Tuesday, July 1, 2014

CNN: Charity Fundraiser Settles with NY AG for $25 Million

Qa-logo-shortCNN reports that Quadriga Art, a for-profit charity fundraising company, has resolved an investigation by the New York Attorney General's office by agreeing to pay almost $10 million in damages and to forgive another almost $14 million in debt owed to the company.  Nick Mirkay previously posted in this space on the still ongoing congressional investigation into this situation.

The CNN report states the focus of the investigation and settlement was the relationship between Quadriga and the Disabled Veterans National Foundation, a charity that Quadriga Art apparently helped set up in 2007 by fronting the charity's initial printing, mailing, and other fundraising costs.  The relationship eventually led to the charity raising $116 million, but paying $104 million of that amount to Quadriga and owing Quadriga the debt forgiven in the settlement.  As part of the settlement the Foundation also agreed to take a number of steps, including having its founding board members resign, creating a committee to reexamine its business model, and refraining from using Quadriga or a particular direct marketing company for three years.

For more information, see the settlement agreement (courtesy of the Chronicle of Philanthropy) and the statement of Quadriga Art CEO Mark Schulhof.

Other Coverage:  Chronicle of Philanthropy; Wall Street Journal.

Lloyd Mayer

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