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The Kanye West Foundation Mysteriously Closes

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After four years of helping students stay in school, the Kanye West Foundation has closed its doors.

Founded on his mother's vision, the charity focused on reducing high school dropout rates by sending grants to students in need.

However, the foundation's now former executive director, Joseph Collins, sent an email to his colleagues, telling them he was looking for a job.

He wrote:

"I am reaching out to let you know that the Kanye West Foundation (kanyewestfoundation.org) has officially closed it doors after a successful 4+ years of programming and event. It has been an incredible experience working with Kanye and the board to realize his mother’s vision and I am honored to have been given the opportunity to lead the Foundation."

When asked why the foundation closed and why its number was disconnected, Collins said, "You’d have to get in touch with Mr. West."

According to tax papers, the charity received all its money from Kanye's associates who donated to the cause. They raised an average of $492,000. However in 2009, donations had dropped drastically.

That's really too bad. The foundation seemed like a great way to reach out to students who were struggling. We're sad to see the charity go.

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14 comments to “The Kanye West Foundation Mysteriously Closes”

  1. 1

    Let's take a bet that Kanye spent all of mommies hard earned foundation money on all the wild parties he has with all the expensive drinks.

    Sounds also like maybe he found a new tax write-off and didn't need it anymore.

  2. 2

    The idiot media, and bloggers, killed it with their BS muck-racking. This man was carrying it out of pocket and they hurt him in the pocket book. Dum fracks.

  3. 3

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  4. 4

    Shady, shady…. sounds like mismanagement of money, for sure!

  5. 5

    Why do these celebrities think it's so big of them to solicit other people's money in their own names? They have millions, if they gave their own money, that would be something.

  6. 6

    It would be very interesting to see the real stats on this "charity" to see if any of the effort actually worked for the students and the goal of keeping them in school. Sending someone money doesn't keep them in school. My daughter started out with 10 classmates, all on grants and scholarships, within 6 months there were only 4 left and within 1 year, SHE was the only one left. Now, she's graduating in May and the only one from her HS class to do it. Everyone received money. It takes focus and determination to make it through 4 years of college

  7. 7

    And how many of those students are standing on the sidelines, yelling, "That ain't fair! I deserved that award!" Like Kanye has. His attitude has not been that of a role model for anything or anyone. Perhaps if he was more encouraging to these kids instead of a hollow benefactor…

  8. 8

    The problem is most likely Kanye himself. He's not exactly a great role model and he's been a liability in the last few years.

  9. 9

    Re: Average Jane – prove it!!!

  10. 10

    thats what happens when your a douche……no one wants to have anything to do with you!

  11. 11

    why can't he fund it himself
    irritates me when rich celebs solicit cash from the rest of us regular folk for their foundations

  12. 12

    Re: Team Kim Richards
    Bite it!!!

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    Maybe mic grabbing put off donations.

  14. 14

    The all mighty powerful Kenny only raised $400K???? hahahahaha. At least madonna raised $20 Million.