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One Thread, Many Images, (My) Basic Drill-Down Messages Re: NFJCFJ, AFCC, CAFCASS, “Alienation,” “Domestic Abuse Trainings” (AFCC does, too..), “Arguing PAS, etc.” [Feb. 20, 2020]

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It’s time to declutter my home profile on another media platform; time to unpin (without losing content) that fine-print, multi-post thread which has been pinned to the top of my Twitter account for over a year now.  Hence this post:

One Thread, Many Images, (My) Basic Drill-Down Messages Re: NFJCFJ, AFCC, CAFCASS, “Alienation,” “Domestic Abuse Trainings” (AFCC does, too..), “Arguing PAS, etc.” [Feb. 20, 2020] [short-link ends “-ccQ”]

A “bitly link” to some of this (Oct. 2019 thread, http://bit.ly/2LW3JxV)(<~~corrected link) is now on my Twitter profile, however the part below starting Sept. 2018 had much more content which I want to move, not lose, including I see a section on The Greenbook Initiative and involvement of Jeffrey L. Edleson in the mix of Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment, which the above (bitly link to Oct. 2019) thread doesn’t seem to include.

I also added (to that home page) http://bit.ly/2RUYOhw, a bitly shortlink to California’s “OAG RCT” (Office of Attorney General Registry of Charitable Trusts) “Verification” page, which has several fields to search — including corporation number (from Secretary of State database), FEIN# (which I wish to point out for non-USA people concerned about common issues with this blog; it’s a valuable identifier which can, many times (if not usually) overcome organizations’ tendency to:  regularly change their legal business names or use “dba’s” (doing-business-as or tradenames) instead, and when the databases you may wish to run entity name-searches on, don’t get them right, either (a frequent occurrence, I found….).


…These take time to assemble, still hold vital points of reference, and (as a whole) I believe also features my value of following organizations as organizations (funded corporations, and/or government entities taking and dispensing public resources — in media campaigns of various sorts (“Healthy Marriage/Responsible Fatherhood” funding streams for ad agencies and technical support multinational companies like ICF, Incorporated, anyone?)

(“Oh yes, and a nod towards our concern about Violence Against Women and preventing Child Abuse.”)(The latter best done, so it’s being messaged abroad, by ensuring ongoing father-contact, for the most part, no matter what…)

“All of the above will be provided, mostly, tax-exempt for people whose income remains low, in part, because they must live NOT tax-exempt living in the jungle of “service provision” privatized government concerned with where to hide, excuse me, allocate their millions for “Building Healthy (or Purpose-Built) Communities” …


So, this is my formerly pinned, now unpinned, Tweet thread, started Sept. 2018.  It’s far from perfect, but contains man y points of reference and images to illustrate them.  I.e., for example, AFCC collaborates and even trains (example from 2007) with NCJFCJ.  Both AFCC and NCJFCJ are tax-exempt organizations based in the USA.

For example, for those #ArguingPAS not promoting the public-interest values of “Reading Forms 990” and Doing the Drilldowns — Looking It Up (connecting dots, or showing where they just do NOT connect, on the various available databases, thus also revealing the completeness, functionality and currency (how long does it take any group to post its returns, beyond the legal deadlines, that is)…. of those databases, whether showing up on a *.gov website or a *.org or *.com one, …. if they were so concerned about the propagation of said Unsound Psychological Theory, they’d have long ago outed the AFCC that promotes it.

But they aren’t, won’t, and don’t do so.  This in itself tells you another operational value is in place for those individuals, and their associated platforms.

Without a question, not outing “AFCC” is core — essential — critical! — to the perpetuation of the domestic violence prevention initiatives across the USA.  With that geographic disclaimer, I can also say (because rather than join in arguing PAS, I actually do my drill-down/look-it-up homework, to the best of my (volunteer) ability, and have een for years — I can say (that is, I’ve seen) plenty of UK-based DV people (i.e., working or featured in various organizations titled after helping women, or preventing violence against women publicizing the problems with “domestic abuse” (as it tends to be called, rather than “Domestic Violence” in the UK) actually came from the USA, both male and female. Particularly what may seem on the surface like wonderfully sensitive, empathetic, and concerned men (authors, consultants. and or program administrators) are loathe to out AFCC or point out how from the start (1980s?) the anti-violence programming was centrally organized and by mutual agreement (for the most part, without majority decisionmakers being abused women) determined that a BUILD-IN of “Batterers’ Intervention Programming” was essential component.

Where that component (father-outreach to perps) wasn’t showing up enough, entrepreneurs like David Mandel (“Safe & Together Institute,” home base, Connecticut, etc.) made strong connections to women-led and women-focused organizations (and apparently were also welcomed into or in front of them) to retrain providers such that it was.

A click on “Media” icon may be necessary to display the full thread.  I’m still a bit new at embedding such things.

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These should display many messages, and some replies within them. If not, please let me know with a comment. A quick post here, hope it’s helpful…  I’ll be putting a link to this post back on my Twitter account somewhere; on the profile if possible, or perhaps a new leaner/cleaner pinned tweet with a single graphic.   //LGH.

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February 20, 2020 at 2:37 pm

Major Transform/Reform Campaigns [Regardless of Cause] Involve Branded, On-line Media Platforms. Keep an Eye on Who Owns Which Brands + Platforms: Do Periodic Drill-downs.. [Publ. Feb. 12, 2020, but Media Drill-Downs from my Feb. 2018 ‘Consolidated Control of DV Orgs’ Page].

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Post Title: Major Transform/Reform Campaigns [Regardless of Cause] Involve Branded, On-line Media Platforms. Keep an Eye on Who Owns Which Brands & Platforms: Do Periodic Drill-downs.. [Publ. Feb. 12, 2020, but Media Drill-Downs from my Feb. 2018 Page ‘Consolidated Control of DV Advocacy’]. (shortlink ends “-c9y, about 12,800 words; expect some post-publication edits, to add tags and for more fluency between sections.  Last revised Feb. 14th).

Blogger’s note: I wrote this post in sections some of which are marked by repetition of the post title.  Writing in sections is a function of the technology (laptop field of view is limited; I don’t write from home, etc.). As ever, I tend to add to the top, not the bottom, of any post.  Here, you’ll see the above title twice more mid-way and a fourth time at the bottom simply as a quick way to go back to the top.  Thought content within each section probably holds together more tightly than the order of sections.


About half (the top half of) the material is new. The newer part is more spontaneous and broad-view summaries, but also has specific details of interest on two media platforms from one current events story line out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

To comprehend the context of the domestic violence organizations in the USA — which entails unacknowledged, built-in conflicts with marriage/fatherhood promotions and characterizing single-mother households as a social scourge to be handled in the name of public welfare by a national policy promoting fathers’ rights — is beyond urgent and I believe just not optional, even if one’s home country is not the United States of America.

Consider:

(This section has many points of reference, but being summary, just a few links to them.  Generally, I’ve already provided the links on earlier posts or pages, many of them, several times.  

Because it’s written by my recall from prior research, there may be some (minor) inaccuracies in labeling, any of which could be corrected by looking up the points of reference, and about which I’m not particularly concerned for the purpose of summary here).

The foundation of “fatherhood.gov” as it operates now goes back identifiably and through the present to the mid-1960s in Daniel Moynihan’s call for action and a National Policy towards “The Negro Family,” featuring female-headed households as “pathology” because we were (this country was), essentially, it said, a patriarchy.

It’s been said that the organization “NOW” was formed in 1966 in response to the Moynihan report.  

I’ve summarized many things about the situation in the “Opening Spiel” of this post but am providing these links to prior write-ups for some further reading.

