|Questions Raised: Allegations of mishandling funds have been raised
Hadassah national president Marcie Natan (left) and immediate past president Nancy Falchuk (right).
On February 7, the group confirmed that it is investigating allegations that two leading members of the governing board’s executive committee misused charitable funds.
The allegations were made in a January 12 letter to Hadassah board members from Larry Blum, Hadassah’s chief operating officer and most senior staff member. Blum himself was placed on administrative leave last November over separate allegations that he had misused his corporate credit card.
The brewing scandal comes as relations deteriorate between the organization’s shrinking staff and its powerful membership, and amid claims by former employees that the volunteers have little regard for the professional staff. Blum’s charges raise additional questions about the volunteer leaders’ guidance of the billion-dollar charity -- Josh Nathan-Kazis, Forward
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