The Miami Herald recently ran the story Fort Lauderdale nonprofit for missing children nets $5M. One of the comments on the article asks why “A Child Is Missing” hasn’t released financial information pointing out that they are a 501 (c) 3 charity. In actuallity, the organization has yet to receive the funds but is one step closer. Should you visit their revamped website, you may too wonder why there are no links to any financial statements.
According to their site, A Child Is Missing (ACIM) is a national non-profit 501(c)3 that helps law enforcement throughout the United States locate missing children, the elderly (Alzheimer’s/dementia), the disabled, and college students missing on campus through a high-speed telephone alert system. They are described as a non-profit but when you click on the link, it redirects you to the Association of Missing & Exploited Childrens Organizations AMECO where you will find this note at the bottom of the page.
NOTE: This project is supported by Grant No. 2008-MC-CX-K014 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.
The bill, the A Child Is Missing Alert and Recovery Center Act (H.R. 1933) requires the Attorney General to make a grant to the A Child Is Missing Alert and Recovery Center. The bill specifies the following uses of funds:
The bill authorizes $5 million for each fiscal year from Fiscal Year 2010 through Fiscal Year 2015.