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March 30, 2016

'Real Housewives' Star's Charity Raises and Spends Little

The youth-focused foundation run by Katie Rost, a model-turned-philanthropist featured in reality show The Real Housewives of Potomac, is "almost nonfunctional" and has granted only a few thousand dollars in its decade of existence, The Washington Post writes.

The Ronald F. Rost Foundation, which aims to support recreational opportunities for low-income children, figures in plot lines on the Bravo series about wives in the affluent Washington suburb and is described by Ms. Rost on the show as "my legacy and my calling." According to public records, the foundation's fundraising totals $32,000 in donations from Ms. Rost's mother, an insurance executive, and it has given out less than $3,000 to youth groups since it was founded in 2006.

“Other than offering publicity value, it’s really wasting money,” CharityWatch President Daniel Borochoff said after reviewing the foundation's tax filings. Ms. Rost told the Post the charity is "just a small family foundation" but will be ramping up its work in the near future. She said that after her twin daughters turn 3 in July she will have more time to focus on expanding fundraising efforts.