Case in point, consider John D. Rockefeller’s Foundation and it’s impacts on public education:
‘This is the result of an education system that has been foisted on this nation and its been that way since Rockefeller and Carnegie pulled American farmers into their factories in the early 1900s. In 1902, John D. Rockefeller created the General Education Board at the ultimate cost of $129 million. The GEB provided major funding for schools across the nation and was very influential in shaping the current school system. As Rockefeller put it, “I don’t want a nation of thinkers, I want a nation of workers.” Even more compelling are the words of Frederick T Gates, business advisor to Rockefeller: “We shall not try to make these people or any of their children into philosophers or men of learning or of science. We are not to raise up among them authors, orators, poets, or men of letters. We shall not search for embryo great artists, painters, musicians….”’
Explains a lot, doesn’t it. (By “them” he meant us.)
Quite frankly , this is what many of the wealthy Western nations use foreign aid for. They rob and pillage third world Countries via their Corporations working in conjunction with their military (used to protect “human rights” /s) and then use aid to either make it look like they care about the peoples being robbed or to use those Aid organizations to infiltrate said Country so as to help keep their grip on its Government.
Sure we will give you aid but you have to ensure you have a “free market” and it open to foreign investment
Or here is 5 million dollars to help feed the poor . Oh by the way that arms purchase of 200 million dollars you are going to make…have we got a tank for you.
Brilliant Article, Alexi Jenkins you have done a superb job of exposing the truth behind the Non-Profit scam.
Of course the super rich have found another loop-hole to avoid paying taxes, set up a Foundation, draw a large salary to run it and once a year give a check to an organization that you have invested in just to comply with the rules.
Taking all those Billions of dollars out of the treasury means we all have to pay more taxes to support the Military that protects their money and pay for the infrastructure that keeps their business healthy.
This is a Con Job if ever I saw one. Those lower income folks living below the Poverty level have to depend on the Kindness of Strangers running a Non-Profit organization in order for them to receive services that help them survive. Disgraceful.
Put those Billions of dollars back in the system, let the Billionaires pay their fair share of taxes, and let us democratically improve services to those in need like: Increase Social Security benefits, establish Medicare For All, etc. instead of waiting for a handout from Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates or Warren Buffet. Depending on the Kindness of Strangers does not work.
Thank you, Alexi Jenkins, for telling the truth. Foundations are also keeping neoliberal media outlets like NPR afloat. Think: the Pew Charitable Trust, the Alfred Sloane Foundation, etc. And some foundations exist to promote flat-out Koch-related rightwing agendas, like the John Templeton Foundation. It’s a yuuuuuuge scam. Someone should publish foundation executives’ salaries.
Give till it hurts
(Those it “helps”)
While I am not an expert, I thought that non-profits were required to declare on their tax returns the names and salaries of the top-10 earning people at that non-profit. I saw one of these declarations, although it was not easy to find, of course. Even worse than these are “family foundations” that barely spend any of their money and usually do so for the direct or indirect benefit of the family members.
have you tried charitynavigatordotorg
More articles by this writer please! (That is, if she has the time.) Best: she continues to work for a non-profit while fearlessly exposing the structure under which she works. inspiring.
Let’s not forget too that many nonprofit CEOs are paid handsomely…obscenely.
too broad a brush in attacking non-profits so extensively. There are many that do good work. And it leaves off the most egregious examples of
wasteful charitable donations - those given to religious organizations. Many of them really run a scam - give us your money now, you will be rewarded when you die
Most of our social services are provided by non-profits, funded by government and philanthropic contributions. They provide a very large employment sector for many people, making the organizations structurally dependent on the continued existence of the problems they are supposed to address. Systemic social change is deeply resisted by this mechanism, which basically amounts to harvesting the poor. Worse, the money that pays for staff generally does not make its way into the actual community, undermining the community’s ability to build wealth and equity. Subsidized housing for the poor provides money for wealthy landlords, not low income residents, for example. Social agency workers generally do not live in the low income neighborhoods where they provide services. The non-profit sector enables us to colonize poverty and related social problems.