My prior posts on The Moynihan Report include one from Dec., 2017 and another from July, 2016.  There are more, but here below are quotations (their introductions, in all their colorful, gory fine-print detail, in two separate text boxes).  Recommended, not necessarily easy, reading, to comprehend what’s up with the domestic violence prevention business these days — key things most so-called feminist leaders of well-known nonprofits DON’T want to bring up in their academic writings, or with you.  Once you grasp the situation, try bringing it up (for example, to nonprofit domestic violence leadership, or front-line staff, in person or on-line/in writing, or other places) and see what responses, if any, you get… I already have…. I’m convinced these individuals have no shame, remorse, or conscience about the types and extent of information they routinely withhold from the public, and their clients, warm-body pre-requisites to ongoing existence as nonprofits.  

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Do You Know Your Social Science PolicySpeak? Can You Name Some University Centers|Key Professionals |BIG Foundation Sponsors|Related Networked Nonprofits| and A Basic Timeline Since at least The Moynihan Report? [First Publ. July 26, 2016; revs.2017 & (minor)2019. SeeAlso its tags] (WordPress-generated, case-sensitive shortlink to the post title ends in “-42K“).**  (“The Moynihan Report:” 1965, i.e., it just turned “50” in 2016…//LGH 2019).

…If you don’t, this post shows several of the terms, the centers and associated professionals, the foundations (coordinating with each other), at least a few of the associated nonprofits, and where HHS funding fits in….

This 11,700 word post is is well worth reading; if you do not agree on my connections between the various organizations and personnel, at least become aware of themthey are still influential today, as are the programs they’ve initiated and/or administered.  Call it the “Dewey Decimal System” (at least a labeling system by time, and some of the lingo) for Federal Family Design, the public/private-funded way. Call it what you like — it’s a good start at a historical roadmap. [Other than adding this post title & link, a habit I adopted later, and this paragraph, I haven’t changed the post from it’s July 26, 2016 details.  LGH/June 21, 2017] [**Shortlink ending originally mis-labeled “-42P,”  Finally discovering this (3+yrs later, ℅ my Twitter thread referencing it) I corrected it to “-42K“.//LGH, Oct. 8, 2019 ]

It’s Show-and-Tell time, we’ll start with the “Ford Foundation’s influence in sponsoring the Strengthening Fragile Families Initiative” ….

Moving on….

Judging by when Ivy League/East Coast universities (Harvard, Yale, Brown, etc.) and the “almost-Ivy” Bowdoin (Maine)** began admitting women as undergraduates, and by how much later than men (including freed slaves) women got suffrage in the US, that’s probably a fair assessment, functionally speaking.

**The Bowdoin situation gets to me particularly when, in writing this blog, I run across profiles of both men and women about my age, whose adopted policies (focusing on correcting “fatherlessness” and racism, not sexism) has impacted options for my children’s futures, as it’s clear 1996 Welfare Reform policies did.   “To Be Continued…,” it supports my point that the USA has been in many ways a “patriarchy.”  The “Bowdoin” discussion, however, involves key figures in education, finance and politics of the last fifty years; I’ll not burden this post with those details.

Don’t hold your breath on this one getting published, however, for the record, its holding pen is: Bowdoin College, Influential Alumni My Age (Founded, 1794; admitted women, 1971). So in 1965, WAS Daniel Moynihan Right, that the U.S. of A. was a Patriarchy? And Is it Still? (started Feb. 12, 2020, short-link ending “–caV”)

But while the late (and while alive, powerful on Capitol Hill) Senator Daniel Moynihan did come from a father-abandoned family, grow up poor, and was raised Catholic, he was not a conservative, or Republican, nor was his report phrased in religious terms.

It was phrased in sociological terms.

If fatherlessness was the scourge, his life seems to have missed the lashes…

Nevertheless the genealogy of The Moynihan Report, as I’ve mentioned so much on this blog, continues through today in the “Moynihan Award” to “bipartisan” co-editors (?) and co-directors (at Brookings) Ronald Haskins and Isabelle Sawhill, of Brookings Institution, functioning for many years now in partnership with a center at Princeton University featuring publication “The Future of Children” and working internationally, so its “Partners” site says, with the University of Cambridge (i.e., England), the Jacobs Foundation (Swiss, but care/of a German coffee-chocolate dynasty).

The director of the particular (Bendheim-Thoman) Center for Child Well-Being at Princeton University (Sara McLanahan), married to Columbia University (NYC) Irwin Garfinkel, I was reminded recently (i.e., I looked at her  c.v. again) is a sociologist from the University of Texas-Austin, which MAY explain why a Center there, under direction of a woman probably mentored in part by her (Cynthia Osborne, Ph.D. from Princeton, about 2005 as I recall) has continued “carrying the (fatherhood) torch under the “Children and Families” Banner  — University of Texas-Austin. (Cynthia Osborne bio also seen at FRPN.org (below) as “Chair of the Responsible Fatherhood WorkGroup” (first one of four listed there), whatever that signifies. I’ve publicized this often on Twitter also, from the University of Texas perspective).

You can also read about the U Texas connection to FRPN (and Cynthia Osborne) under the “Supporting Organizations” (not that the federal government, listed first, is an “organization,” nor is a website an “organization” either: very sloppy labeling pads the apparent number of supporters.  Sort these into entity vs. non-entity, and you’ll get some (trackable) nonprofits, and the US DHHS, basically.  Sample (the link is from FRPN.org):

Child and Family Research Partnership

The Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) is an independent, nonpartisan research group at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, specializing in issues related to young children, teens and their parents. Cynthia Osborne, director of CFRP, serves…Read more
“The partnership… is a …research group…”  [“independent” from what?  Independently funded? Self-funded?]
Consider:
  • At the University of Texas, Austin, the “CFRP” is not a school,  but a research group AT a school at a university.
  • At Princeton University, there are several centers; this one seems named (as often happens) after alumni benefactors, but the reporting entity is the university itself.  What money actually goes to the Center, and how it’s accounted for is unclear. Internally, by the university, it may have its own account code/s, but what about the public?
  • At Brookings Institution (also a nonprofit), if you read its tax returns, are the “Centers” accounted for separately somehow accessible to the public?

By definition, this type of focus on “Centers” [and/or university-based “partnerships”] clouds the financial accountability / money trails.  What, if anything, guards against special interests taking over public universities and using their established reputation to promote less than reputable causes?  Like setting up a virtual sociological religion within the USA by means of interstate networks taking public resources and (because so hard to track, how much private money is un-knowable, to most people) probably private, too, while publicizing through the on-line websites created and inter-linked?


I say this having seen many of them in the course of investigating nonprofits and professionals in these fields for this blog. It’s stunning, the proliferation of “Children and family”-named centers which on closer examination, turn out to be father-focused, especially non-resident fathers.

Meanwhile, Columbia University (with Irwin Garfinkel) also features, and has for MANY years, another fatherhood [Fathers and Children] center directed by Ronald D. Mincy, with former (or perhaps still current) backing by both the Ford Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  It’s got enough initials I continue to forget in which order, but, (looking them up now), they are:  CRFCFW:  “Center for Research on Fathers, Children and Family Well-Being.”  Mincy is Maurice V. Russell Professor of Social Policy and Social Work Practice at (naturally) the university’s School of Social Work. A basic search of his name also brings up other fatherhood organizations, and the one I mention in the next paragraph:  FRPN.org.  He also presented, I’ve mentioned repeatedly, at an AFCC conference in about 2000, alongside key domestic violence organization backers (the late Senator Paul Wellstone and his wife Sheila, from Minnesota).  There’s nothing ‘conservative’ or Republican about the Wellstones or, that I can see, Professor Mincy, but somehow it still translates to fatherhood as national policy under the label of “Families” (Fragile or otherwise).

