In response to our Post JFNA-ISTAN, we received some excellent Comments. One, from one of the best professional partners in my experience, brought me back to a time when our organizations had purpose and values, understood collective responsibility and acted with responsibility.
But, then, we received the following Anonymous Comment that underscored all that is and has gone wrong at JFNA the past 6+ years. Here is what an apparent JFNA insider wrote us:
" (Another) Anonymous said that JFNA is a bad place
I work there, too.
Bad does not begin to explain
First, not even the executive committee or finance committee has been
told about the federal lawsuits that are underway over employment
Every one will tell you that Jerry is a nice guy, he even eats
lunch with the employees. What they won't tell you is his vicious disposition
when he does not like something. All smiles and then like a rabies infected dog
bite he gets you.
The staff asks every day what will Kathy Manning think?
She is the do all end all. Nothing but nothing can happen without her being in
the spotlight. Even campaign material goes out to the trustees under her
signature. The Campaign chair is a workhorse with zero authority and zero
recognition. Kathy controls all communications. If there is sucess in any area
or anything she can thumbprint, she runs in and pushes the lay-leader in charge
out of the way. Examples are campaign, budget, UIA, endowment, emergency, GPT,
and even the executive committee itself. Whenever there is an issue it will not
go to the executive for discussion, Manning will name an advocate committee,
just so she can chair it. She chairs a dozen functions that should be other lay
I discuss this with colleagues around the country, no other
organization has such a deadly combination of a clueless "out-of-the-box" chief
executive matched with an organizational destroying "one-woman-show" despot like
Death by a thousand cuts. Even a new chair will unlikely
be able to prevent this place from sliding further. Raise critical questions
here? Only at the risk of your job. Anybody with a conscience who can find a
better job is gone. Most people are looking.
This year's toll: Saginaw,
Look around. We stink. It's terrible. We work to advance
JFNA not the Federations. We work to make our organization in the press, we do
not work to advance our mission.
I am ashamed to work here."
And, as if in verification, friends referenced back to an August 2011 transmittal with regard to the "Annual Campaign package." Wasn't sent by the National Campaign Chair or the "Philanthropic Resources" professionals...uh uh. The two pager was sent by Kathy Manning. But, as it turns out there is even further and more immediate evidence of this constant "need" for control. There was a Global Planning Table "Committee" conference call on April 17. The GPT Chair was on the call. Yet, his role was totally usurped by...Ms. Manning. And, she was clearly reading from a script!!
Friends, this is beyond sad...it is beyond tragic. Any of you who believe the allegations above are untrue, write me. Correct the record. If you can.