally through and to/from the tax-exempt sector (as has historically been true), connect this with why we are STILL being taxed given all that — I just don’t at this point, know what it might be, for the self-promoting, self-deprecating, and hypocritical nation — with its national leaders — going by the United States of America, to make a serious commitment to practice what it preaches in substance, not just in appearance.

On writing this, I’d also like to know if anyone else noticed (during the Presidential inauguration this past January) that allegiance was NOT pledged, nor any oath sworn to uphold the Constitution of  “The United States of America” but to simply “The United States.”  Check your videos — what’s with THAT?


This post title is taken from a screenshot below:  Explaining my Inspirat’n for asking, on March 8, Internat’l Women’s Day, Should the USA Join the Commonwealth of Nations?… (The WordPress-generated, case-sensitive shortlink ends “-6bm”)

This segment came from my just-published post with (otherwise identical) case-sensitive shortlink ending “-5VC.” It is closer to the original sentiment, but after four more days of my detailing and posting the proof in annotated- images, discovering new (hot) leads on the “show me the money” trail, this earlier section ended up, typically, at the bottom of a very long post.  In the process of moving, there have been “add-on” sections to build some documentation and depth onto the originally expressed premise, which you’ll find in its most basic form closer to the bottom of this post.

I am deeply concerned about this situation as expressed in the longer title (published March 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) [Started 2-17-2017, published 3-12-2017, with case-sensitive short-link ending “-5VC”].

…THIS one is a reminder of who and what the Commonwealth of Nations is, when it started, the first holder of the title “Secretary-General” of that Commonwealth and of some parallel developments during the same timeframe in the USA, roughly paralleling the push for civil rights, and women’s rights (to prevent discrimination on the basis of race or gender), several assassinations of high-profile leaders in those areas (including two Kennedy brothers, one a President, the other Attorney-General, which I’m going to assume a general awareness of and not document further here) and Martin Luther King, Jr. [more links below on MLK, Jr.] and Malcolm X (From history.com –at the time of his death, after returning from a trip to Mecca and one year founding the Organization of Afro-American Unity, “El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz”) after these movements met the national attention through both marches –including a march on Washington D.C.–and televised coverage, and around all this, and these times, the expansion of children’s/fathers’ rights organizations as coached by nonprofits and public officials, into realms where the Civil Rights Acts of 1957, 1964, and accompanying movements, would, could, and did not reach — and still do not.

I’m inclined to believe based on my research so far (which includes a gut-instinct response to readings over so many years), it’s “would not” (intention seems built into the design) vs. a “could not.”  At this point, the “did not” is not really debatable. (Those Civil Rights Acts and accompanying movements including “affirmative action,” establishment of various Commissions and Councils on Equal Employment / Civil Rights, and corresponding presidential executive orders + memos to department heads) left major gaps and loopholes to allow discrimination (both racist and sexist) to continue.  What’s more that progress occurred in a context of countering movements in other venues to “turn back the clock” particularly on women, particularly mothers.

(Image of a 1995 Briefing found on a Purdue.edu/HHS website with apparently upload date June 2015, that is, twenty years later.  I’ve posted on this before).

Policy Institute – Family Impact Seminars (p1, cover page), “Disconnected Dads — Strategies for Promoting Responsible Fatherhood” (Purdue being in Indiana)

http://tinyurl.com/2002HandbkFathrInvolvmt-MultiD = condensed link for this and next 2 images (cover page is 3rd image) from a Google Book published originally 2002, authors two women one NYU, the other NICHHD, updated 2008, in both NJ and London. Get used to some of the author names; and the jargon of the field; their careers have been helped by expounding and publishing in the “fatherhood” field. THIS book cited “DisconnectedDads” (above) on p.588 (=how I found it).