Among the featured members (sic) of that University of Texas Consortium [and/or CFRP Partnership: visit and explore the website and their referral links] is a (non-entity, see links added above Feb. 13), which I’ve also featured on this blog, whose website “FRPN.org” (Fathers Research and Practice Network) turns out to be an HHS-funded project at Temple University in Philadelphia, with co-directors (how does one “direct” a non-entity project at a major university?) Jessica Pearson, Ph.D. (Princeton) of — get this — the Colorado-based and historically (as to Pearson at least) “AFCC”-connected “Center for Policy Research,” and

Temple University Professor Jay Fagan (who’s been at Temple, after his 1988 Columbia Univ. PhD, nonstop since about 1990)… He has articles published in a magazine (‘Fathering”) he co-founded, and a key association on the c.v. (also listed at FRPN.org under “Other Organizations”) seems to be the ‘National Council on Family Relations’ (19 references in 15pp c.v.: [Click twice to read the pdf: Jay Fagan,Prof~BA Psych (TrinityCollege, CT 1973), MSW (UPA, SchlSocialWk SW,1977), PhD (in__??)Columbia SSW 1988) |Temple Univ Philadelphia (+ FRPN.org), 15-pg CV Oct 2019 (see 19occ ‘NCFR,’ ref to the HHS grant (for FRPN) + only 2books (@ 2020Feb13)] The c.v. says “School of Social Administration” not “School of Social Work.”

…He is currently conducting studies on nonresidential fathers’ coparenting relationships and the effects of mother-father co-parenting relationships on at-risk fathers’ involvement with children… (https://cph.temple.edu/about/directory/jay-fagan)

Nancy Thoennes, like Jessica Pearson, long-time at CPR (whom I’d listed by recall; checking back the next day to verify) IS listed there, but her exact role isn’t quite clear.  The co-directors of FRPN are clearly Fagan & Pearson.

Images from FRPN.org; the “about” information is repetitive (circular phrases) and still vague.  See annotated image (as well as classic-looking main page, and footer citing one HHS grant only for 2013-2019, rectangular image):

FRPN.org basic screenshots ~~Screen Shot 2020-02-13 [Page footer, annotated]


Once you even start to look …**

**at this father-focused, Welfare Reform-based, HHS-grants (and contracts-) supported landscape

a few logical questions come to mind (they certainly have for me):

~>At what point should the also vast (but less extensive and well-funded) “domestic violence network” (USA) [See Roadmap on my Feb. 2018 page, and prior posts on it] completely lose credibility for not examining the connections between federally-funded “fatherhood.gov” and outcomes in the family court venues?

~>Does this domestic violence network in fact exist instead to distract us from that reality with false assurances [or hope] of safety nationwide? BOTH networks are federally and privately funded. Nor is the coverup unique to either political party.

~>Why should we even continue to listen in on the scholarly debates or expect /hope for good things to come out of this level of systemic (“you don’t really need to know about federally-funded fatherhood, the AFCC and other interconnected private [conflicts-of-interest] personal interests in keeping the conflict going…”) coverup?


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February 12, 2020 at 6:01 pm

‘Divorce Mediation [and] Domestic Violence’ (per a 1997 NIJ-funded report by Jessica Pearson, Ph.D. of CPR, (and now, FRPN.org) raises the question: Do the DV Industry USA Orgs. know about AFCC? (Yes!) Since When (I DNK: 1980s?). Are They Acknowledging AFCC? (Generally, No!). So? (Know Your Organizations!) [A Nov. 19, 2019, off-ramp from ‘Oh Arizona!’ Post, Publ. Jan. 25, 2020].

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Post title and shortlink:

‘Divorce Mediation & Domestic Violence’** (per a 1997 NIJ-funded report by Jessica Pearson, Ph.D. of CPR, (and now, FRPN.org) raises the questions: Does the DV Industry USA know about AFCC? (Yes!) Since When? (I DNK). Are These Orgs. Acknowledging This? (Generally, No!). So…? (Know Your Organizations!) [This Nov. 19, 2019, off-ramp from Post ‘Oh Arizona!,’ Publ. Jan. 25, 2020′]. (short-link ends “-bE7”)

**As published, I didn’t copy the study’s title right.  I’m fixing it in body of post, and, belatedly, the title, which recurs a few times in the post contents below.  The links are provided my posts anyhow; working on other aspects, I didn’t catch the error until today, Feb. 2, 2020.  Next inset discusses perhaps why.

Wording corrected in body of post, not the title above: It reads, as the links and now images provided make clear, instead:  “Divorce Mediation & Domestic Violence” in that order. I had reversed the order of topics and omitted the word “Divorce.”  This is a raw topic for me (as a survivor whose court-appointed mediator upended the restraining order (immediately), basic rights to function independently as a person (2nd round), and finally, to validate an illegal, baseless facts alleged and sudden custody AFTER the father had stolen (by refusing to return) both our children, still minors, on a court-appointed visitation with which I complied, but he, obviously, did not, i.e., in not returning them to my care.  


At the time, while in major trauma handling the situation (and my existing work/life commitments, which I’d built around raising the children, as I had been for years after divorce), it was made “abundantly clear” that I would not get TO court without going through, again, mediation, and that no way was a different mediator than the one who’d previously undermined my stability and basic rights to make life choices — twice in five years — if I ever hoped to see my kids again.  All this was without CPS involvement or any criminal charges or alleged abuse. This obviously impacted my overall view of family court-connected mediation (before I even knew of AFCC, who I then learned were efficiently and relentlessly promoting mediation/conciliation courts, etc. over the decades in California and in specific hotspots across the USA).//LGH Feb. 2, 2020.

The earlier (1997) study and Award#:

Divorce Mediation & Domestic Violence, (<~~link to the pdf) Found at NCJRS, Doc’t. 164658:

USDOJ / NIJ Award# 93-NIJ-CX-0036.  (Lead author Jessica Pearson).

(Four images from the front matter of this 235-pager! added only Feb 1, 2020):

The later (2011) study and Award#:

Intimate Partner Abuse in Divorce Mediation:  Outcomes from a Long-Term Multi-cultural Study (multi-author, most from Arizona State University, first listed, Connie J.A. Beck).  The one I previously blogged, last November.

US DOJ Award#  2007-WG-BX-0028 (see nearby image from NCJRS.gov; image caption holds link to the pdf)

‘IntimatePartnerAbuse in DivMed’tn|Outcomes frm a Long-Term Multi-cultural Study’ (NCJRS.gov doct’ 236868 Dec 2011) USDOJ-NIJ Grant 2007WG-BX-0028 Beck,ConnieJA+4 (SrchResults ‘Dingwall’)~~ SShot 2019Nov08 FRI PST @3.55.33 PM

 

Jan. 25, 2020, Pre-Publication (Impromptu) Preview,  for a post in Draft since Nov. 2019

This about 8,800-word post does not, as I’d imagined it, lay out screenshots of the subject matter NIJ-funded report, but it does lay out many other valuable points I believe (and notice, generally) are still timely.  I’m publishing it now “WYSIWYG” (What You See Is What You Get) in part because I’ve had to face up to the impact of an obsolete (software) and temperamental laptop as input device, combined with a too-small cellphone (which has updated software, but not screenprint annotation capacity at that miniature size, a function I need to communicate) upon speed of output.

Some days I spent what seems like (over time) hours just waiting /hoping for keystrokes to process, or windows to open. A completely new laptop (or significantly larger cellphone) isn’t in the budget, so “what next?” is a constant issue.  I do have an old iPad I’m hoping to get on-board somehow.

My laptop is like the “whiteboard” of a conference room, or the powerpoints, or the handouts:  without the visuals and without personal contact, presenting to interested groups, the communication media is just not effective enough for the situations we face and message (a comprehensive one) I have to deliver. The blog and images stored and uploaded from the laptop, for now, are what I can point to in informal and more dynamic settings; it has more depth and scope than those settings usually will.  They have been indexed, organized, and for the most part labelled in systems developed over the lifespan of this blog (about a decade).  Cellphone snapshots – oh so easy to take — have not been so indexed, labeled, and organized yet, nor do the devices communicate well by “the cloud.”

