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Exclusive: Madonna may be in hot water over her charity for Malawi, but life goes on: I am told that in anticipation of her move to the East Side of New York, she's selling her duplex apartment in a building called Haperley Hall at Central Park West and 64th St. The apartment–spread over 5500 square feet on two floors– has five bedrooms, two wood burning fireplaces. The monthly maintenance is said to be a whopping $11,000 a month. But with clear views of Central Park West, it may turn out to be well priced.
Madonna, meawhile, is packing up and getting ready for her move to a double wide townhouse with 26 rooms on East 81st St. She paid a reported $40 million for the house, which has 13 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms–
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Madonna Donates Song To Japan Benefit AlbumThe Live version of Madonna's "Miles Away" is included on the "Songs For Japan" album to be released on iTunes today.
Taken from her 2008 "Sticky & Sweet Tour", "Miles Away" is featured along with songs by REM, U2, Sting, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Beyonce and many more...
All of the monies earned from "Songs for Japan" will be directed to the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) to support its disaster relief efforts. The society will use the funds for the ongoing provision of immediate relief and for eventual recovery support to the affected population. The artists participating on Songs for Japan, the major music labels - EMI Music, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group - and music publishers have waived their royalties and proceeds from the worldwide sales of the album to ensure that the JRCS receives as much support as possible from this global initiative. In addition, iTunes will donate all proceeds from the album's worldwide sales to the benefit of the JRCS.
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LOS ANGELES — A high-profile charitable foundation set up to build a school for impoverished girls in Malawi, founded by the singerMadonna and fellow devotees of a prominent Jewish mysticism movement, has collapsed after spending $3.8 million on a project that never came to fruition.
-- The board of directors of the organization, Raising Malawi, has been ousted and replaced by a caretaker board, including Madonna and her manager, officials with the organization said Thursday. Its executive director, who is the boyfriend of Madonna's former trainer, Tracy Anderson, left in October amid criticism of his management style and cost overruns for the school. These included what auditors described as outlandish expenditures on salaries, cars, office space and a golf course membership, free housing and a car and driver for the school's director.
Most strikingly, the plans to build a $15 million school for about 400 girls in the poor southeastern African country of 15 million — which had drawn financial support from Hollywood and society circles, as well as the Los Angeles-based Kabbalah Centre International, an organization devoted to Jewish mysticism — have been officially abandoned.
That prospective move set off a fierce backlash when first raised earlier this year, with Malawi officials saying they were stunned and asserting that Madonna was blaming management breakdowns because she had been unable to raise the money she had promised.
"A thoughtful decision has been made to discontinue plans for the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls, as it was originally conceived," Michael Berg, a co-director of the Kabbalah Centre and the co-founder of Raising Malawi, said Thursday in an e-mail to the center's members who had contributed to the project. The e-mail announced the replacement of the board of directors.
Madonna has lent her name, reputation and $11 million of her money to the organization that she founded with Mr. Berg. She has been a regular visitor to Malawi, attending at least two ceremonies at what would have been the site of the school in Lilongwe, and has adopted two children from the country.
On Thursday, in conceding the shortcomings of her charity, Madonna issued a statement saying she was still intent on using the organization, which has raised $18 million so far, to advance improvements in the beleaguered nation.
"There's a real education crisis in Malawi," she said. "Sixty-seven percent of girls don't go to secondary school, and this is simply unacceptable. Our team is going to work hard to address this in every way we can." She and her aides offered no explanation of why, given her high interest in the project, she had not noticed the problems as they began unfolding.
Trevor Neilson, a founder of the Global Philanthropy Group, which Madonna recruited last November amid signs of upheaval at her charity, said he told her that building an expensive school in Malawi was an ineffective form of philanthropy, and suggested instead using resources to finance education programs though existing and proven nongovernmental organizations.
