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Three Tax-exempt Cummings Entities (Inc. 1994 and 2004 (co-located) in Reno, NV, and 2014 in Phoenix, AZ) and Their Family-Controlled Personal Agenda: Taking Former Arizona State U’s ‘DBH’ Accreditation International, Con’td. (#2 in a Pipeline, Publ. Dec. 16, 2019).

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CGI-BHS (or “CummingsInstitute.com” ‘History’ page, shows Husband, Wife, Daughter; this is Nicholas A. Cummings only.  More below on this post… (SShot 2019-12-16)

While  the three Cummings Foundations (or “tax-exempt Cummings entities”) do not connect directly to AzBio roadmap I’ve been blogging recently, they are, generally, in the same business of which healthcare is a large part, and one of them, as it happens for this post series, also active in Arizona.  Two are in Nevada: See map of western United States.

Also, family court concerned parents and domestic violence  survivors, protective parents and others concerned about child abuse (including sexual abuse of children, treatment for which comes up here), keep in mind that the influential NCJFCJ* is located at the University of Nebraska-Reno, a longstanding chapter of AFCC** (providing more work for psychologists etc. via family court systems) is in Arizona. (New Here? If so, know that: *stands for “National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Inc.”  a key nonprofit in the family court biosphere…**stands for” Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Inc.“).

I had to flee California a year ago (had been trying to leave for years) and in doing so, one fine, Sunday, late-summer evening, I drove first to (and after a quick overnight, through) Reno, which is just a very few hours (if that) away from the San Francisco Bay Area, also a known location for AFCC influence.  Dr. Cummings, above, seems to have practiced in the SF Area for many years also.

The AFCC and the field’s (and family court systems’) tendency is to view and discuss criminal behavior as the perpetrator’s treatable, manageable, maybe even preventable psychological or psychotherapeutic issues.  This approach also involves treatment of (and gaining access to) victims of the same perpetrators– in fact, the more treatment all round for everyone, the better, it seems.  So much of public policy deals with this kind of population management and behavioral health/modification interests… an enduring line of work supported by public resources.

Co-locating/integrating mental healthcare (referrals and interventions) at the medical level likely works great as a career curve for those providing the mental/behavioral health interventions, as professionals in specific “psych-related” fields.  I’m not so sure how it works well for the funding public, or patients funneled through the various centralized, coordinated, systems of care, either as effectively reducing crime and violence, OR economically.

Again, look at your maps for California, Arizona, and Nevada

The AFCC-collaborating NCJFCJ has been located for decades at the University of Nevada-Reno which, despite being in a different state, is still near the UK CAFCASS-collaborating AFCC strongholds in San Francisco (although origins and strong connections still exist in Los Angeles),  and as I’ve been saying recently, the attempts to regionalize and market Arizona internationally as a great pharmaceutical and behavioral health entrepreneurial hub, even down to upgrading the airports.  [“CAFCASS”  Children and Family Court Advisory Support and Services, est. about 2000]  That’s one reason examining the filing habits of the financial backers is so important.(While it’s still there..) see my Twitter account profile (home page) for a long, pinned Tweet (thread) showing this, both in descriptions with links and some of the attached media, naming also how domestic violence specialists with the health (vs. criminality) focused professionals such as Jeffrey L. Edleson (with strong ties to both University of Minnesota and the University of California-Berkeley (both, Schools of Social Work), and is now working separately on Hague-related international (parental abduction) issues in the same field.  {{Paras. edited to correct a misplaced phrase and give definition of the acronym CAFCASS and directions to why I connect the three bodies (CAFCASS is not a private organization; AFCC and NCJFCJ are, but membership features (espec. the latter) judges and other civil servants)Different “rules of engagement” apply for government entities vs. private corporations, nonprofit or otherwise, which is the point, and those private corporations’ leverage when they overlap in membership with civil (gov’t) employees in positions of high authority.  This leverage being exercised through private memberships can also be operated, where it suits the groups’ purposes, privately — away from the prying eyes of the (paying) public.  //LGH Dec. 19, 2019 edit.


Other major themes are regionalization, nationalization, and internationalization, of course (as ever) coordination of services to integrate cross-sector while maintaining close access to U.S. federal grants to states from HHS and its many parts.

What Cummings (the family line) may lack in billionaire wealth like some others in the USA, they seem to (primarily he seems to, his (sic) women’s voices and another male Cummings (son? former son-in-law? “Andrew” rarely seen on-line in their own words) more than make up for in aggressive self-promotion, branding, storytelling (rarely matches the withheld financials), spin, and marketing.

Historically he is also well aware of the power of degree-granting independent nonprofits, having started up, it says, some of the earlier independent professional schools of psychology in California in the late 1960s, at a time when the field was just “coming into its own…”

Overall, this drill-down is long overdue.

Post Title: Three Tax-exempt Cummings Entities (Inc. 1994 and 2004 (co-located) in Reno, NV, and 2014 in Phoenix, AZ) and Their Family-Controlled Personal Agenda: Taking Former Arizona State U’s ‘DBH’ Accreditation International, Con’td. (#2 in a Pipeline, Publ. Dec. 16, 2019). (Short-link ending “-bLg,” about 12,000 15,000 words, some overlap with prior post. Last update/tags added and I discussed (multi-screenprints posted) also on Twitter, Dec. 18, concerned about subcontractor “Benevity” and related chameleon-like corporate filings in California, Florida, and run it seems from Canada).


This post adds drill-downs on these entities and looks at the organizations’ self-descriptions in contrast with tax and state-level filings). It also profiles two other involved people (besides quoting the self-profiling of namesake Nicholas A. Cummings in the process of quoting websites).  For further follow-up, I’d recommend (someone else!) further follow-up, among other things (such as “Sun Corridor, Inc. entities and developments), on the Columbus, Ohio’s American Endowment Foundation’s free-wheeling “DAF” model and the Tobin Family behind them. Tags coming soon. Post may be partitioned after publication; it certainly needs it, but for now, I want it published…It’s possible or probable that a Cummings may be handling one of the donor-advised funds there (in Ohio) as it shows as a major contributor to one of the entities in Nevada… //LGH

This post exists to supplement my #2 post in the Arizona Pipeline, now published, accessible at:

Wm. O’Donohue, UN-Reno PsychProfessor 20yrs or so (or Wm. T. O’Donohue) (from faculty page, viewed Dec 16, 2019)

Wm. O’Donohue (from Sage Publications author website, viewed Dec. 16, 2019

In the process, besides the family named, I also ran across and briefly profiled an early CEO of one of the entities (which showed up on its tax return), when his name also came up as frequent co-author on an earlier (2008) find (two nearby images): William O’Donohue, sometimes “William T. O’Donohue,” a professor of psychology at University of Nevada-Reno.

He directs a “Victims of Crime & Integrated Healthcare Research Lab” there, and part of his vita (only current to Jan. 2010 available at university faculty page) shows one professorship sponsored by or named after Cummings (image top left on this post), with whom he has also authored several (papers, books chapters, etc.).

(Chair of California’s First-5 Commission since 2013; see under CCFC.ca.gov (California Children & Families Commission is also called “First-5” and has a statewide as well as (58?) county commissions; parallel to this there are similarly named and connected private non-profits. Together, they push certain types of programming using Tobacco Tax Revenues obtained through a (passed 1998?) Prop. 10 Californians voted through. I’ve blogged it and how it intersects with “family court matters” under posts with the title “Tobacco.” (Health Systems Flush with Cash, etc.)

Later, mostly because Nicholas Cummings continually references his own background at Kaiser Permanente as either “Chief Psychologist” or “Head of Mental Health” (1959-1979), and Kaiser is so closely associated with promotion of universal healthcare in the USA (“Obamacare,” etc.) — while Cummings’ main business model (“BioDyne”) is pushing to locate psychologists alongside doctors as beneficiaries of that funding stream  — I also looked at the former head of Kaiser Permanente in California, George Halvorson, who since 2013 has been appointed Chair of California’s First 5 Commission, and whose bio blurb there cites to a strange nonprofit which bears his name legally, but not as divulged on the website — anywhere — while it’s clearly promoting NINE of his books (and no one else’s books)…


Below, I’ve linked to and summarized foundation data for CFBH and its related or main contributing businesses: another, earlier Cummings Foundation (“N&DCF,” as mentioned on the website) in Reno, Nevada, and somewhere between those two, taking contributions from at least three businesses (an LP, an LLC, and an “Inc.”) all labeled NDC, and (largest amounts at least in one year I viewed) a two-plus-billion-dollar-assets entity, American Endowment Foundation (“AEF”) based in Ohio, as mentioned in at least the first version of post title. Partway through this post I also ran across the “CGI-BHS” which accounts for the post title’s listed years: about one every ten years it seems…

Pardon the long sentence in the next paragraph.  The subject is the longest part.  The predicate is the main point:  Why have we as a nation tolerated putting tax-exempt foundations, private and/or so-called “Community,” effectively on steroids, incentivizing development of bad accounting practices within the sector; that is, we have, being ourselves taxed almost every time we “twitch,” justified as supporting government services for our own welfare and paying off long-term (forward-projected) pension liabilities across-the-board, continued to tolerate (by ignoring, or failing to report as they exist: comprising an identifiable sector) private interests spreading roots (fiscally) and continuing to develop business relationships involving public institutions underground in such a way that most of the public, who reside mostly above-ground fiscally as employees (through tax-withholding, fees-based public services such as access to the courts, or receiving food to eat when work is not available) just cannot, realistically, see each new round of the same types of entrapment coming?

That was a very long sentence too, introducing this one:

Having just a few foundations, backed by wealth from prior corporate profits in the pharma-medical-mental-healthcare, transportation, and internet/info/communications infrastructures (themselves all closely connected) plotting together to control the economy of an entire state as a regional hub — marketing THEIR private roadmap internationally through additional multi-partner entities (like Arizona’s “Sun Corridor, Inc.”), often with overlapping leadership, and at least one of them (sector: USA’s burgeoning Mental Health Archipelago) taking major funding from an out-of-state, out-of-region, tax-exempt foundation featuring Donor Advised Funds (“DAF”) administrative services — specializing as a “concierge service” to financial advisors themselves managing clients’ donor advised funds) seems like putting the inherent obfuscation of the DAF (let alone tax-exempt) sector on steroids.

