March 25, 2010; KGW.com | In a decision that may be something of a warning shot for nonprofits and philanthropies, a trial court judge in Oregon has held a director liable for bad investments on behalf of the Wintercross Foundation. The director, Ann Ellis, must repay $2 million to the foundation and has been ordered not to serve as director of any charity again . . . ever. Believe me, we want the back story on this as much as you do. We can likely expect the case to be appealed.—Ruth McCambridge
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Ruth is Editor in Chief of the Nonprofit Quarterly. Her background includes forty-five years of experience in nonprofits, primarily in organizations that mix grassroots community work with policy change. Beginning in the mid-1980s, Ruth spent a decade at the Boston Foundation, developing and implementing capacity building programs and advocating for grantmaking attention to constituent involvement.