Lentil as Anything raises money for wages and rent as Thornbury store faces eviction
Ms Evans had previously said Age the organization was in a “very awful and delicate situation” with a “lack of expertise or ability to meet regulatory deadlines”.
She was replaced by the new president Alex Pavlotsky.
His GoFundMe pitch said “in light of recent negative press” that he contacted the charities regulator “to make sure we are following their laws.”
“We are currently working closely with them on processes to make Lentil as Anything even more transparent. “
Fundraising donations will be used to pay unpaid wages, rent and supplier bills.
Last year, Lentil as Anything was the subject of regulatory action from the Fair Work Ombudsman for underpayment of wages and the Australian Tax Office for a large unpaid pension bill.
He raised at least $ 373,000 to meet these obligations and claimed at that time that the pandemic “threw a wrench into our organizational model.” But his own financial accounts before the coronavirus emerged show he was already on the brink of insolvency.
There have been years of board upheaval and Mr. Fernando, a former bankrupt, has been charged with serious misconduct after allegedly using the charity for personal financial gain and abusing government grants..
Age reported in May that a forensic report – commissioned by a previous board – claimed that $ 11,279 of the registered charity’s money could have been misused for a series of private expenses of Mr. Fernando, including paying for his electricity, water and gas bills and his travel costs. Mr Fernando has denied all the allegations and accused the former board of directors of wanting to “denigrate” him and Lentil like anything.
“My character is my only asset and it’s sad that this has been attacked,” he said this week.
The report found that record keeping was so poor that it was unable to conclusively determine “for or against improper or illegal conduct at Lentil”. “The existence of numerous irregularities suggests that further investigation is needed.”
Mr Pavlotsky, the new president and anthropologist, said he was convinced the problems were only of internal politics.
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