Katherine Fong has a terrific story today reporting on Bay area organizations that are part of a big national story  in the Washington Post  that reported on theft, fraud and embezzlement at nonprofits  that reported misappropriated funds, including several in the Bay.  Who are the Oaklanders on the list?

The San Francisco Business Times went through the Post’s database and published this list of Bay Area nonprofits that reported misappropriated funds since 2008:

  • Stride Center, Oakland
  • Pacific Boychoir Academy, Oakland
  • San Ramon Soccer Club, San Ramon
  • Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Oakland
  • Common Counsel Foundation, Oakland
  • SEIU UHW Local, Oakland
  • Golden State Warriors Foundation, Oakland
So what’s the deal? According to Fong, “Since 2008, nonprofits have been required to report on federal Form 990 a “significant diversion” of assets totaling more than $250,000. The Post identified more than 1,000 nonprofits that reported diversions from 2008-2012, and while some involve legal exchanges, most are due to theft or embezzlement.”

About The Author

Susan Mernit is editor & publisher of Oakland Local (oaklandlocal.com) a news & community hub for Oakland, CA. A former VP at AOL & Netscape, & former! Yahoo Senior Director, Mernit was consulting program manager for The Knight News Challenge, 2008-09; was a 2012 Stanford Carlos McClatchy Fellow; and is a board adviser to The Center for Health Reporting at USC, Annenberg School of Journalism. She has consulted with many non-profit organizations on strategy, product development and social media/engagement, including Salon.com, TechSoup Global, Public Radio International and the Institute for Policy Studies/Economic Hardship Reporting Project, led by Barbara Ehrenreich.

One Response

  1. Oakie

    I wish they had included analysis of excessive executive pay at our local nonprofits. They would have exposed the fact that the executive director of Youth Uprising is compensated to the tune of $300,000. Compare that to the minuscule amounts for such upright local organizations like Habitot and Mocha.

    There is the real Oakland scandal, because not only is this a local nonprofit, but it also sucks heavily at the teat of our taxpayers. YU smells much more like Your Black Muslim Bakery, with it’s strong political support and deep taxpayer subsidies and questionable policies, than Habitot, don’t you think?


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