Posts Tagged: Director duties

Ex-Charity Head Faces Allegations of $3.8M Embezzlement

October 24, 2014 Posted by Jessica Shofler in Director Duties, News, Nonprofits

Russell Brace, the former head of United Mid-Coast Charities Inc, a social services organization located in Maine, is facing allegations in a civil lawsuit of embezzling $3.8 million from the organization. The organization alleges that over 13 years Brace deposited millions of dollars in donations intended for the charity into bank accounts he controlled. The …


May is for Embezzlement Convictions

May 15, 2014 Posted by Jessica Shofler in Director Duties, News, Nonprofits, Scams

Yesterday was a good reminder for charities that any organization is susceptible to embezzlement. First, a man was sentenced to three years in prison after admitting he had defrauded charities by billing them for, but not delivering, prizes to be auctioned at fundraisers. The prizes included a walk-on role on Desperate Housewives and tickets to …


Vendor Warning

Do you check references before you engage vendors for your organization’s fundraising events? If not, you should. The New York Times Haggler recently reminded us why. In a recent post, the Haggler investigated a company called, which charged a nonprofit a wrongful late fee of $8,100 for returning borrowed credit card machines weeks late …


Horror Stories from the Trenches

October 15, 2013 Posted by Jessica Shofler in Board, Director Duties, News

With Halloween quickly approaching, now is the time to face your non-profit demons. Do you consistently lose sleep worrying whether your non-profit is operating lawfully? Do you ever wonder whether you should be doing more as a director? Stop burying your head in the sand. Instead join Arthur Rieman, managing attorney of The Law Firm …


Choose Grant Recipients Wisely

How carefully does your nonprofit’s board choose grant recipients? If you don’t know, here is a wake-up call. One Fund Boston, the 501(c)(3) established to assist victims and families affected by the Boston Marathon bombings, recently approved payment of $480,000 to an individual who is now charged with defrauding the fund. There’s good news for …


Newsletter – Lessons All Nonprofits Can Learn from the Penn State Debacle

July 17, 2012 Posted by The Law Firm for Non-Profits, P.C. in Board, Director Duties, News

You may ask why a law firm that represents nonprofits would write a newsletter article about the abuse scandal at Penn State University. While the scandal centered around the abuse committed by former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, the scandal in part occurred because of the abject failure of Penn State’s trustees to exercise their duty. …