Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Phelps Launches Foundation

Even with their legal limitations, private foundations appear to still be a popular choice for those who want to dedicate significant wealth to charity.  The Washington Post reports that Michael Phelps will use his $1 million bonus from Warmco, Speedo's U.S. parent company, to start a foundation promoting water safety and youth swimming.  Warmco had promised to pay Phelps the bonus if he tied or broke Mark Spitz's seven gold medal in a single Olympics record.  For anyone who was in a cave for the past month, Phelps won eight gold medals in Beijing.  According to the article, Speedo International and the Warmco Foundation will also donate an additional $200,000 to the newly created Michael Phelps Foundation.


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