First, I want to thank you for your excellent write-up on what is happening at the Center.
The PNC is really setting the bar for reporting on Pagan issues really high, and I appreciate that.
I do want to respond to this statement:
“The source says it unclear if the alleged possible problems with the bookkeeping are from sloppy record keeping, mismanagement, or rise to an actionable item under Minnesota law”
Speaking as a board member for the Sacred Paths Center who has been closely involved with these issues, I want to completely confirm and agree with this statement. We don’t know the answer either. That’s the reason we’ve arranged for this audit.
We’ve talked with our attorneys and described what we’ve found to the Minnesota Council for Non-Profits and the MAP for Non-Profits center resources, and what we’re hearing from them is that our failings are very typical of non-profits of our age and size.
I was surprised to find that they weren’t surprised by what we were telling them. In one case the person I was working with reached into a pile of Frequently Asked Questions From Board Members and handed me a sheet that basically listed everything I’d just told her. Apparently, we’re very mainstream in our failures.
That’s not to belittle our failings – we really missed some obvious things that we should have been doing. For example, we failed to file federal tax returns. The IRS isn’t hot on our heals because we don’t owe them any money, but not having at least filed a return saying that we didn’t owe them money was dumb. Not realizing that we hadn’t done it was dumb again. Not checking to make sure that it had been taken care of and logging it in our corporate books was dumb a third time.
We apparently have dumb down. We’ve shown we’re pretty darned good at it.
If we could bottle dumb, and people would buy it from us, then we would be where you would go to get it.
It’s important to note that as a non-profit in Minnesota, these failings are for the most part already public information. Where it isn’t public information – that in and of itself is where we’ve failed. The federal and state governments know exactly what our failings are, and anyone who wishes to review our Form 990 will see that we haven’t filed one. All levels of government have been very helpful in pointing out to us exactly what forms and reports we failed to file, and they have been very encouraging in asking us to get our act together.