I am a professional that has reviewed many non profit organization's IRS Form 990s. Autism Speaks Form 990 raises serious red flags. Serious. This is all from the official filing for 2006.
1. Three members of the Board of Directors received $2.5 million for their own organizations.
2. The President Mark Roithmayr, just received a 5 year contract for about $2,000,000 including bonuses with no prior background with autism.
3. The grants are primarily going to those representing institutions that are reviewing the grants. There is no indication that these conflicts are independently reviewed
4. The location of this small and new foundation is in very expensive downtown New York facilities (2 Park Avenue) rented for $200,000 by the institution that is run by the Chairman of Autism Speaks.
5. A expense of a Private Jet plane for $57,000 was noted. This is very unusual for a new non profit groups.
6. The head of the scientific review received the majority of the funds for 2005 for his institution for a data base - almost $3 million
Since the funding is now from the public - and the advertising and promotion tugs at the publics heart strings with images of families in need - the funds collected MUST be about those it raises the money for.
The following are all taken from the Form 990 filing
Web Site $830,000
Software for the computer $514,000
Public relations $285,000
Office annual rent $200,000
HR consultant $110,000
Editorial Consultant $76,000
Private Jet Plane for someone that entertained $57,000
Mark Roithmayr* $360,000
Peter Bell [$240,000?]
Alison Singer $168,000
Mr Ringall $150,000
Andy Shik $110,000
Remember all the above also gets significant fringe benefits that
Mark Roithmayr also can get $50,000 more with a bonus a year benefits
Here is the AS 2005 990. Here is the 2006 990.
Further discussions on AS allocation of funds, choices and ethics can be found here, here and here.
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