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……… As I say within this post:

My protest, as a domestic violence survivor (1990s) myself in the same area, is that the opportunity for some of US to provide intelligent feedback against overwhelming built-in infrastructure funds from both private AND federal sources has become like spitting in the wind.

Perhaps that’s where this blog fits in, I am tacking against the wind in public/private partnerships and am certainly no cheerleader for all this (financially) coerced “collaboration” in a vaccuum of financial transparency among the nonprofit sector, …

 

This post is: 

Currently about 9,000 12,200 words [@Oct24].  Moved here Sept. 21, 2017 from page “How and When Collaborative Justice (Problem-Solving) Courts…” (etc.**)..  There is considerable overlap of content. Most images are “click image to enlarge” so I won’t say this for each one (some more touch-based viewing devices, like many cell phones, tablets or I-pads, won’t need to “click to enlarge”; desktop or laptop computers more dependent on keyboards probably will). Some images may be linked to a larger website, but typically most are linked just to the screenprint image.  Added “SF” to the title (“SF Bay Area”) Oct24.

Meanwhile, on Oct. 20, 2017, I also posted:

Smoking Cessation/Tobacco Control Litigation I See Is By Design Guaranteed, (Like Domestic Violence Prevention and Services) To Continue Incessantly. Meanwhile, a Wide Swath of Northern Cali fornia Is Smoke-Filled and Lit Up, But Not by Tobacco. (October Local News and Blog Updates) (case-sensitive short-link ending “-7Lp”). 

Click image (this time) to access full newsltr., 16pp

That post features a 2008 NCJFCJ “Synergy” newsletter literally narrating (not 100% accurately, but at least naming the component parts) and timing of some networked family violence institutes and resource centers (NRCs and SIRCs for “National” and “Special Issue”) which I’d already identified at the TAGGS.hhs.gov level, and flagged at the time (on this blog). … The same “Synergy” newsletter also referenced NCJFCJ’s 2007 “Wingspread” conference with AFCC and self-congratulated the NCJFCJ Family Violence Department for mending fences with AFCC (although it seems they started out on or near on the same page anyhow, with probably major membership overlap and viewpoints.).  This newsletter itself was public-funded by HHS, as its final page showed:  

To clarify, the NCJFCJ gets paid to do this newsletter, by the public (HHS Grant# shown)

It also claims the “National Resource Center on DV: Child Abuse and Custody” which the newsletter appears in part to represent, dated back only about five years to 2003). The key feature, however, is that NCJFCJ is the sponsoring entity; who they are as an organization. The public (HHS) funded this project (see nearby image).  NCJFCJ years earlier was deeply involved with the Greenbook Initiative also, opposite or with the then-“Family Violence Prevention Fund” (namechange to “Futures without Violence” occurred ca. 2010).    

Brief reminder of NCJFCJ conference and training activity, and with whom, and promoted by whom, funded in part by whom (if you’re working and registered with the IRS in the US, pull out a mirror)…(Section added post-publication, Oct. 23)  ADDED section about 1,000 words with images.

NCJFCJ 81st Annual Conference in Denver

Factoids:  NCJFCJ’s 79th annual conference in Monterey, CA was Summer 2016. In other words, they claim to pre-date World War II.   They do regular conferences and trainings:   Summer 2018 in Denver (see image), December 2017, now regularly training it seems with Futures without Violence (and the USDOJ), in Santa Fe, NM, Enhancing Judicial Skills in DV Cases.” This one is open only to certain kinds of people and limited to 50 participants, and designed to inculcate certain understandings and behaviors, I see:

… an essential foundation for new and experienced state, tribal and territorial judges and judicial officers to enhance their skills in handling civil and criminal domestic violence cases. Judicial participants will leave the workshop with greater knowledge and skills for handling cases involving domestic violence. …

A long list of points follows, incl. one that sounds in part like a CYA protection for intended judicial and judicial officer participation in local leadership councils (etc.) regarding DV):

  • Identify administrative and community barriers to accessing/achieving justice in DV cases
  • Devise methods of overcoming barriers to justice, become motivated to work to remove barriers, and use information regarding available community resources to assist in removing barriers.
  • Recognize and apply ethics rules that govern participation in extrajudicial activities, e.g., domestic violence councils, legislative proposals, local court rulemaking, and education programs of non-judge providers. …

“There is no charge for the educational portion** of the workshop. Participants are responsible for their own lodging, travel arrangements, and costs.”

**What other portions of an “enhancing judicial skills” workshop besides educational would there be?  Practice sessions, role-playing to solidify concepts? (Eating, socializing…etc.)

Here’s the 79th Annual (2016 in Monterey, CA, conference) advertised at “NationalHealthyMarriageAndFamilies.org,” itself an HHS-funded project (incl. website) with a focus on “HMRE” (Healthy Marriage Relationship Education) training with an “underpinning of family safety,” presided over by their “Family Violence Advisory Committee” of three men and two women.*

One of the men comes up around (as board member on) an organization (Nat’l Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence) on the post below referenced as a multi-cultural institute for violence prevention, which is not mentioned here, although his other fatherhood connections are (Fernando Mederos of Boston MA).

And two of the three men on the “Family Violence Advisory Committee are from MenStoppingViolence.org in Atlanta Georgia. One woman is from a Rutgers University (NJ) Center on Violence against Women and Children,  and the other, the only listed attorney in the mix, from Los Angeles, at an LGBT center. I saved it to pdf, in case of future broken link above, with some comments at the top, however some right-margin text is lost and content harder to read: Family Violence Prevention Advisory Panel | National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families (5 people viewed Oct 23, 2017~>this NRCHMF is HHS-funded, says footer info) its Goal? Apparently ~Integrating HMRE educ into the Safety Net~5pp

Men Stopping Violence Inc. (EIN#581618891, since1982ff, GA, running BIP, 90% gov’t supported (ProgrRevs and-or grants), year after year, is primarily government sponsored, whether through grants or through government fees and contracts under “program service revenues.”  Unfortunately, after 2008, IRS Form 990 doesn’t break down (have a printed line-item designation for) “government fees and contracts,” which pre-2008 shows that most of its Program Service Revenues were so classified. It’s maintained a moderate size. I annotated two tax returns, one from 2005 and one from 2008:

Detail from IRS Form 990 FY2005 of Men Stopping Violence reveals that most of its “program service revenues” come from (Line 93g), gov’t fees and contracts, regardless of whether most of its direct grants (contributions) for a given year did or did not. Over the years, Schedules of support show increasing revenue from “services provided” — but those services apparently were provided mostly under gov’t contracts and fees. Even so, it’s still managed to overspend and deplete standing assets.

I should do follow up, however, please note the connection of board member with “Georgia Commission on Family Violence” which was set in place by the legislature in 1992, and that (I just saw from its website) apparently the same “Enhancing Judicial Skills in Domestic Violence Cases“** workshop was brought to Georgia, co-sponsored by (its) Judicial Council/AOC (Administrative Office of the Courts) and the Family Violence Council, with NCJFCJ, and help from the “Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.” This is going on as I write, Sunday – Wednesday this week! (FYI, NCJFCJ’s home base is, mostly, Nevada).

Current look at GA Commission on Family Violence Pls. notice “Enhancing Judicial Skills” at bottom right. This is taking place (as I write)  Oct. 22 – 25th, 2017! Below (but not visible in image) a Sept. one was for DV advocates.

** Through a grant from the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC), the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) is bringing its workshop entitled “Enhancing Judicial Skills in Domestic Violence Cases Workshop for the State of Georgia” to metro Atlanta in October of 2017.  Specifically, the training will take place from Sunday, October 22, 2017 (beginning at noon) and will continue through Wednesday, October 25, 2017 (ending at noon), at Mansour Center in Marietta.

The Judicial Council/Administrative Office of the Courts and Georgia Commission on Family Violence will be sponsoring the training.  The class size is limited to 50 judges, one judge from each of Georgia’s judicial circuits. The registration website is set up so that one judge from each circuit may sign up.  After that, your circuit will show as “sold out,” but the names of any other judges from that circuit who wish to attend will be put on a waitlist.  If we do not have one judge from each circuit sign up, we can then register judges from that list.

There is no fee to attend.  Some meals will be provided by ICJE and the Judicial Council/AOC.

