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Size Still Matters — So, How to Assess Who’s Got the Biggest (Most) Assets, Where Are They Stored, Who Manages the Most of OTHERs’ Assets (AUM), How Much are Americans Bankrolling Both, or Should We Be Measuring Something Else? [Started 8/24, Published 10/8/2017.]

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Post title: Size Still Matters — So, Who’s Got the Biggest (Most) Assets, Who Manages the Most of OTHERs’ Assets (AUM), How Much are Americans Bankrolling Both, or Should We Be Measuring Something Else, like Donations? [Started 8/24, Published 10/8/2017]  (case-sensitive short-link ends “-7up”)

This short, informative, and I admit at times flippant post still makes its points about distinguishing size of entities and ones that seek to present themselves as smaller (or larger) than they actually are. I also was going through some of the definitions of “syndicate” in reference to topics I was more focused on in August, 2017 (Tobacco-RICO-related), than I have been in September 2017. Those comments are on: Basic Definitions and Etymology (Roots) of the word ~syndicate. Syndicates can be formed for legal OR illegal purposes. Know the Difference! (8/26/2017, published Oct. 3) [short-link ends “-7vi”]

Still, with persistence, I find that topics covered in one context tend to come up in others, too. Some of these revelations (to me at least) continue to astound as to the casual tossing around of millions, or sometimes billions, of dollars from a given entity towards the cause, and from there to subcontractors, grantees, while being retained — or lost — as reflected on the corresponding huge and sometimes rapidly fluctuating, but always illuminating balance sheets of each entity.

Take for example the American Legacy Foundation later renamed “Truth Initiative Foundation(™).”

The post title, and this post, came from my feeling I should qualify the statement that the American Legacy Foundation (total gross assets around one billion, only formed in 1999, too) as being “monster-sized.”  Obviously, with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation being ten times its size (and involved in some of the same projects) — or a center under the CDC which involved a tobacco-cessation nonprofit I was writing about (because it was among the USDOJ Intervenors in the RICO Case against Phillip Morris et. al…) which referenced this nonprofit — that center’s 2016 budget was $1.17 Billion, I learned — size is still “all relative” (only meaningful in comparison to other entities or some outside standard).  (where it started, ca. August 29, 2017)

After publishing the post, on reviewing it more, I saw and decided to label its three basic sections, which may help people understand why those particular organizations.  American Legacy Foundation (first section) relates to the ongoing recent blog themes re: big tobacco litigations as it intersects with HHS and agencies under it.  The second and third sections below are:

  • 2nd section: CENIC (Corp. for Educ. Network in Calif.) & CITY OF HOPE
    • For non-Californians:  other states surely have parallel organizations, and City of Hope typifies what comprises a major healthcare operation, with its component parts as shown on their financial statements.  The takeaway here is, ALWAYS check for tax returns, but realize because of the networking, individual tax returns are rarely the whole story.
  • 3rd section: Forbes’ 50 Largest Foundations 2016 and its #2 Charity: The Task Force for Global Health & Related /Similar Orgs. associated w/ Emory University in Georgia.
    • Take-away here includes the tendency of organizations that get big — often from public funds but not always — to form spinoff entities in later years, often on the exact same website.
    • Emory University anchoring both Task Force for Global Health and (see that section) the famous “Carter Center” (named after former President Jimmy Carter and his wife) in effect clouds the types of in-kind medication donations, and in the latter case, millions every year targeted specifically to sub-Saharan Africa through the spin-off entity.
    • Not reported here — but I will post: I found through looking at board members, another small but still “iffy” set of nonprofits run by an Emory University business (not Public Health) professor. From what the tax returns are telling me, this is a legitimate professor using tax-exemption for illegitimate purposes (i.e., simply paying less taxes, write-offs, etc.).  That’s not what academic privileges are for, and has me even more curious about what else is going on in Georgia, and at this institution.
    • Organizations also tend to copy each other’s behavior.

