For background go to Adoption as a Public Event: Media Perception and the Grayson Wyrembek Case, and The Adoption Industry Does the Innuendo: The Misappropriation of Adoptee Rights and the Demonization of Ben Wyremek
Early Friday morning I posted the following questions on Jason and Christy Vaughn’s Keeping Grayson Home webpage forum under the thread, Grayson’s Abuse. These are questions I discussed earlier in my “Innuendo” blog directly below this entry:
1. What is crimelo.com? Why is not locatable through any web search?
2. Is Keeping Grayson Home a 501 (3)(c)? Does it have a tax number? If yes to both or either, under what name(s) are they incorporated? If they are not incorporated, especially KGH, who is the Fiscal Agent.
3 Why is the case being promoted as an “adopted children’s rights” case when there is no such thing as “adopted children’s right.” There is neither a right to adopt nor a right to be adopted.
4 Why is the genuine adoptee rights movement being co-opted and our language misappropriated?
So far the Vaughns have not responded, though some of their “friends” have, (all spellings from the original)
I posted the following comment tonight regarding Federal Tax ID (EIN) and non-profit status explaining for a second time, why proof of non-profit status actually IS important. For everybody:
Having a tax number issued by the Federal government is proof that an organization has filed for non-profit status. Without that non-profit status, any fundraising sends up a red flag to IRS. Moreover, donors don’t send money into a black hole. Smart donors want accountability, which a tax number and non-profit status indicates. Certainly there are crooks in the non-profit field, but non-profit status protects donors to a large extent. Without it, there’s no protection.
A tax ID number is not that difficult to get, though incorporation is not finished (which takes at least a year.) Collecting (note: I should have said soliciting) funds before a Tax ID is issued is not a smart practice. It can lead to co-mingling of funds, and if other organizations are involved in the fundraising, they can be investigated by the IRS as well, fined, and otherwise sanctioned. Most cooperating businesses or organizations demand an official tax ID approval [document}, before they donate funds, merchandise, or services. Although the IRS does not require a tax filing for organizations with less that $25,000 in the bank, they will investigate if a complaint is filed.
501(c)(3) is the most common non-profit status. It allows donors to take donations off their income tax, but limits the organization in its lobbying efforts, though some is allowed. A (c)(4) status permits organization to lobby extensively on issues (not candidates), but there is no tax deduction allowed.
If people did not care if their donations were dropping into a black hole then there would be no need for organizations like Guidestar.org. where you can download 990s and other organizational information. And there would be no need even for the Better Business Bureau.
Since someone on the KGH FB page claims the organization has non-profit status, the responsible thing to do is to prove it. One does not have to post a tax ID, but should post on appropriate resources tax status and the name under which it is filed.
I have not accused the Vaughns of anything wrong. For the protection of all, however, this needs to be addressed.
I am not asking these questions–either about the denigration and misappropriation of bastards and our rights or the more practical organizational status problem–to make the Vaughns “suffer.” I’m willing to give Jason Vaughn a couple days to reply to my questions. He should answer them in his own best interest.