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How 501©3 “The Next American City,” with help from at least Five BIG Foundations, lost its “American,” while Devastated Detroit’s DESIGN is Anointed by UNESCO (Written Sept. 2016, but Published Mar. 2019).

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I have been looking** at the Port Authority of NY/NJ (some articles, some self-description, some considerations) and among those articles — this was also a basic search result — the article recommending splitting it up between the two states, by the organization “NEXT CITY.”

The history of this Philadelphia-based New York Legal Domicile (?) organization “Next City, Inc.”) reporting on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey shows why the coordinated tax-exempt foundations must NEED the smaller, or desperate (unable to make ends meet without sponsorship) 501©3s to conceal the handover of control to those who had it all along from previous decades of corporate monopolies, wealth storage, and with the financial clout, that political influence, too.

** “..have been looking” here means in August/September, 2016.  

The following post was fully written in 2016 as you see below (except this update in this background-color) but, through my oversight, was not published until now, 2019.  


It’s a lot of work to remain in draft, and I see no good reason not to post it now, although this is not my main project. [See Footnote “Update 2019” “Not my main Project” at bottom of this post] This type of content remains rarely covered on social media, still, although it’s basic, critical information for the public to become aware of. Especially in the United States.

This is in part about publishers and small (like this) publishing nonprofits backed by some of the billion-dollar tax-exempt foundations, most of whose names most readers will I hope recognize, in deciding how cities should look and be run, and keeping this information close to the top of people’s consciousness.

Along with the multi-national corporations which tend to have such billion-dollar tax exempts (even if owned and legally domiciled in the US), the focus is keeping the workers in the cities, globalization, and controlling the infrastructure and workforce OF those cities.


How I discovered the “still in draft” oversight” From Twitter point of reference (MarketUrbanizationReport.com, #Yimby) citing a “CityLab.com” article, looking for my older posts on Detroit’s “Creative Corridor Center” (“Detroitc3.com, UNESCO Cities, etc.) recently (2019). I also have a continuing interest in the erosion of political jurisdiction (State/Federal/National especially), private organizations taking over planning of government operations, and, with this, the progressive undermining of representative government — and accountability for tax receipts — when tax-exempts aggressively coordinate to take over basic infrastructures and what to do with them.

ESPECIALLY when it comes to planning and in urban areas, where I have spent much of my adult working life, married and had children, and through lack of basic representative government, had a profession destroyed needlessly and am now (2019) a senior, still seeking to establish a personal safety zone (including housing) long enough to get back to the work life or A work life after my participating profession (perfectly viable, even post-separation from domestic violence, and 100% legal) was destroyed (now) a decade ago, that is (in my case) by about 2008, despite all efforts to prevent this from happening.

ALL nonprofits are reliable upon and basically more accountable to their funders than those they “serve.”  As such, it seems the only recourse if one’s particular concerns are NOT being addressed (see previous paragraph) is to go create another nonprofit and compete for funding.  Certainly legal and governmental systems aren’t particularly big on listening to individuals about mass violations of basic legal and civil rights..

Two of them, from Fall, 2016:  http://wp.me/psBXH-4Ie and http://wp.me/psBXH-4hX (Links are case-sensitive after the “wp.me/” )

Specifics change with time, but this post illustrates basic, ongoing principles and visuals (including of those billion-dollar backing tax-exempt foundations).  The only update is posting the subject organization’s later tax returns (FYE 2014-2016, versus 2012-2014 on the original) and adding the usual “Post Title with Shortlink” formula I made standard practice, apparently, later on in this blog. Some links or graphics may have expired; however, plenty remain. Read with nearby (Sept/Oct. 2016) blog posts for better understanding!


Post Title and Shortlink: How 501©3 “The Next American City,” with help from at least Five BIG Foundations, lost its “American,” while Devastated Detroit’s DESIGN is Anointed by UNESCO (Written Sept. 2016, but Published Mar. 2019). (short-link ends “-4iT” and this post is about 8,600 words)

Filename: “LGH FCM NewPost|NEXTCITY’org EIN#223886351 (2002ff, NY org with Phillie address) FY2014 Form 990, Line 4a “Program Service Accomplishmts” is MissionStatemt, so Line4a “WhatU Did” Q DODGED on IRS Form ~~ SShot 2019Mar04 PST @ 2.46.22 PM”
Next City buries its only TWO (2) program service ACTIVITIES (not “ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR EACH OF ITS 3 LARGEST PROGRAM SERVICES (i.e., tax-exempt function-related activities) AFTER 3 lines of prose about its mission and vision, then fails to break out corresponding expenses (out of the $1.1M shown) for each!
What a cop-out!

Read this next annotated image (from page 2 of an IRS Form 990 2014 tax return the full page where organizations are supposed to break out DETAILS in what they are, in fact, doing as tax-exempts (Line 1 Mission, Line 4 Program Service Accomplishments) not only shows what it does, but how it tells the IRS what it does. I see this a lot on Form 990s, BUT it’s still disregarding the key instructions on the page — and withholding this information from any public who might be curious about it.Link to five years of “NEXT CITY” tax returns (minus my comments) in two tables right below.  Click on organization name for any year to read its whole tax return for that year.

UPDATED “Last Three Tax Returns”(note, not ‘up to date’ from this source at least; I’m writing in early 2019, so FYE 2017 should show by now).

Total results: 3Search Again.

ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN
Next City PA 2016 990 31 $1,303,810.00 22-3886361
Next City PA 2015 990 26 $1,177,534.00 22-3886361
Next American City PA 2014 990 26 $1,692,233.00 22-3886361

And as shown in the post below, these are its FYE 2012-2013 (click on any organization name through to the related tax return).  Not a very large entity, obviously.

ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN
Next American City PA 2014 990 26 $1,692,233.00 22-3886361
Next American City PA 2013 990 24 $952,911.00 22-3886361
Next American City PA 2012 990 26 $706,372.00 22-3886361

(“See also…FORD, ROCKEFELLER, SURDNA, KNIGHT, and JOHN D. & CATHERINE T. MacARTHUR FOUNDATIONS, BACKERS”)


Cover photo as viewed 9/6/2016 (lead story 9/5).  Motto at top:  “Inspiring Better Cities” – appeal at bottom: “Support Independent Journalism for Stronger Cities” next to a “Donate” button.

NextCity.org story NextCity.org story “How Voting Laws Squelch Urban America’s Vote”  “Millions have been denied the right to cast a ballot after getting out of prison, but now they’re organizing a return to the polls.”  Photo William Widner; Story Katie Reckdahl. 


 

From That Article, and mainly for a sense of the writing and focus of the journal:

Disproportionately concentrated in the country’s urban centers, America’s disenfranchised felons number 5.85 million, according to a report from The Sentencing Project. But a burgeoning get-back-the-vote movement is gaining strength, with ex-offenders like Finney and Johnston at its center. …

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