A San Diego non profit charity collects donated sportcaught fish from fishermen. Sport caught fish in california cannot be sold, bartered, traded on otherwise result in personal gain to an individual.
The founder of the charity is a Marketing/Public Relations director for a firm that sells waste incineration equipment. This comes into play later.
They state they collected and distributed 25,000 pounds of fish last year. This is high priced fish with a Fair Market Value I estimate exceeds $100,000.
When I asked for a 990/990-T etc. The founder stated they did not make a penny and no IRS returns, etc. where filed. They just started that year 2010.
The fish are collected and sent to a for profit processor (clean fish) managed by a personal friend of the charity founder. The founder has also worked for the owners of the facility. They state the fish are amassed and then forwarded to other charities in the area. I'm sure this is the case for most of the fish. A sizable amount though are cleaned for some of the charities at a cost. This directly benefits the processor. So does the sale of the fish carcasses to lobster crab fishermen. Both these gains from sport caught fish are sizable. Then there is the issue of sport caught fish in a for profit facility at all. I will have DFG address that among other things.
One of the non profit charites who receive fish from this "middleman" charity is their largest recipient. I come to find they had a waste incinerator installed by the company the founder of the charity is a director for. This appears to be a personal gain to the founder resulting from reciprocation for providing the sport caught fish.
This same charity who recieved in excess of 10,000 pounds of fish actually cleans whole fish themselves. Then the carcasses are given free of charge to a friend of the charity founder in question. A lobster fisherman. I estimate the value of that bait that any other lobster fisherman would have to pay for at approx. $5,000. Here a personal friend of the founder personally benifits from sport caught fish.
This founder has promoted his "Charity" very well in town. It appears he is doing great things and is becoming "connected" with the philanthropist and political community.
Now he is having conversations with the City about managing all their waste with the equipment of the company he is the Marketing/Public Relations director for. No doubt do to his "Charitable" work in the community.
How much of this activity is illegal, unethical, etc. I look to confront him and or expose this situation to the local media.