According to GuideStar, a website that tracks nonprofit organization’s 990s, the last 990 form YouthPride filed was in 2011. GuideStar also notes that YouthPride has lost its tax exempt status: “This organization’s exempt status was automatically revoked by the IRS for failure to file a Form 990, 990-EZ, 990-N, or 990-PF for 3 consecutive years. Further investigation and due diligence are warranted.”
However, on YouthPride’s website at www.youthpride.org, there are links to make donations and YouthPride is claiming the donations are all tax deductible.
The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office currently has YouthPride in good standing when it filed its official paperwork on March 2, 2015 as a nonprofit corporation and paid the $85 fee.
The official documents filed with the Secretary of State, however, list YouthPride’s official address as 72 Broad Street. YouthPride was evicted from that location May 22, 2014.
The documents filed on March 2, 2015, with the Georgia Secretary of State’s office, lists Terence McPhaul, the controversial executive director, as the person who filled out the forms:
When reached by phone on Tuesday, Theresa Willis, who was the board president of YouthPride, said she could not comment on the status of the organization because she is no longer on the board.
“I haven’t been on it for quite a minute,” she said when asked when she left the board. She also could not say where McPhaul is.
“Like I said, I’m no longer on the board,” she said, adding that she could not handle stress because of heart problems.
A voicemail left with Willis this week seeking comment about YouthPride has not yet been returned.
A voicemail seeking comment was also left at YouthPride’s number as listed on its website that also not been returned. Emails to McPhaul and YouthPride have also not been answered.
Dykes, a young HIV activist who is apparently working in Nashville, was reached by phone Thursday and when asked what he could say about YouthPride he said,”Well, there’s not a whole lot I can tell you, so I’m not sure.” When asked where YouthPride was meeting, Dykes disconnected the call and then did not answer when called again. Dykes then issued an email statement:
“Hi Dyana, out of courtesy I’m responding. You have personality attacked the organization that has help me accomplish so much in life on numerous occasions. Despite anything you tell me or publish I will never stop fighting for YouthPride. As proud alumni of YouthPride I know its all about providing a safe space for youth just like me. I have no further statement to provide on any issues concerning with YouthPride.”
• The leadership troubles also led Fulton County in August 2013 to take legal action to be repaid more than $18,000 of a $40,000 grant awarded to the organization for 2011-2012 for failing to provide mental health and counseling services as mandated by the grant.