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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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