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Eight Posts from November, 2017 (Informal TOC Update@ March 9, 2018)

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You are reading:  Eight Posts from November, 2017 (Informal TOC Update@ March 9, 2018) (with case-sensitive, WordPress-generated short-link ending “-8KE”). This post is about 10,000 words and will remain, being a Table of Contents (for a single month), near the top of this blog.

Are you a first time visitor?  Then realize that “2017 continues themes from 2016…Tables of Contents” may be a better place to start.  That full post title: 2017 Table of Contents Continues Themes From 2016. See TOC for: (1) 2017 now thru March Sept. 21; (2) 2016 All; (3) Sept. 2012 – June 2014, Reverse Chrono, and (4) See Also More Info Below. (case-sensitive, WordPress-generated shortlink-ends 5qZ

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

It presents the TOCs in orderly, structured tables with dozens of rows, viewable directly on the blog, or in uploaded 8X11 page formats, which will look like the image to your right (only in better focus). It also better introduces the blog themes with examples of typical research within it.
 Here,  instead, I am quickly creating three “informal TOC update” posts for the last quarter of 2017 (one each for Oct, Nov, & Dec.), which will all display above/before, instead of underneath/after (preferred) that “2017 Tables of Contents” page only because I don’t see how to force them to display underneath it.*
[*that is, the blog’s (WordPress platform) technical capacity for posts, such as it does show for “pages,” to force a certain presentation order within posts labeled, as these will be, “sticky.” (Sticky functions like a magnet + note on a refrigerator, or a thumbtack on a bulletin board near the door, checked regularly.  The designation keeps any post “in your face visible,” on top of all others in the “Current Posts” viewing area.  (See right sidebar “Go To” widget).

2017 Dates shown in this post:  November 5, 18 (with links to a new page Nov. 11), 21, 22, 23, 24, 28 and 29.

Formats follows what’s seen in the first listing below — Dates are in red, followed by post titles (with links to them) highlit in bright yellow, followed by opening or summary texts (copied & pasted, not re-written, these are not formal “abstracts”) in light-green backgrounds inside dark green lines.  Some of the opening text sections contain images and subsections to give a flavor of each post.

Here’s a list of titles only.  Below, a list of titles (in the same format) with the surrounding (summary) texts inbetween.  This added to conform better to the December, 2017 post and for reader convenience. Also, in doing this I noticed that in the main post (titles + “surrounding texts” section) the title for Nov. 28 had omitted; its surrounding (summary) text mistakenly had been credited to November 24. This has now been corrected adding it here, and switching the 11/24 duplicate with the 11/28 title applicable to its surrounding abstract.

That title references some significant “fatherhood” organizations in Baltimore and in South Carolina (and NY) and is a relevant read focused on an original main topic of this blog.  4/12/2018…//LGH.


NOVEMBER 5, 2017Before WHO’s HiAP there was UN’s Agenda 21; As Usual, Internationally-Networked Nonprofits such as  ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA, Inc.** ~ (1991ff, MA legal domicile; first HQ in Boston, then Berkeley, then Oakland, and lately Denver) ~ Help Spread the Latest Version of the Global Gospel. (with case-sensitive short-link ending “-7N2,” post started 10/14/2017 as one of two spin-off posts from my “HiAP” one; being published   Nov. 5)


NOVEMBER 18 (referencing also a Nov. 11 new page)About MRFP, Inc. (NAAG/NASCO’s “Single Portal Initiative” for MultiState Registration and Filing by Charities — except, apparently, for MRFP, Inc, NAAG, and NASCO). Also See my New Page (publ. 11/11/17) on SimpleCharityRegistration.com [This post Publ. 11/18/2017](shortlink here ends “-7X8”).


NOVEMBER 21Six Posts (at least) in the Pipeline, Pre-Thanksgiving 2017 (looking back, looking forward…), Yet I See I’d Outlined Nearly the Same Basics One Year Ago (Nov. 2016) [Published 11/21/2017]. (short-link ends “-7ZH”).  


NOVEMBER 22Post Footnotes for “Before WHO’s HiAP… A Closer Look at ICLEI-Local Gov’ts for Sustainability…” post, starting with “NYT Activists Fight Green Projects” (short-link ending “-7T1” started Nov. 2, 2017, published Nov. 22.) 


NOVEMBER 23Happening NOW: Locally and within the USA, Matching Nonprofits to Legal Entities and Tracking Them Remains at Best (for Most) a Messy, Expensive and Unreliable Process, but Internationally — More Streamlined, Monitored, and Standardized for Faster, Easier, and More Profitable Trade. See FSF, FSB (G20-formed, 2009), LEI Legal Entity Identifier [global database + system], GLEIF (Swiss Foundation), LOUs (who issue LEIs) and ‘KYC’ (Know Your Customer) [Publ. Nov. 23, 2017]. (case-sensitive short-link ending “-7To”; moved here Nov. 3, 2017, publ. Thanksgiving Day). (About 8,000 words with some post-publication revisions).


NOVEMBER 24Changing (the) World, Changing (the) Words: Sovereignty, Circumscribing Sovereignty versus Global ‘Citizenship’ (the Unmentionable: then who is the Global ‘Sovereign’?). (case-sensitive short-link ends “-7MB” started Oct. 14, 2017, published Nov. 24),

References: came from  HiAP (HEALTH, not LAW*, in All Policies) Coordinated from Afar, Applied Locally, including throughout the USA (case-sensitive shortlink ends “-7LY”, published Oct. 24, 2017).

NOVEMBER 28Why are Famous PRIVATE Foundations (Ford, Mott, Public Welfare and others) and On-line Mass Solicitation, DAF-collecting Companies (like JustGive.org) so Fond of Funky, “Failed-to-File” 501©3s — like Wisconsin’s barely-still-there CFFPP (Center for Families and Public Policy) and Its Board of 1hr/week Unpaid Father-Focused Networks (some entities, some not) Speakers, Conference-circuit Experts?. (shortlink ends “-7So” and length is about 10,000 words). Started Oct. 29, published Nov. 28


NOVEMBER 29The Dark Sides (Bottom Lines) of Web-based Donor-Advised Funding: Donor Disclaimers, Buyouts, Emigration (JustGive [US]–>JustGiving [UK]). And Interesting Related Ops (IronPlanet: ZOPB Highway ByPass J.V.) and Bank Bailouts. [A July 26, 2016 section repost]. (shortlink ends “-83s” and length is just under 7,000 words).


Surrounding texts aren’t abstracts, but summarize content, and usually from the very top of a post.  Click any title to access it.  Titles are obviously in bold font and highlight bright yellow..).

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NOVEMBER 5, 2017Before WHO’s HiAP there was UN’s Agenda 21; As Usual, Internationally-Networked Nonprofits such as  ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA, Inc.** ~ (1991ff, MA legal domicile; first HQ in Boston, then Berkeley, then Oakland, and lately Denver) ~ Help Spread the Latest Version of the Global Gospel. (with case-sensitive short-link ending “-7N2,” post started 10/14/2017 as one of two spin-off posts from my “HiAP” one; being published   Nov. 5)

Post abstract/opening shown in this background-color, marked inside green lines (box):  Other post abstracts for November 2017 informal Table of Contents update here follow the same color scheme, to distinguish them from post titles. … Some of these “abstracts” are long enough to include sub-sections, which might be in different color schemes.  On-location (actual posts) rarely will follow the same color schemes; this [light-green inside dark green lines] color scheme is just an added visual marker for purposes of this post.  Look for the yellow-highlit post titles.

