Thursday, November 19, 2009
We previously blogged about the governance dispute at Feed the Children, a Christian ministry that is among the ten largest recipients of charitable contributions (over $1.1 billion in 2008) according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. While that dispute appeared to have been close to resolution last spring, recent public developments reveal that it has only moved into a new phase. According to local news reports in Oklahoma City, where Feed the Children is headquartered, the organization's Board of Directors fired President and founder Larry Jones on November 6th. The firing may have been triggered by Jones' alleged placement of microphones in the offices of several board members, although apparently the recording system connected to those microphones was never operational. Jones has responded by filing a lawsuit against the charity and its board demanding reinstatement. The Oklahoman is providing ongoing coverage of the dispute and related developments through a dedicated webpage.