SUN CORRIDOR searched at Arizona Corporation Commission, came up with several entities; one Sun Corridor, Inc. (reg. 2008 for-profit, line of work “business consulting”) was administratively dissolved for non-filing as of 2014. Somehow (I still don’t see “how..”) a pre-existing (2005ff) identically named — but NOT for profit “Sun Corridor, Inc.” formed in 2005 (in a different county) is still active.  Sun Corridor Subsidiary, Inc. (also non-profit) still exists active; Sun Corridor Metropolitan Planning Organization, Inc., NONProfit, still exists.  And lastly, applied for in July 2015 only, the trade name “Sun Corridor” was applied for by Sun Corridor, Inc. — hopefully the legitimate (nonprofit) not the administratively dissolved one.  I’ve pasted here as active links and in table format; links may or may not remain active.  If not, repeat the search at the link given below under mini-section FOUR HELPFUL LINKS to VALIDATE OR FACT-CHECK THIS POST

SEARCH RESULTS (no column for “founding date” which sure would be nice! I’ve typed them in after “Entity Name,” row by row, in these results)
Entity ID Entity Name Entity Type Entity County Agent Name Agent Type Entity Status
S627242 SUN CORRIDOR               {appl. July 2015} Trade Name Active
18813950 SUN CORRIDOR METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION    {8/20/2014} Domestic Nonprofit Corporation Pinal IRENE HIGGS Statutory Agent Active
20109206 SUN CORRIDOR SUBSIDIARY, INC.  {6/8/2015|Bus. Type: Business League} Domestic Nonprofit Corporation Pima ROCKWELL AGENCY LLC Statutory Agent Active
11804156 SUN CORRIDOR, INC.                         {2005} Domestic Nonprofit Corporation Pima LAWRENCE M HECKER Statutory Agent Active
14963961 SUN CORRIDOR, INC.          {2008/Adm Dissolved for non-filing by 2014} Domestic For-Profit (Business) Corporation Maricopa KEVIN PASCHKE Statutory Agent Inactive

Statutory Agent Rockwell Agency LLC (L19182049) was formed only April, 2014, its agent Lawrence M. Hecker and some other principals including one added 2015, T. William Pew, entity address in Tucson).  (See the link provided or repeat the search if needed).


It really is JUST A FEW FOUNDATIONS, but COORDINATING ACTIVITIES

WHILE FAILING TO “TELL-ALL” ON WEBSITES

& WITHHOLDING SUFFICIENT AUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR FAIR ANALYSIS.

 


Total results: (here, just 1)Search Again.  (American Endowmt Fndtn, EIN# 341747398, YEDec, FY2017 Only)

(The last three years’ returns shown in a table much further down on this post).

ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN
American Endowment Foundation OH 2017 990 2085 $2,001,944,686 34-1747398

Started only in 1993, this Columbus, Ohio-based “AEF” says it’s now approaching $3 billion assets.  Its latest tax return gives just a whiff of the size (but not rate of expansion; a three years-worth table is further down in this post). Also involved in this same AzBio roadmap is another Ohio-based, well-known entity, ‘Battelle Memorial.”

Like the Cummings Foundations, my background reading on the AEF (only discovered within the past month) shows many family relationships among the own board; a key indicator of purpose may be found in the background of Thomas J. Tobin (briefly touched on here in context of the tax returns).

Other than I was personally busy and writing on other urgent topics, I am now wondering how it is I failed to look up the EINs of the Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Foundation (est. 1994 in Nevada) and  Cummings Foundation for Behavioral Health (est. 2004 in Nevada) and keep monitoring them year by year after I first noticed the founder(s)’ stated goals and behaviors OVER SEVEN YEARS ago (in 2012). Early 2012 puts awareness of this connection to the ‘Battered Mothers Custody Conference’ regular and vocal presenters (at least one in psychology, another in law) early on in the course of this blog.

Debts and liabilities relating to some real estate among the Cummings-controlled entities, which  are housed or held in at least three other entities which aren’t labeled non-profit  (shown below).  


FOUR HELPFUL LINKS to VALIDATE OR FACT-CHECK THIS POST:

1), 2) These two links may prove handy in follow-up or following (fact-checking) this post.  Nevada Business Entity Search: https://esos.nv.gov/EntitySearch/OnlineEntitySearch, branded “Silver Flume,” and the Arizona Corporation Commission’s version of a similar but (as ever) not identical search interface, at: https://ecorp.azcc.gov/EntitySearch/Index.

3) Other than specific organizations’ own websites, I also, as usual, did many searches at Candid.org (new branding of Foundation Center after purchasing “Guidestar.org”), exact url: https://candid.org/research-and-verify-nonprofits/990-finder.  You’ll find this often in my posts when showing tax return tables with this phrase, which Candid.org generates:  “Total Results: [number]  Search Again.

4) Another website I use often to locate an EIN# where organizations are being especially vague, coy, or otherwise secretive about their own — and sometimes to locate a tax return more current than what Candid.org can (or does) produce, which returns are (as I understand it) obtained from the IRS anyway: http://apps.irs.gov/app/eos

Post-specific: Later on in the post I looked for Psychology Licensing Boards in both Nevada and Arizona.  Nevada’s seems functional; Arizona’s does not.


The general theme of my current posts is Arizona, specifically “AzBIO” and behavioral health ecosystem build-ups (this century, and the last decade of the 1900s).

I already showed an AFCC connection to a University of Arizona’s “School of Mind, Brain and Behavior” (through Connie J.A. Beck expounding upon mandatory mediation with IPV (Intimate Partner Violence) involvement), and previewed other major foundations behind turning at least Southern Arizona into a regional BioScience economic hub.

There’s open admission that this has been coordinated in large part by the Flinn Foundation in association with Battelle Memorial  out of Columbus, Ohio.


Flinn Foundation has no problem publicizing its roadmaps, and progress towards the private collective goals targeting an entire state ecosystem, whether by state, by year and quarter, or part of Arizona (Southern, Northern), or by metropolitan area.

What it does, obviously, have a problem with is posting any of its own financials ANYwhere on the website https://flinn.org/bioscience/

Having seen this BioScience / Behavioral Health (related) sponsored drive for the State of Arizona, I then felt it necessary to include and remind us of the role of the Cummingses (elder:  Nicholas A. and Dorothy) and dedicated daughter (Janet L.), (and (relationship?) an Andrew Cummings in Greenwich, CT, not usually mentioned on the websites but showing in the tax returns).

Nicholas A., throughout seems well aware of (and typically found citing to) his prior leverage as former President of the APA (American Psychological Association) and for twenty years (1959-1979) Kaiser Permanente  HMO (“Health Maintenance Organization”) or its predecessor, as Chief of Mental Health, following the famous LSD-dispensing Timothy Leary.

For example in one of the three featured Cummings-named non-profits on this post (more details below), despite how small, recent, and specifically tailored to his own business model it is, the “history” page casually calls it a “university” and cites its inspiration from a meeting of Silicon Valley Tech entrepreneurs who dropped out of college — because they knew more than their teachers — and “revolutionized society.”  The text then goes on, citing his own credits, to state his plan to revolutionize the healthcare sector…. Talk about “grandiose” — while casually deficient in basic state-level compliances, sloppy in providing specifics on the descriptive websites, and tax returns in poor format, once a person can locate them (off-site):

Our History (url: https://cummingsinstitute.com/history/)**

Founded in 2015, the Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies is one of a handful of universities worldwide that grant the distinguished Doctor of Behavioral Health (DBH) degree,*** and is the only university that exclusively focuses on the growing field of integrated healthcare. CGI credits its origins to the work of Nicholas Cummings, Ph.D, Sc.D (1924 — ), an American psychologist, author, and former president of the American Psychology Association (1979)….

[all emphases mine, quote continued below]

**The word “graduate” not included in web domain name; it could’ve been — why not? the word “institute” without further definition is just about meaningless).

***This’d be a great place to list or link to ANY others in the handful to support such a statement, but it seems the sentiment was why bother?  It just keeps on talking…. and assumes the reader is content to be a passive consumer of the storytelling.  Where’s any respect for the intended readers?

Grouping this degree-granting nonprofit set up only a few years ago the designation “university” seems to be grasping at importance:  Typically university websites at least in the USA as we commonly understand them carry the suffix “_____.edu” whether public or private, and the term “university” hasn’t yet been fully degraded to “anyone who can pull a nonprofit together and get accreditation for granting a few degrees…”

Who and What this nonprofit (and family line) is may be better viewed by looking closer at the various financial (tax) and corporate filings it doesn’t care to post in between the news on its achievements.

Actually — see nearby image or its website — having just in June and September 2019 obtained certain kinds of accreditation, it announces the launch of a “CGI.EDU” website in January 2020.  (The full legal name is CGI in Behavioral Health Studies” which’d be a more honest representation of what it’s doing; retaining the reference to “Cummings” and losing the references (BHS) to what it’s actually promoting).

CGI-BHS announces ‘CGI.edu’ is ‘Coming soon’ (Jan 2020) ~~Screen Shot 2019-12-16

The text then launches a recitation of his brilliant innovation, and eventually only in passing and never separately from HIS accomplishments mentions his own daughter,  Dr. Janet L. Cummings.

Janet L.’s voice is not expressed here as in any way distinct from his, nor anything she did separately from him, although it’s likely she’ll be outliving both him and his wife Dorothy M. Cummings, not mentioned either, here, as actually DOING anything. Janet L. will be with other leadership (few outside Cummings on the various entities show up — you’ll see, below) “carrying the torch” on this enterprise.  It doesn’t specifically mention a father/daughter relationship and I don’t know whether Dr. & Mrs. Dorothy Cummings is Janet’s (or Andrew’s) biological mother, stepmother, or not.  It could be found out, I just do not know presently.  Judging by the photo, she resembles Nick Cummings and looks a whole lot younger. Was that a graduation photo?

(Nevada Board of Psychologist Licensure look-ups:  Janet L. (“..rID1064”) has a 1992 Psy.D.  from Wright State University, but is not active in Nevada because “Registration status:  Closed.  Incomplete Application.”  Psychboard.Az.Gov searches Behavioral Analysts and Psychologists separately. I couldn’t get the search to load currently, but before doing so, a pop-up message warns it directs away from a government site to a non-government site.  Therefore, the process of looking to a government site (and the licensing board at Arizona) seems to simply direct away from it; disclaimers beyond that warning are not mentioned in the pop-up.

Our History (url: https://cummingsinstitute.com/history/), cont’d.

… In the early days of the technical revolution, Dr. Nick Cummings was invited as the CEO of American Biodyne to attend a luncheon*** where he would meet innovators and entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley, including Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Dr. Cummings was inspired by the brilliance of these entrepreneurs, and was struck by a similarity he noticed among the group: a particularly high college dropout rate. The tech giants of Silicon Valley had either enrolled in college and quickly dropped out after learning they knew far more than any of the faculty, or never enrolled at all; choosing instead to spend all of their time inventing the new technologies that would absolutely revolutionize our lives. Dr. Cummings realized that what healthcare needed was a similar revolution, and he saw an opportunity to teach behavioral health providers to disrupt the ineffective, fragmented healthcare system from within. There was only one problem: no university existed that was out-of-the-box enough to create both the curriculum and the environment that would stimulate the kind of innovation that healthcare needed. The choice was clear.