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…I left in a major section with some very large images to juxtapose the smaller “ICLEI” organization with the huge, and older “ICMA.org” and its: subsidiary, controlled, disregarded, related (etc.) entities, in order to show at least who IS aware that the collective public sector retirement plans are a MAJOR investment platform, and profitable prize for whose who can manage to position themselves as administrators of it.Separately, ICLEI is a name-changer with international origins, connections, and purposes. Inbetween I talk about journalism, as it was in a NYT article I first learned about the entity mentioned in the post and more.  For now, the “Read More” link is placed far down on the post.  Publishing now relieves some of the personal pressure mounting as I discover more and more down some of these “rabbit holes”…Thanks for your patience meanwhile. //LGH, Nov. 5, 2017



.. **If your first response is in part “Who the heck is ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA, Inc.?” know that so was mine, on hearing about it only a month ago from an article in The New York Times from more than five years ago:

Activists Fight Green Projects, Seeing U.N. Plot 

The article after characterizing the activists (in general, as “Tea Party,” ultra-right, conspiracy theorists complaining about simple plans to help the environment, etc.) claims that one of the targeted groups was this “ICLEI-Local Governments…USA,” above.  People were disrupting local town meetings where it was presenting….

So, naturally, I started the process of looking it up as an corporate entity and IRS-filing (and of course its website, which didn’t post the financials) and quickly found a location-shifting, and name-changing, Massachusetts-based nonprofit with Canadian and acknowledged international origins, and purposes, and (at first), even board member, and where the few grants it was distributing were going (the earliest return I found being only 2002) to cities in “SA” — South Africa.  In a FY2002 tax return, two of the street addresses for the Canadian directors/officers were “City Hall,” and one token American involved, just for appearances perhaps.. (See closing pages at the above link)

It is also primarily government grants-dependent, which given its international board, these may or may not be from the USA only, although I did find a reference in the back of one (FY2002) tax return to U.S. Dept. of State (U.S.AID) involvement.  And by this time promoting Agenda 21.

ICLEI (FY2002 BostonMA) FY 2002 PSA*, Related + USAID Statemts (3 images) (*Program Service Accomplishmts). Though the largest expense this year, statement was relegated to back of return and a lesser expense (Agenda 21) left on the IRS Form, alongside blank lines for other PSAs, instead). As THE primary expense, it was that year THE primary activity. This is “avoidance” 990-filing behavior.

ICLEI (FY2002 BostonMA) FY 2002 PSA, Related + USAID Statemts (3 images)

ICLEI (FY2002 BostonMA) FY 2002 PSA, Related + USAID Statemts (3 images)

 

 

 

 

 

NOVEMBER 18 (referencing also a Nov. 11 new page)About MRFP, Inc. (NAAG/NASCO’s “Single Portal Initiative” for MultiState Registration and Filing by Charities — except, apparently, for MRFP, Inc, NAAG, and NASCO). Also See my New Page (publ. 11/11/17) on SimpleCharityRegistration.com [This post Publ. 11/18/2017](shortlink here ends “-7X8”).

Subtitle:  Who’s Regulating the Regulators? Why are they exempt from the rules they exist to enforce?  Wake Up, People!!

.Those Acronyms in the Title:    “MRFP” = (see post title).* “NAAG” = National Association of Attorneys General.  And “NASCO,” it’s said, is “National Association of State Charity Officials.”**

  • *Technically speaking, “MRFP, Inc.” is a business name, not an acronym, but it does seem to represent the phrase”MultiState Registration and Filing Portal.”
  • **“Proof of Life” or business entity personhood is just not found so far, despite other similar or interested entities, even the IRS.gov itself, publicizing, positively, the name in full and as an acronym as if a creditable point of reference and a legitimate entity with a legal domicile somewhere in the USA or one of its territories.
  • **If so, if NASCO exists, where is its incorporation or charitable registration; does it even have an EIN#? If yes, then where are its tax returns or even a single Form 990-N?  Or where is it on someone else’s tax return as its fiscal agent?  
  • **…Speaking of which, I’d ask NAAG (i.e., a NAAG Tax return/Form 990) which seems to be acting as a fiscal agent for some NASCO functions — but where are NAAG’s returns (even though NAAG’s EIN#, no thanks to NAAG’s own website, was eventually found)?? 

For an example of references to NASCO (as well as apparent confusion, as ever, between the puppet and the puppeteers, that is, the creation and the creators — specifically a business with a product, and the product itself), these next two links to a single document written as if responding to the “RFI” (Request for Information) on the Single Portal Initiative, showing the logos for “GUIDESTAR” on the left and “SimpleCharityRegistration.com” on the right, and the found document was actually posted at MRFP, Inc. …

By the time you get through my page on this, you’ll see that SimpleCharityRegistration.com also adds fully FOUR logos labeled “in partnership with” of which one is Guidestar, and another one (BizFilings.com) provides us clues to the whole mess that predates the federal income tax, and how corporate law was adjusted (and by whom) to get around anti-trust laws of the same era. It’s fascinating information and definitely turned on some of my own lights as to the phenomenon I’d already observed of effective monopolies (or “oligarchies”) within the nonprofit sector and intersecting with government itself.

I also discuss several aspects of that situation here, adding some new links.

Annotated: RFI response to MRFP by GuideStar and Simple Charity Registration (4pp, p1 only shown)  My many annotations highlight the troubled verbiage found at a RFI posted at MRFP, Inc.  What’s more, that pdf seems immune to being displayed as an image other than directly from the website (meaning, if the link changes, “too bad.”).. Please do click that link and read my annotations … The annotations make for a visually cluttered page but still raise ongoing and important questions about the language.  I question whether anyone who could produce and would even think it appropriate to post a mess like this should be taken seriously when the topic is organizing and monitoring charitable entities (!!).  Apparently some corners (lots of them) have been cut in putting up a show of fair usage of the funds involved for such a project.

Plain: Link to a clean copy, all 4 pages, posted at MRFPinc.org under “Request for Information” and apparently from this and other context dated sometime after 2015 or 2016, although it’s not actually dated (or signed) within those four pages, at all. One of the companies mentioned on it, I still haven’t found.


On 11/11/2017, after some days of rapt attention to this new area of learning about how many different ways (and how many red flags along the ways) government employees of high rank and authority over and responsibility to regulate major parts of the private sector can and so often do form private-sector corporations, boasting among each other and on the private-sector corporate websites (which many of the public may never stumble across, ever…) about the public benefits for the project — and doing this all while withholding/concealing identifiable registration of the same private-sector (tax-exempt of course), or failing-to-file, and/or failing-to-file-IRS Forms 990 even when they may have registered,* and in general thus distracting the public from one of the most critical things that public deserves to know,** I published a new page containing a helpful list, alpha by state, of where charities have to register…unless they don’t because for some reason they’re exempt.

Page Title: State-by-State Charity Lookup Links (from SimpleCharityRegistration.com’s March 2017 WordPress post)   Started Nov. 8, 2017, Published Nov. 11; intended for my “Vital Links” sidebar menu. Case-sensitive, generated short-link ends “-7Vm”       Recommended — read that Page before this Post for better statement of context.


Without a glossary of organizations and sense of who they are and how they interact, and some examples of how they speak and act (for “act,” I’m talking filing accountability and transparency issues, absence or presence of double-talk, or promoting what may (and sometimes sure seem to be acting like) fake-name persona (repetition of reference among the community substituting for actual registration and production of tax returns, or a declaration why there are none), this gets complicated.  [The complication on the part of above-named organizations seems intentional.]   

