Please read Lather, Rinse, Repeat, Redux for an update on this subject.
February 5, 2013
Toni’s blog post dated January 31, 2013 discusses the scholarship fund that was set up in Morgan’s name. This is a meaningful and positive way to remember Morgan and I encourage anyone who wants to honor her memory to consider making a contribution. Colorado Mountain College scholarship fund is a registered nonprofit foundation. Donors can be confident their contribution will be used for the stated purpose.
Unfortunately, contributors to The Morgan Ingram Foundation cannot be granted that same assurance.
The Ingram’s request for contributions has long been a topic of discussion forum debate. Are they breaking any laws? Are they grifters using the tragedy of their daughter’s death to scam the public?
I checked the Colorado Secretary of State and the IRS for The Morgan Ingram Foundation along with morganingram.com, Morgan’s Stalking and The Morgan Ingram Benefit fund. I also searched Toni Ingram and Steven Ingram.
I was not able to find a nonprofit organization associated with any of those names. The Morgan Ingram Foundation is not incorporated or registered in the state of Colorado and it is unknown to the IRS.
What does all this mean? First let me stress I am not a lawyer. What I am presenting is my understanding of what I have read. I strongly encourage readers to do their own research.
To the best of my understanding, it is not against the law for private individuals to put a donation button on their webpage, Soliciting money is considered protected speech.
However, it is against the law for private individuals, in this case Steve and Toni Ingram, to misrepresent themselves as a legitimate registered charity, solicit funds for that charity and use those funds to line their pockets.
So yep, they’re breaking the law.
And on it goes…….