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Robin Hood Foundation (“RHF” 1989ff); Its Disregarded Entities incl. Robin Hood Holdings LLC (2001ff) The FBI & FINRA-prosecuted (2015, 2016 news) $1.4M Ponzi Scheme/ Securities Fraud involving a NC Broker Charles Fackrell  — and several “Robin Hood” entities;  RHF’s $11.6M 2008 grant to Single Stop USA (2007ff w/ board members in common)(of which claimed only $8.3M Total Contributions for 2008, “do the math”), not to mention ImpactMatters (2015ff in CT, although fka EvidenceAuditLLC). All this to help the poor, slash poverty and make the world a better place?

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. . . .Take a breath for another LONG post title….
Robin Hood Foundation (“RHF” 1989ff); Its Disregarded Entities incl. Robin Hood Holdings LLC (2001ff) The FBI & FINRA-prosecuted (2015, 2016 news) $1.4M Ponzi Scheme/ Securities Fraud involving a NC Broker Charles Fackrell  — and several “Robin Hood” entities;  RHF’s $11.6M 2008 grant to Single Stop USA (2007ff w/ board members in common)  (which claimed only $8.3M Total for 2008, “do the math”), not to mention ImpactMatters (2015ff in CT, although fka EvidenceAuditLLC).  All this to help the poor, slash poverty and make the world a better place? Shortlink ends: “-7Ym” moved here 11/16/2017 after a day or two of incredulous look-ups…finally published (mostly as-was) March 23, 2018, at only 4,444 words.

At this point, I do not even remember which was the most recent parent post.  I remember making an off-hand reference to the “take from the rich to help the poor” (i.e. the fabled “Robin Hood” reference), already knew this was a significant progressive foundation involved with other foundations, and started looking at it and its tax returns.

~ ~ | | INTRO & 3/23/18 UPDATE STARTS HERE || ~ ~

After a month-long hold, a closely related post was published March 18, 2018. Its intro explains the long pause and includes this commentary:

Two related posts … were on hold for some months in Q1 2018 while I restructured blog home page, added some tables of content posts (for Q4, 2017, actually) and posted on more current events, and how “Community Development” as “expanded Real Estate Development” was expanding government costs and concentration, while placing many assets directly in the hands of private investors who needed low-income populations to test their behavioral modification and social science theories upon, globally. …

Post Title:  NYC’s largest anti-poverty organization (so it says) appropriates for its name a well-known 15th century British legend about a 12th century outlaw of noble character, a name preserved by Hollywood and a parade of famous actors for about a century– a name like many iconic “handles” often translated into business models (incl. “Anti-Poverty” ones) — hoping to absorb some of the glamour, reputed compassion for commoners, and in general, virtue. of this well-known hero. Such names are taken for the PR connotations and ALWAYS deserve A Closer Look, especially in this 21stC. I have been…. (case-sensitive shortlink ends “-8NN.” Moved here Dec. 8, 2017, being published March 18, 2018(!), still under 8,000 words)

And, “oh boy!” do these posts elucidate just how globally such demonstrations are, some programs (and software applications) originating (which by now should not be surprising) out of Harvard, MIT, and a new center at Rutgers University, typically with a variety of creatively named and name-changing nonprofits reflecting the global intents, and justification for continued control of major assets under multiple corporate names by anyone BUT the people whose wages help create them, while those subcontracting or otherwise collaborating as employees  with those who have great, innovative ideas (for example, getting MORE people on as many public benefits as fast as possible, digitally) participate in the “fees for friends” and “trickle-down” business of consolidating federal funding across all the various agency “silos.”

Except this intro, post is mostly intact as written. I’ll add tags soon….//LGH March 18, 2018.

Tags were added March 24…

I did add tags and images of a board of directors for “ImpactMatters” (viewed currently), but not much else except this introduction, between last look at this post (Dec. 2017) and today, and after re-reading it. Tags image posted here may help with its key entities and concepts:

LCM~FCMatters Tags for Mar 23 2018 post ‘RHF Disregarded Entities–all this help poor slash poverty make world better place?’

