Monday, April 22, 2024

Madonna Gives Another $830K to Cultish Kabbalah Center Causes


Madonna cannot stop giving money to the cultish Kabbalah Center. No matter what anyone tells her, no matter what the reports say from unbiased sources, she has to keep doing it. Her Ray of Light Foundation gave the Kabbalah Center and its affiliate Success for Kids over $800,000 in 2010 according to the latest tax filing. The breakdown: $650,000 to Success for Kids, formerly Spirituality for Kids; $153,000 to the Kabbalah Centre; $30,000 to Raising Malawi, the affiliate that lost millions of her dollars (as previously reported) and did not fulfill its mission of building a “leadership academy” in Malawi. No one, you see, is going to put Madonna in a corner.

Altogether in 2010: Madonna put $5 million into Ray of Light where it sits tax free. But now Ray of Light claims a worth of over $9 million in assets. Madonna gave away about $1.1. million in total, three quarters of it to Kabbalah. The rest included $250,000 to Partners in Health, a very legit group; $25,000 to the Brazil Foundation (her 22 year old boyfriend in 2009-2010 was Brazilian); $15,000 to the T.J. Martell Foundation (cancer research, famous in the record business) and some miscellaneous smaller amounts. As usual, Ray of Light gave nothing to Elton John AIDS Foundation or amFar, nothing to music education, the Grammy Foundation or MusiCares, not even a nod to a dance program for kids in the U.S. or anything in her suffering state of Michigan.

To date, neither Raising Malawi nor SFK (as either Success for Kids or Spirituality for Kids, its former name) has filed a tax return in 2010. It was revealed earlier this year that Raising Malawi, which had raised money for a school in Malawi, was in financial disarray. No one seems to know exactly what happened to its funds, including $3.7 million raised in 2008 by Madonna with UNICEF and Gucci, from an array of celebrities.

Madonna just signed a new contract with Live Nation and Interscope Records, said to be worth $40 million. It was reported earlier this fall that her eldest brother, Tony, was homeless and living on the street.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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