Yogi

May 13, 2013; Baristanet

This month was Yogi Berra’s 88th birthday, and I don’t know of a more beloved former baseball player. He’s considered a treasure in his hometown of Montclair, New Jersey. However, a reader sent us a tip about Jewels of Charity, a Type I Supporting Organization, with seven listed trustees, one of whom is Lawrence “Yogi” Berra. The others, according to the charity’s 2011 Form 990, include actress Olympia Dukakis, Theodore Mann (the late co-founder of the Circle in the Square Theatre), Rose Patek, her son Christopher Patek and her daughter Debora Durkin, and Robert Campbell.

What struck the NPQ Newswire reader who provided the tip were the significant trustee fees paid to all of the charity’s trustees, especially in comparison to its relatively small grantmaking. Here’s the information drawn from its Form 990s about the charity’s grantmaking and its trustee fees over the years, portions of which have annually gone to Berra, Dukakis, Mann, and Patek and her children:

Year

Number of grants

Grants paid

Total expenses

Trustee fees paid

2011

4

$1,400,000

$2,164,333

$260,000

2010

2

$535,000

$1,208,895

$260,000

2009

4

$1,533,000

$2,221,775

$260,000

2008

3

$400,000

$1,065,156

$259,250

2007