How do I report fraud/embezzlement/sketchiness in a nonprofit foundation?
August 3, 2010 6:37 PM Subscribe
I'm a contracted employee at a non-profit foundation. They seemed decent at first but now there are a lot of ethical/moral issues that are not okay. What organization/entity can I tell?
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The company was a major funder for over fifty valuable programs and organizations all over the state. Now they want to funnel all the money into a pet project that'll guarantee they all get ridiculously paid. The foundation will exist in name only so that the CEO and consultants can keep getting paid.
The board of directors has members of their family coming into this project to also get paid. The CEO is friends with the board members that are getting kickbacks from this project. Those board members are why the CEO received his job.
The CEO joined the company a couple of years ago, before I arrived, and it was a highly contentious decision that made people quit. He previously ran a couple of nonprofits into the ground. None of them have previous experience in the field of the pet project nor does it have anything to do with the company's mission.
Four people questioned the pet project and were fired. Then the staff meetings stopped and event the illusion of transparency went away.
The CEO has hired some of his friends as sixty dollar an hour consultants. They go to expensive meals together all week long for no business reason.
The last person fired handled the bills and asked questions like "Why is there 2000 dollars worth of restaurants on this VISA bill with no receipts? Can you tell me about the travel expenses to see a consultant on the other side of the country? Why did we pay this consultant so much?" That person was replaced by _another_ consultant.
I know they cook the books, pay people under the table, the works. How do I blow a whistle here? Who would I even tell that would care? I have no hard proof of embezzlement, just what I've been told by people that were fired.
My time here ends in about two months. I feel morally/ethically obligated to do something. Any suggestions or personal stories would be greatly appreciated.