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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

11 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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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!!

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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

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Donor

Rating: 1

I can tell you that I am offended by the mailers, especially when they have coins glued in them....what a waste of resources! Am I'm sorry but G Adams getting over $171k per year to run a CHARITY? ....that's just plain sick! CHRISTIAN App should remember the scripture that says 'anyone who leads one of these little ones astray...it is better to have a stone around his neck and dropped into the depth of the ocean than to experience the wrath of God. You're greed has become your focus just like every other company in America....and you will pay for it.....

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Donor

Rating: 1

This is the third time I erite the review -your website knocked me off twice.
We know Cap for 25 plus years. Father Beitng was in charge. Cap had an asssociated busine4ss selling Xmas wreaths. We gladly gave to the organization helping the poor of Appalachia. Thedn after some years Father Beiting was out (Did he die I never heard of it) Now there was a Charity BUSINESS with all the consumer trimmings. We asked to reduce the mail and stop phone calls. On Nov. 18 2011 I sent a registered letter to Sue Sword to stop our association. Mailings continued -2 letters at a time- ever since. The letters went iinto the fire -unopened. I feel responsible for the donors, now; they need to know how their money is wasted. I feel mre sorry for the charity recipients -there is so much more they could get with a decent administration.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization that helps an area of Kentucky in great need!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I don't know if I would qualify under emerson1966's criteria as an expert, but I have been a consistent donor since 1985 and serve on the Board of Trustees for a regional non-fo-profit dedicated to welfare of senior citizens, am Secretary and member of the Executive, Finance and Co-Chair of the Employee/Volunteer Complaints Committee. I also own two private businesses.

If you dig into the data Charity Navigator, Christian Appalachian Project scores very well for a small to medium sized charity. Their percentages of revenues spent on administration and promotions (for donations) are relatively low - a very good sign. They also score highly on transparency, another key variable prospective donors should review. They should be commended, not criticized for substituting volunteers for paid employees - it gives you a much larger "bang for the buck."

Review from CharityNavigator

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Donor

Rating: 5

I just cannot say enough positive things about CAP. Very impressed with how funds are used to help the poor. This is a grass roots, on the front lines type organization. Take a trip and see their operation in eastern Kentucky and you'll feel good about your donation, just like I did.

Review from CharityNavigator

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Donor

Rating: 4

I was born in KY and know the problems there. As a Christian I felt it was a wonderful cause. Like others I have been concerned with the excessive solicitation letters I received. They appear to be declining under the new director. I hope so. The practice of sending excessive solicitations is not just a waste of funds but has caused me (and others) to stop donating. They must become more responsive and respectful toward their donors.

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Donor

Rating: 2

I chose to donate to this organization because back in April of 2011 they had a reasonable overall score of 58.37 with administrative expenses of 3.6. I asked at that time, that they not solicit me further and I would give on my own schedule. Since then, I have been receiving solicitations at least twice a month. This is a worthwhile charity and many, many poor in Appalachia need their help. However, it bothers me that the past president continues to draw a salary of $71,532. I realize it takes qualified people to run an organization like this, but the salaries of the exec.VP ($93,687) and controller/ treasurer ($82,532) seem like a lot considering the needs of those they claim to serve.

Review from CharityNavigator