A Broken Charity

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When I arrived to pick up the payroll, I was greeted by the IRS. That day, the IRS closed the charity where I was employed. The days and weeks ahead were like being on a never-ending roller-coaster ride. The Rabbi Bentzion Pil and his wife Mattie had created the charity. It was their baby. They had many struggles while they continually nurtured the Jewish Educational Center through the years. As it grew, the rabbi started one of the first "donate-your-car" programs in the United States. The charity auctioned the ...

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Overview

When I arrived to pick up the payroll, I was greeted by the IRS. That day, the IRS closed the charity where I was employed. The days and weeks ahead were like being on a never-ending roller-coaster ride. The Rabbi Bentzion Pil and his wife Mattie had created the charity. It was their baby. They had many struggles while they continually nurtured the Jewish Educational Center through the years. As it grew, the rabbi started one of the first "donate-your-car" programs in the United States. The charity auctioned the cars. During the last years, it brought in more than eight million dollars annually. It became one of the largest used car business in the U.S. It also became the blueprint for other charities to follow. Programs were added, such as English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for the many Russian immigrants, a day school, and a Russian magazine. The money rolled in, yet the accounting system didn't sufficiently show where the money rolled out. The IRS, the state attorney general, and other agencies began looking at the charity. This is the story as to what really happened during the finals months and days of the charity-before the Rabbi Pil received his sentence.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413764901
  • Publisher: Publish America
  • Publication date: 5/2/2005
  • Pages: 124
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.29 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2005

    An Insider's Report: A Microcosmic Metaphor for the Corporate Problem

    How many times, driving to work, do we hear the myriad commercials for 'Here's how to get rid of your unwanted car and write it off as a tax deduction' and wonder just how that gimmick works? Jack E. George has been there, suffered that, and has the bravery and good sense to tell us at least one example (in fact, the prototype of the entire cars for causes network) of a charity and its ups and downs.Based on fact - the scandal surrounding the Jewish Educational Center in San Francisco - George details all aspects of this unfortunate case and makes it interesting, at times humorous, and always honest in his methods of research and explication. The facts include misspent funds obtained by charitable means, but they also include the personalities of all the people involved - from the top Rabbi and IRS down to the parents and teachers and children.At first this book may seem as though it is an isolated bit of reportage about one 'company' out of the many names of corporations undergoing investigation. But once the reader begins to enter the world of Jack George, this exacting extended essay becomes a novel of sorts. In short, George has written an expose that is as interesting as most fatter crime novels out there. A BROKEN CHARITY is a fast read,with staying power. Grady Harp

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2005

    Facinating narrative!

    I started this book not quite knowing what to expect. Would the author, Jack E. George, play a martyr and damn the evil charity organizers or would he demonize the IRS and other government entities involved? Happily, he did neither! His story sticks to the facts. He wrote exactly what he saw and experienced. Mr. George worked as an administrator of a school funded by a charity that the IRS forced to close because of questionable practices (you'll have to read the book to find out exactly what). He explains the teachers' angst, the parents' frustrations and his own stressful situations. He tries to explain what the people above him might have been thinking but it is obvious, through their surprising actions, they didn't give Mr. George any real information. Through out the book, he gives everyone the benefit of doubt but still points out questions that he never received a reasonable answer to. The reader is not lead by the nose to believe a certain way about anyone's motivations but is allowed to draw his or her own conclusions about what really happened behind the Jewish Educational Center and the charity that funded it. I found 'A Broken Charity' extremely enlightening and if I ever become intimately involved with a charity, I have learned many things NOT to do! (Like giving the only copy of cash receipts to the parents!) This is a must read for those involved in charities, those in the community or anyone who remembers the media coverage of the damning investigation. In fact, you can still find newspaper articles on the web on this subject if you need to refresh your memory. Others who simply enjoy a well written narrative will also enjoy this book. I found A Broken Charity well worth the $20 dollars.

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