DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that his office has filed a lawsuit aimed at dissolving the organization Fired Up For Kids so a successor organization can continue the entity’s mission as a nonprofit organization.
According to the complaint, filed in Denver District Court, Fired Up For Kids solicited donations through the sale of calendars to raise money for the Children’s Hospital Burn Unit. Although the organization presented itself as a nonprofit entity and was registered with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office as a nonprofit, Fired Up For Kids was for-profit entity, according to its president and sole board member, Kirsten Hamling. According to the complaint, shortly after the nonprofit formed Hamling began using its accounts and assets for personal uses, including gym memberships and airline tickets.
The lawsuit became necessary after Hamling resigned from the organization in September and refused to turn over to a successor the intellectual and physical property of the organization, including its bank accounts.
The Colorado Revised Nonprofit Corporations Act allows the Attorney General of Colorado to request that a judge dissolve a nonprofit where it obtains its articles of incorporation through fraud or where it abuses its authority under the law.