Click to enlarge, or here for the website (the MSV Bd of Directors shows powerful connections still.

Kirsten Rambo, Ph.D., I see, in Dec. 2016,  was reported as becoming the new Executive Director in a domestic violence shelter on the opposite coast (California), San Luis Obispo County, after a leadership pair (Exec. and Deputy Exec. Director) resigned suddenly, complaining about work conditions and a “climate of chaos and distrust.”  I felt this was odd enough to report, especially if she’s Exec Dir. of a California entity while on the board of a batterers-interventions-services provider on the opposite coast (i.e., Georgia) and with a background under HHS, that is the CDC (which has a major foundation supporting it, by the same name, in Georgia).  If she is still at the California shelter AND “men stopping violence” board member, this should be made known on the shelter website.  IS IT?

“Kirsten Rambo, who was recently hired as executive director of the Women’s Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo County. Courtesy of Kirsten Rambo” LOCAL Read more: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/ local/article118738393.html#storylink=cpy]
Dec. 3, 2016 by Kirsten Rambo, Ph.D., CDC Violence Prevention Center and MSV (Men Stopping Violence) Board of Directors, assigned to a California (not Georgia) shelter Exec. Directorship (San Luis Obispo County, CA) in Dec. 2016. Still there? I didn’t check, yet.

Women’s Shelter Program of SLO Hires New Exec Director Dec. 3, 2016, Lynn Holden, in the “NewsTribune” LOCAL:

The Women’s Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo County has hired a new executive director after its longtime former head suddenly resigned in June.

Kirsten Rambo, formerly of the Division of Violence Prevention at the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention in Atlanta, will assume her new position on Dec. 12. [2016] Adrienne Harris was contracted to serve as interim director after Marianne Kennedy’s departure, according to Robin Mitchell Hee, president of the shelter’s board of directors. …

Kennedy and Deputy Director Jason Reed resigned during a third-party investigation into undisclosed employee concerns about work conditions. The nature of the concerns remains unclear, although Reed told The Tribune in June the organization’s board of directors had “created a climate of chaos and distrust within the organization.” Read more here:

(This Women’s Shelter Program was decent enough to post its EIN#, 95-3370729, in fine print on a web page, at least…)

SLO County (CA) Women’s Shelter Program detail posts its EIN#95-3370729 in small print (but the financials are not uploaded on the website).

I see from the “resigned” article (or main one) that the leadership duo had been there for 30 (Marianne Kennedy) and 11 (Jason Reed) years, respectively, and that from now on there won’t be a “Deputy Director” but the new Exec. Dir. (Rambo) “and other staff members” will take over those duties — mostly grantwriting.  (So, the shelter had had a man as primary grant-writer those 11 years, sounds like).

Mitchell Hee said the shelter isn’t planning to hire a new deputy director, a position primarily devoted to grant writing. Instead, Rambo and other staff members will assume those duties

As for any problems the shelter may have faced at the time of Kennedy’s resignation, Mitchell Hee said the organization has since moved on.  [Read more here: …/article118738393.html#storylink=cpy]

Last 3 tax returns shown on 990finder website (EIN# 953370729 search results):

Total results: 3Search Again.

ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN
Womens Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo County CA 2015 990 37 $2,503,905.00 95-3370729
Womens Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo County CA 2014 990 32 $2,408,852.00 95-3370729
Womens Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo County CA 2013 990 31 $2,412,754.00 95-3370729

Among other things, the latest return here is only FY2014 (Marianne Kennedy still shown as Exec. Director, and Robin Mitchell Hee shown, but not as President). In other words, despite the negative/positive publicity in 2016 and 2017, it doesn’t seem to have generated an updated tax return with the IRS (990finder gets them from the IRS…).  Fiscal Year end is June 30.  So in October 2017, at least FY2015 (YE 6/30/2016) should’ve been uploaded — but seemingly it isn’t. FY2016’s would be (if timely) due soon, but what’s shown above does not represent the transition which took place almost a year ago, per the news articles.

EIN#95-3370729 under a different org. name, FY2003 (see footer & header on image). Simpler program service description back then..

EIN#95-3370729 under a different org. name, FY2003 (see header on image). Ms. Kennedy and two other women were paid officers, total pay for all three only $155.7K. This is ODD: The org. name GLINDA SErVICES, INC., bears NO resemblance to the website shown on the return, womensshelterSLO.org. Why? [2003 return from “990finder” HERE

EIN#95-3370729, WomensShelterSLO.org (bd of director excerpt, site viewed Oct. 2017). An Exec Director =/= a Board Member; the website may not be current; last available tax returns aren’t either, it seems.

As Deputy Executive Director, I guess Jason Reed wouldn’t have shown on the Part VIIA listings of “Bd of Directors, Officers, Directors, Key Employees, Highest Paid Employees” and he doesn’t.

I looked back at returns for several years (Here’s for FY2005), and saw it was formerly called “Glinda Services, Inc.” and has (at least now) an endowment controlled separately (from a related entity trust), with income fr om it varying radically (but never really that high) and in some prior years, the controlling board members were men.   And that their main program service (versus all kinds of revenues including grants/contributions) revenues seems to be counseling fees required of DV victims.

I also note that on their website, currently under volunteer “Board of Directors”, the Secretary (a woman) shown is also “Chief Deputy District Attorney” for the county, i.e., on city payroll.  Interesting…I realize this happens, but question how this would benefit conflict-of interest free operations.

Of interest:  http://www.slocity.org/home/showdocument?id=2530

As late as FY2008, tax returns retain the name Glinda Services, Inc. but have deleted the reference on header to any website.  Tax information it says, is offered on “Another’s website, “but whose is not shown.  However, by 2010, based on letterhead of a supporting letter to the City Planning Commission for permit to allow a “Homeless Services Campus” on surplus city property adjacent to Social Services.  This would combine two operations (daytime core services + night time shelter) by other organizations, and (says a letter of support from, by now it’s called “Women’s Shelter Program of SLO”) within walking distance of the Women’s Shelter.  I found this reference looking for board of directors “Willo Cather” to find out (after noticing board tended to be run by men) whether this is a man or a woman. They were planning for a 24-hour building with a central courtyard to be set up.

Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County (CAPSLO) has submitted an application for a Planning Commission Use Permit to allow a Homeless Services Center (HSC) to be developed on the vacant property adjacent to the Department of Social Services at 3451 and 3511 South Higuera Street. CAPSLO is the operator of the Maxine Lewis Homeless Shelter and the Prado Day Center. The new HSC would combine the functions of these two facilities and would provide comprehensive services to the area’s homeless population. The HSC would be a regional facility and is a key implementation measure of the 10-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness.

These are FY 2008 returns (4 images).  By June 23, 2010 (above letter of support for Planning Commission permitted development of surplus city land for centralized / “regional” homeless services center with beds, courtyard, a kennel for pets, and more) the entity had changed its name to better match its website held for years previously.

Image 1 of 4, IRS, FY2008, EIN# 953370729, Pg.1 top, Glinda Services, Inc.

Image 2 of 4, IRS, FY2008, Pg1 BOTTOM, Glinda Services, Inc.

Image 3 of 4, IRS, FY2008 top Glinda Services, Inc., Form 1023 available on another’s website (but “website” marked N/A on this return….)

Image 4 of 4, IRS, FY2008 top Glinda Services, Inc., (now “Women’s Shelter Programs of SLO, Inc.” under the same EIN# 95-3370729;) Just pointing out, sometimes public interface for a “Woman’s Shelter” may be female, but the power structure (board) still male-dominated. As of 2008, seems to hold, here…8 yrs later, the Exec Director who signed this return (but is NOT listed on this page, Marianne Kennedy) made headlines by, with another man (also not listed on returns, as “deputy” exec. director, mostly a grantwriting position said the news article, Jason Reed)


Back to “National Healthy Marriage and Family” (“NHM&F”) website promoting an NCJFCJ 79th annual conference, remembering NCJFCJ’s prominent role in the “DV network” at least as to federal funding, and its relevance to FAMILY COURTs and proceedings under STATE (not Federal) control.

The funding disclaimer on the “NHM&F” (NOT “Men Stopping Violence”) website footer, in fine print, is a grant I’ve talked about before on this post (long ago) (See “Disclaimer” quote with dark-teal background):

Disclaimer: Funding for this project was provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Grant: [90FH0003]. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.

