March 29, 2011

This Totally Sucks!!! Madonna Got SCAMMED By The Executive Director She Hired To Manage Her Raising Malawi Charity!

The New York Post
written by Staff
March 27, 2011

Madonna and her Raising Malawi charity are considering legal action after the foundation they set up to build a school for impoverished girls dramatically collapsed despite millions having been poured into it.

The superstar's plan to build a $15 million school for 400 girls in the African nation has been abandoned after the organization plowed $3.8 million into architects, design and salaries but never broke ground.

Raising Malawi Executive Director Philippe van den Bossche left in October and has been criticized in a report provided by the Kabbalah Center that read: "Philippe's level of mismanagement and lack of oversight was extreme . . . and the lack of success of the players on the ground is in large part a result of his inability to effectively manage project plans, people and finances."

Auditors reportedly found outlandish sums spent on salaries, office space, a golf-club membership, housing and a car and driver.

In a statement to Page Six, a rep for Madonna confirmed, "Raising Malawi is examining its legal options."

Madonna, who lent $11 million to the organization she founded with the Kabbalah Center's Michael Berg, is said to be furious about the school's failure. Her pals, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Alex Rodriguez, are said to be among the project's donors.

Madonna has had a difficult relationship with van den Bossche. We reported in 2009 that she fired her trainer, Tracy Anderson, after she became romantically involved with him. Van den Bossche moved to New York to be with Anderson, leaving Madonna furious that it could distract him from his work with the foundation. Anderson and van den Bossche broke up more than a year ago.

Van den Bossche didn't respond to e-mails, and his cellphone was disconnected. He earlier said he was bound by confidentiality agreements.

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