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The Adrian Peterson Charity Accusations Were Already Known About and Taken Care Of (UPDATE: ADRIAN RESPONDS AND WE LOOK AT THE 990S)

UPDATE2: Adrian tweeted out a bunch of things that say the same things:




In text:

Journalism 101:

1. My uncle and I never owned a Foundation Credit Card

2. ESPN contacted the CORRECT Foundation to clarify issues

3. ESPN found:STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART based in California confirms receiving donations, NOT S.F.T.H based in Maryland. A Fired CPA incorrectly listed MD but ESPN followed up by contacting the CORRECT Foundation.

4. California Straight From the Heart confirmed receiving donations!!!

5. East Texas Food Bank confirmed donation received. North Texas was incorrectly listed on 990 by a firm later fired by the Foundation (ESPN reporter confirmed.)

6. Make headlines by calling something an orgy (even though it was not) and incorrectly saying a Foundation card was used even though my uncle and I never owned one. ( All Day INC is TOTALLY different entity than the A.P. All Day Foundation)

7. Do not retract the false allegation because everyone believes the false allegation because it was printed first.

8. Do not repost the ESPN story from August when I admist I was promiscuous made mistakes and had to change my ways.

9. Instead Repost the story about fathering children out of wedlock..creates more  buzz and retweets.

10. I guess never let the truth get in the way of a good story

11. Take time to GREAT and get it right  .

As a commenter below notes, you can find the 990 forms online. Here’s 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. 2012-2013 are not online anywhere after incorporating under Minnesota Philanthropy Partners.

The Employee Identification Numbers for the “Straight from the Heart Ministries” in the 2008 and 2010 forms returns Victory Christian Center of the Desert from Rancho Mirage, CA (not the Maryland group whose address is listed) but the 2011 form includes the EIN for an organization recognized as “Straight from the Heart Ministries”.

For what it’s worth, the PO Box address for Straight from the Heart Ministries is listed as P.O. Box 905. Randallstown, MD—not the one listed in any of the donation forms.

Bill Horn, also listed as William Horn in the documents, is known outside of that ESPN report to be involved in a ministry called “Straight from the Heart”, written about here. On the 990s, he is the treasurer.

I don’t really have a reason to not take the word of Bruce Richman, but for what it’s worth, I could not find the All Day Foundation in the list of charities supported by the Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, but that’s less intriguing than it sounds, because it mostly lists either direct partners or organizations it’s donated to, not organizations that are their clients, which is what this sounds like.

Bruce Richman is not an employee of the Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, but his own Inspired Philanthropy group, at this website.

I imagine this incorporation is the reason we cannot not find post-2011 tax filings for the foundation. I looked at the 2012-2013 tax filings for the Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, but did not see mention of the All Day Foundation (again, not definitive proof of anything one way or the other).

Before the All Day Foundation’s website was taken down, you can find evidence of them giving to groups and those groups receiving the donations, through press releases released by those groups. That includes Cornerstone Minnesota (a domestic violence resource center), Team Rubicon (a group that organizes military veterans to volunteer for disaster relief), and the Starkey Hearing Foundation, which lists a donation from the All Day Foundation in their 990 forms (the other two do not, because they blacked out all their contributors, but acknowledge the foundation in press releases).

So that’s where we are. Original story and PFT story below

UPDATE: Adrian Peterson’s charity came out with a statement confirming everything in this post.

Richman said he’s since talked to reporters from the Star Tribune, but detailed some of the errors in their story. Much of it stemmed from the poor management of the foundation prior to 2011 (when Peterson cleaned house and hired a new team to manage it).

“There’s no real story since 2011,” Richman said. “Because we’ve cleaned everything up.”

For instance, the paper reported that a group called Straight From the Heart Ministries in Laurel, Md. denied receiving money from Peterson. Richman said that was because the foundation gave to a group in California with the same name. That was similar to a paperwork confusion regarding donations to food banks in Texas.

That ProFootballTalk piece details the fact that the All Day Foundation had cleaned house to resolve the 2008-2011 management problems. It also provided Florio a list with all of Peterson’s contributions, which total $1.4 million of Adrian’s own money.

Also in that piece is the tidbit that Adrian’s own money, not the All Day Foundation’s, paid for the hotel room. That would resolve the matter entirely and is in direct contradiction with the Strib piece.

Original story below.