An HHS-funded website advertising nonprofit (that also takes significant HHS funds) NCJFCJ’s annual 2016 conference in California.

Pushing Marriage and Relationship Education AND responsible fatherhood year after year (a PRWORA 1996 welfare reform “special feature”) requires at least token lip-service to the existence of domestic violence. So they have an advisory council of, it says, four people.


Incidentally, where I said I remembered that grant “90FH0003” above, I did.  Link to a saved “TAGGS.HHS.gov” search to show it was granted to “I C F, Inc” which is an improper spelling of the name — there are no spaces between), three years in a row for $1.5M/year to, probably, set up and maintain this website, a grant to a multi-national GLOBAL, FOR-PROFIT corporation (financials not readily traceable because it’s for-profit), to help other nonprofits continue taking TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funding away from families, and diverting it through “CFDA 93086,” as the image says, to run people through curricula, endlessly, sponsored by nonprofits also, often, taking more 93086 grants, and/or other ones (Compassion capital funding) etc. to get themselves set up to run the curricula, and make sure America remains properly patriarchal according to the protocol.

Click on image to repeat the search (results will change if data changes meanwhile at “TAGGS”  Recipient name is 3rd column from the right; notice this happened, it’s saying, 2015-2017…

Before 90FH0003, ICF got also 90FH0002 (also $1.5M/year for three out of four years, starting in 2011), purpose: ”

90FH0002 National Resource Center for Strategies to Promote Healthy MarriageNon Competing Continuation Application

but the only other entity getting a “90FH00##” grant raked in even more and was also a for-profit PR firm — in Oklahoma.  Public Strategies, Inc., deeply involved from the start with the “Oklahoma Marriage Initiative.”   (Saved Search) showing all three and that Public Strategies, Inc. got first $2M, then (4 yrs in a row, “noncompeting continuation) $3.25M ANNUALLY for “developing materials.”  This is an advanced search (I picked the columns displayed.  Above was a basic “Award”search, so picking columns wasn’t an option.

Click on image to see the saved search, which includes grants 90FH0001 and “0003” as well. This just shows the predecessor grant to “I C F Inc.”

Does it sound like, perhaps, running periodic domestic violence prevention trainings serves as a “heat shield” to facilitate and continue (silently when the headlines around DV roadkill surface, year after year) running VERY profitable — to those running them — private practice HMRE “professions“?

And the public pays for both sides of the argument — that’s genius policy design, if you ask me!  Not ethical, but definitely brilliant foresight of just how much the public doesn’t investigate things they aren’t prodded to from mainstream media, or political Left/right debates on a particular set of causes as defined by each political party, for the most part.  All kinds of protests and women’s rights organizations can continue going on, year after year, so long as this business agenda utilizing public institutions, goes on.

Anyhow, I have just shown you that so-called “I C F Inc.” as legitimized by the HHS appropriations (and during Bush AND Obama White Houses/Presidential Administrations, two four-year terms each) was fine with advertising the NCJFCJ annual conference. So we must get to know both financing and specific nonprofits, as a general rule, in the power plays of the nation…

The Smoking Cessation/Tobacco Control Litigation. Guaranteed..(Like Domestic Violence Prevention and Services) To Continue Incessantly. post is Recommended reading if you haven’t yet!  Look for section around the above-left (“Synergy” Page 1) image (shown larger on the post,  and unlike here, with more caption and commentary). FYI so is that newsletter, even though it’s nine years old now.

Continuing some commentary still on that Oct. 20 post……

On the local level — in part because along with the Las Vegas massacre at a music festival, another woman was shot to death by an ex-boyfriend, despite repeated 911 calls, and, predictably, a certain local DV leader of a “San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium” was quoted in a multi-page SF Chronicle spread on this event.  This deals with police response to domestic violence and a heavy undercurrent of, naturally, gun control.  A young woman was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend after a number of 911 calls and when the man was released from jail having been arrested the same night. (Link to the news report is in the other post in case I didn’t recite the event’s details in order). Ms. Upton was quoted, again, and this time I decided to post on my concerns about unregistered “organizations” continuing to take front and center in the media as to speaking for those women who are or have had to deal with domestic violence. In the process of writing that post, I also did a summary review at the state level of organizations with the words “domestic violence” in their names, both Secretary of State, and Registry of Charitable Trusts.

And within 24 hours of publishing, I find the OAG Registry (in California) has suddenly, without advance notice OR relevant error messages explaining why (for example, “system update” or “undergoing change”) just went down — dysfunctional, does not compute, the links don’t work…..

SF DV Consortium: Under the cover of a well-heeled progressive foundation now, and throughout its history unincorporated?

Click to enlarge or click here for entire SF report 2013-2014 on VAWA recipient activities, referencing $4M distributed that year to 32 “partner agencies.” (Some I recognize as also Tides projects). It doesn’t show the non-entity SFDVC, however does list some identified on the Consortium’s identified network.
Under an SFgov.org list of “Partner Agencies.” SFDVC’s own website references itself as a network, but my concern as a blogger (and interested party in general) is fiscal, that is, financial transparency and accountability when private-sector nonprofits (or centers within them, or fiscally-sponsored projects of them) go about collectively setting public policy on life-and-death (not to mention economic) matters. SFDVC has hid itself underneath the giant TIDES Center which itself is one of 5 TIDES organizations reporting on consolidated FS, and which (see my “Smoking Cessation” post) “Tides.org” (a) doesn’t even post its Forms 990 for those 5 on their shared website under “financials” and, I checked the individual “Tides Center” EIN# or (b) at both the IRS and California OAG level present grants FROM itself (and it’s large!) or government grants TO itself in legible format — year after year, and because of this I have to say, intentionally.

Found at “DVCPartners.org” notice reference to need for “coordination” and suggestion that it’s a prime example of how to do it right (3rd para. shown).

Click IMAGE this time, to access full document (it’s not that long). There are reports on “Family” violence and separate ones on “Violence Against Women” and as you can see, under the “Department on the Status of Women,” i.e., at the government level. Found when I went looking after a link at DVCpartners.org was broken referring to such a report didn’t connect to it. There are no reports for 2016 or 2017 shown so far.

I looked again for this SFDVC (Consortium) as either incorporated, or registered as a charity, and found that despite claiming its origins back to 1982, it is operating under cover of the Tides Center (which with other Tides organizations — four of them! — is a major local fixture with global aspirations to “accelerate social change” (along progressive lines) and that its oft-quoted executive director Beverly Upton admits to being ‘legally Tides staff‘(!!) a “minor detail” that rarely, if ever, makes it into even a casual reference when she’s being quoted in the MSM (mainstream media) on behalf of “SFDVC.”

As a survivor, I’ve wondered for years, where this was coming from…  Not reflected in my post, but in follow-up I discovered the same “Consortium) is listed as a partner agency, ** with certain others, at the city level, i.e., at SFGOV.org.    The concept of “Domestic violence” or “Family Violence” “Coordinating Councils” is found in different cities and is a “model.” I already blogged how one in (either Santa Clara or San Diego) was being used — under a department labeled “women” to run fatherhood programs (!) And that a prominent area judge, AFCC connected, California Judicial Council AOC-connected, had been promoting the concept. So it seems SF may have one also. (See FAR down on the right sidebar to this blog. Look for a commentary on women judges and the word “Why?”).

**My mistake; correction, not as a “partner agency” but SFDVC’s Executive Director, over the Consortiumname, shows as one three chairs (a “Tri-chair” leadership) of SF City and County’s “Family Violence Council.”  See images nearby for explanation.  A better description might have been “Tides Center Staff with historic interest in local DV networks.”

I note from the “Acknowledgements” page of the report to your right (5th Comprehensive report on FV in SF, 2014) that the council was previously called a “domestic violence council” as “Attorney-General mandated”  but became “Family” (a more common trend, and way to get rid of the word “domestic violence” as the leading-edge descriptor of an organization which is handling DV and may have started out as an organization as a battered woman’s shelter) under a “local ordinance.”

San Francisco, like Baltimore and I DNK what other major metropolitan areas, esp. those associated with seaports on the East, West, or South (Gulf) coasts of the USA) has a combined City/County government.

