Charities Owned And Operated By Malaak Compton-Rock Haven’t Properly Filed With IRS
Malaak Compton-Rock’s marriage implosion isn’t the only problem she’s facing in the New Year.
Chris Rock’s soon to be ex-wife is leading charities that aren’t legit – and one continues to solicit donations online, Bossip has learned.
Compton-Rock’s the Angelrock Project Foundation isn’t listed as a functioning charity with either the Internal Revenue Service or the N.J. Division of Community Affairs.
But the foundation’s website, www.angelrockproject.com, is hitting up site visitors for donations, and specifically, for contributions to another of the ex- PR gal’s “nonprofits,” Journey for Change, in Brooklyn.
Journey For Change’s mission is to send vulnerable kids to Africa for community service projects. But the IRS doesn’t list that organization as a nonprofit either, and it’s partner organization, the Salvation Army of Greater New York, pulled out of the program, its spokeswoman told Bossip. The last trip the Journey for Change appears to have made was in 2010 or 2011.
“On behalf of Journey for Change: Empowering Youth Through Global Service, we thank you for your donation and dedication to help uplift the lives of at-risk youth,” a statement on the Angelrock Project website reads.
The website, littered with photos of Compton-Rock hugged up with her now-estranged hubby, also hawks t-shirts, mouse pads, calendars and other merch that it says will benefit Journey for Change.
Compton-Rock is also the founder and executive director of the Brooklyn-based StyleWorks, a charity that gives makeovers for women coming off welfare. The IRS revoked its tax-exempt status in May 2010.
Under New York State law, nonprofits are required to register and report finances with the state Attorney General every year, yet StyleWorks and Journey for Change, haven’t.
“Obviously, somebody here dropped the ball,” Doug Sauer, the executive director of the New York Council of Nonprofits, told Bossip. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a celebrity or not. If you’re on the board, you’re pulling a salary or are an executive director, you are responsible.”
The IRS says all charities are required to file taxes every year – with the exception of churches, governmental and political organizations. If a nonprofit doesn’t file for three years straight, it automatically loses its tax-exempt status. An IRS spokesman said he couldn’t comment on individual cases.
Rock filed for divorce from his wife Dec. 23, citing “irreconcilable differences,” seeking joint custody of their two daughters and claimed Compton-Rock has been keeping his kids away from him, according to the court papers obtained by Bossip.
As of Monday morning, Compton-Rock had yet to file a response.
We’ve reached out to Compton-Rock, and her lawyer, David Aronson, for comment.
We hate to kick a woman while she’s down, but it looks like Compton-Rock has to get her house in order in more ways than one.