In some world views, anything “fragmented” is bad or regrettable, although the purpose here is to “fragment” (disrupt) from within to shift the paradigm for the “entrepreneurial” among the behavioral health practitioners (and psychologists)…  [I noticed the State of Arizona has separate licensing links and presumably requirements for behavioral health analysts and psychologists.]]

In 2014, Dr. Cummings along with his daughter, Janet L. Cummings, Psy.D, created## the Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies  to fill the educational gaps for innovative and entrepreneurial healthcare professionals wishing to disrupt healthcare from within or for those looking to launch new ventures. Drs. Cummings designed the DBH program at CGI to address three critical needs behavioral health providers would need to be successful in this aim: medical literacy, efficient and effective delivery of behavioral health interventions in medical settings, and entrepreneurship and innovation in the healthcare marketplace.

[all emphases mine, end of this quote]

## “CREATED…”: The word “created” is generic, however, the links I gave above to Nevada and Arizona business entity search sites lead to documentation of who actually ‘created’ as in ‘incorporated,’ and Nick C’s name isn’t on the filing paperwork.  As I recall from recent lookups (but, you have the links)…hers and one non-family member’s, Brett Sabatini, is.

*** “A LUNCHEON…”: Conveniently vague and no context given:  approximate year (even decade), geography (which state), ANY name of “luncheon” other than “a luncheon” and how many other innovators were involved, or special invitees.  Was this within a conference, at a pay-per-plate fundraiser, or what?  We all know luncheons can be “tete-a-tete” (intimate, small) or parts of any hotel- or resort-based conference with up to a thousand or so attendees.  With no other info, the statement is basically just boasting.

The carelessness of the text so few internal links or footnotes to validate any claim, and such vague language as to make fact-checking most claims tricky, assumes a storytelling, “take our story on faith” approach.  Though no Ph.D., I never put out posts with so few links and so little supporting evidence.  Even children listening to stories — which readers shouldn’t be treated as — should get to ask questions.  Yet the dynamic here is, DON’T ask questions, and avoid direct connectings to anything which might show the fiscal, corporate, or anything more than the most basic summary of who they (the Cummings entities mentioned) are and what they are doing.

From another part of the site, a sense of how many degrees granted so far:  As of Sept. 2019, only TEN:

As of September 2019, CGI has graduated ten Doctors of Behavioral Health who are located across the United States practicing in a variety of capacities including healthcare leadership, private practice, and university education.

cummingsinstitute.com/contact-us/ (Viewed Dec 6, 2019. History page says the CGI was started in 2015, a spinoff from a DBH program (but privately controlled) at Arizona State Univ.; Nicholas Cummings (bottom left) was born 1924 so would be about 95 yrs old now…

When and by whom were its various accreditations granted? (Stated on-site HERE)

AZ-SARA (State Authority Reciprocity Agreements with other states, which then apparently lets it be a member of the National Council (“NC”)-SARA:  Sept., 2019.

DEAC ( a Washington, D.C., nonprofit referring to post-secondary education) — only June, 2019.

A large banner announces that its “CGI.EDU” website will launch in January 2020 despite having only granted ten graduate degrees so far, total. (It seems that an undated (and no-names) photo I show again below, may show the first three, or possibly four.  They may be staff, but they’re wearing robes, and three of the (standing) four, caps…

TWO EXISTING BLOG MEDIA LIBRARY PDFs (2013, 2008) LEAD TO MORE VITAL INFO: 

The next two pdf links come from this blog’s existing “Media Library” and were not created from scratch during my current investigations (look-ups) for this post.

I include the first (May, 2013), because it reflects Cummings stating his own qualifications for legal expert witness-type purposes in a specific civil case; I include the second, (2008 and a J Contemporary Psychotherapy article), a short piece ‘…Our Inadvertent Vow of Poverty..‘ because it reflects intention to build the financial resources for the field. It’s well-written.  Of course it also ignores entires fields of basics on the family court system and how the Dept. of Health and Human Services runs specific legislated funding streams to impact outcomes in family courts, although those courts are under state, not federal jurisdiction.  The desired impact includes increased “noncustodial” (primarily fathers’) time and settling differences out of court, i.e., steering litigants away from normal civil or criminal courts where specific rights and procedures exist, or that overall,** this family court system is having a “field day” providing revenues for those in the fields of psychology, psychotherapy, etc.  It also shows two co-authors (daughter Janet and William O’Donohue).  [[**Sentence in this color added post-publication 12/17.]]

On researching tax returns for this post, I’d noticed that William O’Donohue also shows up as a CEO on one of the Cummings foundations. Presumably he is or was a colleague and/or business partner of like mind on the enterprise/s, the footnote shows he was (and seemingly still is) a professor in the University of Nevada-Reno Psychology Department with a specialty interest in treating children adults who have been sexually abused, and has been supported (per a vita with footer stating only “January, 2010” posted on his U-Nevada Reno, faculty page now, Dec., 2019, and that he’d had significant, ongoing grants supports from the NIJ, since degrees obtained (up through PhD) in psychology in the 1980s, and one, in “Philosophy of Science” in mid-1990s.

(The link’s label is mine; it’s a short read, makes 30 statements in as many numbered paragraphs, and the case –in Hudson County, NJ, with defendants in California — possibly deals with the issue of characterization of sexual re-orientation therapy as legitimate (vs. “de facto” unethical) where those engaging in it are fully-informed.  My main interest here, however, are his stated credentials.  Why, as late as 2013, no supporting links or footnotes are included to his claims (such as might be find in any article in, for example, a law review) I do not know.  It was a random internet find.   But, Please read!)

Looking for who was on (as it claimed to have been on) President Kennedy’s Mental Health Task Force (no year mentioned on the Certificate above), I found this page at the JFKLibrary.org which, being a brief summary, doesn’t name those on the Taskforce, but does describe how many (27) when they met with him at the White House (Oct. 18, 1961) and the context of constituting it (as supported by his sister Eunice Shriver Kennedy and in light of “Mental Retardation” (now, “intellectual disabilities,”) being an issue directly affecting the Kennedy family — his own sister, Rosemary, less than two years younger than himself).  This links to CarterCenter.org (associated with Emory University in Atlanta), “Mental Health TaskForce“, but reflects a 501©3 and doesn’t readily lead to identification of who was on the Carter Task Force while he was in Office.

References from this (I took some screenprints of a word-search) show lots of Cummings quoting Cummings over a period ranging from 1968 – the 2000s.  Just one sample (References are of course alpha by last name).  I encourage you to read this pdf (it’s not that long either).

 

ALSO AT THE UNIVERSITY of NEVADA-RENO is, with similar fields of concern, the National Council of Family and Juvenile Court Justices.

Re-reading this five years later (my pdf is dated 2014) I see that Wm. O’Donohue is listed there (and still) as a Professor of Psychology a University of Nevada-Reno, with an interesting specialty focus (integrated healthcare isn’t primary) and directing a ‘Victims of Crime & Integrated Care Research Lab” with, apparently (by pronoun usage, not all photos are clear and photos are not definitive anyway) four female assistants (who hold 3 M.A.’s and a single B.S. — in Psychology from Portland State University, last name “Cummings” — and a lone male, with a B.A. — or is it ” B.S.”?  (Label says one thing, contents the other, on the brief description available on this lab’s website), from University of Utah.


(Link in nearby text, my post short-link ending “-bLg” publ. Dec. 15, 2019) Caroline S. Cummings, B.S. of Victims of Crime & Integrated Healthcare Lab at University of Nevada-Reno, directed by Nicholas A. & Janet L. Cummings frequent co-author (and psychologist/professor, William O’Donohue. I have no idea whether or not she is related, but did notice.

O’Donohue’s vita is presented in doc, not pdf format; hard to open at first. Wm T. O’Donohue, WTO VITA ‘updated Jan 2010’ (Accessed from UNR website 2019Dec14, context post -bLg, Cummings associate) (39pp printed Doc to pdf, ca 4.5pp of this Educatn thru NIJ Grants, the rest, publicatns)

No products (publications proceeding from the lab, i.e., what does it do? are even listed.  Some of individual participants’ publications are, but not as associated with the lab.  He has a Wikipedia, all websites I’ve seen so far show the same headshot only photograph (with blank (solid-color, no context) and I found a single post (at least pertaining to him), seems inactive, called “http://williamodonohuephd.com“), one of just three external links on the Wiki page.


SEPARATELY, his LinkedIn (#8606726),judging by education profile, it’s the same person) shows a Nevada LLC active since 2011, “OneCare Health Solutions, LLC”  Judging by the “Silver Plume” Nevada registration this was NV20101695484, Formed 9/10/2010 and “Annual Report Due” 9/30/2015; apparently not provided as it remains (despite the LinkedIn’s characterization) “status revoked.”  The only other manager listed was an “Ed Edghill” in West Chester, Pennsylvania. I’m not a private investigator and chose not to go further looking to validate who is or isn’t this Ed Edghill (there are several by this last name listed in Sanger, California: may be entirely unrelated, or not, I DNK).


O’Donohue At Sage Publications:  (link to “author’s Website” from SAGE is, however, broken):

William T. O’Donohue is a licensed clinical psychologist, professor of psychology and adjunct professor in the Department of Philosophy at University of Nevada, Reno, and a faculty member of the National Judicial College. He is widely recognized in the field for his proposed innovations in mental health service delivery, in treatment design and evaluation, and in knowledge of empirically supported cognitive behavioral therapies. He is a member of the Association for the Advancement for Behavior Therapy and served on the Board of Directors of this organization. Dr. O’Donohue has published over 50 books and 150 articles in scholarly journals and book chapters. For the past 14 years, he has been director of a free clinic that treats children who have been sexually abused and adults who have been sexually assaulted.

(FURTHER LOOKUPS on my CELL PHONE SHOW BOOKS PUBLISHED BY SAGE and SAGE PUBLICATION’s AUTHOR SUMMARY.  For Further Exploration).


Nicholas Cummings’ background is in both: psychology and psychoanalysis. His enthusiasm for psychology seems directly related to awareness that most people can’t afford psychoanalysis, so they’re not reaching enough of the total human population who might become clients or, his preferred term, “patients.”  Key to reaching more is getting the profession (of psychology) mainstreamed directly with primary healthcare, a.k.a., that which public funds will back on the premise that more prevention (“Brief Intermittent Psychotherapy throughout a lifetime”) earlier saves costs later.

“Incidentally” this also helps preserve his chosen profession. Kaiser Permanente HMO and its (many) associated nonprofits, including foundations, especially in California but not limited to it, have also been closely engaged this century in pushing for universal healthcare (“Affordable Care Act” 2010, aka informally as “Obamacare.”).

 

 

 

http://www.ccfc.ca.gov/about/organization.html#members, he chairs First5 California, appointed in 2013. Click on name to read bio blurb, which references his prior background (and maintains connections still) to Minnesota.  This is the full quote:

George Halvorson was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to chair the First 5 California Children and Families Commission in May 2013. He also is the chair and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Institute for InterGroup Understanding.*** In this role, Halvorson is focused on putting processes, teaching materials, and learning programs and approaches in place to help people deal with issues of racism, discrimination, intergroup anger, and intergroup conflict. He currently is authoring three new books that will serve as the core teaching curriculum for the Institute.

Prior to taking on his new roles focusing on children and intergroup conflict, Halvorson served for more than 11 years as the chair and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, retiring from that position at the end of 2013. Prior to his tenure at Kaiser, he was the president and CEO for Health Partners in Minnesota, serving in that position for 17 years.

Earlier in his career, Halvorson started health plans in Uganda and Jamaica, and helped start health plans in Chile, Spain, and Nigeria – most of which continue to operate. He has advised governments in Great Britain, Ireland, Germany, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, and Russia on health care issues and has been featured as an educator for national health ministries at the European Union Health Summit in Brussels.

“Peace Thoughts, Truth and Honesty,” of course… except in business dealings, judging by quick fact-checks on this entity….See footnote below. (Posted Dec. 16, 2019, short-link ending “-bLg”)

***This sounds like the name of a nonprofit of uncertain legal domicile (not shown here; we’re supposed to just “know” — or be impressed?). I looked for it years ago, DNR results…

<~~There is a website; it is in Sausalito, CA (a quaint niche/tourist? town known for its harbor and many houseboats, just north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge) and seems to be well-geared to sell Halvorson’s (nine, pictured) books and push First 5, Conflict Resolution, and how to “trigger” a sense of group, that is, an “us” versus a “them” mentality, etc.  …  Nice bold graphics (black on white), just no financials: www.intergroupinstitute.org/about.  Very “California”…Look at the “books” page and a few of the blog titles….  I have a KAISER | FIRST5 | George Halvorson Footnote; more FnAQs* on this Intergroup Understanding Institute on that footnote. *FrequentlyNOT-AskedQuestions,  like “what’s your EIN# and why haven’t you been filing appropriately according to state laws, year after year?”


I’d be interested to know his academic background and how he got into all this before working to promote and administer “universal healthcare” in the US in (at least) two different states, prior to now working to (so says the CCFC website) regionalize pre-school and early care, including for reimbursement rates, to better socialize (reduce inequities based on household income) the care and rearing of VERY young kids, starting at (if not before) birth…

Halvorson has authored eight health care-related books, including Strong Medicine; Epidemic of Care; Building Health Co-ops in Uganda; and Ending Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Disparities in Health Care. He has also written four books on instinctive intergroup behavior and one book, Three Key Years, that deals with brain development and emotional needs for very young children. Additionally, he has served on more than 30 boards and commissions, and has chaired more than a dozen – including the American Association of Health Plans; the International Federation of Health Plans; the Partners for Quality Care Board; the Health Governors for the World Economic Forum in Davros, Switzerland; and the Health Plans Committee for the Board of the American Diabetes Association.

He and his wife, Lorie, have five sons, two daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren. While they reside in the San Francisco area, they continue to have strong ties in Minnesota

More at Footnote: Universal Healthcare | Kaiser Permanente | First 5 California and George Halvorson 


The next two images, from either my Table of Contents 2012-2016, or from one of the posts shown on it, voice just some of my prior concerns I already raised about this particular family’s role which also intersects with my “Stunning Validation by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson” post which got me looking at the history of psychology (professionalized or otherwise) and psychoanalysis (a.k.a. “Freud et al.”) more closely than awareness of AFCC’s typical membership categories already had.

These just two images are fine-print/colorful (annotated or background) and intended to supplement, not replace, the information on this post, best after reading the rest of it:

Find FamilyCourtMatters.org prior, related posts: two-image gallery.  Find by dates or from within sticky post “Table of Contents 2017” either as pdfs (with active title links: best) or from that page linking to direct displays of those TOC’s as separate posts.  Next quote (from my “Table of Contents 2017 continues themes from 2016…” contains a link to a pdf containing the images shown just below, but explains that’s a 37-pager.  (Second click on blank page icon probably required to open).

PDF #3: Table of Contents, June 29, 2014 reverse chrono to Sept. 24, 2012 (37 pages, about 140 posts), … (pdf format, showing in 8X11 page installments).  This being so much longer, has different sections. . . The table of contents (therein) is on pp. 4-20. FYI. The front and end matter contain narrative (blog) substance, not just “navigation” instructions.  …

[No posts published from June 29, 2014 – January 22, 2016.] {{i.e., last half of 2014 throughout all 2015,  I did publish before Sept. 24, 2012, but have no manually created “Table of Contents” for them; see “Archives.”}}

The post containing the same (long: 140 posts) list of TOC, June 29, 2014…to Sept. 24, 2012 (all titles with active links, shortlink ends “-2rW”)  is here, but I recommend viewing it as pdf with 8-11 display from the above link.   A post containing links (pdf & post) to this, and to TOC 2016 and 2017 is here (short-link ends ‘5qZ’).  That post is complicated, so the next mini-section in this background-color (inside black bordered box) summarizes….

There are hundreds of posts (my admin dashboard shows 839 posts as of mid-December 2019). They are also points of reference for key topics within this field from a consumer’s AND investigator’s (tracking the nonprofits and how they hook up with federal grants, as by now you know) and domestic violence/family court survivor (mother)’s point of view, trying to keep it objective but not ‘dispassionate’ where there are such huge accountability loopholes throughout.

QUICK REVIEW:  HOW TO ACCESS FAMILYCOURTMATTERS TOC POSTS.

This MINI-Section, except label and last three links, covers access to MOST of this blog’s titles one way or another! I took the time to review because the titles themselves are like a table of contents to under-reported topics within this field which shed major light on the ones typically being publicized in MSM or by specialty (niche) advocacy groups.

It contains descriptive text, title with link from the top of my Comprehensive (Sept. 2014 – Sep. 21, 2017) TOC post.

Below, in this background-color, I added links to three posts finishing the list  for 2017 (Oct, Nov & Dec).  For 2018 and 2019, see other Sticky Posts near the top of the blog or (probably quickest route) links provided on blog right sidebar widget.

SIX separate (all “sticky”) posts provide lists of all post titles through Oct. 31, 2019:  1 (next, below) + 3 (to complete Fall 2017) + 2 (two versions of 2018) + 1 (2019).  PAGES: ’58 Essays’ lists all Pages (vs. Posts) through that date; itself a top sticky post.

This (next) post** presents three different ways to view three different time spans’s tables of contents…. This post pulls it all together and puts links in one place to older tables of contents direct from here (in 8X11) or directly on their original posts…


It’s actually current through Oct. 8, 2017.  The pdfs take so long to make, I hadn’t updated them… Therefore posts for Oct, Nov, and Dec. 2017 are presented in separate posts, all marked “Sticky” within the top dozen links, so easy to find, and I’m posting them also right below here:

(In grabbing those titles to paste in here, I added the short-links to the actual post titles for all three for future, easier reference//LGH Dec. 15, 2019).

The “Giant post ending “-2ug” (June 29, 2014, first TOC image above, left) I’m thinking about how to re-write with graphics, cutting it down to flow-chart size with a basic “legend.”  Don’t hold your breath, but it’s on my “to-do” list being such a key point for this blog. It was also my last post before taking a (basically, forced) one-and-a-half year break posting here, to protect my own housing options from specific family-oriented obstacles to the same (forum:  probate court, topic: trusts).  Most of the organizations listed on it haven’t gone away yet, or changed behaviors.  It’s still basic information


Compared to Flinn.org:

When it comes to the various Cummings Foundations, ALL their Board of Directors  or Foundation Managers represent far fewer individuals (at least one of them in his mid-90s by now), which makes me wonder how old is the one daughter involved (Dr. Janet L. Cummings), and probably (even taken as  a whole with other related for-profit entities, i.e., some holding real estate) far fewer resources.  All three websites are even less interested than “Flinn.org” in revealing their EIN#s or financials, while posting glowing descriptions of their own disruptive innovations (links below, see for yourself).  So I decided to take a closer look.

Having now taken that closer look, I can see why they might not want people to get a closer examination* of the books! (*..of even tax returns up through Dec. 2017: I don’t have; websites do not volunteer any audited financial statements so far…)


My prior attempted titles for this post reflect its complexity as I progressively uncovered one red flag connection or omission after another.  Included here for extra preview:

4th attempt, variation on the 3rd: Three Tax-exempt Cummings Entities (Inc. 1994 and 2004 (co-located) in Reno, NV, and 2014 in Phoenix, AZ) and Their Family-Controlled Personal Agenda: Taking Former Arizona State U’s ‘DBH’ Accreditation International, Con’td. (Publ. soon after Dec. 9, 2019). (short-link ends “-bLg”)

3rd title attempt:  Why I Still Notice the Cummings Family and Their Respective Operations in Reno, Nevada and Phoenix, Arizona (establ.1994, 2004 and 2014), some funded in good part from a $2 to $3B Foundation set up 1993 in Ohio

2nd Title attempt: Who??  are the Cummings: (Nicholas&Dorothy + Daughter Janet L. in Reno, Andrew in Greenwich,CT) and Why?? Their Three Nonprofit Entities (N&DC 1994 in NV: 990PFs; CBFH 2004 in NV: 990PFs; CGI-BHS 2014 in AZ: Files 990s and Grants Doctoral Degrees 100% On-Line) (Publ. Dec. 7?, 2019)

First title attempt/this Post is (however titled, it’ll be available when published at this link)Cummings Fndtn for Behavioral Health (EIN# 300163951, NV), Major Contributor American Endowmt Fndtn (OH) and a few others co-located with CBFH, per its 990PF Roadmaps (Publ. Dec. 5?, 2019) (shortlink ends “-bLg” started Dec. 4, 2019)

THIS POST exists to link to for further drill-down (supporting information) linked to my #2 post in the Arizona Pipeline, now published and accessible at:

There seems to be sharing of debts and liabilities relating to some real estate among the Cummings-controlled entities.  

Viewing only the total Form 990-reported assets (once each EIN#s has been looked up and verified) and the (Cummings-controlled) entities’ websites’ brief summaries give only a fraction of the picture and as such are mis-leading.  

