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OMC Foundation expenses, spending questioned

January 13th, 2014 - 11:44am

(Port Angeles) – The resignation letter of the former associate executive director of the Olympic Medical Center Foundation has caused a stir in local philanthropic circles.

Sara Maloney stepped down from her job six months ago citing issues she sees with efficiencies in how the foundation raises money.

The non-profit foundation, raises funds for the Olympic Medical Center. Foundation officials say they've donated more than $2.1 million to the medical center since 2006.

But Maloney wrote in her letter she thinks the total should be greater.

She says the foundation leadership exhibits an “apparent disregard for excessive overhead expenses -- particularly personnel costs”. She is also concerned money earmarked for certain causes may have been used to offset costs of other fundraising efforts.

Foundation officials, including board president and former Port Angeles mayor Karen Rogers, say Maloney's concerns are overblown.

Rogers tells the Sequim Gazette she has nevertheless taken substantial steps in recent months to restructure the foundation's bylaws, policies and payroll.

Foundation executive director Bruce Skinner says he has cut payroll costs.

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