GivingTracker | Gawker has reprinted a story via The Smoking Gun, taking a look at the finances of Yele Haiti. The article isn’t favorable about the financial management of the charity thus far. Jean founded Yele Haiti in 1998, according to TSG, but didn’t file any tax returns until five months ago, in August 2009. And the returns filed so far—for 2005, 2006, and 2007 only—reveal that Yele directed huge sums of money to commercial entities that Jean and his business partner Jerry Duplessis own stakes in. via Gawker and The Smoking Gun.
We have no comment. Shakira’s website continues to support donations to Yele and UNICEF’s emergency relief fund.