NPO Executive’s Suicide Tied To Financial Improprieties

The New Hampshire Department of Justice (DoJ) Charitable Trusts Unit has issued a report tying financial issues at two nonprofits to the suicide of the executive in charge of both organizations.

Donald Guillemette, former CEO and president of CareGivers Inc., was found dead Sept. 16, 2018 after the state DoJ issued at least one subpoena for organizational records. Guillemette also controlled the finances of the nonprofit Danny’s Team.

Guillemette was found hanged in the Horse Hill Nature Preserve in Merrimack, N.H. Police said it appeared he had been dead for several days. He was reported missing five days earlier.

CareGivers was acquired by New Hampshire Catholic Charities this past November and Danny’s Team is being dissolved, according to the report. Regarding CareGivers, the organization had not filed annual reports to the state for 2015, 2016 and 2017.

According to the result of the state investigation, only Guillemette opened the mail and accessed accounts to make transactions and review monthly statements. Members of the board of directors received some reports that documents were not properly scrutinized.

During a search at CareGivers, according to the report, investigators found unopened invoices and financial paperwork tied to Danny’s Team, of which he also had control.

A forensic audit found Guillemette had used tens of thousands of dollars for personal expenses, including paying $16,615 to Rivier University where he was a graduate student. The board of directors did not authorize a tuition reimbursement arrangement.

It is alleged that Guillemette also created a false email account for at least one board member and is suspected of forging that person’s signature to a document and sending it via that fraudulent email account.

You can read the full report here.