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Robert Kraft Can't Give Money Away Now

Nonprofit rejects New England Patriots owner's donation in wake of prostitution scandal
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2019 9:02 AM CDT
In this April 10, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft leaves his seat during an NBA game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Miami Heat, in New York.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

(Newser) – As the president of a nonprofit that give Haitian kids free education, Patrick Moynihan can't exactly afford to turn down free money. And yet, as the Boston Globe reports, that's exactly what he did when embattled New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft offered his organization $100,000. "$100,000 is hugely significant to us," says Moynihan, who adds that the donation would have funded all expenses of a class of 50 for a year. "But we cannot do good by doing bad. The ends cannot justify the means." Moynihan had actually solicited the donation last fall, but heard nothing until after Kraft's arrest on prostitution charges. "As an institution working diligently to empower women and provide them with the opportunity for strong, healthy economic futures, we must be clear and resolute in communicating the message that prostitution is always wrong," he wrote in rejecting Kraft's offer. (Read more Robert Kraft stories.)

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