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Mix ‘n Match Misleading Terms: QIC, Coordinating Councils, Collaboratives and Commissions | Which Organizations Use Them | Which Parts of Government Control and/or Fund Them…(June 16, 2019)

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Mix’ n Match Misleading Terms: QIC, Coordinating Councils, Collaboratives and Commissions | Which Organizations Use Them | Which Parts of Government Control and/or Fund Them…(June 16, 2019) (Short-link ending “-9ZS.”  About 15,000 words; about a third of them subject to “sudden post-publication re-allocation”).  (By definition, almost, any post this length needs about one-third, one-half or even two-thirds moved elsewhere!  We’ll see!  Tags to be added within 48 hours, I want to make sure tags naming nonprofits include any related EIN#s).

This post has been a long time in draft– in fact it stretched I see from Memorial Day in late May right up to Fathers’ Day mid-June, today.  Finding a stopping point on endlessly connected issues, some of them disturbing, new-to-me examples of the same theme, was a challenge.

I’m writing these first paragraphs just before publishing. They are my personal expression and reactions, not the main substance, the arguments and supporting exhibits/illustrations below.  I recommend just reading straight through them.  It was written in one sitting, copyedited and developed some, developed sections off-ramped for further detailing.

My  arguments begin with a Q&A “Think About It!” section in this color and after that, it’s showtime.

When you have read even further down and see these two images (together, my last ten posts from the sidebar), you are near to the starting point of this post…they will be on the right side.


Some of the showtime introduces in detail (texts, links, images) certain off-ramped material which has gripped my attention.  I am increasingly shocked by the blatant omission, misdirections, indications of new age terminology spun off more ancient forms of spirituality behind backers of “early childhood development,” some aspects of which definitely raise a few red-flag alerts on the touchy/feely healing-from-trauma involving children aspects.  (Somatic Meditation, Integrative Manual Therapy Meditating with the Body®

In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the body is considered the gateway to enlightenment—to discover the body is to discover awareness—to uncover the most direct and effective path to profound spiritual transformation.

Commentary:  That’s fine, but spiritual transformation should not be the goal of public policymaking aimed at institutions which will be and are sponsored by U.S. federal agencies.  We have no official religion on this country — not “new age” not Buddhism or Hinduism, nor the Judaeo-Christian-Islamic-kind.  Whether from the one aspect, sex and the body is “bad” except as religiously certified (and women are second-class citizens), or sex and the body are not only good, but a pathway to the divine, a debate that’s older than the Bible, I think the aspects of personal boundaries is a live issue, especially where children are involved with teachers and in association with university-based child care clinics or centers.


Neither viewpoint should be imposed upon or snuck in the back door of public-funded programs under the label of science — which, face it, public schools and Head Start / Early Head Start programs (along with many others) certainly are; in part because very religious people continue to flock towards situations where they can impact, influence, and mentor others:  the fields of psychology, psychoanalysis and interfacing with traumatized adults and children attract people of such mindsets.  The coaching/mentoring field is full of organizations and associations run by gurus and evangelists for their own world views.  NOT my main concern in this situation, though.  Lack of accountability and adequate terminology to track the accounts, is.

This topic came up (this time) along with FrameWorks Institute and Harvard University’s new Center on the Developing Child only because the Hemera Foundation, among its top investors (ranked by cumulative amounts of donations) was an unknown to me.  Understandably — no website up, only formed in 2005, and registered outside the United States run by someone who’d spent much of her young and adult life also outside the U.S.


Even without that fascinating, and due to Caroline E. Pfohl’s (Wellesley, Wharton, London School of Economics) Hong-Kong connection, historically interesting aspect (relating to the Hemera Foundation incorporated 2007? in Bermuda (listed alpha, it’s Reg. # 40623, but you cannot view without log-in), but run by ‘Hemera Regnant, LLC’ in Boulder Colorado; Ms. Pfohl at one point (? per Philanthropy Impact) was the daughter in law in a very wealthy and well-known Hong Kong family (and philanthropists) line and involved with the Robert H.N. Ho family foundation, and was chairman of it until 2010 (See image nearby). but seems now married to “Dr. Reggie Ray”  Dharma Ocean institute director also in Boulder) ||  what about donations to fake entities (also discovered), ongoing involvements with public/private alliances (some even called that in their business names), all creating major spin?

Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation 2010 Press release (Appointing successor to Chairman Caroline Pfohl-Ho, gives a bit of foundation context. See also Hemera Fndtn (Bermuda-based, U.S. Registered agent via an LLC in Boulder, Colorado is Ms. Pfohl who seems now re-married. Hemera Foundation (previously unknown to me) listed as a top funder at Harvard University’s Center for the Developing Child, established in early 2000s.

