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Report: Brett Favre’s charity foundation gave more than $130,000 to Southern Miss athletics

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Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre used his philanthropic foundation to donate over $130,000 to the University of Southern Mississippi Sports Foundation from 2018 to 2020. according to Kathy Strang and Calin Kahler of The Athletic.

Its foundation Favre 4 Hope, has helped support “underprivileged and disabled children and breast cancer patients” for many years. This foundation gave the South Mississippi Sports Foundation $60,000 in 2018—$50,000 more than any other charitable foundation in the same year. It brought in over $46,800 in 2019 and then over $26,100 in 2020.

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In all that time, Favre 4 Hope has not donated more than $11,000 to any other charity, according to the report.

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Favre 4 Hope also donated $60,000 to the Oak Grove High School Booster Club in 2015. Favre’s daughter was a high school volleyball player at the time, and the donation was then given to the school with the stated purpose of “helping build a sports complex”. “. Later that year, the school opened a nearly 15,000 square foot volleyball court.

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While it’s not clear exactly what Favre’s Southern Mississippi donations were for or if any conditions were placed on them, they appear to have nothing to do with the purpose of the charity, which, again, is to help disadvantaged children. and breast cancer patients. .

“You can’t say you’re raising money for one thing and then spending it on something completely different,” CharityWatch CEO Laurie Styron told The Athletic. “Charity organizations have an ethical obligation, and in some cases a legal obligation, to live up to the intentions of their sponsors in how funds are spent.”

Both Favre’s lawyer and his agent, who also sits on the board of Favre 4 Hope, declined to comment for The Athletic.

Text messages showed Favre pushed Mississippi state officials to fund a new volleyball arena and indoor soccer field in South Mississippi — even after then-Gov. Phil Bryant told him that misuse of public funds could be illegal. Some of the funds Favre wanted to use came from a federal program designed to help families in need.

In total, more than $5 million was allocated from public funds to build a volleyball court at the university, where Favre’s daughter recently played.

Several people in the alleged scheme pleaded guilty to their roles. Favre is also a defendant in a civil case brought by the state after he reportedly received $1.1 million in Social Security funds but had yet to pay $228,000 in interest.

Favre was not charged with a crime.

Favre 4 Hope was founded in 1995 by Favre and his wife Dina during his early years with the Packers. In 2004, Dinna was diagnosed with breast cancer, prompting the Favre Foundation to focus on providing financial assistance to other breast cancer patients.

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The Brett Favre Foundation Favre 4 Hope was founded to help underprivileged children and those with breast cancer. (Michael Cohen/Getty Images)



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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