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Seven Posts from December, 2017 (Informal TOC Update @ March 14, 2018)

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You are reading:Seven Posts from DECEMBER, 2017 (Informal TOC Update@ March 14, 2018)(with case-sensitive, WordPress-generated short-link ending “-8MD”).

This post is about 7,000 words and will remain, being a Table of Contents (for a single month in 2017 only), near the top of this blog.  I’m repeating the olive-background section reminding new readers where to start the blog or to find Tables of Contents covering a larger time span — and in more condensed (titles-only) form — near the top of each Q4 2017 (Oct., Nov. and this one, Dec. 2017) sticky post listing that month’s published titles (with some intro text to each). If you’ve read one of them you can skip past the next post’s section in that color; December’s here is two paragraphs (olive-background segments) longer than the other two.

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).
The above segment/s with olive background will be repeated on all three Q4 2017 posts for blog navigation, but the next two in the same color theme will not. Read them here or forget it!
I used to have many sticky posts, representing key themes (these are now available in a list format — see sidebar “Go To Widget”).  In early 2018, I restructured FamilyCourtMatters.org somewhat (to have one Static Home Page, and another where all posts display) and got rid of most sticky posts. The only reason a few more are here now (for Q3, 2017 and possibly another blog description with  more current examples post, which will bring the number of such sticky posts up to five) is that I’ve been behind on filling out the more formal table of contents (as seen above), knowing that the formats is cumbersome and time-consuming to produce AND to explain to users.  I’m considering how to handle this and confident that a better table of contents format will be found … like I’m also (strangely) still confident that a better way of handling PEOPLE will be found in this country than running them through the family court, child support, violence-prevention, marriage/fatherhood-promotion  (etc.)  systems as entwined with as many other expanding and consolidating mental health, behavioral health, social science and (trademarked) “treatment” programs as the public will tolerate (or can be sold) … and until enough people figure out that, whatever the cause (problem) is, more public/private partnerships, that is, reducing government by outsourcing it to the private sector operating (mostly) “tax-exempt” only to reduce their own taxes, undermining the sense of financial accountability | and of political jurisdictions (which is to say, representative government!) and all the while channeling public funds into private hands (through subcontractors, boards of directors, employees, related entities) anyhow is NOT the solution — THEREFORE a better one must exist.
which is one reason I intend to continue as much as possible to produce at least one new post a week presenting evidence on exactly how and why the current setup is unsustainable. And I’m not talking about climate change, reducing carbon footprints in that regard. I’m talking about policies now almost “set in stone” which have paved ruts down the road of no return.  That is, for MOST people, not for SOME currently in power and deciding with whom and how exactly – -and under what conditions — to share it.  Thanks for listening and taking time to browse not just these post titles, but also their opening, summarizing texts.  The topics are different, but overall the themes are similar.

2017 Dates shown in this post:December 3, 14, 15, 17, 21, 23, and 24.

This post provides access in full post titles with links in, in this format,

Image (links shown not active, of “7 Dec 2017 Post titles by LGH@FamilyCourtMatters (see Pg+Post~>2018Mar14)

and access to a page with the list in that format and with descriptive texts (quasi-“abstracts” actually just copied from the post intro, or other summary parts within a post — hence its’ an INformal TOC update) and, for this month I also posted screenprints (4 images) from my blog dashboard which simply lists them –but being images, they are not interactive (clickable to get to the post).

Again, the extended abstracts to accompany these post titles (informal TOC) are published on a new page, which I’ve been working on separately from this one.  It is far longer.  Its full title and link:7 Posts from December 2017 (Intro, Links, + Extended Post ‘Abstracts’ + Images @March 14, 2018) This page has a short-link with case-sensitive ending “-8NJ” and is published at 22.5K words long.  New pages also display automatically on the menu “Vital Info/Chrono-Alpha Links” on the right blog sidebar.  Unless I move them to the top, they show at the bottom of that menu (list of links).

Look for a block of bright yellow highlit titles (with dates in red) below on this post or the above related page. It’s found in that format, i.e., with active links, in both places.

Note “Community Quarterback” element of Purpose Built Communities model.. (click image to enlarge; repeated in slideshow gallery below, on my 3/14/2018 “Seven Posts from Dec. 2017” post)

#1 of 2, East Bay Times June 23 2017, Grand jury calls for audit of popular youth violence prevention nonprofit





Keeping the longer abstracts separate, length here permits me to retain my preliminary section on “Purpose Built Communities” (imported from Georgia to California, and occasioning a civil grand jury to be assembled when the “usually a newly created nonprofit,” “community quarterback” (a key element to selling Purpose Built Model locally anywhere — see nearby two images, also slideshow-style image gallery further below — which as applied to a certain census tract (“Castlemont” neighborhood) in Oakland, California, turned out to be functioning as a fiscal agent of another, fund misappropriation and co-mingling was discovered, along with unpaid debts (from mis-use of public funds) to the California? Department of Education over an immediately failing charter school, part of the formula for neighborhood transformation which local leadership had swallowed, whole, apparently (see second image with building photo & East Bay Times logo).

