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Haitian-American Wyclef Jean Co-Hosted the Big Telethon for Haiti; Is His Charity Getting as Much Money From the Fundraiser as It Deserves?

Feb 19, 2010  •  Post A Comment

The group behind the "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon has decided how to allocate the first $35 million of the $66 million raised so far, and one of the six beneficiaries is getting only a nominal sum.

Although singer Wyclef Jean was a co-host of the two-hour TV event, Gawker notes that his troubled Yele Haiti Foundation is getting an initial disbursement of just $1 million, compared to the $6 million to $8 million for each of the other five beneficiaries.

In the wake of the Haitian earthquake, Yele Haiti has been the subject of reports questioning its financial management.

Oxfam America and Partners in Health will each get $8 million of the initial telethon funds, and the American Red Cross, Unicef and the U.N. World Food Programme will each get $6 million.

–Elizabeth Jensen

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