Donald and Eric Trump Redirected Children’s Cancer Charity Funds to Their Company

 Donald and Eric Trump Redirected Children’s Cancer Charity Funds to Their Company


Eric Trump faced serious allegations regarding the financial practices of the Eric Trump Foundation, particularly related to its annual charity golf invitational, which was held from 2007 until 2015 at the Trump National Golf Club located in Westchester County, New York.

These allegations centered around the claim that the foundation had improperly redirected funds meant for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital into the coffers of the Trump Organization. Eric Trump had fervently refuted these allegations, maintaining that the foundation’s events at the golf course were held without any charge, thereby ensuring that a significant portion of the proceeds could go directly to charitable causes, according to Forbes.

He pointed out that many services, including the venue, merchandise, beverages, and entertainment, were provided at no cost, asserting a full and generous utilization of the Trump Organization’s assets for charity. However, an investigation into the foundation’s financial records painted a different picture, revealing that the Trump Organization did indeed receive payments for the use of its golf course, contradicting Eric Trump’s statements.

These payments exceeded $1.2 million over the years, with the funds apparently not extending beyond the Trump Organization itself. Experts familiar with charity golf events raised concerns over the exorbitant costs listed for what was essentially a single-day event, suggesting the expenses were far from the norm for such occasions.

Adding to the controversy, CNN reported that two individuals closely associated with the events confirmed that Donald Trump had directed the for-profit Trump Organization to bill the nonprofit Eric Trump Foundation for substantial amounts. Detailed reviews of IRS filings supported these claims, showing a sharp increase in the event’s expenses starting in 2011.

From modest annual costs of around $50,000 between 2007 and 2010, the expenditure surged to $142,000 in 2011, with fluctuations in the following years but an overall upward trend, peaking at $322,000 in 2015. The rationale for these spiraling costs and the proportion of funds that ended up with the Trump Organization remained ambiguous.

The Trump Organization did not respond to inquiries seeking clarification on these financial arrangements. However, Ian Gillule, who served as the membership and marketing director at Trump National Westchester, offered some insights. He recalled instances where Eric Trump was billed for charity events, expressing his disbelief at the practice of charging for events meant to support charitable causes. According to Gillule, this approach to billing was a deliberate choice by the Trump family.

Despite the escalating costs, the financial integrity of the Eric Trump Foundation seemed unaffected initially, especially after a significant donation of $100,000 from the Donald J. Trump Foundation just before the expenses began to rise notably. Gillule suggested that this donation was intended to offset the increased costs, ensuring that the foundation could continue its philanthropic mission without financial strain. As a result, donors remained supportive, their contributions ostensibly furthering the foundation’s commitment to aiding children in need, as had been the case in previous years.

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