I believe all the topics are interesting in their own right, but as usual and as ever, am still promoting individual initiatives to look up and look at foundations, charities, and of course the direction of government programming (especially under HHS) over time. I found that even turning away for just a period — a year, a half year, two years — major developments that are NOT typically referenced in the mainstream media, OR the “alternate” media supposedly correcting mainstream (“alt-right” or “far left,” “progressive”), although once you start looking some of the big ones up, the connection to MSM and headline news will become more and more regular.


AMERICAN LEGACY FOUNDATION SECTION:

American Legacy Foundation funds as I recall came from the MSA Tobacco Litigation settlements, a process which had been driven by some of the organizations mentioned in the (see next link) post, which in part was also pushing for major HHS/NIH (Nat’l Institutes of Health) expansion especially for biomedical research, also for cancer.

My August 5, 2017 post (ca 15,500 words) has many details, images and documentations.  I was studying some of the background of key organizations and of the related (driven by some of the same major players in this field) NIH funding expansions…because Congress appropriates the HHS (NIH is under HHS) funds, when I say “driven by,” I’m talking here about the ability of well-connected people and their well-funded organizations to influence Congress and specifically here regarding smoking cessation efforts on the basis of smoking causing cancer.

An Alternate Viewpoint on the Anti-Smoking / Smoking Causes Cancer! Campaign and its Syndicated (?) Backers incl. the Whiteheads, the Laskers, the NIH and the U.S. Congress (from SmokersHistory.com and Other Sources. See also Tobacco Lawsuits and 1998 MSA Settlement Funds ~~} American Legacy Foundation, now the so-called Truth Initiative®) (post started 7/31, published 8/5/2017) with case-sensitive short-link ending “-7na” 

(Check out the closing paragraphs on the “Alternate Viewpoint” post…)

For a general “size” point of reference, I showed that back in 2002, the “ALF” managed to lose $35M by selling over $8B of securities — but then again, it also earned $54M** $16M from dividends and interest the same year.  Then again, it spent $91.7M on “Other expenses” per its tax returns, of which (says the Form 990 detail) most ($87M) went to “Contract Services”.”  The other major chunk of expenses that year were $32M of grants, the delegation of most ($27M) of them being presented at least as uploaded to the databse which gets them from the IRS, in virtually illegible form.  Of another $4.2M (of those $32M) grants under the “sponsorship” category, the largest chunk went, unsurprisingly given the subject matter, straight to UCSF ($3.3M as I recall). Here’s that tax return, all of it, in pdf format:

American Legacy Fndtn (Tobacco MSA grants est 1998) FY2002 Sold 8’5B investmts at a 53M Loss (!!) 911956621_200306_990 (all pp, ptd 7-30-2017)

**correction — double-checking the $54M quote, I see that referred to “unrealized gains” part of the return, not shown on Page 1 summary.  This would’ve been shown in the financial statements.  On the other hand, $54M of the $91M (“Other expenses) that year was shown going to a single contractor in Boston “Arnold Communications.”

Three images from within the FY2002 return and one from FY2003 showing a $46.8M gain from sale of securities..  Which securities, one wonders!  Who is donating $8B worth of securities over such a short period (or possibly even within a single year).

 

ALF 2002 details some of the “sponsorship” grants — showing ca. ¾ ($3.3M of $4.2M) went to UCSF.

ALF FY2002 detail from a listing of $27M grants to others had been shrunk to below visibility, in explicably… and the entity is at this point only a few years old…

ALF FY2002, $87M in “Contract Services” is major “Other Expense” of $91M total.

American Legacy Fndtn FY2003, prior yr lost $35M selling over 8B assets; this year somehow they profited $46M. Where that many assets came from, I still don’t see reflected on tax returns.

 

The numbers we are dealing with over time are, by a normal person’s standards (supporting self, family, maybe contribution to charities, or saving for retirement, helping/hoping to send children to a decent college) are phenomenal — millions, hundreds of millions (regularly) and billions.  Plural.

But within these there are still degrees of relative size, there are types of donations (for example, in one example below — actually two — among the $100M+donations (or close to it some years) of donations, were in-kind donations of drugs, medications and related inventories for use in, (Carter Center Collaborative, Inc.) primarily sub-Saharan Africa.