What the local press didn’t report on, really, was how deeply this model connects to influential nonprofits and coordinated public/private “partnerships” (I use quotes because the relationship may not always meet the legal definition of a “partnership” although there’s no doubt about the coordination, which is being featured as the positive good in the model) — whether Public Health Institute (of Oakland), PolicyLink (also of Oakland), through common board leadership, and of the nonprofit leadership, typically (found both here, and I eventually discovered more of it in Atlanta also), i.e., someone formerly a local civil servant or leading a major agency (such as the Atlanta Housing Authority) then heads off to a community transformation nonprofit — which will call upon funding streams from the government entity.

Similar to how HHS personnel then began working for nonprofits which called down HHS funding for marriage/fatherhood promotion in the late 1990s, early 2000s, which this blog originally documented (for years) in major detail.

As with HHS, the same practice could apply in HUD, with a difference that now “place-based philanthropy” wishes people to be in public supported housing (under private ownership), receiving public health and human services (under private ownership through nonprofits) AND attending public-funded (based on per-student $$, typically “charter”) schools (under private ownership through nonprofit.  With (trackable in both Georgia and this California example) board membership of the several nonprofits in common. Thus while the general intent is to root and ground residents in public institution-funded: housing, social services, and schools (and private/nonprofit after-school, pre-school etc.) and local wage-based income, the controlling factors are corporations NOT based on wages, but primarily on contributions, and involving complex menu of related entities.

While the people working and living in such communities MUST reside there for it to work (for capitalized debt to be repaid, I suppose) those intent on replicating the model seem to have no problem flying around the country for conferences to spread the community transformation/”holistic model” gospel.  A better word, from what can see (business/financial profiling) might be “WHOLEistic” — the intent to gain WHOLE control of a community AND its residents, call it locally representative, while withholding from the observing public (and probably many of those involved) both the financial records, and the down-sides to this model, long-term and short-term. But, as blighted communities (in Atlanta, involving a deterioriated public housing project and crime-ridden area called “Little Vietnam”) were the “base-line” any improvement would seem to be just terrific, whatever the long-term cost and option for any other form of personal freedoms or survival is sacrificed in the process.

Drew Charter School (EIN# 582528098), part of East Lake neighborhood, Atlanta, Georgia, and on which the Purpose Built Communities (and “Schools”) model is based. Form 990, FY2008, Pt. VIIB, Independent Contractors paid over a certain amount. Janitorial more recently has been outsourced to an Alabama corporation. Edison Learning to over $1M and managed the school that year.

Drew Charter School, EIN# 582528098, Form 990 FY2008, Pt. VIII Revenues (Lines 1-4 only) showing primary source is government grants ($9.5M out of $10M).

Edison Learning (™) screenshot under the heading shown. See also their “Turnaround Schools, Charters” section which features the East Lake (“Drew”) charter school FIRST. Not referenced on the brief description (with no links to more info on it on the site) is how very many other forces, foundations (plural) and LLCs were involved, as well as public housing funds, and personal control (through board directorship) maintained by project developers maintained throughout. 

Drew Charter School in Atlanta (for example) FY2008 tax return <== shows $9.5M of government grants out of a $10M total revenues (per Page 1, Pt. I) with (that year) just two primary subcontractors, one of them paid over $1.1M and it’s a for-profit? software-based Edison Learning, Inc. in New York for “Management of School.”

There’s an Edison Learning Center, Inc. (formed only in 2005) and “Academy, LLC” (formed only in 2017) in New Jersey (a Corporate Division website with notably opaque — unless you pay for more information — public records), and none through basic search for “All” (vs. “Active” only) at New York Corporate and Business Entity Database. However, notice its disclaimer (click through or hover cursor over link to see) that this database does NOT include assumed names by businesses, corporations, or other entities which might file at the county level instead.

Meanwhile the Edison Learning(™) website reference (with a NJ address) also shows a UK division, and references partnerships across the US, the UK, and Africa  in order to “shape a world” and enable students to “impact a global society.” Naturally, a high focus on using software, and on training professionals in the ‘whole-school’ model.

How “community” and “local” is that, then?

In other words, portraying the Oakland example as a “rogue operation” of a great model, is mis-leading. Another interpretation and presentation is in order.  That’s why I took the time to look and to incorporate this example (representing more current research) into a post intended to be near or at the very top of this blog.  Expect major transferable skills from viewing and coming to an understanding of the backdrop of this model, and if it’s new territory, of the nature of nonprofits, from the perspective of having a closer look at the books, that is, those available for free (except your time) on-line.  [The above few paragraphs is a 3/16/2018 update//LGH]

(Next images are in gallery format, click to enlarge, click to move from one to another).

ABOVE and immediately BELOW: Click any image to enlarge, and again to move to next image.  Know that the ABOVE images were taken from the archived version of ‘CastlemontRenaissance.org” which went down almost as quickly, apparently, as the website (not the separately-filing nonprofit) was set up as the “community quarterback” (?) (BELOW Its incorporation shows up and remains– but not registration with the State of California Registry of Charitable Trusts, EVER, while journalism [per news reports ca. 2015, links provided herein and in related posts) says that it never incorporated and was functioning with a different one as its fiscal agent.  That is, “as I recall,” attempting to keep the various entities and timelines straight.**  Private AND public money went both for the “Renaissance” redevelopment and the charter school — and, says the reporting, was not accounted for properly.  (Even more images and summary, with links, shown further below).