Mr. Neilson said that an examination found that $3.8 million had been spent on the school that will now not be built, with much of the money going to architects, design and salaries and, in one case, two cars for employees who had not even been hired yet.
"Despite $3.8 million having been spent by the previous management team, the project has not broken ground, there was no title to the land and there was, over all, a startling lack of accountability on the part of the management team in Malawi and the management team in the United States," he said. "We have yet to determine exactly what happened to all of that $3.8 million. We have not accounted for all the funds that were used."
A written report by the Global Philanthropy Group, a copy of which was provided Thursday by the Kabbalah Centre, was critical of two former officials of the organization: Philippe van den Bossche, who has worked for Madonna since 2004 and was the executive director of Raising Malawi from 2005 until October, and Anjimile Oponyo, who worked at the United Nations Development Program when she was chosen last year to head the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls.
Ms. Oponyo said that she was barred from talking about her association with the foundation, and that she could not comment on the allegations in the report of mismanagement — including whether she benefited from an extravagant compensation package that included that car and driver and golf club membership.
In an e-mail, Mr. van den Bossche said he, too, was prohibited from commenting; Madonna has a history of confidentiality agreements with employees.
"I am strictly bound by the confidentiality agreements and I am forced by those agreements to be silent on any of these questions," Mr. van den Bossche said.
Mr. Neilson said that Madonna was involved in a film project — she is directing a movie about King Edward VIII — and was not available for an interview. But in a statement, Madonna said she was pleased with other work that Raising Malawi had done in helping children in Malawi, even as she acknowledged its problems. "While I'm proud of these accomplishments, I'm frustrated that our education work has not moved forward in a faster way," she said.
Raising Malawi will not disband and will instead use its money in different ways to help the poor in a country where Madonna has sought to become a major philanthropic presence, foundation officials said.
Madonna attended a fund-raiser hosted by Gucci in New York in 2008, whose guests also included Tom Cruise and Gwyneth Paltrow, and was on hand for what turned out to be a purely ceremonial groundbreaking and the laying off the first brick at the school. Other donors to the project include the Yankee Alex Rodriguez.
The report faulted Mr. van den Bossche for his roles both in overseeing the planning of the building and in creating the educational curriculum. "Philippe's level of mismanagement and lack of oversight was extreme in both aspects of the project," it said, "and the lack of success of the players on the ground is in large part a result of his inability to effectively manage project plans, people and finances."
The report was similarly critical of Ms. Oponyo. "Her charisma masks a lack of substantive knowledge of the practical application of educational development," it said, "and her weak management skills are a major contributor to the current financial and programmatic chaos."
source: NY TIMES
Bingham, Touched for the Very First Time...by Madonna
Bingham McCutchen has won a role representing Raising Malawi, a charity founded by Madonna in 2006 to bring an end to poverty and other hardships endured by the African nation's estimated 2 million orphans.
David Butler, a litigation partner in Bingham's Washington, D.C., office, says the firm got the work representing the charity after a restructuring of the nonprofit commenced earlier this year. Madonna, who has an adopted child from Malawi, decided to change the organization's focus and direction in order to increase its effectiveness.
As part of that effort, Raising Malawi has recently partnered with theGlobal Philanthropy Group (GPG), a business that works with high net worth individuals, charitable foundations, and governments on philanthropic initiatives. The New York Times profiled GPG's cofounder and partner Trevor Neilson last year for his work with high-profile celebrities, including Angelina Jolie, Bono, and Ashton Kutcher.
Butler says that he and Bingham have had a relationship with GPG for several years. GPG recommended that Raising Malawi bring in new accounting personnel and legal advisers as part of the restructuring process. While Butler doesn't know the specifics of GPG's recommendations, he suspects that his work with the group was one factor that led the charity to hire Bingham. The firm will handle Raising Malawi's corporate, tax, IP, and employment work and will provide day-to-day legal advice regarding the nonprofit's operations.
