You may think I’m the wild truth teller, but I’ve been holding something back from you for years.
HOLD ONTO YOUR HATS!
I’m about to let you know that for all of the stories of corrupt nonprofits, and how it brings the sector down when we focus on them, sometimes we HAVE to focus on them, because justice is NOT BEING SERVED.
There are so many corrupt Urban Leagues that there is an actual blog devoted to the stories about these corrupt Urban League affiliates. I’m not saying that ALL urban league affiliates are corrupt, just many of them. You can see a few of these stories here. I don’t know who runs this blog, there’s no name attached to the blog, and you can’t even seem to make comments on the blog anymore, but it shows me that this problem is not just with one affiliate, but that this whole national nonprofit may indeed be rotten to the core.
In the last several months, even MORE stories have been coming out, in February 2011 and then again in May 2011, about the Urban League of Seattle, the Urban League of Columbus, and yes, even at the Urban League of Portland, Oregon. I used to work at this Urban League.
According to Nigel Jaquiss of the Willamette Week, the Oregon Department of Justice is investigating the CEO of the Urban League of Portland for theft. This CEO’s name is Marcus Mundy.
He used the Urban League credit card fraudulently in 2010, and you can see it directly on their 990 forms on guidestar. I’ve linked them here, for your convenience (It’s a PDF download of the entire 990 form). He was caught by the board, and he promised not to do it again.
But THIS YEAR he stole over $44,000 on the Urban League credit card that was supposed to be used just for gas for the Urban League Senior bus. Instead he used it for his children’s cellphone bills, for fundraisers at their private school, for his children’s clothing, for taking himself out to dinner at restaurants, for paying his parking tickets on his brand new Honda Odessey van, and for lots of other things. This is the guy who gets paid $91,000 a year. He claims “I did not spend enough time on administrative and operational issues,” he says. “But I absolutely did not use the Urban League [credit] card for personal expenses.”
Fool me twice, Mr. Mundy?
Rotten To The Core
I can tell you now, that when I worked there, I saw evidence of corruption.
According to an associate that I know, the Senior services staff was supposed to get a 4% cost of living raise every year. It was built into their grant from the county. For 6 years, their wages had not increased. Where did that money go?
According to another associate, there was the matter of a donation from The Federation of Women of $50,000 for the Senior Services program that no one ever saw again.
As far as I could tell, the CEO was never in the office, but when he was, he used office materials flagrantly to print out things for his children’s school, often reams and reams of paper would be used. He would ask me to babysit his kids when I had other work to do.
He would never return phonecalls, and reports he requested left on his desk would end up in the trash. He never approved people’s budgets, even if they came and stood in his office, after months of him ignoring their requests and pleas to just even LOOK at the budget, he wouldn’t even do that. He just didn’t seem to care about the position that he held. He wouldn’t raise money. He only called me into his office to yell at me, and then for several months, he refused to meet with me at all, even on our scheduled meeting times.
After I left that organization, two more development staff people came and went, in quick succession. The third person who came has been there less than 6 months. I’m sure she, like me, had NO IDEA what she was getting into.
According to the Willamette Week article by Nigel Jaquiss:
One county report, dated Nov. 7, 2011, said the records Mundy recently provided were so incomplete as to be “not auditable.”
Records show the Urban League’s board approved most of Mundy’s spending after the fact—but only after county reviews raised serious questions. And it did so despite the organization’s independent auditor warning that the president’s credit-card use could invite an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service.
Urban League Board Treasurer Charles Wilhoite, who says he’s speaking for the board, acknowledges that the organization’s record-keeping has been sloppy. He says the board is pushing hard for an improved administrative performance from Mundy.
Wilhoite also says the Urban League’s financial health is sound, and the board still supports Mundy.
You’ll see that Charles Wilhoite, the board chair, is not saying that Marcus Mundy will be fired. In fact,
“Everybody has total confidence in his ability to continue to lead the League,” Wilhoite says.
That is SO… WRONG!
Where do you draw the line? They are going to lose their county funding, which is most of their budget. Marcus Mundy doesn’t care about the job. Even the Oregonian says Marcus Mundy is stealing money from the Urban League.
There is incontrovertible proof that he’s stealing from the nonprofit.
Marcus Mundy has been stealing for over two and a half years. He was caught in 2009. Proof below.
He will CONTINUE to steal, as he’s been found to be stealing again in 2011.
If it were anyone else, they would have already been shown the door. He is abusing his power, he is bullying staff, he is making an abusive workplace. He needs to go.
Am I a troublemaker? Have you read the evidence, and judged for yourself? What do you think?
Is there enough evidence from what I’ve shown you above to prove that Marcus Mundy has been stealing?
From the Urban League credit card records, from a financial black and white perspective, that he has been stealing. The board has known about it. The Willamette Week newspaper knows about it. Now the Oregon Justice department knows about it.
I think YOU have a right to know about it, whether you’re a donor or a foundation, and to give your money somewhere else.
We have a responsibility, as nonprofit bloggers, to tell the truth, to make the sector better, for all of us.
Let’s toss out the bad apples, and make this sector better together.
Justice is served.
What do you want to bet that he won’t be forced to give back that money? That there will be no trial? That the nonprofit will just “let it go”?
Or will the wheels of justice continue to turn?