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NOVEMBER 21Six Posts (at least) in the Pipeline, Pre-Thanksgiving 2017 (looking back, looking forward…), Yet I See I’d Outlined Nearly the Same Basics One Year Ago (Nov. 2016) [Published 11/21/2017]. (short-link ends “-7ZH”).  

Published initially with tags; about 9,500 words including the “navigation” section with its outline of subtitles near the top, which I felt would help process the many images and references found in the middle. And an extended section on previously-blogged JPA (multi-state, i.e., “regional” government entity) WestEd, which now has a revamped website (which still neglects to post its financials and mis-states its date of origin by 30 years...).

On the bottom of this post I’ve been updating the status of the referenced posts while publishing them, one by one over the past ten days (Nov. 22 – Dec. 1: see post archives for November 2017 for dates).  Once published each post is then re-viewed, clarified, sometimes extending it, sometimes just correcting layout.  I’m posting more frequently now, but it’s still an intense process which ALWAYS uncovers more information to blog, OFTEN further illuminates my own understanding of some situations (typically, organizations placed in the intersection between public and private — and the board members’ ownership of, or investment in, subcontracting organizations) I may have been aware of for years, which I look forward to explaining as I can. Maintaining the anchor (mental commitment) to those already in draft, shown below, sometimes provides conflicting currents as a writer.  I write best typically while most focused on the present research in the overarching context of my own learning curve and desire to communicate clearly what I am seeing and hearing, and watching continue to evolve over the years.  //LGH, Dec. 1, 2017.


Just in case, Title Terminology:  “In the Pipeline” is a common phrase (school-to-prison pipeline, cradle-to-career-pipeline), but here’s how I use it referring instead just to posts.

Posts in the pipeline or “spin-off posts” are portions of some writing in process* with a blog “street address” but still in draft status, felt to be significant enough for more attention under their own titles. *Typically they come up as I am writing some post, and are related but I feel they may seem extraneous to a reader covering the subject matter for the first time. Other times, less often, I start them from scratch on their own post when I realize the topic should be handled before it almost writes itself on some other project I want published sooner.

Sometimes these off-ramped finds, like my  more consistently noticing the presence of independent subcontractors as  major part of some charities, are a key which puts the larger picture together, i.e., opens double-wide doors to understanding.  Examples:  Bridgespan as a subcontractor (and its relationship to “Bain”); or, further back in its  corporate existence (and in my blog’s history), NCCD (National Council on Crime & Delinquency) as an Oakland, California-based subcontractor taking government grants from around the world, or I should say, around the “Commonwealth Nations” and around the USA, on a “Children’s Rights, Inc.” charity based in New York.

There is a recent example also on these blogs, too, although it’s not as a subcontractor of some charity, but a listed partner among others in on certain website offering multi-state filings for charities.  One of the listed partners was bought out within six years of its creation, leading to my better understanding of a (different) company historically significant to the practice of corporate law in the United States (!), and as we have (already) turned the century into the digital age and the professionalization of services to and “software AS a service” companies to the philanthropic / nonprofit sector.

Table of Contents March, 2018 Interjection:  This was a major post.  
I took ten (10!) screenprints from it, included them here in addition to the section above.
Some of them show the blog “dashboard” (administration page) as posts as ” in draft” which have been published since (I’ll cross those out or indicate which ones).  Yes, this is partly an organizing/”housekeeping” blog function — but it’s also an overview of major themes.
For example: We are still in an era of pushing for ever-expanding reach and number of nonprofits.  One of the promoters of the expansion of networking of the nonprofit fields (made easier through electronic communications, obviously) was Philanthropic Research, Inc. in Virginia (street address “4801 Courthouse…Williamsburg, VA”) which later became the well-known “Guidestar, Inc.”
When the access to knowledge about nonprofits (“en masse”) comes through private databases such as these, their startup and organization is relevant.  And exerting an influence (i.e., drawing out more funding and expansion of the nonprofit sector as an (alleged) overall public good. But despite this, Guidestar doesn’t post its own financials and is essentially a business operating tax-exempt and charging fees to other tax-exempts!
This post showed its origins, founder /s and some funders) plus the name change.   Stated again — I pointed out that despite promoting (allegedly) transparency and communications in the public interest about nonprofits, Guidestar doesn’t even post its own tax returns (!).  Its main revenues, also, are program service revenues, not contributions, meaning as a business it’s simply functioning tax-exempt (the payees seem to be primarily other tax-exempt entities) meaning, the tax-exempt bonus is magnified when it goes through more hands. Is that GOOD for the public interest in accountability?

#1 of 10 images from “Six Posts in the Pipeline” (11/21/2017 post).

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#10 of 10 images from “Six Posts in the Pipeline (11/21/2017)”



 

 

 

 

NOVEMBER 22Post Footnotes for “Before WHO’s HiAP… A Closer Look at ICLEI-Local Gov’ts for Sustainability…” post, starting with “NYT Activists Fight Green Projects” (short-link ending “-7T1” started Nov. 2, 2017, published Nov. 22.) 

March 2018 comments — a short post, but its three footnote topics still excerpted below.  The first speaks to the ICLEI article and its slant (just some observations).  It was published in the NYT; second foonote then speaks to the history of The New York Times and recent changes in ownership, and the third to what became its own post — and deals with gun control (anti-NRA advocacy).
See Broward County Public Schools, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkman, Florida and recent legislative changes on that topic. I’ve includes some excerpts from this Nov. 2017 “footnote” post which is even more relevant Feb. 14, 2018-forward (14 students and 3 teachers killed in school shooting; also see more recent 2018 posts also). Again, I question why gun advocacy groups such as those I looked up (probed and did some drill-downs for the chronology of the various entities referenced on websites, with varying results) provide such a convoluted trail to their own backing and entities, while protesting NRA behavior, size, and influence
That topic also covers Super-PACs and more, and who funded them (incl. the late Steve Mostyn), some of which was addressed in the spinoff post referenced in this one. Not all was published, but I remember scouring through Balletopedia and finding name-changes to some of the PACs, differences in stipulations for what type of PACs, and of course, where there’s a 501©4 with a cause, there’s likely to be a 501©3 to go with it.  There was a follow-up “NRA (not) on the Record” post to the topic, referenced below and which I published since.
…consider this post…as “Footnotes” to:
Before WHO’s HiAP there was UN’s Agenda 21; As Usual, Internationally-Networked Nonprofits such as ~ ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA, Inc.** ~ (1991ff, MA legal domicile; first HQ in Boston, then Berkeley, then Oakland, and lately Denver) Help Spread the Latest Version of the Global Gospel. (with case-sensitive short-link ending “-7N2,” post started 10/14/2017 as one of two spin-off posts from my “HiAP” one; being published  ca. Nov. 1).      

[background color this section changed from light-green to light-yellow to avoid conflict with the one on this post…I’ve also added font color-changes for emphasis during the “copy and paste” process here. //LGH 3-8-2018]]

FOOTNOTE: JOURNALISM (sic) – NYT 2014 ARTICLE REFERENCING AGENDA 21 + ICLEI

Activists Fight Green Projects, Seeing U.N. Plot 

Here, the article immediately directs attention away from what’s being protested, and towards those protesting, with a smattering of facts not anchored to much of anything but a story line unified by its value-laden verbs and nouns, with periodic quotes.  I don’t know that it could technically be called an ad hominem attempt to refute some unspoken argument against “Green Projects” “Agenda 21” or “community planning to conserve open space,” (and, incidentally, counties or cities paying a $1,200 membership fee (“dues”) for consulting on the same)  because the article isn’t presenting itself as a reasoned argument pro or con.  It’s coming at the issues, referring to them in somewhat vague terms, sideways to reporting instead on those who oppose it, and without saying this directly, implying that anyone who opposes (“Green Projects” “Agenda 21” or “community planning to conserve open space,” (and, incidentally, counties or cities paying a $1,200 membership fee (“dues”) for consulting on the same) must be: Tea Party, conspiracy theorists, possible nutcases, and the enemy of open public discussions at local planning department meetings, and potentially dangerous.  

