whoops. 18 million raised... no school, but i dont think anyone is going to pay, well other than the fools who gave this woman any money. its really a shame because that money could have gone to a real charity and done sooooo much good.
Madonna's planned academy for girls in the African country of Malawi has been abandoned, despite the foundation behind it, "Raising Malawi," raising a reported $18 million in donations since 2006 and spending $3.8 million on the school itself. Newsweek combed through the numbers and is asking why only $850,000 of that was paid out in Malawi and nearly $3 million was spent by the L.A. office of Kabbalah Centre International, one of the project's partners.
However, a report released to the press by the Centre pinned blame instead on Raising Malawi's former directors, whose expenditures included a golf membership and a reconditioned 1996 Toyota.
"I realize that the plans we had in place for the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls simply would not serve enough children. My original vision is now on a much bigger scale. I want to reach thousands not hundreds of girls. I want to do more and I want to do it better," said Madonna in a statement posted on the Raising Malawi website. "We are in the process of implementing several changes and additions to the management of Raising Malawi in both the US and Malawi."
If you want to get the best value for your charity dollar, make sure to donate to foundations with proven track records and transparent accounting practices, and not just ones with a marquee name. A good place to get started checking out charities is CharityNavigator.org.
There are things that are obvious and should not need to be said, but this is non tennis so even those things need to be said:
So here it is, I have to state the obvious:
are some of you kidding me? to suggest that madonna worth over 600 million and the richest female singer in the world ever would somehow "pocket" some of this 18 million for herself is beyond ridiculous!
seems what happened she had directors and other powers in charge who didn't know what they were doing and/or were unscrupulous to say the least.
similar to the oprah school incident where girls were being mistreated.
was this all oprah's fault too? of course not!
READ the article. No one is suggesting she personally stole the money, just as no one would say that tony from bp personally shot the eleven people that died. HOWEVER as the one in charge she does bare some, even a lot of responsibility for allowing this happen inher charity. Clearly there were no enough checks on waste and abuse, clearly the leader was asleep at the wheel. To say that leaders bare zero responsibility for the actions of those under their direct command is simply untrue and services only to encourage the behavior.
That you bring up oprah is a great example, once the first news abuse reached the ears of leadership they took shift action. More importantly they had enough control not to let it get to point where the only thing that happened was abuse. In this case 18$ million went down the drawn, why was action not taken when the first 1$ million disappeared, the second the third, why was the leadership so inept as to allow for not 5' not 8 not 10 not 12 not 13 not 15 not even 16 but $18,000,000 to disappear with the wind.
It is sick, and legally wrong, to say that leadership should not be held accountable for the actions of those they hire and can fire.