Another issue that came up as I looked for some of the “50 largest foundations” on different lists, besides how they were categorized, is what are actually membership dues (contributions, technically speaking) are classified on the Form 990s as “Program service Revenues” in one place, and contributions (same organization) in another.  Also, in looking for “the largest” for some list — for example, Forbes had one — this often doesn’t take into account related organizations, which consideration of the tax returns would quickly show.

Here’s “American Legacy Foundation” (“Truth Initiative”) tax returns from that post:

ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN
American Legacy Foundation DC 2016 990 65 $957,381,718.00 91-1956621
American Legacy Foundation DC 2015 990 92 $1,096,789,302.00 91-1956621
American Legacy Foundation DC 2014 990 97 $1,151,506,314.00 91-1956621

It’s hovering around $1B assets (Gross) now — but it had its hands on much more a dozen-plus years ago.  See also my post published 8/19/2017 (continuation of this one) which may have more detail.  I looked at this again recently, took more “screenprints” and am considering posting a separate page just on that year’s return, to emphasize — what’s really going on there?  Why should the public be funding such an operation?
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2017 Table of Contents Continues Themes From 2016. See TOC for: (1) 2017 now thru Sept. 21; (2) 2016 All; and (3) Sept. 2012 – June 2014, Reverse Chrono, and (4) See Also More Info Below. [First published Jan. 9 2017, last updated 9/30/2017]

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(Rev. 09/24/2017 (format/appearance changes, adding TOC entries since March 2017) ~ | ~  (FYI, on Jan. 27, 2018, I just “unstuck” ALL other posts except this one.  This post is also readily available through a New Home Page which lists the Top Ten Posts (this being one of them because it’s a Table of Contents. The “unsticking” process is to move current posts closer to the top of the blog. Let me know (comments field) if this works better for you.  Thanks,//LGH).


For 2017 Link to this post for this year2017 Table of Contents Continues Themes From 2016. See TOC for: (1) 2017 now thru March Sept. 21; (2) 2016 All; (3) Sept. 2012 – June 2014, Reverse Chrono, and (4) See Also More Info Below. (case-sensitive, WordPress-generated shortlink-ends 5qZ, first published Jan. 9, 2017, second half of post title and substantial updates added in late September, 2017).  About 9,800 words.

FYI — at the bottom of this post is also some information on the $89M Assets (FY2014) nonprofit called “CENIC” (Corporation Network for Education Initiatives in California). (Here’s Tax Return for FY2015). I talk about it here also as a bit of “show and tell” for some processes I use repeatedly in the blog, whether on family-court-connected corporations, federal grants, or lookups of tax returns.

Blog Preview (Some comments added March 2018 — seven numbered paragraphs — but I may take them out later.  I’m feeling conversational today….) After that, a section (in this background-color) on my state’s (California) provider of high-speed, multi-function internet for those fortunate enough to be involved in certain types of universities or institutions within the state (and for which we all pay, indirectly through those funded institutions, increasing “membership fees/assessments”).  The times we live in….

1. This blog is not typical journalism, anecdotal reporting with references to the standard “expert,” the standard “injured parties” for a story line and some promotion of whatever advocacy group or foundation might be associated with fixing the problem.  I believe the situations we face run much deeper (and higher up the decision-making ladder), and I believe that the journalism reporting symptoms, while important, is a major distraction from comprehending and observing over time (in transition) reporting systems — and developing a functional vocabulary (as opposed to the one in standard use for “PR” reasons).

2. Beyond “system failures” (or successes!) of varying types, I found it necessary to start looking more at the macro level of how government and the philanthropic (nonprofit) sectors interact, and  report themselves, as contrasted (often) with what their economic footprints tell over time. In the USA, there’s a public sector, and a private sector.  The word “public” by implication means a government entity and as such, its revenues are NOT taxed, although as an employer it will pay taxes for its employees.  The word “private” means that which is NOT a government entity, for which different reporting rules apply.

