Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Paul Walker’s Relief Charity Was Well Intentioned But Cash Poor


Before everyone starts sending money to Reach Out World Wide, Paul Walker’s charity, you might want to rethink it and send the money in his name to the Red Cross. Reach Out World Wide’s two tax filings, for 2010 and 2011, aren’t that encouraging.

It’s a little unclear how ROWW was doing business since Walker did go on rescue missions to the Philippines in 2011, and helped out after disasters in Chile and Oklahoma. There are seven videos posted to YouTube showing him and his “team” on the ground.

In 2011, according to IRS documents scanned a year ago into their system by Guide Star, Reach Out World Wide had $83,783 in expenses. Only $7,085 of that was for “Rescue Equipment.” They spent $28,500 on “rent, parking and utilities.”

In fact, ROWW in its second year of operation was wobbly. They had received  $607,776 in securities from Always Evolving, the company run by Roger Rodas, the race car driver who was killed with Walker last week in the terrible accident. But the reality was just over $3,744 in cash on hand.

There was no donation from Walker, but he may have just been spending his own cash without notating it. The 2012 tax filing, which still hasn’t been posted, may reveal more details.


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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