The Reform CCHD Now Coalition (RCN) Uncovers Fraud and Deception By Network of Grantees Receiving Catholic Funds
WASHINGTON, DC – The 24 member Reform CCHD Now Coalition (RCN) released its latest report on organizations receiving funds from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). The 2012 report reveals that one of the CCHD’s longest-running grant recipients, the Gamaliel Foundation, attempted to deceive the CCHD regarding its relationship with an organization promoting homosexuality.
Beginning in 2010, RCN has investigated organizations receiving funds from the CCHD, reporting on grantees that promote abortion, homosexuality, birth control and Marxism. Documented with screen captures and web links, the latest report (www.reformcchdnow.com) details 72 grantees for 2011-2012 violating CCHD guidelines and Catholic moral teaching, specifically on these grounds.
Among the grantees profiled in the report are 20 affiliates of the Gamaliel Foundation. According to the report, the Gamaliel Foundation listed its membership with the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) on its own website.
“In 2010, FIRM publically stated its organizational intent to link homosexuality with immigration reform, and as a member, Gamaliel’s voice was added to this public statement” said Michael Hichborn, spokesman for RCN. “We gave this information to CCHD directors, and they began their own investigation.”
“We received several communications from diocesan CCHD directors indicating that National CCHD had a copy of a letter Gamaliel allegedly sent to FIRM in May of 2010, cutting all ties with them,” Hichborn said. “However, upon further investigation, RCN found proof that Gamaliel was still a member of FIRM in 2011 and 2012.”
Contained in the RCN 2012 report are screen captures taken from Gamaliel’s website of several FIRM membership documents dated 2011, as well as meeting minutes from a December 2011 FIRM conference call. The meeting minutes show that Gamaliel’s president participated in the call, and indicate that Gamaliel was nominated for the steering committee for the year 2012.
“Either the letter Gamaliel provided to CCHD was outdated or it was fake,” said Hichborn. “Whatever the case, the Gamaliel Foundation has revealed an apparent willingness to lie in order to keep Catholic funds.”