(For the starred reference, see nearby text)

Footer to Fam. Violence Council of SF’s 2013-2014 report, acknowledgemts and header page shown above.

Captioning the “Acknowledgements” image in red border:

SF CAPC named as the association of one of three Family Violence Council “Tri-Chairs” is significant.  IF I remember it right SF Kids’ Turn (some time after I posted several times on the org., including its board members, agenda, and AFCC preferential [reducing incidence of “parental alienation”] agenda (several members who were AFCC judges) not to mention financial documents (relationships) with the City and County of San Francisco, submerged itself under the SF CAPC. I had discovered this at the state Charitable Registry Level after the fact and while looking up CAPCs as they showed up on a DV conference — several years ago.

These inter-related situations are something I will follow up on, now that I have finally made the connections between SFDVC, Tides, and a local Family Violence Council as I understand the function of such councils at the city (or county) levels.  They are following, it seems, certain protocol or models.  (“CAC” is another national concept organized through nonprofits. The Family Justice Centers were acknowledged (by DVLEAP’s Joan Meier — as I recall, on-line; I do not have the link)  as having been modeled on the “CAC” concept.  I’m not surprised, as centralize, privatize, coordinate, collaborate, and thereby CONTROL have long been primary themes in this field.  And that overall process  has many twists, turns, and manifestations over the years….Using Departments of the Status on Women as the leverage to dilute the issue under “family” and thereby facilitate fathers’ rights groups participation and increased control/voices, often in the background (women are of course likely to front on more public interfaces) has got to be a genius move in playing politically correct while still winning the war (and I do mean, war against women, as a whole).

The above section is partial comments and some follow-up on Smoking Cessation/Tobacco Control Litigation I See Is By Design Guaranteed, (Like Domestic Violence Prevention and Services) To Continue Incessantly.… which contains yet more information on the DV networking, which this post also deals with.


REGARDING THIS POST, AGAIN: Some repetition within this post of images (but the captions may differ) and/or text resulting from the move and usual practice of leaving a “footprint” section of text on the originating page or post.  In the interest of time (and having promised to publish both within 48 hours) and desire to follow-up on related material after spending about ten days on the most recent post, I’m leaving the repeated material in — I’m sure this communicates…and I know that repetition helps. Even with the repetition it’s still about half the size of my Oct. 20 post on “Smoking Cession/Ongoing DV Prevention and Services.”

I have since learned more on the “executive sessions” referenced herein, which is a key component to system transformation, and I believe, probably also links into the international (Chatham House/RIIA) protocol referenced in the most recent post.

**The “etc.” page title in full:  How and When Problem-Solving (make that ‘Collaborative Justice’) Courts were Institutionalized and other Consolidate/Coordinate/Standardize/ PRIVATIZE Stories at Courts.CA.Gov  (Case-sensitive short-link ends “-7w9”; page was started 8/29/2017, published 9/18)


I uploaded three documents below; the third, dated Nov. 2012, describes a DV network under FVPSA, the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act of 1984:  (ACHF, ca 80pp) fvpsa_admin_guide_2012NOV1119_0).

TIMELINES Review of FVPSA / VAWA Timelines, with some Key Concepts:

(Six-paragraph, spontaneous add-on to original post, which follows).

{Quick preview to the six paragraphs!)

The paragraph numbering isn’t a list of prioritized points, and certainly not a complete list of points, but for a concept of how long the section is.  I wrote it quickly, then just numbered the paragraphs.

Why? I find many people are just unaware of these timelines and facts because they were never intended to be made aware, unless active participants.  But it represents millions (if not billions) of dollars of public funds investment into government transformations in an intended direction — and we’d better be clear, with an outside standard, independently of all the promotional publications and propaganda, what that direction is.

Much of what I do on this blog is show alternate points of reference for evaluation and, repeatedly by example, show how to translate “PR” into more concrete terms based on organizations’ own governmental filings (with IRS or at the state level (typically business AND charitable registries for each state), or federal agencies, at the grants-reporting level, for starters).

Without conceptual handles — specifically without visuals, comparative size, number (as in, number of organizations involved) and growth, expansion, decay or disappearance over time — our minds, and our language with which to express what’s in them as we have observed over time and not just the immediate but also the “outside our immediate vision” range — we cannot communicate effectively.  If or when (and I say it’s “when”) basic communications are taken over by interlocking, mutually collaborating entities with a common goal, the common goals obtained WITHOUT direct input, feedback, or free protest by those to be “implemented upon” — we, and concepts like liberty, justice, freedom, and choice — basic human concepts —  are in serious trouble.  

So, again, some timelines and a few key concepts surrounding the theme of “DV” here.  No links in this section; I’m writing from recall of knowledge what’s already been repeatedly posted:

<1> Again, FVPSA of 1984 seems to have granted mostly through HHS, i.e., it being considered a public welfare, safety, and HEALTH/HUMAN SERVICES problem, but the VAWA passed in 1994 ten years later was functioning/operating/granting through the USDOJ, that is DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE under a certain office (OVW).  Prevention and treatments seems to prevail under one act, and Ellen Pence’s “CCR” “coordinated community response” (according to the “Duluth Model”) in the other, with the later “tweaking” either way referring to more sensitivity to ethnic-specific groups, and the LGBQT concerns.  Each tweak could and many did result in spin-off organizations (or new ones) to expand the network, whether funded under FVPSA or VAWA or at times, both.  Then, shortly after, 1996 PRWORA passed too. PRWORA-based grants are featured heavily within HHS; welfare was restructured and this is where a lot of the pressure on the family courts under STATE control, along with child support enforcement, and provisions for what I call (accurately!) social science R&D, were appropriate by Congress and run through the HHS administration — which is set up regionally and with a “HEALTH” rationale throughout.

<2> In the early 2000s, the coordinate/consolidate/centralize/privatize (my phrasing except that first verb) saw groups like Casey Gwinn’s “San Diego” or later “Family Justice Center” model jumping in on the concept — started right out of city government (he was City Attorney in San Diego) and as of about 2003, getting the official approval/backup and sponsorship from the USDOJ courtesy then-President George W. Bush.  Mr. Gwinn’s acknowledged upbringing having been religious conservative evangelical (Fuller Seminary et al.) the concept of “Camps for Kids (and or Kids with their non-abusive parent) like Camp Hope was central to this one.  By at latest 2006, HHS “HMRF” funding was officially $150M a year, and if not all expended (did you know this?) the “difference” was kept for “research and admin.,” further establishing the ideology of “designer families for child upbringing” even if the parents weren’t together.  Naturally, this is going to impact any parent trying to stay away from abuse and danger, part of parenting itself requires this.  But, were mothers with children seeking help to file restraining orders 2006ff ever told this by any DV service-provider staff or volunteer?  I’ve been blogging and reporting/talking about this for over seven years now.  Are they even being told, as a policy, now?

<3> Fiscally, that (Family Justice Center) situation started out as and has continued to be a real mess — repeated name changes (corporate chameleon behaviors) and leadership still working the conference circuit even heavier as the negative facts began surfacing — quickly — about the character of this version of “Family Justice” and concept about protecting individuals with children (often women) from forced, dangerous interactions with known abusers. And the messiness of it was designed and has been implemented as “replicable” — called a great model, til now its language is commonplace in several related fields:  Batterers intervention, supervised visitation, “one-stop justice shop” public/private operations usually at the county level and umbrella nonprofits over participating nonprofits sharing (sometimes) a lease.

<4> With the networking positioned for power, and involving university centers AND federal funding, no wonder the infrastructure’s basic character was quickly established and, as my last post said, “baked in” to the infrastructure without INFORMED participation from the victims.  I saw “without INFORMED” because so much information historically was being withheld from women reporting domestic violence, sexual assault, intimate partner abuse AND concerns about abuse — including incest, that is sexual abuse — of their children on court-ordered visitation with the ex-parents. I still don’t believe these are the majority of separate, noncustodial, or divorcing men, or fathers, or parents — but there are some, and those “some” can and do raise hell when given the opportunity, which this philosophy, implemented, certainly does.


<5> For chronological reference point, I started this blog in 2009, and began quickly exploring HHS grants and court-connected corporations, starting initially with mostly just two of them. Most of what I learned about the networks came from observation and personal networking with women in similar situations also seeking to understand, as well as to survive the post-abuse “family court gauntlet.”  Later, continuing to research, I ran across more and more summaries by networked organizations.

