Company Accused of Swindling Non-Profits

DeChristopher's Peaceful Uprising affected


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The executive director of a company that managed administration for 200 small non-profits has been accused of disappearing with more than $800,000 in donor money. Steve Sugarman ran the International Humanities Center, which helped small, budget- and staff-constrained non-profits organize tax returns and keep track of donations. Clients including Peaceful Uprising, the group founded by environmental activist Tim DeChristopher. DeChristopher gained prominence in 2008 for disrupting a government oil- and gas-lease auction and was jailed in July. “The more time goes on, the more I lose hope we’ll ever see any of that money again,” said Peaceful Uprising’s Dylan Rose Schneider. Sugarman closed IHC in mid January and is accused of misappropriating $877,000 in donations. California’s attorney general office has opened an investigation.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times