**Next image gallery below contains all current (3/14/2018) search results (my annotations) from first (one image only) the State registry of charitable trusts, thereafter, the Secretary of State Business Entities Search (“Corp.” option only), all on the single word “Castlemont.”  Notice registration dates, and status — for example, “Castlemont Renaissance” (last 3 images) formed in June 2016 amid (?) the civil grand jury scandal, still shows intention of running the “Purpose Built Communities” redevelopment model — but so far, hasn’t registered with the state as a nonprofit, thus not revealing any EIN#s at the State level, yet. The SOS search also shows HOW FAR BACK and HOW MANY development corporations, or holdings corps (etc.) named after the neighborhood were formed, and how few still are status “active.” It goes back to one in the 1930s, the 1960s, the 1980s, 90s, and first and second decade of this century.

Essentially this (Georgia-based, Purpose Built) model while branding itself “local” at all levels, is seeking to place control of major neighborhood assets and potential money coming to it privately OR public, in the hands of “key stakeholders” already in power, and to do this mostly operating tax-exempt. Which is  essentially nothing new in the history of community development other than more consolidation of funding streams in fewer hands, and organized and promoted well into the age of the InternetA closer look at who’s running the tax-exempts often shows local leadership under whom the neighborhood went down through substandard housing projects (and schools) in the first place.


Also, as today, March 14, 2018, marks one month from the Valentine’s Day Massacre (Feb. 14, 2018) at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkman (Broward County), Florida, and two of my December 2017 posts deal with gun control organizations and PACs/Super-PACs, and news reports student walkouts in protest of gun violence (lack of gun controls) across the country, to publish today is appropriate.  I’ve been working on both this post and the associated page for several days, primarily with the abstracts, but also with some supplementary material on both places.

Whatever the date or current headlines, I will still be recommending greater public awareness of doing some personal “drill-down” using free, on-line tools, to get an alternate perspective on “PR” — whether coming from Republicans, Conservatives, ANY kind of think tank, or so-called “alternate news.”  Doing this develops personal insight in a way that consuming pre-digested, rhetoric-laden, and usually SPONSORED propaganda pushing solutions A, B, or C to problems specifically stated in terms of desired solutions.  I began this looking at court-connected corporations and federal (HHS) grants years ago on this blog, it naturally intersects with other facets as the funding streams and involved big-money-foundations behind some of the court-connected corporations operate in more than on social cause.

From the blog dashboard, here are all of their titles (but not displayed with dates), in four screenprints (images):

#1 of 4 FamilyCourtMatters’org 7 Posts from Dec 2017 (Admin Dashboard version) (Dashboard displays most current on top. This shows for Dec. 24 post only).

#2 of 4 FamilyCourtMatters’org 7 Posts from Dec 2017 (Admin Dashboard version) (Dashboard displays most current on top.)

#3 of 4 FamilyCourtMatters’org 7 Posts from Dec 2017 (Admin Dashboard version) (Dashboard displays most current on top: middle post shown here was published Dec. 15)

Image #4 of 4, FamilyCourtMatters.org, 7 Dec. 2017 posts

For full titles with active links — look for the post title/abstract formats described just below here, but know that the list in that (hyperlink-activated) format will be found AFTER an extended section on Communities (Purpose built and otherwise), with exhibits. You must scroll down to get to it.

WHY: I am a strong believer in peripheral vision for on-line news, and here, that scrolling down past that section, even if a reader doesn’t pause to read it or all of it, will still expose him or her to enough of that information to provide a visual (and I hope also verbal) point of reference when it comes up again — as it will, in the news, and on this blog. Unlike the news, I take the time for some show-and-tell; types of exhibits which tell their own stories. 

The information between is important as I believe are also what was written last quarter of 2017, especially in December.

Dates are in dark 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 pink backgrounds inside bright blue lines.  Some of the opening text sections contain images and subsections to give a flavor of each post.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..)

The December 3 post (Image #4, “NRA (not) On The Record“) speaks of the NRA and some opposition groups to it, and on Dec. 15 (Image #3, “Money Maze…Giffords, ARS PAC + Lawyer Steve ‘Hurricane’ Mostyn (1971-Nov. 2017”) I followed the nonprofit circuitry cross-country (California to D.C.) only to find a maze of changing-name 501©3/(c)4’s, or assets emptied out of one and poured into a nearly identical one — plus the various types of “PACs” which ALSO changed name over time.  Naturally, I was looking for and at the tax returns associated with the websites promoting certain themes.  I found primary funder of a PAC and many more interesting “phenomena” on creative ways to stop the killing — and short-circuit any clear funding trail of the opposition groups.

Since then (see national headline news, “Valentine’s Day,” 2018 in Broward County Public Schools, Florida), another school shooting.  Isn’t it well beyond time to take a look behind the headlines at those getting in them from a corporate viewpoint?  Is the NRA the biggest, baddest kid (or lobbyist) on the block?…  If you don’t GO (Look), you can’t KNOW (understand or have enough other groups to compare one with another…). Isn’t it also well beyond time to gain some sort of consciousness and awareness of, shown by the ability to name, estimate the number of and understand the basic categories of government entities, and who controls which ones, whether at state or federal levels and in between? Some of these are changing over time — they are in flux, and their policies and names are too.

Better yet, in 2018, why not get a better comprehension of who and what is a school district?**

Because this season, 21st Century Trademarked Nonprofits running Education (as well as “Community”) Transformation Programs are as fashionable (and organized) as ever.  It’s good press for the schools, good press for the nonprofits, but where and how are the finances maintaining accountability for such extensive operations?

