• Scott Dixon

    You do not sound like a broken record; I enjoy reading your points of view. You write a very informative article. I don’t quite understand NPQ’s foray into politics but at least you do exhibit innovative thinking.
    Two points I might raise if I may: First, I’ll address a point by asking a question. If you were running for president and incidentally directed a family foundation that suddenly received $6 million in restricted contributions to transfer in order to satisfy the restricted purpose, who would receive the money first? Would it possibly be nonprofits in the two states in which you were competing first holding a primary or caucus? Or, say, Alaska and Hawaii? The fact that the former path was chosen doesn’t present anything sinister, just level-headed judgment. A large part of your article suggests that the foundation’s actions were manipulative. I won’t suggest you inferred underhandedness, but certainly manipulative.
    Secondly, why do you care about the transparency of the foundation? They will do as they said they will do, exactly. The foundation received approximately $6 million, or more, in restricted contributions raised during a very public fundraiser, right? In light of strict nonprofit laws imposed at the state and federal level, what do you think they are going to do with the money, blow it on a golf course? Do not think any of this was lost on state charitable solicitation boards and most certainly the IRS. I have no doubt they will do as they say. I am an auditor who advises numerous nonprofits on federal tax and state nonprofit laws. They will do as they say.
    Lastly, you are correct that nonprofit officers appearing in official capacity with political candidates can be a cause for concern, simply because you don’t know who’s watching and interpreting behavior. However, if the officials kept their mouths shut except to offer gracious smiles and thank-you’s, they should be ok.

    • Liz Papineau

      Scott,
      Transparency of a non profit is very important. The public wants to know that their contributions to the Trump Foundation will be utilized to the benefit of the Veterans organizations. Why would it be so far fetched to believe that an NPO will spend money on a golf course? Children’s Cancer Fund of America didn’t send cancer stricken children to Disney World…they sent themselves.
      Trump’s 2014 990 form was not submitted until November of 2015. If he submits it about the same time this year, it will be well after the national election…and possibly long after the thought of giving to the Veterans organizations has faded.
      This was a good article, Shafaq.