Donda’s House, the charity at the center of a recent spat between sometime Kanye West collaborator Rhymefest and West’s wife Kim Kardashian, is in trouble, with a report from The Blast revealing the charity was recently given a status of “Not Good Standing” by the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State.
Rhymefest bought the Chicago house — former home of West’s mother — in 2016 to create a “community arts incubator” and HQ for the Donda’s House youth charity. The nonprofit was co-founded by West, Rhymefest, and Donnie Smith in 2011 to support the city’s youth.
Following recent struggles to keep the center afloat, allegedly due to a lack of support from West, Rhymefest released a statement via the Donda’s House website, referencing West’s recent flirtations with the American political right:
“We ask that as you boycott and protest Kanye West, that you not forget that we are a non-profit organization that, like other nonprofits, needs donations, corporate support, and volunteers… We seek support to convert Kanye’s childhood home into a recording studio, museum, and learning space — we have been unable to secure the financial support of Kanye despite multiple attempts, and despite those early conversations about his plan of support and advocacy for the youth in our programs.”
This prompted Kardashian to jump in on Twitter, tweeting, “U haven’t been right since u got kicked out of the studio in Hawaii wearing fake Yeezy’s @Rhymefest, You’re over levergenging Kanye’s name & asked Kanye to donate money to u so stop w your fake community politics & lies. Truth is you haven’t been able to sustain the foundation.”
Rhymefest tweeted a response, which you can read below:
Rhymefest subsequently released another statement announcing that the organization will be dropping the name “Donda’s House.”
As if it the situation weren’t messy enough, Rhymefest brought in another party by tweeting at Drake to ask for help. Perhaps Drizzy’s recent displays of altruism in his video for “God’s Plan” had something to do with it.
Kardashian, meanwhile, tweeted a final swipe.
According to an official from the secretary of state’s office who spoke to The Blast, the nonprofit failed to file its annual report on April 1, resulting immediately in a loss of “Good Standing” status. Such annual reports are supposed to include a corporation’s organizational structure, including its board of directors and stated goal or purpose. With all that’s been unfolding publically via social media, the charity’s structure is currently unclear.
West had been listed as a director in previous filings, but that position is now in question. As recent events show, Rhymefest is looking to change the charity’s name and remove any affiliation with West. The government official told The Blast that “after approximately five months of being in ‘Not Good Standing,’ a corporation is automatically dissolved.”
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