Archive for Thursday, December 29, 2011

Purple Heart veterans charity dissolved

December 29, 2011, 10:05 p.m. Updated December 30, 2011, 12:00 a.m.


A Tonganoxie-based charity that was the focus of a Journal-World investigation has “been dissolved in all states” and is no longer in operation, said Andrew Gruber, director of the Purple Heart Veterans Foundation.

In a September Journal-World article, Gruber said he planned to dissolve the nonprofit after the group settled a trademark infringement lawsuit with the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court after several Journal-World articles highlighted some irregularities with the group’s fundraising and financial information, as only 11 cents of every dollar donated to the group reached military veterans. In addition, Gruber spent time in a Kansas prison for felony theft, which could have been grounds for the Kansas Attorney General’s Office to seek a legal injunction stopping the group from soliciting funds in the state. Gruber’s group had been fundraising in front of several Lawrence stores, as well as stores in several other states.

Gruber started another nonprofit in 2010, Kids vs. Cancer, which is run by his brother, Steven Gruber. Andrew said that group had been dissolved as well, though that organization still has a website.

However, Steven started another nonprofit in August — Kids vs. Cancer of America — that is registered with the Texas Secretary of State. Steven said that neither of his brothers is involved in the new organization.

Andrew had contracted the fundraising for the Purple Heart Veterans Foundation with the business of another brother, Scott Gruber, who runs Independent Promotions, a fund-raising business in Indianapolis. A spokeswoman for the Indiana Attorney General’s Office said Independent Promotions is still listed as having an active campaign for the Purple Heart Veterans Foundation. However, Andrew said it’s simply a time lag in filing the paperwork and that no one has solicited for the Purple Heart Veterans Foundation since late August.

The group’s charitable organization registration with the state of Kansas expired at the end of June. Andrew said the nonprofit had about $1,200 left once they stopped operating, and that money had been donated to the Marine Corps League in Topeka.


somebodynew 6 years, 4 months ago

Somehow, sadly I just cannot get the image out of my head of he and his brother already filing paperwork for some other "non profit charity" scheme and bilking more money out of unsuspecting folks.

Bob Forer 6 years, 4 months ago

Had the same thought as well. Too bad there isn't a real-life Harry Callahan out there to give him a little warning like this:

“Listen, punk. To me you’re nothin’ but dog $hit, you understand? And a lot of things can happen to dog $hit. It can be scraped up with a shovel off the ground. It can dry up and blow away in the wind. Or it can be stepped on and squashed. So take my advice and be careful where the dog $hits, ya!”

Scott Morgan 6 years, 4 months ago

Heard this one many many moons ago. If brains were gas XXXX wouldn't have enough to ride a pissants motorcycle around a BB twice.

Still don't know what a pissant is.

imastinker 6 years, 4 months ago

Lots of "legitimate" charities aren't much better. If anything this is a lesson in making sure you know where your money goes.

Most of the time, charities through a church or business are the best because time and supplies are often donated. This leaves more of your donation that ends up where it's supposed to.

Deja Coffin 6 years, 4 months ago

Donating money or supplies to local events such as fundraisers for local scholarship funds, medical costs for a particular person, local food drives, etc. are a great way to see your donated money/goods going to a great local cause/person.

Our family has a yearly softball tournament to raise money for a scholarship fund in honor of a family member that has passed away and 100% of the proceeds go to the scholarship fund. It is such an honor to be able to give those scholarships to local students and in a little way help keep the legacy of our family member living on.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.