Letters to the Editor
Football club is a transparent nonprofit
As members of the board serving the Willamette United Football Club (WUFC), and as individuals who reside in West Linn, Wilsonville and Lake Oswego, we feel it is our obligation to address certain questions and misconceptions surrounding the effort to build SouthLake Park, a proposed sports complex composed of athletic fields and a multi-use field house.
Most recently, we became aware of an unsubstantiated claim suggesting individuals employed by the club, or directly involved in its management, could be driven by motives grounded in personal gain or profit.
Nothing could be further from the truth. As stewards of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth sports organization, we prioritize transparency and take financial responsibility seriously.
To provide some background, WUFC initiated a fundraising campaign for the purpose of building fields more than a decade ago. Since 2007, the club — through auctions, tournaments, donations, sponsorships and the generosity of its members and patrons — has raised more than $600,000.
This money has been used to fund site, transportation and lighting studies, and other costs associated with responsible land-use planning and development. Player registration
and fields fees, and other income tied to services delivered have, almost entirely, been reserved for ongoing operations.
And while it is not material to the current debate, we did elect to begin compensating the club's executive director in 2017. This was a conscious decision made by the WUFC board, acknowledging his new, expanded focus and full-time status.
WUFC's executive director continues to participate as a board member, but ceded his voting rights upon conversion to a full-time employee, in line with the club's governance policies and protocols.
We value our place in this community and appreciate reasoned conversations about how to address what has become a critical need — dedicated space for children to gather, play and grow. For us, it's a matter of mission.
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