“What Would the Dalai Lama Do?”
Reacting to the latest installment in PC’s
Lisa DiBello investigative series, reader Patricia A. Curry Almeida sent Progressive Charlestown this e-mail: Charlestown
No one can really know what is in another person’s heart – I’m sure the Dalai Lama probably said some variation on this – so I leave it to readers to decide whether what I write (or what my PC colleagues write) is “mean-spirited and evil.”
In the latest installment of the DiBello series, I covered whether DiBello has met the basic requirements the government places on tax-exempt charities for accountability and transparency. I believe I provided concrete evidence that she does not.
But being challenged by Ms. Curry Almeida with the words of the Dalai Lama made me think – Does the Dalai Lama follow the rules when it comes to accountability and transparency? Here’s what I found out.
The Dalai Lama has two principal non-profit organizations in the United States that support his work – The Dalai Lama Trust and the Dalai Lama Foundation. The Trust is in
. The Foundation is in New York . Both are tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations – like California Lisa DiBello’s A Ray of Hope.
Lisa DiBello’s A Ray of Hope, the Dalai Lama files his IRS-990 reports, religiously if you will, and they are easily accessible through the most popular website for the purpose, Guidestar.
You can find the most recent IRS-990 report for the DalaiLama Trust here.
There also is the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education based in
. Though not based in the Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada , they do solicit donations from US citizens. When money is donated to the Center through the San Francisco-based Tides Foundation, they are tax-deductible. This is a common arrangement for international organizations headquartered outside the US . US
|Glenn Beck spins his yarn about the Tides Foundation|
The Tides Foundation is a pretty interesting and unique funder of causes. They are ultra-progressive. They make direct grants, donor-directed grants and sponsor fledgling groups and special projects.
Last year, they achieved some unwelcome fame when they became a special target for right-wing crank Glenn Beck. On his now-cancelled Fox News program, Beck made dozens of comments about Tides being the heart of a conspiracy of evil (and probably mean spirited) left-wing organizing. Beck is blamed for inspiring the alleged assassination attempt by Byron Williams against Tides Foundation employees.
|Byron Williams, arrested while headed|
to Tides office to assassinate staff
Williams was headed for Tides’ office to allegedly kill its staff when he was stopped by California Highway Patrol officers for traffic violations. Williams drew his gun and fired at officers and was arrested after being wounded by return fire.
Anyway, that’s got not a whole lot to do with
Lisa DiBello’s compliance with the law. In fact, we wouldn’t even be getting into it, if only Lisa DiBello had followed the Dalai Lama’s example and filed and disclosed her IRS-990 reports as the law requires.