Brittany Murphy’s Husband Doesn’t Quite Understand This Whole Charity Thing

Charity may begin at home, but at some point you have to let the government know about it. Just ask Simon Monjack.

TMZ reports that Monjack, husband of deceased actress Brittany Murphy, has begun refunding donations made to his recently launched Brittany Murphy Foundation, following revelations that he hadn’t registered the organization as a charity, as required by law. 

It seems that, even though Monjack and Brittany’s mother Sharon Murphy have been soliciting funds since establishing the Foundation—which purports to provide arts education for children—a month ago, they failed to file the necessary paperwork with both the California Secretary of State’s office and the IRS. Which was surely just an oversight, made in their enthusiastic rush to get finger paints and musical instruments into the hands of the nation’s little ones.

An announcement on the Foundation’s Web site reads:

“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.”

The Foundation generated controversy earlier this month, when an event to “celebrate the life of Brittany Murphy” carried a suggested donation of $1,000 to the organization. (The event was subsequently postponed in light of the uproar.)

Is Simon Monjack corrupt, or merely incompetent? Render your verdict in the comments section!