WE Charity is taking legal action to hold media accountable for false and reckless reporting that has harmed the organization's reputation and ability to carry on lifesaving work across the globe.

The CBC Lawsuit

In February 2022, WE Charity filed a defamation lawsuit against the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) after the outlet knowingly and repeatedly aired false claims about WE Charity. The organization's reputation and ongoing fundraising efforts have been harmed by this false reporting, threatening the future of the organization and the wellbeing of beneficiaries of WE Charity's programs around the world.

In June 2023, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia denied the CBC's motion to dismiss WE Charity's defamation lawsuit against the outlet. This ruling is an important first win in WE Charity's pursuit of justice, and we look forward to our day in court.

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Media Coverage

U.S. News, June 28, 2023: Canadian Broadcasting Corp Must Face WE Charity Defamation Lawsuit, U.S. Court Rules

Above the Law, July 6, 2023: Forum Non Motion Fails In The Face Of Modern Litigation Technology

Canadian Lawyer, July 13, 2023: US District Court refuses to dismiss defamation lawsuit against Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

More media coverage on the lawsuit can be found here, here and here.

Setting the Record Straight: Key Facts

Updated: July 12 2023

FACT: WE Charity's international programs have positively impacted the lives of beneficiaries in communities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

WE Charity has helped build or renovate schools and schoolrooms around the world, giving hundreds of thousands of children the opportunity to gain an education; provided communities clean water, sanitation, and health care; and enabled farmers and families to produce millions of nutritious meals to fuel their communities.

FACT: WE Charity filed a defamation lawsuit against the CBC in February 2022 after the outlet repeatedly aired false reporting by CBC journalists Mark Kelley and Harvey Cashore.

The CBC knowingly published lies about WE Charity, airing false reporting even after being shown extensive pre-publication proof debunking the CBC's claims.

FACT: In Kenya specifically, WE Charity has funded the construction or renovation of 852 schools and school rooms, providing critical infrastructure to break the cycle of poverty in rural communities.

These structures include primary classrooms, high school classrooms, a college, libraries, dorms for schools, science labs, teacher housing, school kitchens, and school administration offices. Everything you would expect to find in a school.

FACT: A forensic auditor concluded funding provided by WE Charity donors for Kenya was in fact used in Kenya.

An independent review of WE Charity's financial records provided to the CBC concluded that all of the funding donors gave for Kenya was used for Kenya.

FACT: WE Charity is a U.S. charity with a substantial U.S. presence.

WE Charity is a 501(c)(3) organization registered in the United States since 1997, operating in 37 states and the District of Columbia.

About Our Work

Independent charity and nonprofit site, Charity Navigator, maintains a strong rating of WE Charity.

Media outlets, including CNN, Yahoo Finance, The Globe and Mail, 60 Minutes, Above the Law and other outlets have reported on WE Charity's critical work around the globe.

For media inquiries about our legal effort, contact [email protected]