Monday, April 15, 2024

Justin Timberlake’s Charity Has Disappeared, And Shriners Kick Him Out


Justin Timberlake is having charitable problems His registered 501c3, the Justin Timberlake Foundation, has a zero balance. Three years ago it had $160,000. Even then it was only giving money to two other charities. Neither of them was the Shriners Hospital for Children in Las Vegas with which Justin was associated through a golf tournament. (keep refreshing)

The Foundation was never much of a big charitable effort. At its height, in 2006-2007, it gave $100,000 each to two Memphis music charities. In 2006, he gave $2,500 to MusiCares in memory of a producer/arranger who worked on an NSync album.That same year, the Foundation had unspecified “outside expenses” of over $40,000.

In 2004, the Foundation gave a meager $5,000 to the Elton John AIDS Foundation but listed $50,000 for salaries.

Timberlake’s parents, Paul and Lynn Harless, have always been listed as the officers of the Foundation.

It’s a little odd, considering how much money Timberlake has made over the years from albums, touring, and movies. But people with charitable foundations sometimes give contributions through other sources. It’s possible Timberlake has done that.

Last week I reported exclusively that very quietly, Timberlake has been recording his first album since 2006.

Aside from the Foundation, Timberlake has other problems now with a charitable cause. Known for being happy go lucky and lots of fun, Timberlake is associated with Shriners Hospital for Children in Las Vegas. This included playing in their golf tournament. But after this past Sunday, Shriners and Timberlake are no long associated. But according to the Las Vegas Journal Review, the Shriner’s have given Justin the boot for not fulfilling his duties.

According to the article:

While Timberlake did fulfill his obligations to the tournament and helped raise several million dollars through a Saturday concert his first four years, the fact is the pop star and original member of N’Sync wasn’t able to generate greater interest in the tournament, and his star power wasn’t enough to lure bigger-name players to the event on a consistent basis.

“We’re a world-class organization,” Frevel said. “At the time we got involved with golf, we were told by the Tour we needed a big name, and that’s how our relationship with Justin came about.

“Justin’s a wonderful person. But we tried everything we could to get him more involved with our kids and the hospitals. But it seemed that when the TV cameras weren’t on, he disappeared.”

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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