Wyclef Jean’s Relief Organization Drawing Suspicion
January 16, 2010
U.S. (ChattahBox) – Wyclef Jean has managed to raise a great deal of money for Haiti over the years through his organization, and they have managed to put together $1.5 million within days of the earthquake. But they might be in a bit of trouble, as well.
The Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti Foundation was created by the Haiti-born singer, formerly of the Fugees, and has raised a lot since its’ creation in 2005.
But there is some question as to where the funds have been going.
According to financial records, there are quite a bit more administrative costs that most charities accrue, especially for one so small.
There are also a number of large transactions to companies that Jean owns, or to himself personally, such as $100,000 pay for a benefit concert he payed for the organization.
“It seems clear that a significant amount of the monies that this charity raises go for costs other than providing benefits to Haitians in need,” Alliant Group’s national managing director, Dean Zerbe, said.
“It brings real caution for donors that want to help in Haiti that they might want to take a harder look at this organization but also consider the significant number of charities that have been doing good work in Haiti that don’t have these question marks.”
Jean’s lawyer denies this, saying that the costs can be easily explained, and that the money all goes directly to the charity fund.