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EXCLUSIVE: A Statement From Bono's Charity ONE

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Bono's charity ONE is looking to clear the air after some sketchy details about their organization came to the surface.

Here's ONE's statement on the recent allegations against them:

Contrary to the suggestion in the New York Post yesterday, ONE does not fundraise from the general public and we are not a grant-making organization. We are funded almost entirely by a handful of philanthropists on our board of directors to raise awareness and pressure political leaders to fight extreme poverty through smart and effective policies and programs, like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, which is saving 4,000 lives a day.

ONE has nearly 120 staff in the US, UK, Germany, Brussels, France, Nigeria and South Africa whose job it is to fight for funding for effective programs like the Fund and the US global AIDS program PEPFAR. As a result of those programs, today more than 4 million Africans have access to life-saving AIDS medication, up from only 50,000 people in 2002. Malaria deaths have been cut in half in countries across Africa in less than 2 years.

As other examples of our work, ONE helped successfully press for debt relief for Haiti after the devastating earthquake there and we recently played an important role in the passage of a law in the US requiring oil companies to report any payments to government officials – an effort to end backhanded deals between energy companies and corrupt politicians that hurt people in poor countries.

ONE has been a relentless advocate for these programs and policies and we have used the media spotlight to ensure world leaders keep their commitments. The media kits that were mentioned in the New York Post article, which were produced for far less than was cited and delivered by staff and volunteers, not a messenger service, were an effort to focus reporters on the Millennium Development Goals, a set of promises world leaders made to cut poverty, hunger and disease by 2015.

In hindsight, the kits were not the best way to gain attention for the issues and we regret that sending them distracted from the work we are trying to do and the issues we care about.


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11 comments to “EXCLUSIVE: A Statement From Bono's Charity ONE”

  1. 1

    What I was able to understand, they only said: "we are a wonderful organization who has done this and this and this and this…" and at the end, "oh yeah, sorry for the gifts we sent, oops".

  2. 2

    Not ONE word (pun intended) about the fact that they collect millions and millions and a tiny tiny fraction of these donations make it anywhere other than their pockets? This is what I, and I believe OTHERS would like to hear about. Where does that money go? Laundering?

  3. 3

    That's all well and good. However, at the end of the day (at the beginning, as well), the US does not have $6 billion to spend on this at this time. We have people in this country who are sick and who are hungry and who are unemployed. I do believe in global philanthropy, but imagine what $6 billion could do here. It wouldn't go incredibly far, but it would do something. We need to fix ourselves, so we can be in a position to help others fix themselves.

  4. 4

    So they get paid HUGE SALARIES to bribe lawmakers to STEAL MONEY FROM MY PAYCHECK, by force & imprisonment if necessary, to fund their causes….

  5. 5

    "ONE does not fundraise from the general public…" Really? I sure get a ton of emails asking for donations - and have responded to a few but after reading some of the articles in the last few days, I think they need a review of their finances.

  6. 6

    As a woman who pleads for human equality, gay rights, and protection of animals (aka ending puppy mills) I ask you to also remember the good that ONE does…. and that it is run by man, not gods… All men are fallable and it's true that a man like BONO who gives so much of his heart, time, and wealth to making this world better, and the company that he began, can and will make mistakes. I promise you my brother is not a man who gets corporate kickbacks and has a summer house in mexico, but rather travels to Africa whenever he can to get down and dirty with the cause and when he's home, pays a mortgage, has a boss, and longs for Sunday football -a break from his reality- like we all do. I am and have been a reader of Perez's blog for probably 5 years now and have never posted a comment because…. what do I know about Lindsey Lohan or Paris Hilton, or any of those Twilight actors… who am I to make comment on their lives, but I felt like I had to say something because I stand for ONE and I have ALWAYS looked up to my big brother.

  7. 7

    If you want to give to an organization where you can see what your money is going for, please check out www.leapingstone.org We take no salaries, no perks. The money goes to the people we are trying to help. We also work directly with the people to help them learn income-generating skills, so that they can become independant!

  8. 8

    You people really can't read… or think straight. No wonder America is the laughing stock of the World.

  9. 9

    yeah..its a far left organization that uses money to steal taxpayer money in every country for far left causes and to soak their own pockets. surprise surprise…..

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    I see the discrepancy between the millions ONE raised and the money that got to actual charity were not mentioned. I know how it works. They're another middle man.

  11. 11

    It's OVA Bono! We are on to you and your shameful organization that only gave a tiny fraction of the MILLIONS it collected. Sounds like you are bilking your 'handful of philanthropists' as well. So the rest of the millions went on your 120 staffers? Perhaps ONE can send out more kits!