Unregistered Sandy charity’s funds distributed

The money collected by an unregistered charity that was supposed to help victims of Hurricane Sandy will finally be handed out.

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced Tuesday that donations made to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Foundation have been distributed to legitimate charitable organizations.

A total of $225,000 was given to four charities in New Jersey and one in New York, specifically for Sandy victims.

An additional $100,000 is under final review for distribution in the near future.

The initial distribution of $225,000 was made to the following organizations:

• O.C.E.A.N., Inc., of Toms River, received $100,000 to construct 12 three-bedroom, single-family homes in Berkeley Township. The homes will be rented to Sandy victims.

• The Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, of Neptune, received $50,000 to support its network of food pantries that serve Sandy-affected families.

• The Alliance Center for Independence, of Edison, in partnership with South Carolina-based Portlight Strategies, Inc., received $50,000 for post-Sandy relief projects aiding individuals with disabilities. This includes durable medical equipment; the repair or replacement of lifts, elevators and ramps; and other equipment for internal and external accessibility needs.

Graybeards, Ltd., based in Rockaway, N.Y., received $25,000. This proposal was selected because certain contributions to the foundation were earmarked for Superstorm Sandy relief in New York.

In 2013 the state sued the charity and its founders, John Sandberg and Christina Terraccino.

The lawsuit alleged that the pair failed to register their charity, used the money for their personal accounts and claimed that donations were tax-deductible when the foundation did not have IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

Last June the state reached a settlement with Sandberg and Terraccino where a court-appointed administrator took control of the funds and dissolved the organization.

Sandberg and Terraccino are permanently barred from soliciting donations in New Jersey for Hurricane Sandy relief and are prohibited from serving in a leadership position with any New Jersey charity for at least two years.

Unregistered Sandy charity’s funds distributed

The money collected by an unregistered charity that was supposed to help victims of Hurricane Sandy will finally be handed out.

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced Tuesday that donations made to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Foundation have been distributed to legitimate charitable organizations.

A total of $225,000 was given to four charities in New Jersey and one in New York, specifically for Sandy victims.

An additional $100,000 is under final review for distribution in the near future.

 

The initial distribution of $225,000 from the foundation’s donations was made to the followingorganizations:

 

  • O.C.E.A.N., Inc., of Toms River, received $100,000 to construct 12 three-bedroom, single-family homes in Berkeley Township.  The homes will be rented to Sandy victims.
  • The Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, of Neptune, received $50,000 to support its network of food pantries that serve Sandy-affected families.
  • The Alliance Center for Independence, of Edison, in partnership with South Carolina-based Portlight Strategies, Inc., received $50,000 for post-Sandy relief projects aiding individuals with disabilities.  This includes durable medical equipment; the repair or replacement of lifts, elevators and ramps; and other equipment for internal and external accessibility needs.

 

Graybeards, Ltd., based in Rockaway, N.Y., received $25,000. This proposal was selected because certain contributions to the foundation were earmarked for Superstorm Sandy relief in New York.

In 2013 the state sued the charity and its founders, John Sandberg and Christina Terraccino.

The lawsuit alleged that the pair failed to register their charity, used the money for their personal accounts and claimed that donations were tax-deductible when the foundation did not have IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

Last June the state reached a settlement with Sandberg and Terraccino where a court-appointed administrator took control of the funds and dissolved the organization.

Sandberg and Terraccino are permanently barred from soliciting donations in New Jersey for Hurricane Sandy relief and are prohibited from serving in a leadership position with any New Jersey charity for at least two years.