Friday, January 2, 2009

Another Sports Celebrity Charity is the Focus of an AG's Office

As a follow-up to our recent blog (on December 31, 2008) about celebrity foundations and charities, another sports celebrity is in the news.  On December 31, 2008, the Boston Globe reports that Red Sox Player Kevin Youkilis's charity, Hit for Kids, is the focus of an investigation by the Attorney General's office.  The charity reportedly raised over $1 million this past year for various children's charities but the Massachusetts Attorney General says that the charity is not properly registered and that it has not filed required annual reports with the AG’s Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division.  See the brief excerpt below:

Red Sox slugger Kevin Youkilis . . . isn’t exactly a hit with state Attorney General Martha Coakley. The AG’s office has called foul on Youk’s charity Hits For Kids because the ballplayer hasn’t registered the nonprofit as required by law.

Youk and his new bride, Enza, have raised more than $1 million over the past year for charities that help children but did not file any reports with the state, officials said.

Coakley’s office sent out a letter to Hits for Kids this week notifying the organization it is in violation of state law. All Massachusetts nonprofits are required to file annual reports with the AG’s Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division to show how much money has been raised and how it was spent.

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AMT

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