Former Fugee's foundation under fire
November 30, 2011
A famous recording artist recently came under fire for his handling of nonprofit fundraising
proceeds, collected after the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
The New York Post reports Wyclef Jean's Yele Haiti Foundation has been accused of sending money collected online to a television station owned by both himself and his cousin. After allegations surfaced originally, Jean, perhaps best known as a member of The Fugees, stated that his organization had helped construct toilets and put on shows for the people in Port-au-Prince.
Though he admitted to making certain mistakes, Jean said that he had "absolutely not" used money meant for Yele for his own gain. He later added that the organization's books were "open."
According to many industry experts, the questions surrounding the financing should give those thinking about donating to the charity pause.
"Given the fact that Yele Haiti was involved in a swirl of controversy after the earthquake in Haiti, it’s all the more reason to be more transparent to ensure donors that their funds are going to help people,” said the Better Business Bureau’s Bennett Weiner in an interview with the newspaper.