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Religious organizations in South Florida receiving the most in PPP funds include Episcopal Churches

Religious organizations in South Florida receiving the most in PPP funds include Episcopal Churches

NBCMiami has an analysis of religious organizations that received the most in PPP loans.

The list includes St. Thomas Episcopal and St. Stephen’s Episcopal both in Miami. Neither commented to NBCMiami despite numerous requests.

PPP loans are part of the federal Spring pandemic relief package. They are administered by the Small Business Administration. As long as they are used as intended, the recipient is not required to pay back the loan.

From NBCMiami:

According to the SBA’s data, the Archdiocese of Miami and organizations associated with it got roughly $24,506,262 to help pay more than 2,500 employees at churches, schools, and charities.

In a statement, a spokesperson with the Archdiocese of Miami said, “The PPP funds were requested by parishes and schools of the Archdiocese to provide exactly what PPP funds were for – salaries, medical insurance coverages, sick pay, vacation pay of its employees, including teachers, maintenance workers and to pay utilities and any rent costs.”

An NBC 6 analysis of South Florida religious organizations that received PPP loans, found the following organizations, which are registered to the Florida Department of State as “not for profit,” were among those that received the most in PPP funds.

King Jesus International Ministry Church in Miami – $2,027,537
Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Inc in Fort Lauderdale – $1,662,256
Temple Beth AM in Pinecrest – $1,533,200
St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Inc. in Miami – $1,283,700
Christ Fellowship Baptist Church, Inc. in Miami – $1,163,600
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Inc. in Miami – $1,004,182
Temple Beth Sholom Inc. in Miami Beach – $953,200
Trinity Church Inc. in Miami – $879,500
Temple Beth Emet in Fort Lauderdale – $841,205

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Eric Bonetti

I would be curious to know why DioVA, which had to slash and burn its 2021 budget due to COVID and has talked about a partial waiver of its pledge to the national church, apparently did not apply for a PPP loan. And even more curious how its Shrine Mont organization got PPP funds to save 30+ jobs when the place wasn’t even open in April.

The Rev. Steven Wilson

Almost every diocese was actively encouraging parishes to apply for PPP loans back in April, and both parishes listed have day schools with numerous teaching staff. I should think the “breaking news” would be a large parish with a parochial school which didn’t ask for PPP.

Eric Bonetti

At the risk of sounding snarky John, that is one of the reasons TEC is struggling. Too often church officials view questions as somehow threatening, and respond with passive-aggressive silence.

It is time for church leaders to learn the values of transparency and accountability. The days when priests and bishops were mini-monarchs are long over, but far too few clergy realize that.

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