THIS STYLE OF REPORTING, in The NEW YORK TIMES, in 2012! {{<<==comment added 3/18/2018 after copied here..}}

I understand that media needs to sell to survive, and that directing readers to free, and relatively easy to look up public databases (like I do on this blog), for the cost of some personal time and access to the internet, might be counterintuitive to keeping them dependent on the news for insight on major issues.  BUT, this article illustrates many of the same issues I have with anecdotal reporting for family court/custody case fiascoes.  “If it bleeds it leads,” …if it’s outrageous, frightening, anything which stirs the emotions… so much the better. ….

The moral? When in doubt, look it up, and keep looking!  and:  “financial statements and tax returns (especially when combined with not posting them, and using fiscal agents unnecessarily) often speak louder than “About Us” “History” pages — except as the backdrop to the financials and character indicators on “how honest is it?”…

Here, an attempt is made to equate ALL who might oppose “Green projects” as Tea Party, and with that negative (to some) or positive (I guess, to those involved), the scene is set for “all or nothing” choices, by political party, and no common “lowest common denominator” comparison of both sides of the issue.

This seems possible only in the current information-processing climate where — face it — most people do not seem to maintain an ongoing issue [s/be “interest”] in knowing which nonprofits are out there, and how they interact with government policies (including planning policies) — let alone, how goverment itself works (i.e, by reading its financial statements (“CAFRs”), or how to navigate the connections between those financial statements and specific accounts, and eventually figuring out that the accounting practices conceal actual assets — including income-producing assets, not to mention lines of business (enterprise activities) many government entities engage in.

We just don’t realize how high the stakes are and how much effort has been expended to keep the public IGNORANT of the financial basics of government itself, or the pros and cons of having public/private partnerships, MOUs (memos of understanding), agreements, and non-territory (jurisdiction)-based authorities handling, over time, more and more of the aspects of human life.  But the public is to be kept thinking itself informed, cognizant, up-to-date and able to converse intelligently with each other, for social purposes and (let’s face it) “ego” in personal interactions.

FOOTNOTE “Ownership of the NYTCompany – Then and Now”:

{Footnote includes some overlap with post. I left a quote from the first link in the main post}
Reminder who owns the NYT, at least now: It’s by majority of controlling shares, although only 19% of actual shares, the Ochs-Sulzberger family (who took over the paper in 1896 and formed the NYT Company, per “Wiki”) (ABC News:  “ ‘NYTimes’ Parent gets $250M from Mexican Billionaire In Search Results it shows Jan. 2015 date, however, the article on-line linked to bears no date, not even a year…)

Oct., 2016, a Sulzberger becomes Deputy Director.  This article contains a graphic family tree and discusses the younger man’s report on innovations (including reducing the size of the newsroom) fore the NYT to compete in the digital age.  A.G. Sulzberger Vanquishes His Cousins, Becomes Deputy Publisher of the New York Times By 

August 1, 2017, in Forbes, “Mexican Billionaire Carlos Slim Sells Part of His New York Times Stock” by Dolia Estevez.  Read the last paragraph (he bought the warrants in 2009 during a financial crisis, and exercised them, apparently, in 2015).  The Ochs-Sulzbergers paid him back in 2011.

The earlier NYTCompany history can be looked up (I just did.  Timeline not that smooth reading and interspersed with famous world events, but I did learn that it predates (as “The New-York Daily Times”):  The Civil War (and was the sole recipient of official government news for that war), the invention of both the typewriter and the telephone, and (by just a few years, and with one of its founders on a director) the AP (Associated Press) (1951, 1956, respectively).

I also learned that Adolph S. Ochs of Chatanooga, TN, obtained control of the company in 1896, and that when he died in 1933, control passed to his son-in-law, Sulzberger (so now you know where that hyphenated name comes from…). I also see that their present board of directors has:  few from before the 21st century; and only two women (and, judging by the appearances only) not one person of color:  {{below this excerpt the post had several images…}}

[[The Third Footnote — Gun Control Organizations — I chose to represent here in the form of screenprints (images taken from post preview) rather than quotes. Four images are in “slideshow” format — click to view, use the navigation keys from there on out. If they’re not large enough, click image to enlarge, or go visit the post!). Pardon my sarcasm in the Footnote’s title!)]]

FOOTNOTE NRA On the RECORD, but Not US* (Yours Truly, the Center on Stopping Gun Violence):

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NOVEMBER 23Happening NOW: Locally and within the USA, Matching Nonprofits to Legal Entities and Tracking Them Remains at Best (for Most) a Messy, Expensive and Unreliable Process, but Internationally — More Streamlined, Monitored, and Standardized for Faster, Easier, and More Profitable Trade. See FSF, FSB (G20-formed, 2009), LEI Legal Entity Identifier [global database + system], GLEIF (Swiss Foundation), LOUs (who issue LEIs) and ‘KYC’ (Know Your Customer) [Publ. Nov. 23, 2017]. (case-sensitive short-link ending “-7To”; moved here Nov. 3, 2017, publ. Thanksgiving Day). (About 8,000 words with some post-publication revisions).

The post title pretty much covers the content, however there’s also an interesting middle section on “the greatest ad agency in the 20th century” (which happened to be based in Chicago and whose successor was Foote Cone & Belding (“FCB”), which is what led me to look at the “Choose Chicago” (Convention Bureau) nonprofits reaching out to China for more visitors.  I also took a look again at the build-up of the NIH (History of HHS in its own words) as also related to the Lasker legacy in anti-tobacco legislation.

Choose Chicago is obviously a PR campaign, and it was Foote Cone & Belding’s client (as I recall — see post and its links for more exact details).

Reminder:  Albert Lasker ran that ad agency, and his wife (who outlived him considerably) through major effort into driving the expansion of (what is now the HHS) the NIH, passage of National Cancer Act of 1971 and much more, as the website “Smokershistory.com” reminds us, was often playing both sides of that war on Big Tobacco.

Foreword.

As detailed as my post titles are, they typically don’t name all topics covered in the post.  The next two numbered paragraphs summarize what didn’t make it into the title but did into the post.  Between numbered paragraphs (1) and (2) I added a quote and images reviewing the background and timeline of the HHS and its previous incarnations as it relates to these topics.

Para. (1) is just below this Foreword, and starts:

(1) This post also contains a section reviewing the greatest ad agency of the 20th century (Lord & Thomas) and the philanthropist Lasker family’s (who controlled it since the early 1900s) political and HHS-expanding*  influences…

For reference and because of the sizeable explanatory gap between them, Paragraph (2) starts:

(2) Oh yes, “Choose Chicago” is the name of aI 2012-formed 501©3, with a board of just about three individuals, but it’s related to and was formed by a different 501©6 dating to 1970.

