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SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Financial records for "Three Cups of Tea" author's group

Monday, May 23, 2011 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 12:37 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 20, 2011

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The records: Central Asia Institute Financial Report

Why you’d want them: The Central Asia Institute was founded in 1996 when Montana philanthropist Greg Mortenson decided to create a charity that would build schools — especially for girls — in the Middle East and other troubled regions. However, a recent "60 Minutes" story featuring mountain climber and author Jon Krakauer claimed Mortenson and the institute were using a disproportionate amount of donated funds to market Mortenson’s book, "Three Cups of Tea," which in 2008 was incorporated into Mizzou Reads, a campuswide program at MU. After the television program aired, Fontbonne University rescinded its invitation to Mortenson to speak at graduation.

Where you get the records: To find the records, first go to ikat.org,  the charity’s website. In the middle of the page is a bar of links, one of which says “About Central Asia Institute.” Click that and find “Financials” on the drop box. The Financials page features a pie chart where a link called Audited Financial Statements Fiscal Year End September 30, 2009  appears. Click that link to find a list of Central Asia Institute financial records.


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