Ivanka Trump will donate book proceeds to charity

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 21, 2017

"I wrote it at a different time in my life, from the prospective of an executive and an entrepreneur, and the manuscript was completed before the election".

Trump also said she will not do any publicity for the book, "out of an abundance of caution and to avoid the appearance of using my official role" to promote it.

Ivanka Trump's second self-help book, Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules of Success, would normally be promoted through a book tour, a series of interviews where she could undoubtedly cross-promote her eponymous clothing line by looking wonderful in everything, as well as book signings for fans of her popular lifestyle brand.

"In order to extend the reach of those who will benefit from this book, I have established the Ivanka M. Trump Charitable Fund to receive the unpaid portion of my advance and future royalties received from Women Who Work and to make grants to charitable organizations that support the economic empowerment for women and girls", she wrote.

Trump said to comply with ethics rules she will not promote her book and said that she wrote it before her father was elected. First ladies, including Hillary Clinton and Barbara Bush, have donated royalties from their books to charity.

The announcement about the charitable fund comes amid ethical questions over possible conflicts of interest between the first daughter's role as an adviser to her father, President Donald Trump, and her self-named lifestyle brand.

Ivanka said in a statement that the National Urban League will use the funds to create a new "women's initiative", while the Boys & Girls Clubs will spend its money to boost STEM programs for "underrepresented youth".

The book, which is being published by Penguin Publishing Group's business imprint, Portfolio, was supposed to come out in March, but Ivanka pushed the date back to May to redraft the introduction post-election.

The fund will receive a minimum of $425,000, which is the unpaid portion of Trump's advance minus expenses.

Last year, her brother, Eric, caught heat when his foundation attempted to auction off a coffee meeting with Ivanka to raise money for St. Judes-a practice the family had been doing for years, but ethics watchdogs noted was inappropriate and would invite bidders hoping to curry favor with the First Family.

At the White House, Ivanka Trump has focused on economic policies relating to women.

It not yet clear where the rest of her book's proceeds will be donated.

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