"Both nonprofits violate state law for failing to have functioning boards of directors, which provide oversight and control of funds donated to the tax-exempt entities" according to a(USA Today) Journal News/lohud.com investigation. Key people listed as board members of the Tourism Corp. said they didn't know they were officers, and one Visitors' Bureau board member admitted he hadn't been invited to a board meeting in years.
These lines from the (USA) Journal pretty much sum up the story about Libby Pataki (yes, the former NY Governor's spouse) and two tourism "nonprofits" that receive grants from the County and also siphon-off monies that go to Mrs. Pataki. While the nonprofits clearly have governance issues, stories from the Journal say very little about what if any activities or benefits to the public are provided. Yes, two indicators that all is not "right" with these nonprofits is regulator's interest (over unauthorized public money spending and pretty-much non-functional boards. Sadly, even if the nonprofits are appropriately pursuing their mission, the media's portrayal will not benefit the nonprofits. Funny enough, one so-called indicator of a nonprofit not doing its job, according to the Journal, is the nonprofit's website which appears to be "down". Not much to go on in my opinion but enough to have the public see one more proof that all is not right.
Yes, this may be as much about politics as the facts but the morale of the story: all facts do matter when a nonprofit is being challenged. And, when there are hunts for how a nonprofit has done wrong, good governance matters a lot more.