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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy, Special Education

Mission: St. Joseph's Indian School partners with Native American children and families to educate for life - mind, body, heart and spirit.

Target demographics: Native American children and families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 220 Native American children

Geographic areas served: South Dakota

Programs: Residential Care including Food and Clothing, Education, Counseling, Medical Care, College Scholarships

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1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Rating: 1

THIS IS A CORRUPT ORGANIZATION THAT PREYS ON THE ELDERLY AND THOSE WITH A HEART TO HELP. MY MOTHER IS CONSISTENTLY BOMBARDED WITH THEIR MAIL AND REQUEST FOR FUNDS AS WELL AS THEY HAVE SOLD HER NAME TO OTHER TRIBES SO THEY COULD GET IN ON THE FUND RAISING. SAVE YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY, THIS ORGANIZATION RECEIVES SOMEWHERE AROUND $50 MILLION PLUS OR MORE SAPPING OFF YOUR FEELINGS TO HELP. THEIR FINANCIAL STATEMENTS SHOW THEY HAVE AMASSED QUITE THE FORTUNE IN PROPERTY AND ASSETS YET THEY SHOW YOU PHOTOS OF POOR DESPERATE CHILDREN IN NEED. IF THEY CAN RAISE THIS AMOUNT OF MONEY IN ONE YEAR HOW MUCH DO YOU REALLY FEEL THERE FEW HUNDRED KIDS NEED TO OBTAIN AN EDUCATION. THEIR ANNUAL INCOME SHOULD BE BUILDING AND DONATING TO OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS, WHAT FACILITIES WE COULD HAVE AND BUILD. PLEASE ADVISE YOUR ELDERLY FAMILY MEMBERS AND OTHERS ON THE SCAM THAT THIS IS. YOU NEED YOUR MONEY MORE THAN THEY DO.

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stjo1927 09/09/2016

Thank you for your input. St. Joseph’s Indian School is indeed blessed to have had net assets of $153 million as of June 30, 2015. Property, plant, and equipment make up $28 million of that figure and our Annuity Reserve Fund (which is restricted for payments to our charitable gift annuitants) makes up $60 million. Our current assets and investments (less liabilities) are $45 million which will be used to fund future programs at St. Joseph’s, but would also allow us to keep St. Joseph’s operational for two years without our fund raising program. While the argument could be made that $45 million is more than enough for future programs, there’s no guarantee that donors will continue to give to our children and school at the level they have in the past. As a direct mail fund raising program, we know that the number of checks being written is decreasing rapidly, and the U.S. Postal Service is showing signs of insolvency – both very ominous signs for future direct mail efforts. St. Joseph’s, from time to time, does exchange its list with other charities in an effort to find new supporters. Anyone may contact us and ask for their information to not be shared. We will honor when this request is made and we will never sell or exchange your name with any other organization.

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