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May 06, 2011

Madonna-Linked Kabbalah Charity Faces IRS Inquiry

The Internal Revenue Service is investigating the finances of the Kabbalah Centre, the nonprofit spiritual organization that worked with Madonna on her failed effort to build schools in Malawi, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Two charities linked to Madonna, one of the Los Angeles-based organization's numerous celebrity adherents, are part of the investigation, which sources told The Times seeks to determine if the center's funds were used to enrich the Bergs, its founding family.

In a statement, the center and an affiliated charity, Spirituality for Kids, said it is cooperating with IRS investigators, as did Trevor Neilson, a donor adviser whose Global Philanthropy Group now manages Madonna's Raising Malawi charity.

Raising Malawi cuts its ties with the Kabbalah Centre this year after ending its effort to build an academy for impoverished girls in the African country after spending $3.8-million on the project without breaking ground.