The Sarasota Herald-Tribune recently ran this article by Barbara Peters Smith about Parkinson Research Foundation (PRF), its founder Larry Hoffheimer, and another, far more reputable charity with which PRF is competing in Sarasota. The article also briefly mentioned Hoffheimer’s other “charity”, the Macular Degeneration Association (MDA).
Readers of my blog know that I have written about Hoffheimer, MDA, and PRF in the past. In a nutshell, I believe that at best, MDA and PRF are incompetently run charities which spend far too little of their revenue on furthering their missions, and at worst, they are intentionally fraudulent charities whose real purpose is to enrich Hoffheimer and his colleagues rather than to help people with Parkinsons and Macular Degeneration.
I spoke with Ms. Peters Smith at length about the ample evidence that there are problems with these charities. Unfortunately, none of the concerns raised in my blog made it into her article as published. Here is the letter I sent her about the article: