DETECTING FRAUD IN NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
There are some very important facts to know about non-profit organizations before donating to them or making the commitment to sit on the Board of Directors for one. Although there are many amazing chartities that do great work, an estimated $40-50 billion per year is lost to fraud in non-profits and scandal is found in nearly 20% of philanthropic organizations, according to the New York Times. ***Charities need to tighten controls against theft, especially in a tough economy. It is wise to be skeptical and first do your due diligence before involving yourself or your financial support. *Nonprofit organizations and faith-based houses of worship make the headlines almost weekly about theft of funds, embezzlement, corruption, fraud, health/safety violations and misconduct. *Many non-profit groups use grant funding for inappropriate activities. ***Losses caused by founders/managers are four times those caused by employees.***The embezzler is typically always the person the organization would least expect to be a thief. The most typical theft in charities is committed by a female employee with no criminal record who earns less than $50,000 a year and has worked for the charity for at least three years. ****Non-profits should be suspicious of people in positions of authority and trust who are operating on the edge of financial ruin and those who refuse to share duties. They may behave in a desperate manner and steal donations. ****Fraud is usually committed by someone in the financial area -- the founder, the treasurer, the bookkeeper, the signer of checks -- who knows how to avoid getting caught. Many times they will create fraudulent financial documents and evade sharing bank statements with the other board members. *Different people should be assigned separate functions of managing the finances -- writing checks, signing checks, reconciling bank accounts and checking the cancelled checks that are returned from the bank.***No founder may be treated as if he/she 'owns' the organization. All board members will be held accountable for the governance of organization. *An internal audit should be performed at least annually. *A board of directors has the fiduciary responsibility for ensuring that the funds are properly spent and to make sure that set standards are adhered to.*Each board member is responsible for reviewing the organization's budget and staying informed of the financial situation. They must insist on good reporting -- financial reports should be kept up to date and distributed at each board meeting for review (at least quarterly). ***If a founder or other paid staff member serves on the board, he/she should not be elected President because it tends ot keep all responsibility for vision and leadership in a single person's hand. *******Non-profit organizations are expected to spend cautiously and honor the trust placed in them by their donors
November 8, 2013 at 9:19 p.m.
Marianne - Kimm is laughing her butt off at how she has you bamboozled. Read my words again - your religious writings were on the computer that she was laughing about with her friends, calling you a BIBLE BANGER, religious freak. Did not say you posted it in the paper. Perhaps you only comprehend one or two words of each sentence. That is how Kimm keeps you in a fog. You can shove your threats up your proverbial a$$. YOU keep talking about suing, not me. You better plan for a class action suit, as there are many after that disgusting pig. Don't see your full name or Kimm's name here either. You are a coward who has fallen for the biggest POS this town has every seen. You will burn in HELL for turning a blind eye to the abuse and neglect. I will shut up when she is closed down and in prison. Am sure you will be comfortable there with her.
November 4, 2013 at 11:52 p.m.
Marianne - I do have a job and stalking is not my main business. Trying to close down a would-be rescue run by a crook who has conned stupid a$$e$ like you, does not care at all about the animals, only what she can get out of people, lets animals suffer with no care, is my side job.How far would you go to stop what you have witnessed for yourself and have had many others confirm is animal neglect? Do you even know anything about cats and their care? Or just what the would-be veterinarian Kimm tells you?
How on earth would I ever know anything about your religious rantings if Kimm did not talk about it at the shelter? Don't know you at all, where you came from or even your last name. So how would I know this? Because Kimm did not like your stance on homosexuality. That is what her friends were deep in discussion about laughing profusely about your rantings behind your back. Use your brain.
Funny thing is, don't know who you think is an athiest. Who you think lost in court? Who said they were a lawyer? Not me, that is for sure. You are running in circles trying to keep up with the lies Kimm tells you, all the while she is laughing AT you. She has so many people who despise her for what she is doing to helpless animals, she cannot keep their stories straight. Keep on running in circles moron. This con artist is good. She is sure making a jacka$$ out of you.
November 4, 2013 at 6:51 p.m.
By Goodness - Sunday is really KIMM. What a shock. You are so transparent. Keep tossing blame around and pointing to everyone else. That does take the heat off of you. I can tell you that I personally have no involvement with Maria Guyan or her group. So find someone else to blame. You probably sent half of the stuff you talk about yourself. That always brings you more attention. There is never enough of that for you. And, by the way, Marianne - wonder if you are the same Marianne that Kimm pulled up your religious writings on the computer at the shelter. Kimm and her friends gave their atheist comments and had a good laugh at your expense.
November 3, 2013 at 11:01 p.m.
I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH NEW LEASE ON LIFE OR ANY OF ITS VOLUNTEERS - LET ME MAKE THAT CLEAR. Maria Guyan is just another person to point the finger at to blame for what Kimm has done and takes no responsibility for.
