Cure AIDS of Wilmington, N.C., Could Lose Funding Due To Lack of Annual Audit
Wilmington, N.C.-based AIDS service provider Cure AIDS could lose out on grant funding from the city and other sources if the organization does not file an annual audit, the Wilmington Morning Star reports. The audit is a requirement for all not-for-profit groups that receive federal Community Development Block Grant funding. Cure AIDS, which offers housing and other programs for people living with HIV/AIDS, over the past seven years has received a minimum of $724,581 in federal, state and local tax money, in addition to grants from a private foundation but has never filed an audit. Without filing an audit, the public has no way of knowing how the group "gets its money or how it is spent," the Morning Star reports. Wilmington City Council Member Jason Thompson said, "I won't be voting to give them any more money if they haven't submitted an audit," adding that he will ask the city manager why Wilmington has continued to provide funding for Cure AIDS "when it hasn't complied with the rules." Cure AIDS Executive Director Belinda Blue said that she was "unaware" of the audit requirement. City Council Member Laura Padgett said, "If there are no such reports, obviously we would not fund them again this year" (Fennell, Wilmington Morning Star, 3/12).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.