Various news outlets are reporting that Brett Favre is”The Favre 4 Hope charity, which raises money to distribute that money to “disadvantaged and disabled children and breast cancer patients,” was not simply working to get corrupt Republican officials in Mississippi to help build their his daughter’s alma mater, a volleyball stadium. The charity reportedly sent more than $130,000 to the University of Southern Mississippi Athletic Foundation between 2018 and 2020.
ESPN spoke to Favre’s attorney, Bud Holmes, who said somewhat evasively: “He’s been very generous to Southern Miss since he played there. Those things in particular [the donations in question] I don’t know, but I know he’s always given back, which most athletes don’t do. Don’t most athletes get involved in big fraud? Most athletes don’t have access to big Republican officials corrupt? “I’m not sure. We’ll have to find out what exactly Holmes meant by that.”
the Athletic spoke with the director of operations for the National Council of Nonprofit Organizations, Rick Cohen, who said that while Favre may not have broken the law, he appears to be a dubious person. “There’s the letter of the law, there’s the spirit of the law, and it’s something that would probably be difficult to make a legal case on, but it still doesn’t look good. It’s not uncommon for a nonprofit to expand its mission or change its mission over time if it finds that it needs to redirect. That doesn’t seem to be the case here.”
In the same years that Favre was soliciting money to build the volleyball facility, his charitable foundation, which received public donations, significantly increased its contributions to USM’s athletic fundraising arm. Tax records show that Favre 4 Hope gave the USM Athletic Foundation $60,000 in 2018, when no other charity received more than $10,000. The following year he gave $46,817; the next highest gift, to Special Olympics Mississippi, which was $11,000. In 2020, Favre 4 Hope sent the USM Athletic Foundation $26,175; no other organization received more than $10,000.
Tax records also show that in 2015, when Favre’s daughter was a volleyball player at Oak Grove High in Hattiesburg, the Favre 4 Hope Foundation donated $60,000 to that school’s booster club, the largest grant ever awarded by Favre 4 Hope. this year. The Oak Grove Booster Club later awarded $60,349 to the high school for the stated purpose of: “helping build athletic facilities.”
In the end, the privatization of social services in a unequal society, leads to less transparency and more abuse by a handful of people who become the guardians of “charity”. People who donate money to Favre’s underprivileged children and breast cancer charity often donate that money because they themselves have been intimately touched by these issues. the promise of relying on charitable foundations rather than taxpayer programs has always been that people who donate to know where your money goes. But they don’t, actually.
Brett Favre, although he is a Hall of Fame football player, seems to be some kind of criminal con man. And while the likes of Phil Bryant and Donald Trump may not be very sporty, they seem to have a similar skill set as the former Greenbay Packer.
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