Nonprofit cuts back – Denies willful misconduct

A charity whose surgeons fix the cleft palates and lips of poor children around the world has closed one of its chapters and laid off paid staffers at two others, the Associated Press reported July 13.

Citing a decline in donations, Operation Smile shut down its Philadelphia chapter July 10. The Boston and Baltimore chapters will become all volunteer on August 1.

Last year a series of anonymous e-mails accused the group of poor surgical procedures and mismanagement. The board denied any willful misconduct and pledged to tighten the charity’s medical and financial controls.

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