Another C.R. Unethical Relationship!
by Lisa Kuzela on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 9:05pm
Matthew 25 received January 2011 thru June 2011 from Greater CR Community Foundation (GCRCF) the following grants.
Background: Matthew 25 is a “faith-based” non profit organized by brothers, Clint Twedt-Ball and Courtney Ball. At the time of the flood, Clint’s wife, Karla was vice president over grants for the GCRCF. When President (CEO), Dan Baldwin left, she became the interim president until the current CEO, Les Garner, retired from being president of Cornell College and took that position. After that, Karla was the vice president. However, sometime since, they changed her title back to vice president over grants and programs. Also, Courtney’s wife is an accountant at the GCRCF. Matthew 25 has received an abundance of flood fund monies, as well as other funds, since the flood.
Matthew 25 had an office and tool-lending library at the Linn County Corridor Recovery Center. (They have also received nearly $100,000 for their tool-lending library.) They worked with the Methodist volunteers and had a huge say in who got the volunteer help to rehab and who did not.
Matthew 25 partnered with Affordable Housing Network, Inc. (Jim Ernt’s non profit hired to allocate residential Jumpstart) to form Block by Block. AHNI had control over the financial ability for us to rehab.
Now, the city is giving the partnership of these two groups our properties after our Federal dollars are spent by the city to buy them. So far, Block by Block has been approved, or are in the process of being approved, 73 properties.
NOTE: It is the responsibility of the GCRCF to ensure that any grant proposals are feasible. It has come to light that GCRCF has been funding a project (Cultivate Hope) that violated our city ordinance. The GCRCF also gave Matthew 25 $15,000 in 2010 for this same project.
$12,000 to Matthew 25 Ministry Hub for Cultivate Hope (Renewal)
Organizational Development Fund
$5,000 to Matthew 25 Ministry Hub for Matthew 25 Database Implementation
Flood 2008 Fund
$48,502 to Matthew 25 Ministry Hub for Basic Needs Assistance, Youth Development, and Neighborhood Advocacy
$13,962 to Matthew 25 Ministry Hub for Basic Needs Assistance, Youth Development, and Neighborhood Advocacy
$1,500 to Matthew 25 Ministry Hub for Groundswell Youth Courses
From the six month period of January 2011 thru June 2011, Matthew 25 received a total of $80,964. This is JUST from the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.