February 26, 2013

February 26, 2013
NMAC: Where’s the sunshine?

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Tuesday and I hope you are having a beary safe and great week so far. It is another very busy week for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

Yesterday, I started blogging about the financial problems at NMAC (National Minority AIDS Council) that I will continue today.

The National Minority AIDS Council is headquartered in Washington, D.C. NMAC’s mission is “to develop leadership in communities of color to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic.”

With the recent announcement that the National Association of People with AIDS has ceased operations and filed for bankruptcy we are given another stark reminder of why it is vitally important for AIDS organizations to operate in an open and tansparent manner.

We calling on Paul Kawata, Executive Director of the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) to make available, at a minimum, the following information:

The last three years of NMAC’s IRS form 990 filings
The last three years of Independent Financial Audits of NMAC
The last three years of Annual Reports
NMAC governing documents (bylaws, etc.)

None of these basic documents are available on the NMAC website, a significant fact especially in light of the financial performance of NMAC over the past four years:

2008 Net loss of $ 389,251
2009 Net loss of $ 527,542
2010 Net loss of $ 52,531
2011 Net loss of $ 937,627

That’s a cumulative NET LOSS of $1,906,771 over the past four years. Losses in each of the past four years is problematic and raises many questions that deserve to be answered.

During this four year period, Paul Kawata’s salary and benefit package has increased to $272,711 per year.

There is no excuse for the NMAC 990′s, audits, governing documents and annual reports to not be readily accessible on the NMAC website.

We look forward to being able to report that NMAC has agreed to provide ready access to this information on NMAC.org in the very near future.

Hope you have a beary safe and great Tuesday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab