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NPIC (Non-Profit Industrial Complex)

Often considered the La Brea Tarpits of social movements, NPIC and NGO
are a means of monitoring, diverting, and subsuming movement work and
activists that pose a threat to the dominent system of exploitation. Because it
represents a nexus of the state, capital, and foundations, and is structured
entirely on the corporate model, we call it the NPIC (Non-Profit Industrial
Complex). Foundations funding the NPIC are particularly nefarious, as they
provide a tax shelter for public relations, lobbying, "research," and astroturf by
the NPIC on behalf the economic and ideological interests of the foundation's
The corporate charter school project is heavily reliant on NPIC, and this is why
when revenue hungry CMO charter corporations rebut that they're 501c3s we
say "that's just a tax status." In reality they are businesses whose surplus
value goes to executive salaries and sweetheart vendor contracts (often in the
interests of their unelected boards) as opposed to shareholders.

The revolution will not be funded : beyond the non-profit

industrial complex (Book, 2007) []
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Contents: Introduction : the revolution will not be funded / Andrea Smith -The political logic of the non-profit industrial complex / Dylan Rodrguez -- In
the shadow of the shadow state / Ruth Wilson Gilmore -- From black
awakening in capitalist America / Robert L. Allen -- Democratizing American
philanthropy / Christine E.

Hired Guns on Astroturf: How to Buy and Sell School

Reform | Dissent Magazine
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Joanne Barkan ▪ Spring 2012 Devolution of a

Movement If you want to change government policy,
change the politicians who make it. The implications of
this truism have now taken hold in the market-modeled
"education reform movement." As a result, the private
funders and nonprofit groups that run the movement
have overhauled their strategy.

Capitalism: A Ghost Story | Arundhati Roy
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Is it a house or a home? A temple to the new India, or

a warehouse for its ghosts? Ever since Antilla arrived
on Altamont Road in Mumbai, exuding mystery and
quiet menace, things have not been the same. "Here
we are," the friend who took me there said, "Pay your
respects to our new Ruler."







4 months

The Nonprofit Industrial Complex
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As if the United States doesn't stand out enough these

days, yet another trend is making us more and more
distinct in the world: the massive growth of our
nonprofit sector. Some people hope, and others fear,
that this might change the very nature of American

Behind Grass-Roots School Advocacy, Bill Gates
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INDIANAPOLIS - A handful of outspoken teachers

helped persuade state lawmakers this spring to
eliminate seniority-based layoff policies. They testified
before the legislature, wrote briefing papers and
published an op-ed article in The Indianapolis Star.

Halfway Houses Prove Lucrative to Those at Top
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The Kintock Group, the second-largest operator of

halfway houses in New Jersey, is a nonprofit agency
that is financed almost entirely by government
contracts. But it is run like a well-heeled family
business. Kintock paid its founder, David D. Fawkner,
roughly $7 million in salary and benefits over the past
decade, according to federal disclosure records.

When Non-Profits Are Very Profitable Diane Ravitch's

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The New York Times had a front-page story yesterday about a non-profit
corporation that runs halfway houses in New Jersey.
It may be non-profit, but the owner and his family are making millions.
Does this remind you of anything else you have read lately?

It Is Broke, We Should Probably Fix It: The Nonprofit Model

and the Arts
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It can be a subtle thing - the way in which an

organization or collective comprised of ambitious and

purposeful people working toward a clear set of goals

starts to slip into something a bit murkier; something
that seems to be more about self-perpetuation and
outsiders' goals than about that original impetus to
come together.

Arundhati Roy Discussing Funding, Capitalism and NGOs YouTube
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Stephanie McMillan - Pay You
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This awareness is so crucial because the system has

numerous methods of assimilating our struggles, and
we have to make sure we don't get sidetracked. It
diverts discontent into forms that reinforce its own
institutions. These are very sophisticated and
persuasive - they make people feel that they are
making a difference when in fact they're tightening the
bonds of their own oppression.

INCITE! -The Revolution Will Not Be Funded
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Learn more.


