Mary J. Blige insist her troubled charity will sing a new song and get its act together to help struggling women. She’s hired a new team of managers to run her Foundation for the Advancement of Women following reports of the charity’s funny-money practices.
Mary says she’s responsible for anything that goes wrong, and says she didn’t have the right management team in place. It’s revealed that the charity had no office, no phone number — and hundreds of thousands of dollars in missing donations. It also failed to file its federal tax returns for 2010, which were due last November, along with its annual state-charity registration.
The charity has also been hit with a pair of civil lawsuits — one claiming the group stiffed musicians at its 2011 fundraising gala and another accusing FFAWN of defaulting on a $250,000 loan. Blige said all parties will get their money and college scholarships are still the charity’s prime objective.