Motion Filed to Block Second Mile Asset Transfer

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June 27, 2012; Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Last week, NPQ noted that Second Mile, the charity founded by convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky, had tapped Arrow Child and Family Ministries, an organization serving Christian youth, to receive Second Mile’s $2.5 million in assets and take over a few of Second Mile’s programs. At that time, we wondered whether the court would allow the transfer of donor funds from a secular to a religious organization that requires, for instance, staff to sign statements of faith. But another roadblock appeared today when three of the men who testified against Sandusky at his trial filed a motion to block the transfer on grounds that the assets should be retained for payment of any potential civil judgments that may be found in favor of survivors of Sandusky’s abuse. –Ruth McCambridge

  • Julie Rodda, Rodda Consulting


    Interesting argument. I’m wondering (since I haven’t delved) how succinctly the PA Secretary of State Office outlines for nonprofits the transfer of funds when organizations fold. My guess would be that there are clear instructions. Many states outline legal transfer as allowed specifically to another nonprofit organization (not individuals) of similar service and/or focus so that donor directives are not compromised. I’m not sure how settlement judgements to individuals would filter through that donor-advised lens…and, will the Attorney General of PA which governs nonprofit legal standings become embattled in the debate?