September 12, 2012 3:27 pm
Kids Ecology Corps., founded by Daisy Miller and Leonard Solomon, is a Broward-based 501c(3) that “inspire[s] young people to make Environmental Action part of their every day lives and in the lives of those around them.”
Being very eco-friendly, we here at MAOS think this is a good thing.
Operating with a small staff and a cadre of dedicated volunteers, this organization has touched the lives of 100,000 adults and student volunteers.
According to our very well-placed source(s), around the beginning of January 2011, KEC was beginning to be impacted by the national economic downturn (aka less philanthropy). Adding to their financial hardship, several long-term Board members decided to take a hike and the Executive Director was forced to retire.
Queue: the wheels beginning to come off…
Right around the start of 2011 baseball season, the Board found itself with only three members, Joann Starr, Bryce Combs, and Solomon. A few months later, say May’ish, with Solomon in failing health (he’s since passed), the Board’s now comprised of only two members.
Oops… That, we believe, is a no-no.
We’ve been told KEC hasn’t had an official Board of Directors meeting in nearly two years, has no approved budget, and hasn’t filed their 990 forms on a timely basis. Our sources also indicate, somewhere in the 2012 time frame, Starr, perhaps lacking Board approval (aka a quorum and a vote), may have begun to compensate herself.
If true, then that’s a nice gig to get.
Continuing full-steam ahead (albeit perhaps with no legitimate Board and maybe operating in violation of IRS regulations), KEC continues to solicit funds from corporation and foundation, seemingly without oversight and/or accountability.
We’ve reached out to other entities that provide KEC with financial backing.
Readers will recall Starr considers our investigation harassment. As usual, MAOS remains undeterred and welcomes all challengers.
As they say, this story is developing.
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