**It’s a special-purpose (vs. primary, general-purpose) form of government. The schools are among its primary projects, but the district is a form of government.  Generally, education and the school districts within a state are NOT part of the reporting county entity they reside in.  They certainly aren’t in Broward County, Florida — the second largest in Florida and (recent stats) sixth largest school district in the nation — but Parkland, where the Feb. 14, 2018, mass-shooting occurred, is a much smaller city within that district.

I haven’t looked at all, but I have looked at many county “CAFRs” (the official auditedcomprehensive annual financial reports) (statements of balance sheet, activities, revenues & expenses, with “Management Discussion and Analysis” and “Notes” and as or when federally required supplemental schedules).  See “Footnote Budget vs. Balance Sheets” at the bottom of this post, which is still summary information, but defines a few terms used often in this blog and why.

Isn’t 2018 also a good year to get practical, working definitions, deduced from concrete examples, of what public/private partners man by the word “community?

“COMMUNITIES,” More Purpose-Built, Healthier and Equitable

— but how about Accountable?

[A look at some transformation toolkits and models]

For one idea of how accountability simply fails (I have a descriptive post coming up soon, to go with these three Informal Q3 2017 (month-by-month) TOC update posts — in Alameda County California (Oakland), an imported transformation model from Georgia (“Purpose Built Communities”), essentially real estate development focused on combining several public systems [which is to say several federal, state, and typically also ‘local” departments’ funding streams] — Housing, Schooling, Health and Human Services, and “Violence Prevention” —  with private contributions too (public/private) and — of course, expressed in  yet another tax-exempt local nonprofitwas so NOT accountable, a civil grand jury was convened to report on this.

So far as I can tell, no one reported (but it didn’t take me long to find — because of where I typically look) that the failed “Castlemont Renaissance” along with the failed Castlemont Charter School Transformation entities run by “Youth Uprising” (CEO Olis Simmons) though its web domain is g.o.n.e., its corporate footprint as a nonprofit is not — and it has not yet registered with the state of California, and never did.  …. This particular subject matter I flagged in October 2016, and in the process of publishing a post I thought had been published then (!), I revisited and posted some follow-up reportage – with my own style of lookups begun, but not yet thorough enough for its own post — in Feb. 2018 post.

From the Intro to my “First Five Years Fund….” Feb. 28, 2018 post explaining some of this (with image gallery, “slideshow“):

The bottom half [of that post…], which is so marked, reflects my writing and research as of October, 2016, effectively a snapshot in time, and includes my flagging [[back then, having flagged]] certain nonprofits, and practices refined and obtained from conferences to “Build Healthy Places Network,” and others.  This time, at the very last moment before publishing, seeking only to replace expired links (and the photos which went with them), I discovered that the same nonprofit (Youth Uprising, Inc.) I’d flagged then became the focus of a local civil grand jury the following year (summer 2017).  Build Healthy Places Network got my attention through two of its individuals (Doug Jutte, Lisa Chamberlain) presenting at a “Purpose Built Communities” conference in 2015, which Youth UpRising leadership had attended. Their focus is overcoming “silos” cross-sector collaboration (i.e., centralization) of public resources, specifically “Community Development” and “Health Sectors” — but involving the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.  Get used to this concept — it’s here, well-funded, and seems well-organized.  And watch out!

ABOUT THAT: Youth UpRising, Inc., was also getting into affordable housing and charter schools, but when it came to the affordable housing, kept it “in-house” and served as fiscal agent.  There’s been plenty of news since (Blog “Great School Voices,” see also the “About” on that blogger Dirk Tillotsen (I just signed up to follow), but overall on the news of this particular situation, don’t see many posting specific EIN#s to show the tax returns, or recommendations any member of the public go look them up, and look up California’s unique practice of requiring charitable trusts that receive government grants to identify from EXACTLY which sources they came, on their “RRFs.“)

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Detail from a YU Form 990, annotations show size and sources of primary revenues (Line 1) and no program service revenues (Line 2), but (Line 3/red annotation) ongoing “donated use of gov’t facilities” and some larger (“excess of 2%) contributors, total for 5 yrs shown in green.

“The 501©3 “Youth Uprising, Inc.” (some images and its Board of Directors, from the website, showing a “public private” mix, including one from City Council, President of the School Board, someone from University of California Berkeley (but where within it, not shown), someone with a title referencing a “Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative” — and a single person from the University of Maryland (odd…)…This image taken recently shows all the reported board members on the Youth Uprising website.  BARHII (link above) was new to me, but casual reference to it on the YU Board of Directors listing shows how such board (i.e., such nonprofit corporations) often links to other power-conduits representing public sources.

The BARHII (so far as I can tell from website and basic internet search) is a “coalition” (which itself isn’t an official form of corporate, named entity — or government but  generic term) of 11 or 12 public health departments.  It seems to be using “Public Health Institute, Inc.” (also — like “Youth Uprising” and (see top list on the Bd of Directors) “PolicyLink” — of Oakland) as a fiscal agent, meaning (especially considering PHI’s size — large! — and filing history — less than forthcoming) good luck tracking any associated financing.  The theme of BARHII is, “naturally,”  consolidating the “silos” and forgetting single-issue programming for public health. (2 images below)

“BARHII” (click image to enlarge or see website, do a Google search also). Not registered in California as an entity or as a charity so far. Website history refers to starting well before taking on “Public Health Institute, Inc.” (a large 501©3, some years revenues over $100M) as its fiscal agent. Would health department budgets reflect BARHII involvement or contracts under PHI? (yet another obstacle/research project for accountability for public funds). If people (taxpayers) can’t track expenses and revenues, how can they  track services/effectiveness?

