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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Disaster Aid, Disaster Preparedness & Relief Services, Home Improvement & Repairs, Homeless & Housing, Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: The Christian Appalachian Project is an interdenominational, non-profit Christian organization committed to serving people in need in Appalachia by providing physical, spiritual and emotional support through a wide variety of programs and services.

Programs: Distributed over $100 Million in donated gifts-in-kind, including food, clothing and necessities.

Community Stories

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I received a mailing from CAP a few days ago and decided to check it out as I had never heard of it before. I wanted to see how the charity operated and see how efficient they were, and also see who they serviced. I started to read some of the reviews to see what different people had to say and hear about their experience with this organization. I was amazed to see how many people were upset with the CEOs salary. To find a person who can organize and administer this charity for a mere 171K is a steal. This is evident in the efficiency rating that they have. 84% is rare for any charity and is quite impressive to me. Also the transparency score is awesome, 97%. Im sorry people but this guy is a gem. You get what you pay for and I would hire this guy in a minute. The CEO of the company I deal with made 31.5 million last year. Extravagant, oh yes.
Also several folks complained about CAP asking for money. Ask not, receive not. This organization is here to change lives. Put a price on that. Without donations they help no one. I was given the gift of giving many years ago and it has blessed me in ways I cant express. I ask the Lord for blessings every day. I would hate for him to say you are asking me way too much. I will pray for each of you to find joy and comfort in your giving. It will bless you more than you can imagine.

1

Donor

Rating: 1

I donated $25.00 as a ONE TIME DONATION but today when I got my bank statement it was marked as a recurring monthly donation. It bothers me that they took the opportunity to help themselves to my bank account. I will take steps today to make sure they will not benefit from my account any longer. BTW, I was under the impression this was a small church group raising money for locals but now I found out this is a very pushy organization.

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

First let me say, I have not ever worked here or even contributed to this organization. I might contribute after the research I just did though. There are many worthy needs out there including this one.

I looked this charity up in Forbes reviews. Based on their report of the revenues of the charity compared to expenditures on the Appalacian people in need, it does pretty well. Most of the complaints of the people reviewing on this site are related to being solicited so much (that is super annoying. I have that complaint about several charities. I'd like to see this practice stopped as once or twice a year is enough) and the high salaries of the people running the place (not really bad if you want good administration) BUT it seems most of the money goes to the charitable work of the organization. Also, one of the reviews I read on this site was by a former volunteer and it was very good.

6

Donor

Rating: 2

I have been donating for several years! After reading of these reviews I question this organization!! I don't think someone who runs a charitable organization should be making a high salary!! I work hard for my money and want to know it's getting to the people who need it not salaries!!

4 Guy A.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Hello Kathryn43. The top salary at CAP is mine, which is under $185,000. Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact me directly at gadams@chrisapp.org. All questions are welcome. Blessings, Guy Adams, President & CEO

24 Kathryn43

Donor

Rating: 2

I researched charities this time when donating. CAP had been one of my favorites, & I only get a few solicitations. Charity Navigator only gave them 2 stars, but with 83.5% of funds raised going to programs, which is good. What really bothered me was the listed top salary of $531,000 which is obscene for a charity of this sort!! I wish I knew what to really think.... Sounds like some projects are really good, & they certainly are needed, but I question the efficiency...

Review from Guidestar

12 ClaireKat899

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with CAP during 2004- 2005. I had an amazing experience and the organization has truly impacted the people of Eastern KY in a positive manner. CAP provides wonderful programs including housing repair, child care, respite, after school care, adult education, elderly care, and a host of other programs. There is a paid staff that is part of CAP and a board of directors... without which the organization would fall apart. Father Ralph Beiting started the organization 50 years ago and it is a huge undertaking... not everyone can be a volunteer anymore as there is too much work to do and plus... it's providing jobs for people in the area. Please consider volunteering for this organzation... it is a life changing experience.

53 Oren T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I saw an ad for this so-called charity on the UP tv channel. I'm so glad I decided to do some research before giving money. Looking at the reviews, the only POSITIVE ones I'm seeing are from board members. To me that is extremely TELLING. I will not give one cent to a 'charity' where the president makes an obscenely high salary and the professional fundraising harasses people. This is an example of what began as a GOOD organization and has now been corrupted into a money making machine. Shame on the people who have ruined this and are taking money intended to help the poor and are putting it in their own pockets. God will judge you and you will see what you have done when you are punished.

