Today IPOT Executive Director Natalie Roetzel sent out an email soliciting donations. Here's the text:
The Innocence Project of Texas Needs Your Help
The Innocence Project of Texas dedicates its time and money to assist those who have become voiceless in the criminal justice system, to those who have been wrongfully convicted of crimes in the State of Texas. In order to fund our Project, we actively seek out the support of foundations and donors, but we have learned over the past few weeks that we are not immune from Wall Street scandal. Most recently, our organization was informed that the JEHT Foundation, a major funder of IPOT's work in Dallas County, is closing its doors after being hit hard by Bernard Madoff's alleged ponzi scheme. In the wake of this tragedy that is affecting numerous non-profit organizations around the country, we are reaching out to you for contributions to our cause.
The JEHT Foundation has a legacy of funding organizations and government entities committed to achieving justice and preserving equality and human rights. In June of this year, the Foundation pledged more than $450,000 to fund DNA tests and IPOT expenses related to our work on Dallas County cases. Today, that funding is in jeopardy as the JEHT Foundation was forced to close its doors and inform grant recipients that no additional payments will be made on previously awarded grants. Although the loss of a portion of the IPOT designated JEHT funds will not constitute an end to our organization, it is a definite hurdle that we are committed to overcoming.
If you would like to assist the Innocence Project of Texas in our struggle to raise much needed funds for case investigations, DNA testing, and operational expenses, please consider making a donation today. By donating to the Innocence Project of Texas, you can play a part in making sure that Texas's wrongfully convicted men and women receive the justice they deserve.
Donate online today or mail your donation to the address below. We look forward to hearing from you soon.Innocence Project of Texas1511 Texas AvenueLubbock, Texas 79401