ON MY MIND TODAY:

I spent today (painfully slow operating system) reviewing again the self-reported financials of a fairly well-known San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit copying (so it seems) the missions and tactics of one in the D.C. Area. The former is FVAP (“FVAPlaw.org” (EIN#454726212, searchable HERE for the 990s ) and the latter DVLEAP.

FVAP began in 2012, right out of UC Berkeley School of Law, with a co-founder (Nancy K.D. Lemon) having been key in developing some of the DV protocol and even law school curriculum itself for California. One of her? mentored law students (Sonya Passi) now has her own (spinoff) nonprofit (“FreeFrom”), but apart from that, FVAP Board shows overlap (at a minimum, with Family Violence Law Center, Inc., which also works with/at the 2006 (groundbreaking)ff, separately, the  Alameda County Family Justice Center (“ACJFCJ”).   The ACJFCJ, which I’ve done drill-downs on years ago, and viewed again quickly today (like FVAP, it’s also in Oakland, California, and area I felt it necessary to LEAVE a year and a half ago, for my own safety and sanity), calls itself both government (“A Division of the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office) and a 501©3, on separate pages. It has a “Donate Button” which, separately, using the SAME NAME (with an “inc.” attached on that page).  In reality, there is a 501©3 functioning as a sort of collaborative public/private venture and home to (judging by the “Partners” page) several other nonprofits, and separating the “District Attorney” (County office, government) from the 501©3 nonprofit would be tricky.  Ownership of real estate, leases, etc. involved.

Neither DVLEAP nor FVAP (nor, for that matter, the ACJFCJ) is about to “out” the AFCC.  Neither breathes a word about the reality of welfare-reform-based marriage/fatherhood (or access and visitation) grant-making by the US Federal Government, as budget-appropriated to the US Department of HHS (which administers welfare (and child support enforcement grants), among other things) by the U.S. Congress, as POSSIBLY part of the challenge these nonprofits and the people they say they were organized to help are dealing with.

JUST POSSIBLY — are we supposed to think this? — ANYONE WHO RUNS ACROSS THOSE REALITIES WHICH SHED A DIFFERENT LIGHT ON THE DV ORG’S ACTIVITIES MUST BE “IMAGINING IT” — LIKE THAT ABUSE WE REPORTED, IT MUST JUST ALL BE IN OUR HEADS, OR WE’RE EXAGGERATING… MAYBE AFCC ISN’T REAL (OR RELEVANT)… MAYBE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OVER THE (ABOUT TWO DECADES NOW) of marriage/fatherhood and access/visitation HHS grants… DON’T REALLY COUNT EITHER… HOWEVER, IF THEY “DON’T REALLY COUNT” IN FAMILY COURT (WHILE IT’S OBVIOUS THEY WERE INTENDED TO), THEN WHY NOT STOP THEM?  JUST CURTAIL THE FLOW OF FUNDS…. MAYBE THEN THE DV ORGS WOULD BE MORE SUCCESSFUL IN THEIR STATED INTENTS: (FVAP: “GIVING SURVIVORS A SECOND CHANCE AT JUSTICE


But apart from this, I noticed today how FVAP’s reporting of its own federal grants is internally inconsistent [a] within its own Forms 990 (tax returns), and [b] between the Forms 990 and Audited Financial Reports, more than as indicated on the one place in a Form 990 designated to explain that difference:  Part XI (“Reconciliation.”)  In short, beyond the truly offensive coverup of AFCC and the “HHS Factor” IN the family court fiascoes for domestic violence survivors by DVLEAP (started earlier this century) and FVAP (again, only 2012), for FVAP there’s also a significant discrepancy in labeling of government “funding”  — whether it’s GRANTS or CONTRACTS (although both are revenues).  You can also see from their summary Form 990 it’s making a profit every year, AND that a major source of revenues is, in short “government.”

I already know to show this I’d need visuals and arrows pointing to compare one part (on one page) to another.  Between other pressing (personal) projects, topics, and what it’ll probably take to replace or update this laptop, I decided to “punt” on this post and just hit publish, “AS-Is.”

There are always newly groomed groups of traumatized or angry parents (especially mothers seeing that domestic abuse minimized or discredited when they report within the family court systems) coming up who’ve NOT been made aware of system basics — clearly the lawyers and psychologists individually, or together, aren’t so inclined — they want to be protect their turf, have the satisfaction of training and mentoring new professionals to (like them) ignore the economics, AFCC and things not (can I say this now?) progressive or politically correct LEFT enough, and minor details like “jurisdiction” and who set up these family courts that need to much of their special attention in the first place?  Some of their colleagues, perhaps?

Even in a bit rough format, I’ll bet this post has some news for the “newbies,” and might, I hope, explain why I’m not a real joiner when it comes to whom to RT, reblog, repost and refer people to in the DV (or “fix the family courts that aren’t fair to DV survivors”) fields, even as myself a survivor. I don’t think in those terms.  I just go for the guts of any corporation (which most tax-exempts are), and I use a crude, but still penetrating form of “X-ray” — I read their tax returns and where available, financial statements (audited), ESPECIALLY where reports bearing the name of some US DOJ (OVW or Victims of Crime or other) grant number is acknowledged in the footers of the introductory pages.  … or on those tax returns.

A grant is not a contract.  “Funding” could be either. When the general outlines come into focus on self-reporting of sources of revenue, the character of the organization comes to the front. I look forward to explaining what I’m talking about above (RE: FVAP) when a more effiecent and functional electronic platform (hardware input device) becomes available.  There are a few interim steps I can take, which I will, shortly.//LGH.

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Post Title: ”Divorce Mediation & Domestic Violence’ (per a 1997 NIJ-funded report by Jessica Pearson, Ph.D. of CPR, (and now, FRPN.org) raises the question: Do the DV Industry USA Orgs. know about AFCC? (Yes!) Since When (I DNK: 1980s?). Are They Acknowledging AFCC? (Generally, No!). So? (Know Your Organizations!) [This Nov. 19, 2019, off-ramp from Post ‘Oh Arizona!,’ Publ. Jan. 25, 2020′]. (Short-link ending “-bE7”, about 1,700 words as moved; not now of course… Full title and link repeated below):

I started this post after publishing (on this blog) last November (“Oh Arizona!”… (The Career AFCC Academic’s Dilemma…, short-link ending “-bzx”on a 2011 NIJ-funded study about mediation in domestic violence settings within the family courts.  While writing that, I found an earlier one on the same topic:   ‘Divorce Mediation & Domestic Violence’, Found at NCJRS, Doc’t. 164658).  NIJ Award# 93-NIJ-CX-0036

The earlier one’s year was 1997 which IF you follow this blog, by now you know is right after Welfare Reform (1996).  This 1997 one unlike the 2011 one, does not  even pretend, that AFCC was not a key player.

POST TITLE ACRONYMS:  My post title uses several acronyms which will be briefly identified here in case they are unfamiliar but described for their significance a bit further below. By now in this field parents and advocates who consider themselves “informed” on the family courts should be familiar with them, but I realize it’s no accident that, generally, they are not. The public awareness gap (basically, blind spots) facilitate more private maneuvering of the situation out of view, while we are coached, encouraged, and conditioned when on-line to focus on other and argue about other things.


The acronyms are, in post title order: NIJ (the National Institute of Justice<~”An official website of the United States government, Department of Justice,” with the motto: “Strengthen Science, Advance Justice”), CPR (Center for Policy Research, Inc., a Denver, Colorado 501©3 formed in 1981), AFCC (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Inc.), and FRPN (Fatherhood Research and Practice Network, which is a website, not an Inc. stating it’s a joint project with CPR and  Temple University). I’ll also be talking about the CRC (Children’s Rights Council, Inc., mid-1980s, in Maryland), mostly because Dr. Pearson was also involved with it, since its founding.

