WARNING TO DONORS REGARDING UNAUTHORIZED CHARITABLE SOLICITATION
Dear Friends and Donors:
St. John’s was recently made aware of a charitable solicitation letter entitled “Reopening of St. John’s Retirement Village.” The letter describes the plans of a “newly formed leadership team” to reopen the Village as a multilevel senior care community. It states: “Pledges are needed now although actual funding of your pledge will be contingent on a new board of directors being voted in to take over management of the Village and receipt of a minimum of $200,000 in donation commitments.”
Please be warned: This solicitation was NOT authorized by St. John’s Board. In fact, it raises funds to take actions that are contrary to the Board’s express wishes and directives. These actions include removing and replacing the current St. John’s Board.
The solicitation is misleading and deceptive. If you receive any such solicitation, know that it is not endorsed by St. John’s and your gift is not tax-deductible to the extent that it relies on St. John’s tax-exempt status. Please notify us if you receive any such solicitation.
California law prohibits using any unfair or deceptive acts or practices or engaging in any fraudulent conduct that creates a likelihood of confusion or misunderstanding. We have already demanded that the authors of this solicitation remove it immediately and cancel any pledges. To date, they have ignored our demand.