Chronicle investigation leads to charity crook’s ouster

Nice job San Francisco Chronicle!

The head of a high-profile San Francisco charity has been forced out, following a Chronicle investigation that found the nonprofit had long deceived donors by funding the director’s posh lifestyle while spending relatively little on people with developmental disabilities it purported to serve.

Socialite and fashion maven Joy Venturini Bianchi, 78, did not respond to requests for comment on her ouster, but in the past has maintained she has served at Helpers Community Inc. with self-sacrifice and the best of intentions.

Board President Peggy Bachecki would not elaborate on the departure, other than sending an email Wednesday stating that “Joy is no longer an employee of Helpers,” and that an interim director had been hired Tuesday.

Bianchi’s departure follows another significant development at the nonprofit, which was known until recently as Helpers of the Mentally Retarded: its largest-ever disbursement of funds — $1 million worth of grants to several Bay Area nonprofits serving the elderly and disabled. For more than a dozen years, Helpers gave little to nothing to the charitable causes the organization defined as its top priority, the Chronicle’s investigation showed.

Bianchi is basically a crook who deserves to be behind bars. Now that the Chronicle has exposed her crimes, the District Attorney’s office needs to take action.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle


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