WHO IS THE NIJ?  My Quick Pre/view from its website)***

As you can see the title includes my phrase “NIJ-funded.”  I only mention it because it funded the study I’m interested in impacting domestic violence and mediation as handled in the family courts. However, looking at NIJ’s mission and mandate, we might ask why, given NIJ’s focus having so little to do with the family court system, it was funding organizations and evaluations whose focus is the family court systems as far back as 1997 (if not further).

***Separately, I’m aware that Law Professor Joan Meier of George Washington University (known for her long-term association with “DV LEAP,” a small nonprofit, created in 2003(?) housed at the university) has received, or DV LEAP under her leadership has, funding from the NIJ, but I know less about the NIJ’s (and the USDOJ’s under which it was formed) structure and operations than about HHS, which comes up constantly in the context of: family courts (especially but NOT only in the USA), healthy marriage/responsible fatherhood promotions and infrastructure maintenance (i.e., all those websites with downloadable information, including but not limited to “fatherhood.gov,” and welfare reform I’d like to pursue understanding of it further at some point.


NIJ’s “About” page also says it was started (under the USDOJ presumably) in 1969.

Its list of past directors includes no women (although a few “Acting Directors”) until 2001, Sarah V. Holt.  I notice many of the appointments were pretty short: a year, or two or three mostly, until 1995.

The NIJ is the research, development, and evaluation agency of the [U.S.] Department of Justice

We are dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science. We provide objective and independent knowledge and tools to inform the decision-making of the criminal and juvenile justice communities to reduce crime and advance justice, particularly at the state and local levels.  [[About NIJ, https://nij.ojp.gov/about-nij, June 17, 2019]]

Notice it makes no reference to the family court, or even civil courts.  The juvenile justice communities overlap subject matter, some, with criminal issues when juveniles commit crimes; other parts of the “juvenile justice communities” involve “status offences”  behaviors like truancy (or underage drinking/driving) which would not be a crime for an adult, so it’s understandable why “juvenile justice” might be there in the larger context of “crime and justice.”

The family courts as set up, by design/intentionally also now overlap significantly with handling real criminal issues (such as assault and battery, kidnapping, causing serious injury, murder, child abandonment, terroristic threats, or child abuse, etc.) and what are notably NOT really criminal issues, such as divorcing, seeking perhaps in the process child support, or functioning as a parent separately from another parent.  

Family Courts and Family Court Divisions of Superior Courts) are by far a more recent development. For the record a “Court” is not synonymous with the word “proceeding.”  Obviously people did divorce many decades ago, but the family courts we have now (USA, and some other countries I’m learning) are a more recent phenomenon, or rather “development,” because they were developed; they didn’t just mysteriously spring forth like ghosts from the previously existing courts.

Under “How NIJ is Organized” (Page:  July, 2019) I see it has An Office of the Director, two science and three support sections, the latter including “Grants Management.” The two “science” sections (in this overview) reference these types of science:

Each of the science offices is composed of scientists from specific groups of scientific disciplines — social and behavioral scientists, forensic scientists, and physical scientists and engineers. While our science offices are organized into specific focus areas for administrative purposes, they operate in a multidisciplinary and collaborative way.

However the mini-descriptions of the two science offices, both here, and if you click through, talk about forensic science, do not repeat any reference to “social and behavioral scientists” and continue to emphasize the criminal justice system, not civil: family courts aren’t even mentioned.

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January 25, 2020 at 7:54 pm

Pay For Success Social Impact Funding (SIF) = Same Old Public/Private Pipelines, Faster Flow: Why Do We Submit? [Too bad was NOT published Jan 21, 2016, but is Now: Jan. 21, 2020].

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Post title: Pay For Success Social Impact Funding (SIF) = Same Old Public/Private Pipelines, Faster Flow: Why Do We Submit? [Too bad was NOT published Jan 21, 2016, but is Now: Jan. 21, 2020] (“-2Sr,” published Jan 21, 2016, at about 5,500 words).

[As I started this post in 2016]

Some of us are wondering where “justice” went as expressed in terms of due process and representative government, and what to do about it. Well, continuing to read, write, and research (regardless of whether I’ve been still posting to this blog — as you can see, I haven’t put out a new post since summer, 2014), I’m starting to wonder why we even still ask the question expecting it to show up, miraculously, in the traditional places — like courtrooms. 

UPDATE: About  the Title’s “2016 / 2020” (NOT Published/Published) Dates:

Yesterday, I was looking for this post as a reference to that (SIF) concept under “Published Posts” but finally found it under “Drafts.”

Since it happened to have NOT been published almost exactly (to the day) four years ago, is still relevant to what I’m communicating, and has information on both the AFCC and (related) NCCD), I’m publishing it now.  I’m also publishing it now because the post I’d hoped to get out yesterday, 1/20/2020 — such a unique date — just couldn’t be wrangled into shape or down to size: it happens!

The “public/private” issue it addresses remains important and has specific applications in the USA.  Other than the above title adjustment and these few words, and one re-run of a Form 990s table for the “NCCD,” the post is unchanged from as written in 2016.  Personally, in late January, 2016, I’d JUST been improperly forced out of a long-term rental (kept uninhabitable, but I was (circuitously) prevented from exercising tenants rights which did exist in the area) the previous month which may also be reflected in the opening sentiment. I was in a fight for housing and economic survival, for which “justice” would’ve come in handy...

I also just realized, though it wasn’t published at the time, January 2016 was when I finally broke that year and a half pause in posting on this blog with a different post, as I recall, in disgust at what was taking place with the David and Sandra Grazzini-Rucki family court case up in Minnesota and despite  key domestic violence organizations being located from the early 1980s right in that state. As usual, there had been AFCC personnel involved in the judicial AND custody evaluator decision-making in the case.

As is except for minor formatting checks (and while doing that, a few copyediting comments added within italicized “{{…}}”s where I thought it might help. I also on viewing this, changed the level of some Headers to make them larger.  I also added tags, and because I wanted to mention “Sir Ronald Cohen” (who I was originally looking for when discovered this post had been left in draft), added these two although the post doesn’t really deal with those topics:

  • “Big Society Capital (BSC) Oct 2016 SAID Bus School Case Study on SITF + Sir Ronald Cohen’s Leadership in the same in the UK”
  • “HBR-Bridgespan’s “Insight Center on Scaling Social Impact” + Sir Ronald Cohen”

By clicking on either of those tags, more information may be connected to this post. “HBR: in the second one stands for “Harvard Business Review”…

Another change I’ve made is to add a screenprint of the NCCD/AFCC section (from this post) near the top as a visual.

INCIDENTALLY: The NCCD (National Council on Crime and Delinquency) is an odd organization I’ve featured in other posts — odd because of how many other governments are recorded as granting to its projects, while it’s operating tax-exempt with the word NATIONAL (not “INTERnational”) in the USA and (so it seems) seeking to digitize the handling of people in almost any public institution within the USA.  A Children’s Rights group (founded by an ACLU lawyer) in New York was using NCCD as a subcontractor with an Oakland, California address which is what first brought it to my attention.

A distressed mother from Georgia’s comment on this blog referring to (another) NY-based nonprofit subcontracting with the NCCD brought my attention to that Children’s Rights group, in case you were wondering whether comments on this blog are noticed and their contents considered… They are…

Overall, this posts’ material blends well with the current post(s) I”m trying to wrangle into some acceptable shape soon…

//LGH “Early 2020”

AGAIN,…

Some of us are wondering where “justice” went as expressed in terms of due process and representative government, and what to do about it.  Well, continuing to read, write, and research (regardless of whether I’ve been still posting to this blog — as you can see, I haven’t put out a new post since summer, 2014), I’m starting to wonder why we even still ask the question expecting it to show up, miraculously, in the traditional places — like courtrooms.

To “govern” is to control.

Right now, it seems Public/Private Partnerships are actually in control and in a very tangible, identifiable way, the form of government (defined again, as control backed up by force:  particularly the ability to tax, and to incarcerate) — and not traditional government entities alone.

