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Q1, 2018 Posts and “You Are Here,” on my Blog. Meanwhile, WE are Here, Collectively. (Or, from ‘Hewers of Wood + Drawers of Water’ To Functionally and Financially Illiterate** Consumers of Information, Products, and Social Services). (Publ. April 19, 2018)

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Full Post Title:  Q1, 2018 Posts and “You Are Here,” on my Blog. Meanwhile, WE are Here, Collectively. (Or, From ‘Hewers of Wood + Drawers of Water’ To Functionally and Financially Illiterate** Consumers of Information, Products, and Social Services). (Publ. April 19, 2018) [Case-sensitive, WordPress-generated shortlink ends “-8X8” and this post ends after about 9,600 11,000 words, sections of which may be moved elsewhere to shorten it!] [The “Read-More” link will also, in time, be moved closer to the top, making for a shorter lead-in section.]

**Explained more below in this post, and in a typical post. No apologies for failing to sugar-coat the news. Or for long sentences in the next few indented paragraphs, summarizing my understanding and explaining that comment. With additional “show-and-tell” relating to the rest of this post (and blog).

In my experience, (far) too many people, as for generations most of us have been conditioned, whether or not holding any number of white-collar professional jobs, whether or not possessing sufficient understanding of running a business to handle themselves, whether employee or self-employed, not only lack the functional vocabulary — financial literacy — to even acquire an understanding of the intersection of public and private finances, or on government and taxation itself — but also are so emotionally and financially invested in what works — at least tolerably — for themselves — they do not really want to (will not to the point of continually “cannot”) understand something different, that is, a different assessment.  Indicators and symptoms that something odd, that an ongoing, major economic “black hole of non-accountability” exists are thus sidelined, dismissed, and/or ignored, as are people who may broach the topic and point to it.  These fainter, less “in your face” indicators in some ways could be called “the canaries in the coal mines.” i.e., ignore at your own risk.

I have of course stood in the “too many people” category above until shocked out of it (in the context of family court), but unlike some, that shock didn’t eradicate all my curiosity, or my healthy respect for the value of ongoing observation and assessment of current surroundings as survival traits (which I also know are best utilized BEFORE in “fight-or-flight” mode).

The literacy and information (including functional vocabulary and its use) on certain economic matters and the operations of government as it is versus as it is portrayed to the public is where “first come + mutually organized = first served” and the rest of the population will be allocated to useful, functional positions within society* as organized by those more aware of just what public resources actually exist [1], and how to access them for private profit [2].  *That these positions may not look exactly like what they did centuries ago doesn’t mean they’re still not symbolically “Hewers of water and drawers of wood.”

[1] Key to understanding this is whether the public has been told the truth regarding the bottom line of (particularly) the federal government, and based on that, the legitimacy of all systems of taxation portrayed as beneficial and necessary for example, to balance that budget.  Bottom lines whether of both government and private sectors are expressed not just in terms of annual or bi-annual budgets — but of financial statements. AUDITED ones. Looking at a single entity or just a few entities within a field (OR at public only or private only) is inadequate because public and private constantly interact with each other. Both sectors frequently change names, consolidate, spin off or (for government departments) set up new offices within existing departments, etc.

[2] There’s far less competition in fields mutually controlled by those who pioneered them.

(Example: See blog search phrase:  Harvard/Bain/Bridgspan (as a business model) and click on the “Why Bother to Unravel” post [2.1] (its concluding paras) on that search result (2nd search result after this post).’ I concocted that phrase during a drill-down involving all three. I had discovered “Bridgespan” as a subcontractor on another foundation’s tax returns.  My fabricated phrase refers generally to commandeering the profits in NONprofit consulting, and as a NONprofit, which takes collaboration with others also so inclined.  Notice “Bain” is associated with well-known public figure from Massachusetts (who also ran for President not too long ago).[3, with two associated images]  Notice that an elite, private university (in that aspect, HBS — Harvard Business School) is integral part of the phrase, as it is of that model. Better yet, spell “Bridgespan” correctly in the search and read (scroll down towards the bottom for that section) what I published last year (March 30, 2017): Omidyar Entities: The Harvard/Bain/Bridgespan Consulting Model (Transform and Help Run — or own — Distressed Assets, LIKE U.S. PUBLIC SCHOOLS), Rebranded, on Steroids, and Gone Global).

