No Tax Returns Found for Mysterious Non-Profit

An extensive search by Lincoln Parish News Online (LPNO) has been unable to locate tax returns for a high-profile non-profit organization that has opposed education reforms enacted in the last session of the legislature.

The Coalition for Louisiana Progress has over the past few days aligned itself with several Louisiana tentacles of the Gannett media octopus and the two have been holding “forums” on education.

Panelists, public discuss La. education
Panelists address state of education
Educators quizzed

The group’s website lists no board of directors or from where it gets funding. It’s website says:

The Coalition for Louisiana Progress was incorporated in 2005 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to inform, engage, and mobilize progressive leaders, activists, advocates and policymakers to lead Louisiana into the 21st century.

We did locate one donation of $6,453 from a Washington, DC-based non-profit called the Razoo Foundation.

See here the document, page 99, line 11.

The IRS lists the group as public charity with an employer ID number of 20-2640239. See here the link.

According to IRS regulations federally tax-exempt organizations, with the exception of churches and state institutions, must file a return annually.

A phone call to the group’s executive director, former Shreveport state senator Melissa Flournoy, was not returned by post time.

5 Responses to “No Tax Returns Found for Mysterious Non-Profit”

  1. William J. Smith Says:

    The Coalition for Louisiana Progress, along with former Governor Kathleen Blanco are Patron Level donors to the New Leaders Council organization with both donating between $1,000 to $5,000 to the NLC. This organization “works to train and support the progressive political entrepreneurs of tomorrow”.

    http://newleaderscouncil.org/sponsors/#

  2. William J. Smith Says:

    The Coalition for Louisiana Progress, along with former Governor Kathleen Blanco are Patron Level donors to the New Leaders Council organization with both donating between $1,000 to $5,000 to the NLC. This organization “works to train and support the progressive political entrepreneurs of tomorrow”.

    http://newleaderscouncil.org/sponsors/#

  3. William J. Smith Says:

    The organization received $30,000 for general operating support for their Pathways to Prosperity program from the Foundation for the Mid South for the period of Dec. 1, 2011 to November 30, 2014.

    http://www.fndmidsouth.org/impact/grant-history/

  4. William J. Smith Says:

    Here’s a list of the Directors at the Coalition for Louisiana Progress:

    http://www.bizapedia.com/la/COALITION-FOR-LOUISIANA-PROGRESS-INC.html

  5. Lamar White, Jr Says:

    By far, the Most Poorly Researched Blog Post About Louisiana of the Decade. Congratulations. If you e-mail me your address, I’ll send you a personalized trophy.

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