Over the past six years, as I tracked  or did “drill-downs” on one “national” nonprofit association or another associated with some primary function of government in the USA — and most of them also operating internationally, just like any other corporation might — I see there really is a network of organizations which, taken together, really do “shadow” and influence government itself.

In mainstream media, including on TV, major national print and on-line publications, etc., it’s not uncommon to report in the influence of corporations (implying for-profit businesses) as an improper influence on government, but I have yet to see a significant, ongoing discussion of the nonprofit sector itself (ALL of it) as an improper influence on government.

I’ve talked about some of them before on this post, and currently, have been looking at and will be posting still on one called the National Council of Family and Juvenile Court Judges.  HOWEVER, today, I’m talking more about the National Council on Crime and Delinquency as part of Social Impact Funding.

It’s time to talk about who’s in control when the unified, coordinated language coming from:

(1) sources such as Forbes magazine, representing of course, corporate wealth,

(2) philanthropy, as coordinated with other philanthropy and

(3) federal agencies such as the CNCS (Corporation for National and Community Service) and the White House [both representing of course the Executive Branch of Government, to the extent we have separate branches of government in the USA any more…]

uses such terms as “Social Impact Funding” and “Pay for Success” to represent  deals cut privately with a federal agency by those with wealth to invest, with “intermediary organizations” scattered across the states, and networked into “subgrantees” (all nonprofits it seems) to do the work that the public is already taxed in order for government to do as a great thing.

The power of common words, undefined, to “spin” what’s actually happening is nothing new. But the acceleration of this spin made possible in recent (decades) HAS to be noticed, and ought to be protested, differently.

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Arizona! (Career AFCC Academics’ Self-Disclosure Habits, Home Habitats/Economic Niches, cont’d.) [Started Nov. 13, 2019, Publ. only Jan. 3, 2020].

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This is: Arizona! (Career AFCC Academics’ Self-Disclosure Habits, Home Habitats/Economic Niches, cont’d.) [Started Nov. 13, 2019, Publ. only Jan. 3, 2020].. (short-link ends “-bAu,” under 5,000 words, with Extended Footnote Just a Few PRWORA-Explaining Posts from my Blog,” about 6,700 words, and an added comment near the top, around 7,000. I found some incomplete sentences and so am copyediting it post-publication Jan. 6).

[At some point, an obvious typo at the end of the title made its way onto the post:  Year “2010” for “2020,” and a different, odd ending for the title as copied into the post just above. Both places now corrected as I just noticed it//LGH Jan 21, 2020]


As 2019 entered its last two days, I wanted to post any remaining “In the Pipeline, Arizona” posts promised in November, although my head was into different subject matter by then as relating to my blogging, USA and global current-events, and personal life perspective (long-term goals haven’t changed; short-term options have).  Out of many drafts, this one just under 5,000 words and speaking plainly seemed viable..//LGH


THIS POST IS FOLLOW-UP with PRACTICAL ADVICE:  LOOK IT UP FIRST.  UNDERSTAND WHO YOU’RE DEALING WITH OR SEEING QUOTED MAY TALK EMPATHETIC/SINCERE (ABOUT HARM TO WOMEN AND CHILDREN FROM “DOMESTIC[1] VIOLENCE [2]. etc. [3])**

** [1,2,3] Added to here to highlight the variety of terms.  Terms vary by country, proprietary terms, and type of government funding sources, AND  they also evolve with the speed of collective dissemination as they have been for decades.  That “evolution” is also its own roadmap...for those who read the signposts and notice who’s erecting [publishing] them… to who’s co-opted the public-square conversations** and are (plural) in no mood to relinquish those strongholds. (**Basically, through access to funding for media propagation and sponsored chairs and/or research at universities; in various professional journals named by subject matter, etc.)

[1] Domestic, Family, Intimate Partner.  [2] Violence, Abuse, “Maltreatment”; increasingly specialized terms such as [3] Coercive Control, Justifiable Estrangement (vs. parental alienation),  or DV by Proxy.

When you follow the entities (and maintain some awareness of which specific “professionals” (whether in practice, public office, or academia) belong to which ones) which have built wonderful venues (financial/access to real estate infrastructure and administrative/operational resources) for private-value propagation at public expense, it’s easier to see changes in motion.

Understanding that the family courts themselves and the programs run through them represent a built infrastructure, in individual counties, states (US) provinces (Canada, Australia) and in some places, countries. The “Public/Private Enterprise” is key to success:  Private individual resistance to “harmful practices within it” isn’t enough to breach those built walls.  The public leverage — at least in the USA — comes from governments’ dependence on all our tax receipts to fund the ongoing debt, leaving other resources already available (collectively through government operations at all levels) to, as they have been, self-fund.**

**Those last two sentences referring to realities that only reading the Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (“CAFRs”) can really drive home, but those CAFRs give fantastic overview — at any level, understanding all levels interact with other levels of government — of the relationship of individuals to our (respective) country/countries (if dual citizenship) effective “coercive control” of our lives.//LGH Jan. 6, 2020.

This post also contains preliminary info on the Flinn Foundation which later posts may handle in more detail, as a supporter (with another private foundation in Arizona) of the “School of Mind, Brain and Behavior at the University of Arizona.”

Why I was looking at Arizona psychologists and people talking, “Brain and Behavior” — I suggest, take a look at the post this came from:Blurring Boundaries Between: Nations, Sacred and Secular, Public and Private; Continually Infusing More Social Science into (=Diluting) Law. For example ℅ Nuffield Fndt’n, or Oxford Univ. Press’s ‘International Journal of Family Law, Policy and Social Science’ (Nov. 8, 2019).” (short-link ending ‘-bxq’).

Right after publishing a post (Blurring Boundaries…, short-link ending “-bxq“,) I found myself looking for “just one more” fine-print reference associated with Robert Dingwall’s reference to divorce mediation, which find inspired this post.  I hope writing this follow-up on that “find” will be a quick task, but still it’s going to entail providing (or describing) a number of screen prints showing word-counts on just two LONG documents to make its point.  [<==Just quoting this post, further down as first drafted//LGH Dec. 30, 2019]

I will repeat this paragraph and link (with shortened title) near bottom of this post. “Blurred Boundaries” takes a larger view but ties it to current people, organizations, trusts, and a specific academic journal, with USA advisors from Arizona.  I’ll bet many readers were unaware of some of the (global) connections involved so deeply embedded with those fighting for ‘family values’ in the ‘family courts’… You’ll see if you read that post…(one contains the word “Pontifical”)…Food for thought…

Another quick quote from this post, below:

Personally, I found it amusing, but not so funny as to miss the opportunity to make my point:  UNLESS YOU CHECK, You’ll NEVER KNOW how often authors who are constantly quoting other AFCC authors are themselves AFCC.


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January 3, 2020 at 7:25 pm

‘Family Court Matters’ Issues Summary, At This Time: Right Sidebar ‘GO-TO | Current Posts’ Widget (Publ. Dec. 21, 2019 as 13th Sticky Post).

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Post Title: ‘Family Court Matters’ Issues Summary, At This Time: Right Sidebar ‘GO-TO | Current Posts’ Widget  (Publ. Dec. 21, 2019 as 13th Sticky Post). (short-link ends “-bUM,” about 4,300 words with 12/22 update; section (2) of (3) additions bring this to about 8,000 words as of 12/25/2019. (Detailing some footnoted organizations on the featured page… explained in context as it comes up). Though short, Section (3) was the main part — listing text boxes on Sidebar Widget for easier access.

This post further advertises the updated top right sidebar widget of my blog (by posting all its contents and marking the new post sticky) and features one of the pages which caught my attention during the update. The post was edited and/or copy-edited post-publication, adding mini-sections to the middle part, so while it no longer qualifies as “short” it still qualifies as I believe relevant.


