- Associated Press - Sunday, December 4, 2016

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska Attorney General’s Office has launched a review of the operations of Goodwill Omaha in the wake of an Omaha World-Herald investigation showing the charity’s top executives have been paid more than executives at Goodwills nationwide.

State law empowers the attorney general to protect the financial assets of Nebraska charities and ensure those dollars are used for public good, the Omaha World-Herald reported (https://bit.ly/2gQmwJg ) Sunday.

The newspaper reported in October that longtime Goodwill Omaha CEO Frank McGree received total compensation of $933,444 in 2014. Also, 13 of the nonprofit’s executives were paid more than $100,000 in 2014, so a significant portion of the $4 million generated from Goodwill’s stores in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa went to administrative costs instead of its job-training programs.

McGree, who had led the Omaha charity for 30 years, announced his resignation and plan to take early retirement in late October.

Officials declined to detail the specific issues the office is examining. A likely concern is whether Goodwill’s high levels of executive compensation represented an unlawful misuse of charitable dollars.

“The attorney general … has the ability to protect charitable assets if it feels there may be issues,” Assistant Attorney General Abigail Stempson, chief of the public protection bureau and consumer protection division under Attorney General Doug Peterson, told the World-Herald.

Goodwill officials confirmed the inquiry and indicated that they are cooperating with the attorney general’s subpoenas seeking information.


Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com

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