 

 

 

…As I learned this century, seeking protection and a safe exit from a dangerous marriage, and Not Without the Children.  Current HHS/ACF/OFA leadership Susan Golonka had prior associations with Theodora Ooms, as I blogged recently.  Now (well, at least up until the Donald J. Trump White House Administration, after which HHS leadership status is “tba” and might get “drained” along with several dozen US Attorneys….) providing guidance to the very Program Office which is administering the “Federal Family Values” (HMRF) funding into state, local, tribal governments as well as into private, nonprofit (often) hands, basically for public propaganda on the patriotically correct and not-so-correct (translation:  single-mother-headed) family + household composition and hierarchy of controls) (I posted some recently; this is a reminder of the chain of events and entities associated with what you see just above):

(not much room on the image to make notes; see link above for full-sized!) This shows the Golonka/Ooms connection; next image shows where Golonka is today (unless new Pres. Trump has already appointed someone new).

Marriage/Fatherhood programming is now being run through (at a minimum) HHS. The several images above (and one below) trace some of the background (incl. specific personnel, working typically for Nonprofits which can get an audience with the nation’s governors that few individuals could get around THEIR private causes…)

|~Annotated Image 1 of 2| HHS OFA About=Ldrship (pgLastRevwdApr19’2016) shows DeputyDir Susan Golonka came nonprofit NGA CtrBestPrax since 2010 and was representing it during 1996WelfareReform’B4which Famil |~Annotated Image 2 of 2| Golonka (Susan) pre-NGACBP referenced w Theodora Ooms (publ1991) shows prior FamilyImpactSeminar involvmt (GoogleBk on HeadStart, p90) ~ScrnShot March9 2017@4.44PM (annotated Mar17)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Malcolm X Legacy, Several References, including to “MXGM.org” (small section with more big questions, added right before publication):


mxgm-cooperation-jackson-showing-2014-2011-un-the-decade-for-people-of-african-descent-initiative (<=Click to read. Filename typo has “2011” for 2024 as on image)

Among the MXGM.org projects, it’s clear the concept to counter colonialism and acquire economic autonomy is also an attempt to install socialism and communism.

Q: Is Socialism/Communism really the only alternative to Colonization along the continued “Commonwealth” model [which I also believe remains racist and sexist both] (further discussed below)??  

Anyone else want more socialism and communism — as seems to be happening progressively and gradually anyhow in this country, eroding “sovereignty” of the USA as different from the country it fought a war against to stop being “colonized” (and then went on to finish colonizing the continent, but at least controlled from D.C. mostly, not the usual trans-Atlantic-Ocean empires)?  I certainly don’t!
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March 17, 2017 at 8:10 pm

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)

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Post title:    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) [Started 2-17-2017, with case-sensitive short-link ending “-5VC”].

This post, I originally called “Offspring #2” from:

Progressive Language Creep Section from 2012 “Reconceptualize This” post (reviewed and reformatted 2017)“] Completed Feb 14, 2017 (Valentine’s Day 🙂 ) but being one of perhaps 3 updates to the “Reconceptualize” post, there is a natural sequence in which should be published first, so I may delay another day or so. [With short-link ending “-5SR, ” was posted 2/19/2017]
…(and with two or three of its own 2017 offspring)   

Two main themes (one regarding a program, another regarding one person/ality* and his related organizations under similar but not identical names) developed in this post have also been siphoned off to further develop them.

[“Offspring #1” on the programming labeled “QIC-NRF” was just published].


CURRENT INSPIRATION FOR THE POST IS JUST A RECENT SYMPTOM OF REPETITIVE PATTERNS: PROGRESSIVELY, INCREASINGLY STANDARDIZING OF FUNCTIONAL OPERATIONS (EASIER IN THIS TECHNOLOGY-DRIVEN, ELECTRONICALLY-STORED, DOWNLOADABLE INFORMATION AGE) RELATING TO POPULATION MANAGEMENT AND BEHAVIORAL CONTROL PROGRAMMING, ACROSS SOCIAL SERVICE, COURT, EDUCATION, (AND OTHER) INSTITUTIONS INTERNATIONALLY.

In the arena of FATHERS and their FAMILIES, and CHILDREN’s ORGANIZATIONS, I cannot but help notice practitioners’ consistent interest sharing the gospel (excuse me) best, evidence-based practices (often in trademarked form) in Commonwealth countries.

