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Bono's ONE foundation under fire for giving little over 1% of funds to charity
By Daily Mail Reporter & Elisa Roche
Sep 25, 2010 - 11:09:38 PM

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Bono's ONE foundation under fire for giving little over 1% of funds to charity

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 9:48 PM on 23rd September 2010

Bono's anti-poverty foundation ONE is under pressure to explain its finances after it was revealed that only a small percentage of money it raises reaches the needy.

The non-profit organisation set up by the U2 frontman received almost £9.6million in donations in 2008 but handed out only £118,000 to good causes (1.2 per cent).

The figures published by the New York Post also show that £5.1million went towards paying salaries.

Friends in high places: U2 singer Bono meets French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris at the weekend ahead of the UN summit in New York

Friends in high places: U2 singer Bono meets French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris at the weekend ahead of the UN summit in New York

While the organisation's gameplan has never been direct handouts on the ground, many who admire the Irish rock legend may be surprised by the figures.

Bono was playing Brussels last night with U2 as the world's leaders - so many of whom he speaks to directly - were meeting at the UN assembly in New York to assess the progress, or lack of, in reaching the Millennium goals they set.

The day job: Bono performs with U2 last night at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels

The day job: Bono performs with U2 last night at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels

The Post revealed it had received a number of gifts from ONE in the run-up to the event, such as leather notebooks, bags of coffee and water bottles.

In the UK, the organisation has laid on a series of high-profile, celebrity-supported events since it launched in 2002 to fight poverty in Africa and Aids worldwide.

In 2009, the group campaigned to have enshrined in British law a commitment to development assistance abroad.

ONE spokesman Oliver Buston has now defended the way the organisation is run, insisting the money is used for promoting its campaign and raising awareness rather than being given  straight to those who need help.

He said: 'We don't provide programmes on the ground. We're an advocacy and campaigning organisation.'

Another spokesman in New York today dismissed the notion of lavish salaries being paid to its 120 members of staff and said the organisation was highly efficient in its raising of awareness.

ONE said it took no money from the public and that most of its funding came from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Action men and women: Staff from Bono's ONE charity

Action men and women: Staff from Bono's ONE charity

See: Bono's ONE foundation under fire for giving little over 1% of funds to charity: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1314543/Bonos-ONE-foundation-giving-tiny-percentage-funds-charity.html

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BONO CHARITY SPENDS MORE ON WAGES THAN GOOD CAUSES

By Eliswa Roche

Thursday September 23,2010

By Elisa Roche

 

 

By Elisa Roche

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Bono's charity gave away freebies

SINGER Bono’s Aids charity is under fire for spending more on its staff’s wages than it does on its own cause.

According to a report in the US the global charity took in £9.6million in public donations in 2008, the latest year for which US public tax records are available.

A meagre £118,000 was split between three charities – while more than £5million was spent on executive and employee salaries.

The figures come after the charity fielded criticism for sending pricey goodie bags to media outlets to highlight its latest campaign against world poverty.

The £10million ONE Campaign to wipe out Aids and poverty “bombarded” New York newspapers with the freebies this week.

Packed in four shoe boxes by staff from the charity, the gifts included a £10 bag of Starbucks coffee, a £10 Moleskine leather notebook, a £13 water bottle and a plastic ruler.

Also included was a small tin of Band-Aid plasters and two syringe-style pens – along with a letter urging President Obama to give almost £4billion to the UN’s Swiss-based Global Fund to fight Aids, tuberculosis and malaria in Africa.

Another container held an oversized cookie and water bottle with a letter calling for funds for clean water and “sustainable sources of food.”

In one of the letters the charity claims that it took no money from the public and that most of its funding came from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Spokesman Oliver Buston said: “We don’t provide programmes on the ground. We’re an advocacy and campaigning organisation.

“There is a rich and vibrant debate in the UK media about aid that doesn’t happen in the US media. [Ron: Really?!?]

“This was an attempt, perhaps in hindsight not the best way, to get our message across.”

Mr Buston added that One employs nearly 120 people worldwide and so the £5.1million spent on wages would result in an average salary of about £42,500.

ONE spokeswoman Kimberly Hunter confirmed that the accounts figures were correct but declined to say how much the charity was spending in general.

She said: “Sometimes it’s pretty hard to get through to reporters with the information about the lives of the world’s poorest people. We think it’s important enough to try and break through the clutter. That’s why we sent the boxes.”

Millions of African children live on less than £1 a day – “about the cost of the cookie in this box,” according to ONE’s press release.

Charity watchdog Daniel Borochoff of the American Institute of Philanthropy called the PR stunt a “risk.”

He said: “There could be recipients – or donors – who might think that the money they spent could have instead been donated to help their cause.”

Bono’s rock group U2 is one of the highest-earning bands on the planet, with each tour stop bringing in over £6million in gross ticket sales.

Bono and his bandmates Adam Clayton, the Edge and Larry Mullen first got together while at school in Dublin 30 years ago.

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