Due to the recent flood of cash-value, gift cards and truckloads of donated material to “Veterans on Patrol Alpha Team Pulaski (VOP) in the Tuscon Arizona area and the lack of clear, transparent information to the public; Halieus Media has done further research regarding the rules and regulations under which these types of non-profit organizations operate.
From the Charity Navigator website we have been studying, there is a footnote on their article published April 1, 2017 titled “Charity Navigator Now Provides Basic Information for all 1.4 Million U.S. Registered Nonprofits”
*We don’t rate charities that have less than $1 million in revenue (only about 4% of all donations to the nonprofit sector each year go to charities of that smaller scale) and we are not able to rate charities that haven’t been in existence for at least 4 years. Visit the Methodology section of our site to learn more about our criteria for selecting charities to rate.” charitynavigator.org
This does not mean there is no listing, it simply means the organization Charity Navigator has not gathered enough data to give a rating. All 501(c)3 IRS tax exempt organizations are listed in their database because Charity Navigator pulls the listing information directly from the IRS Master Business Index.
Below is an INFO-graphic published by Charity Navigator detailing what the public should ask when giving non-cash donations.
Is there anyone in Southern Arizona with a similar Mission who is doing it correctly?
Yes, we believe so. No Mas Muertes, No More Deaths is a sub-organization of United Universalist Church in Tuscon, AZ. They also operate in partnership with “People Helping People” of Arivaca, Arizona. No More Deaths mission is to provide humanitarian aid to anyone in their area of operation who needs assistance including migrants both seasonal documented workers and non-legal individuals making the border crossing. They appear to be well organized, have a 14 year track record of providing humanitarian aid and provide clear information on their website. Here is an example from No More Deaths Frequently Asked Questions page:
What sort of training is provided to new volunteers?
All new volunteers must attend a Desert Aid training before working in the field. This training covers border history and the history of No More Deaths. It also explains our protocols, group agreements, legal and safety issues, and issues of power and privilege. The trainings are generally hosted in Tucson and last a full day.
Volunteers also get an orientation to the local community context of Arivaca upon arrival. However, most pertinent training is ongoing throughout your volunteer experience, for different skills such as GPS navigation and vehicle checks.
Halieus Media has bolded two key points in the Q & A above. We do not see this sort of organization, transparency and mindfulness of others right to question the legal and logistic protocols before they donate, assist, volunteer or support Veterans on Patrol Alpha Team Pulaski (VOP). What we have been allowed to see by Lewis Arthur of Veterans on Patrol, are disconnected posts alleging “evidence” of a variety of illegal activities as well as real evidence of Lewis Arthur’s verbal refusal to follow the legal and socially accepted guidelines for operating safely, securely and transparently. Moreover, we have witnessed potential evidence being compromised by untrained “volunteers” patrolling and actively looking for anything they determine is connected to illegal activities. The legal concept is called “spoliation of evidence.” There is no Federal statute defining this term, rather States rely on case law to determine what constitutes spoliation. (see Sources)
A final thought…
Any first year college student taking Anthropology 101 learns there are protocols and proceedures to investigation, preservation of artifacts and marking areas in a grid pattern for documentation. Nothing is to be touched upon discovery before a Site Supervisor is called to make an assessment and give instructions on which methods of documentation are to be employed.
Generally, these proceedures include the following in precident order:
- survey visually the area of your grid assignment
- document before moving forward or side to side, everything in your field of vision on paper, in the grid you are assigned to cover
- walk your grid assignment only, do not wander off into another area of assignment
- upon approaching anything anomalous to the terrain; objects, ground surface anomolies, et cetera – stop
- survey the area immediatly adjoining your supposed artifact or anomolies
- drop a site marker, plot it on your grid, photograph what you see
- Call for the field Supervisor or Site Supervisor
Other professions who engage in search type operations of all descriptions and catagories employ the same or similar techniques.
In the case of supervised, trained volunteer search and rescue efforts, volunteers and their dogs have gone through a massive amount of training and do not violate protocols, ever. The price they pay for violating protocols can be dismissal from the current effort all the way to being removed from consideration in all future efforts by the local supervising law enforcement.
Why did we include this piece of information? Because we want our readers and subscribers to watch the videos with a critical eye, before donating, volunteering, assisting and promoting in any way.
A much more blunt Op-Ed than ours: Revenge of the Cis