I have donated time and money to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for decades. I noticed some comments on the site from individuals offering disapproval and making claims that sound as if the nonprofit money was used to build a mall. I just wanted to clarify that there are business arms to the church that are separate from nonprofit. If there was moneys used by the Church to build a mall, then it was not pulled from the nonprofit arm of the church. Nonprofit money goes to the aid of the individuals or groups who are in need and many unpaid hours go in to that so that moneys donated are actually put 100% toward whichever cause it goes to. I understand that there are frustrations experienced by those who have been disillusioned by the church for various reasons and so they use there review as an opportunity to vent. I believe that the church bears no malice toward these individuals but rather it is my experience that all people are viewed as of equal value in the eyes of God. I will continue to donate my time and money because the LDS church not only donates the money, time, resources, but also does so with tremendous love and heart. This is truly an organization that wants to bless the world.
This organization has spent more money on a multi-billion-dollar mall than it has in 35 years of humanitarian aid. After almost going bankrupt with real estate investments, they now refuse to disclose their finances. Donations are not guaranteed to go to their intended purposes. Give money to a more transparent organization!
This is not a true non profit. They lie about what they spend your money on. I have given thousands to this church only to see them spend it on building a mega mall in SLC and fight against gay marriage in the government. I am sure non of my money went to help failies in need.
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.
This 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Church has provided for the needs of many worldwide. I have helped in both church sponsored and church supported efforts for decades.
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