Nonprofit ProvPlan Works To Move Past Embezzlement Scandal

Sep 26, 2016

Providence Plan interim Director Jim Berson.
Credit Chuck Hinman

Rhode Island-based nonprofit, The Providence Plan, is handling fallout from the discovery of embezzlement by its Finance Director Charles Denno. 

Denno, who allegedly had a gambling problem, is under investigation for the disappearance of at least $600,000 over a four-year period. 

The Providence Plan provides data analysis for several government agencies and community groups, and runs education programs such as YouthBuild Providence, an alternative high school degree program that prepares students for careers in construction and other industries. Finance Director Denno and the nonprofit's executive director, Patrick McGuigan, have stepped down following the scandal over missing funds.

A nonprofit organization, ProvPlan receives funding from a variety of state and federal agencies and charitable foundations for work on public policy and for the education and job training programs the company manages.

Providence Plan interim Director Jim Berson sat down with Rhode Island Public Radio host Chuck Hinman to discuss the allegations of embezzlement and what the organization is doing to carve a future from the scandal.