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October 5, 2009

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October 5, 2009

The intro of an article from The Journal Record, a business and legal newspaper in Oklahoma. The *full* article is available at JournalRecord.com, or through a general Google search. Well worth the effort: >> Businessman Walter Schumacher was named the 2006 Man of the Year in Clinton, where he is a popular figure. But questions surround Schumacher's not-for-profit cultural exchange program, which has paid his wife a six-figure salary, bankrolled annual trips abroad and donated cash for civic projects that bear Schumacher's name. >> Every year, hundreds of foreign adult students each pay more than $1,000 to participate in the Clinton-based Apex USA student exchange program. They provide their own transportation to reach their destinations, and then work at jobs near minimum wage to help pay for their housing. >> The tax-exempt Apex takes care of placing them in jobs across the country each semester as a cultural learning opportunity. Some of the students even end up in the small hometown of Chief Executive Walter Schumacher. > But that last aspect concerns a U.S. Department of State official, because the head of the nonprofit is also a landlord and business owner in Clinton. If those students have problems with their work or living conditions, they would normally seek help from the sponsor organization. >> Schumacher, who personally visits several countries annually to promote his organization at Apex's expense, said he has managers to deal with such issues, thus distancing himself from potential conflicts of interest. >> Apex contributions to Clinton's public parks in Schumacher's name further compound concerns of commingling personal and nonprofit finances. ...

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Clinton.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Keep separate funds.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Nice.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Spend it.

Ways to make it better...

Students had been treated better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Leadership.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Change is necessary.

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2009

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