**See pp. 27-28 of “Investing in  Bermuda, A Piece of Paradise | Opportunity for Foreign Investors” which specifically names Hemera Foundation along with Atlantic Philanthropies and others as among those helping start the Bermuda Community Foundation formed during the 2008 financial crisis, and the inset on the next page about how, conveniently, how some charities need not register in Bermuda. Or,  (2015) (“Zero to Three in Bermuda” (Hemera working through that Bermuda Community Foundation, with a BSMART1 Foundation: brain science, early neurodevelopment, etc.)) Hemera Foundation also contributing to Harvard University’s Center mentioned below.


“Hemera” is the name of a Greek goddess of the day, with her brother “Aether” god of the light, both of them sons of night and darkness. (Source: GreekLegendsandMyths.com) They are said to pre-date the gods of the Pantheon (Mt. Olympus, etc.).  Interesting choice for a foundation name.


Here’s a quote** from that “showtime” on off-ramped material section, below the first Q&A “Think About It!” blue section on this post and borrowing (bright-yellow highlit) a question from it.  Definitely one to keep an eye on, which is hard because of all the non-entities citing their famous donors, and at least one of their famous donors, primarily a grantmaking (front) based in Kansas with strong Buffet family flavoring (plus, as typical in the field, Annie E. Casey Foundation and others).

**When I say “here” I mean, after some text and images setting that up in effect adding about 1,500 words, after I just took out a similar amount earlier today.  After two days of that routine, I’m publishing it WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get):  I have other things to do!  These last additions/introductions I’ve marked with a different background color and a bit smaller font:

Previewing that quote (previewing other material), you can see how crowded the field of early childhood development is getting, and how trademarking, streamlining, and multi-media marketing is being used to keep it flush with (often untraceable) cash and expert advice.  And media experts to “translate” the expert advice faster into justification for structural change of policy making.  Good grief…


The FrameWorks Institute, Inc. is bred into the Harvard (non-entity) Center and has been enthusiastically embraced by another multi-holding enterprise/name-changing foundation based (mostly) in Canada, as shown at “Alberta Wellness Initiative.”  THIS scenario effectually shows who is running public policy, and how they do it — once you start looking closer, it’s evident this takes place in some of the most brazenly unaccountable and (my opinion) arrogant manners, which practices seem to be just a normal part of the operators’ career curves. Some key names keep recurring, but they are not all familiar names. However, they tend to be in familiar industries…

If you can, somewhat, remember Coril Holdings Ltd., Ron Mannix (3rd generation in this private family business from Canada, Nancy Mannix, Norlien Foundation (old name, until 2015), Palix Foundation (new name, and as recognized on the Harvard Center), Harvard University, Frameworks Institute (naturally) and what country, province, or state they’re registered in (and since when), that’s at least a start…  Palix  was Norlien then, funded by the Mannix(es), who run Coril, and Alberta is of course a Canadian Province.

Frameworks Institute’s founder Susan Nall Bales previously worked at the Benton Foundation (See William Benton, 1900-1973, briefly a U.S. Senator who stood up to Sen. Joe McCarthy (<~History.com, see also HUAC, House Un-American Activities Committee) (or the one-paragraph Senate.gov../ArtandHistory version); Benton & Bowles, publisher of Encyclopedia Britannica, i.e., media-related wealth), Voice of America and definite visionary for the role of communications, foundations, and education reform at the university level.  His son Charles Benton (d. 2015) established that foundation in 1981 and daughter Adrianne B. Furniss carries it on.  Or, as under FAQs,:

The Foundation was officially incorporated as a 501(c)(3) private foundation in 1948 under the name William Benton Foundation. In 1981, it was restructured and renamed as the Benton Foundation. back to top

I just found an “International Innovation.org” website reference to three of the above names (see three-image gallery above, which excerpts include an insert on how governments can buy outcomes (referring to the development of their human resource stock, i.e., kids and future workers).  However, says the main website, “II” the website and publication closed in 2016; now, see “ResearchMedia.com.”  In other words, media consultancies sure help spread the good news.  Namechanges (etc.) hinder the average person not in on it from keeping up with anything BUT the PR (positive press).

Last-minute find here, from the Clinton Whitehouse Archives:  Speaker bio from  May 2, 2000 White House Conference on Teenagers shows Susan Nall Bales as a speaker, and Frameworks Institute as the project of another Institute, as well as some of her other connections, including National Funding Collaborative for Violence Prevention (nearby image). Other conference speakers (link to this list accessible from the link I provided above) included Geoffrey Canada of Rheedlen Family Centers (later? Harlem Children’s Zone); Ken Casey of National Center on Fathering, and some other names I recognize.  The nearby image shows who (which foundations) were funding “Frameworks Institute” before it incorporated, which seems to have progressed naturally out of another organization’s “project.”  The “Caroline and Sigmund Schott Foundation” has come up on this blog some years ago in connection with my studies on public school transformation networks.  The Alliance for Excellent Education, one of them, was funded by CMP Media, Inc. executives Gerard and Lilo Leeds (The Schotts were Mrs. Leeds’ parents, also Nazi refugees). Their children are carrying on the cause.