Center For Syncretic Studies
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by Elliot Gabriel
(This is an excellent outline to understand a phenomenon within the US
which is the internal component of the Gene Sharp/NGO model of Human
Rights Imperialism abroad, as discussed in our article Gene Sharp: From
Berlin Wall to Arab Spring or The Politics of Counter-Revolution JV


The non-profit industrial complex (or the NPIC) is a system of
relationships between:
the State (or local and federal governments)
the owning classes
and non-profit/NGO social service & social justice organizations
This results in the surveillance, control, derailment, and everyday
management of political movements.
The state uses non-profits to:
Monitor and control social justice movements;
Divert public monies into private hands through foundations;
Manage and control dissent in order to make the world safe for capitalism;
Redirect activist energies into career-based modes of organizing instead of
mass-based organizing capable of actually transforming society;
Allow corporations to mask their exploitative and colonial work practices
through philanthropic
work; Post Photos - Google+
Flyers and Blog
Encourage social movements to model themselves after capitalist
structures rather than to challenge them
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Arundhati Roy on NGOs | Development Industry
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Arundhati Roys position on NGOs from here:

A SECOND hazard facing mass movements is the NGO-ization of
resistance. It will be easy to twist what Im about to say into an indictment of
all NGOs. That would be a falsehood. In the murky waters of fake NGOs set
up or to siphon off grant money or as tax dodges (in states like Bihar, they
are given as dowry), of course, there are NGOs doing valuable work. But its
important to consider the NGO phenomenon in a broader political context. In
India, for instance, the funded NGO boom began in the late 1980s and
1990s. It coincided with the opening of Indias markets to neoliberalism. At
the time, the Indian state, in keeping with the requirements of structural
adjustment, was withdrawing funding from rural development, agriculture,
energy, transport and public health. As the state abdicated its traditional role,
NGOs moved in to work in these very areas. The difference, of course, is
that the funds available to them are a minuscule fraction of the actual cut in
public spending. Most large-funded NGOs are financed and patronized by
aid and development agencies, which are, in turn, funded by Western
governments, the World Bank, the UN and some multinational corporations.
Though they may not be the very same agencies, they are certainly part of
the same loose, political formation that oversees the neoliberal project and
demands the slash in government spending in the first place. Why should
these agencies fund NGOs? Could it be just old-fashioned missionary zeal?
Guilt? Its a little more than that. NGOs give the impression that they are
filling the vacuum created by a retreating state. And they are, but in a
materially inconsequential way. Their real contribution is that they defuse
political anger and dole out as aid or benevolence what people ought to have
by right. They alter the public psyche. They turn people into dependent
victims and blunt the edges of political resistance. NGOs form a sort of buffer
between the sarkar and public. Between Empire and its subjects. They have
become the arbitrators, the interpreters, the facilitators. In the long run,
NGOs are accountable to their funders, not to the people they work among.
Theyre what botanists would call an indicator species. Its almost as though
the greater the devastation caused by neoliberalism, the greater the outbreak
of NGOs. Nothing illustrates this more poignantly than the phenomenon of
preparing to invade
a country
and simultaneously readying NGOs to
| Jacobin
in and clean up the devastation. In order make sure their funding is not
jeopardized and that the governments of the countries they work in will allow
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them to function, NGOs have to present their work in a shallow framework,
shornI of
a political
or historical
context. At any rate, an
In the or
of 2009
by Hal Clifford,

In the fall of 2009 I was approached by Hal Clifford,

executive editor of Orion Magazine, and asked to write
an essay about American philanthropy, especially in
relation to environmentalism. From the first I was
dubious about the assignment. I said, "Not-for-profit
organizations like you cannot afford to attack
philanthropy because if you attack one [...]
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Social Justice Quotations for Activists
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"There is something fundamentally antidemocratic

about relinquishing control of the public education
policy agenda to private foundation run by society's
wealthiest people; when the wealthiest of these
foundations are joined in common purpose, they
represent an unusually powerful force that is beyond
the reach of democratic institutions." venture philanthropy

& urban education.pdf
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American Philanthropy and its Discontents | Jacobin
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Philanthropy thrills to begging and tolerates activism,

but cannot abide a demand from those it wants to
save. If you're going to make your way in the world of
the wealthy these days, you've got to show you care

about the poor.

The Importance of Criticizing Philanthropy - Benjamin

Soskis - The Atlantic
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It is safe to say that the golden age is over. Not that

philanthropy has lost all its luster-there are still plenty
of folks who consider it the best hope for, in the words
of the Rockefeller Foundation charter, "promot[ing] the
well-being of mankind throughout the world."

Gara LaMarche for Democracy Journal: Democracy and the

Donor Class
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Though this is not the way I would usually describe my

career, one way of looking at it is that I spent my first
20 working years trying to raise money, and the next
15 trying to give it away.

When Charter Schools Are Nonprofit in Name Only ProPublica
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ProPublica is exploring how this new model of

schooling has raised questions about public
transparency and private profits. Twitter Twitter
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