My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for The Labouré Society, Eagan, MN, USA
This review responds to the September review set forth above from a past Labouré donor. First, we at Labouré are deeply grateful for the donor's investment in vocations. Our mission would not be possible without support like his/hers. Second, a very important clarification is necessary. A donor's gift to a Laboure "aspirant class" ( a class of 15-20 men and women raising funds as a collective class for vocations) is never "wasted". The aspirants working through the Labouré program do not raise money for themselves, they raise money as a class with all donations being designated for the class in honor of an aspirant. For instance, a check would be made out to The Laboure Society in honor of a particular aspirant. This model preserves the charitable deduction for the donor (Labouré is a 501c3 non profit organization) and avoids income tax implications for the aspirant. At the end of the 6 month class, the total amount raised by the class is divided into awards for each aspirant. That money is held in reserve for the aspirant by Labouré, the aspirant never "receives" any funds. At that point, Laboure pays the aspirants' lenders directly with a minimum monthly payment over the course of 36 months. In the 37th month the loan is paid off in full. So, if the aspirant discerns out of a community within those 36 months the money that was awarded is held in reserve for other aspirant needs to remove their student loan impediment. It is extremely important for donors to understand that any donation to the Labouré General Fund or to an aspirant class will always be applied to the mission of delivering future priests and religious to the Catholic Church. Donations to the Labouré aspirants are NEVER wasted. The whole program is specifically designed to avoid that outcome. Any questions about this review can be directed to Bill LeMire at the Labouré Society at 651-295-2548. Please pray for our aspirants who seek nothing other than to devote their lives to Christ. May it please God!