INTERIM, HHS-BACKGROUND  SECTION LOOKS LIKE THIS  COLOR SCHEME (after opening quote in blue border):

The TOP “HALF” OF THE POST deals with FIRST HALF OF ITS TITLE, demonstrating how messy it can get following LOCAL nonprofits (Prime example: Paragraphs (1) and (2) as mentioned above).

The BOTTOM “HALF” (not including a “experiential footnote” section at the bottom) CONTRASTS BY SHOWING EFFORTS TO STANDARDIZE AND ORGANIZE INTERNATIONAL ENTITY TRACKING AND IDENTIFICATION.  This section has less explanation and more and larger images in a series numbered “#1/11” through “#11/11.”

TWO MAIN TOPICS, but in “A-B-A” format:   The post has basically two subjects, but as previously written, then expanded to add the HHS background and “Choose Chicago” IRS Form 990 tables (in interactive format), I see there are actually three major sections, making for an “A-B-A” format: the third section (after the 11 images and International section with all those acronyms: LEI, LOU, GLEIF, KYC etc.) returns to the subject matter of both ad agency and Choose Chicago.  Then there’s a minor commentary footnote at the very bottom.  Switching it back to “A-B” format I feel would push the International Section too far down on the page, also some of the third section may be review for people who have been regularly reading the blog or followed my posts on Tobacco Cessation and Big Tobacco Litigation, Settlements, etc.

Different sections are shown by large subtitles.  The first two are easily seen, and here’s the third (the return to original subject):

Two Famous Ad Agencies, one succeeding the other, and a client, “Choose Chicago” and related philanthropy


In General. What concerns me is where nationally-based errors (which are built-in and at times, “beyond belief” for how large, and how many they are, based on what I’ve seen so far as just a single blogger, though I say a consistent and diligent one) will be uploaded to the global level, let alone who will control it. If you amplify corruption, you get more corruption concealed, potentially, and harder to fix.

Consistently dishonest reporting on nonprofit entities is corruption.  I’m not sure the international level of business identifiers referred to here is directed at the nonprofit sector, but it comes along with the corporate sector; they are interlaced and “joined at the hip” through funding and asset investments.  We are dealing at the G20 levels in this topic.  (See “G20.org” for more info.)

Just a reminder….(Google Search results). Click here (G20Germany.org) to expand the map and for more info.

A few reminders of who are the G20, the G7, and its purposes:

Quote July 2017 from “theBalance.com” should be taken “as-is” (website uses independent contractors as contributors):

What does the G-20 Do? | World Leaders Address Terrorism, Climate Change, and Economic Crises, by Kimberly Amadeo in “The Balance” (Updated July 18, 2017)

The G-20 is the G-7 plus developing nations such as BrazilChinaIndia and Russia. The G-20’s members represent two-thirds of the world’s people and 85 percent of its economy. Since 2007, the media has covered each G-20 summit. That recognizes the members’ role as significant drivers of the world economy.

The G-20’s primary mandate is to prevent future international financial crises. It seeks to shape the global economic agenda.

It lends the perspective of Asian and Latin American growing economies. That “broadens the scope of international economic and financial cooperation.” (Source: “The Group of Twenty: A History,” G-20 Study Group, 2007.)

The finance ministers and central bank governors of the G-20 countries meet twice a year. They meet at the same time as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. (Source: “G-20 Information Centre,” G-20.)

In 1999, these ministers and governors created the G-20. They needed dialogue between developing and developed countries. They were responding to the 2007 Asian currency crisis. The meetings started as an informal get-together of finance ministers and central bankers.

2017 Summit Meeting

July 7-8, 2017: Hamburg, Germany. The meeting focused on climate change and global trade. It made little progress.  U.S. President Donald Trump opposed the views of the other 19 countries.

From the G20.org website (Germany was President in 2017, and the meeting in Hamburg in July 2017).  Some general facts: (I replaced “bold” with “underline” here):

Partners – key international institutions

At the invitation of each Presidency, international organisations also regularly attend the G20 meetings. These organisations include the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Financial Stability Board (FSB), the World Bank (WB), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations (UN). The German G20 Presidency has also invited the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2017.

Participation – the most important guests

Spain attends the G20 Summits as a permanent guest. The Presidency can also invite representatives of regional organisations and guests to the G20 Summit. The German Presidency has invited Norway, the Netherlands and Singapore as partner countries to the G20 process, as well as the African Union (AU), represented by Guinea, the Asia‑Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), represented by Vietnam, and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), represented by Senegal.

And in case there is any question whether the 2008 financial crises led to the formation of the G20, and from there, a Financial Stability Forum and “FSB” (Financial Stability Board) now resulting in the global LEI system, second decade of the 21st century, with (see the 11 images below) intent to better control “Shadow Banking”, next image also from G20.org says this:

This time, Click IMAGE [see FN **] to access website. (G20.org describing role of 2008 crisis in elevating participation to the “heads of state” from central bank leaders, etc.)

Also interesting is how recently this level of business identifier was developed.  It’s still evolving and registration I’m sure so far is incomplete..   [End “Foreword”//LGH.]
 [FN **] to nearby image, re: “Click IMAGE to access website.” Well, the G20 is now chaired, looks like, by Argentina, so we get a “Page Not Found” image at the same link….See following image.  Try other means to enlarge the existing one or to locate original article!

“Pagina no encontrada” from just last year under G20 Argentina 2018″..

Information on G20 2018 is available at the main website.  It’s the 10th anniversary in 2018, and I encourage people to familiarize themselves with the President’s Message and (see website footer for the link) stated “Priorities” as shown on the website. I see no reason to bury information that important on this “in hindsight” review of Fall (November) 2017 personal blogging on my part while continuing to learn about many of the things I was blogging!

NOVEMBER 24Changing (the) World, Changing (the) Words: Sovereignty, Circumscribing Sovereignty versus Global ‘Citizenship’ (the Unmentionable: then who is the Global ‘Sovereign’?). (case-sensitive short-link ends “-7MB” started Oct. 14, 2017, published Nov. 24),

References: came from  HiAP (HEALTH, not LAW*, in All Policies) Coordinated from Afar, Applied Locally, including throughout the USA (case-sensitive shortlink ends “-7LY”, published Oct. 24, 2017).
That title added to tags as “Originating Post.”This post in its concept also relates to a post published Oct. 26, (“Health as an Asset” “Thought Leadership” and the Chatham House Rule: ) and with extended “Foreword” section added later (but still pre-publication) and minor post-publication updates for clarity is about 8,500 words.
This topic came up in my recent posts during discussions of the “Global Framework for Tobacco Control” and HiAP (Health in All Policies) cited as an example of how to get national (countries) and local (states or territories in the USA, or presumably provinces in Canada, Australia, or elsewhere, i.e., sub-national political divisions) to implement a policy and laws to go with it, at the lower (lower than planetary) levels.I am increasingly realizing how, for example, “tobacco cessation laws” and changes to the very health departments around the USA can be and have been initiated FIRST at the global level by NGOs and related organizations.  This has been given a “health” focus for justification.See also financial standardization at the global level: My recent “Happening Now” post also references the processes in place as I write, and fairly recently (since the 2008 economic crisis) to standardize the system of “Legal Entity Identifiers” and to better monitor if not control “shadow banking activity,” meaning not necessarily illegal activity, but “bank-like activities” not under direct regulation by, for example, bodies like the SEC (Securities Exchange Commission). This is the economic, trading, finance, money sector with major implications for whether it will be completed and if so, how complete, and how well run.


