Our old friends, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (sic), were featured in the Philanthropy News Digest NPO Spotlight this past week. The NPO Spotlight included the usual thumbnail sketch of any organization including their contact info, their leaders and key personnel, and a brief description of their so-called work.
What really caught my eye was a description of their funding. It said:
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is supported by individuals.
Supported by individuals? Maybe in some alternate universe where up is down and foundations are considered individuals.
In 2012, the Joyce Foundation gave CSGV’s 503(c)3 sister organization, the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence a grant of $125,000. Meanwhile, Mayor Bloomberg’s Illegal Mayors gave CSGV a grant of $210,000 in 2011. According to CSGV’s own Form 990 for 2011, this represented more than 63% of their annual revenues.
So much for the claim that their funding comes from individuals.