This is the 17th in a series of reports by the Crack Mullet Research Team (“Team”) on 36 Non-governmental Organizations (“NGOs”) that are on State Treasurer John Kennedy list of those that have failed to comply with the law.
According to Kennedy, THE JUST WILLING FOUNDATION owes the Louisiana taxpayers $75,000.
The organization address is: 3040 HUDSON ST, NEW ORLEANS, LA 70114
Current status with Secretary of State: Inactive, Action by Secretary of State
Registered Agent: JOSHUA WILLIAMS, SR., 3040 HUDSON ST, NEW ORLEANS, LA 70114
Directors: CHARLES C. TEAMER, SR., 32 FAIRWAY OAKS DR., NEW ORLEANS, LA 70131; MARY JOSEPH, 1452 N. BROAD ST., NEW ORLEANS, LA 70119, CLARENCE ROBY, 3701 CANAL STREET, SUITE U, NEW ORLEANS, LA 70114
Audit report: ACCORDING TO A 2012 TIMES PICAYUNE STORY THE LEGE AUDITOR FOUND THAT THE ORGANIZATION MAY HAVE MISUSED $245,000
990 IRS Report: The [Legislative] audit also notes that despite advertising Just Willing as a 501(c)3, it is not listed as such with IRS. As a result, the foundation may have violated state law by lying about its status and donations to the organization may be subject to taxation, according to the audit. IBID
Possible political connections
Usually, a NGO must have the approval of the leges in whose districts the organization is located to be funded. The organization is in Rep. JEFF ARNOLD and Sen. DAVID HEITMEIER’s districts. Check with the leges for more information.
One can only assume that the leges would not have appropriated the funds for the organization unless its needs were a higher priority than the state colleges and universities which had their funding reduced and student tuition was raised.
Anyone who thinks that funding the organization is not a higher priority than our state colleges and universities, please forward this to your leges for an explanation of their priorities because I can’t explain it.