The conversation (so to speak) below started on that HiAP (“HEALTH not LAW”) post with a hypothetical question I posed, and having noticed my own breezing right past the question of “sovereignty” when it came to global citizenship, I put on the brakes, looked it up in my favorite etymological dictionary. [“A map of the wheel-ruts of the English language”] and started looking for historical usages of the word. [“sovereign” in OED also includes other definitions using the word; see next two images:]

(Still regarding the November 24 post, “Changing the Words, Changing the World…Sovereignty): I wish to call attention to two more points raised in the blog (along with the mention of the SEP, “Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy” as a reading resource)…

Examples of the language “global citizenship” language entrenched in institutions but without the corresponding discussion of the related concept, “sovereignty” alongside it.

When citizenship is to be re-imagined (it comes up below) and that citizenship is to be global, this entails a change of sovereign entity to which the citizens subscribe, and under whose laws they are to exist, and whose infrastructures they will be supporting with life energies and using, likely, that nation’s central banks currency, too, as well as its registration standards for corporations, for-profit and not-for-profit, and so forth.

I’m including a substantial “Foreword” with two “for example” sections to make the point that we are constantly being primed institutionally and business wise for “globalization + global citizenships” as a great, a “21st Century,” value”  (1) Common Core and Globalization, (2) Rutgers and Globalization or even the (as previously published) Tobacco Framework also in that context, but the related concept rarely discussed in the “Global Citizenship as a Positive Value” promotions and publications.  But this point was neither the inspiration for the post, nor its main point. They are there for examples, and added information, but they are not the “why” for this  post.

[[Section on “Common Core and Globalization” talks about D.C.’s (FY2002ff) “Partnership for 21st Century Learning (formerly “Skills”), website “P21.org.” Another “ETTN” (Education Transformation Trademarked, Networked Nonprofit) whose primary revenues come from membership fees, which membership fees apparently are primarily public schools. In March, 2018, I looked at the tax returns and websites again; it should be a separate post.//LGH]]

Also, in talking about Rutgers example below (which was not part of the original spin-off post, just an introduction to it), I’m in no way against “study abroad” programs or bringing international students here to study either.  That can and should continue happening.

But does it require going nuts over the “global citizenship” and “integrating it into the curriculum across 30 colleges and a biomedical research center” and granting awards for doing this — as Rutgers has?  [Documented below]Not really.  And IF one is going to talk “global citizenship,” then the question comes up, and should be handled in the same circles and on the same publications: “So, who’s “sovereign” (who’s on top?) of the whole “let us now globalize all” culture?  It isn’t, so I gather those behind the globalization are MUCH more interested in achieving it (their business and transformational goals) and not a fair or balanced presentation of the rationale behind them.

If we’re going global from cradle-to-career, where’s the corresponding discussion on switching allegiances and sovereignties?  You won’t find it in the examples given below.  The process is incremental and designed (so it seems) to alleviate violent protests over the erosion of the national, political jurisdictions. Among the countries that I say has the most to lose in that situation is the United States.  We’re large, we’re a developed country, we already support WHO and so forth.  Smaller countries, less developed countries, and those without constitutions that protect the public, and at least on paper, could handle major corruption, have a lot to gain. (See Thanksgiving-Day published post referencing the G20 and standardizing economic systems and business identifiers for better trade…).

 


NOVEMBER 28Why are Famous PRIVATE Foundations (Ford, Mott, Public Welfare and others) and On-line Mass Solicitation, DAF-collecting Companies (like JustGive.org) so Fond of Funky, “Failed-to-File” 501©3s — like Wisconsin’s barely-still-there CFFPP (Center for Families and Public Policy) and Its Board of 1hr/week Unpaid Father-Focused Networks (some entities, some not) Speakers, Conference-circuit Experts?. (shortlink ends “-7So” and length is about 10,000 words). Started Oct. 29, published Nov. 28

References: came from  HiAP (HEALTH, not LAW*, in All Policies) Coordinated from Afar, Applied Locally, including throughout the USA (case-sensitive shortlink ends “-7LY”, published Oct. 24, 2017).
Approx. words after post-publication addition of short section on fatherhood groups referenced in a CFFPP board member bio blurb (which referenced an NPLI (apparently “PLI”) institute run by CFUF, as well as NPCL  and, of course, HHS grants]: 9,646 10,000]

Can you keep the board relationships straight on this “CFUF”* return for 2013 (five years after a spinoff nonprofit/related entity, CFUF* Fund, Inc., for its capital campaign, was started up), on its first page, mis-labeling $2.2M of contributions (moved over from CFUF* original entity started in 1999) as “program service revenue”), in addition to $1.8M as “contributions”?  Or perhaps make an educated guess WHY this Baltimore-based organization isn’t posting its tax returns on the website?
[*Obviously, “CFUF” is the acronym, not the full name as shown in the Form 990 below, and as displayed on the Forms 990 for its spin-off nonprofit started in 2008].

CFUF who’s involved in which businesses with whom.. (Sched O, FY2013)


CFUF Fund (a spinoff), FY2008 (initial, amended) Return, #1 of 3 images, webite (Pg1) reads “N/A”

CFUF Fund (a spinoff), FY2008 (initial, amended) Return, #2 of 3 images, somehow a transfer of assets isn’t a (Line 1) donation

CFUF Fund (a spinoff), FY2008 (initial, amended) Return, #3 of 3 images, Sched R showing the $2.2M transfer was indeed from related entity “CFUF” (the ‘parent’ company) and wasn’t “fees for services” or “Program Service Rev.” as reported on Pg.1, Pt. I, Ln.9 Summary AND on p.9, Pt. VIII, Ln.2a.

 

FYI, as the country’s “tax-cut” budget is pending, and news coverage of whether or not it will be passed, and in what form, continues, quietly and without news coverage, the ongoing federal funding under CFDA* 93.086 (healthy marriage/responsible fatherhood) which HMRF funding first kicked into gear under 1996 welfare reform act, “PRWORA,” continues, and basically, so does the infrastructure, now embedded in: child support, family courts dealing with custody and visitation issues, domestic violence prevention (sic), and social services provision of many types.  This (infrastructure of embedded HMRF funding or programming) also apparently includes various centers at universities, and/or nonprofits associated with professors or nonprofit management leaders (or social workers) with historic ties to such centers or such nonprofits…
[*CFDA stands for “Category of Federal Domestic Assistance” and is labeled by two-digits (representing a federal department) + 3 digits (identified program label). See more at “Grants.gov”].

Or religious orders controlling a system of hospitals and healthcare development organizations which got in on the trend, clearly, in the 1990s.  (Section in yellow borders with many images below relates to a South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families (I’ve seen it around for ages, and while looking this time whether any direct HHS grants to CFFPP, decided to follow up).


I may move the section later, but it’s here now to illustrate some of the complexities (and vulnerabilities) of having the federal government decide to sponsor fields of practice called simply “Fatherhood,” and how that works.  There’s “a surprise a minute” once you actually start looking closer.  Even after all these years on my part….

CFFPP in Wisconsin (street address)/ Illinois (legal domicile), by (major) contrast doesn’t seem to share the same conservative religious values as this group in Southeastern US — however, it’s still in the same basic field. And does share at least one identified funder, the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Sample from TAGGS.HHS.gov Advanced search (name search for CFFP as potential direct recipient of such funds, that links saves the search specs, not the data). I discovered a new $2.0M/year grant to a longstanding (grants since 2006 shown) The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, shows grants 2006-2011, then a gap, then starting again in 2015, called “Destination Fatherhood.” (notice various award titles over time).  Entities that got grants under 93.086 also often obtain related-purpose grants under other CFDA#s.  On that link, the CFDA#93601 shows is “Child Support Enforcement Demonstrations and Special Projects“)(First two digits “93” representing the Department HHS overall) .