3. When within the private sector there is the major tax-exempt portion, and the blending of leadership (for example, on boards of directors) or revolving doors (government service // nonprofits in sequence –or simultaneously) that action itself, given only government — not private corporations — can tax people, the power bloc is consolidated.  As typically consolidated, what next to do but talk about how to help “low-income” families or people — while taking advantage of the same through tax-exemption and — some of these foundations or nonprofits — unbelievably high salaries for some of the leadership, and major profits for the subcontractors.

4. A major difference between them is where any rights exist, and alternatives when those rights are violated.  I’ve looked at thousands of websites and organizations (and tax returns) over the years, and it doesn’t take too long to start recognizing which websites advertise big, and report small (fail to show their financials), or which may look like they’ve been around forever — but it turns out, they were incubated elsewhere, flew (sometimes “under the radar”) as far as reporting their existence through normal means, then are suddenly “spun off” as their own entities (with great graphics and colorful logos, complex websites sometimes).  Patterns emerge.

5. I told you in the blog motto, this is “Uncommon Analysis,” but it’s not “unnecessary” analysis!

6. Over the years, I would’ve appreciated more personal conversations along these lines — there have been some — but when faced whether to hang out with people who prefer anecdotal reporting with a sprinkling of “financial facts,” and those willing to look seriously evaluate where financial facts are to be found — and where they are NOT being found but should be — I’ll choose the latter, who also appear to be fewer.

7. This process is also subject to personal limits and the necessity periodically to deal with events stemming from the original matters surrounding (speaking personally) the reporting of domestic violence and seeking legal intervention to stop it. As I recall, I originally started blogging when it seemed that endless comments on others blogs buried information, delivering it in short burst only, across multiple threads.  When I found many people just re-posting others’ work which was being fed to them –and among advocacy groups for any cause, that can be risky (or, just plain distracting)….. The other thing I remember as starting it was watching websites  — and my hard-worked, researched, linked, and “public-interest” comments — go down suddenly.  The blog serves to preserve at least much of the information.

This tan-background section on “CENIC” added during post review early March, 2018. Below it, I show the Tables of Contents and explain how to access them (a variety of ways).

I discovered CENIC as an organization when it showed up as a visitor to this blog.  Its existence highlights who funds the increased capacity for high-speed internet and institutional connectivity between universities, school systems (in this case), and a few other places — connectivity that we benefit from indirectly, but in general cannot personally access as citizens so much as can the faculty and enrolled students or researchers at the various institutions.  (List of “BIIG” Associates and steps to full connection, where “BIIG” stands for “Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grant” (from California Dept. of Education) for access to a certain kind of network.  The main concern behind this seems to have been the ability to provide “computer-based assessments” everywhere.  CENIC.org website also has a “Connection Tracker,” by categories.  Here are those categories:

See also BIIG.k12HSN.org (BIIG 2.0) for more description of the network. The improvement was targeted to both schools and districts.; reference is to 2015-2016

It was organized in 1997 (says the tax return) and its main revenues are not from government contributions, but from “program service revenues” — however these are labeled “membership fees/dues” which would in essence be contributions — and generally coming from educational (public) institutions, which (say the tax return, and CENIC’s schedule of revenues and assets over time)  they only increase year after year. Looking at the details of the tax returns helps show where the weight of expenses and revenues is, and related entities, whether taxable or not. Here, one of the largest expenses for CENIC is “Circuit Leases” ($20M/year one year), while its two kinds of activities, one made a significant profit (nearly $12M — roughly) and the other, a loss.  The profit comes from the membership dues.

This next “…@Sep28,2017, 3pp)…” link is to a printout (for CENIC, taken in 2017 Sept) from the California Department of Justice, Office of Attorney GeneralRegistry of Charitable Trusts” — a resource I use a lot (along with a few other main sites to look up tax returns, or double-check tax-exempt status with the IRS) on this blog.  I’m placing it here for familiarity, in general what such a “Details” printout would look like, and some things it reveals about any organization.  The printout also contains active links to “Related Documents.”  By looking here at its “Founding Documents” one can see that certain universities and research institutions were original “Charter members” but considered affiliates — not “members.” (The Corporation has no “members” it says).

