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KarenM

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What matters to me

Financial transparency, especially as it relates to religious institutions.

What inspires me

Authenticity

Charlotte , NC

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ELEVATION CHURCH
February 10, 2011

This church is cloaked in financial secrecy. When I have asked for financial statements, tax returns or simply budgets I have been told they don't release this. As a professional in the financial industry, I think it is essential to have this before making ANY donations.

Here is what I have been told: Elevation gives 12% of all monies to outreach, locally and worldwide. The pastor's salary is reviewed by five other pastors. Neither of these enable me to understand their finances in order to make a sound giving decision.

Elevation has no financial information listed with Guidestar or Charity Navigator


Updated on 04/27/2011: Mike, Elevation does NOT post a financial annual report on their website. A financial annual report would have an auditor's statement, balance sheet, income statement and various other financial statements.
When one requests it, they are met with silence by the "Executive Pastor".
If, as you say, these documents are available, why doesn't Elevation simply publish them. Why wouldn't they wish to make them public?

The Great!

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

the lack of information when asked for financial details.

Ways to make it better...

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

urge them to be transparent in the area of finances. Release financial statements and disclose the salaries paid to the pastor and staff.

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & Requested financial statements and supporting documentation.

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