Friday, August 13, 2010

Former employees, financial documents agree: Planned Parenthood Golden Gate severly mismanaged

The San Francisco Bay Guardian has an article in which a former employee of Planned Parenthood Golden Gate shares how she could see the signs of mismanagement.
A former PPGG employee with knowledge of the organization’s internal affairs described a longstanding pattern of financial mismanagement when former president and CEO Dian Harrison was at the helm. There was widespread concern about spending on expensive marketing campaigns and lavish functions, the person said, and a high level of employee turnover and discontent.
The article actually doesn't have a ton of details but there are some alleged misdoings (high executive salaries, hidden expense accounts, etc.) in the comments section from individuals claiming to be former employees and a former union rep.

The Bay Citizen has more details on Planned Parenthood Golden Gate's financial mismanagement, including noting that they didn't meet Planned Parenthood's financial standards starting back in 2004, lost $2.8 million dollars last year and its political action fund hadn't filed a report with the state in 10 years!

The article also includes a portion of a letter that was cc'd to Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards which claims administrators were using company money for personal expenses.
Executive staff’s personal expenditures are excessive and are not aligned with the mandatory fiscal restrictions. Flagrant use of PPGG funds to pay for personal belongings, personal services and exorbitant technology products is seemingly unchallenged and not subject to the same financial scrutiny that clinic supplies and staff salaries are, for example.
I love how Katharine Mieszkowski ends the article after listing Planned Parenthood Golden Gate numerous and longstanding financial problems:
In an interview last week, interim CEO Therese Wilson said that “there has been no evidence of any fiscal mismanagement at this organization.”

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