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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Disaster Aid, Disaster Preparedness & Relief Services, Home Improvement & Repairs, Homeless & Housing, Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: The Christian Appalachian Project is an interdenominational, non-profit Christian organization committed to serving people in need in Appalachia by providing physical, spiritual and emotional support through a wide variety of programs and services.

Programs: Distributed over $100 Million in donated gifts-in-kind, including food, clothing and necessities.

Community Stories

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 1

I donated $25.00 as a ONE TIME DONATION but today when I got my bank statement it was marked as a recurring monthly donation. It bothers me that they took the opportunity to help themselves to my bank account. I will take steps today to make sure they will not benefit from my account any longer. BTW, I was under the impression this was a small church group raising money for locals but now I found out this is a very pushy organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

First let me say, I have not ever worked here or even contributed to this organization. I might contribute after the research I just did though. There are many worthy needs out there including this one.

I looked this charity up in Forbes reviews. Based on their report of the revenues of the charity compared to expenditures on the Appalacian people in need, it does pretty well. Most of the complaints of the people reviewing on this site are related to being solicited so much (that is super annoying. I have that complaint about several charities. I'd like to see this practice stopped as once or twice a year is enough) and the high salaries of the people running the place (not really bad if you want good administration) BUT it seems most of the money goes to the charitable work of the organization. Also, one of the reviews I read on this site was by a former volunteer and it was very good.

4

Donor

Rating: 2

I have been donating for several years! After reading of these reviews I question this organization!! I don't think someone who runs a charitable organization should be making a high salary!! I work hard for my money and want to know it's getting to the people who need it not salaries!!

2 Guy A.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Hello Kathryn43. The top salary at CAP is mine, which is under $185,000. Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact me directly at gadams@chrisapp.org. All questions are welcome. Blessings, Guy Adams, President & CEO

23 Kathryn43

Donor

Rating: 2

I researched charities this time when donating. CAP had been one of my favorites, & I only get a few solicitations. Charity Navigator only gave them 2 stars, but with 83.5% of funds raised going to programs, which is good. What really bothered me was the listed top salary of $531,000 which is obscene for a charity of this sort!! I wish I knew what to really think.... Sounds like some projects are really good, & they certainly are needed, but I question the efficiency...

Review from Guidestar

12 ClaireKat899

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with CAP during 2004- 2005. I had an amazing experience and the organization has truly impacted the people of Eastern KY in a positive manner. CAP provides wonderful programs including housing repair, child care, respite, after school care, adult education, elderly care, and a host of other programs. There is a paid staff that is part of CAP and a board of directors... without which the organization would fall apart. Father Ralph Beiting started the organization 50 years ago and it is a huge undertaking... not everyone can be a volunteer anymore as there is too much work to do and plus... it's providing jobs for people in the area. Please consider volunteering for this organzation... it is a life changing experience.

52 Oren T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I saw an ad for this so-called charity on the UP tv channel. I'm so glad I decided to do some research before giving money. Looking at the reviews, the only POSITIVE ones I'm seeing are from board members. To me that is extremely TELLING. I will not give one cent to a 'charity' where the president makes an obscenely high salary and the professional fundraising harasses people. This is an example of what began as a GOOD organization and has now been corrupted into a money making machine. Shame on the people who have ruined this and are taking money intended to help the poor and are putting it in their own pockets. God will judge you and you will see what you have done when you are punished.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CAP Is doing a Great Work for the people of the mountains.

44

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Having quickly read the reviews what is most telling is the $171,000 salary for the Mr Adams, and
the high % of reviews from Board Members???? .... sorry my money is going to the Salvation Army where I
understand that a high % of my dollar actually goes to the people who need it.

43

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I To Have Been Pushed Away By The Frequent Solicitations For Donations In The Mail. What A Waste! What Jumps Out At Me Reading These Reviews Is The Overwhelming Number Of Over-Paid Executives Having To Write 5-Star Reviews To Defend Their Charitable Organization...And It Still Only Bringing It Up To A 3-Star Overall Rating. How Sad. The Wonderful, Kind-Hearted, Giving Appellation People Deserve Better Advocates!!! I'm Sure If Someone Took The Time To Add Up All The Money Spent Directly To Help The Appalachian People Under The New Administration And Compared The Total To The Money Spent On The Organization (Salaries, Overhead, DirectMail, Publicity, Etc.), The Organization Would Prove To Be the Greatest beneficiaries Of Our Hard-Earned Donations Of Late! ShameOnYou!