Biden Charity Spent $0 on Research and $3.7 Million on Salaries

“Jill Biden & Joe Biden” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Gage Skidmore

The Biden’s Cancer Charity run by President-elect Joe Biden and wife Jill Biden spent ZERO on grant yet spent millions on staff payroll.

Another controversial news about handling money arises with the Biden Family. It was revealed that Biden’s cancer charity, founded by Joe Biden and Jill Biden, had spent most of its funds on staff payroll than they did on grant and cancer research.

In the news reported by The New York Post, it was shown that the Biden Charity Initiative spent over $3 million on salaries of its staff, more than half of its accumulated contributions of $ $4,809,619.

Other than this shocking amount, it was also reported that the Charity, which was supposedly built 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,” spent ZERO on cancer research and grants in the first two years of its operation.

What more, the Biden Cancer Initiative charity also reportedly spent $742,953 for conferences and $97,149 on travel alone in the year 2018.

On the top of these questionable numbers was the salary of Gregory Simon, the President of the Biden Cancer Initiative.

In the first fiscal year of 2018, Simon received a staggering salary of $429,850. This amount was almost double his earning in the year 2017 when he was assigned to spearhead the Obama administration’s cancer taskforce.

Another officer of the Biden Cancer Initiative, Danielle Carnival, also received a salary amounting to $258,207 in the year 2018. Carnival previously worked as the chief of staff of the Obama’s Cancer Moonshot Task Force.

More staff also received six-figure salaries, including the Director of Science Policy, the Director of Communications, and the Director of Engagement.

The tax filings in the year 2017 also revealed how The Biden Cancer Initiative had spent $56,738 on conferences and $59,356 on travel expenses.

“Jill Biden & Joe Biden” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Gage Skidmore

The following year, these numbers rose higher for up to six digits, amounting to $742,953 for conferences and $97,149 on travel.

What made this situation more suspicious is that the amount allotted for grant distribution remained blank. This suggested that ZERO was placed in this area by the charity.

Simon then explained that the primary purpose of Biden’s charity is not to give out grants. Instead, its goal is to find ways on how to accelerate treatment for all, notwithstanding their economic or cultural backgrounds.

The Biden Cancer Initiative was founded by President-elect Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, after Joe Biden’s son. Beau, died from brain cancer in 2015.

Joe Biden, who was then still sitting as the Vice President of Obama, led Obama’s cancer taskforce.

After leaving office, he continued running the Biden Cancer Initiative and supported its stated goal of finding cancer treatments.

Last 2017, the Biden Cancer Initiative stated in a press release that it would “develop and drive implementation of solutions to accelerate progress in cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, research and care, and to reduce disparities in cancer outcomes.”

Some members of the Board of Directors includes NFL Sideline reporter Erin Andrews, and Jimmy’ Taboo’ Gomez, a cancer survivor and a member of Black Eyed Peas.

Meanwhile, in July of 2019, the Biden Cancer Initiative suspended its operations during the height of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign.

As Biden becomes more entrenched in the battle, Gregory Simon then made a statement that they will be suspending their activities due to their unique circumstances. He further stated that they would remain “personally committed to the cause.” However, in the meantime, they have to pause their efforts.

Simon then further claimed that the charity tried to push through despite the given circumstance; however, it became tough for them to get the impact that they need to complete their mission.

The Biden Cancer Initiative took several million dollars in direct funding from its operations. However, the bulk of the money that supports the partnership and the charity that it promotes comes from indirect pledges. That amount did not directly go to the charitable aspect, instead, it was managed by the participating organizations and companies to finance their research work.

Biden group and Biden’s appearances had used its platform to promote the partnerships and the Biden charity.