Adrian Peterson was the subject of a lengthy investigative piece by the Star Tribune, which broadly looks at a number of indiscretions about Peterson’s past, and in particular takes a deep look at the charity in Adrian Peterson’s name, the All Day Foundation. This of course comes on the heels of Peterson’s arrest and already well-covered scandal over injury to his child.

The charity itself is accused of extreme fraud, including evidence that the charity lied about its donations—in particular, two stood out. One to the “Straight from the Heart Ministries” worth $70,000 never reached a Maryland group with that name. In the article, the president of the Maryland nonprofit had this to say: “There have been no outside [contributions] other than people in my own circle. Adrian Peterson — definitely not.”

Straight from the Heart Ministries, at least the one listed in the IRS documents, likely refers not to the Maryland group that the Star Tribune piece looked at, but one that ESPN looked at a month ago, detailed below. This means, of course, there is no missing $70,000.

The second specific accusation against the charity includes a donation that may have simply been mislabeled (though as an act of bookkeeping, that’s sloppy enough to raise big eyebrows), where the group is listed as having given to the North Texas Food Bank, which never received any money from them. The East Texas Food Bank claims to have received money from the All Day Foundation that year, however. The Star Tribune did not mention if they pulled up the East Texas Food Bank’s tax returns to verify that information.

The way the piece is written seems to imply that there are big worries with the charity, but it doesn’t follow through on its implied promise to delve deeper into the issues it sees; though the $70,000 dollars is a big deal, the piece seems to indicate that there are many issues that are worth looking into. The sloppy bookkeeping is worrisome enough and many athlete’s charities use loose accounting to hide embezzlement (which comes in the form of income that cannot be taxed), but there aren’t other definitive accusations.

None of these are new issues, and the poor accounting and bad bookkeeping has already been acknowledged and potentially taken care of.

These issues were already known to the foundation. According to ESPN, Bruce Richman, the current chair of the charity, was hired to clean up the charity’s finances and readily acknowledged back in September that the charity was run poorly. He put it under the umbrella of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, which manages the finances for several charities. Richman is a well-known philanthropy consultant, an industry that’s seen a big boom specifically to avoid this kind of problem. Per the ESPN article:

This year, the All Day Foundation became part of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, an umbrella organization that manages the finances for several charities. Prior, and since its founding in 2008, it had been a stand-alone 501c3 organization. Richman said he became involved in 2011 after Peterson’s financial adviser “recognized a problem with the foundation’s financial management and which organizations were receiving funds.”

Specifically, Outside the Lines, ESPN’s investigative journalism arm, had already examined the 2008-2011 tax forms and found that over 50 percent of the organization’s revenue went to the Straight from the Heart Ministries. It’s the same ministry that recruited Reggie White to do its proselytizing and was well known in the 1990s for its active work in denouncing homosexuality.

Bill Horn, who ran the group, became friends with a former teammate of Adrian’s at Oklahoma and ended up being the treasurer of Peterson’s charity for a short time (he is no longer the treasurer). Though listed as the president of that ministry, he says he was not involved with it and does not see a conflict of interest on being on the board of Peterson’s charity and its largest recipient.

Horn noted that the ministry did business in Chicago, Minnesota and Texas. Though churches are not required to disclose their charitable work or their tax forms, Horn assured ESPN that the charity’s mission had changed from denouncing homosexuality to helping those in the inner city.

Regardless, these are known issues that have since been resolved. From that ESPN piece:

Richman said Peterson had no knowledge of the money given to Straight From The Heart Ministries and was not involved in managing the foundation then.

“The foundation was not run properly from 2008 to 2011,” Richman said.

Richman provided “Outside the Lines” a copy of the foundation’s 2011 IRS form, which has been filed with the IRS and which he said will be the last to show any donations to Straight From The Heart Ministries. He said the 2012 form will be filed soon. He said he chose to move the foundation this summer under the management of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners to save on administrative costs and to be more efficient.

Richman said he’s been working since 2011 to clean up the foundation, get Peterson more involved in the decision-making and broaden its reach to more charities. He provided a spreadsheet that showed the grants the All Day Foundation gave in 2012 and 2013 that totaled $423,500, which includes the $125,000 installment on Peterson’s personal $500,000 pledge to the University of Oklahoma. The charity also has pledged $500,000, though none of that money has been raised.