National Funding Collaborative for Violence Prevention (<~Oct. 2000 commissioned (by NFCVP) Survey of Technical Assistance Providers to (?) Community Organizations for Violence Prevention.  See pg. 10 and the last page (Appendix B) for the list of TA providers surveyed, which includes some names familiar on this blog. (or see Linda Bowen bio blurb, which cites this in her background at ‘Attendance Works,’ a different organization**) is now called Institute for Community Peace, )<~history) and was brought together in the early 1990s (i.e., before VAWA passed) to try to start a “violence prevention” movement in the U.S.  No question the framework is progressive, as is made clear in Linda Bowen’s Dec. 9, 2015 article posted there, “Framing Inequality” which (see last two paragraphs) talks about how to counter the persuasive and well-funded conservatives.  The website seems inactive (at least the blog) since that date.

[THIS SECTION is Post-Publication Details Added/Follow-up on “Attendance Works”, June 17, 2019]
**AttendanceWorks, says its website, was initiated by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The words “born” and “incubated” occur in its short History page, however, at the end of the day (as of today) it’s a project of “Community Initiatives” which serves as its fiscal agent, so presumably is not an “Inc.” one can locate any tax return for. Not one iota of help identifying WHICH “Community Initiatives” (a vastly over-used name for both projects and, parts of business names for nonprofits, nationally).  Another instance of failing to properly even identify who’s providing an umbrella for the lovely graphics (lots of primary colors) on yet another website.

Attendance Works is a fiscally-sponsored project of Community Initiatives, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our funding comes primarily from foundations and from contracts from school districts and communities seeking technical assistance. //

The report cited and linked to which inspired creating Attendance Works was itself a project under cover of a fiscal agent was described as initiated by an written by a single consultant approached by Ralph Smith of the Annie E. Casey Foundation (“AECF”).

Yes, the AECF sponsored, but a closer look even at the 2008 report  Present, Engaged and Accounted For: The Critical Importance of Addressing Chronic Absence in the Early Grades, shows two co-authors, and publication under not AECF but the NCCP — not just one person as referenced in the AttendanceWorks.org “History” page summary,. The other co-author was at the NCCP (National Center for Children in Poverty at Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University).  So it was already a public/private report from the start, but as AttendanceWorks oversimplifies its own story, it left out HALF the characters!

The link also (under “Acknowledgements”) mentions a THIRD entity (no geographic home mentioned) which served as fiscal agent for THAT project resulting in the 2008 report.  THAT nonprofit is in Des Moines, Iowa — “Child and Family Policy Center, Inc.. The Sep. 2008 published report Acknowledgements also admits encompassing efforts from yet four other entites (including the Urban Institute), and a symposium held in only February 2008.  All this is in the fine print.  Are we NEVER expected to read the fine print and recognize that the website summarizing projects are including less than half the actors, mis-leading descriptions of how organized, and the nature of the collaborations?

Attendance Works operates as a virtual organization, with no headquarters office. Many of us work as consultants. While Attendance Works is headquartered in San Francisco, the members of our diverse team live and work in locations throughout the United States.  (“Our Team” page)       [One image above also shows that page]

There are 10 “Senior Fellows,” only one, based on names and pronouns used in biographies, is a man.  Here he is, looks like a middle-aged white guy, Rick Mockler (notice involvements and background).  Of course being Senior Fellow at possibly a non-organization operating under cover of another not exactly clearly identified 501©3, regardless of one’s skin color, means … exactly what???

….  INFLUENCE EXERTED THROUGH FIELDS OF RELATIONSHIPS WITHIN RELATIONSHIPS WITHIN RELATIONSHIPS  … 

Back to the ICP (Institute for Community Peace, formerly National Funding Collaborative on Violence Prevention)

One page also references and contains a youtube on Frameworks Institute. I found the Institute for Community Peace’s (“ICP”) EIN#521943852 and see that the organization is barely still holding on ($407 in contributions only for 2016, only two employees, basically Linda Bowen, and a disclaimer that she is related to two of the board members. It is being artificially propped up after dwindling support since 2012).

Likewise, now Linda Bowen is among Framework Institute’s listed Fellows (<Links to Staff and Fellows) now, and the bio blurb mentions that before working for ICP, she was ACYF (special assistant to the commissioner) at HHS during the Clinton Admin, which is to say, probably during Welfare Reform years and assistant dean at University of Chicago’s SSA.  I’d call that prestigious, yet it does seem the ICP has just faded out, almost….
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