In my recent (+/- March 21) Tweets, responding to a user who complained about the Christian right’s treatment of women, HHS grants, Wade Horn, etc., I said, OK, but are you aware where progressives stand on the same issues?  I thought not and, with quick lookups, posted some links and images from Annie E. Casey Foundation and Open Society Foundations, referenced the “CBMA” (Campaign for Black Male Achievement) as a 2015 entity in which announcements were made ca. 2014 about how many (I believe the number was 40) major philanthropies were collaborating (i.e., putting heads and funds together).  See next six-image gallery.  The fifth (“Practice Network/Women in Fatherhood”) image wasn’t displaying clearly enough so is repeated individually below.  The sixth, a black-and-white table (no pictures) shows Board members, Titles, and (why I showed it) their respective affiliations  — Skillman Foundation, Casey Family Programs (CBMA itself), Harlem Children’s Zone (why I included it), and University of Pennsylvania Law School — at the newly-registered nonprofit, for short, “CBMA.”

However as funders starting in 2014 (at which time it was likely still an initiative of the Open Society Foundations — since 2008 was mentioned), you can see from the second (“Funding Partners”) image, a list of philanthropies/foundations contributing to this campaign shown there is:

  • Casey Family Programs
  • The California Endowment
  • Chicago Community Trust
  • The Heinz Endowments
  • Kapor Center for Social Impact**
  • Knight Foundation
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • The Skillman Foundation

**Having social “impact” is obviously a big sound-byte currently.  “Got IMPACT? Want More? Our nonprofit (software, etc.) will help your donations have greater impact / measure impact (etc.).  Case in point, 2015 spinoff* from Robin Hood Foundation in this post, “ImpactMatters, Inc.” [*see that section of this and related post for more details].

**The name “Kapor” here is associated with Mitch Kapor and Freda Klein Kapor; he invented Lotus 1-2-3 (she was working there).  It’s centered in downtown Oakland, California, and as happens, involves a certain property (with space for rent and an auditorium), a related “Kapor Capital” “Institute” (etc.).  A number of other nonprofits plus a Kapor Foundation are referenced in just the co-chairs (of Kapor Capital) bio blurbs.  I should blog separately – after locating the various nonprofits. I see among the projects is working to get users access to redeeming their food stamp benefits online (partnership with USDA), and more. For the record however– are any financials for any of the referenced entities posted under the main website?  (Apparently, No…) I looked up the Form 990PF (and at the 2016 filing) for Kapor Social Investments.  You’d be surprised at its funders, and where it’s holding about half its $35M (yes, Million) “Other Investments”*** assets, with next to no liabilities, and where its $1.9M of grants are — most of them — going. Hint $1.1M went to another named fund underneath another (local, and well-heeled) community foundation. ***Clue: NOT within the USA, or even North America.  And it’s a pooled investments hedge fund.


In non-slide-show image, they are all readable except I feel the second one, which is reposted by itself here:

The CBMA launched as a separate NY nonprofit (CharitiesNYS.com shows a tax return claiming NY legal domicile, but other paperwork says DE corporation), and — why it’s mentioned here on a post featuring the RHF (Robin Hood Foundation) — not too surprising, the push was for “Place-based philanthropy” and the initial treasurer was Geoffrey Canada of:  Robin Hood Foundation, Harlem Children’s Zone, and probably others.

Other than my additions of images for “ImpactMatters” Board Members and “People,” and I may also add some for Robin Hood Foundation’s Board (organization website profiles) and a minor update on ImpactMatters’ Form 990-N 2(016’s became available while this post was in draft status), the post is basically “as written.”  Outside of this introduction.

My focus is more on the character of multiple nonprofits and spinoffs of RHF than the NC Fackrell case which I wished to report and which I felt illustrates the problem with multiple entities per nonprofits, and nonprofits coordinated through funders’ networks and, in opaque money trails involving Do-Good Organizations targeting public institutions (which isn’t to include Fackrell in that category — but Robin Hood Foundation has certainly claimed that organizational purpose).

For more information on both ImpactMatters (and Single Stop, Innovations for Poverty Action, J-PAL, and RHF), see also that related post above, publ. 3/18/2018.

