Sunday, June 29, 2014
# 15 More questions for Scott Neeson
You have decided not to answer any of my questions of a week ago. I have some more. Let me preface these by reiterating that I have every reason to believe that on many fronts CCF is doing good work. However, this does not absolve CCF (or any other NGO) from the need to be transparent and accountable for the way in which sponsors and donors’ monies are spent.
# 1 Do you own land in Kep with ocean views, land in Kampot with river views and other properties in Kampong Cham?
# 2 Would it be fair to say that the combined value of these properties, acquired in conjunction with a Cambodian partner, would be in the vicinity of $1 million?
From the mandatory filings about its finances that CCF has to make to US authorities, I see that your income from CCF (for 2012 – maybe it’s gone up since then?) was $85,593.
This information is publicly available at:
There is only one listed ‘key employee’ in:
Part VII, Section A. Officers, Directors, Trustees, Key Employees and Highest Compensated Employees
(13) Scott Neeson, Exec Director; $85,983
‘For an organisation which is said to have some hundreds of staff (can you let me know exactly how many?) to look after 2000 (?) children, 30% of whom are resident, it surprises me that there is only one ’key’ employee.
# 3 Are you the only person in this category (Part V11, Section A) who receives an income?
If so, what are sponsors and donors to make of some of the other items in the budget? For instance?
5. Compensation of current officers, directors, trustees and key employees
5B: Program service expenses: $71,781
# 4 As the only ‘key employee’ of CCF it would seem that this $71,781 is an expense accrued by yourself. Is this so?
And what about:
16A: Total Expenses; $294, 835
This reads as though ‘occupancy’ might relate to hotel expenses!?
# 5 Did you manage to accumulate $294,835 in hotel expenses in the financial year of 2012? It may be that many of these these hotel expenses (if my guess is right) may have been accrued by others?
# 6 If the term ‘occupancy’ refers to something other than hotel expenses, could you please clarify?
You will appreciate, Scott, that all these questions simply relate to matters that any potential donor or supporter should know about if they are to make an informed decision as to where they might want to place their money.
And then there is the significant travel bill:
17A: Total Expenses; $245,566
CCF’s Travel costs seem pretty high too, especially for an organization that deals with one community in one part of one city in Cambodia.
# 7 What proportion of this $245,566 is spent by CCF on flying you around the world?
It would seem (and please correct me if I am wrong) that in addition to your $85,000 wage, you receive generous benefits from being able to travel the world and stay in expensive hotels.
The financial statement to be found online (see above) relates only to the US branch of CCF.
# 8 Are financial statements available for CCF Australia? CCF UK?, CCF Hong Kong?
# 9 Is there a statement available that provides the total amount of funds flowing from all sources into the Cambodian Children’s Fund?
# 10 How many employees does CCF have?
You’ll certainly be aware, Scott, that the prevalence of unfairly low pay in Cambodia has led to many strikes and demonstrations recently:
#11 How many CCF employees are paid at the International Labor Organization's recommended rates? How many are paid at a lower rate?
The following comment appears online in response to your Ted talk:
“Scott Neeson is doing a great job for children. To make sure that your donation and money are not stolen by Kram Sokchannoeurn, Country Manager, who bringing her sisters, husband, cousin and other relatives to work in CCF, Scott Neeson needs to reform and build a preventive system against internal corruption or fraud and stop nepotism inside CCF.”
# 12 Is it true that the country manager mentioned in the comment has 2 of her sisters, her brother in law, her husband and other relatives holding senior positions in CCF?’
Just a final question that one relates to the scale of the donations CCF receives.
# 13 Did CCF receive $1 million worth of Fortesque Metal Group shares a few years ago?
And a final observation:
Based on the ‘total revenue’ from US sources, presumably not taking into account money from other sources, (please correct me if this is a wrong assumption) in the 2012 financial year it cost CCF $5 million to feed, clothe, house and educate the children in the NGO’s care. Utilizing a ballpark figure of 2,000 children, it costs CCF a bare minimum of $2,500 per annum to take care of one child.
I have recently spoken with the parents of children resident at CCF whose combined income, working in the new dump, is $1000 per annum.