Off The Record: On Religion, Politics & Equality
Last week I did an interview with Rev. Welton Gaddy on his weekly radio program State of Belief. I wanted to post some additional information and links to further research and some of my sources for reporting on this story.
To track federal funding can be quite tricky. But, there is an excellent website to trace DHHS spending – now going back to the 1990s which is a new transparency feature in an administration that holds its cards close to the chest.
That sight is: http://www.taggs.hhs.gov/ go to the search tab and you can search for federal grants in a million ways.
Another way to track federal funding that is quite straightforward is through a group’s 990 tax returns. There is a site called www.guidestar.org that lists recent returns for non profit organizations – which includes the NGO’s I have been investigating. You have to log-in but it is worth it – this site is a wonderful resource. When you locate the organization in question, you can open a PDF of the actual return. On the very first page, the org. reports its income. Most all of the 990′s list a line for “government grants” that’s what you want to key into to see if that creepy pray the gay away place on the corner is getting some US funded green.
Must reads that help sketch out the origins of faith based funding and some of the connections to Africa/Uganda and the AID economy (just a few):
Esther Kaplan’s With God on Their Side is an incredibly illuminating post mortem of the Bush admin years.
David Kuo’s Tempting Faith about his years with the Bush administration.
Tinderbox, by Craig Timberg and Daniel Halperin.
Invisible Cure, Helen Epstein