More salaciously, the Star Tribune piece accuses the charity of having used funds to provide for an orgy in a hotel room, attended by Adrian Peterson, two relatives (one of whom is a minor), and four women. The older relative, according to a police report that the Star Tribune acquired, used a credit card from the foundation in order to pay for the room.

Though the piece implies an orgy that involves several sex acts with several different people, there’s some indication that he only had sex with one woman that night. Given that the Star Tribune piece implies their argument instead of states it (though they never used the word “orgy,” only the articles that have linked to the Tribune piece do that), and that it seems like the police report details the fact that a woman was upset with Peterson’s sexual relations with one other woman (not many), this seems to be the case.

Regardless, the issue of charity funds being used for this purpose bother me more than who Adrian Peterson chooses to have sex with. In this case, Peterson himself didn’t misuse charity funds, and it occurred prior to Richman’s arrival with the organization. Richman was happy to provide ESPN with the charity’s 2011 and 2012 tax forms, which included the 2011 discrepancies but are the last of its kind, according to Richman. I couldn’t find a followup story where Richman provided the complete 2012 tax form, but neither the Star Tribune nor ESPN has a more recent accusation than the 2011 issues.

Richman provided ESPN with a spreadsheet, as detailed in the quote above, over how the charity’s money would be used in a new way after the 2008-2011 mishandling was taken care of. It also sounds like Peterson had no knowledge of how the charity was run before he and his team hired Richman. Though irresponsible to put his name on a charity he ended up not overseeing, it’s hardly news that an athlete’s charity worked without his knowledge.

Whether or not Peterson knew the room was paid for by the charity is unknown; family members are often members of the board on these charities, or are paid employees, sometimes given access to those funds; that sounds like the case with the relative who used a company credit card. If Adrian knew that the room was paid for by the charity, that would be a big problem, but it is irresponsible not to at least acknowledge that the 2014 version of the charity, before the website shut down, and the 2011 version of the charity are two different beasts entirely.

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  1. Thanks for the thorough clarification, Arif! It’s sad seeing stuff like this happening but at least knowing the facts gives us a basis to continue supporting Peterson’s return or not.

  2. There it is. Any decent controversy needs a sexual componenet to really resonate with the masses.

    1. well, it seems they have put the issue to bed now, and used their own personal credit card to do so

  3. Excellent writing as always, Arif. Well done.

    The issue here is concerning, obviously, but it seems like they have since gotten their ducks in a row. I also feel like this article comes across as piling on AP at this point…

  4. They are piling onto him at this point. This article needs to go out before espn continues to run people’s names down without doing research. Great article as always Arif.

  5. Note how carefully the Strib words the hotel room payment issue:

    “One of those present, Chris Brown, a Peterson relative who lives with him in Eden Prairie, told police that he paid for the room using a company credit card for Peterson’s All Day, Inc.”

    First off, we’ve got some ambiguous pronouns, as it is a little unclear who the “he” is that did the paying. I read it initial as Adrian Peterson, but its looks like maybe Arif is correct in reading “he” to mean Brown. It shouldn’t be hard to figure out, but readers shouldn’t really need to do that for themselves.

    But more importantly, note that the Strib does not say whether the room was actually paid for by All Day, Inc. It says that Brown said it was.

    This is a credit card transaction. It should not be difficult, at least for law enforcement, to figure out who paid and from what account. And yet the Strib does not mention whether it, the police, or the prosecutor ever confirmed Brown’s statement. It just reports the statement, leaving the impression that it’s factual. That’s pretty shoddy.

    1. To the author, Mr Hasan:

      Have you researched the issue further than the report in the Star Tribune article, and the statement of Mr Richman, at their face values?

      I have attempted to find a relevant online police records database, but i’ve failed and can only guess that viewing the 38-page document the Star Tribune cited will require submitting a written request to the relevant agency. Perhaps you could contact the Star Tribune, ask for the relevant details needed for the police records request (date of incident; police agency of record; etc) and follow up with a report on the details within that document?

      I have had success locating All Day’s financials, with the most complete source being located here:

      Viewing those records will show a $15k donation (2008) and $70k donation (2009) to “Straight from the Heart Ministries” with a PO BOX in Laurel ,Maryland. 2009’s donation included no EIN, although 2008’s did. The 2008 EIN matched that listed for a 2010 donation of $70k to a “Straight from the Heart Ministries”, which in 2010’s filing included no physical/mailing address. A search of this EIN leads to no group named “Straight from the Heart Ministries”, instead it is a group named “Victory Christian Center of the Desert, Inc” located in Rancho Mirage, CA; this EIN also had donations from the Tommie Harris foundation. In 2011 All Day made a donation of $52k to “Straight from the Heart Ministries”, listing a PO BOX in Winterville, NC, and which had an EIN different from the 2008 and 2010 donations.