For the straightforward list of Ten text boxes from the top right widget (titles and links) scroll or page-down to Section (3) of (3) announced by:

(3) (Lists Text Boxes;in diff’t background color):

However if your intention is to eventually read this blog, what comes before it –sections (1) and (2)  — shows what you’re in for and where I’m coming from.  Expect to be challenged and to exercise reason (plenty of reading), comparison, probably some basic vocabulary development (unless you’re an accountant or financial services advisor — and even then… the perspective differs) and to acquire non-partisan insight into how our country is run.

WYSIWYG: At this point, I don’t do consulting, conference circuits, presentations, webinars etc. so what you see here (and on my Twitter account) is what you get from me, except for any personal contact, which I generally keep to a minimum, in part because of what I have to say about the system and in part for how personal privacy relates to personal safety as it has for years…  If you want more or appreciate what’s here, please consider that DONATE button (suggested minimum: $10.00).

//LGH Dec. 25, 2019 update…  


(Filename: “LGH|FCM Go-To Widget Update (images 1,2) + ‘More Resources’ Widget (Img3, just to reference ‘Widget’ Definition) ~~3 SShots 2019Dec21 Sat..” 

This “GO-TO | Current Posts” widget provides handy links to other parts (Pages or Posts) of the blog in the form of ten custom-html (specially formatted by me) text boxes.  Each contains a link to another page or post with basic identifying detail (title, date published, shortlink, some, a bit more).  Because widget contents are not pre-set, I get to name the widget and add text boxes (with or without links — for this widget, I featured WITH links) to other parts of the blog.  Its updated label now reads:

“GO TO” Widget for: Current Posts (12 Sticky on top:–>incl. Tables Of Contents and Other Featured Posts marked ‘Sticky’) (This one “Widget” holds Ten Boxes=Doorways to other posts or pages). Last Updated 21 Dec. 2019.

See nearby image, with bright-yellow background, which only shows the above widget title, the first text box and just part of the second one, which together represent the two “Static” pages on this blog.  There used to be just one static page, around January, 2018, I restructured to separate the home page from the one were posts appear, requiring some basic navigation pointers, such as this Go-To widget.

Of this post: Sections (1) and (2) state why this post at this time; (2) describes a certain page (“For example, National Children’s Alliance…”) I felt appropriate to advertise again.  In this section, the longest on this post, I get on the soap-box, with megaphone, to re-state some principles that page illustrates and say why they matter so much to such things as “informed consent” in “government of, by, and for the People,” (USA).

[Adding a few paragraphs to characterize Section (2), Dec. 22]

Understanding even just a few basic principles [I address two:  “A Program is not a Person,” and “A Budget is not a Balance Sheet,” encourages fact-checking, which leads to understanding (seeing) where the most basic “understanding” has been systematically derailed to substitute the rhetoric of sales/propaganda for the basics of accountability and transparency.  Knowing to look for the “entity” in any claimed services (which will entail financing) alerts us to where the promotion of the same services attempts to distract from following the finances by concealing the name of the involved entities.

The page I featured (shown below in colorful text and an image) dealing with the basic topic of Child Abuse Prevention and Child Advocacy Organizations by name, including one with historic association with M.D. Eli Newberger who (years ago) became involved as an expert witness (if I recall it right) in protesting the confirmation of a Connecticut GAL as judge on the basis of extreme child abuse (sexual abuse of a minor by the father, with medical evidence); the mother had been put on supervised visitation specific to some shady people/groups, and was both traumatized and, understandably, broke.  The year was about 2011-2012, I posted it actively at the time, with others, and the venue (if I recall it right) was a certain court known as a “high-conflict” one (cases could be referred to it from anywhere in the state) with known AFCC officials.  I was not the only blogger or reporter involved in calling attention to this scenario .

You cannot get much more relevant to the issue of “Family Courts” than this situation … however my featured post doesn’t talk about that — it talks about two different nationally networked “child abuse prevention” nonprofits and their self-descriptions as opposed to their financials.  It also so happened that a known AFCC-member-originated nonprofit called “Kids’ Turn” which I’d been tracking had submerged itself under one of the nationally networked child abuse prevention nonprofits, “SF CAPC” which then suddenly changed its name again to “Safe & Sound” in 2017, and continued running the trademarked curriculum, featuring “parental alienation prevention.”  This topic is also referenced on my Front Page at some length. //LGH Dec. 22, 2019.

Below that, Section (3) just lists the ten text boxes in wider format.  It’s a straight copy except brief labels to each of those boxes, and here, enlarging the font size which on the sidebar I miniaturized to take up less space.  Section (3) has a certain border and background color:  Look for this, which marks the start of it (as well as a very large “(3)” heading):

(TEXT BOX 1 – CURRENT POSTS (Static “Posts Page” of this blog).


Sections (1), (2), and (3) begin here:


(1)  WHY THIS POST AT THIS TIME

This post addresses a technical difficulty I’ve noticed:  when accessing this blog through a cell-phone (at least the version I have), the right sidebar is hard to find.

The right sidebar provides basic navigation and featured post links and short-bursts of content for overviews of the materials I blog. I’d just been updating it, again with considerable effort detailing the format html (size, style, border, background color, etc.), adding another information box (post reference) for TOC 2017 which somehow had been bumped off the top 12 sticky posts, and in general, administrative house-keeping for clarity.  For the extra effort put in to things not cell-phone friendly (readily accessible or even visible only to people with laptops or computers) made no sense and a post to correct the situation did make sense.

(Image filename only): “LGH|FCM Go-To Widget Update (images 1,2) + ‘More Resources’ Widget (Img3, just to reference ‘Widget’ Definition) ~~3 SShots 2019Dec21 Sat PST @ {exact time, “NOYB”}.png”

Because this post adds a snapshot (version as of this date) of my top-right sidebar “GO-TO” widget, it complements two other July, 2019, posts shown within a different sidebar widget, which I named “More Resources.”**  Those two posts (as displayed within that widget) have similar functions, but off-ramped different parts of my sidebar.  The purpose of “More Resources” was to fully delete more text and link widgets; the overall purpose was shortening that sidebar, but the purpose here of posting contents of the “GO-TO” sidebar widget and all ten of its text-boxes (contents) isn’t off-ramping (those contents remains in place) but another way to publicize them and navigate the blog.

**Full widget title (See nearby image):  “More Resources (a.k.a. Former Sidebar Widgets (FULL of Show & Tell Texts, Links, Key Posts and a few “DONATE” Buttons too).”

Like those “More Resources” posts, this one also expands margins from sidebar widths. Being marked sticky, it’s now become topmost on the blog, as #1 of 13 sticky posts, to provide extra navigation help for people with viewing devices which may not be able display that sidebar so easily, including navigation to things fundamental to the blog purpose, feature a certain page, and restate a few basic principles as I just described above.

My updated label to the GO-TO widget makes it more specific, by mentioning that it contains (currently) TEN text-boxes, the term also echoed in the Section (3) list below by simply calling them “Text Box 1” etc. Otherwise one might think each text box was its own “widget.”

(2) Featuring a Certain Page’s Drill-Downs

Which page (with its two related posts) drilled-down certain child-abuse prevention nonprofit networks, emphasizing two basic realities (principles).

[Section (2) continued to grow after I published the post, mostly to cover claims I’d made or satisfy further my own curiosity on some of the quotes.  Some readers may be interested in the references to tobacco-tax revenues-based public/private enterprise which was referenced, in passing, on that featured page (California’s “First 5” promotion of MIECHV-funded (universal ideally) Home Visitation). Explained when I get to that part…]

While fine-tuning this particular “GO-TO: CURRENT POSTS” widget, I saw one of its text boxes referencing a certain page (“For example, National Children’s Alliance…”) published Jan. 2, 2018, nearly two years ago, was missing the standard “short-link ending” phrase.

