A letter sent to The Eric Trump Foundation has confirmed that the organization helped raise $16.3 million dollars for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee over the past decade.
The letter sent from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital confirmed what Eric Trump told reporters when he said that his organization had raised more than $15 million for the hospital, even though available tax records indicated the foundation raised less than half that amount.
The reason for the discrepancy in the charitable donation figures can be attributed to the fact that tax documents filed by nonprofit foundations are often delayed by as much as two years, so there is no readily-available public accounting of the totals yet.
The letter from St. Jude also mentions that some of the money was received through “related efforts,” such as the Eric Trump Foundation-affiliated team that participates in the New York City Marathon.
Richard C. Shadyac, Jr., president of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s fundraising, penned the Dec. 30 letter Trump that gave to The New York Times.
Shadyac wrote, in part, “I am amazed by the many ways that you have personally embraced our cause and cared for our children and families. As you are aware, we are expanding our lifesaving work and are working to push cure rates even higher in this country and around the world, while improving the lives of survivors by developing and advancing treatments that reduce side effects. We are only able to do this because of the support provided by donors and supporters like you.”
Eric Trump said this week that he would “continue to be a vocal advocate for pediatric cancer and St. Jude’s mission.”
The Trump Organization will also continue to raise money for St. Jude from patrons at its hotels and golf courses. It will ask donors to make contributions directly to the hospital, instead of sending money to the organization.
H/T: The New York Times
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