The Time’s Up organization raised $ 3.6 million in 2018, but most of the money was spent on salaries, not victims

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Time’s Up, the organization set up to fight sexual harassment in the workplace in the wake of the MeToo movement, has spent most of its donations on executive salaries and only a fraction on legal costs to help the victims in its first year, according to records. .

Tax returns show the organization, which was founded by Hollywood celebrities and is comprised of the Time’s Up Foundation and Time’s Up Now Inc., raised $ 3,670,219 in 2018 in its first year of operation.

However, less than 10% was spent helping women victims of sexual harassment.

The filings show that $ 312,001 was spent on the legal defense fund while $ 1,407,032 was spent on salaries.

And more than $ 157,000 has been spent on conferences at luxury resorts, and an additional $ 58,395 has been spent on travel.

The organization brought in heavyweights from Hollywood during the early days of its operation with Reese Witherspoon, Amy Schumer and Brie Larson serving on its board.

Tax returns reveal the Times’ Up organization received $ 3,121,427 in contributions in 2018 in its first year of operation, but spent $ 1,407,032 on salaries and $ 3,122,001 in victim assistance

Time's Up is a movement against sexual harassment and was founded on January 1, 2018 by Hollywood celebrities in response to the Weinstein Effect and the #MeToo movement.

Time’s Up is a movement against sexual harassment and was founded on January 1, 2018 by Hollywood celebrities in response to the Weinstein Effect and the MeToo movement.

Tax returns detail Time’s Up Now’s mission: “to promote safe, fair and dignified work for women of all kinds.” We ensure that women are free from harassment and other forms of discrimination in the workplace, enjoy equal opportunities in economic security and can advance to the highest positions of power wherever they work.

But huge sums have been spent on executive salaries instead of legal support.

Lisa Borders was recruited to lead Time’s Up, but only spent four months with the organization after her 36-year-old son was accused of sexual misconduct.

Nonetheless, the CEO managed to earn $ 342,308 for her salary.

Marketing Director Rachel Terrace received a salary of $ 295,000 for her efforts during the organization’s first year.

And Treasurer Rebecca Goldman received a salary of $ 255,327.

Former President and CEO of Time's Lisa Borders

Rachel Terrace

Lisa Borders, left, was recruited to lead Time’s Up but only spent four months with the organization after her 36-year-old son was accused of sexual misconduct. She drew $ 342,308 for her salary. Marketing director Rachel Terrace, right, also managed to earn a salary of $ 295,000 for her efforts in the organization’s first year.

The tax returns detail how “3000 people” were helped by Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund between January and June 2018 at a cost of $ 1,747,635.

But most of the defense fund money came from grants that had been made to the Women’s Law Center, according to the New York Post.

Only a small proportion came from Time’s Up organizations, with the Time’s Up Foundation donating $ 132,575 to the fund and Time’s Up Now, the charity’s lobbying group, donating $ 179,426.

In addition to executive pay, tax returns show that Time’s Up Now, which is the organization’s lobbying arm, spent $ 157,155 on conferences “designed to build community and spark critical conversations about gender equality. sexes ”.

The conferences included a retreat to a luxury resort and spa in Ojai in June 2018, where an overnight room costs over $ 400 a night.

The conferences included a retreat to a luxury resort and spa in Ojai in June 2018, where an overnight room costs over $ 400 a night.

The conferences included a retreat to a luxury resort and spa in Ojai in June 2018, where an overnight room costs over $ 400 a night.

Although they’ve been around for six months, conference attendees struggled to decide on the organization’s mission statement, according to a participant who spoke to The New York Post.

Later it changed from “Let’s Clean Up Hollywood” to “We’ll Help All Workers”.

In addition to the expensive conferences at country retreats, the organization details in its tax returns how it spent $ 288,007 on advertising and $ 940,328 on legal fees.

Much of that – $ 719,522 – went to Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, a law firm that often lobbies on Capitol Hill.

A total of $ 112,435 was donated to Rally, a public relations firm, according to tax returns.

An email requesting comment on Time’s Up has not yet been resent.

Almost $ 1 million was spent on legal fees for a global law firm with a strong lobbying arm on Capitol Hill, while an additional $ 100,000 was paid to a public relations firm.

Almost $ 1 million was spent on legal fees for a global law firm with a strong lobbying arm on Capitol Hill, while an additional $ 100,000 was paid to a public relations firm.

Time’s Up, which is based in California, was formed following the Harvey Weinstein scandal in 2017, which saw famous names like Oprah Winfrey speak out alongside journalist and activist Gloria Steinem and actresses Jessica Chastain, Rosanna Arquette and Mira Sorvino.

Sorvino, who now sits on Time’s Up’s “global board of directors”, explained how Weinstein sexually harassed her in a hotel room in 1995.

She helped spark the Me Too movement, with actress Alyssa Milano tweeting and urging women to speak out if they had been sexually assaulted.

Jessica Chastain

Mira Sorvino

Famous names including actress Jessica Chastain, left, and Mira Sorvino, right, who explained how she was abused by Weinstein in a hotel room in 1995, have spoken out in favor of the organization.

Actress Alyssa Milano's tweet, pictured, urging women to speak out if they've been sexually assaulted, sparked the Me Too movement.

Actress Alyssa Milano’s tweet, pictured, urging women to speak out if they’ve been sexually assaulted, sparked the Me Too movement.

The tweet captured the spirit of the movement with thousands of women responding 'Me too'

The tweet captured the spirit of the movement with thousands of women responding “Me too”

Meanwhile, Oprah’s rally cry at the Golden Globes in January 2018 saw her give a passionate speech whose name Time’s Up was brought up.

“For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared speak their truth to the power of these men. But, their time is up. Their time is up. Their time is up.

This led to thousands of women sharing details of times they had been sexually assaulted.

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