Russell Wilson defends his charitable foundation from criticism of alleged funds mismanagement

Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson has been embroiled in controversy along with his wife Ciara for the alleged misuse of funds from their charitable foundation Why Not You.

According to information published by USA Today, in 2020 and 2021 Why Not You spent $600,000 on charitable activities, according to federal tax records. That equates to 24.3 cents of every dollar, versus $1.1 million it spent on salaries and benefits for its employees.

After the news broke, Russell Wilson’s name went viral on social media, with fans and people in general asking basically the same question: where’s the money, Russell?

USA Today gives as an example that in 2012, Why Not You received $7.5 million in revenue, but only allocated $2.8 million to charitable activities.

Wilson takes to social media to defend his project

During Saturday, Russell Wilson posted a video on his social media to talk about the issue and explain how his charity’s funds are earmarked.

“Since 2014 @WhyNotYouFdn has been fortunate to align with world-class partners to help drive a significant increase for good with over $10 million in partnerships! Incredible partners like @Safeway @Albertsons, @SeattleChildrens, the @wnyacademy and more!” the video post reads.

It adds, “Many times, the funds WNYF raises with our partners are donated by those partners DIRECTLY to people and organizations with immediate needs. We put in the work and don’t need the credit. Teamwork and making a difference will always come first. As we continue to grow, we will always care more about impact than credit. #WhyNotYou,” he concluded.