The controversy surrounding WE Charity, which has been scrutinized after receiving a $900 million contract in June to oversee a student service grant in Canada intended to help students with volunteering, has now reached the U.S.
WE Charity launched in California in 2014. Gavin Newsom, lieutenant governor at the time (and California's incumbent governor at the time of this article), tweeted on March 26 of that year, declaring "WE Day California" hosted inside Oakland arena. Newson was co-chair of WE Day California until 2016.
16,000 students from schools across California, in addition to celebrities like Selena Gomez, Orlando Bloom, and Seth Rogan, were present.
"You are changing the world," said Gomez to a crowd. "That's amazing."
The company's reputation has now fallen since June of 2020.
ABC News recently contacted WE Charity for a list of all the WE Schools built with money donated by Californians, also demanding to know if any California families were paid more than $100,000 in fees or expenses in the past.
According to ABC, records also indicate that "Newsom made a behested payment - which according to the Fair Political Practices Commission means he requested Comcast to make a donation to the nonprofit for $242,500."
With more fraud claims abounding, WE Charity issued a non-answer in response, providing the following statement:
"Over the years, WE Charity has provided youth volunteerism programs to 18,000 schools in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, empowering young people to help more than 5,000 causes. In California, WE Charity serves 1,400 schools and educational groups with free curricular programs supporting youth service, youth mental health, and trauma-informed learning programs."
"We actually haven't gotten a picture of who owns what and how the money flows," said Charlie Angus, NDP MP for Timmins/James Bay in response. "Without that, how can you say you trust it?"