ImpactMatters Board (cf Tamara Fox prior affiliations). Image repeated below w/ rest of board members

ImpactMatters Board (cf Kenneth Starr (Mulago Fndtn, Big Bang) affiliations. Image repeated below w/ rest of board members. Mulago Fndtn Form 990PF shows him paid $300K for his role there; hence volunteering? for ImpactMatters shouldn’t be personal fiscal burden..

On reviewing (for that purpose) the “ImpactMatters” web page, I also took time to look up some of the board members’ bio-blurb affiliations also:  ELMA Philanthropies US, Inc. (advisor to ELMA Foundations: plural, primary focus, South Africa), and the Leona B. and Harry M. Helmsley Charitable Trust (both, ‘Impact’ * Board member Tamara Fox), and the Mulago Foundation (1968ff associated with Rainer Arnhold + much more: $368M assets or so) [*short for “ImpactMatters, Inc.” here only].

Mulago Fndtn FS 2014 Notes explaining Related Entities + its $208M Investmts in them (#1 of 2), identifying FEIM + ASBH

Mulago Fndtn FS 2014 Notes explaining Related Entities + its $208M Investmts in them (#2 of 2), identifying FEIM + ASBH

(Impact Board member Kenneth Starr), and two I haven’t got to yet are  “Big Bang Philanthropy” (also re: Kenneth Star) and W.A.D. Financial Counseling, Inc. (re: Impact co-founder, ex-chairman Michael Weinstein).

None of these are discussed in depth here, but looking up those I did again reminds me that the field is functioning basically like a philanthropic syndicateand, controlling their various investments — a syndicate which obviously has a preferred plan for the USA, low-income families, cities, schools, real estate development, housing and health care which keeps control in the hands of the self-convened/anointed experts and thought-leaders who already hold major wealth, or work (managing investments, directing grants for tax-reducing foundations) for those who do.

Mulago Fndtn California’s Charitable Details record** shows mega growth in revenues and assets: The Forms 990PF show which years it came from< investments, and which, contributions (and, from whom).  Some ‘Miscellaneous” documents shown are actually financial statements (two images shown to right).  **MULAGO FNDTN (cf Arnhold Family + KevinStarr also of ImpactMatters) EIN#946182697 in CA (w NY addr) SINCE 1968, MegaGrowth – read Dec 2014 Financial Statemts also (4pp @ 2018March22) (Annotated by LGH, preliminary. You may need a second click on blank page icon to view).

Wiki on “Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder” (fundinguniverse.com probably also has more).

Wiki on “Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder” #2 of 2 images. (fundinguniverse.com probably also has more).

Although Mulago Foundation website features philanthropy of Kenneth Starr’s friend and mentor Rainer Arnhold, and does mention he was born into an investment banking family, served in U.S. Army (WWII), etc., only the financial statements would show terms such as those found in the “Related Entities Investments,” such as Arnhold & S. Bleichroeder Holdings, Inc. (“ASBH”) (See two images from Wikipedia nearby), or First Eagle Investment Management  LLC (SEC-registered and, at time of the FS, subsidiary of ASBH).  Subsequent (2015ff) events show major name changes, a July, 2015, announcement at “FEIM” that Blackrock and Corsair Capital were making significant long-term investments in First Eagle ** and an FTC Sep. 2015 link mentions that ASBH, Inc. was bought by another group.

**…The investment is being made through First Eagle’s holding company, Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder Holdings Inc. The transaction includes the sale by TA Associates of its entire investment in First Eagle.

First Eagle is an independent, privately-held asset management firm which manages approximately $100 billion in assets on behalf of institutional and individual clients

First Eagle’s senior management and investment leadership fully support the long-term investment by Blackstone and Corsair, will retain significant ownership in the Firm, and will continue to run the business on a day-to-day basis. The family shareholders, who are members of the founding Arnhold family (the “Family”), will remain substantial shareholders in First Eagle and will retain their role on the Board following the closing of the transaction. Blackstone and Corsair will exercise their oversight of the business at the Board level and will not be involved in the day-to-day management of the Firm

Link to the announcement here, or click image to enlarge.

