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MAO Leadership Change Fund

$41,832 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 300 people in 2 months
For months, thousands of volunteers, sponsors, contestants, parents, and supports have voiced their opposition to the current leadership of the Miss America Organization. We do not protest because of change, we protest because there is a blatant lack of transparency, integrity, and good governance in those managing the organization. We have reviewed this matter with qualified legal counsel and will be filing a legal complaint with affected State Organizations advocating for a restoration of the values of Miss America very soon. The complaint will set out causes of action for bad faith and injunctive relief, among others. It is our hope that the collective efforts of the many stakeholders will save Miss America. #InvestInIntegrity #SaveMAO   Purpose of funding:  To support legal action on behalf of willing State Organizations; and then  To support necessary public relations services to help restore public trust and respect in the governance of the Miss America Organization.  We commit that the new leadership we seek will: Incorporate stakeholder groups as real and permanent partners in order to continue the progress and sustainability of the Miss America brand and values. These stakeholder groups include the Miss America Sisterhood, State Delegations (inclusive of Local volunteers), and MASTA.  Create and streamline the governance structure into a transparent system which integrates publicly recognized good governing practices in local, state, and the national level.  Review and amend all official documentation and contracts, striking any and all language that dictates that the involvement of individuals, State Organizations, and State Contestants, and Miss America can be amended “with or without cause.” Embrace changes needed to engage growth among participants, educational partners, sponsors, and volunteers without compromising stakeholders and the integrity of the organization. Market and promote the cause-oriented young women of the organization who are achieving educational and career successes while also delivering community impact.  Strive to create a nationally televised event which upholds the existing rules of competition so that all contestants and state licensees are aware of the competition elements at least 60 days prior to competition. Commit to providing participants the opportunity to showcase their talent, communication skills, style, and physical fitness during competitions at every level. Leverage any unused funds raised to support the goals and commitments as stated above. If for any reason, these goals cannot be met under the current Miss America Organization, these funds will go towards a new organization that will maintain all of the guarantees as previously stated.  There is no more time to waste! We need to act now to preserve our beloved organization and facilitate a fair and transparent transition to bring credible leadership which secure the continued success of the Miss America Organization. Please consider a donation (which can be anonymous) and help us exceed our goal! Together we can save Miss America! Thank you!
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Hello MAO community,
We are working diligently on securing all evidential facts in order to file legal action very soon. Thank you for your patience as well as your generosity so far. Our fund has not grown in recent weeks and therefore we come to you again to ask for any donation you can make as we are exhausting our funds for legal preparation and action.

With #GivingTuesday upon us, we wanted to ask for any donation you can spare! For those that would like to receive a postcard, please contact Jennifer Vaden Barth with your mailing address in the comments! Remember to make your donation anonymous.

Thank you and together remember, we CAN #SaveMissAmerica
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With over $36K raised we are moving ahead and our reached our matching goal so more to come!

In the past three weeks, legal counsel has been secured and letters have been sent to MAO detailing the infractions and illegal action the current Board of Trustees has taken, including exercising power for which it lacks legal foundation, lacking authority to send purported termination notices to States, and as well the current illegal Board of Trustees violating the By-Laws of MAO and failing to abide by the New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation Act. MAO's attempted "Notice of Termination" fails to set forth the default under which MAO purports to terminate; and this as well was a failure for all of the letters warning of probation, though those States are not currently represented by legal Counsel supported by the GoFundMe campaign.

MAO has been advised that any communications with States who are under counsel representation must go through said counsel and cannot be communicated directly to any volunteer (Local or State) or a representative thereof including local and state titleholders.

We will continue to work in order to bring better governance and stability to the Miss America nonprofit organization and its grassroots community.
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Hello Miss America Organization supporters for change!

We are excited to announce a Matching Donation Campaign! We have received a commitment from an anonymous donor for matching donations up to $5000 for any donation of $100 or more starting today, October 13th, ‪until November 1st.‬ It is imperative that we all focus on the fact that no donation is too small; every dollar counts.

Please continue making any donation you are capable of! This matching donation is to encourage those who have greater means to dig a little deeper to support our efforts in filing legal action with the goal to remove the current MAO leadership.

There are a few ways in which you can consider making a donation.

For larger donations over $1000, it is suggested to use PayPal or send a check. Jennifer Vaden Barth is the custodian of the business account funding legal representation and press relations.

For checks, please make payable to Jennifer Vaden Barth and mail to:
Jennifer V. Barth
‪4701 Dunman Avenue‬
‪Woodland Hills, CA 91364‬

Please communicate if you would prefer your donation be made anonymously for any of the options. If you prefer to make an anonymous donation on GoFundMe, please read Making an Anonymous Donation on the site.

Please feel share this post via your social media accounts or via email!

Thank you!

https://www.gofundme.com/mao-leadership-changefund?member=805986
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We have received generous donations in the last 72 hours but we do need your support!

As poor leadership continues to damage the Miss America program across the local and state level, volunteers are not standing by silently. The advocates for change have retained Paul I. Perkins, Esq., of Kim & Bae, P.C. in Fort Lee, New Jersey as counsel to prosecute this matter. Mr. Perkins is an experienced corporate litigator with a background in the not-for-profit business sector.

This coalition of volunteers has grave concerns regarding conflicts of interests that exist between leadership and the promotion of their personal endeavors seemingly blurring the lines between their interests and that of Miss America. This isn’t about changes that can occur as an organization evolves over time, this is about a lack of trust, lack of good governance, lack of leadership, but most of all, a lack of good faith in the way the management of the organization is conducting itself.

Please donate today and encourage all of those who have been touched by MAO through the decades to join the cause. It's time to #InvestInIntegrity and #SaveMissAmerica.

If you would like to send a check please make payable and mail to the following:

Jennifer Barth
4701 Dunman Avenue
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
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