Thursday, January 3, 2013

Mass. AG Asks Nonprofit For Overdue Reports

A Dorcester, Mass., nonprofit faces civil penalties if it does not file a series of overdue annual reports in the next few weeks with state regulators.

According to a report in The Dorcester Reporter, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley's office sent a letter to the New Vietnamese American Community of Massachusetts, Inc., on Dec. 20, requesting missing annual reports from 2008 to 2011. Nonprofits and public charities in the state are required by law to submit their annual accounting reports with the AG.

"As a result of the organization’s failure to file as required, the Division is authorized to bring an action to restrain the organization from transacting business in the Commonwealth,” wrote Amy Bryson, the compliance officer, in the Dec. 20 letter. "Furthermore, the Division will not issue a certificate of solicitation while your organization is not compliant with the filing requirements."

New Vietnamese's alleged lack of action regarding its annual reports has sparked concern among Vietnamese-Americans in Dorcester, according to the newspaper. Members of that community met at the offices of VietAID, a local development organization, to discuss whether they need to create a new organization to represent Vietnamese residents. The Reporter spoke with one resident, who said that others in the community had alleged the organization has not been transparent with them.

Diane Huynh, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino's liaison to the Vietnamese community, acknowledged to the paper that New Vietnamese does not always share information with the city.

You can read the full story in The Dorcester Reporter.

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