Clicking through to grab those characters and add them to the text box, I skimmed the page again and realized and was personally reminded: <>it’s still a good example of drill-downs on connected, shapeshifting, shady-language-using websites; <>it connects to two other posts, which deal with national response to “Child Abuse” issues; and <>how these networks tend to operate vs. how they tend to speak of themselves on the websites.

While here, I’m also re-publicizing that Page (accessible/shown in “Text Box 8”) as it supplements two related posts (shown in “Text Boxes 9 and 10” of 10) which represents a major drill-down,  I also talk up current principles still important as applied to specific  named organizations still impacting the “Child Abuse Prevention” and ‘Child Advocacy” fields (and influencing dyanmics of the family court systems) something of deep concern to, I believe, most people.

Much of this represented years-earlier work I felt important enough in January 2018, to feature on that GO-TO widget, but supplemented for this post (as I recall).


Once published and marked “sticky” this post (“Family Court Matters’ Issues Summary, At This Time: Right Sidebar ‘GO-TO | Current Posts’ Widget  (Publ. Dec. 21, 2019 as 13th Sticky Post). (short-link ends “-bUM,”..),” not the following page I’m showing) becomes (by virtue of date created) the top post on the blog (the ‘Posts’ page), making any references to “12 Sticky posts” outdated as it becomes the 13th.

This is the particular text-box within this particular top-right sidebar widget that inspired this post.


This Page (shortlink ends “PsBXH-8iP”) holds detailed drill-downs and supplements the next two POSTS (‘Chasing Down Corp + Charitable Registratn’s’…Pt. 1, Pt. 2) shown next (below) on this text widget)


This Page: is still relevant, a good read; deals w/ AFCC-member- (Judge-Lawyer-Court Services Administrator-) founded Kids’Turn, (and) Internat’l Parental Kidnapping as regards the Hague Convention; and shows HOW specific non-profit coalitions organize to trademark programs + obtain federal grants, while using mis-leading language, (several) name-changing rapidly (SFCAPC became ‘ Safe+Sound,’ etc.) and more..)

Because I’m listing all ten text boxes on this widget, the above paragraphs show up in order (#s 1 through 10) below on this post…..

How that now looks on the sidebar (except the red rectangle, added to the image to show which page I’m referring to).  The two related pages also show below it (Text Boxes 8, 9 and 10 below):

TOPICS on this (again, recommended reading) page include showing, with exhibits, how although “A PROGRAM =/= A PERSON,” public/private enterprise often talks as though it were, both individually (at the nonprofit website, at the government website) and as mutually referring to each other.

I noticed among this  January 2, 2018 “For example, National Children’s Alliance, Alabama-based (legal domicile) and its network of CACs and Statewide CAC Coalitions…” page’s many drill-downs (annotated images of screenprints from entity websites and from the associated tax returns, including showing how a single year’s grants were distributed nationwide to similarly-named organizations) it explains and illustrates the deceitful “summary” practice many organizations use of referring to a PROGRAM being run**  “anthropomorphically,” that is, as if it were a live corporate (business, i.e., private-sector) PERSON, actor, or (in effect) business.

**The obvious selling point of the entity to the public are the programs, often technical-assistance and trainings, often trademarked too, but to the operators and owners, the selling point is the funding streams with roots in public funds, sold under a cause anyone would be hard put to protest aloud.

Try it on for size (state as your position, using the pronoun “I,”) without backing it up by a presentation of how funds are in fact being utilized: how socially acceptable or politically correct do these statements sound? Could you sign on to these statements?

I am opposed to child abuse prevention and efforts to help children who have been abused, or to determine — on behalf of those accused of abusing them — whether or not and how much they have been abused.

Try that with almost any other popular cause:

I’m opposed to government helping prevent violence against women… I’m opposed to government helping promote responsible fatherhood and healthy marriage as a public norm.

There seems to be a bit more support for:

I’m opposed to single-mother (or “female-headed”) households as a public danger. …. I’m opposed to permitting divorce… and believe the public (i.e., local governments nation wide) should invest heavily in preventing it through extra counseling.

Unfortunately, that’s also often where we should not just turn off the investigative or inquiry mode when it comes to specific organizations and programs entrusted with (basically) stopping bad things and promoting good things socially. We should remain aware that human temptation and corruption does, indeed, exist in a variety of places: “high” (in the power structures that exist) was well as low (in the same). If directly questioned on this, who’d deny that these things can exist?

But what about when it comes to challenging specifics of entities entrusted with, or flying the colors (flags, banners, etc.) of noble causes like those administered above?  Is challenging individual systems of networked public/private operations as the same as challenging the banners under which they fly, as ideas?

BASIC REALITIES ARE OFTEN LOST IN TRANSLATION. THIS BLOG IS A CONTINUE CALL TO ATTENTION OF THE PROCESS OF TRANSLATION, and HOW WE MIGHT TRANSLATE RHETORIC from SPECIFIC GROUPS (websites, organizations, professional advocates in certain fields handling these issues, etc.) INTO OBJECTIVE, MEASURABLE TERMS:  SPECIFICALLY CASH FLOW (Finances).  Accounting for Accountability.

PRINCIPLE: A PROGRAM is not a PERSON!  

In basic grammar, the PROGRAM is the thing acted upon, launched, or run by a PERSON or PERSONS.  

Its position would be direct object of a transitive verb; not the subject of a sentence with a transitive verb taking a direct object. 

The subject of a sentence with main verbs like “launch, initiated, started, run, founded (etc.) is NOT the direct object.  A PROGRAM being by definition in the category of things launched, initiated, started, run, or founded***, does not have a life of its own. Being by category in any description of its launch (etc.) is the object acted upon, some person, entity or other acting force (in the position of subject of a sentence) caused the program to run, even as no software program, however tooled to, in chain reactions or otherwise, continue replicating itself, IS the same as that program’s designer.##

Paragraph footnotes: (***as are corporate filings to form business entities which DO qualify as “persons”) (##Considerations of “Artificial Intelligence” not addressed in this discussion:  I’m talking about FINANCIAL transparency vis-a-vis the taxpayers here…and ways to throw them ((us)) off-track in seeking it, or even knowing where to look)

Think about it: A “program,” not having a life of its own as a “person” it cannot be held legally responsible.  Substituting one for the other (grammatically, in sentence usage, if not directly, calling a “program” seeks to avoid legal responsibility, and no other legitimate (ethical) purpose…).  What kind of mentality is behind conflating one with another while talking about nationwide altruistic and abuse-preventative (in this example) activities under the tax-exempt status?

When the program is described as running, starting, launching the program activities, in effect, the identity of the PERSON in that sentence is hid.  In a narrative context where usage flows from truthful to untruthful, extra effort to decipher is required IF any intent to follow the finances and economic energy keeping that program going.

The two terms [PROGRAM vs. PERSON] are mutually exclusive and using ONE as if it was the other, where no “dba” (registered trademark or “doing business as” indicator) exists without telling the viewers serves little other purpose than to derail look-ups of who’s behind that usage (dba, tradename, etc.).  In these subject matters, that “WHO” is likely to be either privately funded seeking to influence public resources, or public-funded (through grants or contracts) but operating privately as a nonprofit, which reduces accountability. If you read (all of) that post, you’ll see my explaining this on an annotated image from the website.


STAYING AWARE THAT “A PROGRAM =/= A PERSON” KEEPS ONE AWARE OF USAGE, WHICH AWARENESS IS VITAL FOR SEEKING ACCOUNTABILITY, CONNECTION OF CLAIMED EXPENDITURES TO CLAIMED RECEIPTS FOR THE SAME IN THE PUBLIC SPHERE.

Without understanding the basic reality that a “program” is not a (corporate) “person” unless registered separately under nearly the exact same name in the same legal domicile (in which case, that spoken of is in fact two different things — with the ENTITY being the most important one for fiscal transparency) we do not understand basic operations of government itself, especially government dealing with the private, non-profit sector.

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December 21, 2019 at 8:17 pm

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

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