<6> The school year 2009-2010 was pretty late for my own family members or to positively affect any future proceedings, but isn’t it odd (as I last recall, and I continued checking back by phone, email or at times in person, year after year with various local groups, and some out of state) how at the service-provision level, telling their own clients about the DV network operations and funding is a REAL LOW priority, if not a topic to be avoided at the “street” level. Let alone telling them about such things as the federal grants to promote fatherhood and marriage, and just how large they were, and how far back they go — or that BIG private organizations both progressive (Open Society Institute, Ford Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation) AND conservative/religious (Heritage Foundation, Focus on the Family, Institute for American Values, etc.) had  also backing the same movement, often it seemed for political reasons.


ORIGINAL (Sept. 21, 2017) WRITING STARTS HERE:

So, I was interested in this round, reviewing some of of this guide to notice how many of the “resources” being promoted by HHS directly to their “State and Territorial Administrators” of the FVPSA monies (i.e., federal grants authorized under that 1984 Act) were referring to NON-entities and avoiding or down-played identifying the real entities identified with or running those “resources” or “Centers.”

The main point isn’t just that document, these individuals, or even these particular organizations, but what, collectively, they represent:  Picking a program response, pumping federal funds into favorite resource centers (definitely a factor in the “DV” field) and then tailoring it for underserved populations, or for more culturally specific “applications” — although the mainframe, CPU of the operations remains the same, and longstanding powerhouse nonprofits in charge whether directly, or indirectly through their staff collaborating with (see “Follow the Money” and Attract Some For Our Cause”) new, fresh ways to repackage the same old product — namely, NOT openly discussing the downsides of the coordinated nonprofit sector, or speaking out about the economic abuse through lack of accountability to the American public, throughout.

So much of ANY kind of abuse, in general, is about the money in the first place (as is human trafficking, drug-running, exploitation of several types, and at times, if not all times even perhaps, war itself) and the systems of establishing cash flow and profits while reducing sunlight, minimizing sharing of CONTROl of stockpiled resources, and keeping public literacy on how it’s done, to a minimum.

Some links of interest, which I started developing having investigated and reviewed them some years earlier, are good points of reference for HHS and Domestic Violence-related funding, and nonprofit behaviors in this field.  You’ll see these three pdfs below, as well as more on the NoVo Foundation, MoveToEndViolence.org (one of its projects), and some details a well-known, progressive three-term (now retired) Minnesota State Senator, Mee Moua, whose name appeared in an NCSC document (2013 publication) I’d been looking at (in the “Collaborative Justice” material).

From the former pdf, we see that the organization was well-sponsored, and well-organized before it got around to separating from the government-sponsored, “Health Forum” APIAHF, based in SF).

  • 3. (ACHF, ca 80pp) fvpsa_admin_guide_2012NOV1119_0) (<== If this was an image, my caption would read: “Go to about page 75 for list of resources. The Guide is directed to state or territorial administrators of the FVPSA funding, which was authorized (like the State Justice Institute, below) in 1984. Doc’t dates to Nov. 2012. By footnote 7 it is already quoting Ellen Pence Sourcebook (as edited by Jeffrey Edleson) and (fn6) Susan Schechter.”)   {{I don’t recall what “ACHF” stood for originally}}

This third (large — well over 80pp) HHS document, at about page 75 and dating to Nov. 2012, about a year before APIDV “spun off” into its own separate entity, was being circulated by HHS, apparently, as a guide to FVPSA (Family Violence Prevention and Services Act)-funded Resources or “Centers” — without distinguishing the incorporated (or hosting initiative if it was) from the unincorporated.  I compiled this several years ago while looking at the FVPSA, I guess, and had noticed that the email address for the above-referenced Asian Pacific Islander DV Institute pointed to the APIAHForum.  IDVAAC  and BWJP (Civil / Criminal) were also listed.


 

HOW I GOT HERE:  Looking more closely at the front matter and Executive Conference Session membership represented on this document.  NCSC is of course a prominent nonprofit on this blog along with several others helping “re-engineer” government and society according to chosen terms among those invited to the party (roundtables, etc.).

The tipping point in moving this away from the other post (other than it was cluttering up that post), as opposed to just explaining why a certain affiliation caught my attention and leaving it at that, was discovering “MoveToEndViolence.org,” with leadership overlap (the spinoff-entity from APIAHF as of 2015 had a Chairman of the Board (1h/week unpaid) on API-GBV associated NOT just with “Futures without Violence” (under that name and its previous name, “Family Violence Prevention Fund”) since 1980, but also with MoveToEndViolence — which is NOT an entity, apparently, but a project of the NoVo Foundation.


If you are not frequenting philanthropic circles, or social spheres where running big ones is normal, you probably may not know that NoVo Foundation is run by Berkshire Hathaway (i.e. Warren Buffett) heirs Peter and Jennifer Buffett.  However, it’s certainly not hard to look up.  That’s about where I decided to take the section off the other Page (despite its background’s obvious overlap with other organizations I’d featured on that page, and over time on this blog) to here.  //LGH.

Click image to enlarge if needed, and here for the source url (a video is also included)

“In Governance: the Final Frontier, NCSC President Mary McQueen argues that court leaders should replace their longstanding focus on the model for governing private corporations and executive branch agencies with the more appropriate model offered by what are called “loosely coupled” organizations. State courts, like public hospitals and universities, provide services requiring extensive and specialized knowledge in a context of decentralized decision making.
Consideration of the processes and mechanisms developed by leaders of loosely coupled organizations provides a new direction for achieving effective court governance and delivering public satisfaction.”
The document is dated 2013, was supported by a BJA grant,

This project was supported by Grant No. 2007-DD-BX-K056 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

and end matter, both references (footnotes, actually) and who was on the Executive Session for this series, are course interesting.
All three out of four “presenters” or sponsors were in the private nonprofit sector (and one, above, federal agency) and most participants were court-connected, including judges, famous law-school connected (Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Georgetown) as professors, one from NCSC (one of the four presenting or sponsoring entities) and one law firm whose representative there was former general counsel at GM (now at Kirkland & Ellis).   Only the retired Minnesota Senator (2002-2010) Mee Moua, as affiliated with an ethnicity-specific nonprofit in California seems to represent the non-law school, non-current or retired judge (or Court Administrator) participants on the Executive Session.  I took some time to show the single page in 3 images, annotated to show this:

Image 1 of 3 for a single page under this heading.

Image 2 of 3 for a single page (see Image 1)

Image 3 of 3, pointing out mostly the footer logos. See image 1 or filename for title

I see one (on the membership of the “Executive Session”) a retired Minnesota State Senator also associated with an entity I looked up (in its context of ethnicity-specific domestic violence prevention organization startup) years ago, in other words, the APIAHF helped kickstart and spin off a similarly-titled DV entity in the Northern California area. The exclusive makeup of the “Executive Committee” and lack of representatives from the public in general, is obvious.  It looks like Harvard convened the series;

Mee Moua

Vice President for Strategic Impact Initiatives, Asian & Pacifc Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF); Senator, Minnesota Senate, Retired.

 

The next section, which explains my interest in this connection to someone on the “Executive Conference” mentioned above, and deals with the above organization (APIAHF) and how its spin-off nonprofit (or at least one of them) in San Francisco, now in Oakland, got started after some time of funding as a project, and staffed by people already entrenched in the mainstream, by now standardized “response” to domestic, or as this group calls it after spin-off, “gender-based” violence.

I later (after reviewing the APIAHF) looked up Mee Moua (wikipedia) (Who’s Who of Asian Americans) and also remembered the Minnesota connection; NPR “Source of the Week” references her connection to Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Form 990 excerpt below).

I think this PPIA (Public Policy & International Affairs_Program_in Minneapolis) July 2014 interview with Ms. Moua on her life decisions, starting with some time at a summer institute in Princeton, gives her thinking on movement into government and then into the nonprofit sector. Sounds like she’s also an alumni of the program.

Mee Moua attended the Princeton Junior Summer Institute in 1991. Since then, she has had an impressive career in public service, including being the first Hmong American elected to the Minnesota Legislature and leading Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC. In her interview with PPIA National Director Erin Mann, Ms. Moua reveals her advice for staying motivated and inspired even when goals seem out of reach and how she has chosen to lead throughout her career.

