Kanye West's Charity Closes Mysteriously

Celebrity News Apr. 21, 2011 AT 1:37PM
Kanye West's Charity Closes Mysteriously Credit: Chelsea Lauren/WireImage.com

Kanye West's charity is history.

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The Kanye West Foundation, which was founded by the rapper's late mother Dr. Donda West and aimed to reduce high school dropout rates, is no longer operating. As reported in the New York Times, the foundation's former executive director, Joseph Collins, sent an email out to associates last month looking for work.

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Collins wrote: "I am reaching out to let you know that the Kanye West Foundation (kanyewestfoundation.org) has officially closed its doors after a successful 4+ years of programming and events. It has been an incredible experience working with Kanye and the board to realize his mother's vision and I am honored to have been given the opportunity to lead the Foundation."

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West's mother, Dr. Donda West, died of complications from cosmetic surgery in November 2007 at age 58. She worked as a professor and instilled in her son a passionate commitment to education. According to the charity's web site, Dr. West founded the organization prior to her untimely death because she "was passionate about student success."

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