Mar 26, 2011

Madonna’s Charity Fails in Bid to Finance School
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Written by : Tom George| 0 | Education

LOS ANGELES — A high-profile charitable foundation set up to build a school for impoverished girls in Malawi, founded by the singer Madonna and fellow devotees of a prominent Jewish mysticism movement, has collapsed after spending $3.8 million on a project that never came to fruition.

The board of directors of the organization, Raising Malawi, has been ousted and replaced by a caretaker board, including Madonna and her manager, officials with the organization said Thursday. Its executive director, who is the boyfriend of Madonna’s former trainer, Tracy Anderson, left in October amid criticism of his management style and cost overruns for the school. These included what auditors described as outlandish expenditures on salaries, cars, office space and a golf course membership, free housing and a car and driver for the school’s director.

Most strikingly, the plans to build a $15 million school for about 400 girls in the poor southeastern African country of 15 million — which had drawn financial support from Hollywood and society circles, as well as the Los Angeles-based Kabbalah Centre International, an organization devoted to Jewish mysticism — have been officially abandoned.

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  • She’s a humanitarian for sure. But I would guess it takes a special person to oversee that kind of project in Africa. Packing up and moving to Africa for a long duration is no small feat.

    I would think that she would outsource. If the whole idea is to benefit those in Africa, why not higher the right person to manage the project who is a native African?

    I don’t know… I DO know that the SuperBowl performance she did was for free.

  • Hazel

    Madonna has been always critisizing, it’s no odds if she does good or just for public! it’s not her fault, I think! In the past, she made a lot of mistakes, but now she is going to help children in Malawi and should treat with respect!. I have already all her discography in my music collection thanks to http://www.torrentoff.com She is brilliant and worth to be the queen of pop-music! I love her!!!!

    • Madonna is a fabulous and brave woman.
      Although I do not know her personally, I would
      just like to say I think she is really someone to aspire
      to be like for many woman. I applaud your loyalty and admiration
      for Madonna, she is a truly great entertainer and a remarkable woman, as
      well as a great human being. —–Original Message—–

  • Melanie Vaughn

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    • Hi Melanie,
      I can tell you have a heartfelt concern for these girls. How are your efforts going?


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