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Introduction

The timeline below summarizes ongoing abuses of power at a Grand Rapids, Michigan, nonprofit organization. Community Media Center (CMC) was created nearly 40 years ago to elevate the voices of community members. However, dysfunctional leadership has overtaken the mission, with dire implications for workers, volunteers and the community as a whole.

The timeline below summarizes ongoing abuses of power at a Grand Rapids, Michigan, nonprofit organization. Community Media Center (CMC) was created nearly 40 years ago to elevate the voices of community members. However, dysfunctional leadership has overtaken the mission, with dire implications for workers, volunteers and the community as a whole.

The institution once had a unique reputation for attracting and retaining some of the region’s most celebrated nonprofit leaders, across its many departments. However, beginning in 2016, a change in leadership set in motion a mass departure of senior staff and board leadership, depriving the organization of more than 100 years of institutional knowledge. And, while the organization’s mission positioned it to play a vital role in the early 2020 COVID-19 quarantine, the atrophy caused by dysfunctional leadership proved paralytic, depriving the community of suddenly critical platforms for expression.

The following timeline summarizes an ongoing pattern of egregious conduct by leadership, resulting in the following outcomes:

  • Staff dismissed, threatened and defamed
  • Funds mishandled and misdirected
  • Partner relationships destroyed
  • Volunteers mistreated
  • And most importantly, voices silenced

Former board leadership, longtime staff and volunteers, and community members have exhausted efforts to affect change, to restore this 40-year old asset to be a functional part of the community. These efforts have been circumvented at every turn, as documented below.

The only hope for change now rests with City and community leaders. While it is hoped the institution could be restored to be useful to the community – it must, at least, be prevented from continuing to use its resources for harm.

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