Four years after it started, the Kanye West Foundation has closed its doors.
The charity was started by Kayne in 2007 and was the rapper’s philanthropic efforts to lower high school dropout rates. According to former executive director, Joseph Collins, the Foundation was successful in its mission. However, The New York Times reports that Collins:
sent an e-mail to associates last month, telling them that he was looking for a job because the charity, the Kanye West Foundation, had closed, and its phone has been disconnected.
Though the Foundation’s was a non-profit, it was funded privately through revenue from Kanye’s own business partnerships for example $151,754 from Madison Square Garden and $20,000 from the retailer Karmaloop.
Between 2007 to 2009, the charity raised an average of $492,000 and made total grants averaging $18,080. Things came to a halt after the death of Kanye’s mother, Donda West in 2009. That year, the Foundation only granted out $563 dollars.
According to the foundation’s website, West’s mother founded the Kanye West Foundation because she was an English professor who “was passionate about student success.”