[2.1] Full title and image from top of “Why Bother to Unravel” post (publ. June 16, 2018):

Why Bother to Unravel…Link provided nearby or see blog “Archives” for 6/16/2018. Bottom section of this post also summarizes key concerns in a few paragraphs, regarding social service delivery in the private sector, and the tax-exempt sector in general (from an accountability standpoint — not from a “service-delivery” standpoint).

[3] Bain Execs Spent Nearly $5M on Romney’s White House Run, Records Show (Anne Faris-Rosen in Center for Public Integrity, 2/7/2012 (let’s call this “about six years ago.)  Mitt Romney and John Kerry both referenced, in the article, but the image (excerpt shown here) mentions  Bain Capital LLC and Bain & Co., the latter being a consulting company. Note the timeframes and that Bain & Co. formed in 1984, a decade which is ON my radar below as to LBOs and major Tax Reform, and within the following decade (1986-1996) and with (Tax Reform Act of 1986) organizing personnel and nonprofits in common, welfare reform, which brings up right up to “the elephant in the room” when discussing why family courts are so conflict-ridden and economically, socially and psychologically devastating for so many. Romney, it says below, had continuing passive income after the fourteen years he spent at Bain & Co.  Note Bain & Co. LLC also did those leveraged buyouts which (for some of the bought-out companies’ employees) resulted in job loss through the heavy (i.e., “leveraged” with debt) burden the resulting setup provided.

Image #2 of 2, excerpted from Bain Execs Spend Nearly $5M on Romney White House Runs (2/7/2012 in Center for Public Integrity)”Click image to enlarge

Image #1 of 2, excerpted from Bain Execs Spend Nearly $5M on Romney White House Runs (2/7/2012 in Center for Public Integrity)”Click image to enlarge


Along the way (and on most posts on this blog), you’ll see that I continue to name and profile (economically) many organizations directly associated with and set up to affect custody proceedings, child support decision-making, and of course, defining what is and (especially) is not “domestic violence” or “child abuse” and is better described instead as, “high-conflict.”  Most of these address how to problem-solve any assessed condition  — typically through more trainings (some qualified under CEU or for lawyers CLE credits), certifications, and guidelines for those in the (existing and as we speak, more being created) professions involved. MOST of which will be supported, up front, or once in operation long-term, by public funds.  

This time (not most times) the image is the link to article. Click to access. It’s a short read — Please Do! (from Atlanta Business Chronicle originally).

McKinsey & Company copies Bain (2014)

This section/illustration may be moved (or may not) later! I added to it where McKinsey, already a global consulting company (for decades) connects also to the US-based National Governors’ Association., and the significance of the NGA among other similar associations in setting policies which obviously will affect US citizens due to size, scope and major corporations involved. //LGH.

While I’m on “Harvard/Bain/Bridgespan (The Bridgespan Group)” — it’s no secret that Bridgespan was a spinoff of Bain and involves consulting for nonprofits with positive spin on the social impact (benefits of course are featured) of doing so.  

On basic Google search again, among plenty of results on the first page, one is Nonprofit Quarterly reporting that the big consulting firm (multi-national) McKinsey & Co. (which I featured as a “Corporate Fellow” to “National Governors Association Center for Best Practices,” a pay-to-play status), reported in March 2015 that it has copied the model and spun off its own nonprofit.

Click nearby image to read more (see esp. para.3), however this next quote from it specifically acknowledges the “Bain’s Bridgespan” model being circulated — obviously among powerful corporations whose profits, otherwise, would be taxed — considerably if they weren’t moving revenues from nonprofit to nonprofit for better “social impact” and to help economic mobility of retail-level entry workers (!).

If you explore this example further, that’s exactly what they’re talking about.

Someone has to work for all the corporations who have so many profits they have to pour excess into tax-exempt foundations.

