NonProfits: Muzzled, Compromised and Controlled
NonProfits have been muzzled, compromised and increasingly controlled by Federal regulations and oversight.
Recall the cousins of the “-Ism” Family: Socialism, Marxism, Communism, Progressivism, Humanism, Liberalism, and Relativism etc. Also recall, that history confirms that in the Ism Family, Control is more important than ownership.
The origins of the tax-exempt sector in the United States predate the formation of the Republic. Absent an established Governmental framework, the early settlers formed charitable and other “voluntary” associations, such as hospitals, fire departments, and orphanages, to confront a wide variety of issues and ills of the era.
These types of voluntary organizations have continued to thrive in the United States for centuries. In 1831, during his historic visit to the United States, Alexis de Tocqueville observed:
“Americans of all ages, conditions, and dispositions constantly unite together. Not only do they have commercial and industrial associations to which all belong but also a thousand other kinds, religious, moral, serious, futile…Americans group together to hold fetes, found seminaries, build inns, construct churches, distribute books…They establish prisons, schools by the same method…I have frequently admired the endless skill with which the inhabitants of the United States manage to set a common aim to the efforts of a great number of men and to persuade them to pursue it voluntarily.”
It is suggested that many early Americans embraced charitable organizations over Government programs because: they feared “the rebirth of monarchy, or bureaucracy.”
Those of the Mindsight crew can well appreciate their insight.
The Wilson-Gorman Tariff Act of 1894 was one of the first statutory references to the tax-exempt status of charitable organizations. In 1913 Progressives established the Federal Income Tax system in America, including tax exemption for certain organizations. Today there are dozens of pieces of statutory code and legislation governing nonprofit foundations and public “charities” and churches.
Considering the ever-increasing control being exerted by the Federal Government, we would be wise to review our history, motivations and goals of donating to federally designated 501(c)3 “nonprofits.”
Jesus knew all about “nonprofits”. Jesus identified the “Isms” as the Pharisees, the Sadducees, and the hypocrites.
Jesus instructed: “Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. (Or to receive a Federal tax deduction, credit, write-off…) If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.”
“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.
But when you give to the needy do not let your left hand (civil government) know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:1-4
Many leaders in Christian ministries today, are preparing to dump the tax exempt status, as 1st amendment rights continues to be disregarded by the current administration (See IRS scrutiny on conservative groups, the muzzling of military chaplains and armed forces; for profit businesses, taxpayers and religious groups forced to fund abortion via nationalized healthcare) and the Johnson Amendment continues to loom muzzling many Christian churches and religious groups.
Today, nonprofits employ over 10% of those in the workforce and are the third largest workforce in the nation. From the year 2000 to 2010, nonprofit employment grew 18%; while the For Profit, business sector employment decreased (-) 6%. Government employment, also a form of nonprofit, for all intended purposes, increased 8%.
There are 1.6million nonprofits registered with the IRS. Nonprofits under Federal control via 501(c)(3) tax exemption status include the sectors of:
Educational institutions, Schools, Colleges, Universities; churches, religious organizations, ministries; charitable; scientific; literary groups; nonprofit Hospitals (80% of hospitals are nonprofit); youth organizations; Orphan care ministries; community fundraising campaigns; local housing organizations; historical societies, and environmental preservation groups to name just a few.
Who funds nonprofits? We the people. The American Taxpayer and other international sources fund nonprofits.
Nonprofits receive funds for services, directly provided to recipients as well as from federal and states grants that contract with nonprofits to redistribute taxpayer wealth.
Nonprofits also receive funds from a variety of USA and international foundations such as the infamous: Seattle-based Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, currently the largest foundation in the world. This foundation was founded in Tax Year 1999 with an initial endowment of $15.8 billion. By Tax Year 2004, the foundation’s assets were valued at $28.8 billion, or nearly 6 percent of the aggregate fair market value of total assets held by all private foundations. The $1.3 billion in contributions, gifts, and grants that the foundation distributed in Tax Year 2004 represented 4 percent of the aggregate amount of contributions, gifts, and grants distributed by all private foundations for the year.
Recall the Ism’s goals as stated by one of their favorite sons, Karl Marx who said,
“My object in life is to Dethrone God and to Destroy Capitalism.”
Americans, who hold to Judeo-Christian foundations, would do well to recall one of our favored sons, King David, who said,
“No, I insist on paying the full price. I will not take for the LORD what is yours, or sacrifice a burnt offering that costs me nothing.”
I Chronicles 21:24
King David spoke this, as he was laboring to stop judgment upon his Kingdom; judgment that he had himself brought upon the nation by not trusting in God. This site that of land that David purchased, the threshing floor of Araunah, is the Temple Mount.
The Holy Bible
Gary Bauer’s Campaign for Working Families, www.cwfpac.com
Family Research Council, www.frc.org
Hillsdale College, https://online.hillsdale.edu/register