"Bingham's advice has been invaluable as we work to shift both the leadership and strategy of Raising Malawi in an effort to serve more children," Neilson said in a statement.
Butler joined Bingham from Washington, D.C.-based Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman in February 2006 after the two firms merged. His practice, he says, has always consisted of representing nonprofit organizations, both professionally and through volunteer work.
"I've been involved in advising various philanthropic entities for a while, and it's clear to me that my initial entrée to being considered by [Raising Malawi] is due to our relationship with [GPG]," Butler says.
While the assignment for Raising Malawi is not pro bono, Butler says he does represent some of his nonprofit clients on such a basis. He declines to name those clients, but notes that Bingham has a significantcharitable advisory practice, which includes a large number of individuals and organizations involved in philanthropic activities.
"I think the fact that this is an established area of our firm's practice was attractive to Raising Malawi," Butler says. "We have people from a number of different disciplines within the firm who concentrate on this type of representation, which sets us apart from a lot of other fairly large firms."
Assisting Butler in advising Raising Malawi are Bingham corporate partner David Johanson and tax counsel Larysa Rosemann. The charity, which worked with Madonna on a 2008 documentary film about children in Malawi, also considers DLA Piper as one of its partners.
Butler says he's never been to Malawi, nor has he met Madonna, though he's hoping that will change someday.
"It wouldn't be bad to say hello," he says.
ABBIE Cornish bagged a role inMadonna's upcoming film W.E. via Skype!
The actress admits she was surprised to be talking to the Queen of Pop over the internet.
"I'd never used Skype before, and I was sitting there on my mum's computer setting up a Skype account," Cornish said.
"It was really surreal because I was meeting her — she was in New York — I just remember logging on and she's so beautiful and — it's Madonna, you know. It was kind of crazy."
Cornish recently spoke about working with Robert De Niro on the set of new movie Limitless .
"It was just the most amazing thing for me," says Abbie. "Meeting him was like this fog for a moment.
"I know it sounds silly but when I saw his face, all his characters and performances flashed before my eyes. Just like in a near death experience.
"It was surreal and wonderful, and amazing."source
I looked up the staircase, and I saw this girl leaning over the edge of the banister, and even from three stories below I could see these catlike eyes just looking down. I knew at that moment that she had something special -- I really did. She had her best friend and neighbor, Martin, with her -- he later died of AIDS—and we sat and talked. She served me a cup of coffee on a silver tray with three pieces of Bazooka bubblegum. There was no pretense to it. When I came back a few days later to shoot her, she said, "You know, we should go up to the roof because I go up there with all the kids from the building." She was like the Pied Piper of the neighborhood -- they loved her. They followed her, they danced with her, they sang with her. It was something they did on a daily basis, and it was remarkable. We just walked up and they gathered around. She put the boom box on -- it was her music, though I don't remember which song -- and they just started dancing and singing. She was so alive and unpretentious. She was fierce, determined. Nothing was going to stop her.
After we came down from the rooftop, we walked through the neighborhood, laughing and chatting, stopping in front of a storefront that you see in one of the shots, stopping in front of a senior citizen's home and hanging out with the old folks. For me, like her, when I do a shoot now, I've got eight people around me -- but that day it was just the two of us. I would shoot her a couple more times, once for the campaign for Vision Quest, with Matthew Modine and Linda Fiorentino. It was a hot coming-of-age film about wrestling in the Northwest, and she was the singer in the little bar that some of these teenagers would hang out in. By then Madonna was becoming hot and big, and -- in the nicest way -- she would go to whoever would help her and move her ahead. I was that person to begin with because of the connection to my mother. But as soon as she had that rocket to fame she was off to the next stage. That's when Herb Ritts started photographing her exclusively, but that early period of the '80s was amazing. I was photographing Basquiat and Keith Haring, and just to be part of all that took your breath away. People were truly taking chances. It was just a different energy, and Madonna was the focal point for a lot of that.
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