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Donations To Brittany Murphy Foundation Are Returned

Feb. 15 2010, Published 9:35 a.m. ET

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Brittany Murphy's husband Simon Monjack and mother Sharon are returning any donations made to the Brittany Murphy Foundation since it was not actually registered as a nonprofit charity.

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The foundation is no longer accepting donations and is calling itself a "private foundation."

Monjack and Sharon posted the following explanation on the re-launched page for the foundation:

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Dear friends,

We began the Brittany Murphy Foundation to honor Brittany's wishes and to give her family, friends, and fans a way of keeping her legacy alive. In an effort to get the foundation off the ground quickly, we established it as a private foundation with plans to apply for nonprofit status down the road. However, after some thought, we have decided instead to wait until we have our nonprofit status approved before proceeding to ensure that we can truly honor Brittany's charitable desires. Any donations made up until this point will be returned until we have all our paperwork solidified.

We would like to thank the thousands of people who have reached out with kind words of love and support; you have made the hardest journey a little bit easier.

We hope you will bear with us and check back regularly for updates on the foundation. We hope to have it back up and running as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or want to write to us, please feel free to email us at

With love and sincere gratitude,

Sharon Murphy and Simon Monjack


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