TAGGS grantee list, taken Nov 28, 2017, for South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families. Click IMAGE to enlarge, or here (http://tinyurl.com/y7nteayj) to re-run the search (same specs and column headers, but if data changes meanwhile, so will the results. That version will be sortable by column headers, and clickable where you see active links).

While this represents only public grants, and for the most part, the different entity “CFFPP” mentioned in this title doesn’t seem to be funded primarily by public (HHS-originated) grants, although some state-level gov’t entities are listed among its funders then, and now, every professional IN this created field of “fatherhood policy and practice” likely knows that such grants exist, and many individuals are involved either as board members and/or founders, or as consultants TO such HHS CFDA 93086-funded organizations.  Nonprofits for years have been formed, and still are, specifically to engage as intermediary (passing grants through) or destination (final recipient providing some kind of services) for such grant-making (or evaluating results of the same), and then networked if not fiscally at least by reference so as to refer to their other accomplishments in the field on the board member of some different organization, i.e., career-building and credibility as an expert in the field, regardless of performance of the underlying nonprofits individually, or in their networks.  {{for examples of this regarding “CFFPP” see bottom of this post, which posts the biographies of board members.  For example:  of Guy Bowling:

[This next subsection’s background color is altered to signify the sub-section is not about the groups in South Carolina (in the light-green-blue background you see for this paragraph and above], but as an example of how just naming an association or affiliation can be misleading — or is at a minimum “not enough information.” The moral of the story?  when someone’s bio blurb spits out a series of references, especially in the HMRF field (Healthy Marriage/Responsible Fatherhood] either “take it on faith” or “look it up.”  That also holds for domestic violence advocacy groups. Studying both sides of the cause-based rhetoric, in fact, is one way to find where leadership or advocacy groups are (speaking metaphorically! not literally) “in bed with each other” and collaborating (cutting deals) with each other on what is, and is not, classified as, specifically, abuse. Among other things.  

Generally, “taking it on faith” is not recommended, if the subject is of concern to you as a reader!  For example, see this next example:

 

GUY BOWLING {{<== link to CFFPP website checked Nov. 2017}}

Guy Bowling is the Program Manager for the FATHER Project, a program of Goodwill/ Easter Seals Minnesota. Mr. Bowling has been a leader in the fatherhood field for 18 years with a special focus on working with low-income, non-custodial fathers in culturally specific communities. He has been the Manager of the FATHER Project since 1999. In that role, he oversaw the successful implementation of a five-year $2.5 million grant project funded through the federal Department of Health and Human Services, through the Office of Family Assistance (OFA). He remains in that role as the FATHER Project has received a one-year, $1.7 million grant award from OFA to expand its proven service model across Minnesota. He received the 2001 “Spirit of Fatherhood” award at the National Center for Strategic Planning and Community Leadership’s (NPCL) Annual International Fatherhood conference.** He received the Ronald F. Johnson Award to be inducted into the Spirit of Fatherhood Hall of Fame in 2012 at the 14th annual NPCL conference. Guy was recently selected as an emerging leader to participate in the National Practitioners Leadership Institute (NPLI). The NPLI Leadership Academy is designed to assist field leaders in growing their network and expertise in one or more of the following areas: Responsible Fatherhood, Family Stability, Workforce Development, and Black Male Achievement.

It’s probable (though not certain) that by “NPLI,” he means what’s now being called just “PLI” over at Baltimore’s CFUF (Center for Urban Fatherhood), and while “formally established in 2011” (Note: when another round of HHS HM/RF grants (CFDA 93086) were approved, as I blogged at the time, herein)  it’s still called an initiative of the other nonprofit, CFUF:

http://www.cfufpli.org

CFUF image, notice the subtitle, while the business name says “urban families” the focus is still on helping FATHERS (and families)..

Each year, the Center for Urban Families in Baltimore, MD is visited by social service and community-based organizations from across the country that wish to replicate its program models, by policy makers and community leaders interested in learning how responsible fatherhood, family services and workforce services directly affect the lives of those that participate, and by media outlets interested in featuring the organization’s successes.

Formally established in 2011, the Practitioners Leadership Institute (PLI) is a nationally focused initiative designed to provide Responsible Fatherhood, Workforce Development and Family Strengthening practitioners with experiences, skills and information that will strengthen their ability to improve outcomes for low-income fathers and families, impacting black male achievement.

CFUF Believes that men (who connect with women, children and “the workplace”) are key to restoration of (WHOSE — EVERYONE’s??) stability and optimism.**

Central to CFUF’s mission is the belief that men—the most disconnected and underserved citizens in urban communities—who connect with women, their children, and the workplace are key to the restoration of stability and optimism. Consistent with this mission, our organizational goal is to assist individuals in regaining the personal power needed to benefit their families and communities.

Since 1999, CFUF has served over 26,000 vulnerable Baltimoreans providing the bridge that many have needed to attain stability, while emerging as a leader in the national conversation on responsible fatherhood and black male achievement.

**Assuming an about 50/50 ratio of men to women in this country (although women tend to live longer), what does that say about permission for women, or fully-functional women raising children NOT to have a connected male, for example, particularly after experiencing violence within a relationship from the father?   

Does this entity post its financials on the website?  No!  (It’s also apparently not been updated as to the “history” since presidential election of 2016). Image for the first (2013) such PLI notes cooperation of: OFA (i.e., federal department of HHS), Open Society Foundation (Baltimore is its US program home, I recall from prior study), and this nonprofit:

1st PLI summit held under “CFUF” of Baltimore…

ALSO ON THE BIO BLURB ABOVE: CFFPP’s Mr. Bowling appears to work for Goodwill Easter Seals in Minnesota; Goodwill is also a major fatherhood grants recipient in general.   For example, in just the 90FK00__ grant series referenced for the SC Center for Fathers and Families near top of this post, Goodwill recipients of those grants across Texas, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota totaled $12.7M grants just since 2011 (that “tinyurl” shortlink is sorted by grant#, or click any column header to sort by that field).  (“…/ESM” in award title column no doubt means “Easter Seals Minnesota”) Or, not restricting the grant # to “90FK” but to Goodwill in Minnesota only and the two CFDAS 93086 (marriage/fatherhood) and 93601 (Child Support) $1.7M grants do show up, $9M page total, although he is not listed as principal investigator at least on TAGGS.  Click to repeat that search). This only shows results 2006 forward (possibly because I specified by CFDA 93086).

Acronym finder (click image to access that search result on-line)


The NCPL (“National Center for Strategic Planning and Community Leadership” / Jeffrey M. Johnson) is (if I recall it right) in New York state, and another nonprofit — they do conferences, announce awards and honors, and this type of nonprofit sometimes also run “institutes” all focused on maintaining “Fatherhood Promotion” as a professional field, and lending it credibility– while the field is sponsored by a combination of federal grants AND private backing (including from groups sometimes as large as the George Soros’ “Open Society Foundations,” and others.  Acronym Finder says that the reference is its “former name” (possibly a spinoff?):

NCPL (I explored the website years ago, it’s not changed much) – “now moved to DC” and runs certification trainings in “building strong families,” etc.):  EIN# 521994048 — this is NOT an organization I would boast about my association with to anyone who is liable to ever look at its Forms 990! (Words consistently mis-spelled in “Program Service Accomplishments” obviously as a boilerplate situation, included:

workshop (“worksop”), leadership (“leardership”), strengthening (“strenghtening”) and fragile (“frazile”).

