The Minnesota-based GHR Foundation made nine grants of $25,000 each, totaling $225,000, earmarked for the "former archbishop's fund" or the "former archbishop's special fund," from 2006 to 2014, tax records say.
Archbishop McCarrick sat on the foundation board of directors from 2006 until 2016. Since then he has served as director emeritus, which a spokesman characterized as "only an honorary role."
The GHR Foundation spokesperson said McCarrick was not active in his final years as a board member nor as a director emeritus.
"We are reviewing any type of actions while he was a board member," he said. "We are taking this very seriously and are conducting a review." The foundation said it would share information "if we find anything that we feel is not what was intended for GHR funds."
The foundation has given several other five-figure grants to the Washington archdiocese, plus a 2008 grant of $400,000 to the Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary of Washington as a one-time grant "honoring Cardinal Theodore McCarrick."
Beginning in 2007, the GHR Foundation gave $1 million a year for seven years to the Papal Foundation, which McCarrick had co-founded in 1988. The Papal Foundation supports projects and proposals recommended by the Holy See.
The GHR spokesman could not address questions about foundation grants to the former archbishop's special fund but said the foundation is looking into the matter.
"We just want to make sure that the funds were used in a way that intended to support our values," he said.
The spokesman said that to his understanding McCarrick's role as a leader in interreligious dialogue fit well with the foundation's inter-religious activities, adding "he is a leader in Christian-Muslim relations."
CNA contacted McCarrick's civil lawyer Barry Coburn, who said he had "no comment at this time."
Both the Loyola and GHR foundations said they have removed the former cardinal from any role.
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After the Holy See asked McCarrick to cease all public ministry, the Loyola Foundation released McCarrick from his board duties in a July letter, said McCarthy, the foundation's executive director.
"He is no longer a board member and serves in no other capacity. No one has replaced him," McCarthy said. "Our foundation encourages a full, complete and transparent review of all the allegations made against Archbishop McCarrick, with legal follow up within both civil and canon law, if appropriate."
The GHR Foundation spokesman told CNA that when the first allegations came out "we immediately suspended him."
"Obviously we were shocked and saddened. This was news to us," the spokesman added. "Then as additional allegations came out we acted promptly and removed him from his honorary role. We have severed all ties to former Cardinal McCarrick."
Like many church and civic leaders who had worked with McCarrick, McCarthy too said the Loyola Foundation did not know of abuse incidents.
"As a Catholic entity focused on the needy, our energies are spent on trying to help our brothers and sisters in Christ," McCarthy said. "No one on our staff or on the board was even remotely aware of the incidents reported. May God help any who may have been wronged."