A Noble Idea Executed Poorly

Kim Kardashian is reportedly worth over $40 million. So why does she need to pocket 90 percent of the proceeds from her charity auction?

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When Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in early November, many people all over the world stepped in to help raise money for those in need. Kim Kardashian decided to pitch in with an eBay auction from her designer closet. While that sounds noble, there's one caveat to her donation—only 10 percent of the proceeds go to charity.

On Thursday, the 33-year-old reality star tweeted out the link to the auction. A personal message was included on the site about why she was moved to help out those affected by the disaster.

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"Hi guys, this is a very special auction because a portion of the proceeds of my eBay auction are going to International Medical Corps, a nonprofit organisation [sic] that provides critical health services on remote islands where families are struggling to access medical care and basic resources like food, clean drinking water and vital medications," she wrote.

The E! star continued, "The proceeds will go directly to the communities they’re serving in the Philippines and will help typhoon survivors get access to medical care and ultimately save lives. My prayers and thoughts are with those affected by the typhoon. Check out my eBay auction here and support those who need our help in the Philippines. Xo."

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Some of the items she is auctioning off include designer clothing from Dolce & Gabbana, Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen. There is even clothing from the Kardashian Kollection. The oddest thing up for bid is her Fila workout gear including jogging bras.

Currently, the most popular item is a Chanel black-quilted shoulder bag selling for $1,625. No one has bid on a Fila teardrop-back tank which starts at only 99 cents.

While her intentions are good and it's always important to help those in need, it's unclear where the other 90 percent of the profits are going in this charitable auction.

Kardashian is also feeling the heat from her fans on the internet about donating only 10 percent of the proceeds. Over the weekend, the wording on the eBay auction was changed from spelling out the amount going to charity to "a percentage of the proceeds from all my auctions will benefit the International Medical Corps."

A good deed sometimes gets a celebrity in hot water.

Photo credit: Alberto Reyes/WENN.com

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Comments on "Not-so-charitable Kim K only gives 10 percent of auction to needy"

Good grief November 24, 2013 | 1:01 PM

You look up the definition of a greedy narcissist and there would be a pic of Kim Kardashian and her whole entire family there. Fact is, she has had that ebay account for a while and it's always been 10% going to charity, the very minimum that ebay allows for that type of account. In reality that 10% goes to a church that her pimp momma Kris founded with another guy as the preacher who has a sketchy past. So in other words, normally that 10% stays in the family via her mommy's church. Can any one say the words "tax free." Kourtney and Khloe do the same with their ebay accounts as well as pimp momma Kris. The 10% all goes to the church. Notice Kourtney and Khloe and pimp momma aren't contributing a penny. Kim only announced this to drum up people to her ebay account and get more naive, gullible people to buy her clothes to make money for her. If she was so touched, why not donate the whole 100%. She is reportedly worth 40 Mil, but God Forbid she has to part with her money and give it to the "little people." Selfish, greedy, narcissistic, obnoxious POS!

Marie November 22, 2013 | 5:46 PM

I agree with the comments saying that she's not obligated to give just because she's wealthy. BUT, I do have a problem with Kim announcing the auction is for a good cause with a portion of the proceeds going to charity, then only giving 10%?!?! C'mon now, seems like a strategy to get more attention and bids on her auctions...Give what you want Kim, but don't make announcements proclaiming your generosity and heartfelt sympathy just to garner public attention and then decide to be stingy with the proceeds! This just seems like a misuse of your celebrity status for personal gain rather than for public good.

Marie November 22, 2013 | 5:40 PM

The part I have a problem with is Kim announcing the auction is for a good cause with a portion of the proceeds going to charity, then she's only giving 10%?!?! C'mon now, seems like a strategy to get more attention and bids on her auction.. But on the other hand don't make announcements proclaiming your generosity and heartfelt sympathy and garner public attention and then decide to be stingy with the proceeds! It just seems like again she's misusing her celebrity status for personal gain rather than

vic November 22, 2013 | 2:02 PM

if she really gave 2 bits about the tragedy she would write them a flat out check. by the time her auctions end thousands of people could possibly lose there lives. the other 90% is probably for baby North's college fund. *the real reason shes selling her old junk*

DQ November 22, 2013 | 1:41 PM

Well, Kristyn, It's none of your business where HER money is going. She is selling HER items. She is GIVING 10% to charity. Should we look through YOUR finances and give our opinion of where you spend your money? How shallow of you to write such a stupid story. Get a life, and find something newsworthy to write about.

Bobo November 22, 2013 | 1:23 PM

She will always be a selfish POS!! I never liked her. She's trash!!

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