Yesterday, Attorney General John Kroger released his list of the 20 âworstâ non-profits operating in Oregon. The absence of any Oregon-based non-profits from the list could generate concerns Kroger is going easy on local outfits.
But hereâs a story from the (Eugene) Register Guard about a fascinating lawsuit Kroger filed against the natural foods company making Yogi Tea that suggests Krogerâs office is keeping a close eye on local non-profits as well.
âOregon Attorney General John Kroger has filed a lawsuit accusing the managers of Golden Temple, a Eugene natural foods company, of unjustly enriching themselves and of allowing assets of the nonprofit Sikh religious community inspired by Yogi Bhajan to slip into private, for-profit ownership,â writes RG reporter Sherri Buri McDonald.
âThe suit requests damages of $17 million for the nonprofit organizations alleged to be harmed by the managersâ actions. It seeks the removal of the four managers of âUnto Infinity,â chosen by Yogi Bhajan to oversee the communityâs businesses and nonprofit organizations after his death in 2004. It also requests that a receiver be appointed until new management is installed, to reduce the risk of transfer of other assets dedicated to charitable purposes, such as the Sikh communityâs Yogi Tea business or Akal Security, its security business based in EspaÃ±ola, N.M.â