DOMINO'S FOUNDATION Membership, Structure, Finances As a private foundation, Domino's Foun

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=================== DOMINO'S FOUNDATION =================== Membership, Structure, Finances As a private foundation, Domino's Foundation is not a membership organization. +++ Financial Data Grant disbursements rose from $157,000 in 1987 to $1.88 million in 1992, essentially all funds provided by Thomas S. Monaghan. In 1992, the foundation's main income sources were: + Domino's Pizza: $1,616,555 + US Agency for International Development $250,000 + Monaghan Family Limited Partnership $100,000 Major grants to Catholic Right Wing Organizations in 1990-92 (including funds committed but not distributed) were: + Mission Chapels Foundation $2.2 million (Cathedral in Managua, Nicaragua) + Franciscan University of Steubenville $967,000 + Legatus $800,000 + Catholic Church in Honduras $505,000 (Fr. Silvestre's San Pedro Sula missionary project) + Escuela Internacional Sampedrana $500,000 (San Pedro Sula, Honduras) + Papal Foundation $900,000 + John Paul II Cultural Foundation $200,000 Detroit + Servant Ministries $150,000 (TV production company associated with Word of God / Sword of the Spirit) + Diocese of Steubenville Holy Family Center $100,000 + Eternal Word TV Network $70,000 + Archdiocese of Managua $40,000 + Ecclesiastical Communications Corp., NY $30,000 + Christendom College $13,000 + Holy See Mission to UN $12,500 + Institute on Religious Life, Chicago $11,000 + Cambridge Center for the Study of $10,000 Faith and Culture, Boston + Feminists for Life Education Project $10,000 Kansas City + Brownson Institute, Notre Dame $5,000 + Evangelization 2000 $3,000 Lincroft, NJ +++ Policies and Activities Founded by Domino's Pizza owner, Thomas S. Monaghan in 1987, this foundation is a primary conduit for his charitable giving. Apart from the Vatican and local Michigan charities, the chief beneficiaries have been conservative Catholic causes with ties to the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based charismatic Word of God-Sword of the Spirit network [investigated by the Church for cult-like activities]. Monaghan insists that, though he admires WG-SS, he is not a member. In 1990-1992, Monaghan used the foundation to give almost $1 million to Franciscan University of Steubenville, whose president, Fr. Michael Scanlan, headed a Word of God-linked community in Steubenville and transformed the university into an education and conference center for far-right charismatics. Word of God-linked projects in Central America have been a primary focus of Monaghan's giving from the foundation's beginning. In 1990 to 1992, he gave more than $1 million to Central American projects sponsored by Fr. Enrique Silvestre, leader of a Sword of the Spirit branch in Honduras. During the same period, he created a chain of Honduran businesses designed to subsidize Silvestre's work and made land acquisitions in that country. Monaghan also cooperated with WG member Michael J. Healy, Dean of the Faculty at Franciscan University of Steubenville, on plans to create a technical school in Honduras. Domino's Honduran projects also received funding during the Reagan-Bush years from the US Agency for International Development. At a time when Honduras was the main staging ground for contra attacks on the Sandinista-led Nicaragua, Monaghan hired an anti-Sandinista Nicaraguan exile to run the Honduran program. Though Monaghan told the liberal *National Catholic Reporter* that his Honduran programs had not political motivation, in an interview with the *Conservative Digest* he described his belief that US failure to support the contras could lead to Communist takeovers in El Salvador, Panama, and Mexico, ultimately confronting the United States with a "Soviet client state along our southern border." Largely through this foundation, Monaghan also provided $3.5 million of the $4.5 million cost of a new cathedral--to replace one destroyed in a 1972 earthquake--for Managua's Cardinal Obando y Bravo. Monaghan offered the money in response to an appeal issued by President Violeta Charmorro after she defeated the Sandinistas in the national elections. Chamorro and the cardinal have also enjoyed substantial support from other key elements of the Catholic right-wing. Monaghan has also provided at least $100,000 for the televangelism programs of Word of God-Sword of the Spirit cofounder Ralph Martin, who serves with him on the FUS board, and of Sword of the Spirit televangelist Fr. John Bertolucci. Both Martin and Monaghan were inducted into the Knights of Malta in the late 1980s and participated in a January 199 ceremony which featured a keynote address by outgoing US president Ronald Reagan. Though Monaghan is also a substantial funder of the anti-choice movement, most of his antichoice giving is from personal funds not funnelled through the foundation (The only antichoice group listed among the foundation's 1990-92 grant recipients in Feminists for Life). As of 1989, he acknowledged having given $60,000 to the Michigan Committee to End Tax Funded Abortion. The National Organization for Women and other women's groups contended that his actual antichoice giving totalled at least $500,000 in the 1980s, including sizable donations to Randall Terry's Operation Rescue. +++ Officers Monaghan, Thomas Stephen, President Monaghan, Marjorie, Secretary Skinner, Robert J., Treasurer (Ann Arbor philanthropist, described by Monaghan as his "mentor") Kanitz, Betsy, Assistant Secretary +++ Information from: Catholics For A Free Choice (CFFC) 1436 U Street NW #301 Washington, DC 20009 202-986-6093 *********************************************************************** * * * American Atheists website: * * PO Box 140195 FTP: * * Austin, TX 78714-0195 * * Voice: (512) 458-1244 Dial-THE-ATHEIST: * * FAX: (512) 467-9525 (512) 458-5731 * * * * Atheist Viewpoint TV: * * Info on American Atheists:, * * & American Atheist Press include your name and mailing address * * AANEWS -Free subscription: * * and put "info aanews" in message body * * * * This text may be freely downloaded, reprinted, and/other * * otherwise redistributed, provided appropriate point of * * origin credit is given to American Atheists. * * * ***********************************************************************


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