In Lieu of Contributions, Nexus Donates to
Mille Lacs News staff writer
Documents recently obtained by the Mille Lacs
News indicate that Nexus donates to itself, and then claims the money as
gifts and contributions when applying for Property tax exemption. "For
on the 2004 Form 990 for Nexus Diversified
Community Service, Inc. there is only one contributor listed, which
is Nexus who contributed $348,193." Furthermore, "On the 2004 Form 990 for
Nexus, the only contributor identified is Nexus Diversified Community
Service, Inc. who contributed in excess of $1 million." It should be noted
that Nexus and Nexus Diversified Community Service, Inc. are both... well...
Nexus. But why would a multi-million dollar corporation stage such a
juggling act which presents a picture that they receive such large
themselves, admit that in the past they "have attempted to solicit
contribution and gifts from the general public and due to the type of
juveniles that we treat we were not very successful."
That may be so, but why
promote the misconception that the organization is charity-based? Why claim
your own money as a donation? Certainly, if a private citizen gave a huge
donation to themselves and claimed it on their taxes, they'd be charged with
FRAUD. Could Nexus be simply putting a few dollars in its own hat, hoping
that sidewalk strollers will follow suit, dropping in a few quarters as they
pass by? Could they be hoping to start a trend of giving by giving to
Poor Nexus has had to further
admit that "the cost of
the fund drives were more [than] the donations received." How
embarrassing is that!
This is the same company who
promises to "leave a small foot-print" on the land while it builds the
largest project in Onamia's history. This is the same company who has
pronounced that their convicted juvenile sex offenders are not dangerous;
they don't escape (they just walk away with their counselors tagging along
behind them); the same multi-million dollar corporation who has asked
the small town of Onamia to contribute towards sewer, water, streets, and
other such infrastructures; and the same company who has misled the
community about property tax exemption which they do not qualify for.
Perhaps if Nexus would be open
and honest, telling it like it is instead of skirting around the truth, stop
trying to bamboozle people, and if they would run their business in an
upfront manner, maybe - just maybe - people would feel more comfortable
contributing to them.