Problem Solver tries to help a struggling charity recover fee f...

There are 9 comments on the Feb 17, 2008, Chicago Tribune story titled Problem Solver tries to help a struggling charity recover fee f.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

The budget is so lean, there are months when the Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse has to ask its landlord for an extension to pay the rent.

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Joe Birkett

Lemont, IL

#1 Feb 18, 2008
This guy should be prosecuted.
Cindi J

Atlanta, GA

#2 Feb 19, 2008
I sincerely hope Chicago sees the value of this organization that serves its citizens who simply just want to be contributing members of society once again. They are you and me who, on the way home from work on evening, are involved in a car accident and whoosh their lives and their families lives are forever changed. I actually run one of these programs in Atlanta. Our budget is almost 3 times that of Midwest's. Ms.Giesler runs the tightest ship ever, imagine what she could do for Chicago if its citizens pitched in!
carol bell

United States

#3 Feb 19, 2008
Joe Birkett wrote:
This guy should be prosecuted.
I so strongly agree with Mr. Birkett of Wheaton! Who's collecting the $$ to fund the prosecution? I could get 45 people to donate to that fund within 10 minutes of your call, Mr. Birkett.
ann k

Aurora, IL

#4 Feb 19, 2008
My group has unfortunately experienced exactly the same unprofessional/unknowledgable treatment from gianfranco grande. What a scam he has going! With us he promised in front of a federal court judge to repay according to a monthly schedule. We just rec'd a very late payment that brought his acc't up to being only five months behind. Don't count on repayment, Ms. Giesler. Sadly, our experiences are not unique with this individual. Grande behind bars in an orange jumpsuit is called for here. That would not help us retrieve our money but at least it would happen to no one else.Sadly for those we serve, we must rest in that. God Bless!
Art Manning

Villa Park, IL

#5 Feb 20, 2008
for shame - this guy sounds like a real con man. I hope the charity gets ALL of their money back.
Kiki

Homewood, IL

#6 Jul 6, 2008
I know this man - he is lying cheat! Complete con man - be careful
Another conned charity

Chicago, IL

#7 Oct 20, 2008
Just wondering ann k, what charity do you represent and where was you lawsuit filed? I am not doubting your claims against Gianfranco by any means and need to add my own but i think if you have something on the public record already it would be great to share the name of the chariity and in which county it was filed. It would help everyone considering hiring him to see what a scam he has going...how could anyone steal from charities? Sick, sick, sick! watch out!
Scumbag Buster

Northbrook, IL

#8 Jun 13, 2012
Gianfranco Grande is a bona-fide scam artist.
Another Charity Scammed

Westmont, IL

#9 Mar 1, 2013
Our charity was robbed by Gianfranco a few years ago also. 10K to him and NOTHING back. If all his previous charities that he posts on his resume were happy with him, they would be coming to his defense. It is embarrassing and prohibitive for any of our groups to admit that any contributions we received were sucked out of our mission just to fund this con artists lifestyle. He knows it would be terrible toward future fundraising efforts to admit that a charity was scammed and that is what keeps him going. We should form a class action suit or at least privately warn the new charities he is promoting. He is a sociopath that only cares about himself!!!

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