“Furthermore, charging rent to the Foundation was a legal requirement for the Senators in order to maintain the independence of the charity. As an independent entity, the Foundation’s licensing relationship with the Senators is different from other sports charities, which are often owned by the teams.”
Earlier this month the Senators said their agreement with the Foundation was set to expire at the end of July and that the team intended to explore alternative options to further its philanthropic endeavours.
Melnyk’s statement also took issue with the June 8 column report about how much money The Organ Project, a not for profit organisation Melnyk founded in 2016, had invested in organ donor awareness.
“Mr. Gibbons’ error appears to arise from his mistaken assumption that The Organ Project operated like the Foundation. While the Foundation raises money that it then distributes to various causes, The Organ Project raised funds for it to spend on promoting public awareness of organ donation and encouraging organ donation registration.”
“The $5,000 payment identified by Gibbons was a direct donation by The Organ Project to the Kidney Foundation. While this direct contribution was not something The Organ Project normally did, and was not part of its normal operations or mandate, for Gibbons to erroneously report that this was the only charitable work done by the organisation is both patently false, immensely unfair, and ignores all the work done by The Organ Project to raise awareness of its cause.”