Thursday, May 23, 2024

Going to the Global Citizen Concert in Central Park Saturday? Ask Them About $891,864 in Salaries


Saturday brings another Global Citizen concert to Central Park. This week Global Citizen’s Hugh Evans joined Hugh Jackman on the Colbert show to promote the concert.

What does Global Citizen do? They advocate. They don’t give money to poor people. They get wealthy people together to discuss why there’s poverty.

In 2013, according to the most recent tax filing, Global Poverty spent $891,864 in salaries, $10 million in total expenses, $2 million for the physical production in Central Park.

That’s right– this is not Kumbaya. Big Whitey Productions from Sea Cliff, NY charged Global Citizen $805,000 for labor for the 2013 show.

Only $202,000 of Global Citizen’s expenses were listed for “grants.” Travel cost $300,000. Where are they going, and why aren’t they bringing money, food and supplies to poor people when they get there?

In 2013, Global Citizen paid outside consultants $1.3 million on consulting for fundraising. Listen, for free, I can tell you what to do with $1.3 million– don’t have a concert, take the money, buy food and supplies, go to Syria or half a dozen African countries, or help the homeless in New York and Los Angeles.

Can you waste $8 million on a rock concert that benefits no one except the staff of your charity? Yes. As far as they report, Global Citizen didn’t build any schools or hospitals, fly in medical supplies during emergencies, or bring food to the starving. They just let the world know that poverty exists.

Tomorrow, Joe Biden is supposedly showing up, as is Stephen Colbert and Hugh Jackman. A bunch of people will get airtime and free publicity because they’ve informed us that poverty exists.

Check the numbers. Ask these Global Citizens what they’ve actually done to help poor people. Then go on and give your money to microfinance small businesses in Third World countries and see the money make an actual difference.

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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