April 18, 2013
The Spokane Police Department is investigating the embezzlement of more than $130,000 from the Inland Empire Youth Soccer Association (IEYSA), one of our Member Associations. The focus of the investigation is a former board member of IEYSA. No other board members, officers or staff members are implicated in the investigation. IEYSA is cooperating with the Police Department’s investigation and has been integral in providing information for the investigation. Washington Youth Soccer is providing support to IEYSA to ensure that soccer programs continue as planned and that appropriate financial controls are in place.
It is imperative for Washington Youth Soccer Clubs and Associations to focus on the financial health and governance practices of the nonprofit organization in addition to providing youth soccer playing opportunities for all kids.
Washington Youth Soccer will continue to engage in a concerted effort to educate volunteers about fiduciary duties of board members and best practices for nonprofit legal and financial oversight through:
- education sessions at annual meetings
- nonprofit resources available on www.WashingtonYouthSoccer.org
- providing model bylaws that meet the requirements of the Internal Revenue Service, Washington Secretary of State’s Office, US Soccer Federation, and US Youth Soccer
- meetings of WA Youth Soccer staff and board members with local Club, Association, and District boards to be proactive about nonprofit legal and financial topics and controls
- direct organizational guidance and support through the Membership Advisory Committee (MAC) to assist Member Associations
- move to a national background check to improve risk management for all volunteers
We will continue to build the list of resources available on these topics. For any questions regarding the current situation in Spokane, please contact Terry Fisher, CEO, at terry@WashingtonYouthSoccer.org
or (253) 569-8571.
Washington Youth Soccer Board of Directors