Bristol Palin’s Nonprofit Paid Her Seven Times What It Donated

It may seem bizarre that Bristol Palin, who once said that telling young people to be abstinent is “not realistic at all,” would be the spokesperson for the Candie’s Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to “educat[ing] America’s youth about the devastating consequences of teen pregnancy through celebrity PSA campaigns and initiatives.”  The foundation tends to promote abstinence as the best way to prevent pregnancy (past campaigns have included girls in tight shirts that say “I’m sexy enough…to keep you waiting”), and Palin was criticized when she began speaking on their behalf. 

She explained that her attitude toward teen pregnancy changed dramatically after her son, Tripp, was born.  She was not, she said, “prepared at all” for the demands of motherhood and was speaking out to prevent other teens from making the same mistake.

Now, however, the Candie’s Foundation is under fire after it released its 2009 tax information, revealing that they paid Palin a staggering $262,500.  But that’s not all – the foundation, which is supposed to be working to prevent teen pregnancy, donated only $35,000 to actual initiatives (the Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center and the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy).  That’s just over a tenth of how much they paid Palin.

The Candie’s Foundation responded by saying that Palin’s PSA had more of an effect on teens than a non-celebrity PSA.  On their site, they claimed that in a recent “independent survey” of 1,000 teens, “twice as many teens (57% vs. 27%) said Bristol’s PSA ‘got my attention,’ three times as many (41% vs. 11%) said it was ‘powerful,’ and more than twice as many (38% vs. 16%) said it was ‘memorable.’  Thus they are justified in spending all of their money on celebrity spokespeople rather than organizations that are actually giving teens the resources and education to prevent pregnancy. 

The fact that teens found the PSAs memorable does not mean that they gained any useful knowledge from them or altered their behavior accordingly.  A TV show illustrating the “devastating consequences” of teen pregnancy might be as “memorable” as Palin’s PSA, but there’s no reason for the Candie’s Foundation to start handing out checks to the producers of The Secret Life of the American Teenager or Glee.

And frankly, if Bristol Palin is truly dedicated to “preventing even one girl from getting pregnant,” she will personally redistribute her enormous paycheck from the Candie’s Foundation.  It’s one thing for her to get paid for her speaking engagements – but it’s absurd for the Candie’s Foundation to spend seven times on their celebrity speakers than on actual teen pregnancy initiatives. 

After all, Bristol Palin may be able to speak to the experience of teen motherhood, but as the daughter of a powerful political figure, she is certainly not typical, something that she admitted in a Candie’s PSA last year.  The money could be well spent on the other 750,000 American teenagers who get pregnant every year, many of whom rely on these clinics and health centers for counseling and prenatal care.  It seems as though Candie’s – and maybe Palin herself – are more interested in their public image than actually preventing teen pregnancy.

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Photo from the Candie's Foundation.


Trudi Gray
Trudi Gray6 years ago


s. ryan
p. q6 years ago

bad bad palin

Hilary E.
Hilary E6 years ago

you are only a statistic if you believe yourself to be. No human life created is worth regretting. Clearly there is a baby boom going on right now, from all age groups, why I'm not sure, but its a lot deeper than people simply not using birth control. Something big is coming and we need the extra souls on the planet

jane richmond
jane richmond6 years ago

follow your role model.

Nancy V.

Like mother, like daughter............both greedy, opportunistic people who care not for anybody but themselves and what they can 'grab/take' from their 'popularity' by 'ignorant and desperate people'.....

Neil A.
Neil A6 years ago

Should Bristol Palin give part of her paycheck away? NO she should give all of to the less well off.

Past Member
Past Member 6 years ago

People get paychecks everyday for doing work like this. She should NOT give back her part of her paycheck. We should be looking at the Candies Foundation to donate more and be a better example in doing the right thing.

Elena Arutiunova
Elena Arutiunova6 years ago

Yeah, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree...

Richard E Cooley
Richard E Cooley6 years ago

I think if you gave money to this cause you should be able to get your money back.

Abe O.
Abe O6 years ago

Wasn't there also a rumor going around that she was actually TRYING to get pregnant? One of her friends talked about it in the past. That would certainly mix the "statistics" up a little.