We do not normally have any desire to speak poorly about survivors and their efforts. It pains me to think anything, but good intentions are the basis of you and SNAP's work for survivors. I am writing about the issues being discussed from a simple search of your organization. It is not me offering disparaging comments about your work. If we are going to invest our time and resources to work together, we have an obligation to know our partners in our survivor support efforts. One way or the other, you will be discussed on my web site. I just want to be accurate about this information. This is a terrific opportunity to answer my concerns.
1. The 990 does not speak for itself. It is obvious that it does not include audited financials. It seems there are several support documents not shown on this form. I am asking for access to your accounting firm to discuss the exact nature of your funding and expenditure. A simple series of questions can be answered quickly.
2. Your former employee mentioned several monies from attorney referrals have gone to companies other than SNAP. It is obvious that this may mean a series of kickbacks were given to leaders directly from outside referrals. It is theft no matter the excuse. We are asking for a simple conversation about the outcome of these allegations.
3. The organization has an enormous legal bill in some years. Has SNAP provided confidential settlements to the former employee mentioned in the lawsuit? Does she have a non-disclosure clause in her settlement? Are there any other settlements paid out over the years?
4. Zach is a busy man. If you are satisfied with him taking numerous days to answer his phone calls for survivor support, I understand the level of acceptable response being offered. If I am working with a survivor in crisis, I may need immediate intervention for the sake of our survivor. I worry about the quality of support being offered.
5. Your former employee stated that most of your funding comes from attorneys paying for referrals. If this is the case, survivors must understand that any referral from your organization comes with a check from their attorney to your organization. It is important to show any financial relationships that your organization has with the referred attorneys.
6. What is the address for the brick-and-mortar location in St. Louis? Who owns the property? How much is being paid in rent? What is the list of assets mentioned in your 990? The organization has debt. Where is the debt and who handles the debt?
7. It was alleged that Board members are being compensated for their work. It also seems that former board members and employees are receiving residual incomes. Who is receiving compensation in salaries? We are asking for a complete list of individuals compensated and the amounts paid. I did not see Zach's compensation.
8. All your expenses are extremely high. It seems a breakdown of these expenses is extremely easy to obtain. It is important to know the substance of your outgoing and incoming picture. Your former employee has made some grave accusations that are credible.
You can be defensive all day long. It does not answer fundamental questions that loom over your organization. We have some ideas for expanding your role in conjunction with the Churches nationwide. We received a simple agreement from Bishop McCormack to supply statewide survivor support in NH. He went back on his word after Kelly Ayotte went ahead to study the NH Diocese. She was incompetent and got a public spanking at every turn by the Church's attorneys. SNAP hailed her efforts as progress without asking anyone involved including local survivors. The NH Diocese supported her in her run for the US Senate. The whole thing was a disgrace to NH survivors.
We can speak about this once my questions are answered.
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