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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 After the television program aired, Fontbonne University rescinded its invitation to Mortenson to speak at graduation.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.