Monday, December 12, 2011
As previously blogged, Second Mile, the youth charity founded by former Penn State Football coach Jerry Sandusky, and its activities continue to raise issues both in the nonprofit sector as well as the community at large. In a recent Washington Post article, a nonprofit practitioner questions the structure of the charity's operations and board of directors. He first questions the various, and purportedly conflicting, roles of Sandusky as founder, an officer, and chair of the board. He also questions the large size of the charity's board (36 members). As discussed in the previous blog entry referenced herein, until there are more facts and information, there should be no rush to judgment regarding the board's historical actions or inactions leading up to the revelation of the current scandal.
The Nonprofit Quarterly reports that a California assemblyman has introduced legislation that would revoke a nonprofit's tax-exempt status if it is found that the organization fostered or concealed the sexual abuse of children. The article further discusses calls by some lawmakers to have such changes instituted at both the state and federal levels.