Preacher diverted money from Tampa church that offered him redemption

Loan defaults and foreclosure proceedings had the members of New Salem Missionary Baptist Church in fear of losing their historic building on the edge of downtown Tampa. Elderly worshippers on fixed incomes were implored to donate more and more to save the church from potential calamity. Yet unbeknownst to New Salem leaders during this time,…

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Charity Officials Are Increasingly Receiving Million-Dollar Paydays

The Wall Street Journal used newly available data on tax-exempt organizations such as hospitals and colleges, as well as more traditional charity organizations, to look at the pay packages of their leadership.  The data indicated that tax-exempt organizations paid seven-figure salaries to around 2,700 employees in 2014 – an increase from the WSJ’s last analysis…

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Investigation digs into Denver Schools’ relationship with nonprofit

An investigation by FOX31 Denver has raised questions about a partnership between Denver Public Schools and a nonprofit run by a well-connected convicted embezzler. The station has been look into a “cozy relationship” between the public school system, a high school principal and her husband, the co-founder of the not-for-profit Young Adults for Positive Action…

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Poor families pushed out of apartments in order to sell buildings to Habitat for Humanity

In 2010, the New York City affiliate of Habitat for Humanity launched a project in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. The project was funded by a $21 million federal grant that was intended to be used for a neighborhood affected by the foreclosure crisis. However, according to an investigation by ProPublica, in order for developers…

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How safe are Florida’s domestic violence shelters?

An investigation by the Tampa Bay Times questions the safety of some domestic violence shelters in Florida, including The Spring of Tampa Bay. The nonprofit behind the shelter is one of the most revered in the area and supported by many of Tampa’s elite.  The Times uses the story of a little girl molested at a…

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CEO takes pay he once gave up

In 2009, questions raised by the Charlotte Observer prompted Franklin Graham to give up his pay as the head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. But since 2011, the North Carolina evangelist has quietly been collecting a salary again, the Observer reported this week. That’s in addition to the hundreds of thousands Graham receives for his…

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$15 million in state funds held in non-profit bank account

KARK 4 News spent two months going through years of board minutes, financial documents and audits after receiving a tip that millions of state dollars were sitting in an out-of-state account, even as rice farmers continued to pay millions in check-offs each year. The station found that members of the state board voted to send…

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Twin Cities Archdiocese transfer of assets may protect it from bankruptcy creditors

For decades, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has been shifting money into separate nonprofits that may be beyond the reach of its creditors in bankruptcy court. The nonprofits were created for various reasons, but they carry the potential benefit of protecting the church’s assets from liability linked to clergy abuse suits. The moves…

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Some non-profit mental health providers spend heavily on administrative costs despite service cuts

Despite a decline in public funding, many non-profit mental health agencies have continued to hand out six-figure salaries and bonus-and-incentive packages. The Arizona Republic reviewed financial records for 28 non-profit mental health providers and their clients and found that administrative costs at these underfunded agencies have climbed while services dwindle. Families said they have been…

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Extra Extra Monday: Prenatal screening tests, prison labor programs and nonprofit donations

Oversold and misunderstood: Prenatal screening tests prompt abortions | The New England Center for Investigative Reporting Sparked by the sequencing of the human genome a decade ago, a new generation of prenatal screening tests, including MaterniT21, has exploded onto the market in the past three years. The unregulated screens claim to detect with near-perfect accuracy…

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