COEUR d'ALENE -- A dirty little secret in the world of philanthropy is that well-meaning organizations can be victimized by villains and grifters.
Several Coeur d'Alene area nonprofits have learned some painful, not to mention expensive, lessons about trust and procedure over the last two years.
'It can happen to anybody,' said Julie Day, who is the treasurer for the Coeur d'Alene School District and assists nonprofit groups in the district. 'It hurts in two ways. One is financially and the other is emotionally. You end up choosing sides and there's some guilt, like, 'I should have checked this,' or 'I should have been more diligent.''"