Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Haiti earthquake has already triggered hundreds of thousands of donations to musician Wyclef Jean’s charitable foundation, which expects to raise upwards of $1 million a day in the disaster’s wake. However, Internal Revenue Service records show the group has a lackluster history of accounting for its finances, and that the organization has paid the performer and his business partner at least $410,000 for rent, production services, and Jean’s appearance at a benefit concert. Though the Wyclef Jean Foundation, which does business as Yele Haiti Foundation, was incorporated 12 years ago—and has been active since that time—the group only first filed tax returns in August 2009.

Wyclef Jean Charity’s Funny Money - January 14, 2010

Double bad news for people trying to donate to the Haiti relief funds. First somebody figured out that sending out money through a phone bill donation is not exactly the most expedient way, after all, the phone company will have to get paid so they can send the money to the charities (at least one company is paying these donations ahead of their collections, good for them) but now one of the two main channels for these cell message donations is brought into question for shoddy accounting practices.

And who the hell knows what else.