Mary J Blige has spoken out about the recent snafu made by her charity “Foundation For Advancement of Women Now” and is focused getting the foundation back on track.
Regarding the mismanagement of the charity, which led to a $250k lawsuit being filed, the “Stronger with Each Tear” singer explained in a statement:
“As soon as I was informed of the issues at FFAWN…I immediately called my advisors and lawyers to get to the bottom of what was happening. As Founder and CEO of FFAWN, I am ultimately responsible for anything that goes wrong. The problem is that I didn’t have the right people in the right places doing the right things. This should have never been allowed to happen, but it did and now we are fixing it. The good news is that we have been in touch with the MJB Centre in Yonkers and the scholarship program, and both are in good shape.”
Addressing the rumors of the possible closure of her foundation, Blige said “FFAWN is not closing down.”
The singer continued, “FFAWN is working as quickly as possible with a new team of experts that includes a philanthropic consulting firm, a non-profit law firm, and a forensic accountant. Their goal is to get the Foundation back on track, rectify outstanding issues, and make good on all of FFAWN’s obligations.”
Mary J. Blige launched FFAWN back in 2008 with record executive Steve Stoute at Roosevelt High School in New York City (her alma mater) and a year later opened a women’s center named after her in Yonkers (her hometown).