How convenient! An explanation!
After it was revealed this weekend that the Brittany Murphy Foundation was not properly registered as a charity DESPITE soliciting money, husband Simon Monjack and mom Sharon Murphy pulled down the site.
Last night, the website was relaunched with this letter:
We began the Brittany Murphy Foundation to honor Brittany's wishes and to give her family, friends, and fans a way of keeping her legacy alive. In an effort to get the foundation off the ground quickly, we established it as a private foundation with plans to apply for nonprofit status down the road. However, after some thought, we have decided instead to wait until we have our nonprofit status approved before proceeding to ensure that we can truly honor Brittany's charitable desires. Any donations made up until this point will be returned until we have all our paperwork solidified.
We would like to thank the thousands of people who have reached out with kind words of love and support; you have made the hardest journey a little bit easier.
We hope you will bear with us and check back regularly for updates on the foundation. We hope to have it back up and running as soon as possible.
If you have any questions or want to write to us, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With love and sincere gratitude,
Sharon Murphy and Simon Monjack
The website no longer accepts donations, and is now calling itself a private foundation which awaits 501(c)3 non-profit status.
We're not sure we buy this!! Things just keep getting shadier and shadier.
So, so unfortunate and sad.
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