well, a little birdie delivered the Form 990 for 2006, for the Byron Katie, The Work Foundation Inc, EIN 87-0559189.
Its interesting,that if one asks someone who is a promoter of Byron Katie, why it costs so much money, they reply that the money is going to help save prisoners in jails, to save the planet, to the foundation, etc.
And from the amount that Byron Katie and BKI talk and promote, about how the Work Foundation is being used in..
"prisons, hospices, veterans' hospitals, school systems, universities, for the distribution of free books, booklets, CDs and DVDs, and for scholarships for teachers and therapists to attend the School for The Work...The Foundation has also begun to sponsor research on the effectiveness of The Work."
Holy shit! They must be pouring the millions made into helping all these people! After all, one single Byron Katie School with 200 people earns at least $1,000,000 (1 million) just from ticket sales. If there is 400, that is 2 million. On top of that, they sell lots of other products, other seminars, coaching, and dozens of other things. So millions of dollars are being made.
So wow, lets look at where all those millions are going, to help the prisons, hospices, and veterans...
This is from 2006 990 form for The Work Foundation, and the numbers are rounded-off for convenience of general analysis. (please see the actual form 990 for the exact numbers.)
Contributions: about $250,000 (Cash $130,000).
Josh Baran was paid $10,000
Scholarships for Growth Seminars and Research Study: $33,500
Inspirational self-help books to prison inmates, personal training: $39,000
Donation to prison insight program: $7,000
Excess (contributions not spent) $145,000
Cash savings $110,00
TOTAL ASSETS: $435,000
They owed about $5,000 on a credit card.
OK, so lets look at it.
PRISONS: $39,000 in books and DVD's etc and "personal training"? So is that "coaching"? So the coaches in the prisons are paid? How much? So their prison program amounts to buying hundreds of their own Byron Katie books and DVD's from themselves? And then paying one of their own coaches?
That is more than a little self-serving, isn't it? That means all of the "prison" money goes back into the Byron Katie companies! They are buying their own books, right?!
SCHOLARSHIPS and "research":
Scholarship critera? It says in the 990 form, WILLING TO SPREAD INFORMATON ABOUT "THE WORK" as a volunteer or at their workplace, or earn under $12,000 a year.
Notice they do not say that online about the 12K cut-off. [www.thework.com
So they gave $33,500 for people who are willing to "move the work", or who make under $12K?
So the $33,500 spent, all went back to the BKI for-profit company too!
And the people they gave it to, are a type of volunteer salesperson for BKI.
Also note, the above application will tell BKI your income bracket...very valuable information indeed.
And $33,500, if the School costs $4,500, then that means about 7 people could have given full "scholarships" in 2006. So that is 1 or 2 people per event? (if money goes into "research", it could be only 1 full scholarship per event, or even less).
So it seems these "scholarships" are "given" to people who are going to promote The Work? So are Bloggers with a track record of promoting the work, given "scholarships"? ya think?
So its using the money, to get free volunteer BK promoters, and the money goes back to BKI.
"RESEARCH": And some of that could also go into so-called "research". So if half of that money went into "research" that would also go to one of their own people, asking their own people how wonderful The Work is!
even more clever.
In 2002 they received about $840,000 in donations.
Why did it jump from about $840,000 in 2002, to $93,000 in 2003?
One would have to look that the earlier 990 forms 2002-2005, to see where that $800,000 went.
Where was that spent?
ok, so lets look at it.
about $40,000 to prisons, to buy their own books/DVD from themselves.
about $33,000 for the School, that goes right back into BKI for-profit, and gets free salespeople.
In 2006, they collected about $250,000, and only spent about $100,000 total.
All the rest appears to have gone into the bank, and into investments!!!
They appear to have spent about $75,000 total on prison and scholarships, all of which goes back into BKI buying their own books, and seminar tickets to get free salespeople to promote BKI.
You know, those who research these types of groups for a long time, can get a little cynical.
But sometimes its just outright comedy. Only in America.
The Work Foundation, is going to save the world?
Josh Baran was paid $10,000, about 1/3 as much as went to all of the inmates in the USA!
So what is going on?
They know that a non-profit has to file these 990 forms, and everyone can look at them.
But if the millions of dollars, goes into private for-profit companies, then its all secret from the public.
So they keep the amount of money in the non-profit at a minimum.
And when possible, they even use those pennies to buy their own products, just to be clever.
Isn't that a gross conflict of interest? Only in America.
But that's why they keep it small.
So don't ever ever ever ever, give Byron Katie, or any other group cash, or cash equivalents. NEVER.
You don't know where that money is going, without a proper tax-receipt. It could buy someone a sportscar.
If at any late-night seminar anywhere in the world, they are trying to get you to donate CASH, with no official tax-receipt, PLEASE DON'T GIVE THEM THAT DONATION. Its not going to the non-profit, without an official receipt. They could hand it to a family member, or another friends non-profit, to be cycled through other companies...who knows?!
And demand the form 990 for any non-profit, and read it. If they are using YOUR money, to BUY THEIR OWN PRODUCTS, you are getting duped.
As far as all the millions, they are obviously going into for-profit private companies, there could be a string of companies all over the place.
The millions are certainly not going into The Work Foundation to save the world.
Only in America.
One can't help but to almost break into ludicrous laughter, when one compares the facts of reality, to the outrageous over-promotion of The Work Foundation saving the world.
Its a tax-free fig-leaf marketing tool for the private, secret, for-profit companies, and the donations get funneled right back into the mother-corporation, clean as a babies bottom.
Of course, like Scientology, buying tons of your own books certainly helps with the bestseller lists.
Exactly how many of their own books is BKI buying each year?
There certainly are some very clever people in the old USA.
So we now know why Katie uses her accountant as a contact. Stephen Ridgeway is a director of "The Work Foundation, Inc".
Byron Katie Mitchell (President - Ojai)
Stephen Mitchell (Secretary - Ojai)
Directors from 2005 to 2007:
Josh Baran (New York)
Jeff Gold (Venice CA)
Melony Malouf (Aspen)
Virginia Thorson (Same address as Katie and Mitchell)
Stephen K Ridgeway (Santa Barbara)
Josh Baran: Practicing zen buddhist, former Zen priest and author of books on the Tao. chetday.com/inthismoment.htm
Baran is a Communications and Public Relations professional who has had clients such as Bill Gates and the Governator. barancommunications.com
"manages media relations for His Holiness the Dalai Lama's visits to the Eastern United States."
In a post from Corboy mentions a Josh Baran exit councillor (in 1996):
Interesting. Same person do you think?
Jeff Gold: Former Warner Bros. Records executive.
Virginia Thorson. Media contact for Byron Katie.
Melony Malouf: Facilitator for BK.
By law non-profit companies are required to make the last three 990 tax forms available to the public. Most do put them on their websites for disclosure purposes.
Where is The Work Foundation Inc registered?
There is not much money going into Work Foundation. A quarter of a million dollars from public support (i.e. contributions from individuals and foundations) half is going to prisons in the form of book distribution. You are correct Anticult, The books would be purchased from BKI (or whichever company distributes her books) for a profit where the money is going directly back to BK. Note: BKI does not donate money to its own charity.
The other half goes to research grants and scholarships. The money for scholarships would also be put back into BKI.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/24/2009 09:56AM by The Anticult.