(*Originally posted on May 25, 2012 at http://www.eastcoastcomicexpo.org/2012/05/transparency.html)
"Non-Profit" (or alternately "Not-For-Profit") organizations (or organizations publicly claiming to be) should voluntarily demonstrate financial transparency by making all financial records publicly available online, especially if the people managing them claim that they don't have any interested in making personal profit from such activities.
So called "Non-Profit" organizations like East Coast Comic Expo shouldn't be taken seriously without public transparency and an absence of secrecy.
If the organizers are really interested in making an event in the best interest of the public and not fill their clique-ish pockets with profit, they shouldn't need to read this blog post to publicly divulge such information.... Especially if they are planning to access public money and/or support for the event from any or all levels of Government.
The Government, and all of its branches, are owned by (and as such represent) the people (citizens), therefore everybody has a right to know all of the details about everything the civil servants are getting the public money, assets, and/or other types of resources involved with.
Permanently open the financial books for all to see.