A few weeks ago, text messages were released from Brett Favre detailing that he had received social-welfare funding from former Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant to build a new indoor volleyball facility at the University of Southern Mississippi, his alma mater and where his daughter plays.
new report released by the athlete Wednesday night detailed that the Favre charitable foundation, Favre 4 Hope, donated more than $130,000 to the NFL around the same time that the former NFL quarterback was working with the state governor to fund a new volleyball center in USM.
The foundation states that it aims to support underprivileged children and cancer patients.
Obtaining tax records by the athlete In detail, Favre 4 Hope donated money to USM from 2018-20. In 2018, the foundation sent the USM Athletic Foundation $60,000, although no other charities received $10,000 from the foundation that year.
In 2019, Favre 4 Hope gave $46,817, while the second highest donation was to a charity of just $11,000. Then, in 2020, the USM Athletic Foundation received $26,175 while, again, no other charities were given more than $10,000.
The Favre Foundation donated to his daughter’s volleyball team when she was in high school as well. In 2015, she received Oak Grove High in Hattiesburg, Miss. , a donation of $60,000 from Favre 4 Hope to her support club. The Booster Club added $349 to that total for a “sports facility.”
However, tax records do not clarify the terms of donations. But it’s possible that the circumstances haven’t aligned with Favre 4 Hope’s mission to help underprivileged children and those dealing with cancer.
CharityWatch CEO Laurie Styron said, “You can’t say you raise money for one purpose and then spend it on something completely different.” the athlete. “Charities have a moral obligation, and in some cases a legal obligation, to fulfill the intentions of donors in the way the money is spent.”
“There’s the letter of the law, there’s the spirit of the law and it’s something that would probably be difficult to sue, but it just doesn’t look good,” Rick Cohen, director of operations for the National Council of Nonprofits, said. “It is not surprising that a nonprofit would expand its mission or change its mission over time if it found it needed reorientation. That does not seem to be the case here.”
Favre is currently one of dozens of individuals sued by the state of Mississippi for embezzling funds for a USM volleyball facility. Text messages he got Anna Wolf Mississippi today show Favre, Governor Bryant, founder of the nonprofit Nancy New and former Social Welfare Agency director John Davis have worked together to direct at least $5 million in welfare funds for the state toward construction of the stadium.
in texts, It is said that Favre asks new Whether any money he received for the volleyball court can be returned to its source through the media. Neo said no, saying she understood why Favre was uncomfortable about it.
Neo has already pleaded guilty to 13 felony counts of fraud in which nonprofit leaders erred in spending at least $77 million in money set aside to help those in need, According to Wolf.
New is helping the prosecution as part of the plea deal and says she worked to help Favre on Bryant’s instructions. The messages also show that Favre was awarded a separate sponsorship contract worth $1.1 million to promote the program, with Favre offering to “record some radio footage”. However, he did not appear on the radio.
Davis recently pleaded guilty to two federal charges, including one count of conspiracy to commit Internet fraud, one count of theft related to programs that receive federal loans, and one count of theft related to programs that receive federal funds, according to Issued by the US Department of Justice.
Favre has not been charged with any criminal wrongdoing, and has reportedly paid $1.1 million. He said he did not know that the money he received came from welfare funds.
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