video of her being bullied by a group of middle school students went viral. Now, Klein is looking to do the same.Earlier this summer, people around the world poured out support — both emotional and financial — for bus monitor Karen Klein, after a
The 68-year-old grandmother from Greece, New York, is starting her own foundation and seeding it with $100,000 of the $703,873 she received through the Indiegogo fundraising campaign. The online campaign was started by Canadian Max Sidorov in an effort to give the bullied bus monitor a vacation from her job. With the remaining money raised after starting the foundation, Klein says she'll be not just taking that vacation, but also taking care of her family and retiring.
The Karen Klein Anti-Bullying Foundation will be run through the Give Back Foundation on their website giveback.org. One of the first actions of the new foundation will be launching a music tour called the No Bully Tour 2012 awareness campaign, Democrat and Chronicle reports. The tour will also support similar organizations including Sidorov's 7 Million Acts of Love, Pacer Center's Teens Against Bullying and Play Pretty, Play Pals Project.
You can watch Klein talk about the foundation in this promotional video from GiveBack.org:
Klein appears to have made this decision independent of arguments over what she should do with all that money. Earlier in the summer, people were largely split on whether she should give the money to an anti-bullying group, or if she should spend all the money herself, as that's what the people donating the money had originally intended for her to do with it.
Now, it looks like Klein is doing a bit of both.