Samaritans Purse

Rating: 3.83 stars   47 reviews

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PO Box 3000 Boone NC 28607 USA

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Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan's Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing Gods love through His son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Rating: 2 stars  

29 people found this review helpful

I have made small donations and my family has made very significant donations to Samaritan's purse. My support has ceased, and I'm hoping to persuade my families business to stop giving them many thousands each year. I'm very hesitant to take adverse action against them, but do so for the following reasons. 1. Franklin Graham takes a large salary 2. He is deeply engaged in using his organization in partisan politics, and 3. while some of their work is very good, some has not been very good, such as their internal bickering and finally abruptly pulling out of their commitment for the war child project in Northern Uganda, which left the other NGO's scrambling to provide the food for these kids that Samaratin's Purse had provided. That was irresponsible and unconscionable. If you're going to make a commitment to these kids who have seen and done things that we can't even imagine, you must stand by that commitment. Was it their internal fighting that was legendary, or was it lack of funds while they find it worthwhile to make large contributions to anti-gay marriage measures? Either way, it's not Christian, and it's not good. Knowing that they funneled contributions through the Billy Graham Evangelical Association when most of the money came from Samaritan's Purse is not helpful. Nor was his repeated Obama bashing, which apparently was not God's will as he was re-elected anyway, and the Bible is clear that God puts the leaders in office. So he opposes God. Period. is not following in his father's footsteps but is collecting a very large salary from Samaritan's purse and was also collecting a large salary from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. In 2008 his total salary was 1.2 million. A controversy arose, and he's since stopped his BGEA salary, but still collects over 400,000 from Samaritan's Purse.

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2009

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

17 people found this review helpful

A year ago I made a operation Christmas child box and enjoyed the process. However now I am completely disappointed with Samaritan's purse because I was sent an email of a political nature which really turned me off. I've noticed that the organization has an extreme right wing point of view. From here on out I will only donate to groups in which their only point of view is helping people. I think it is very unchristian to have such a strong political stance that undermines outreach. If the CEO was less outspoken I might still be donating to samaritan's purse. I will be continuing to donate to Lutheran world relief an excellent relief organization.

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2011

 
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Rating: 3 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I've been a regular donor to SP for a few years, but Franklin Graham's recent political commentary has me greatly concerned, especially where it pertains to same-sex marriage. I didn't realize that SP's mission includes promoting their political agenda, and I refuse to have my contributions used to support bigotry. As a result, I've become disillusioned with SP and have not donated since May. I'm still prayerfully considering whether I should resume, but at this point I have no confidence that my contributions will not be supporting such un-Christ-like behavior.

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Rating: 3 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

This is the second year we have put together christmas packages for children (3 - one from each of my children). It is a nice experience for them. I am very saddened to see a CEO of a non-profit making $400,000 plus. It is pure greed. I think with conscience NO CEO's of non profits should take more then $200,000 for their work. Shame on Mr. Graham and the board for allowing this.

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2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

BBB is a joke! They falsely claim to be lacking information that is clearly spelled out in Samaritan Purse's Annual Financial Disclosure. After posting an erroneous review on Samaritan's Purse, BBB asked me for money.

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Rating: 3 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I tried to add some comments under other reviews, but got an error message, so I will add them here. These comments have to do with the discussion about Franklin Graham's compensation. I have donated to Samaritan's Purse in the past and haven't come to a personal opinion about the CEO salary question, but I wanted to share a couple of thoughts.

In one of the reviews it is said that Franklin Graham probably puts a lot of his own money into Samaritan's Purse. My observation is that if he is putting a lot of his salary back into Samaritan's Purse, that is tax inefficient. He would pay various taxes on his salary - and at a salary over $470K he would not be eligible for many deductions. It would make more sense for him to take a lower salary and leave the money in the charity, so an additional cut doesn't have to go to the government.

For that reason, my guess is that Franklin Graham isn't putting a significant percentage of his salary into Samaritan's Purse; of course, he may be tithing to his church and doing other charitable things with the money.

Another review mentioned that the total compensation number probably includes travel and other business expenses. It would be non-standard accounting if expenses such as travel were included in the CEO's compensation. As a general principal, you want things to be accounted for in the right "bucket" and travel expense should go in the travel expense bucket and salary should go in the salary bucket.

Of course there are cases where teachers buy supplies for their classes because the school district won't, or managers buy lunch for their team and don't submit it for reimbursement because company policy won't allow it (I've done that). Franklin Graham may be doing some similar things, but as CEO he is likely setting the appropriate reimbursement policies and following them. That means unreimbursed expenses are likely a small percentage of his total compensation. To do otherwise would be tax inefficient (for both him and Samaritan's Purse) and I assume Franklin Graham is too smart for that.

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I am sad to see some of the comments on here about how much Franklin Graham is making. Is that in gross or net amounts? And do these persons know what he does with the money? I am willing to bet that he is returning much of it back into the organization. I have been a donor through Christmas Child for only two years now and then recently have made some other donations for Sudan, where Franklin has been in the thick of where the people were under attack. How many CEO's of charities do that? I know only one other one for sure and that is Wess Stafford of Compassion International, I believe he would also risk his life for the children. I intend to continue giving to Samaritan's Purse until I see in black in white that Mr. Graham is ripping them off. My income would also look pretty good for other seniors my age, but nobody knows just what I do with that money, and a large percentage of it is given to charity, like sponsoring 8 children with Compassion and 2 with World Vision for one. If people are concerned about the money Franklin Graham is making, why don't the just ask him if that is net or gross and what percentage of it does he actually keep? I know he could tell them it is none of their business but then again they might be surprised.

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Rating: 4 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Before JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS, you criticizers need to understand that COMPENSATION is not the same as a salary. That $473,440 also includes EXPENSES for travel, food, lodging, etc. This would mean his salary is only a part of $473,440. Considering that a ministry of this size and magnitude probably requires Mr. Graham to do a lot of traveling, I do not find his COMPENSATION to be excessive at all.

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Rating: 1 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I think there are better charities out there. Franklin Graham's salary keeps increasing and is now approaching a half million dollars. Let's not forget he also makes $106,000 from his father's foundation. Samaritan's Purse also has a clear agenda that seems to care more about spreading its beliefs rather than truly helping people.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through local church

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Reduce executive compensation, give more without strings attached.

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Rating: 3 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I have served as a volunteer and a donor for years. They provide humanitarian and relief aid and I understand Mr. Graham's salary is lower than is genreally reported and is consistent with a large nonprofit. I cannot understand how an organization that seeks to promote the Gospel also serves to promote political personalities and, in that affiliation, their specific political agenda. Appearing with anyone with a national political impact and agenda, such as Sarah Palin, is an endorsement of that agenda.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I do not really know the results. Yes, they give many shoeboxes away. Hopefully, children will see Jesus through the gifts. Unfortunately, I am saddened that my time and money may have been misused for political, rather than Christian, means.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

list it as a Christian AND political organization. People need to know to whom and to what they are giving. I am just asking for transparency and truthfulness.

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

I was prompted by my desire to see people changed by the love of Jesus.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

I have friends who shared the organization with me and on researching it, it has a good track record.

What would you tell others about this organization?

Do your homework. As with any organization, make sure that the organization's affiliations are consistent with its philosophy and heart.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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