RI non-profit turns down $100k donation from Bob Kraft

A $100,000 gift from Patriots Owner Bob Kraft has been turned down by a Rhode Island non-profit that helps kids in Haiti.

The Catholic-based group said no thanks to Kraft due to the prostitution allegations against him.

The group is The Haitian Project. The Providence group operates a school in Haiti that provides housing, feeds and educates around 350 kids.

Patrick Moynihan, a Catholic deacon, is the president of the group who said that because of the allegations against Kraft and the circumstances surrounding how The Haitian Project was approached by the billionaire, Moynihan turned down the gift.

“He is not taking responsibility for his actions. He is not denouncing prostitution,” he said. “[It’s] second to slavery. When you work in a country like Haiti which has been especially devastated by the sex trade.”

Moynihan also called the offer “inappropriate.”

He claimed that Kraft donated to the non-profit a couple of years ago and Moynihan approached the Pats owner to donate again when Sony Michel joined the squad. Michel’s parents are from Haiti.

“It just made sense,” Moynihan said.

He said his inquiries went unanswered.

“We heard nothing. We never got a response. Not a peep,” he said.

Another non-profit group in the area is responding to The Haitian Project’s decision.

Dr. Norly Germain is the Executive Director of the Cranston-based group Hope and Change for Haiti.

He said if his group were to receive the money, they could build ten houses, and educate an entire village.

“I said ‘oh my God. That could do a lot, a lot in our community,” Germain said.

Germain admitted that whenever an organization is approached with a donation, they need to make sure that it aligns with the group’s interest.

“What the principles are. What are the core values? Do they really focus on morality, integrity,” Germain said.

Germain said that if his group was offered the gift from Mr. Kraft, he and other members would need to take a closer look, but acknowledges that Kraft is in a legal battle where he is innocent until proven guilty.

Critics said that The Haitian Project’s decision goes against the cause, and the money could be put to good use. But Moynihan said that the organization is doing just fine without Kraft’s money.

“Not one of our students, not one of our university scholarships is at risk.,” he said.

Moynihan said The Haitian Project receives around $1.5 million in donations a year.

It costs around $1,900 a year to provide an education for one student, so that money could have been used for approximately 50 students.

ABC 6 reached out to Kraft’s lawyers, but our request for comment was not immediately returned.