Here’s a Bloomberg.com profile of Henry Helmut Arnhold, showing overlapping boards and directorships — that’s partly why I use the word “philanthropic syndicate” to describe  investment and real-estate business empires talking about helping the poor:

Bloomberg.com “People” snapshot under Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder Holdings, Inc.

The Elma Philanthropies & Helmsley Trust (both associated with an ImpactMatters board member) are equally interesting, with the former being hard to track down; only a small footprint outside the for-profit philanthropic advisor in NY, for any local to the US foundation involved.

At this point, it just may  not matter whether the rest of us approve or not. I think the symbiotic, co-dependent relationships between taxable and tax-exempt ought to be dismantled because it’s “innately inequitable” making talk about adjusting for MORE equitable (this, that, and the other) probably sheer hypocrisy:  Is, equitable across the board meant, or “equitable” as defined by those who already control the flow of access to wealth and capital (income-producing assets) already and as such steer politicians who make decisions on use of tax receipts and the [for the USA] federal (and state, county, regional, JPA, etc.) budgets?

Before speculating on that answer, start reading BOTH Forms 990PF and 990 and where possible, audited financial statements, to turn your lights on as to what might be meant when such foundations (through their websites and boards of directors) start talking about “equitable” or “just.”  Or “transparent.” Or “slashing poverty.”

~ ~ | | THIS ENDS INTRO & 3/23/18 UPDATE. || ~ ~

The nonprofit sector is also major when it comes to leverage, to privatization, and to facilitating the concentration of wealth in the hands of those who historically held it, while promoting the cause as doing the opposite, redistributing it to the poor.  Speaking of which, there is even a “Robin Hood Foundation” as if the main characteristic of its redistributions were taking from the rich and giving to the poor.  A closer look shows other, less savory and more questionable, characteristics…and not just on this single foundation.

RH Fndtn EIN#133441066) FY2008 (YE Dec) — Reports $11M to a 2007-formed SingleStopUSA entity, which only acknowledged receiving $8M the same year (also YE Dec). SingleStop went from “0 to 60” for grants in a single year, and has a disregarded entity (software) for signing up people for as many government benefits as possible, efficiently, in multiple states (Tax, Benefits, Healthcare, Legal counseling) and admits (FY2008 Form 990) to having taken over RHF’s NY sites for this purpose.

Placeholder for a missing thumbnail, RHF leadership page

FY2010 Single Stop USA Tax return, program description (attachmt):  “…
Using Single Stop’s web-based-software, the Benefits Enrollment Network-(BEN), counselors are able-(to) let-clients-know-in-as little-as 15 minutes what benefits they are likely_eligible_for, and then guide them through the application process. In-addition,-the sites offer free financial counseling, legal services-and-tax-preparation. A recent internal analysis shows that -for every dollar invested, Single Stop obtains for-clients $20 worth of benefits, tax refunds and services (based on-Single Stop_metrics_developed by the Robin Hood Foundation) .

Single Stop USA FY2008 return (from “990finder”) showing a discrepancy of at MINIMUM $3M (and then only if its only grantor that year was RHF, which its paperwork indicates, it wasn’t) between what RHF claimed to donate the same year and what it acknowledged receiving. (Easily searchable at 990finder, change the URL in the year to 2008 for this earlier returns)

Single Stop USA in FY2008, and on the same fiscal year as RHF, only acknowledged total contributions (presumably not limited to RHF’s only, which depending on how much others contributed, would make the “connect-the-dots” gap even larger) of $8.3M+.. so where did the difference go?  They also had personnel in common, so how was this tolerated?

(Robin Hood’s Board — scroll through to see the types of affiliations — other foundations, investment management, capital companies, financial (JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs), media of course, and more).  I included last three year’s tax returns and an image or so at the bottom of this post, but other concerns about RHF’s “disregarded” entities (some years, more than one, recently just one) and any possible relationship to an identified (by FINRA and the USDOJ) Ponzi scheme and securities fraud involving names including

cf. Robin Hood Holdings etc Securities Fraud, FACKRELL (Erezlaw’com website). I am still looking at this situation; a direct connection to the RHF has NOT been established, although one of their disregarded entities has one of those names… Note: The potential exists until disproven that there might be either a direct connection, or a coincidence in overuse of the well-known reference to Robin Hood as part of legal entities’ names…

Robin Hood Fndtn’s YEDec20115 Sched R Pt I DISREGARDED ENTITY ROBIN HOOD HOLDINGS (Sched R Disregarded entity) (shown w|o any suffix indicator and possibly a wrong EIN# (same as the 501©3’s offered) from its website.

