United Way of Central Carolinas talks about transparency and disclosure. Yet it has pulled the curtain tight and refused the public any meaningful details that would explain the extravagant expense account of a former director it fired.
C'mon. folks. You say you want people to trust you again. This is a crucial test. And you're flunking.
What's so urgent? Airing those details is the only way to show whether the executive board provided sufficient oversight of the director's spending.
Read the Observer story here.
That's insulting to the public that is being asked to support United Way with donations despite the record of secrecy and lack of oversight by the executive committee that led to a huge mistake: a lavish compensation package for King that was way out of whack with what other CEO's make.
Time after time, board chair Carlos Evans has pledged disclosure and transparency. He has sounded serious, and sincere.
But this isn’t walking the walk.
C'mon. United Way has a problem. It's lost public confidence and must clean up its act to regain it.
Give the public the details. That's the only way anyone can know whether what was spent was reasonable or ridiculous - and whether a valuable community organization is in fact changing poor habits.
- posted by Mary Schulken