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February 19, 2012

Fiscal Sponsor for 200+ Progressive Non-Profits Collapses with over $1 Million Missing

By Rob Kall

Opednews.com was one of over 200 small non-profit organizations that had funds vanish. There are a number of articles, the major ones listed below, which tell the sad tale.

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Opednews.com was one of over 200 progressive non-profit organizations that had substanital funds vanish. What all of these organizations had in common was their non-profit 501c3 fiscal sponsor known as the International Humanities Center, or IHC. The IHC provided donation processing  services for the non-profit organizations including OEN.

Several detailed articles have been written on the failure of the IHC, and these are linked to below for those interested in the sad tale of how all these progressive organizations lost much of their current operating funds.

As a reader of Opednews, and perhaps a donor, you'll want to know that OEN lost about $10,000 of funding donated to us from members when the IHC failed. Some of the other sponsored organizations lost much more money. The failure of the IHC is currently under investigation.

Fortunately, because of interventions Opednews took six months earlier and again in early January,  at least $5000 in other donations were protected.  Opednews is still in the process of doing due diligence to identify a new non-profit 501c3 fiscal sponsor. 

While working on that process Opednews.com is continuing to accept new donations. Checks will be held by opednews until deposited with our new fiscal sponsor. Credit card donations will be held by the credit card processing org, a reputable company that serves literally thousands of progressive organizations-- ie., a trusted operation, until the donations are deposited in the fiscal sponsor account, with acknowledgements and receipts provided.

This has been a very difficult time for OEN and the other progressive organizations that were victims of the failure of the IHC.  

Here are links to the most significant articles reporting on what is known about the failure of the IHC so far. 



Submitters Bio:

Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

Rob Kall Wikipedia Page

Over 200 podcasts are archived for downloading here, or can be accessed from iTunes. Rob is also published regularly on the Huffingtonpost.com

Rob is, with Opednews.com the first media winner of the Pillar Award for supporting Whistleblowers and the first amendment.

To learn more about Rob and OpEdNews.com, check out A Voice For Truth - ROB KALL | OM Times Magazine and this article. For Rob's work in non-political realms mostly before 2000, see his C.V..  and here's an article on the Storycon Summit Meeting he founded and organized for eight years. Press coverage in the Wall Street Journal: Party's Left Pushes for a Seat at the Table

Here is a one hour radio interview where Rob was a guest- on Envision This, and here is the transcript. 


To watch Rob having a lively conversation with John Conyers, then Chair of the House Judiciary committee, click hereWatch Rob speaking on Bottom up economics at the Occupy G8 Economic Summit, here.


Follow Rob on Twitter & Facebook. His quotes are here

Rob's articles express his personal opinion, not the opinion of this website.


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