That’s in addition to: listing activities for which no $$ amounts are filled in (repeatedly); sometimes putting a board member’s name in the wrong column (under “Title”); major gaps in information; and it appears, functioning only so long as government grants were available, whether $200K or $400K, and then spending it on, typically, “Professional services” (Forms before 2008 ask for professional contractors paid over $50K; I saw FY2007? had Dr. Johnson — $75K and, possibly his wife or other relative, “Uriel Johnson” $75K — and no one else.  You’ve GOT to be kidding — but apparently someone isn’t, for this one):

Total results: 4Search Again.

ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN
National Partnership for Community Leadership DC 2015 990 17 $0.00 52-1994048
National Partnership for Community Leadership DC 2013 990 12 $298.00 52-1994048
National Partnership for Community Leadership DC 2013 990 18 $298.00 52-1994048
National Partnership for Community Leadership DC 2010 990 20 $2,232.00 52-1994048

NCPL Image 1 of 3

Click on some of those returns.  Amazingly, in a year when it claimed to be receiving government grants ($40,000 — or more ,another year) and have 3 independently voting members on the board (on line1) and was signed by “Jeffery Johnson” — under “Key Officers, Directors, and trustees,” the word “NONE” was typed in, more than once.Strangely, this one was revoked and reinstated on the same day in May, 2013, which the IRS posted the following October.  But it does not show up on a “revoked” list, although plenty of prior years tax returns are not found either on their own, or under Form 990-N filings.  The entity, “surprise, surprise” shows a 1996 start date..



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NOVEMBER 29The Dark Sides (Bottom Lines) of Web-based Donor-Advised Funding: Donor Disclaimers, Buyouts, Emigration (JustGive [US]–&gt;JustGiving [UK]). And Interesting Related Ops (IronPlanet: ZOPB Highway ByPass J.V.) and Bank Bailouts. [A July 26, 2016 section repost]. (shortlink ends “-83s” and length is just under 7,000 words).

This material isn’t new, just the title, the introduction and for the reposted segment, aspects of its format (appearance).  Some of the summaries are, however.  The relationship between JustGive.org, JustGiving(™) the service, and JG USA are explored.  At first glance, they are less than obvious, particularly when one is a service facilitating the other, which is listed as a sponsor of CFFPP in Wisconsin..

On a closer look, “just give” in general is probably NOT a good idea. For why, see this and related posts (listed below).

When writing this I was still unclear on the relationship between “JustGive” and “JustGiving” (with controlling entity based in London, UK “Selota” whatever that means).

I’d deduced that JustGiving’s tax returns weren’t showing up because it wasn’t a tax-exempt entity, unlike JustGive, which WAS a tax-exempt entity — although one which had simply opted to make viewing, or getting an overview of its DAF-based grantees virtually impossible.  First, by making the presentation “virtually invisible” (fine print), thereafter, by showing them 1 per page (!!), then, 3 per page (not much better) and those, sorted NOT by anything logical, but from smallest to largest by amount of grant (!!). … “Good effin’ grief“… Then JustGive “gives it over” to a software company which it was already using for solicitations?

“JustGive” is still showing up as an active charity at the California state level, and despite how large it gets (i.e., the millions of dollars passing through it), I see not one audited financial statement uploaded to the state OAG (Office of Attorney General) RCT (Registry of Charitable Trusts) where they ought to show (and, for some organizations over a certain size, do show).

I found these after writing the post below, but felt they should be shown at the top here.  Read the fine print at the bottom of 2nd image: (faces, logo, and pink background).  Seeing this up front may help make more sense of the discussion of it below and on the earlier post on the same topic.

It reads: “JustGive.org” is a JustGiving(™) service. Find out more “here.” © JG US Inc. 2000 to 2017. (etc.)

Let’s review this again, from (part of) the “find out more HERE” link above (also at footer of the images in pink, in finer print):

JustGiving is a trading name of the local JustGiving entity as identified in the country specific terms of service. JustGiving operates http://www.justgiving.com (the “Website”) and its associated services. These core terms of service (and the relevant country specific terms) (together the “Terms of Service”) govern your use of the Website and its associated services. Please read these Terms of Service carefully. If you do not wish to be bound by these Terms of Service, you should not continue to use or access the Website or its associated services. … (another excerpt displayed in image form just below):

More about “JustGiving” includes “JustGiving Crowdfunding” (causes, not necessarily registered nonprofits) vs. JustGiving used by registered charities. I.e., this platform (and the for-profit UK company owning and operating it) facilitates fund-raising for both types.

 


While the “progressive thinktank” Center for Family Policy and Practice (CFFPP.org) featured JustGive among its many famous donors, too)…

In fact, just below this paragraph are those screenprints, taken from the website.  I started looking up some of them up recently, and apart from the more well-known ones (such as Open Society Foundations), and JustGive, some related to equalizing the digital divide (TechSoup) and if further explored, led to a circular maze nonprofits EACH of which had a list of “who’s funding whom” — and who started as an initiative of whom before spinning off — all the while featuring digital, on-line solicitations, streamlined….

Various funders claimed by the (modestly sized) Center for Family and Public Policy. an Illinois legal domicile corporation with a longstanding Madison, Wisconsin address. In four images:

CFFP Funders, dated May 22, 2017 (#1 of 4 images for just one web page)

CFFP Funders, May 22 2017 (Image #2 of 4 … but just one web page)

CFFP Funders, May 22 2017 (Image #3 of 4 … but just one web page)

CFFP Funders, May 22 2017 (Image #4 of 4 … FYI link to this one (UW PILF) reads “no longer hosted.” I didn’t find an EIN# and what does exist elsewhere on this entity (click image to see a URL) seems to be “log-in” need-to-know based, although plenty of other law schools (Columbia, Hastings, Loyola, UCLA, Stanford, Rutgers) seem to have similarly-named foundations. When I searched 990finder, I just didn’t find, oddly, this one…

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s two several days after Thanksgiving, and, challenging myself to clear at least six of the ten posts I named as “in the pipeline” within six days,** I reviewed one from 2016, with its own predecessor post as far back as 2010, on SFFI, CFFPP and its named private foundation funders, including one large entity called JustGive, featuring “Donor-Advised Funding.” Let me explain in three numbered post titles with their respective links.  (As usual, I had some more comments between (1) and (2), though this time none between (2) and (3) below).  **Six Posts (at least) in the Pipeline, Pre-Thanksgiving 2017[Published 11/21/2017]

There’s (1) an immediate parent post, (2) THIS post, the full-grown offspring, and (3) the upcoming one I’m paving the way for, now in the pipeline [just published, Tues. Nov. 28, 2017]. Complete with names, links, and a little background, that’s:

(1) The Parent Post (July 26, 2016) is: SFFI – CFFPP – JustGive, Inc. – IronPlanet, Inc. – ZOPB – Texas DoT’s $1B GrandParkway Project – US Gov’ts Big Banks Bailout|SunTrust (while Fixing Fragile Families?) [First Publ. July 26, 2016. See also my ~>March 3, 2010<~ post]. (blog-generated, case-sensitive short-link ends “-43Z”) from which this, except the lead-in, is a basic, blanket re-post. It may display a little differently (background colors and fonts), but basically the same content. Now the nest is a little more empty over there as I’ve just removed about a third of its volume…

 

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March 9, 2018 at 1:22 pm

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