The 1993-founded AEF (in Columbus, Ohio) being the major contributor a certain year, I looked it up and found what looks like a new species of “community foundation” retaining some of the (in my opinion) worst characteristics of Donor-Advised-Fund tax-exempt foundations while losing even a pretense of the “local” part expressing concern for the region in which it’s geographically or legally domiciled.  In fact it advertises how its donor-advised funds can be used to contribute to individuals favorite community foundations, with their donor-advised funds, too. Its stated tax-exempt purpose, in all caps, is, in just seven words:

To Expand the Capacity of American Philanthropy.”

(FY2017 (YE Dec) Form 990, Pg. 1, Part I, Summary, Line 1)

Part VIIB (sole independent contractor paid anything over $100K) was a Gift Admin/Software provider from Canada — which was paid $2.4M for its services.  2017 (Part VIII Line 1 Revenues were about $684M) and its Investment Income about $41M).  The software provider was called Benevity, Inc., 1812 4th St. SW, # 300, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.   I could say a lot more here (after looking it up), “I get it,” but this post is already too long!

After about 20 minutes of lookups, quick summary:  This part on “BENEVITY” qualifies as an “aside” but is included because the 1993ff “AEF” here chose to use it for a subcontractor in 2017, which gives at least some idea where its (AEF’s) “head” is at…

Benevity, Inc. (that $2.4M paid FY2017 subcontractor helping AEF, above) has a “contact us” page showing three offices in Canada (not at the address shown in the FY2017 return above, which address was interesting in its own right (building owned by W. Chan Investments, Ltd., at least in 2018 and with 11 spaces still for lease) in Calgary, Victoria, and Toronto + one in the UK (Cirencester/Gloucestershire), and two in the USA: one in San Mateo, California, and one in Clearwater, Florida.  They focus on employer giving, contributions managed in 17 languages, one of the first “Certified B” corporations in Canada.

The address in San Mateo, California (get this:  a “Burt Cummings” was involved) is a $1.8M home sold (recently); the “Benevity” in California existed for less than a month in 2018, apparently for the purpose of merging into Versaic, Inc., a California Corporation of which two versions exist, one with multiple strange filings (several “Restatements,” an agent Resigned in 2006, name change from “SponsorWise” (Up til then) to “Versaic, Inc.” a California Stock Corporation in 2011 (what happened during those 5 years, then?), and within one month (actually a half-month) after Benevity Mergersub, Inc. (existed for a only few weeks in March, 2018 as a California Stock Corporation) it merged into Versaic, Inc. (Calif. Corporation), Versaic, Inc. (California) then merged into Versaic, Inc. a Delaware Corporation, address, ℅ Benevity International, Inc. in Calgary–and that’s just looking into ONE of the two USA addresses of Benevity, Inc. in Calgary, Canada.


See “Footnote: Benevity, I mean Versaic, Inc., I mean American Online Giving Foundation,** in Canada, The UK, California — I mean, Delaware, and Florida — (from the State of Georgia), I mean… (ad infinitum)…” for my brief follow-up for this insanity, a.k.a. “business model” (which reminds me of the “JustGive” going “JustGiving” I blogged in much detail several years ago — same general idea.  Start in the USA, featuring on-line transactions, move out of the country… I’ll add a Footer, but I need to talk to someone else (who, not sure yet!) about this… Oh yes — and the Florida Address AOGF shows legal domicile Georgia.  Get the general idea? ! ! !

**I’m not saying AOGF is “Benevity,” although tax returns show it’s paying Benevity as a Part VIIB Subcontractor for administrative services, and although Bryan de Lottinville is President of AOGF##  and leader of Benevity… In fact AOGF in 2015 showed only 3 board of directors and ZERO employees (it being “online giving” while claiming $127M of contributions most of which it gave away — but provides no Schedule I listing of.  Now, I wouldn’t like to be responsible to itemize over $100M of micro-donations (or large ones) on a Form 990 Schedule I, but that IS the IRS requirement (unless “micro” somehow avoids compliance).  This money could easily also be going to “domestic” (USA) governments as happens under AEF, above, which chose Benevity.

((AOGF is EIN#810739440; FY2016 viewed; table of last three Form 990s is in the footnote) (AOGF legal domicile FL, has had two addresses in Florida already, the second of which shows up as one of just two “USA” offices of Benevity — same street address) and files in many different states within the USA)

[Dec. 17, 2019 added comments]:

This should be blogged.  I’m just spreading some breadcrumbs here and in the footnote below after another day (Dec. 17) looking at this, I have a better understanding of “standard operating procedures…”  There are many accountability problems.  I’d also like to point out that, while registered in Georgia (why Georgia), the word “American” could refer to all of North America, not just the USA — and again, Benevity.com IS a Canadian, not US, organization.  Market niche is “world’s largest employers…” and they’re moving that money FAST while failing to provide full, and visually readable, records of it for the public, esp. in the USA…

For AEF to be mixed up (utilizing) AOGF and promoting the Cummings (as just one of millions of dollars of donations in a certain year, but still the bulk of the Cummings’ entity’s contributions for that year) reflects negatively on AEF.  I also note that one of the Cummings entities below seems to be adopting the similar model — citing $40M of assets in the form of “pledges.”  The whole situation needs a real “plumbline” of accountability which I don’t see it’s likely to get anytime soon.



For FY2018, AEF also turned out to have MAJOR “Schedule B” contributors, contributing millions of dollars, EACH and OVERALL, of noncash (i.e., public-traded securities, it seems), which the entity then can sell at a loss, as often happens on tax-exempt community or other large foundations.  Sometimes they seem to be in effect dumping grounds for non-producing assets while contributors (donors) get nice federal income and/or excise (state-)** tax-reduction, the entity continues to function (often by taking more grants) (**I’m not a tax professional… for the finer points, ask one!)

Add the six amounts shown on images 1 & 2 above to show about $279.4 Million (out of total contributions that year shown on page 1, over $1 billion) were “Schedule B,” i.e., larger. One wonders who the owners were.  Because AEF describes itself as “concierge donor-advised funds-service, targets services especially towards other financial advisors, I’m wondering who would have that kind of money to donate in a single year to this Ohio nonprofit, and why one of them decided that $90 of US Treasury Bonds should be donated.   Interesting situation …


Grant-making, as I’ve reiterated recently and even copied screenshots of my recent post to Twitter to say it again, is not necessarily the primary purpose here. 

I also give both Cummings Foundations a failing grade for [A] seeking to exploit and target access to public healthcare funds (a massive enterprise field) while, [B] disrespectfully to the public who’ll pay for this, failing to even divulge their own EIN#s, let alone financials for any year.  

The respective foundation assets as of FY2017 are shown:  $40.9M (CFBH, files 990PF so founding year NS on face page), $27.2K (N&DCF CFBH, files 990PF so founding year NS on face page)) (co-located), and $2.0B (AEF in Ohio). (AEF’s website now claims $3 billion).

and nonprofit “CGI-BHS” (My acronym for  Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies” (granting DBH’s on-line), which files Forms 990, starting only in FY2015.  Total Gross Assets (2017) $306K.  This one’s not self-supporting, or even close to it

While there are only two foundations named “Cummings” identified on two “CummingsFoundation” related website(s), — Cummingsfoundation.org  & Cummingsfoundation.com (neither seems to be that current) — as usual, those funding or working with any tax-exempt often include others tax-exempts (and related taxable entities). Cummingsfoundation.org Cummingsfoundation.com, one of them references a “graduate institute,” leading to yet a third. 

THE MORAL: Tax returns show this — if you look at them!  Look at more than just one year’s foundations especially when abrupt radical changes in Total Assets, show up in a summary, as they did here for CFBH.  Look at and compare (within related foundations) also how the assets are classified.  Again, this information comes only from looking at that black&white info: numbers and words as entered onto IRS forms, whether presented nicely or not by the IRS or uploaded “public disclosure” copies, and understanding what an “anomaly” (oddity) looks like in the larger context. There are plenty “anomalies” in this situation. 

CGI-BHS was for me a later find, completely in character for what I recall of the N&DC family line’s agenda.

On searching again (while writing this post) to include the website links (which do NOT include any financials at all), I saw how the “DBH” program originally funded or started up by the Cummings at a state university (Arizona State) has now spun off independently with, naturally, a self-description why this took place.

Arizona is where the 2012 “Our Broken Family Courts Conference” took place.  In parts of some of the related entities tax returns there are entries mentioning “royalties” and (as I recall, not with them directly in view, though) inventory losses (minor) which may relate to the books produced off that conference:  however, no tax return says this directly.  The amount “$17K” sticks in mind.  Links provided below; anyone can look…

CGI-BHS is now a fully on-line way to obtain a “DBH” and seems to be staffed mostly by people who had obtained their DBHs under the state university program funded by Cummings wealth (according to the news media on it).

I have shown below (cursory, quick-look, my style) of this CGI-BHS point of reference and tax returns, but it was not the original focus of this post or its drill-downs. I include few images on it, and have made mental notes how it seems to interface with the others.  See <> next brief summary marked by a different background color (and fine print), and <> further below on the post, its table of tax returns with some details on a brief survey. A separate look would take more time to show the websites’ self-description and listed personnel; not included here.

Generally, I do the lookups out of my own interest/curiosity, but posting it is another project and time-soaker, because of the various platforms and media involved, and the need to label, annotate, upload, caption, or narrate etc.  For a basically volunteer blog here…. there’s an outer limit to the “ROI” I can personally afford where the investment is my time and attention.

Briefly: CummingsInstitute.com(<~set to “history” page) which announces its upcoming website is “CGI.com” with a physical address in Phoenix, Arizona. It provides an on-line “learning platform” from which to get a Doctorate of Behavioral Health (“DBH”) — Biodyne-(i.e., Cummings-)style, and is upfront about that on the website.

It seems to have been started shortly after the DBH funded by Cummings at Arizona State was (“endowed”?) by grants from the Cummings.  Either there was some disagreement on how to run it, or financial issues on maintaining the necessary funds.  Methinks it’s most likely to some debate over total control of the program, a problem now solved (depending on who the new entity is indebted to as its tax returns show it is) by having the family take control of it.

https://cummingsinstitute.com/contact-us/ (viewed Dec 6, 2019. History page says the CGI was started in 2015, a spinoff from a DBH program (but privately controlled) at Arizona State Univ.; Nicholas Cummings (bottom left was born 1924, so would be about 95 yrs old now…

Cummings Graduate Institute is a virtual distance education university, therefore, all courses are offered online through the Cummings Graduate Institute learning platform. A link to the online learning environment will be provided to students upon admission.

Physical Location & Mailing Address  16515 S. 40th St. Ste.143, Phoenix, AZ 85048

 

Having discovered CGI-BHS later in process of writing this post (see bulleted list near bottom of this post), I’m adding the tax return tables below, but don’t expect to include the drill-down on this post, which I’d like to keep short.  It’s worth a separate handling as an exhibit of the mentality… and filing habits…


I also wondered (until exploring who runs it further) why an Ohio foundation, AEF would be involved and sponsoring a Reno, Nevada-based entity known for its contributions to Arizona State University doctorate in behavioral health (“DBH”) graduate programs.  One thing about Ohio — corporations don’t need to file so often (last I looked, only every five years). We shall see…  

More drill-down is always possible; this post only shows a few levels down to point out that they exist.  How this relates to “Family Court Matters” is shown on the “Look who’s been Building…” post above (still in draft as I work on this one. Its shortlink again, ends “-bB7”).


NEXT POST SECTION — THE TAX RETURNS:

I will list these in several different formats below:  description, image (orange-yellow, black and white), and individual tables of tax returns with active links (standard format for this blog), with added labels above each set highlit yellow.  I talk (some) about each one and have referenced some earlier years’ returns (with links).  I hope the repetition will raise awareness of just how much may lie below or behind any short website summary (self-description) and why going the extra level of look-up is, typically, so revealing.  People aware of family court issues should become aware of influential professionals, personalities, and the foundations they tend to form and coordinate actions with — here, mostly to integrate perpetual business for psychologists with primary healthcare, taking help either directly AT universities, or with ongoing (and/or sponsored) help from professionals at universities. At the university or foundation level, people are not always forhcoming about their private business enterprises, as I hope was made quite clear in the case of the AFCC connections of Dr. Beck at University of Arizona, within recent months.

  • ‘The Nicholas&DorothyCummingsFndtn (1994, Reno, NV)~~FILING 990PFs ~~EIN# 880321190 (small) ~~FY2015-2017

  • “CFBH” (2004, Reno, NV) ~~FILING 990PFs ~~EIN# 300163951, showing rapid increase in assets btw FY2015-2016.  See individual returns for in what form (assets & liabilities, Balance Sheets).

  • “CGI-BHS,” (2014, Phoenix,AZ**)  ~~ FILING Form 990s ~~ EIN#472153698 ~~ FYs2015-2017 (YEDec) 

  • “AEF” (1993, Columbus,Ohio) ~~ Filing Forms 990 ~~EIN# 341747398 (website claims now $3B)

*Cummings Foundation for Behavioral Health (no “Studies” and not “Graduate” in legal name).

**Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies.  

The word “Studies” didn’t show initially in Candid.org search; the website itself just reads “Cummings Institute” (url) and a description of its accreditation at one point reads (written out) “CGIBHS” and at another simply “CGI.”  These are, in Nevada and in Arizona, DIFFERENT business filings, i.e., the “CGI” entity found filing briefly in Reno, NV, but was revoked for non-filing, I found in state-level business entity searches).

THREE FOUNDATIONS (plus “AEF,” Ohio, a major donor at least one of the years, to one of them) — and yet another “Cummings” nonprofit — and related entities show, generally, what N&DC have been up to, apart from and at several points in dramatic conflict with any declarations on their own websites… other than plenty of storytelling and advising the U.S. Congress how to fix the family courts based on attempts to monetize a single 2012 conference, and to secure a professional future for psychologists (etc.) by integrating it into primary healthcare where possible and providing an entrepreneurial business model.  

Following the replication, branding, expansion model characteristic of the field, the self-description (especially) repeatedly uses the words “innovative” and “disruptive,” etc. 

From what I can see so far, it’s not innovative OR disruptive: it’s “business as usual” moving the money among several different entities across several different websites (with frequent changes), and making sure not to leave easy footprints for anyone who seeks to follow those finances, …  and doing this “inbred” style — keeping it “all in the family” (almost).  The guy’s 95 years old (his wife’s age not shown, although I see she also is a “Dr.”).


All three tax-exempt “Cummings” entities + the American Endowment Foundation (Search Results as images from Candid.org  (The tables with interactive links below are from the same place unless otherwise marked (I got one AEF return FY2018 from its website, i.e., “Public Disclosure Copy)….as usual on this blog, their color scheme differs.

This displays as a four-image gallery, in order of incorporation (for Cummings entities) and AEF is last.  Each is labeled in its caption…


Now, considered Individually:

CUMMINGS FOUNDATION FOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH (“CBFH”), last three years.  Notice any striking changes in the Total Assets column from year to year?

From Candid.org, searched Dec. 4, 2019 (See “Search Again” link, you must choose “more options” and key in the EIN# to repeat the search).

Total results: 3. Search Again.  (CFBH, EIN# 300164951, FYE Dec31, files 990PFs, FYE 2015-2017)

ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN
Cummings Foundation for Behavioral Health NV 2017 990PF 31 $40,919,847 30-0163951
Cummings Foundation for Behavioral Health NV 2016 990PF 40 $42,919,377 30-0163951
Cummings Foundation For Behavioral Health NV 2015 990PF 40 $4,156,089 30-0163951

I looked for the earliest tax return:  FY2008 is listed as “initial” and may be found here:  “Interesting…” First Exec. Director, Wm. T. O’Donahue; $929K held in BofA (Bank of America), not showing screenprints here, though.  Other than O’Donahue, there are four “Cummings” listed (Nicholas, Dorothy, Janet L. and Andrew, this year in NY, not CT)… Major contributors (a) N&D Cummings and (b) NDC Holdings (both at the same street address in Nevada). It seems to be based on the ability to depreciate commercial real estate  (building)… with minimal reference to anything “Behavioral Health.”

Just testing whether the FY2008 “initial return” was in fact the first one.  Tweaked the year and found CFBH’s FY2007 990PF here showing transfers to/from a controlled entity “NDC Delta Realty (in similar amounts) and the ability to lose money in rental income through “depreciation.”  Sounds to me like the main purpose of CFBH is as the Cummings’ personal tax-reduction enterprise, with many parts.  But, I’ve never been a real estate investor or CPA, so that’s no expert opinion…


Street address in 2015 and in 2017: 4781 Caughlin Parkway, Reno, NV.  Director (one of 4 cummings) Andrew Cummings shows Greenwich CT address.

2017:  Note (see Page 1, Line 1):  Contributions were $1.146M.  (Page 1, Line 23).  Most ($1.13M) from American Endowment Foundation.  Major expenses were “Other Expenses” at $1.07M.

How? Instructions on Page 1, Line 23 say “attach schedule” but none is showing here…

Exempt purpose (Page 7, Part IX):  “Education of the public and research regarding Behavioral Health issues” Expenses $1.01 M.


Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Foundation is EIN# 88-0321190, per APPS.IRS.gov/app/eos/

From Candid.org, searched Dec. 5, 2019

Total results: 3Search Again. (N&DC Fndtn, EIN# 880321190, FYE=Dec.31, FYE 2015-2017 )

ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN
The Nicholas & Dorothy Cummings Foundation NV 2017 990PF 28 $27,288 88-0321190
The Nicholas & Dorothy Cummings Foundation NV 2016 990PF 29 $28,346 88-0321190
The Nicholas & Dorothy Cummings Foundation NV 2015 990PF 29 $19,843 88-0321190

Street address in 2017: 4781 Caughlin Parkway; In 2015, 561 Keystone Ave. #305, both in Reno.

Of note:  FY2015 (bottom row) shows inbound $239K from 3 different sources (per its Schedule B), all named “NDC” something, and $238K going out, i.e., “expenses,” leaving just the small amount shown above remaining ($19.8K, total gross assets).

NONE of the expenses are in the form of grants or contributions to others; being a 990PF filer (not 990, i.e., not a public charity), it gets to count basic administrative expenses, apparently, as part of its charitable activities, including the salary to (daughter) Janet L. Cummings, any other staff, accounting, travel, etc.  Look at Page 1 of an year’s return to deduce this.  JL Cummings was paid $71K in 2015, only $38K in 2017 (but compare with the CFBH, as both have the same board members).

[EDITOR (BLOGGER’s) NOTES to SELF, a.k.a. MY DISCLAIMER: DOUBLE CHECK whether following statements refer to CFBH (Below, EIN#47-2153698 or the ND&C 880321190, because 880321190 FY2017 shows these figures too.  Also the latter adds another major contributor, “NDC Investments“.  As I am working either from on-line pdfs of the tax returns and screenprints of them (not paper printouts or hard copy for easy reference) it’s easy to get mixed up when not looking right at them at the time…]

It files 990PF and has a FYE of December.  Its FY2017 (latest up there) filing shows website CummingsFoundation.com and Sabatini & Associates hold the books, four board members are all Cummings, and Janet L. Cummings is paid (only) $38,085 (40hrs/week) to manage it.  The exempt purpose is described only as:

Education to Professional Psychotherapists who are working on and promoting cutting-edge behavioral health treatment through webinars (Expenses: $51,700).

Unclear from that statement whether “through webinars” refers to the treatment or the education to professional psychotherapists… Either way its total assets (on Header), which references “End of Year” are only $28K, with Contributions (line 1 of the return) being $128K.  “Go figure…” and the street address matches the CFBH above in Reno, Nevada.

“The foundation makes distributions only to preselected charitable organizations and does not accept unsolicited requests for funds…”  It’s amortizing the Biodyne Trademark (at $750) and lists “Trademark” as an asset worth between $4,000 and $5,000 only.  Its major contributors (i.e., to be listed on a Schedule B)– ALL showing the same street address, are:

  • (contrib $47,000) NDC Enterprises, Inc.
  • (contrib $20,000) NDC Gamma LP
  • (contrib $61,699) NDC Holdings, LLC

Presumably NDC stands for the elder couple’s names (Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings).


American Endowment Foundation: (1993ff, assets FY2017 were $2.0 billion):

Established 1993ff, functions to encourage “Donor Advised Funds” but not as a regional community foundation, or a charity directed towards a specific cause.  Note:  posts ONE YEAR’s only Form 990, and a way to request their audited financial statements (not one is offered voluntarily).  I looked through (all of), their FY2018 public disclosure Form 990 to better understand it, as well as (generally) the website in Ohio.

Total results: 3Search Again.  (American Endowmt Fndtn, EIN# 341747398, YEDec, FY2015-2017)

Public Disclosure Copy FY2018 (obtained from website AEFOnline.org) shows $1.1B Gross Receipts (and Revenues), mostly contributions, and Total Gross Assets (year-end) of $2.6B, on its front page. In otherwise, an increase of about ½ Million.  Of these I identified $279M as coming from just six contributors, per its Schedule B (images shown on this post).

ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN
American Endowment Foundation OH 2017 990 2085 $2,001,944,686 34-1747398
American Endowment Foundation OH 2016 990 6339 $1,464,671,815 34-1747398
American Endowment Foundation OH 2015 990 931 $1,038,319,893 34-1747398

The AEF reports several hundred million dollars (over $300M) of grants in a single year, over 6,000 individual distributions the year I looked, recorded 9/page in NO particular order — not by size of grant, not by state of recipient, and not alphabetically.  Some (not most but some) are to government entities, some to church entities (which don’t have to file tax returns), which is quickly (but wrongly) characterized on the AEF website  (omitting the “government” part) as:

[cn find my screenprint or re-locate the place on the AEF website… Dang!] 

By paging through FY2017 Schedule I listings (presented only 2/page, versus 9/page) I did find the $1,136,000 stated gift to “Cummings Foundation for Behavioral Health” that year, as well as some for the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona.   It was a slow process and not searchable by name on-line or as a pdf printed from the on-line source (Candid.org).

These grants WERE listed alpha by grantee name, so what happened with the public-disclosure on FY2018 that they weren’t? AEFonline.org | FY2018 AEF (Ohio, EIN# 341747398, Public Disclosure (only Yr posted, no Audited FS posted) Form 990 (printed 2019Dec5)

 


Miscellaneous (sort of..) but still relevant:  There are Two “Tobins” on board (Gail B. and Thomas J. Tobin).  Two (whether staff or board, I DNR) other Tobins (Phil and Josh) referenced in Sched O as receiving severance pay (hefty). …  All related?  Thomas J. Tobin’s bio (undergraduate:  Jesuit (Canisius College, Buffalo, NY) and a variety of other colleges with emphasis on distance learning (including distance learning evaluation), library science and “pre-Raphaelite literature” etc.  I can see why the Cummings would be interested, for sure.

  • Thomas J. Tobin Salary FY2018:     $317,920+ benefits $19.7K.
  • Gail B. Tobin Salary FY2018:           $190,022 + benefits $19.2K
  • Philip T. Tobin, former officer:         $225K + 0 benefits*
  • John W. Tobin, former officer,        $175K + 0 Benefits*

That’s out of a Section VIIA Total of $2.6M — almost $1.0M to the Tobins;that’s a hefty chunk.  (*severance pay, per Sched O).

The above page counts shown are outrageous for ANY tax return.  The public disclosure 2018 990 was only (sic) 131pp and I note had its Schedule I grants listed at least clearly, 9-up (9 entries per page on the actual IRS forms, not hand-made or generated alternate layouts).  They were completely without any discernible order WHATsoever, all (about) 130 pp of them (!!), but they were at least 9 per page.  I suspect that the earlier years’ high page counts didn’t do what with grantees, resulting in such page counts.

In other words, if I hope to find the grant to CBFH (which is alleged in ITs tax return) I might have to go through, somehow, over 2,000 pp of tax returns, or hope a computer-search of the pdf leads to it… (I actually did find it…)


Total results: 3Search Again.

(Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health, EIN#472153698, FYE Dec., Founding Yr 2014 (per 990), FY2015-2017 (FY 2015 marked “initial filing” on its header)

ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN
CUMMINGS GRADUATE INSTITUTE FOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AZ 2017 990 40 $306,583.00 47-2153698
CUMMINGS GRADUATE INSTITUTE FOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AZ 2016 990 40 $265,961.00 47-2153698
CUMMINGS GRADUATE INSTITUTE FOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AZ 2015 990EZ 27 $280,679.00 47-2153698

FY2017 Exempt Purpose as stated on Page 1, Part I (Summary), Line 1:

[Form 990 2017] “Cummings Graduate Institute of Behavioral Health Studies is dedicated to disrupting healthcare by preparing entrepreneurial integrated care professionals through innovative & affordable quality distance education programs, grounded in the Biodyne Model, and focused on delivering human-centered care, population health improvements, and medical cost savings”

[Form 990 2016] To educate integrated care professionals to best deliver whole-person healthcare to diverse communities and to improve access to quality healthcare for all people. [This form also leaves “principal officer” blank on header]

Interesting, that year no mention that the Biodyne Model was how to “best deliver whole-person healthcare” or (in this opening statement) that the focus was psychotherapy…

[Tax return (per Candid.org, above) for 2015, which was a 990EZ and marked “initial filing”] purpose (shown on pg. 2 due to different form) was the same wording.

Other Signposts (avoidance issues) on the very first tax return for CGI-BHS:

On this filing, it shows an immediate run-up of debt of $638K (Janet L. Cummings Salary:  $122K; Cara English’s $70K).. It splits its enumeration of “Other Expenses” across SIX pages of two-line items each on a Schedule O (completely unnecessary).  The very final, bottom-line mini-page of this 990EZ, last sentence, under “other liabilities” lists:

Unsecured Notes and Loans Payable-Beginning $0

Unsecured Notes and Loans Payable-Ending $900000

On Page 2 when asked, by the pre-printed (or electronically available) IRS form to answer —  as a SCHOOL — “what are you doing, exactly?” in these terms:

[IRS Form 990EZ instructs:] Describe the organization’s program service accomplishments for each of its three largest program services, as measured by expenses In a clear and concise manner, describe the services provided, the number of persons benefited, and other relevant information for each program title

The filed return first avoids answering this anywhere near that description of the question, but instead (needlessly) goes “See Additional Info” and enters a $238K in the bottom of the “total expenses” column for that section, which is left otherwise completely blank. See next image (left side of page, annotated):

cf Cummings Entities | CGI-BHS, Initial Form 990EZ (YeDEC, 2015) EIN#472153698 ~ 2019Dec08 Sun [IRS Form]

cf Cummings Entities | CGI-BHS, Initial Form 990EZ (YeDEC, 2015) EIN#472153698 ~ 2019Dec08 Sun [‘Additional Info’ still evasive…]

Then on such Additional Information (farther away in the page count) it doesn’t name the programs or answers the question, but simply enters a dollar amount under “Grants,” while the rest of the return has no reference to any grants.  I’ve seen filers often switch “income” for “outgo” on a parallel section (of full-sized Form 990s, not Form 990EZs), which would be on their Page 2 (years 2008 and after forms), which shows a basic mis-understanding of the difference between REVENUES (roughly speaking, incoming $$ or noncash) and EXPENSES (outgoing $$ in the form of either program services OR grants; the two are not interchangeable categories).See nearby (right-side) image from the same return (to which you have the link, above):Regarding “Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health” (physical address, Phoenix, Arizona), these are my first impressions as I:

  • Took a quick trip through available information on the institute’s (current) website and all three of the only three tax returns available at Candid.org
  • Saw the “Three of the Five Board of Directors have a Family Relationship” admission (Mother, Father, Daughter)
  • Noticed that a related entity of the other foundations (listed above), “NDC Gamma LP” in Reno, Nevada, shows up as a Schedule R-related entity (“taxable as corporation or trust),”  here;
  • Noticed that the tax filing itself displays major “avoidance” traits (i.e., lots of “see additional information” needlessly) and some errors
  • Noticed that CGI=BH so far is running in the deficit (expenses exceed revenues by hundreds of thousands of dollars)
  • Saw liabilities to unknown third parties (showing $1.0M liabilities under “unsecured notes and loans payable” by 2016 (latest tax return available is only 2017 on this database)
  • Saw Schedule O’s  financials available “on request” while its website shows a map of the US with it seems certain kinds of authorization in all 50 states, and its partners include UK (Scotland) and Canadian connections with further connections to the EU and WHO (etc.);
  • Quickly saw the international mindset in being (a) focused on electronic delivery of degree and (b) specific listed partners (take a look yourself, clicking on the logos shown enough to get a sense of where they are and what doing…)
  • Per its website, the Leadership (board of directors) includes one non-Cummings woman only, Cara English CEO, one man I remembered (John Caccavale) from the “Our Broken Family Courts Initiative” conference of 2012 + Treasurer Brett Sabatini (where the CPA for the other Cummings Foundation also had last name “Sabatini”), however CGI’s Administrative staff was all-female.

CGI-BHS FY2018 (just found over at the IRS) is mostly blank; it dn even enter the name of “Principal Financial Officer.”  Under “Other assets” it lists $2.2M of “Pledge Receivable Non-Current Portion.”  Just an odd, odd filing.  (You have the link).


I made screenprints, but have enough work just to upload (should I get to it) with the tax returns alone, attempting to keep straight who borrowed what from whom when, and is owed what by whom, characterized as “assets.”  This information resides on different parts of any individual tax return and needs to be checked or connected to (again from different parts of corresponding tax returns) on the other end.  For example, where CBFH says AEF granted it $1.1M (its mainstay funding in FY2017), does AEF tax return for that year agree (actually, yes)?


I’d say this latest school (it is one, technically speaking) — a Cummings-branded, Cummings-controlled and [Identity Not Shown]-backed” non-profit 501©3 vehicle for promoting his genius money-making (?) model targeting healthcare systems for his colleagues in the “psych” fields  — is fully in character with what I’d become aware of previously.

He seems quite the controlling (if not narcissistic) character, and especially successful at controlling young and some older women not likely to challenge the failure to show financials on the associated websites and related foundations.  Why would they, when a DBH conveys the opportunity to use the word “Dr.” when advertising services (see “Silver Linings Counseling” in Oklahoma, one of the ‘partners’). Also note: historic interest of the patriarch here in the field of hypnosis (Ericksonian, etc.).

FOOTNOTE/S:

Last-minute “Good Grief!!” footnote:

Footnote: Benevity, I mean Versaic, Inc., I mean American Onling Giving Foundation, in Canada, The UK, California — I mean, Delaware, and Florida — (from the State of Georgia), I mean… (ad infinitum)…”

The other one, in Florida, I just got an EIN# for (by address search) from Pro Publica, naming an “American Online Giving Foundation with EIN# is 81-0739440 for “Benevity Community Impact Fund.”  Said organization has a fiscal year beginning, conveniently for USA taxpayers, April 1.  While it may have been founded (as it says) in 2015, its first FISCAL year was 2016 and by 2017 it’s “new address,” has raised it says $606 MILLION, granted most of that out, expensing somehow $16M under “Other,” and showing Benevity (lead staff) Bryan de Lotteville (of Canada) as its principal officer.  It showed 352,225 donor advised funds (“DAFs”) and moved (so it says) well over ½ million THROUGH those funds, leaving just $9,000,000 at the end of the year.  These are a “micro-donation DAF” model, says the Form 990.

Oh yes — and the Florida Address AOGF shows legal domicile Georgia.  Get the general idea? This is ridiculous (and red-flaggable):

The Georgia entity only incorporated Dec. 2015.  It then incorporated as a Foreign entity in Florida in 2017, failed to file its second annual report (2018), had to get re-instated in 2019 and amended (change of directors) in 2019… I’ll footnote it.

