Here’s a story guaranteed to produce additional cynicism about our sector: according to the New York Times, how 57 per cent of the money the Shriners raised went to fund fraternity expenses while only 2 per cent went to the children’s hospitals for whose support the group is best known. (The hospitals are funded by the Shriners’ endowment, established by an earlier group of fraternity brothers with, one guesses, a different attitude about raising and spending money for charity.)
Curiously, the Nonprofiteer felt a complaint about the Times coming on–that this scandal is featured as a story when other issues about the nonprofit community are buried. Then she noticed the reporters’ observation that those who point out the failings of charities are often greeted with hostility:
Yet whistle-blowers like Mr. Goline are often greeted with hostility, retaliation and official sanctions.
“I was really amazed and shocked when I got into what had been done,” he said, “especially because everyone kept telling me how everything was done by the rules.”
Whereupon her desire to shoot the messenger subsided.