Stewardship Advocates once consulted with an Orthodox organization in organizational development. During the consultation it came to be noticed that pornography was randomly appearing on the full screen view of the female executive director’s computer. An inquiry revealed that the service technician utilized by the organization had the very questionable practice of taking office computers home to “work on them”. Stewardship Advocates conducted a background check and discovered that the technician was a convicted felon, who had served jail time for illegal possession of firearms and cocaine drug dealing. A different technician was quickly hired and immediately fixed the problem. However, a local Orthodox parish was also utilizing this technician who had unrestricted access to all the financial and personal files of the parish. When Stewardship Advocates informed the priest of the pornography, felony convictions, etc., the priest replied, “Well, we’ve never had any problem with him. It’s a Christian’s duty to forgive, isn’t it?” He remains their technician to this day several years later.
Verified Volunteers appears to be highly qualified, often recommended, used by high-flying nonprofits and geared to the service industry. In the interest of full disclosure Stewardship Advocates has never used them and has no financial or contractual arrangement with them. Here is their story from their website.
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