      As for the food banks. All Day’s filing in 2009 reported a donation of $9k to North Texas Food Bank, with a listed address that matches North Texas Food Bank’s current location in Dallas, TX. All Day’s filing in 2010 included a donation of over $10k to the East Texas Food Bank, with an address that matches their current address in Tyler, TX. I believe we need to see financials of those Food Banks because we draw any conclusion from the numerous possibilities, which sadly does include potential accounting error at best and potential fraud/embezzlement at the worst.

      In all four filings (2008-2011), the list of key officers/employees was limited to the same four people: William Horn, Bonita Jackson (AP’s mom), Nelson Peterson (AP’s father) and Adrian Peterson. From 2008-2010, the books were listed as in the possession of William Horn, and the paid preparers were Matthew Coscia (2008) and Shawn Onley (2009 & 2010) of Montgomery Coscia Greilich LLP; the signatures of record in these three years were as follows: Bonita Jackson, President (2008), Adrian Peterson, Director (2009 & 2010). In 2011 filing, the books are recorded as being in the possession of Cheryse Phillips of Leander, Texas; Phillips is also the Part II signature of record (appears to be dated 5/8/14), and the paid preparer is Holthause Carlin & Von Trigt. Despite no longer being listed as in possession of the books, William Horn is still listed as Secretary/Treasurer, but has for the first time the listed titled of Director as well (Director previously only held by Jackson and both Petersons). Cheryse Phillips is not listed as an officer of All Day in the 2011 filing, though someone matching that name is listed as Secretary on the 2014 Board of Directors page on the website for AD Elite Basketball, which claims to be a 501c3 (possibly as A D Elite? I’ve found no record yet), and who’s sponsors appear to include All Day based on the websites sponsors page.

      1. Hey, sunshine. Don’t come over here looking for Arif to do the work you should have done in the first place.

  6. The Star Tribune, KFAN, St. Paul Press should all have Arif on thier payroll as proof reader for their reporters and as the main writer. He is better than anything they got.

  7. Another great piece by Arif. I read the Star Tribune article, and it was about as professional and well-researched as the “Bat Boy” stories that Weekly World News used to write. Good god, did anyone make ANY effort to collect the facts before they wrote this hatchet job? Don’t get me wrong, misuse of the charity’s funds is a serious matter, but unless we have some reason to believe Adrian Peterson knew about it, the story has been dead and over for years. It sounds like he did everything that he should do to fix the problem, and everything has been above board for the past several years.

    Journalism is dead.

  8. I just want to know this;
    Does AD have 6 OR 7 kids and is it with 5,6 or 7 different mommies?
    Only 3 states? That seems odd to me. Hmmmmmmmm.

    Looks like a story for the Star tribune!

  9. Good thing AP wasn’t on the Vikings during the Sex Boat scandal. AP’s foundation would have had a difficult time paying for the whole thing.

  10. God doesn’t have a problem with it, I dont think Texas will either.

    Prov 13:24: “He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him often.”
    Prov 19:18: “Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.”
    Prov 22:15: “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.”
    Prov 23:13-14: “Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell (i.e. death).”
    Prov 29:15: “The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.”
    Is the witch hunt over or are we going to let this go through the normal channels of the court system. Media has already come to their verdict. Even though all the Media that is quit to point fingers themselves have more employees that have had charges of child and spousal abuse than the whole NFL has ever had. DA leaks Grand Jury’s Transcripts and picture that where never meant to be shown in the public’s eye and to be seal after any coarse of action was taken. Does Peterson gat a fair trial? Would Peterson be playing right now if such information isn’t leak out of the DA office, Funny they cant seem to track down who Did leak the information out. Once there is blood in the water. The media sharks go out and start piling on other half stories and not the full story. Not one person that is against or for Peterson playing, Has ask is Peterson and his Family getting the help they need to move forward or have ask how is Peterson’s son doing, But the State of Minnesota has went ahead with their own witch hunt and make sure Peterson has to have supervision when he see his son. The State of Minnesota has found Peterson guilty before Peterson day in court. If God doesn’t have a problem with it why should the State of Minnesota convict him before his day in court.