Graphic showing process, cause & effect concepts under BARHII.

Public Health Institute (PHI), I also discovered in refurbishing my forgotten Oct. 2016 “First Five Years” post — is running “BHPN” — Building Healthy Places Network — with other partnerships — and documentation in that extensive website, with a “Network Commons” area (etc.) also shows a “Purpose Built Communities” influence, early on.  (See this next “pdf” — will probably need to click a second time on the “page icon” image after first click, to open.  It’s a multi-page document, annotated):

LISC (from the start) + Purpose Built Communities via Oakland’s PHI (which runs BHPN website) #NetworkCommons Kicks Off [June 4, 2015, BHPN blogged it June 16] With Vibrant Discussion –LISC – Local Initiative Support Corporation is a major player in community development.  See its website. See also HUD websites listing intermediary organizations. … More than I can show on this post… [[Another context in this blog where the organization (nonprofit) “PHI” arises is within pushing the “HiAP” (“Health in All Policies”) framework which is essentially (as I recall) WHO.  UN ideology. See “HiAP” posts for more info….]]

One name on a website can easily and often does represent several distinct entities in reality (check state-level corporate or charitable registry searches).  With “Purpose Built Communities” it certainly does…

Typically a company legal business name in this country (and others, which helps identify which country it came from!) must end with a suffix — “Inc.,” “LLC” “Corp.” “Co.” “Company,” etc.  But websites advertising a cause and the motto or theme to go with it (which can also often be the website domain name) can just omit that suffix to simplify explaining themselves, to facilitate seeming to have existed longer (or, being more recent, i.e., “fresh and new”) than they actually did. When in doubt, go by the state-level registries (in combination with IRS where possible), not self-declarations, regardless of how colorful, nicely-themed, or professional-looking the website.  What about content delivery?  Look for clues to that content — and learn about the group’s choice of self-disclosure (or concealment) as a character trait.

Here, the term “Purpose Built Communities” when referring, or as if referring, to a single company is misleading.  I scoured the “Purpose Built Communities” website, its graphics, menus, sub-menus, footer info, header info,  looking for some financials, without luck, hoping of course to locate an “EIN#” (company version of your Social Security Number and IRS identifier) assuming it was a charity.  I then went to the Georgia SOS website and a different database for the tax return (starting with a name search). Please excuse another image gallery in slideshow format (it simplifies the layout and saves vertical space on this post). Contents of this one explained in captions and also right below it:

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A company name search of one charities database (990finder,which posts IRS tax returns) produced a single reference which seemed to be a private foundation (990PF filer) and only very recent (2011). [Shown in image gallery above, it’s in blue and white rows, a short table, EIN# 454056587] I also see that that source of 990s has changed its user interface page — and provided a redirect to a different url — within just the last few days!] But a quick trip to Georgia’s Corporations Division (Business Entities) search page showed three different business names in as many years (2008, 2009, 2010) for Purpose Built Communities LLC and what’s more, another foundation and LLC formed only in 2011.  Next two images show the list of all three registered companies under the “Purpose Built Communities” name, in Georgia.  I also found that had I not included the word “Communities” in that search string, I would’ve also found Purpose Built Schools, which is at the same address with similar personnel and is connected to the overall project.

Also supporting the practice of looking in more than one place (I went looking at an IRS website), this is how the “Schools” component (EIN# 81114844), which waited until May 2016 (for a fiscal year ending June 2016!) to turn in its “0” activities and revenues tax return which also acwknowledged a business relationship among three of its board of directors…

  • Purpose Built Communities LLC March 5 2018 (=Today!) Registr (the current LLC name). First (2008) East Lake Replication, LLC, which in 2009 became New Community Ventures, and in 2010, its current name (<==the link is to a pdf – click link, then (once it shows) click the small gray page icon to upload (view)).
  • Separate entity! In May 2011, a “Purpose Built Communities Network Member Loan Fund, LLC  and
  • Separate entity! In Dec. 2011, the domestic nonprofit, “Purpose Built Communities Foundation, Inc.” which the IRS shows is filing as a “POF” (Private Operating Foundation), not public charity.

Purpose Built Schools Atlanta, Inc. EIN# 811114844, Initial Form 990 FY2015 (partial year, FYE June 30, delivered just in time, despite showing 0 activity, revenues, employees, etc.) (in 4 images: #1 of 4).

#2 of 4 Purpose Built Schools Atlanta, Inc.

#3 of 4, Purpose Built Schools Atlanta, Inc. (names Board + 3 officers)

#4 of 4, Purpose Built Schools Atlanta, Inc. || Note the comment about the three individuals with a business relationship with each other. Lillian Gionelli (sp?) is daughter of Tom Cousins, behind the C.F. Foundation, East Lake Community Foundation and (in general) this overall project. Perhaps Gregory is her husband?

