Chris R review is an accurate account. STNF was a family partnership STN Tours and Travels which converted to STNF. I have met with the State Representative's Office (Marcus Oshiro) and have been told "I am singing to the choir." Tom Bauer directly lied to me when asked about using a lobbyist to receive state funding; Oshiro's office confirmed STNF (Tom and Cindy Bauer) came into their office with a lobbyist and a big name donor.
Do the research. Read the 990's. STNF is a marketing machine (social media). They bought a 12 apartment building. They receive higher than market value by recruiting Christian students/interns to pay 1300 for a 3 month internship and put them 4 - 6 to an apartment. Look at their reports, 50% is travel and a big chunk of that is recruitment.
Tom and Cindy were booted out of YWAM for years of allegations, took sabbatical on the money of another of their nonprofits (Hawaii's Kids), and then returned to Hawaii. Got Grace Chapel and Jimmy Yamada (BIG DONOR and owner of A1 Electric, the biggest electric contractor in Hawaii) and the rest is history. The state helped them to get the building in Wahiawa. With Marcus Oshiro sitting on the chair of Finance and Appropriations Commitee, the marriage of State, STNF, and Yamada was in line for the gentrification of Wahiawa, primarily the Ohai district.
I reported improprieties in STNF Food Certification and GE License to the appropriate authorities. ALL monies coming into STNF's businesses were considered DONATIONS and ALL employees are VOLUNTEERS (no taxes or employee responsibilities). Oshiro's office set themselves up for a win-win. State gave 150,00 Capital!!! grant.... meaning no responsibility in how they use it. By giving the money, if someone like me pushed the issue there is a stipulation in the laws to have STNF's books opened. If STNF was found fraudulent or innocent Oshiro' office wins. Cindy Bauer told me once that she was concerned about me; I understand now, the crusader gets worn out before the corporation.
The majority of positive reviews are written by STAFF or Christian students who are having a great time surfing and feeding the homeless. STNF is a marketing machine, if you do the research it is easy to see. STNF is using the YWAM playbook, it is very corrupt here in Hawaii. Tom and Cindy Bauer position themselves at all important committees and are respected; the regular person in Wahiawa see the for what they are and smiles when they pick up their free food. In general, STNF has lost respect in Wahiawa.
STNF is a nonprofit to be learned from. The Perfect Scam. if you want to learn how to make millions from nothing, study Surfing The Nations.
Unfortunately, STN is a horrible non-prof. First, all the board members are family, and this should be a red flag. They're breaking the law in a multitude of ways and believe because they are serving the Lord its ok. I was apart of STN for two year, and all those who write positive comments really were keep on the outside and never saw how things were really done. Working with Non-prof's now I look back and laugh at how horrible STN was. I believe if you are a Christian and you know of all the horrible things STN does, you can not support their organization. I could write pages about it but I think my point is made.