From Who’s Who of Asian Americans (obviously not current as she retired in 2009 or 2010). Degree from Brown University. Notice reference to the APIAPHF.

There are several articles on her American Dream come true and life story, after which she shared in the part of American Dream (according to the articles I saw) which included losing an upscale family home, her parents’, and becoming homeless, despite having the highest “per diem” expenses for several years and despite her husband having been a real estate agent.  (This site complains about the per diems and links to articles about the foreclosure, but doesn’t have much else to say)

2016 Commencement Speech at Humphrey School; Click image for the article url this time.

This is to me secondary to the feature of the organization involved in tailoring the “standard” DV response in this country, these days, and further consolidating those already in power through the use of spinoff nonprofits set up by those already working in the “DV powerhouse organization” sector, and the word “powerhouse” in this case certainly applies as to size and age of connections, and size and age of another globally-oriented project run by a half-billion-dollar privately controlled tax-exempt foundation along similar themes.

From “HmongLessons.com” under “Senator Mee” which tells me it’s not current, however) more information and a mention that this was the sole legislative member of the Executive Session on the Judiciary at Harvard Kennedy School (which, again, I noticed as well as being one of the few nonprofit organizations represented there, either.

This bio (about half what’s on the page and absent the photo) doesn’t reference year of bachelors’ or master’s degrees, but does mention she was featured as young Asian American; it also leads with her role at the APIAHF:

http://hmonglessons.com/the-hmong/hmong-leaders/senator-mee-moua-mim-muas/

Mee Moua is currently the Vice President of Strategic Impact Initiatives for the Asian Pacific Island Americans Health Forum (APIAHF), a national health advocacy organization with offices in San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

Prior to her position with APIAHF, she was a Minnesota State Senator who was first elected in a special election in January 2002 and re-elected in 2002 and 2006.  She represented Minnesota Senate District 67 on the east side of St. Paul, an area with the highest concentration of Hmong Americans in the U.S.

In the Minnesota Senate, Mee Moua chaired the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee where she exerted her leadership to enact laws protecting children from cyber predators, vulnerable adults from financial exploitations, and residential consumers from predatory practices by lenders, contractors and insurers. She led a bipartisan team of decision-makers to collaborate on youth policy, resulting in the creation of the first bi-partisan, bi-cameral legislative caucus on Children and Youth in the nation. To support the on-going work focused on children and youth, she succeeded in passing a law to create a pilot project for a Children and Youth Budget, which required recommendations on how to tie government expenditures to measurable outcomes.

Mee Moua has been a strong advocate for Minnesota’s newest Americans. In 2005 and 2006, she took a lead role in advancing immigration reform legislation through the Minnesota Senate. She supported bills to improve funding for Limited English Proficiency classes and Adult Basic Education Classes. She fought for the DREAM Act, which would make higher education more affordable for children of immigrants.

Mee Moua’s broad experiences and achievements have resulted in invitations to participate in numerous state, national and international groups including the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Forum for Youth Investment, the National Governors’ Association, the Conference of Chief Justices, and various regional and national foundations. She is the sole legislative member of the current class of Harvard’s  Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Session of Judiciary Leaders{{but the page is undated… so meaning/year of “current” is unknown}} and remains the only American elected official admitted to the Asia Society/Asia 21 program for young leaders from the U.S., Asia and the Pacific Rim.

(only two paragraphs omitted from this summary):

…She is a frequent featured speaker locally, nationally and internationally. She is a political trainer for Wellstone Action and the White House Project. In 2005, she lectured in Japan at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Ryukyu University in Okinawa and Temple University in Tokyo. Her personal and public journeys have been recorded in numerous video and audio documentaries, scholarly research, national and international history projects, and contemporary media such as O Magazine.

Born in Laos, Mee Moua came the U.S. in 1978 with her family as political refugees from the war in Southeast Asia. She graduated from Brown University in Rhode Island, earned a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Texas-Austin, and completed her law degree from the University of Minnesota. Before being elected to the legislature in 2001, she was an attorney with one of the largest firms in Minnesota. {name omitted — why?} She is married to Yee Chang and has three children.

Mee Moua was the nation’s first Hmong American elected to a state legislature, and until her retirement from public office in 2010, she held the highest office of any Hmong American elected official.

Wellstone Action is obviously progressive.  The Wellstones played a significant role, while still alive, before 2003(?), in promoting supervised visitation and, in general it seems, the policies put forward by Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs  (“DAIP”) in Duluth, MN. Searchable on this blog; Sen. Paul and Sheila Wellstone also appeared (presented) at a Year 2000 AFCC conference. Link is on my sidebar under “Vital Links/Alpha-Chrono” or similar title.

I looked briefly at Asian-Americans Advancing Justice website and one Form 990. (Mee had been involved, but has announced intended resignation this past February, 2017) — in addition to affiliates in different cities, the main entity does post its financials — although only a single Form 990, FY2015, which is here. As Executive Officer one of only two paid officers, Mee made $189K + benefits (considerably more than as a Minnesota senator…).

This article (Feb. 2017) notes more accomplishments and her announcement of intention to retire from AAAJ, and that she is (“only” from my perspective) 47 years old. The article is from AsAm News:

Interesting headings. Click image to enlarge if needed.

Mee Moua Resigns as Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice

(2/5/2017 posted by “Randall”)

…Moua is credited with raising the profile of Asian Americans in the nation’s capital on such issues as affirmative action, reproductive justice and LGBTQ equality. She has appeared on CNN and was selected twice to Washingtonian Magazine’s* list of 100 Most Powerful Women.

*{Someone from the Washingtonian also on that Harvard Kennedy School Executive Session image I showed above in 3 parts}. 


At that age, in a different year, I was as a home-grown citizen living in Northern California struggling to deal with domestic violence involving guns and knives in the home while raising two children, a situation which had nothing to do with my immigration (unless “to California” from another part of the US counts…).  I mistakenly thought this was a liberal area of the country, which the years since have changed, or at least “filled in some of the details.”  During part of this time I was working FT nights at a law firm, and knew that at least two of my fellow-staff (one supervisor, one shift-supervisor) also had dealt with serious DV issues.  I remember the work being the only place I really felt safe.. it was in a high-rise.  Only problem — our children weren’t particularly safe with father as a caretaker while I was at work, etc. ….

Asian Americans Advancing Justice (DC organization) FY2015, Form 990 posted on their website (click image to see the rest of it). No independent contractors, privately funded, dependent on contributions (i.e., not much program service revenue showing).


I posted quite a bit (on the originating Page) below until realizing that the spin-off entity’s Board Chair was not only a long-time “Futures without Violence” staffer (since 1980), but also, as found on the website “MoveToEndViolence.org,” fronting, leading, or otherwise involved with the NoVo Foundation, which is a half-billion-dollar assets Form 990PF filer out of New York (but legal domicile Nebraska, per NY filings), run and funded (it says since 2006 in NY, otherwise since 1999) by the Buffett Family (i.e., in a recent year, Warren Buffett donated $150M in the form of non-cash (i.e., equities) a single year, out of which $81M was distributed as grants to a variety of groups, including (a few pages worth, i.e., millions of dollars) to the Tides Foundation and Tides Center.

Total results: 3Search Again.

ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN
NoVo Foundation NY 2015 990PF 53 $528,162,041.00 47-0824753
NoVo Foundation NY 2014 990PF 48 $527,185,379.00 47-0824753
NoVo Foundation NY 2013 990PF 41 $395,245,222.00 47-0824753

Also, I see from its Form 990PF that the NoVo Foundation (based in NY) is claiming “MoveToEndViolence.org” as its direct charitable activity, and paying a specific subcontractor (The Raben Group) to run it.  The composition of The Raben Group (founded in 2002, see their website) shows its approach, and (as faces, not names were provided showing their diverse and mostly young staff, I clicked on the only ones showing signs of age, as in gray hair or anything close to it for women) and found several careers in federal government, whether Clinton or Obama administration, with the emphasis on Progressive and Democrat, although Founder Robert Raben bio blurb mentions bipartisan approach.