Sched R Disregarded Entities from earlier RHF Form 990 (2008?)

(but not limited to) “Robin Hood Holdings LLC” in Delaware and a broker (now barred) Charles Caleb Fackrell in NC, re-inforce my concerns in general about the “related entities” and “alternate investments” warehoused under apparently, mutual-benefit-exchanging nonprofits. (Michael Weinstein, the (per website) Chairman of Single Stop USA, Inc. — which in only FY2014 acknowledged its own “disregarded entities” of similar name, was also, until very recently, per RHF’s website, “Chief Program Director” director and is now leaving, with long-term program person Emary Aaronson, to another named charity (i.e., SingleStopUSA not mentioned here). both organizations feature high-profile people, with a high dose of Harvard and Columbia University backgrounds, and industries…

SingleStop USA (<=Board Members): Michael Weinstein, Chief Program Officer – Robin Hood Foundation (Chairman) 

Michael M. Weinstein, (Co-Founder [of Single-Stop USA]), is Director of Programs for the Robin Hood Foundation. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from MIT and was chairman of the economics department at Haverford College. He provided economics analysis and commentaries for National Public Radio, served on The New York Times’ editorial board, and was the paper’s economics columnist in the 1990s. In 2001, he became Director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, also holding the Paul A. Volcker Chair at the council. Mr. Weinstein directs the Institute for Journalists at The New York Times Company Foundation and is President and Founder of W.A.D. Financial Counseling, a nonprofit foundation that provides poor families with free financial counseling. He is the editor of Globalization: What’s New, co-author of The Democracy Advantage: How Democracies Promote Prosperity and Peace, author of Recovery and Redistribution Under the N.I.R.A., and has written extensively about welfare, inequality, poverty, health care, energy, social security, tax, budget, trade, environment, regulation, antitrust, telecommunications, education, banking, and many other public policy issues.

And back at RHF (results from a name-search as Weinstein’s name no longer seems to show up under staff (they show clickable photos, not a names list, so I might have missed it, but…):

MANAGEMENT CHANGES (<==viewed at RH Foundation website Nov. 2017),  (Management isn’t necessarily Board, but it still counts!)

…Robin Hood also announced that Michael Weinstein, the organization’s chief program officer of 14 years, will be leaving the organization in March to become the executive director of Impact Matters, a global impact assessment charity.

Interesting term — what is a “global impact charity”?  Sounds like some data processing and software, possibly proprietary, with a view towards licensing it and standardizing the field, MIGHT be involved….

In his new role, Michael will help charities around the world implement the rigorous metrics he created at Robin Hood.

“While we will miss Michael as our respected colleague, we’re extremely proud that his creation and leadership of Impact Matters is yet another example of the commitment of our team to elevate the efficacy of poverty-fighting organizations on a national and global scale. Robin Hood and our neighbors in New York City will forever benefit from his innovations and insights,” said Robbins.

Emary Aronson, a critical member of Robin Hood for nearly two decades, will serve as acting chief program officer. Alongside Weinstein, Aronson has been the driving force behind Robin Hood’s grant making process. In addition to overseeing the organization’s education program, she has led both the 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy Relief Funds

How interesting that both of them show up on “SingleStopUSA” (along with possibly other overlap leadership) yet this doesn’t mention it.    Next image, others do:

Chronicle of Philanthropy features (in photo) Michael Weinstein as new CEO of ImpactMatters, which EIN# I tracked via IRS Exempt Select Check to Connecticut. This time, click image to access the whole article

I see that Chronicle of Philanthropy (March 17, 2017) publication is up on the news (and, unlike the RHF website referencing ImpactMatters as the new project, acknowledges at least in passing his involvement with Single Stop USA.  Of course, only the Forms 990 show that while he was Chief Program Officer at RHF, THE largest grant (by about 5x even the largest of all others — I looked through all grantees listed) in 2008 was to Single Stop, another one for which he eventually became (volunteer) Chairman of the Board [and was probably involved before then; see Forms 990 Pts. VIIA), with as I mentioned above, a minimum of nearly $3M of the $11.2M donation somehow “MIA.”

