Thursday, August 2, 2012

No One Seems To Care...a typical but painful charity fraud

by Gary Snyder
The executive director of a nonprofit helping people with disabilities did it all. He converted $900,000 of state funding, federal grants, nonprofit grants and personal donations for his own use. The results: the closure of the Center for Independent Living of Southwest Florida. 

The exec lived an extravagant lifestyle and international travel but is now living in the Lee County (FL) Jail without the amenities. 

Others that have been overlooked in this investigation include those (state, federal and local officials) that doled out the funds without consideration as to where it is going. Obviously the governing body failed to do its duty, also. They are usually not held accountable in similar circumstances. 

The losers: the disabled; taxpayers and the charity sector that is suffocating on such abuses with no diminution in sight. (link)

Nonprofit Imperative gathers its information principally from public documents...some of which are directly quoted. Virtually all cited are in some phase of criminal proceedings; some have not been charged, however. Cites in various media: Featured in print, broadcast, and online media outlets, including: Vermont Public Radio, Miami Herald, National Public Radio, Huffington Post, The Sun News, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Wall Street Journal (Profile, News and Photos), FOX2, ABC Spotlight on the News, WWJ Radio, Ethics World, Aspen Philanthropy Newsletter, Harvard Business Review, Current Affairs, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, St. Petersburg Times, B, USA Today Topics,, Responsive Philanthropy Magazine, New York Times...and many more Nonprofits: On the Brink (2006) Silence: The Impending Threat to the Charitable Sector (2011)
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