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AFH Court Case re Bankruptcy, USA – Disaster Relief Nonprofit Organization

Jul 20, 2016

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Architecture for Humanity Founders and Board Members Sued for $3 Million

Leaders of the nonprofit organization, which closed in 2015, are being accused of mismanaging funds.

In 2015, Architecture for Humanity (AFH), a U.S.-based nonprofit organization with more than 60 chapters worldwide, abruptly closed and declared bankruptcy, leaving many to wonder what exactly went wrong, reports the Architectural Record. Now it has emerged that AFH’s founders and board members are being sued for alleged mismanagement of funds.

On June 10, a court-appointed trustee filed a complaint against the group’s founders, Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr, who were paid employees, and 10 members of the board of directors, who served as volunteers.

The board consists of entrepreneurs, tech experts, and architects, including Toshiko Mori, a prominent New York-based architect, and Clark Manus, the former president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

The other board members named are Matthew Charney, Paul Gabie, Niama Jacobs, Scott Mattoon, Taylor Milsal, Narry Singh, and Margaret Stewart.

The lawsuit, filed in the San Francisco division of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, alleges that the defendants acted with gross negligence and breached their fiduciary duties between July 21, 2012, and December 31, 2014.

Specifically, the suit accuses the AFH founders and board members of improperly using “restricted funds”—charitable contributions with specific requirements—and violating agreements with donors.

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7 Feb 2012

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New Partnership Combines Resources That Help Communities Better Respond and Rebuild Following Disasters

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Architecture for Humanity announced a strategic partnership to coordinate advocacy, education, and training that helps architects make effective contributions to communities preparing for, responding to, and rebuilding after disaster. The partnership is focused on providing resources so more architects can utilize their skills in disaster response environments and better serve as leaders in their community.

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