See you in court Marianne. Along with myself, a number of other ex-volunteers, ex-donors, former adopters and fosters will be there too to testify about the lack of care the animals get, their experiences with sick and dying animals while Kimm stands by and does nothing to help them, pictures of the cats taken in the raid, along with the ones so ill they had to be euthanized right there. The vet bills for the remaining ones that did survive will be there.
In addition to the crowd that will be in court will be at least a dozen local veterinarians who have treated the sick and dying cats Kimm adopted out. They all agreed to testify to the condition of the cats that Kimm adopts out. The crematory will be providing records of the number of dead cats brought in on a regular basis. Leaders of other rescues that have taken dozens of calls regarding the sick animals will also be there. People who have complained to Petsmart in Niles countless times about the condition of the cats there will also be present.You are completely delusional, as most of the people who have stayed there. I believe the number is five now who have left, taken out animals that were sick and dying, and were forced to start their own rescues. So this is all slander and Kimm tells nothing but the truth? There are records to prove what is going on. You are being conned by the best.And FYI, Kimm bragged to anyone that would listen that her disabled volunteer gave her $5000 to hire the best criminal attorney in town, in addition to the $1000 she conned people out of with her Kimm's defense fund donation jar. She even posted pics of the jar online. Perhaps you missed that fact or Kimm forgot to mention that to you. This is why she was not charged, but was put on six months probation. There is paperwork to prove that if you want to see it. It is available online.The attorney she used has gotten people off death row, so a warrant technicality was nothing to do. This is not slander. It is truth. So sue us all. Give it your best shot. P.S. Aren't you the one of the people Kimm called a religious fanatic and mocked????
November 3, 2013 at 8:55 p.m.
76Ytown - Just to be clear - my comment has nothing to do with New Lease on Life Rescue. I read this article and felt the need to comment. Do not blame New Lease on Life for that. I am not affiliated in any way with them. This is based on my own personal experience with WSC.
November 2, 2013 at 6:56 p.m.
This is for Sunday - Perhaps you should do some homework. You say that potential donors and volunteers and corporate sponsors shy away from doing business with West Side Cats. Aren't there cats in Petsmart in Niles and Petco in Boardman? DIdn't Wal-Mart have bake sales at their stores? Aren't there fundraisers there? So how are corporate sponsors shying away?You are listening to the liar that is Kimm. I checked on Guidestar.org and found the following. Doesn't seem like Kimm is hurting from lack of donations. Wonder why she is begging for money all the time. 2010 - Total Income - $88,144 2011 - $86,086 and 2012 $89,982. These are listed as amounts from contributions, gifts, grants and similar amounts received.A lot of small groups survive on a whole lot less than this. And they don't ask others to pay their rent or water or trash or electric bills.Pull your head out of your butt. You are being deceived big time. Perhaps people shy away because they see the horrible condition of the animals and have known people who adopt animals out of there just to save their lives. Time for a reality check Sunday.
November 2, 2013 at 2:40 p.m.
Maybe they should throw the scum that runs West Side Cats in jail. Those poor cats are so sick and get the medical expertise of "Dr. Kimm". The place should have been shut down three years ago, but got off because a disabled volunteer paid $5000 to keep Kimm the con artist out of jail. Always begging for money for cats that are never seen again. This place is a money-making scam. You can find Kimm and her friends at Outback and Big Lots spending your donations. The cats get nothing!!! SOMEONE STEP IN TO HELP THOSE ANIMALS!!! HOW MANY HAVE TO DIE ON FLOORS BEFORE SOMEONE DOES SOMETHING?????
October 22, 2013 at 9:07 p.m.
Oktoberfest was a wonderful event. But of all the great groups there, why on earth would your article single out West Side Cats??? The place was raided three years ago, the animals are just thrown in rooms and left to die. They drag the poor crippled cat out just to make money. Why hasn't someone taken that poor cat out of the shelter yet? It needs more care than any shelter can offer. Why anyone thinks this is ok, is beyond me. You would not drag a crippled child around like a circus sideshow to try to get it adopted.If Kimm cared so much about that cat, she would adopt it and take it home.By the way, the donation jar is Kimm's personal spending money. Do not give her a cent. The cats never see the donations.
September 30, 2013 at 10:50 a.m.
Let's put Steve Croley in a cell with the scum that runs West Side Cats - formerly known as Cat Ladies Society. Change the name, but keep the same moron/scam artist running the place. How many cats have to die before this POS is stopped? Those poor animals are sick and dying, getting no medical care and people are protecting her while she says, "Just tag them and bag them and into the freezer they go." This is a disgrace to Youngstown and how far they have come in the care of animals. Please stand up for the animals!!!!! Standing by silently watching animals die every day does not help them. They should both be locked up together and throw away the key. Special place in Hell for both of them.
June 28, 2012 at 8:49 p.m.