[This post originally appeared on Philanthropy Front and Center-San Francisco.]
The nonprofit sector is abuzz with last month's news of Greg Mortenson and his charity the Central Asia Institute (CAI). Mortenson and CAI were recently featured during a segment on 60 Minutes that has focused a lot of attention on the nonprofit sector and put the actions of many NGOs under the microscope. On the off-chance that you have not been keeping up with the scandal, gathered here are some suggested articles:
'Three Cups of Tea' Scandal Offers Lessons for Charities and Trustees by Emily Chan and Gene Takagi from The Chronicle of Philanthropy offers lessons nonprofits can learn from this situation.
Another article from The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Despite High-Profile 'Three Cups’ Controversy, Nonprofit Fraud Isn’t Widespread by Leslie Lenkowsky, examines the frequency of nonprofit fraud.
In an article in Reuters, Weak Enforcement of Rules on U.S. Charities: Experts, Michelle Nichols discusses the role that the attorney-general plays when it comes to policing nonprofit groups.
In the end, though, the responsibility for this mess lies with the donors. By and large, CAI’s supporters went for a feel-good story, didn’t do their homework, and didn’t ask the right questions.