Four more images (so far) from Purpose Built Schools Atlanta, Inc. at the same address in Atlanta, Georgia shows the general idea is to operate a “Turnaround School” (searchable on this blog — discussed in connection, as I recall, with a Forest Whitaker entity in California connected with a UNESCO outpost at Rutgers University (“The State University of NJ”), International Institute for Peace (or similar name).  Turnaround Schools as a concept also connects with, I believe, the White House under Obama Administration.

There is obviously much more involved in this project, and similar projects.  I am simply pointing out that this model followed, deliberately, by an organization with major public involvement (civil servants highly placed) on the West Coast, simply flunked the accountability test, while some of the same personnel (and nonprofit entities), such as Carole Naughton, and/or Public Health Institute, Inc., are also involved in similarly focused “Build Healthy Places Network”  I will provide more links when posts come up.

3345 Peachtree NE #175 Atlanta (C F Foundatn + EastLake project discussed in brief) ChapinHallDocument(5)

A 2004 explanation (From Chapin Hall Center for Children at U. of Chicago) describes the project (as of that date) and Thomas Cousins’ involvement, how the C.F. Foundation (at same 3445 Peachtree NE #175, Atlanta, GA address) started an East Lake Community Foundation to transform the crime-ridden “Little Vietnam” area of Atlanta, starting with a golf course (i.e., the land) which had fallen into disrepair.  Carole Naughton came over eventually from a Housing Authority (i.e., government).

Not shown here, where or how apparently Warren Buffett also got involved.  I looked up the C.F. Foundation (tax returns shown just below: FY2013 is not found somehow) and found it exists to support (and is a related organization of) the “Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Inc.”  Which is showing $0.7Billion (over $700M) Total Gross Assets…

Look for the Schedule R on the returns for all the Disregarded (Pt. I), Tax-exempt (Pt. II) entities, and declarations of how many business relations (two sets) and a few familial are shown, along with (also seen on Purpose Built Schools Atlanta, Inc. return) a disclaimer that no one reviewing the tax return is a tax professional or qualified to say if it complies with all laws and regulations (and odd statement for such high-level of financing and so many organizations!) (I viewed FY2014) and, if you have a clue, explain why it’s showing a $17M loss in “investment income” on page 1 of that year. I’d also noticed through general search a “Nonami LLC” at the same address.  It’s recognized under “Schedule L” as 100% owned by a director (though which one, not shown).

Total results: 3Search Again. EIN# 581743909, the CF Foundation in Georgia. (FYs 2015, 2014 and 2012 shown).  Founded 1987 (per the returns), and website is marked “N/A.”

CF Foundation GA 2015 990 42 $84,960,325.00 58-1743909
CF Foundation GA 2014 990 42 $97,233,107.00 58-1743909
CF Foundation (where is FY2013’s return?* ) GA 2012 990 43 $89,902,840.00 58-1743909

*For why the omission is odd, click on Org. Name to view FYE 2014, middle row above, and look at pg.1 “Prior Year” column showing multi-million-dollar ($17M?) losses under line item investment revenues resulting in a deeply negative total for the year..very odd!! (IRS returns require reporting GROSS assets, so it should’ve still filed either a return — or a Form 990-N postcard (I checked/none found) stating officially revenues were under $50,000 that year.  Not assets — revenues.

BELOW (next table) 990 Search results for: Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Inc., EIN#581344646. (C F Foundation declares it as organized to support this one. So, apparently, were several others (see final pages of any return, “Sched R Related Tax-exempt foundations) controlled by the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta).  This foundation shows start date “1951.”  Website is “CFGreaterAtlanta.org” It is primarily a grant-maker, and most of that grantmaking seems to be “donor-advised.”  Actual community investment efforts (latest return, Pg.2, Pt. III, Line 4c) is a lesser expense.

Screen shot of EIN# 581344646 search for Commnity Fndtn for Greater Atlanta brings up a 990PF (grantee? Related supporting entity?) in Florida. Click image to enlarge or see nearby (interactive) table copied from these results 3/11/2018.

As searched by EIN# on “990Finder” (now a different URL, but that will bring up its website), and sorted by Year (not name), the results are more than confusing. I just looked through the larger (GA) organization’s tax returns and suspect that the much smaller one is probably one of the supporting organizations — or another situation I’m not exploring at present. It’s in a different state and filing a form 990PF under the exact same EIN#, so it’s worth flagging for follow-up… Click through any organization name on the table to see underlying organization’s Form 990 or 990PF  displaying its name and whether it does or does not match the “label on the table.”

Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund GA 2015 990 418 $706,986,242.00 58-1344646
Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund GA 2014 990 910 $738,859,850.00 58-1344646
Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta FL 2014 990PF 27 $106,323.00 58-1344646
Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta GA 2013 990 843 $733,369,077.00 58-1344646
Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta FL 2013 990PF 31 $106,847.00 58-1344646

990finder EIN# search revealing (yet again) wrong-name results: “East Lake Foundation” [mis]characterized as a charter school for FYE 2015, (EIN#582204306)

Here is the “East Lake Community Foundation” mentioned on the 2004 Chapin Hall summary of the Purpose Built Communities (originally East Lake Communities) redevelopment project sponsored in large part by the C.F. Foundation which we now know is actually controlled by a much larger and older community foundation, as linked above…(5pp; I see the organization name must have changed since 2004 also to lose the word “Community”). 3345 Peachtree NE #175 Atlanta (C F Foundatn + EastLake project discussed in brief) ChapinHallDocument(5) (look for heading describing this as CF Foundation’s “intermediary” organization.Revealing yet another “name screwup” by the Foundation Center (provides “990finder” search widget, access to searchable database and more, esp. if one subscribes) Search Results by EIN# for East Lake Foundation, Inc. EIN# 582204306 (website “EastLakeFoundationorg“) 
Charles R. Drew Charter School GA 2015 990 48 $58,213,221.00 58-2204306
East Lake Foundation GA 2014 990 50 $61,090,411.00 58-2204306
East Lake Foundation GA 2013 990 40 $61,723,487.00 58-2204306

From Guidestar’s profile of a foundation (East Lake) associated with Georgia’s “Purpose Built Communities” revitalization project, and promoting the model used in it nationwide.

