Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Could Embarrassment Be The Reason To Kill A $17 Million Charity?

by Gary Snyder


An unknown person has donated $17 million since 2005 to help less fortunate people. He set up, through the Archdiocese of Detroit, the “Angel Fund”. This person’s generosity paid for necessities like rent, medicine and overdue utility bills for those who cannot afford such things.

Because of incompetence or sheer embarrassment the fund is ending April 30. The decision is just several weeks after the Angel Fund’s existence was publicly revealed because of alleged fraud by a Detroit priest, according to the Detroit Free Press

The donor’s decision had nothing to do with the alleged fraud, according to the Archdiocese. However, the publicity undermined the fund’s under-the-radar service could be one reason for the decision.

The fund’s end “cuts back seriously on what we can do,” Sister Jolene Van Handel, a pastoral minister at Detroit’s Nativity Catholic Church, said.


For over three years, a Detroit priest would fill out false applications for grants from the Angel Fund. The fraud involved a sum between $1,000 and $20,000, according to the charges.  After catching the perpetrators the donor was disappointed and the charity was frozen.



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