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udents Transforming and Resisting Corporations (STARC)

Corporation Destruction Cluster

Students Transforming and Resisting Corporations (STARC)
The STARC Alliance
2732 SE Belmont
Portland, Oregon  97214
Attention: Riva Pearson
(503) 235-0760

A project of Youth Empowerment Center

Description: Anti-capitalist radical youth group based in Portland, Oregon. Ironic anti-corporate rhetoric and activism by youth with no work experience; only the leaders know STARC is funded by foundation grants from the profits of huge corporations including IBM, Uniroyal Technology, Texas Instruments and Ford Motor Credit Corporation (securities in the portfolio of Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, a $55,000 STARC donor).

STARC has agreed to the fiscal sponsorship of The Youth Empowerment Center

As fiscal agent for STARC, The YEC lends its tax-exempt status as a non-profit organization so that STARC can raise funds to develop and implement their program activities. The following rights and obligations are part of agreed guidelines in this partnership:

1. STARC legally becomes a part of The YEC. Operational control remains with STARC but fiscal management and oversight is done by The YEC.

2. As a legal part of The YEC, STARC may receive donations and grants from individuals and organizations. In all cases, proposals, fundraising plans, planned solicitations must be approved in advance by the Business Manager of The YEC.

3. As STARC's fiscal agent, The YEC will directly receive all funds raised by STARC. All funds will be placed in a restricted account within the larger general YEC budget. All checks received by STARC are to be made payable to The Youth Empowerment Center with STARC listed on the memo line of the check.

4. As fiscal agent, The YEC will release money held for STARC upon presentation of receipts or invoices authorized by the appropriate individual of STARC. No money will be supplied to STARC unless it has sufficient funds in its account to cover its funding request.

Amy Little is business manager for Youth Empowerment Center.

YEC Revenue and Expenses: Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 2001
  Revenue     Expenses
Contributions $636,342
Government Grants $0
Program Services $13,268
Investments $7,169
Special Events $0
Sales $0
Other $4,372
Program Services $558,111
Administration $52,692
Other $31,458
Total Expenditures $642,261
Total Revenue $661,151   NET GAIN/LOSS $18,890

Riva Pearson, STARC national organizer, 2003

Youth Empowerment Center Board of Directors
Harmony Goldberg, President Anthony "Van" Jones, Secretary
Adam Gold, Treasurer Cindy Weisner, Director
Lateefah Simon, Director  

Grants to Students Transforming and Resisting Corporations (STARC):

Anonymous San Diego law firm, $5,000  2001

Foundation Name: Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, Inc.
Abstract: To organize students and youth to fight for fundamental shift in structure of increasingly corporate dominated economic and political system
Amount: $25,000   Year Authorized: 2001  (Total grants since 1999: $55,000.)

A.J. Muste Memorial Institute
$500      2001
9/11 emergency grant. For distribution of teach-in packets to campus organizers around the country, to build public support for economic and political alternatives to war.
$1,500     2002
Direct grant. For publicity and organizing expenses of a "National Student/Youth Conference on Terrorism" in February 2002, to build public support for economic and political alternatives to war.

In January 2003 STARC was sending grant applications to Samuel Rubin Foundation, and looking into applications to Beldon Fund, Ford Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, and numerous others.