The Raben Group is an LLC subcontractor for at least The Novo Foundation (assets now over one-half billion) with website highlighting diversity and featuring photos first, names+info, click by click only. Curtails peripheral viewing of the qualifications, affiliations, and backgrounds of staff in any overview as a textual presentation would permit; suits the company’s purposes if not readers’. Are visual portraits really the most important feature of the 70+ staff?

Robert Raben partial bio blurb: Wharton School (of Business, UPennsylvania) and NYU Law School.

Also “Finally, as a certified LGBT Business Enterprise, we are able to build relationships with America’s leading corporations to advance our clients’ goals.”

Look at the rhetoric from NoVoFoundation website.

General description of Foundation from its website (most, not all, of home page).

FY2015 Form 990PF simply shows that the $150M of non-cash contributions that year came from a single source.

Just general FYI: Some other assets of the NoVo Foundation. “The Nature of Hair LLC” is based in Sausalito, CA, I looked it up later. Wonder how it did in the recent California fires. It had a fairly recent (2014?) IPO, $2M or 2M (I forget which offhand) shares issued per some SEC filings; you can see $1M here held by NoVo Foundation). Talks about green chemistry. Notice: “Mission-related Investments” reads “0” — that’s not how NoVo Fndtn does its tax-exempt purpose work.

My protest, as a domestic violence survivor (1990s) myself in the same area, is that the opportunity for some of US to provide intelligent feedback against overwhelming built-in infrastructure funds from both private AND federal sources, has become like spitting in the wind.

Perhaps that’s where this blog fits in, I am tacking against the wind in public/private partnerships and am certainly no cheerleader for all this (financially) coerced “collaboration” in a vaccuum of financial transparency among the nonprofit sector, which includes government (!) in the sense that while government entities DO pay taxes for their employees, they are not paying taxes as would a corporation, for the profits, decade after decade!   Maybe that bit of “spitting in the wind” on this blog is why it’s still getting some attention from a variety of universities and government entities, year after year…


ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN
Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum CA 2015 990 44 $2,065,805.00 94-3030866
Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum CA 2014 990 66 $2,533,969.00 94-3030866
Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum CA 2013 990 45 $3,444,091.00 94-3030866

 BRIEF summary from FY2015 above — the gross receipts are over $6M of which (Part VIII) a good chunk is government grants.  The entity is running regularly in the red (Expenses claimed more than Revenues; see bottom of page 1).  Its grants are not listed on Schedule I, but the $1.5M of grants reported about 3/page instead (making for a higher page count on the tax return) show that (by far) the largest grantee is its own spinoff organization, the Asian Pacific Islander Institute Against Gender-Based Violence (only formed in 2013); which received $322K.  Another group (The Tides Center in SF!) got $225K and a third one in New Orleans, $100K, all others, signficantly less.  So of their expenses, $1.5M were pass-through grants, and over $2M salaries; there are no independent contractors shown. Formed in 1986.

Total results: 3Search Again.

ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN
ASIAN PACIFIC INSTITUTE ON GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE CA 2016 990 28 $612,044.00 46-2288278
ASIAN PACIFIC INSTITUTE ON GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE CA 2015 990 27 $528,009.00 46-2288278
ASIAN PACIFIC INSTITUTE ON GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE CA 2014 990EZ 13 $42,096.00 46-2288278

The API on GBV started under the APIAHF.

I am including two documents I researched at the time, and one showing that the Executive Director (Firoza Chic Dabby) named in the spin-off organization has connections (as does another board member, Debbie Lee) are both firmly entrenched in the AFCC/BWJP/FVPF (Family Violence Prevention Fund, now “Futures without Violence”) classic “enhance the family court practices” response to domestic violence without confronting the roles of the professional trade associations involved.

In general, the push has been to handle “DV” as a health problem, not a criminal matter, and to frequently compromise with the fathers’ rights groups, even when organization leadership may be mostly female, or look progressive feminist in general.  Between the two federal agencies, it seems that HHS is better funded the DOJ, so perhaps the focus on treating it as a health issue more than a criminal one is understandable (??)… Anyhow:

APIIDV (Asian Pacific-Islander Institute {sic} on Gender-Based Violence, CalifEntityC3541009, EIN#46-2288278, @ 2013 only) (<==Founding Doc’ts) RRF FYr 2005, $3’5M grants APIHForum,EIN#943030866,GovtGrants=6HHS + CDHS, but nxt 2yrs, RRF falsely read No Gov’t Grants (under same Edir)  (See 3rd page, showing sources of government revenues that year).  (“{sic}” just refers to my having mistakenly transferred the word “institute” to the new entity, which its legal name doesn’t include).

[These three — two above and two below — were also listed near the top of this post, in case you already looked at them there.]

From the former pdf, we see that the organization was well-sponsored, and well-organized before it got around to separating from the government-sponsored, “Health Forum” based in SF).  (ACHF, ca 80pp) fvpsa_admin_guide_2012NOV1119_0) (<== If this was an image, my caption would read: “Go to about page 75 for list of resources. The Guide is directed to state or territorial administrators of the FVPSA funding, which was authorized (like the State Justice Institute, below) in 1984. Doc’t dates to Nov. 2012. By footnote 7 it is already quoting Ellen Pence Sourcebook (as edited by Jeffrey Edleson) and (fn6) Susan Schechter.”)  

This third (large — well over 80pp) HHS document, at about page 75 and dating to 2012, before APIDV “spun off” into its own separate entity, was being circulated by HHS, apparently, as a guide to FVPSA (Family Violence Prevention and Services Act)-funded “Centers” — without distinguishing the incorporated (or hosting initiative if it was) from the unincorporated.  I compiled this several years ago while looking at the FVPSA, I guess, and had noticed that the email address for the above-referenced Asian Pacific Islander DV Institute pointed to the APIAHForum.  IDVAAC  and BWJP (Civil / Criminal) were also listed.

From California OAG, Financial Statemts for this entity showing some HHS grants still flowing through the APIHF as a pass-through entity, in fact, quite a bit.

Also, I see from its Form 990PF that the NoVo Foundation (based in NY) is claiming “MoveToEndViolence.org” as its direct charitable activity, and paying a specific subcontractor (The Raben Group) to run it.  The composition of The Raben Group (founded in 2002, see their website) shows its approach, and (as faces, not names were provided showing their diverse and mostly young staff, I clicked on the only ones showing signs of age, as in gray hair or anything close to it for women) and found several careers in federal government, whether Clinton or Obama administration, with the emphasis on Progressive and Democrat, although Founder Robert Raben bio blurb mentions bipartisan approach.

Also “Finally, as a certified LGBT Business Enterprise, we are able to build relationships with America’s leading corporations to advance our clients’ goals.”

Look at the rhetoric.

General description of Foundation from its website (most, not all, of home page).

I don’t recognize the “Other Investments” particularly, but you can see where most of the assets are held. Also notice, elsewhere on the return, “Mission Related Investments are blank (as the row is here –I don’t know why it’s even included), but above, the direct charitable activities are listed, and include “MoveToEndViolence” as a primary one. (i.e., Direct charitable activities =/= (entity’s) Mission-related Investments categories). Direct action vs. investments.

(This image simply to show the Buffett name).

My protest, as a domestic violence survivor (1990s) myself in the same area, is that the opportunity for some of US to provide intelligent feedback against overwhelming built-in infrastructure funds from both private AND federal sources, has become like spitting in the wind.

Perhaps that’s where this blog fits in, I am tacking against the wind in public/private partnerships and am certainly no cheerleader for all this (financially) coerced “collaboration” in a vaccuum of financial transparency among the nonprofit sector, which includes government (!) in the sense that while government entities DO pay taxes for their employees, they are not paying taxes as would a corporation, for the profits, decade after decade!   Maybe that bit of “spitting in the wind” on this blog is why it’s still getting some attention from a variety of universities and government entities, year after year…


ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN
Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum CA 2015 990 44 $2,065,805.00 94-3030866
Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum CA 2014 990 66 $2,533,969.00 94-3030866
Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum CA 2013 990 45 $3,444,091.00 94-3030866

 BRIEF summary from FY2015 above — the gross receipts are over $6M of which (Part VIII) a good chunk is government grants.  The entity is running regularly in the red (Expenses claimed more than Revenues; see bottom of page 1).  Its grants are not listed on Schedule I, but the $1.5M of grants reported about 3/page instead (making for a higher page count on the tax return) show that (by far) the largest grantee is its own spinoff organization, the Asian Pacific Islander Institute Against Gender-Based Violence (only formed in 2013); which received $322K.  Another group (The Tides Center in SF!) got $225K and a third one in New Orleans, $100K, all others, signficantly less.  So of their expenses, $1.5M were pass-through grants, and over $2M salaries; there are no independent contractors shown. Formed in 1986.

