In May, Democrat candidate Andrew Dolberg claimed his non-profit organization gave him the necessary experience to be the next Florida House District 98 representative. In a brief speech in front of elected officials and judges, Dolberg discussed how he started the Champion Briefs Institute. He said his company teaches debate classes to Broward County students and “1,500 schools” nationwide. Dolberg said his “work is dedicated to making the next generation of young leaders.”
To further his goal, Dolberg said he started the Champion Education Foundation to provide opportunities to lower income students. Dolberg said, “I’ve seen firsthand what low income families face, the raw deal that they have especially here in Broward County.”
But a review of Champion Education Foundation’s Federal tax filings shows a lackluster organization spending more money than it raised from donors.
Information from its 2016 IRS Form 990 filing shows Dolberg’s non-profit reported $683 in expenses. The group stated in only had $653 in revenue, a deficit of $30. In 2015, Champion Education Foundation reported $499 in revenue and $434 in expenses. Both reports show the Foundation is hardly a runaway success.
According to the IRS, 2014 was the best year for Dolberg’s charity. The group reported $4,920 in revenue versus $4,017 in expenses. But the report shows the amount raised had little impact on low-income students.
In the 2014 Form 999 Dolberg’s charity reported spending $2,675 on a “Coaches Round Robin” event to raise money. According to Dolberg, the event resulted in just two $250 scholarships. The same report lists $1,338 spent on the Champion Briefs Institute “Speakathon.” The Form states this event resulted in a single $250 schloarship.
Things were even worse in 2013 for Dolberg’s non-profit. The Champion Education Foundation told the IRS it raised just $1,030 for the year. Dolberg’s group claimed $2,478 in expenses resulting in a $1,448 deficit. In the report, Champion Education Foundation said it spent $2,478 on its Coaches Round Robin event. Dolberg’s charity told the IRS the event, “failed to raise enough to cover expenses.”
While Dolberg promises to bring “real Progressive change” to Broward, it appears his charity works by old establishment rules–spend big bucks on an event, give little back to the real people and don’t worry about deficits.
ProTip: Next time, forget the event. Spend the money on scholarships.