An investigation has revealed that Fogle's non-profit was a sham.
Remember Jared Fogle's non-profit foundation? Don't feel bad if you don't – recent revelations may have pushed the more insignificant details of his life out of your mind. Founded in 2008, the Jared Fogle Healthy Lifestyle Nationwide School Grant Program was supposed to distribute more than $2 million to schools and community organizations to fight childhood obesity. It was a noble goal, but like so much of Fogle's life, it turns out it was just a lie hiding behind big jeans.
USA Today is reporting that the Jared Foundation has yet to issue a single grant. Between 2009 and 2013, the foundation spent only $73,000 a year. 60% of the money was used for the salary of Executive Director Russell Taylor, who you may remember is in jail on child pornography charges right now. I guess that salary was Jared's way of rewarding him for swapping pics.
Another 26% of the foundation's budget has just disappeared. In fact, administrators haven't even paid Indiana their $5 annual registration fee since 2008. It seems like the entire thing was just a front. Daniel Borochoff, president of CharityWatch, told USA Today,
"If Jared was really interested in helping children through his foundation, he could have gotten more money. As with a lot of celebrities, the charity appears to be more about image-enhancement than charitable deeds."
Jared needs all the image enhancement he can get right now. But I have a feeling it won't be enough.