Image from Sunbiz.org: @$@$@$

Copied with links from the bottom of “Sunbiz.org” re: American Online Giving Foundation (President:  Bryan de Lottinville) Document Images

Notice anything odd about this “last three years’ filing” profile from Candid.org for this entity whose street address in FLORIDA is listed now (Dec. 2019) as an “office” of Benevity, Inc.” which office was also paid ((per one FY2017 return I looked at)) over $14M as only one of two subcontractors for AGOF?  (the other, “Heartlands” in Jefferson IN was paid $1M+ but combined both together came short by about $0.6M of the total “Other Expenses” listed on the tax return’s Page 1, “Expenses” category.  While the main expenses were grants to other, this is still a lot of money — and for the involved organization to fail to fill out IRS (note: a USA contractor with USA government) tax instructions to describe “Other Expenses” when they are of a certain amount, on an attached “Schedule O” and such description should match the total shown (Part IX Line 11g) — but here doesn’t …. within two years of its existence… well…


Total results: 3Search Again.  FYEnds March 31, so the years displayed in column “YR” are the prior fiscal year (i.e., top row is for 2016).  This means, nothing up yet (in this database) for FY2017 ending March 31, 2018, OR for FY2018 ending March 31, 2019, and I searched this over eight months later, mid-Dec. 2019.

ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN
AMERICAN ONLINE GIVING FOUNDATION INC FL 2017 990 30 $43,854,331.00 81-0739440
AMERICAN ONLINE GIVING FOUNDATION INC GA 2016 990EO 4 $0.00 81-0739440
AMERICAN ONLINE GIVING FOUNDATION INC FL 2016 990EZ 12 $0.00 81-0739440


Footnote: Universal Healthcare | Kaiser Permanente | First 5 California and George Halvorson:

WHY EVEN INCLUDE THIS FOOTNOTE? (in plain color scheme, next paragraphs.  Below that, in my more typical footnote color scheme, as it came up in the post.  In looking at my Media Library for anything ‘George Halvorson,’ I also noticed him on the board (or some list of directors or such) of “BACF” (Bay Area Council Foundation).  Bay Area Council relating to the metropolitan regional planning schema in San Francisco, California Bay Area (ABAG, etc.).  As a type, it’s basically regional economic development by existing business leaders to direct the future of a region as affecting major infrastructures (especially: housing, transportation, and health-and-human services) (get it?) and doing this somewhat OFF the public radar where control is concerned.

http://www.ccfc.ca.gov/about/organization.html#members, he chairs First5 California, appointed in 2013.].

The relevance of this “Kaiser-First5-Halvorson” information to this post:  Like many, the Cummings family above seems to understand very well the VAST resources available to individuals and their private business es (plural!) by connecting psychologists, psychotherapy (briefly intermittent or otherwise) and the future of inter-related ‘psych-‘ professions to ongoing public resources in the healthcare arena, and how to monetize this.

The “DBH-granting entity (CGI-BHS, above) spun off Oct. 2014 from (?) Arizona State University where it’d been originally funded by the same family resources, per the available PR, exists to position new doctorates — professionals run through on-line certification by this DUBIOUS foundation of the many names and chameleon composition (based in Nevada, or Arizona, or both; shared EIN# between one revoked and another active entity, one entity started with $2.00 capital, the other with $75.00; yet running a degree-granting post-secondary school to position its professionals to engage in work based on primary healthcare resources (i.e., insurance-based, federally-supported).  This echoes, pretty closely it seems to me, what the same leader (Cummings) describes himself setting up as an enterprise system, decades ago utilizing Medicaid funding in Hawaii (i.e., WELFARE-based experiments on this new model)..  and, to go with it, INDEPENDENT professional schools of psychology, as, for example, the California School of Professional Psychology, later absorbed and now functioning under (last I checked) the umbrella of “Alliant INTERNATIONAL University,” main base San Diego, California.

Meanwhile, the California Protective Parents Association and mutually self-referencing groups, some in Northern California, maintain close alignment and referrals to resources by “IVAT” (Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma) which is itself a dba of Alliant International, but associated with a sort of lone-ranger personality’s 501©3 “FVSAI” Family Violence Sexual Abuse Institute” or similar name, under Robert Geffner.

Their hallmarks are NOT exposing AFCC, or (fully, adequately or any tools for individuals to fact-check the summary information they continue to put out) the US DHHS federal grants related to Welfare Reform of the mid-1990s, which ARE related to AFCC’s main lines of work, and taken together with the networked nonprofits, could also be called an enterprise.  Potentially a RICO-based one, operating “below the radar” where it suits them, and above it where it suits them.  The behavior is cult-like, and I must remind us, one feature of many acknowledged/major cults is sexual abuse and exploitation of its followers, with the ultimate (agenda), however religiously or affectively presented, in a single word:  PROFIT.

For readers who may be (separately) also interested in following things “First 5” from California (tobacco-revenues supported; I’ve blogged it), be aware that a current First 5 bigwig at the state level is George Halvorson, formerly top leader at (as I recall; the specific entity should be looked up, though) Kaiser Foundation.  Before Halvorson was in this capacity in California, he was in similarly high position in Minnesota.  [[**My children were (both) born at Kaiser Oakland.  I also had a long-term friend about my age in the area with an interest in the family court situation (but no children of his own) who’d had a long career working for Kaiser (senior project management), from which much anecdotal information on the corporate climate. The stress levels seemed to be nearly lethal; I witnessed this person’s very close call with cancer, after which he was pink-slipped.  I saw the man looking like a ghost, then later recovering, and looking MUCH better once out of that corporate environment.  There are pro’s and con’s to being HUGE and STANDARDIZED.  The medical aspects of it I also found (unfortunately) “aggressive” with a “cut-first, ask-later” policy.   To have the leadership of a controversial (though obviously well-off and highly influential, historically significant organization, i.e., “Kaiser” (in its various entities, which I DID look up, in part for the friend above) now being in charge of  state-wide commission intent to standardize and regionalize (rates for) young children (pre-school, child care, etc.) and — I’ve already posted this — participating in “fatherhood-promotion” as taking federal grants for it to saturate social services with trained personnel with this philosophy — and with a parallel statewide nonprofit network, VERY similarly named, to coordinate throughout the state… is, disturbing.  


First 5 California’s website is low on producing its own financials and within the last year or so, I found it had not produced an AUDITED financial statement (“CAFR-style”) since 2014.  There are many issues involved her.


Further look-ups: Dec. 16, 2019:  The FIRST paragraph on his bio blurb at First5 (California commission — that’s a part of government) leads to indicators of possible cheating, definite withholding, definite so it seems late-filing (or failure to file, so far, IN CALIFORNIA as an entity which has indeed received assets years ago), and misleading names.  The website is also selling NINE Halvorson books or at least advertising them, as a non-profit.

Taken from CCFC.ca.gov (California’s First 5 Commission, Members/Chair’s bio blurb) however as quoted and with emphases in the main body (i.e., above footnotes) of this post

The first image here (with thumbnail portrait) is from further on on this post, pasted here for context; see its caption.  The other two are from the website:

Actual business name seems to be The Halvorson Institute for Intergroup Understanding. How deceitful! to use a generic name to imply it’s about “us” when the legal business name (Note: I haven’t looked for any legitimate dba filing yet, which’d be at the county level, not state) on an outfit by a very wealthy, and historically well-paid CEO of Kaiser (and a group in MN before that) couple living in the VERY expensive SF Bay Area. Included here to show the street address  & Suite# matches that on (many) of the 990PFs (more recent) as well as, if you check it, the California Business Entities Search site, which I just checked today. THIS MAN is Chair of the First 5 commission (taking Tobacco tax revenues from Californians); which I found  and to my recall also posted separately (earlier) hasn’t produced financial audited statements (the near-equivalent of a “CAFR” although the commission comes under the state of Calif, whether blended or discrete component, or other, I DNR) SINCE FYE June 2014– in other words, since about when this man became its chair.

 

GEORGE & LORIE HALVORSON’s Referenced in his First5 Bio Blurb) pattern of NON-filing within the State of California timely, and a few discrepancies on which corporate entity actually belongs to the IRS EIN# shown associated with the website and a similar (but NOT) identically name entity:

In my about 20 minutes ONLY of looking into this, there’s already ‘Looks a little Shady!’ a back-story, including it having first filed as a 90PF with a Minnesota address (but the Halvorsons, both of them) with a California address, in 2013 — (EIN#463428382, FYE Dec; Started only Aug. 2013 (short year filing) the same year he was appointed head of First 5 California, above.  It apparently was late filing with the MInnesota Attorney General in 2014, and did not incorporate in CALIFORNIA but as a Delaware Entity allegedly incorporated only July, 2019) until this past SEPTEMBER 2019.  The legal name has the word “Halvorson” in front of it, its two directors are George and his wife Lorie, as are the main contributors (tax returns were found back to 2013 through “Candid.org” after locating the EIN# at IRS.gov.  Having only just now, FALL, 2019, Incorporated in California after the Halvorsons were reporting addresses in California since 2013, it’d seem reasonable that it hasn’t yet registered EITHER with the State of California Office of Attorney General Registry of Trust (as it didn’t, apparently, earlier — timely — with the Minnesota Attorney General).  What’s particularly irritating to me is that the website name lacks the family name “Halvorson,” is written in present tense only (doesn’t admit to any founding date), while separately, the tax returns reference the website shown above.

Nicholas A. Cummings et al. seek to access this treasure trove of primary healthcare for the profession of (especially) psychology and has demonstrated in their own handling of their own “business models” (the entities) an inability to summarize accurately, file consistently, or stay incorporated locally.  Putting this together with the overall narcissistic tone, despite some things for which I believe his accomplishments are noteworthy and some of the writing sensible– I cannot excuse the “failure to report” in involvement of the “Our Broken Family Courts” initiative things we all, by now, should reasonably know about those courts.
I also wonder whether his daughter Dr. Janet L. Cummings has been able to develop her own individual voice, learning curve, and personality within such circumstances when even a summary of their latest (?) project cannot name her contributions as a psychologist or as a person in any way separate from “Dad.”  If she is not independently strong, then who will stand up in such situations where “DBHs” are being run through the internet-based credentialing mill?  If the entire mentality is based on
“BioDyne Model,” who’ll counter any flaws for the same model — especially when no audited financial statements are even offered the public without specifically pleading for this.

To go back to the top of this post, click on its title! Three Tax-exempt Cummings Entities (Inc. 1994 and 2004 (co-located) in Reno, NV, and 2014 in Phoenix, AZ) and Their Family-Controlled Personal Agenda: Taking Former Arizona State U’s ‘DBH’ Accreditation International, Con’td. (#2 in a Pipeline, Publ. Dec. 16, 2019). (Short-link ending “-bLg,” about [now] 15,000 words…)

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