Total results: 3Search Again.

ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN
ASIAN PACIFIC INSTITUTE ON GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE CA 2016 990 28 $612,044.00 46-2288278
ASIAN PACIFIC INSTITUTE ON GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE CA 2015 990 27 $528,009.00 46-2288278
ASIAN PACIFIC INSTITUTE ON GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE CA 2014 990EZ 13 $42,096.00 46-2288278

The API on GBV started under the APIAHF.  I am including two documents I researched at the time, and one showing that the Executive Director (Firoza Chic Dabby) named in the spin-off organization has connections (as does another board member, Debbie Lee) firmly entrenched in the AFCC/BWJP/FVPF (Family Violence Prevention Fund, now “Futures without Violence”) classic “enhance the family court practices” response to domestic violence without confronting the roles of the professional trade associations involved.  In general, the push has been to handle “DV” as a health problem, not a criminal matter, and to frequently compromise with the fathers’ rights groups, even when organization leadership may be mostly female, or look progressive feminist in general.  Between the two federal agencies, it seems that HHS is better funded the DOJ, so perhaps the focus on treating it as a health issue more than a criminal one is understandable (??)… Anyhow:

APIIDV (Asian Pacific-Islander Institute {sic} on Gender-Based Violence, CalifEntityC3541009, EIN#46-2288278, @ 2013 only) (<==Founding Doc’ts) RRF FYr 2005, $3’5M grants APIHForum,EIN#943030866,GovtGrants=6HHS + CDHS, but nxt 2yrs, RRF falsely read No Gov’t Grants (under same Edir)  (See 3rd page, showing sources of government revenues that year).  (“{sic}” just refers to my having mistakenly transferred the word “institute” to the new entity, which its legal name doesn’t include).

From the former pdf, we see that the organization was well-sponsored, and well-organized before it got around to separating from the government-sponsored, “Health Forum” based in SF).  (ACHF, ca 80pp) fvpsa_admin_guide_2012NOV1119_0) (<== If this was an image, my caption would read: “Go to about page 75 for list of resources. The Guide is directed to state or territorial administrators of the FVPSA funding, which was authorized (like the State Justice Institute, below) in 1984. Doc’t dates to Nov. 2012. By footnote 7 it is already quoting Ellen Pence Sourcebook (as edited by Jeffrey Edleson) and (fn6) Susan Schechter.”)  This third (large — well over 80pp) HHS document, at about page 75 and dating to 2012, before APIDV “spun off” into its own separate entity, was being circulated by HHS, apparently, as a guide to FVPSA (Family Violence Prevention and Services Act)-funded “Centers” — without distinguishing the incorporated (or hosting initiative if it was) from the unincorporated.  I compiled this several years ago while looking at the FVPSA, I guess, and had noticed that the email address for the above-referenced Asian Pacific Islander DV Institute pointed to the APIAHForum.  IDVAAC  and BWJP (Civil / Criminal) were also listed.

From California OAG, Financial Statemts for this entity showing some HHS grants still flowing through the APIHF as a pass-through entity, in fact, quite a bit.

 

I have below here about 10 images, most which were found looking at some of the 3 pdfs provided here, and some others, parts of the information on record at California government websites regarding the relationship between the API (Asian and Pacific Islanders) Health Forum, which is one entity at 450 Sutter Street, SF, and which takes HHS grants, and had been running the APIIDV project with classic “DV response” personnel before the APIIGBV (not on “Domestic” but on “Gender-Based” Violence) was spun off, first incorporating March 2013, got its tax-exemption Sept. 2013, and in January 2014 (Confirmation of Registration and first RRF claiming 0 revenues sent on letterhead from the SF Address by the first Executive Director and Registered agent) sent the California OAG.

BUT, before then (the >80-page FVPSA Guide to State Administrators, put out by the HHS, pdf link above), we can see that along with BWJP (didn’t spin off until Sept. 2011? I’ve blogged it plenty), IDVAAC (see below — never incorporated from what I can tell) and this APIIDV (NOT referenced as being a project of the APIHF, the Health Forum) were referenced in a November 2012 publication intended not particularly for the public, all people, but for FVPSA Grants Administrators

Since then, the new nonprofit against Gender-Based Violence in the Asian and Pacific-Islanders communities, which claimed to the IRS zero revenues in its first, short year, and only $42K in its second (for which a Form 990EZ is shown on the state OAG site, not shown here…) by 2015 and 2016 (Financial Statements) is acknowledging, still, significant pass-through HHS funding through the Health Forum AND the separate OVW Technical Assistance Grants, which comprise, apparently, most of its income.  While under the Health Forum, however, it was able to spend several hundred thousand on first year’s expenses, per its “Form 1023” declarations on finally coming out as a registered charity and California Entity.

Meanwhile also Debbie J. Lee, still (at latest return) Board Chairman of that entity is also working with “Move to End Violence” (a “10-year initiative” of the NoVo Foundation (i.e., not yet spun off as its own entity) and I see incorporating again mens’ rights groups — “A Call To Men” — Open Society Institute, and others), which website acknowledges Ms. Lee’s having been Futures without Violence (formerly FVPF until 2010) staff since 1980 (!!).  (“Futures” itself being a major player in this field and historically well-funded by both HHS and USDOJ; it’s also no runnning related entities involving real estate acquisition and I guess development, on the SF Praesidio and in general doing well, last I looked, about $40M assets well….)

FYI, these are some of the reasons the reference to the APIAHF on a document I just ran across today (mid-September 2017!) caught my eye, post-publication.

From the former pdf, we see that the organization was well-sponsored, and well-organized before it got around to separating from the government-sponsored, “Health Forum” based in SF).  (ACHF, ca 80pp) fvpsa_admin_guide_2012NOV1119_0) (<== If this was an image, my caption would read: “Go to about page 75 for list of resources. The Guide is directed to state or territorial administrators of the FVPSA funding, which was authorized (like the State Justice Institute, below) in 1984. Doc’t dates to Nov. 2012. By footnote 7 it is already quoting Ellen Pence Sourcebook (as edited by Jeffrey Edleson) and (fn6) Susan Schechter.”)  This third (large — well over 80pp) HHS document, at about page 75 and dating to 2012, before APIDV “spun off” into its own separate entity, was being circulated by HHS, apparently, as a guide to FVPSA (Family Violence Prevention and Services Act)-funded “Centers” — without distinguishing the incorporated (or hosting initiative if it was) from the unincorporated.  I compiled this several years ago while looking at the FVPSA, I guess, and had noticed that the email address for the above-referenced Asian Pacific Islander DV Institute pointed to the APIAHForum.  IDVAAC  and BWJP (Civil / Criminal) were also listed.

From California OAG, Financial Statemts for this entity showing some HHS grants still flowing through the APIHF as a pass-through entity, in fact, quite a bit.

From California OAG, Financial Statemts for this entity showing some HHS grants still flowing through the APIHF as a pass-through entity, in fact, quite a bit. (Two FS Excerpts for 2 different years posted here).

From the Nov. 2012 HHS guide

From the HHS Nov. 2012 guide. Notice the “Resource Center” is actually a project of the NCJFCJ. The center, not the entity, is featured. The entities are down-played, and the functions, featured — but for taxpayers, the entities are vitally important to understand and be able to identify, and characterize as 501©3s (or whatever they might be). NCJFCJ was, probably still IS, a designated BY HHS “special resource center” and its boards of directors include public officials, i.e., judges!

Notice the two versions of BWJP programming (also confusing in that this includes in general, more than one related nonprofit!) and on the bottom right, the IDVAAC (which four years after this doc’t — Dec. 2016 — “closed,” which I discuss towards the bottom of this (9/18/2017) FamilyCourtMatters.org page…

From “MoveToEndViolence.org” re: Debbie Lee, who is still on the board of the related APIIGBV entity.


Written by Let's Get Honest

October 22, 2017 at 6:57 pm

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