Political Contributions from Ben Gordon Center

Ben Gordon Center is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization in Illinois. It receives funding for its mental health and substance abuse programs from a variety of sources, among them the local United Way.

Governments kick in, too. The grant allocation from DeKalb county is up to almost $784,000 and the City of DeKalb in July approved human services funding of $5,000 specific to its “220” program (this appears to be in addition to an annual grant of around $9200 but BGC’s allocation was not specified in this year’s online minutes so I am not sure). Then there are state reimbursements and chunks of change from the feds.

Seeing as so much of our tax money goes to Ben Gordon programs, I am somewhat perplexed about its donations to politicians.

Ben Gordon Center 12 Health Services Dr
DeKalb, IL 60115 $40.00
4/16/2004 Individual Contribution
Citizens for Burzynski

Ben Gordon Center 12 Health Services Dr
DeKalb, IL 60115 $150.00
6/30/2004 Individual Contribution
Citizens for Burzynski

Ben Gordon Center 12 Health Services Drive
DeKalb, IL 60115 $600.00
7/12/2005 Individual Contribution
Citizens for Pritchard

Ben Gordon Center 12 Health Services Drive
DeKalb, IL 60115 $600.00
8/15/2006 Individual Contribution
Citizens for Pritchard

Are such donations are critical to the ability of this organization to deliver services to the community? If so we are in a sad, sad state of affairs. However, I have failed to find another recipient of funds from Kishwaukee United Way that contributes to political campaigns. Ben Gordon appears to be the exception to the rule.

2 thoughts on “Political Contributions from Ben Gordon Center”

  1. Yes, I’ve often wondered about this myself. I thought non-profits could not back candidates. I thought this was in violation of their non-profit status. I think this deserves a closer look.

    Also if you follow the trail –Ben Gordon is a member of Precedence Plus Network which was established in 1992 as a provider owned non-profit network of mental health agencies in northwest Illinois. Precedence Plus is an affliate of Precedence, Inc. which is owned by the Robert Young Center. The Robert Young Center is an affliate of Trinity Regional Health Systems of Rock Island. All are non-profits and Trinity Regional has a religious history.

  2. A 501(c)(3) corporation is forbidden from making political contributions of any kind. It’s a violation of their tax-exempt status.

    Don’t know if BGC is a 501(c)(3), but it probably is, since it is a health-related service provider, and most not-for-profit health care providers are 501(c)(3)s.

    They probably bought tickets to a fundraising dinner, not even realizing that the contribution portion of the ticket puts them in violation. By trying to get access to the politician, by attending a dinner, they may have unknowingly broken the IRS codes.

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