Our View: Latino Community Roundtable's credibility depends on oversight

July 29, 2013 

In recent years, we've seen a number of nonprofit groups fail to keep up with the administrative side of their operations — including fund raising and filing required paperwork — because they put so much effort into outreach and programs.

Latino Community Roundtable seems to be the latest example of this.

President Maggie Mejia acknowledges responsibility for not providing the required "statement of information" to the California office. Mejia indicated that she is following up to get all of the information in order to lift the suspension and get the organization's nonprofit status reinstated with the Franchise Tax Board.

LCR is not a typical 501(c)3 charity to which donations are tax-exempt. It has 501(c)4 status as a social welfare organization and is eligible to be involved in political endorsements.

LCR has led the way in urging — under the subtle or no-so-subtle threat of a lawsuit, school boards and city councils to switch to district elections. Because of this, LCR has a high profile and the obligation to be beyond reproach in its operations.

Once the organization has its corporate status back in good standing, its leaders and members should feel free to pursue their political positions. We think this is one more reminder to boards of directors that they have a legal obligation to provide strong oversight of their organizations if they want credibility and success.

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