    1. Actually, I think we’ve moved on from the child abuse, we into orgies, hoes and improper payment of such.

        1. Maybe in he free time he really is a drug dealing pimp. Might as well get into some real hardcore crime.

    2. Some Texans definitely have a problem with it: he was indicted by a grand jury in Texas, people presumably familiar with the local culture, and they *still* felt it was too far over the discipline line. As to members of the media having more charges of spouse/child abuse than NFL players, well, yes, of course they do. The NFL has just under 2,000 players; there are roughly 90,000 journalists in America.

  11. Vikings ORG. Failed Peterson and his family for being strong armed by Bias Media reporting. If Peterson is found not Guilty in Texas then what??????/ Does the media over rule a Texas Court or does the people media led over rule the Texas court. Remember this isn’t a child abuse trial, but endangerment case. Texas is 1 of 19 States that still have spankings in their school districts and each State cant have a separate trail for a case in Texas. So where does Minnesota have the right to keep Peterson away from his child before any verdict has been reached. They are going by Peterson admitting of parenting his child and being that Peterson is of a religion based on the Bible. The Bible has many such reading that lead to Peterson being innocent and not guilty under Gods law and we do swear on the bible in court still don’t we ????????

    1. If we’re going to go throwing around bible quotes, let’s roll with this one, which ol’ Yahweh thought was important enough, he quoted it twice (yes yes, thru the hand of man):

      Exodus 31:15
      For six days work is to be done, but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest, holy to the LORD. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day is to be put to death.

      Exodus 35:2
      For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a day of sabbath rest to the LORD. Whoever does any work on it is to be put to death.

      Clearly, since the Vikes, indeed all NFL teams, work on Sunday, we need to put ’em all down. At this point, it’s just a matter of how.

      1. Sabbath day is really on Saturday. But the way I look at it…it could be any day you like.

        1. Awesome, I laughed out loud because I thought about adding the whole Saturday thing, ONLY in case some joker decided that was in any way relevant to the post, but decided against it, thinking it would look sophomoric.

          Tomb 0
          Reality 1

          1. Reality has a way of kicking one in the butt. But fear not old buddy….
            Then Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath.
            AD is gone for the year, and that sucks for Viking fans. But, Teddy has arrived…it is what it is. Gotta love it!

            1. What Jesus said ended after “Sabbath.” Just in case some joker…you know.

      2. I think the Vikings are safe. They didn’t seem to be working on Thursday so i think that counts as their day off.

      3. If you are going to quote the bible, please take the entire book into context. You might start with Matthew chapter 12. Those looking to use the bible to condemn, in my opinion, do not understand the merciful message it was meant to convey, and place themselves in the seat of the only authority who not only conceived of that message, but maintains exclusive right to judge and condemn. There is a family, a father, children and mothers who are suffering in the bright light of jealous attention. That situation is much more important than any football team, social agenda, or political posturing. The media is just a reflection of all of those selfish interests.

  12. Okay Arif, I’ve been unfair to you in the past, so I’m going to make it up to you right now with some free business advice. Start a fact checking service that papers like the Strib can use to avoid future embarrassment. Charge a hefty fee. Hire a cash-starved freshmen to sit in his campus library and do Google searches on the various claims that local “journalists” are planning to make. Pay him minimum wage. Better yet, make him an unpaid intern. Hopefully, the business will take off with virtually no further commitment or input from you, because that’s how things work in my imagination. You will make bookoo bucks and carry on with your sports writing, and the quality of the drivel that comes from the Strib will increase significantly, We all win!

  13. Can we please put a moratorium on out-of-context quotes from religious books? I’m no theologian, but even I can tell you that any jackass can cherry pick quotes from the Bible, the Quran, or the Vedas in some juvenile attempt to support their viewpoint. I realize that this exactly the point that Tomb was trying to demonstrate, but once a thread turns toward politics or religion, all hell seems to break loose (no pun intended).

    1. Sounds reasonable to me, but I think the Kama Sutra needs to be allowed, because ORGIES!!!!!!!!

      All Day………goes All Night.

    1. Wait so you are saying the Kama Sutra isn’t a religious book? Has my wife lied to me all these years?

      1. Thats correct. The Kama Sutra is an instruction manual for young married couples.



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