Guidestar also has a profile page on it which shows a ruling date of 1996. Image to left shows the profile part only):

I would like to discuss this entity more, and may footnote (or “off-ramp” to a related post) observations from its FY2015 tax return about its general structure. For example, over half its reported assets are shown as “Notes or Loans Receivable” ($32M) and the amount of contributions over five years (Sched A shows) is “all over the place” (sometimes small, sometimes large, and in general inconsistent). It also shows only one “Schedule-R” (related) entity, also tax-exempt, for “real estate development,” with EIN# 58-2248791 whose tables I’ll post right here also, and whose purpose appears to be (from the start) absorbing and registering losses from development and rental of its two related “LP” communities in East Lake.  I’m not a real estate developer so this one is a little hard to figure without comparing all the various parts…It seems to exist for accounting purposes ONLY, and to claim (as of year 2006 I viewed — I went back from 2001, 2006, 2008 and some more recent years) 75% ownership of the mix-income housing partnerships which were losing money consistently.  Be aware that any assets shown on the table are Gross Assets — and what they consist of can only seen by reading the Balance Sheet (Current form 990s, this is Part X) and any attached statements or a Schedule D if applicable):

Total results: 3Search Again. East Lake Housing Corp., EIN# 582248791, est. 1996.

EAST LAKE HOUSING CORPORATION GA 2015 990 36 $11,686,696.00 58-2248791
EAST LAKE HOUSING CORPORATION GA 2014 990 35 $11,831,721.00 58-2248791
EAST LAKE HOUSING CORPORATION GA 2013 990 30 $10,713,366.00 58-2248791

Finally (for this round!), the real “Drew Charter School, Inc.” tax returns.

Total results: 3Search Again.  Drew Charter School, Founded 1999/2000 (accounts vary), EIN#58,2528098, the first charter school in Atlanta, and primarily (gov’t funded).

Drew Charter School GA 2016 990 32 $21,582,725.00 58-2528098
Drew Charter School GA 2015 990 28 $20,915,378.00 58-2528098
DREW CHARTER SCHOOL INC GA 2014 990 26 $19,568,312.00 58-2528098

President Dr. Cynthia Kuhlman (says one return) is employee of East Lake Foundation, and Lillian Giornelli (daughter of Thomas Cousins) is also on the board. Interesting… Website makes no reference to, and does not post (that I saw) tax returns or any audited financial statements.  The tax returns show it has nearly NO liabilities, and (last year viewed) was holding most of its assets in cash — i.e., $15M worth…


(Color reversal a factor of my upload from “tiff” file. Sec. of State displays B on W, not W on B as shown here). Notice the date.

Too much happens off the radar, below the table. Leakage (“hemorrhage”) of public -purpose funding continues, while stockpiling assets within government entities.  Those who will be receiving pensions still like — it seems — to supplement them, substantially (and keep busy and, ideally, in politically respectable social niches) by forming nonprofits to fix the institutions they do now, or formerly, worked for. Naturally this will affect basic loyalties and so the process must be accompanied by substantial PR spin at every stage.  When “the (mud) hits the (air circulation facility),” someone has to be tossed to the crowd in news headlines, temporarily, to assure them, it’s basically a great system, but there is occasionally a bad apple, a rogue character, or someone taking unfair advantage of it.  Sooner or later, the crowd’s attention will turn elsewhere, and to fully examine the conditions which set up the possibility of rogues or bad apples or leadership taking unfair advantage of public resources, is rarely a priority.

Or, the same type of arrangement as seen above, will itself commandeer more resources to fix the problem such a setup (public+private collaborations to help the poor and design better “communities”) allowed in the first place. I’m speaking of nonprofits I’ve seen over time, and some I am looking at currently in connection with the Castlemont situation referenced above…


~ ~ | | THIS BEGINS THE EIGHT POSTS with Full Titles & Active Links|| ~ ~

DECEMBER 5, 2017[[[very long and possibly sarcastic post title with Publ. date]]. (with case-sensitive short-link ending “-abc,” about —– words long)

Some of these “abstracts” are long enough to include sub-sections, which might be in different color schemes but will still overall be within bright-blue lines.  On-location (actual posts) rarely will follow the same color schemes; this pattern is just an added visual for purposes of this post.  Just look for the post titles.  What’s between is descriptive text from the post, unless I have an updated comment, which will be so identified.


Currently (due to a “change of plans” as I said near the top of this post) the extended abstracts, in this background-color, are (now) published on a new page, which I’ve been working on separately from this one.  It is far longer.  Its full title and link: 7 Posts from December 2017 (Intro, Links, + Extended Post ‘Abstracts’ + Images @March 14, 2018) This page has a short-link with case-sensitive ending “-8NJ” and is published at 22.5K words long.

