The Rise and Fall of the Great and Powerful Nonprofit Director

Kelly Trusty and Kalay Colley
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A rural Indiana grassroots drug prevention coalition that evolved from a handful of passionate activists to a nonprofit catalyst for community change crumbled when it discovered a sophisticated web of misappropriation, forgery and embezzlement that sent its executive director on the run and, ultimately, to prison. An analysis of news coverage, organizational documents, court records, and transcripts of interviews with community members, board members and the perpetrator illuminate organizational blind spots in nonprofit governance, management, and oversight practices. The blind spots shielded unethical practices that ultimately forced the organization to close its doors. Community allies helped breathe life back into the dashed group, but long-term negative effects remain.
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