The Directorate for Integration and Diversity (Imdi) has decided to withhold the second term of this year’s operating grant to the Born Free Foundation.
– Thorough investigations of the foundation’s finances show clear and systematic violations of the preconditions for grants, says Imdi director Libe Rieber-Mohn in a press release on Monday.
After a thorough review of Født Fris’ accounting documentation, the directorate’s conclusion is that the foundation has had poor financial management.
Imdi’s decision means that the foundation will not be paid NOK 3 million in the second term.
The decision can be appealed to the Ministry of Education and Research. The deadline for complaints is three weeks from the day Born Free received the letter that the operating grant is withheld.
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“Misleading and wrong”
The foundation reacts strongly to the support being withheld.
– The FødtFri foundation considers the answer from Imdi to be misleading and built on an incorrect basis, it is stated in a statement on Monday night.
– Today we received a letter from Imdi called «decision on withholding of grants». The letter is perceived to be a new justification for the previously formless decision, it is said.
The foundation maintains that it believes financial management “has been good”. General manager Shabana Rehman also reacts to the fact that she became aware of Imdi’s conclusion via the media.
– It is very reprehensible in itself. We have now been given a three-week appeal deadline, but have no money and no employees, she tells VG.
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– Boring case
Rieber-Mohn calls the whole thing a tedious affair, but emphasizes the importance of the funds being used properly.
– There is a lot of competition for resources in the field of volunteering. Therefore, it is important that organizations that receive support, use community funds in line with the purpose and have good financial management, she says.
– When an organization that has received 14 million from the state budget does not follow the guidelines, it must have consequences, says the Imdi manager.
On 11 August, Imdi received a notice relating to several matters concerning the foundation. On the basis of the notification, investigations were initiated with emphasis on the foundation’s financial management.
The investigations were carried out by the auditing company Ernst & Young, which concluded that the foundation lacked good financial management, and that parts of the grant had not been used in line with the purpose.
Born Fri already in the beginning of October rejected the accusations of poor financial management and demanded that all financial support for 2020 be paid out.
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