BOISE, Idaho — Idaho’s top legal officer says a YMCA chapter in Twin Falls has violated the state’s charitable trust laws, but no charges will be filed.
Instead, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced Wednesday his office would be issuing five recommendations to the YMCA to ensure better record keeping and contribution monitoring.
“This is an important asset to the community and the recommendations I’ve made are designed to make sure this organization can continue making a positive impact on children and families far into the future,” Wasden said in a prepared statement.
Wasden’s office launched an investigation into the YMCA chapter in June amid allegations that then-CEO Gary Ettenger had misappropriated more than $1 million in restricted donations between 2011 and 2016. Allegations included that the former CEO had used donations designated for projects, such as an indoor water park, to cover the shortfall in the YMCA’s operating budget.
A February assessment conducted by the national YMCA showed that the nonprofit organization’s local board asked for help when it realized Ettenger was providing false financial information. Ettenger stepped down in March.
Wasden’s report did not find that donations were used for private gain.
The Twin Falls YMCA office did not immediately return a request for comment.
The board has agreed to notify the attorney general’s office of any missing assets that are reported by the financial professionals currently sorting through the organization’s financial records.