Audit: Nebraska entrepreneur in decline as he searches for a contract

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According to an audit from the group’s home state of Kansas, a child welfare provider who was struggling financially serving families in the Omaha area was in the throes of growing debt, a mismanagement of money and other problems even before winning a contract with the state of Nebraska.

The Saint Francis Ministries audit released Thursday shows a nonprofit in financial turmoil, with managers spending money on themselves instead of programs and a CEO at the time who took advantage of lavish trips paid for by the organization, according to the Omaha World-Herald.

The audit also indicated that Saint Francis has since taken steps to correct these issues. A spokesperson for Saint Francis reiterated Thursday that the organization is now financially stable.

“We are proud of the work accomplished over the past year and the cultural changes we have seen in Saint Francis,” Morgan Rothenberger, executive director of marketing and communications, said in an email. “We will continue to be diligent in our efforts to bring healing and hope to children and families, working closely with members of our community. “

These recent changes came against the backdrop of persistent setbacks in Nebraska, where Saint Francis was hired to oversee the care of abused and neglected children in Douglas and Sarpy counties from 2020. St. Francis subsequently conceded that he had underbid this contract.

The state announced earlier this month that it would end its contract with Saint Francis Ministries, but would continue to use the group for child placement services.

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