Several resignations of top-level employees of a non-profit organization in Baton Rouge has taken center stage. It appears that the chief executive officer of the organization claims that he eligible to receive a “finders fee” for donations made to the organization according to The Advocate.
Tim Young, CEO of Open Health Care Clinic and HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two reported to The Advocate that in his compensation package, approved by the board, has been suspended until there is a complete review. In its current form, Young would have received a commission depending on the amount of the donation. For example, he would receive $200,000 for donations between $7 million and $10 million or $2,500 for donations between $50,000 and $100,00.
Kimberly Hood, who is the former chief operations and compliance officer, told the board that such a compensation could place the organizations tax-status in jeopardy. She said the arraignment is nothing more than a “kickback.”
The group’s chief information officer has resigned along with the chief medical officer, chief financial officer, and the compliance offer. Fundraising experts told The Advocate that this situation is problematic and even prohibited.