If you read further (on this post) for example, on the background of people like Grover Norquist (active in pushing for Tax Reform Act of 1986, and after that, “Contract with America,” which so dramatically (but in the “background operating systems”) impacted judicial decision-making in America’s (meaning here, the USA’s) family courts, it becomes clear that businesses organize in response to tax laws so as to reduce their corporate taxes.

There seems to be a connection between Tax Reform Act of 1986 and “Welfare Reform” (major restructuring) of 1996.

McKinsey & Co. Starts its own version of Bain’s Bridgespan Rick Cohen, March 27, 2015 in Nonprofit Quarterly.

…Some portion of McKinsey’s thinking on nonprofits is contained in the McKinsey on Society website, where there are essays and research summaries addressing topics such as how poor school systems can become good school systems and, not surprisingly, extolling the potential of social impact bonds. In other words, as a global management consulting firm, McKinsey has had a nonprofit practice carried out by some of its 19,000 staff in over 100 offices in 61 countries.

This looks a little like Bain & Company’s creation of the Bridgespan Group in 1999. Bridgespan started out strongly with a $1 million grant from Bain plus several loaned staff. Like McKinsey, Bain & Company is a wealthy parent for its nonprofit consulting spinoff, with sales of around $2.1 billion.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy suggests that the McKinsey Social Initiative will start life with a $70 million capital infusion from McKinsey & Company plus access to 25 of its consultants to work on MSI projects and advice from 10 McKinsey partners …

Well, I just looked up the Form 990s and found it’s already (since 2014 origins) changed its name AND its website, and the one linked to on the 2015 report (which is neither) isn’t what the 2016 tax return shows (latest year shown on a separate database — NONE are shown on the website) (EIN# is 471073442).
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The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE, looks like Move-the-Money Shell Games around $57M HHS grants (1995-2016).

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Post Title: The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE, looks like Move-the-Money Shell Games around $57M HHS grants (1995-2016), with case-sensitive short-link ending “-3fW.”  Being published April 6, 2018 “as is” except adding this information, a border, and establishing a certain font, after years buried on my blog as a draft.  This post is under 2,000 words.

Post was originally drafted — sometime AFTER the HHS Grants database underwent a facelift removing the ability to search by EIN# — possibly 2016, possibly 2014, definitely after 2013. Being published now because I had occasion to refer to it, remembered writing it, and (as sometimes happens on this blog) thought I’d already published it!  Blog search on the 1-800-799-SAFE telephone number above pulled up results from 2012, 2011, 2016. When I first revisited it today (April 6, 2018) and hit “save draft” the prior year simply did not show. On hitting “save draft” a second time, a prior revision date of April 2, 2016 shows, which in context makes sense as original drafted date.

[[April 2018 Notes: url to the now-expired logo inside red borders above MIGHT be found via Internet Archive Search: and is “http://www.thehotline.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/hotline-logo4.png” if readers want to search for an earlier version.  Nowadays I use more screen shots (with or without captions) to avoid this problem…The next-door image which hasn’t expired yet has upload date “2013/09”]]

(www.hotline.org; this is out of Austin, Texas)** (**see next quote)

“This website was supported by Grant Number 90EV0426 from the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. Its contents are solely the responsibility of The Hotline and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.

This Web site is funded in part through a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor any or its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse, this Web site (including, without limitations, its content, technical infrastructure, and policies, and any services or tools provided).

“Exempted from federal income tax under the provisions of Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Since we were just given the specific award number* — here’s the TAGGS.hhs.GOV reporting of it (I searched by Award#).  Notice in column headings that the Award name and the Recipient name are same, which they normally aren’t’.  Click HERE [=”https://tinyurl.com/TAGGS-HHSgov-90EV0426″%5D to see it on HHS site (Link saves search specifications, not search results).   *That is, for the HHS component, not the Dept. of Justice component.  If giving one award#, why not give the grant award# from the Office for Victims of Crime also? //LGH Apr 2018