That page will first list all titles in a row (as seen by the mass of (seven) yellow-background post titles just below), then individually, followed by their “abstracts,” a term I qualify and explain on that page also.  Though long, it’s  recommended reading; it still provides a concentrated overview of one month’s investigative blogging.  Perhaps just read it a post or two (and summaries) at a time! 

WITHOUT the abstracts, here’s that list:

DECEMBER 3, 2017[NRA (not) On the Record | Modeling Gun Control/Gun Violence Prevention Laws after Domestic Violence Prevention Laws [i.e., Moving It Under the Mental Health Umbrella], Strategized through Unregistered “Consortia” or Misleadingly-labeled Nonprofits East (D.C.) and West (S.F.)? No Thanks!! .[Short-link ending “-7Um” started Nov. 4, 2017, publ. Dec. 3] about 7,000 words long)

DECEMBER 14, 2017The ongoing racist and sexist legacy of PRWORA, ‘Moynihan’ and, for example, The Ford Foundation (Divide and Conquer Tactics, Keeping (most) Women In Their (subdominant) Assigned Places while Placating, if possible, while and continuing to exploit men of color, prisoners, and the public in high-stakes, profitable, and rigged conflicts. (Short-link ends “-8aH”; about 16,700 words long [and worth every bit of it!])

DECEMBER 15, 2017The Money Maze: Following Multi-State, Multi-Candidate PACs + Super-PACs through Rapid Formation and NameChanges. (Giffords, ARS PAC + Lawyer Steve ‘Hurricane’ Mostyn (1971-Nov. 2017)). (Short-link ends “-87w”; about 6,800 words long)

DECEMBER 17, 2017If Dog-Fighting, Cock-Fighting, and Exploiting Prisoners as Gladiators (resulting in shooting deaths for some, and “hundreds of shootings,” not to mention fight-related injuries for others) is “BAD,” then why isn’t also Federal (PRWORA-based) and State (Family Courts) Policy with similarly staged, high-stakes conflicts — rigged for intended outcomes, and obviously potentially lethal for the combatants and, periodically, bystanders — on a far larger stage (national, and in some high-profile cases, international), also involving known criminally violent** fathers and their children’s mothers, AND young children of all ages?. (short-link ends “-8a8” written and moved here Dec. 11, 2017) [Published 12/17/2017], about 6,700 words long, or with Footnote on BWJP/Wellstone/ early set-up of supervised visitation programming as intertwined with DV prevention, over 11,000 wds)

DECEMBER 21, 2017Revisiting Reunification Camps: The Nice Clinical Psychologists involved Just Want to Help Traumatized Kids and “Families in Transition” (or “Transitioning Families”), in “protected spaces” (away from naysayers, critics, and potential negative witnesses) … It’s the Good Ole, Time-Tested, Court-Ordered and of course (™)’d Way [Publ. Dec. 21, 2017].. (with case-sensitive short-link ending “-8cC,” about 17,000 words long)

DECEMBER 23, 2017Incentivizing Reunification Camps While Existing (Family) Policy Already Sets The Stage for FAMILIAL Abductions. (with case-sensitive short-link ending “-8fE,” about 11,000 words long)

DECEMBER 24, 2017Parent Coordination Central (.com) isn’t. Unless Coordinating a Sequence of Adm. Dissolutions was part of the plan? Neither “is” (as a Georgia nonprofit) either The Cooperative Parenting Institute, Inc. or Nat’l Parent Coordination Association, Inc. (Susan Boyan, Anne Marie Termini joint websites and “flash-in-the-pan” Georgia nonprofits, revisited, Dec. 2017). (with case-sensitive short-link ending “-8gr”; only about 6,000 words long!)

Footnote “Budget vs. Balance Sheets”:

CAFRs are not to be confused with a budget, which is a planning document, or the often-discussed “reserve funds” which are typically only part of the other funds held or controlled by any government entity.  Search the term on this blog (I have several links to others who also explain it of which I’d give the ‘most logical presentation’ award to Walter Burien), on the web, or just start finding and reading them! Among their many valuable features are descriptions of what is, and is NOT, part of the reporting governmental entity — and often organization charts of that entity near the front. As well as their tables of contents, which follow formats government by rules set by  (if  I recall this right) the GFOA (Government Financial Officers Association).

Once it’s understood that calling most government entities “broke” or forcing cities into bankruptcy is more a function of accounting — and typically in reference to only certain funds (such as the General Fund) or the budget — than an open declaration that there’s really nothing left besides hard capital assets (bridges, roads, buildings) — the degree of deception involved in MOST communications to the public about government itself becomes more evident — and the inordinate interest “philanthropy”*** has in working with the public sector.  Philanthropic leadership is not typically so under-informed of government resources and where to assess them as most people and are experientially quite aware that there are different ways to produce revenue — only one of which is the kind which produces that which is taxable income, commonly called “jobs.”

***Especially some of this historically largest, privately -controlled tax-exempt foundations (representing, naturally, originally a place to house some one’s or some family line’s (families tend to control corporations at startup) wealth where it can earn PLENTY of interest and dividend income — or be sold at a loss (if favorable for tax reasons in some other part of the collective holdings, i.e., as a write-off, or possibly to friends)

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March 14, 2018 at 4:57 pm

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