Ten Point Coalition Tax Returns Raise Red Flags, Concerning Questions.

Local non-profit organization, the Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition has been the focus of attention and controversy recently. Earlier this week the group, led by the Reverend Charles Harrison, hosted United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions at Barnes United Methodist church.

This second meeting with a member of the Trump administration has caused an unprecedented amount of scrutiny against Harrison and his organization. In response to the visit between Ten Point and Sessions, a group of over a dozen ministers united publicly to denounce the meeting.

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New information from local media outlets who were able to obtain and analyze crime data from the organization points to them not being as effective statistically as claimed.

The most recent — and potentially most troubling — piece of information suggests that members of the Ten Point Coalition may be lining their own pockets with government funding intended to reduce crime in high-risk neighborhoods.

Non-profit organizations usually list their funding and other financial information for the public on their website or other easily accessible media. This is required by law according to The Public Disclosure and Availability of Exempt Organizations Returns & Applications (link provided here from IRS website).

This information should include the 990 return and any schedules, attachments, or supporting documents that relate to the “imposition of tax on unrelated business income of the charity”.

After obtaining and reviewing publicly available documents, Black Indy Live Investigators have discovered potential inaccuracies and the omission of data that suggests the misappropriation of hundreds of thousands of government dollars.

After reviewing 3 years of filings (2014-2016) there were several re-occurring discrepancies that raised a number of questions about how the organization spent their funds. The 2014 filing shed the most light on the potential mismanagement of government money.

The above image highlights the members of the organization, and shows none received any monetary compensation. Any member, past or present, receiving compensation should be listed on this form with the amount received.

The Above Statement of Revenue shows $150,000 of government grants were contributed to the organization in 2014 alone. This figure does not include an additional $44,910 that was also received from personal donations, which raises the grand total of revenue received for 2014 to $194,910.

This leads to the $194,000 question, how was this money spent?

Per this “Statement of Functional Expenses”  you can see the break down of the funds spent by the organization. Most non-profits have overhead costs, but curiously there is a very large amount of funds ($171,730) that are unaccounted for under “other” that is unrelated to employee compensation. This breakdown should be listed on the “IRS Schedule O”.

 

Unfortunately the Schedule O only states that if requested the organization will provide this information, leaving us unable to determine how this money was spent.

The final page of the 2014 tax document is the most crucial & damaging piece of evidence that points to misappropriation.

After reviewing 23 pages of tax documents, a profit and loss statement for the organization raised even further questions. A singular “Street Outreach Worker” for the Ten Point Coalition made $84,446.44. In addition another “Part Time Street Outreach Worker” made $36,581. Based on our interpretation of this data, the Ten Point Coalition only recorded two unidentified workers, who received what some would consider substantial compensation for their roles.

Did did two workers really take home 80% of the entire government grant money allotted to the group? And why were these employees not identified in the tax forms?

Subsequently no other year’s tax filing had a profit/loss statement attached, only the 2014 document. Black Indy Live has reached out to the Ten Point Coalition to obtain the last two years of financial documents.

All of this information raises the serious question in light of Ten Point’s efforts to expand their program statewide and receive even more funding. If the Attorney General of Indiana, Curtis Hill, is setting aside $500,000 in “seed money” for the Ten Point Coalition to have their work replicated in other cities, where will that money really go?

Ten Point Coalition 990 Non-Profit Tax Forms

2014-352071975-0b768ce8-9

2015-352071975-0caf481a-9

2016-352071975-0dc7f0ea-9