like Taking Candy From A Baby

Former payroll supervisor, Nicole Bartlett, is accused of stealing over $200,000 from Boston’s Children’s Museum and its employees. I’m on the board of a nonprofit that had a similar situation at one time. Most nonprofits don’t have programs or procedures in place to prevent theft and fraud. They are spending what little money they have on their programs.
Worse yet, nonprofits can least sustain this kind of hit. Unlike profit-making enterprises, a single major theft of funds can completely wipe out a charitable organization. They don’t just have less dough to play around with; if the theft becomes public, usually the community doesn’t rally around them. It negatively impacts future fundraising and decreases public goodwill. People think “Hey, I’m not giving them my money only to have some knucklehead walk away with it.”
Stealing from The Children’s Museum is like taking candy from a baby or beating up a homeless person. It’s easy, hard for the victim to prevent, and twice as mean as picking on someone your own size.

1 Comment so far

  1. mk (unregistered) on September 30th, 2004 @ 11:22 am

    Damn, that sucks. I love(d) the Children’s Museum, especially that cage you can climb in and go from the 1st to the 2nd floor. Oh, and the big giant nose you can “pick.”



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