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Two Plaintiffs’ Counsel Nonprofits for Class Action Lawsuit (℅ Center for Investigative Reporting article) [Published July 31, 2018].

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TITLE (may change, the link won’t): Two Plaintiffs’ Counsel Nonprofits for Class Action Lawsuit (℅ Center for Investigative Reporting article) short-link ends “-95X”.  Post started about June 24, 2018, publication was July 31st.  Currently over 12,000 words (which may or may not be adjusted later) and without tags. This blogger has been busy elsewhere for a few weeks...

I am taking the occasion of sustained media (print, digital, TV) focus on a certain situation to emphasize the importance of looking up nonprofits — their websites, and their business, charitable and tax filings, where possible — involved in headline news.

I’m constantly consciousness-raising about just how many headlines involve nonprofits, typically several at a time.

The current sustained media attention on the certain situation provides me yet another opportunity to show how active pursuit of nonprofits’ identities and accounts (tax returns, etc.) quickly and easily sheds light on that landscape and the larger one.

I’ve picked just one article from one source, a nonprofit ‘Center for Investigative Reporting” featuring a lawsuit referencing two more nonprofits, but each of them is related to yet more.

Within a few minutes of starting the lookup on one of the two, it became quickly clear that two existed under similar, but not identical business names, and a “switcheroo” of the names had occurred.

The other one has been around since the late 1970s; its formation coincides (follows not long after) the formation of other nonprofits (and the establishment of certain federal offices and bureaus, following passage of a federal act) focused on Juvenile Justice about the same time. (see the OJJDP funding, about, and legislation pages).

Generally, readers are intended and through reporting conditioned to focus on the causes, not the communicators, but being habitually oblivious to the communicators is a form of blindness. Just look closer, that’s an individual decision, and take the mental blinders off!

Looking up nonprofits takes some time (it gets easier with practice), but as basic, pro-active self-education fast-tracks anyone into reasonably objective** useful, relevant information unlikely to be included in standard journalism covering the issues and who holds which positions on those issues. This understanding I believe is a better bargaining point to change public policy where it’s routinely violating people’s rights and getting people injured, killed or financially enslaved.

This understanding also shows deeper underlying issues and a more specific, concrete and (if used consistently to compare) language with which to discuss them. Acquiring this understanding (by forming the habit of looking for and looking up those nonprofits) develops highly transferable skills (of observation, analysis, independence of thought) in anyone who starts and continues down this path.

(** How reasonably objective” depends on the accuracy of government-provided data and/or databases for those filings and at times, private databases (obtaining their information from IRS forms but hosted on their own websites) run by groups such as I discussed in my last post (June 6, 2018)… Like Foundation Center, the Urban Institute, Guidestar, and a few others.  Some government sites seem to contract out these databases to private operators, but that still doesn’t remove responsibility for accuracy of the data).

Without this understanding, people advocating, often rallying or marching, for systems change are not even talking about as much as the chronic rights-violators already know and have normalized and rationalized about their own operations.

People can too easily be divided into factions and made unable to resist or restrain ever-expanding corruption and protect ourselves from its effects, no matter how much that word, “corruption,” is tossed around. Understanding the nonprofit sector is a bedrock understanding to the relationship of the individuals governed to their own government (and I’m talking primarily the USA).

Please! become conscious, actively aware, in general, and pursue AND talk openly about specifics when following ANY cause or headlines, of the nonprofit sector as a sector and how it’s managed, runs, evolves, expands, and campaigns.

In this blog you’ve seen me do it starting in 2009 with just a few nonprofits and federal grants to them administered through the HHS — the US Department of Health and Human Services. Characteristic handling of these specific (healthy marriage/ responsible fatherhood and access visitation) grants became clear near the start of this exploration and is still evident. To this day, irresponsibility and lack of ethics seems to be the core, “desirable” qualities in those receiving the largest grants, which reflects back on Congresses and White House administrations dominated by both political parties, and it also reflects back on us as the governed, the citizens, “the people” for not having figured it out and focused on it earlier.

It also reflects on the characters of leadership of the corresponding associated nonprofits arrayed pro/con or “proud of collaborating” around issues used to justify funding both sides of any key issue.  Why weren’t they exploring and exposing the ethics of, for example, “coordinated community response” domestic violence organizations, or of Family Values, Protect-The-Children recipients, faith-based or secular — and/or the missing, faulty and basically dysfunctional grants databases at United States Department of Justice.  Too selfish? Dissociative? Too passive?  Too dependent upon the paychecks to criticize the “hands that feed them”?  Brainwashed?

Coming intentionally face-to-face with this type of information I’ve found adds another layer of understanding which accumulates depth rapidly. The longer one looks, more levels of the understanding.   The process of getting in front of that information is a transferable skill which leads to more independent thinking and less confusion.

The same amount of time invested over months, or years, into “current news” without ever coming face to face, personally exposed to, the format and appearance (not to mention contents) of financial statements, tax returns, corporate filings (or lack thereof) means  perception of who and what one is reading about is guaranteed to be shallower for most people — including white-collar professionals and specialists in certain fields!  It’s a matter of descriptive language, points of reference (perspectives), scope and evaluation.

One of the first areas of “less confusion” that should surface is whether or the nonprofit sector as a sector — especially a major subset of the “biggest, richest and most noble” so-called philanthropic players in this sector, typically associated with even larger corporate empires [wealth] — is really warring with itself (mostly along political lines) or is instead and by definition collaborating with government (a different sector) in warring against individual wage-earners, citizens, and people holding legal rights in (in this illustration), the United States of America.

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July 31, 2018 at 10:07 pm

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