No Good Deed Goes Unpunished? Madonna and You
Celebrity names make headlines when their charities are being investigated. It doesn't matter whether or not the celebrity has a full heart and means well. And once a charity or donor is questioned, the doubt lingers long after, even if no wrongdoing is ultimately found. Madonna is the latest case where allegations, as yet unproven, have been made with respect to her charities.
While the exceptions blast across the blogosphere, the vast majority of celebrity charities are robust and healthy. Many are known only among the circle of the celebrities' friends and on a few media sites. Others are more highly publicized, like Stephen Colbert's and Jimmy Fallon's tremendous support for DonorsChoose.org. I hope you saw Colbert singing Rebecca Black's "Friday" on Jimmy Fallon's show last Friday night.
The rare exceptions--provoking legal investigations, might happen on rare occasions with the charities where any of us volunteer or contribute. The difference between celebrities and us, though, is that our names don't make headlines.
The moral of the story?