And, as it turns out recently, also with Russian universities and nonprofits, which I posted on recently (if you read the entire posts!).

A note on reading my posts since I started posting all those annotated images, of websites and/or tax returns (or printouts of federal grants). I typically incorporate summary, and sometimes more detailed, elements to the main message on the images. They are supportive illustrations AND an essential part of the message.  For a more complete — or often a concise, distilled — summary of any single element shown in an image, read both its underlying (“screen-printed”) content and my annotations. Some viewing devices may not allow full-sized viewing (I noticed my cell-phone does), so I typically after annotating an image print it to pdf, upload both image and pdf to the blog (creating a link for full-sized viewing+ image both), and post the link either in image caption, or (obvious by their descriptive filenames) nearby, or in both places.

In this post, and as to a certain collaborative I’ve taken an interest in, the situation is complicated not through its basic pattern (public/private, pick a curriculum, promote and run the curriculum, and take sponsorship for running it from multiple sources), but through the number or participants and because several of those participants have opted to shift business names, or (at least one case) acquire a trade name (then change the trade name) and do corresponding face-lifts to their respective websites.  I’ve been looking at it (at least) a month, and those images are selected from representative findings. I am writing about what I have seen in various findings; to understand, make sure to look (at the many images in this post), not just “listen” (read the main text), and so get a taste of the kinds of information and comprehension available to anyone who will look for it.  //LGH

 

I could probably do more or better with this post (which has already been split — see bottom), but at this point (3/12/2017 Sunday evening) I am simply going to publish it.  No question, there is plenty of valuable information, laid out as best I can, with supporting evidence.  There will be some repetition, but I doubt any single part of it will be anything but fascinating — unless you already know this material?

And if so, why haven’t I found your blog (or book) on it yet?

The split-off part of the post (which is about where it originally started) has more actual information on the Commonwealth of Nations (generally, historically, and specific points of interest connecting to key issues in U.S. history (like the role of universities, the place of religion and religious leaders, what about the women?); it also points out that focusing on cause (not accounting) has been an intentional, planned inwriting method for breaking down national boundaries (jurisdictions) to make way — piece by piece — for global government.  When published, this link will become active and accurate (til then WordPress may do a “best guess” within the blog). Repeated at the bottom of this post, with corresponding image:

This post title is taken from a screenshot below:  Explaining my Inspirat’n for asking, on March 8, Internat’l Women’s Day, Should the USA Join the Commonwealth of Nations?… (case-sensitive shortlink ends “-6bm”)

 

This post, dealing with the “nitty-gritty-details” explains why I’m concerned about the lack of boundaries and accountability in this programming area.  If you have something (relevant, useful for the public) to say on this material, the comments field still works.

I’m deeply concerned about the proliferation and means of proliferation of this particular example also.  The man (and two others in the LLC) in question is working the conference/training circuits (utilizing on-line registration, webinars, of course) in at least three created fields of practice supposedly on behalf of children and domestic violence victims, from a fatherhood perspective, involving (in some of the symposia) at least one known fathers’ rights activist with public connections, and in general, in an unoriginal manner, taking a basic boilerplate developed with NCJFCJ, BWJP, and associated interests (including within the “DV cartel”), called it unique, trademarked it (controlling the “competition”). Like, and with others, he’s been working the child welfare, domestic violence, batterers’ intervention/supervised visitation fields in several states, and abroad.

I’m not only concerned about the subject matter and cause, but about what appears to be several unethical (a.k.a. corrupt) practices involved in setting up the coordinated trainings.

