The foundation created by Brittany Murphy‘s husband and mother has decided to refund all the donations it has received as it works to solidify its nonprofit status.
Brittany’s husband Simon Monjack and mom Sharon Murphy founded the organization following her sudden death in December, and started soliciting donations through its Web site last month. But after TMZ raised questions about its nonprofit status over the weekend, the charity’s site posted the following note:
We began the Brittany Murphy Foundation to honor Brittany’s wishes and to give her family, friends, and fans a way of keeping her legacy alive. In an effort to get the foundation off the ground quickly, we established it as a private foundation with plans to apply for nonprofit status down the road. However, after some thought, we have decided instead to wait until we have our nonprofit status approved before proceeding to ensure that we can truly honor Brittany’s charitable desires. Any donations made up until this point will be returned until we have all our paperwork solidified.
We would like to thank the thousands of people who have reached out with kind words of love and support; you have made the hardest journey a little bit easier.
We hope you will bear with us and check back regularly for updates on the foundation. We hope to have it back up and running as soon as possible.
In the wake of tragedies big and small – whether it’s something like Brittany’s death or the Haiti earthquake — we look for a way to express our grief and do our part. Doing something like donating to charity in the name of a beloved celebrity is honorable, but do your research and be careful.
Brittany Murphy Foundation Returns Donations [TMZ]
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