Cancer charities already have a difficult enough time raising money for arguably the most important goal in modern medicine: finding a cure for the various cancers that take the lives of far too many Americans each year.
That task only gets harder when the efforts of legitimate nonprofits are marred by those that end up spending all their money on overhead — which is reportedly what took place with a cancer charity founded by former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill. According to the New York Post, the Biden Cancer Initiative spent the bulk of its money in 2017 and 2018 on salaries and overhead — and none on research.
Where’s the money?
According to the Post, the Bidens founded the initiative in 2017 to “develop and drive implementation of solutions to accelerate progress in cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, research and care and to reduce disparities in cancer outcomes.”
Instead of issuing grants to researchers who could spend significant amounts of time and money working to develop cutting-edge cures for various forms of cancer, however, the Biden Cancer Initiative didn’t award so much as a penny in the form of a grant in its first two years of operation.
It wasn’t for the lack of funding, either; citing IRS documents, the Post revealed in its report that Biden’s charity took in a staggering $4,809,619 in donor contributions in 2017 and 2018. One would think that with that kind of purse, there’d be a lot of lucky researchers out there vying for a piece of the pie to aid in their fight against cancer.
Instead, the charity paid its president $429,850 in 2018 and spent a staggering $3,070,301 on additional payroll. Even worse, the nonprofit dropped over $700,000 on attending conferences, according to the Post, leaving virtually no money for the sole purpose of aiding cancer research.
In the same IRS documentation, in a box that indicates grant money awarded, the group listed zero dollars.
It gets worse
But that’s not all. Biden, who was appointed to former President Barack Obama’s Cancer Moonshot Task Force, launched the Biden Cancer Initiative shortly after leaving office at the conclusion of his second term as VP.
But instead of focusing on actually helping beat back cancer, Biden immediately stacked the charity’s board with heavy-hitting — and presumably expensive — celebrities like NFL sideline reporter Erin Andrews and a singer from the Black Eyed Peas who survived cancer, according to a report from the Daily Mail.
Then, as Biden announced his intention to run for the presidency, the initiative collapsed. While the charity is “still officially active,” according to the Post, the group’s president said it was “suspending” operations in 2019 due to Biden’s increasing workload on the campaign trail.
“We tried to power through but it became increasingly difficult to get the traction we needed to complete our mission,” Gregory Simon said, implying that without Biden actively involved, the charity stood no chance at being effective.
At the end of the day, the Biden Cancer Initiative failed to do any good other than line the pockets of a bunch of already-rich people. It’s just another case that serves to vindicate those Americans who are hesitant to donate their hard-earned money to organizations that claim to want to help. What a shame.