04/02/2013 4:45 PM ET
MLBPA executive board member and Red Sox reliever Breslow defends athlete-led foundations in The Boston Globe letter to the editor
Founder of Strike 3 Foundation responds to Globe article questioning the creation and practices of charitable foundations run by pro athletes
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Craig Breslow, a member of the Major League Baseball Players Association's executive board and an active participant in the operational procedures of the union's own 501 c 3 foundation, the Major League Baseball Players Trust, recently defended foundations created by professional athletes in a letter to the editor of The Boston Globe. Breslow was moved to write the letter in response to a recent article in the Globe that called into question the practices of foundations created and operated by professional athletes.
Breslow, the founder of Strike 3 Foundation, points out in his letter that charitable organizations should not be viewed and judged solely on the merits of their IRS reporting documents and the figures contained within. In his letter, Breslow writes:
"Akin to the sabermetrician who would argue that WAR (Wins Above Replacement) is the single comprehensive metric of a player's total contribution to his team, nonprofit rating agency, Charity Navigator, cites seven financial performance metrics for measuring the financial health of a charitable organization. The Globe appears to have focused on one area, dividing program service expenses by gross revenue, to define whether a charity loses in supporting improving the health and well-being of children."
Following the publication of his letter, Breslow went on to further explain his motives by stating, "As a professional athlete who created and operates my own foundation, I know the complexities involved in getting a not-for-profit up and running. Because of that, the article struck me as terribly unfair to professional athletes seeking to support a cause they find important by applying the same broad brush strokes to all of them. Although it would require more work on behalf of the writer, the only true way to judge a foundation would be to dig much deeper than just taking a cursory look at the numbers that jump off the page."
Read Breslow's complete letter to the editor here.
Read the original The Boston Globe article here.