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February 12, 2013
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February 12, 2013
4 people found this review helpful

Spent more than 25 years as a voluntary member of this organization. After I left (voluntarily), I was shunned by members of this organization. I was told that I was not good enough for them and many of them cut off contact with me due to the teachings of this organization.

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organization also took thousands of dollars from me with the promise of my life getting better, but like many organizations who claim this, it didn't happen. It is also a very homophobic and misogynist organization which routinely gets involved with politics (gay marriage) and I believe that it's tax-exempt status should be revoked because of that.

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Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

December 3, 2012
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December 3, 2012
8 people found this review helpful

I have donated thousands of dollars to and spent two years as a volunteer missionary for the Mormon church. Unfortunately, those two years in a third world country were spent almost exclusively recruiting new members for the organization and doing very little substantive service for the poor people around me. I loved the experiences I had there, but I very much wish the Church would train its missionaries to be less like salesmen. The Church is guarded about its financial practices. It is estimated that it has a net worth of at least $40 billion, with annual revenue of $8 billion (http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-07-10/how-the-mormons-make-money#p1). Members of the church are told that payment of tithing (10% of income) is a requirement for admission to heaven, and they will be denied access to Mormon temples if they fail to pay. Growing up I was led to believe that the Church spends millions of dollars each year on humanitarian aid projects around the globe, but these figures are never made public, a fact I now find disturbing. This is especially troubling because the Church recently funded the building of an enormous shopping mall in Salt Lake City (at least $2 billion). The Church owns 928,000 acres of land in North America, is the largest ranch land owner in Wyoming, is the 2nd largest land owner in Nebraska, has the largest cattle ranch in 48 states (adjacent to Disneyworld in Florida), is the largest foreign landowner in UK. The LDS Church owns several businesses, numerous radio and television stations, its own insurance company, and is rumored to be the largest single producer of commercial beef in the USA . They own enormous properties in Hawaii including a Marriott hotel franchise and the Polynesian Cultural Center, which is the most visited tourist attraction in Hawaii (http://mormonthink.com/tithing.htm). As an organization claiming it is God's "one true church," these business enterprises and lack of financial transparency are disconcerting to say the least. This is all important information people should consider before donating their, time, money, or any other resources to this organization.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Unlikely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Somewhat badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

November 9, 2012
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November 9, 2012
1 person found this review helpful

I think it's so wonderful that the LDS Church is usually the first organization to arrive at the scene of a disaster, sometimes even before the Red Cross gets there. We learn to "serve one another" from the scriptures and so volunteering is serving. Members can either volunteer and help at disasters or can help by donating to the Humanitarian aid on an Offerings slip at church. I haven't been able to volunteer at a disaster, but have helped by donating. The church helps people throughout the world, not just the U.S.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 11, 2012
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June 11, 2012
3 people found this review helpful

I've been a donor, volunteer, adviser, and dispenser of both human resources and finances for the LDS Church. I think it deserves high marks, particularly since almost everyone is an untrained volunteer. Collections are done in person, online, or through the mail, and receipts are kept by the donor, local group, and headquarters. Every year the donor confirms their receipts with the organizations to make sure nobody tried to skim anything, and in all my years I've never encountered a problem. The primary donations are tithing, which is taught as a biblical principle and duty, and those funds cover all the operations of the Church, it's facilities, staff, equipment, etc. Other funds, such as the humanitarian relief fund, are 100% load-free-- all the donated money goes directly toward the recipients, because administrative burden is paid for already by tithing. Because of it's size and spread, the LDS Church has people on the ground all over the place, and the local administration of relief funds increases their effectiveness IMO. I have been on both the giving and receiving end, and the human face makes the help more meaningful. The LDS Church also excels at gathering volunteers, has a well-developed transport and distribution network, and even owns farms and food-processing facilities, so each dollar tends to have far more than a typical dollar's impact at another aid organization. Internal audits are conducted by Deloitte, a top accounting firm, and double checked by an independent in-house team. Totals aren't released, which keeps the focus on the goal rather than the money, and local administrators have access to their precincts' funds and records, and it's all very orderly. Overall, it's tough to beat a no-admin-load charity with well-developed networks and reputable history. The religion's adherents' tithing donations provide facilities and staff and keeps the ball rolling, so anyone else's donation goes straight to the particular cause. My favorite funds are the education-loan fund and the disaster relief fund. They are LDS specialties. I expect that LDS philanthropies will continue to improve in coming years, and it's been a joy to be a part of.

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

Food aid, disaster relief, and education are probably the top LDS specialties right now. Career centers and community clean up are also strong points. They divested their healthcare system decades ago.

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

make it easier for people to understand. There seems to be a large understanding gap between the public and people familiar with of affiliated with the LDS Church. More public outreach, particularly in humanitarian and not-religion-specific projects, would be helpful. Seems to be improving with time.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I'm sure there's something, but I can't think of it. Given the conditions and available personnel, I think it went quite well.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes, all of the above.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Good

September 28, 2011
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September 28, 2011
12 people found this review helpful

I'd like to see some transparency in reporting financial data. I am told that the Mormon church contributes to emergency relief and other causes throughout the world. I have participated in a few of those service projects, as well as contributing years of service to the organization itself. But unlike many other faith-based organizations, the Mormon Church does not share financial information with its members, let alone the public. I'd like to know how much the church contributes and to whom.

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

the lives of my parents, myself, my children and extended family members who count themselves as members of the LDS Church.

Ways to make it better...

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

encourage greater financial accountability and disclosure.

December 16, 2009
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December 16, 2009
3 people found this review helpful

The Church has provided for the needs of many worldwide. I have helped in both church sponsored and church supported efforts for decades.

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

many aspects of giving and service.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the ability of the organization to help in so many physical and spiritual ways in the world.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

anxious to help and have a true desire to serve the world.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do no more than it is doing now.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 15, 2009
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December 15, 2009
7 people found this review helpful

I have been volunterring with the LDS church for 35 years in emergency response to national and international disasters, in addition to working in local food bank prgram sponsored by their store houses. Tremendous help in hundreds of millions of dollars, worldwide as well as in kind goods! Over 23,000 congregations worldwide with 13 million members stand ready to assist. DC

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

in local, national response in floods, hurricanes, and tsunami disasters.

Ways to make it better...

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

do all I could to encourage other community members to join in the LDS volunteering activities, no matter what the initiate was.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the wonderful spirit of the people in their volunteer organizations.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

local church members, even leaders, Bishops, Stake Presidents, full-time Missionaries are non-paid volunteers

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide additional services to feed the poor, provide wheel chairs for the lame, assure sight to infants, develop clean water sources for villages, and provide medical care to infants and children in rural areas of developing nations.

Ways to make it better...

if I had been able to take more time in my volunteering, which was cut short by my business schedule.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting the good word out to other community volunteers...the LDS members are humble, and understated

One thing I'd also say is that...

this has been the best expereince of my life... and I have volunteered in many initiatives...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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