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 For the chart on this post, I removed several columns for “squishing” purposes, including “OpDiv” (which is ACF), Budget year (“1”) and Award Code (“00” or “0”).  However, I realized that the grant # given above — on the organization’s WEBSITE — only represented Year 2015!
Data FY
CFDA Program Title
Award Number
Award Title
Action Date
Recipient Name
ZIP Code
Award Amount
2015 93592 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Discretionary Grants 90EV0426 National Domestic Violence Hotline 7/14/2015 National Domestic Violence Hotline 78716 $4,100,000

If you click on the “Recipient Name” it should read (“Other, Special Interest Org.”) same as the tax return, which I’m showing below:

National Domestic Violence Hotline PO Box 161810 AUSTIN, TX 78716

As re-run 4/6/2018; see next image:

TAGGS basic (not “Advanced”) search, re-run of Specific HHS grant 90EV0426 shows one more result in 2016, but not for 2017, though one existed. Click image to enlarge.||Note: Running “ADVANCED” entity (not specific grant#) search again in 2018 pulls up a 2017 grant, awarded Aug. 2017, same Award # (90EV0426) amount >$7.7M — but this was NOT included in a 2018 BASIC run specifying that award# the same day (See captioned image nearby). Something is “off” or heavily delayed data entry at the TAGGS level for a Summer 2017 award not to show over a half year later, by Spring 2018. This shows a discrepancy between Basic & Advanced search results, something I’ve noticed happens — a lot — on this database!)


Now please click on my “Advanced Search” of the same organization name, I picked several columns and did not select any years (which defaults to “All Years” — since 1995).  This table has 3 pages of results (3rd page, small) and at top, as you can see, reports $57 MILLION of grants, and 53 distinct awards.  Other things you may see is that this named organization is getting BOTH the SVDC grants (much smaller) and the hotline grants, which while they started fairly small in 1995 or so, they are now up to $4 million a pop.

You also, I hope may notice under the “DUNS#” column (not shown above), which is an identifier, that up until perhaps 2008, there were two different ones in use, but afterwards, only one.

Illustrates discrepancies in TAGGS database and (w/ rest of post contents publ 4/6/2018) obstacles connecting entity name to specific, continuing EIN# (I.e., 3 EIN#s and changing entity names are involved, but on TAGGS now EIN# can no longer be searched, just DUNS# or (unreliable substitutes) entity name. Obviously affects quality control, ability to compare with IRS filings. Also, Advanced Srch shows more results (image top row) than basic search, even on same grant# (here, 90EV0426) ¾ yr later!

I know something very unusual about this hotline, as to Tax Returns. I discovered an “anomaly” between the group that HHS was funding (millions of dollars over time) and the actual recipient organization by that name in Texas. As I recall it, I discovered this (some years earlier) by plugging in the EIN# to TAGGS.hhs.gov.  However, TAGGS.hhs.gov user interface, where viewers can search the grants, as I just discovered (and of course reported immediately to any readers) has recently gotten a facelift and “Search Recipient by EIN#” seems to be “off” the menu of options.

Nevertheless, I see an organization at a PO Box in Austin Texas, by this exact same name (National Domestic Violence Hotline) which for SEVERAL years in a row, starting with Fiscal Year (begins Sept. 1, ends Aug. 31 the next calendar year) 2007 reflected contributions & grants of exactly 0.00, i.e. ‘nothing.’   At the above link (and below, I provided six FY2007 Form 990 EZ annotated images during post 2018 update), on top left, you can see “Initial Return” checked.  Each subsequent year (and I just checked them) still reads “$0” funds received — until the last year shown in the next table, they filed a ‘Schedule N” Dissolution.  They said there were no assets to distribute.  This organization filed several years in a row as a completely empty “drawer” at that PO Box.  People are not always consistent labeling even their own organizations on tax returns, but I did notice that in (I believe it was) Year 2009, it picked up the name “foundation” — but without checking “name change” on the heading.

National Domestic Violence Hotline TX 2014 990EZ 13 $0.00 74-2848462
National Domestic Violence Hotline TX 2013 990EZ 10 $0.00 74-2848462
National Domestic Violence Hotline TX 2012 990EZ 10 $0.00 74-2848462
  • Question:  WHY would anyone form and file tax returns for a blank 501© for several years, then after it received no funds, close it down?

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