Meridian Star

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August 31, 2013

State audit of Wesley House questions spending



"She thought the board was in charge of fundraising but I had to explain to her whenever she writes for a grant that is fundraising as well," Gianakas. "Whenever you think of a fundraising event, grant writing doesn't exactly jump out at you so we had to make sure that is the case from now on."

Gianakas said the third finding was pretty easy to fix. It concerned an IRS 1099 form that he said most non-profits aren't even aware they are supposed to send in. 

In her report Anderson states, "It is the understanding of the examiner that a 'home office' was created and furnished with charitable funds, and possibly charity employee labor. However, it appeared upon the examiner's visit that there was more than adequate facilities on site for the executive director to occupy." 

Gianakas said Stevens' position as executive director for the Wesley House is unique in that it encompasses time away from the central office in Meridian.

"She is on call 24/7 and the 'office' consists of a desk Ginger uses at her home to keep all her contact information so she doesn't have to leave at all hours of the night to come to the office," Gianakas said. "It isn't as if she has an executive office in her home. It is just enough she can get her job done there and then later follow up when she gets to the office at the Wesley House." 

The last issue may seem the most damaging, but there were extenuating circumstances, Gianakas said. 

The report states that in 2010 and into 2011 Stevens spent $55, 924 of the charity's funds for personal reasons. The report further states the money was repaid in full. 

"Credit cards are to be used for business use only," Anderson wrote in the report, "with someone other than the credit card user rectifying the account."

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