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Angel Fund Ending in Detroit

Apr 1, 2014

Credit AOD.org
       DETROIT - A once-secret fund that allowed an anonymous donor to give $17 million since 2005 to help poor people in the Detroit area is ending this month.

      The Detroit Free Press reports that the "Angel Fund," which is run by the Archdiocese of Detroit and funded by a single donor, is ending April 30. Msgr. Michael Bugarin says in an email the donor indicated that his family's philanthropic plans shifted.

      The fund paid for necessities such as rent, medicine and overdue utility bills for people in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park. Details of the fund were made public earlier this year after a Roman Catholic priest and an acquaintance were charged with stealing money from the fund.

      Bugarin says the donor's decision had nothing to do with the criminal case.