Problems with Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence
According to a 2017 report, Tiffany Carr’s salary as the CEO/President of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV) is a whopping $761,560 annually. FCADV is the state’s lead agency on domestic violence and receives $35 million dollars on a pass-through basis that that composes the largest part of the organization’s budget.
Since 2003, the organization has acted as a pass-through funding organization for the state. FCADV is the sole recipient of state domestic violence money. It receives state and federal dollars and distributes funds to local-level domestic violence agencies throughout the state of Florida.
Other pass-through organizations in Florida include the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services that contracts with the Department of Juvenile Justice. Only a few states distribute funds this way, including Kentucky, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania.
Tiffany Carr’s extraordinary income shouldn’t come as much as a surprise because the coalition’s Form 990 IRS filings that show president Tiffany Carr drew a salary of $316,104 in 2009, plus $36,158 in benefits.
The FCADV’s board of directors decided and approve the executive salaries. The board is comprised of current and former executive directors of domestic violence organizations who rely on FCADV for funding.
Tiffany Carr’s salary isn’t the only problem. Across the board, problems were found with the way the funds were distributed and the way records were kept.
Part of the problem is that the FCADV’s board of directors decide executive salaries. Because of FCADV’s pass-through funding responsibilities, this structure causes a clear conflict of interest. Almost the entire board is comprised of current and former executive directors of domestic violence organizations across the State of Florida. Those board members rely on FCADV funding distribution.
This system creates a direct conflict of interest. The recipient of grants from an organization should NOT be on the board of directors.
This article was last updated on Monday, July 15, 2019.