One “personality” which inspired this specific “Offspring #2” post was David Mandel, who has taken his “SAFE and TOGETHER(™)” programming international at some point, leaving a trail of “annual reports not filed” and at least one “IRS status revoked” entity from Connecticut in the path, while riding the waves of the “Ohio IPV Collaborative” which stops just a single noun (“collaborative”) short of admitting to being an actual “partnership” as in, “Public/Private Partnership” that our simultaneously developed, prosperous but at the same time deficit-ridden (go figure THAT one out) USA has become such an expert at promoting.  As are its philanthropic friends.  Here’s an annotated image to practice on, link both separate and in caption:

DMA LLC © 2014 describing its US (names states) and Overseas (naming countries) + Model Suite of Tools & Interventns (etc) (2017-03-09 at 8.22PM

from “endingviolence.com” © 2014 DMA LLC <==Click to see full-sized image.

Below, from a 2014 pdf (not that 2014 was the start of this), if the concept is unfamiliar, still.  The website is “nationalservice.gov” which brings one to the Corporation for National & Community Service.  I see that even the CNCS itself now (or at least as of May 2014 from this document) has the motto “Finding what works.  Making it work for more people.” Its “Social Innovation Fund” and the “evidence-based investment model” is described:

 

The Social Innovation Fund: Corporation for National & Community ServicePioneering an Evidence-Based Investment Model (May, 2014, from the Office of Research & Evaluation),
Authors: Christopher Spera, Ph.D. Adrienne DiTommaso, M.P.A. Mary Morris Hyde, Ph.D. Lily Zandniapour, Ph.D. (with acknowledgements also to others for their comments, incl. “They would also like to thank JBS International*** for their support of the SIF evaluation work under the direction of CNCS.”)

“…The SIF represents a new way of doing business with the federal government.”

“…Intermediaries selected through a competitive process must match federal grants, dollar for dollar, by raising additional private funds. The intermediaries, in turn, re-grant SIF funding to subgrantees in one of the SIF’s three focus areas: economic opportunity, youth development (from early childhood through transitions to adulthood), and healthy futures. Subgrantees also are required to match the federal investment, one-to-one, creating a powerful multiplier effect.”

“JBS International” sounded familiar, although I see the website has changed dramatically (more graphics, less information provided, plus thumbnail photos of their leadership and experts: MISSION: “Create sustainable change – in health care, social services, and education – that improves people’s lives.”

Founded 1985, in Maryland, a few screenprints….”JB” must refer to the two co-founders (women) and I see that they are really concerned about domestic violence and women’s rights (“Gender”) — in other countries, but in this country their concern for “women” (as a named area in this panorama) must be under “Children, Youth and Families.”  (A pdf of their “work” page shows interactive photographic grid by topics: JBS International, Inc. (MD, 1985) Work page by topic | interactive photo grid (the pdf may not display as a grid, but links will be active. Or see from main company site under “work.”).

JBS International home page (MD company was acknowledged in the front of a May 2014 CNCS publication “Pioneering an Evidence-Based Investment Model”  Serving vulnerable populations (and contracting with federal governments, state, commercial, and non-profit sectors).

 

 

Those CNCS/SIF focus areas have been a REAL economic opportunity for the investors….

(The work areas JBS International is showing parallel existing federal agency programming and named areas,  Click on the “sector” or “view clients” to (a) see and (b) see that not much information on when, how, for how much (etc.) is divulged, but it does list the agencies.  They also have offices in California and Georgia.  I looked up the California Registration, found  (which may or may not be all related, but I’ll bet at least two are) and see two out of three were forfeited, and which years registered), Not much interest in the MidWest, I see…

CNCS/Social Innovation Fund: More to the point, all this money is delivered to and through, circulating among tax-exempt entities, and this document explains in a glossary, while the specializations OF the tax-exempts is aimed at three focus areas, the delivery system is organized in sequential “cohorts,” by year, with a “cohort” having an “intermediary/subgrantee” hierarchy for several functional purposes.

By the time one is talking “cohorts,” vocabulary borrowed from the military campaign, strategy, I think the “opposing sides” have already been identified — and on one side, the good guys (public/private-partnering investors), the problem-solvers, and on the other side, non-personified, the “problems” in the communities, which have names (violence, poverty, hunger, ignorance — generic nouns, that is, causes).  Notice:  Problem-solvers vs. the problems.
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