New Top Executives Join Impact Matters and Higher Learning Advocates (3/17/2017 by Anais Strickland)

Impact Matters: Michael Weinstein was appointed executive director of the nonprofit, which conducts impact audits of charities to help them improve and demonstrate value to donors.

Mr. Weinstein has been chief program officer at the Robin Hood Foundation, where he worked for 15 years. Before that, he was founding director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations** and an economics columnist for The New York Times. Mr. Weinstein is also co-founder Single Stop USA, a nonprofit that provides financial counseling to low-income families.

(Wiki photo) Sebastian Mallaby, 2017-2014 director, successor to Michael Weinstein?, of a CFR Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies. His father was UK ambassador to German (8yrs) then France (next 8yrs), and his wife is editor in chief of The Economist.

**(Circle of Philanthropy provided no link) That Center dates back to 2000. The CFR, to about 1927.

The Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies works to promote a better understanding of how economic and geopolitical forces interact to shape the world.” Its most recent director (2014ff) is Michael Levi, before him (2007ff)  Sebastian Mallaby, (<==his “Wiki”) before that, website doesn’t say, but probably Weinstein.   He was born to nobility (both parents), privileged education, his father was an Ambassador for the UK (for two different countries) from 1988-1996.)  Mallaby (from CFR website, although searched separately as no direct link provided): “…

Between 1997 and 1999, Mallaby was the Economist’s Washington bureau chief and wrote the magazine’s weekly Lexington column on American politics and foreign policy. He is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist: once for editorials on Darfur and once for a series on economic inequality. In 2015, he helped to found a startup, InFacts.org, a web publication making the fact-based case for Britain to remain in the European Union.

…Mallaby was educated at Oxford, graduating in 1986 with a first class degree in modern history. After eighteen years in Washington, DC, he moved to London in 2014, where he lives with his wife, Zanny Minton Beddoes, editor in chief of the Economist.”

Why was “ImpactMatters” so hard to find as a Form 990-filer, while others seem to know so much, about it already? Check out the board (!)  http://www.impactm.org/about/board.

[[Now redirects to impactmatters.org.  2017& 2018 Financials  and its EIN#, are posted; org. founded in 2016, first funding reported in only 2017..//LGH during quick re-read  Feb. 2020]]


Impact Matters board members, Dean Karlan, Chairman & Michael Weinstein (1st 2 of 5 shown). Note: NO Form 990 is yet viewable by the public to show full list, or any financial activities, which are claimed for FY2015 and FY2016 both to be under $50K (by filing of a Form 990N), but compare that to the various inter-relationships between even just these two men (and other nonprofits or foundations, centers) here. (Both hold PhDs in Economics from MIT also).

ImpactMatters Board (cf Paul Brest, Tamara Fox current and prior affiliations). 

ImpactMatters Board (cf Kenneth Starr (Mulago Fndtn, Big Bang) affiliations. Mulago Fndtn Form 990PF shows him paid $300K for his role there; hence volunteering? for ImpactMatters shouldn’t be personal fiscal burden..


Impactm.org “People” – thumbnails shown for row two women have descriptions on the next (nearby posted) image. This is #1 of 2.

Impactm/org “People” (showing last two photo thumbnails, but abstracts for the row above it, which happens to be all women).

(InFacts.org screenshot Nov. 16, 2017)

InFacts.org is run, says its colorful website, by 3 men as a “limited by guarantee company,” with the name:

The legal name of the company that owns InFacts is Referendum Facts Ltd. This is a company limited by guarantee. || Editorial independence is guaranteed by an editorial board. The members of the editorial board are also members of the company. They have all given money to fund InFacts.

The company is run by a board of three directors, chaired by Hugo Dixon. The others are Bill Emmott and Geert Linnebank. All are members of the editorial board.