Charitable registries at the state level should become familiar. So should Secretaries of State (or as appropriate, other places) “Business Entities Search” sites at the state level.  Each state is different, but so much can be learned there- – including the state of those databases in the first place and how they are organized.  “Business entities” have to have a legal domicile — which should be located.  If nonprofit and required to file, their files should be looked up (i.e., search for the EIN# then go to a database such as “990finder” and look it up).  For government entities — look under the filing entity’s “Comptroller” or “Financial Reports” somewhere and, as much as possible, locate and start reading their “CAFRs”* to discover what, really, are the collective holdings of any such entity — as opposed to the budgets only.

(*A searchable term on this blog will tell much about CAFRs and link to plenty of others who lay it out well too).

Please take a look!  To get there, you may need to click once on the link, and a second time, on the “page icon” which displays there under my blog title and the image title:
CENIC (Corp for Educ Netwk Initiatives in Calif) Calif DOJ-OAG-RCT Details (@Sep28 2017, 3pp) CalEntity# C2031925, EIN#943289022, first funded only in 1997? <==OAG DETAILS page differs from these images from a single-year Form 990.  Shows entity growth over the years, and some of its filing habits (in “Related Documents” section) Check it out!

Click Image to Enlarge — this is CENIC’s explanation for its Gov’t funding (not in compliance with requirements of the simple one-page form). They did send in the FYE 2016 report, but “forgot” the $300 fee, says a letter at the California OAG’s website. (image repeated below with a better caption. Anything not in black and white is my commentary…)

CENIC website CalREN coverage + Backbone maps SShots, Overview (Calif) courtesy “Intermapper” (Image 3 of #3) here.

I believe there are parallel types of organizations in many other states.  Stated purpose:  “To Establish an Advanced Network Infrastructure for the Expanding Needs of Education and Research, for University Faculty and Students.”  It operates “CalREN2.”

After looking at its tax returns, charitable filings at the State level, and realizing how (a) late and (b) evasive it was on certain information required to be reported (i.e., specific contact names where there’s government grants) — “back then,” despite appreciating (not that I ahve access to!) the need for “multi-functional network” of the highest speed and calibre for educational (K-20) and certain research institutions, I expressed my, well, disgust, in the annotations to a part of its RRF.  (Also shown at the bottom of this post).


 

For 2017 Link to this post for this year2017 Table of Contents Continues Themes From 2016. See TOC for: (1) 2017 now thru March Sept. 21; (2) 2016 All; (3) Sept. 2012 – June 2014, Reverse Chrono, and (4) See Also More Info Below. (case-sensitive, WordPress-generated shortlink-ends 5qZ, first published Jan. 9, 2017, second half of post title and substantial updates added in late September, 2017).  About 9,800 words.

The Table for 2017 (with the last three of 2016 for continuity of a certain theme) is near the bottom of this page. It is current through September, October 8, 2017. You will see the header to 2016 with 3 rows, the header for 2017 and 53 54 rows followed by some more blanks.  That’s one of several ways to access posts for 2017. It looks like this  (notice the last entry pictured represents the post you’re looking at, “Row 3” for 2017):

Click to enlarge. Excerpt from Jan. 9, 2017 post explaining TOC navigation. If you don’t want to mess with uploaded pdfs or anything complex, find this part of the post and browse at least last three posts of 2016 and all of 2017’s posts. Other years (and links to them) are also discussed below.

Meanwhile, the “10 most recent posts” section on right sidebar is helpful for 2017, or if you’re handy with scroll or page-down functions (but not recommended on cell phone) go to the top of this blog (just: “FamilyCourtMatters.org“), scroll down below this lone “sticky” post with its abbreviated lead-in  (i.e., text preceding the “Read More….” link), realizing that lower down = earlier posts.

As the title indicates, the Tables (plural) of Contents (“TOC”) are in three sections:  <> 2017 through March, <> 2016 (all of it), and <>Sept., 2012 – June, 2014.  Post title also signals that besides the tables of contents, this post has <> more info below.  

The next three links pull up those three TOC for better browsing in a form whereby any post displayed on that table can be reached by clicking on its name after clicking on the link to bring up the pdf.  The next inset box is just in case a little vocabulary might further help navigate what follows.
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