New evidence alleges that the Jared Fogle’s nonprofit organization was a sham.
Jared Fogle — the former Subway spokesperson who recently pled guilty to counts of child pornography — launched an Indiana-based nonprofit called The Jared Foundation in 2008, pledging to provide grants to schools and community organizations for initiatives meant to combat childhood obesity.
Reports show that The Jared Foundation did not ever issue a grant, according to USA Today. From 2009 to 2013, the organization spent $73,000 a year on average, 60 percent of which went to the executive director’s salary. Twenty-six percent is unaccounted for in the foundation’s tax records.
“If Jared was really interested in helping children through his foundation, he could have gotten more money,” Daniel Borochoff, president of CharityWatch, which analyzes and rates charities, told USA Today. “As with a lot of celebrities, the charity appears to be more about image-enhancement than charitable deeds.”
The Jared Foundation has also neglected to pay the $5 annual registration fee to the State of Indiana since 2008. The Indiana Secretary of State dissolved the foundation in 2012, though it is still recognized by the IRS (Internal Revenue Service).
The foundation’s website is now defunct.