Michael A. Levi (<==Wiki; took over from Sebastian Mallaby, above, directorship of the Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, a U.S. counterpart to the RIIA (Royal Institute of International Affairs, a.k.a. “Chatham House,” in London; see recent post title mentioning “Chatham House”) per his wiki, was in the Obama Adminstration, Energy Policy:

Michael A. Levi was a Special Assistant to the President for Energy and Economic Policy in the Obama White House.[1] He was previously the David M. Rubenstein senior fellow for energy and environment at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), a nonpartisan foreign-policy think tank and membership organization, and director of its Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies. He is an expert on energy and climate, highly regulated technology, and defense and security policy.[2]

(EDUCATION): Levi holds a BSc (Hons.) in mathematical physics from Queen’s University, ***(Kingston, Ontario) and an MA degree in physics from Princeton University, where he studied string theory and cosmology. He also holds a PhD in war studies from King’s College London where he was the SSHRC William E. Taylor fellow.[3]

(CAREER): Levi was previously a fellow for science and technology at the Council and, before that, a nonresident science fellow and a science-and-technology fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution. He was previously director of the flagship Strategic Security Project of the Federation of American Scientists.[3]

*** (see that link; briefly: Queen’s Univ. (Founded by the Church of Scotland (“presby.”) / chartered in 1841 by Queen Victoria) predates the founding of Canada by 26 years, has about 23,000 students, among them 57 Rhodes Scholars (go to study at Oxford in the UK) and 36 “Gates” (Yes, Bill & Melinda Gates) scholars, modeled after Rhodes, but with more money, and help students go to Cambridge University (UK).))

Possibly because:  (1) It’s not filing Form 990s yet; (2)  it has had a well-heeled fiscal agent  (Innovations Poverty Action) and (3) between actually spinning off, it apparently already changed its name; not to mention (4) the website (which last March, 2017’s Circle of Philanthropy specifically does NOT link to, while featuring the organization!) isn’t shown there either…  And (5) a shorter domain name losing the “atters” out of “ImpactMatters” was chosen — “impactM.org” making accidental finding through simply typing it in a URL, a “no-go” situation.

(“Where Is It?” Step#1) No full-sized Form 990s found so far, at least here, for “ImpactMatters”

Where Is It? Step#2, Check IRS Pub. 78 data (Exempt Org. Select Check). EIN# Found! ImpactMatters, Inc.” in New Haven CT (home to WHICH major Ivy League University? Yep, Yale) is  EIN# 475047252

Where Is It (and any Form 990)? Step #3: But, no full-sized Form 990s found so far, at least here, by EIN# search, on “47570542.”

Having found no full-sized Forms 990 by EIN# search (at least at that database) another possibility is that the entity filed just an electronic post-card. Step #4, Form 990-N search by EIN# (at IRS ExemptOrgSelect website), results found also show a different entity name, EVIDENCEAUDIT INC... . For such new organization, that’s a fast name-change, although name-changes, if registered (later lookups in CT show it was) aren’t illegal. Only Year filed: 2015

(Found at “impactm.org”) the partner IPA (says fine print) was ImpactAudit’s fiscal agent at first. No Financials posted now that it’s (evidently?) no longer under fiscal agent, or any declaration of size of sponsorship.  By the way, how can one have that many partners and no more than $50,000 contributions?  Top left (AGORA) blurb says Impact already acquired AGORA…

Step#5, click for “Details” on 990-N search results; these are the details for what was then “EvidenceAudit, Inc. also gives an entity website, “ImpactM.org”) No other (before 2015 or for 2016) Forms 990N (or any other kind of Form 990N) showing so far. Notice: FY=Calendar Year, and principal officer is Dean Karlan.[see next image; founded much larger “IPA” organization

Per “impactm.org” this entity IPA is Fiscal sponsor of ImpactAudit; Statemt VIII Revenues shows it got most of its grants from gov’t in 2015 (but 2014, most listed under “private,” similar amts). No reference to “ImpactAudit” shown on program details. Analysis (chronology) of IPA Forms 990 skimmed, but not appropriate for this context. Yet…



























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