Nonprofits fear money in center’s care vanished: More than 200 nonprofit groups, from animals rights organizations to political activists, said most of their donated funds appear to have vanished after the organization that watched over the money suddenly ceased operations last month.

Steve Sugarman, the center’s executive director, said in an email to some of the groups that he was filled with “deep regret” over going out of business and hoped it caused no lasting harm. He assured them in the email that all funds had been properly spent, though it is not clear what he was referring to because a fiscal sponsor is not supposed to spend its clients’ money on its own operations.

Wow.
Photo:   Sonali Kolhatkar is director of Afghan Women’s Mission, one of the organizations whose money was handled by the International Humanities Center. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Nonprofits fear money in center’s care vanished: More than 200 nonprofit groups, from animals rights organizations to political activists, said most of their donated funds appear to have vanished after the organization that watched over the money suddenly ceased operations last month.

Steve Sugarman, the center’s executive director, said in an email to some of the groups that he was filled with “deep regret” over going out of business and hoped it caused no lasting harm. He assured them in the email that all funds had been properly spent, though it is not clear what he was referring to because a fiscal sponsor is not supposed to spend its clients’ money on its own operations.

Wow.

Photo: Sonali Kolhatkar is director of Afghan Women’s Mission, one of the organizations whose money was handled by the International Humanities Center. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

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