In a 2012 letter outlining the conditions of CAI’s legal and financial probation, then-Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock wrote, “Greg Mortenson and the Central Asia Institute can learn from their missteps. The settlement we negotiated provides an opportunity to make meaningful changes and reestablish the charity going forward. Despite the severity of their errors, CAI is worth saving. Its pursuit remains admirable … ”
Since then, CAI has overhauled its operations with new board members and staff, shored-up procedures and personnel policies, and revamped its financial systems. This has resulted in CAI meeting and exceeding every reporting requirement presented, including those of the Montana Attorney General’s office, the nonprofit watchdog agency GuideStar, the Better Business Bureau, and the IRS. Today CAI functions effectively and efficiently, operating at or above national and international standards. Our tax filings, audited financial statements, and annual reports are all on our website. What’s more, to date, CAI has initiated more than 400 projects in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan—many in rural, high-conflict regions where poverty and oppression of women and girls are most prevalent.