‘funniest Celebrity In Washington’: Vips Still Rally To Fundraiser Despite Little Aid To Charity

Celebrity Photos: September 2013 Kevin Jonas celebrated his wife Danielles birthday at the Sugar Factory American Brasserie in New York City on Sept. 21. Celebrity Photos: September 2013 Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson were seen locking arms during an early evening stroll through the East Village of New York on Sept. 21. Celebrity Photos: September 2013 Lauren Conrad posed while kicking off the #ClosetLoveAffair Pinterest sweepstakes with Downy in Los Angeles, Calif., on Sept. 20. Celebrity Photos: September 2013 Lea Michele left the Meche Salon after getting her hair done in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sept. 19. Celebrity Photos: September 2013 Eva Mendes returned to her hotel after a morning out in New York City on Sept. 19. Celebrity Photos: September 2013 Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake posed together at the world premiere of Twentieth Century Fox and New Regency’s film “Runner Runner” at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Sept. 18 in Las Vegas, Nev. Celebrity Photos: September 2013 Blake Lively attended Milan Fashion Week in Milan, Italy on Sept.

Where did the rest of the money go? Besides event costs, tax forms cite expenses such as rent, phone, travel, Web site and Siegels fee. Unlike previous years, he drew no salary in 2009. In 2010, he was paid $4,225; in 2011, it was $21,559. (Tax forms for 2012, when there was no Funniest Celebrity event, were not available.) Joe the Plumber Wurzelbacher performs at Funniest Celebrity in 2009. (Dan Zak / The Washington Post) Doug White, a scholar of philanthropic practices, said that well-run charities aim for a 75-25 ratio, where the larger number goes to the charitable mission and the smaller sum to operating costs and expenses. For big galas and seated dinners, costs shouldnt exceed 40 percent. (At Funniest Celebrity, patrons get sandwiches and one free cocktail; theres usually a B-list comic paid a few hundred dollars to perform.) The larger problem, White said, is the perception among ticket buyers and celebrities who lend their name and time that most of the money goes to charity. But White also faulted beneficiaries for not doing more research before signing on. Charities are taught to say thank you and nothing more. Its unfortunate. One Funniest Celebrity-branded show was a winner for charity: a 2010 Baltimore event benefiting the University of Maryland Childrens Hospital that grossed $50,000.