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CAP Is doing a Great Work for the people of the mountains.

46

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Having quickly read the reviews what is most telling is the $171,000 salary for the Mr Adams, and
the high % of reviews from Board Members???? .... sorry my money is going to the Salvation Army where I
understand that a high % of my dollar actually goes to the people who need it.

43

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I To Have Been Pushed Away By The Frequent Solicitations For Donations In The Mail. What A Waste! What Jumps Out At Me Reading These Reviews Is The Overwhelming Number Of Over-Paid Executives Having To Write 5-Star Reviews To Defend Their Charitable Organization...And It Still Only Bringing It Up To A 3-Star Overall Rating. How Sad. The Wonderful, Kind-Hearted, Giving Appellation People Deserve Better Advocates!!! I'm Sure If Someone Took The Time To Add Up All The Money Spent Directly To Help The Appalachian People Under The New Administration And Compared The Total To The Money Spent On The Organization (Salaries, Overhead, DirectMail, Publicity, Etc.), The Organization Would Prove To Be the Greatest beneficiaries Of Our Hard-Earned Donations Of Late! ShameOnYou!

45

Donor

Rating: 1

I can tell you that I am offended by the mailers, especially when they have coins glued in them....what a waste of resources! Am I'm sorry but G Adams getting over $171k per year to run a CHARITY? ....that's just plain sick! CHRISTIAN App should remember the scripture that says 'anyone who leads one of these little ones astray...it is better to have a stone around his neck and dropped into the depth of the ocean than to experience the wrath of God. You're greed has become your focus just like every other company in America....and you will pay for it.....

43

Donor

Rating: 1

This is the third time I erite the review -your website knocked me off twice.
We know Cap for 25 plus years. Father Beitng was in charge. Cap had an asssociated busine4ss selling Xmas wreaths. We gladly gave to the organization helping the poor of Appalachia. Thedn after some years Father Beiting was out (Did he die I never heard of it) Now there was a Charity BUSINESS with all the consumer trimmings. We asked to reduce the mail and stop phone calls. On Nov. 18 2011 I sent a registered letter to Sue Sword to stop our association. Mailings continued -2 letters at a time- ever since. The letters went iinto the fire -unopened. I feel responsible for the donors, now; they need to know how their money is wasted. I feel mre sorry for the charity recipients -there is so much more they could get with a decent administration.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization that helps an area of Kentucky in great need!

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a board member since 2005 and have seen first hand what a wonderful program the Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) has developed. They are a service based organization that tries to strengthen the people of Appalachia and help them find a way out of poverty. I have served on the Development Committee as well as currently serving as the chairperson of the Program Committee and have seen the kindness of our employees and their willingness to help those in need. One of my favorite programs is our alternative spring break Work Fest , which benefits people whose homes have fallen into disrepair. How wonderful to teach college students to help those less fortunate. It has been a privilege to be associated with this organization.

6

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a Board Member for 8 years, have chaired the Personnel Committee, been Board chair for 3 years. I also assisted with upgrading the camp facilities and volunteer housing. CAP has continuously reviewd its mission, and strives to provide the maximum impact on people in need for the funds they receive. They look at the whole of hte person and their situation including the family. If the child has needs, they also look at the housing as this child cannot do good work in a poor environment. CAP continuously evaluates the needs of the area and adopts to those needs.

7

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a board member for over ten years. I have served on the finance and audit committees during that time. I have also participated in Workfest, and I have visited other operations. I can say the people of CAP are honest, hard-working, and devoted to serving the people of Appalachia. The legacy of Fr. Beiting is strong in that CAP works to serve the needs of of the poor many ways. We recently decided to focus on development of Appalachian children through their families, while maintainingg service to the elderly.
I have seen CAP lead college students to change houses that were virtually unlivable into decent homes. I can also tell you that the board is conscientious about ensuring donor money is well spent in accordance with our mission. CAP does invest in fund-raising because the environment for charitable giving is very competitive, but the money that is raised is well-spent.

47 David142

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

In May of 2010 my Father In Law passed away and my wife and I moved back in with his widow, my wife's Mother, to care for her since she's in her late eighties and has senile dementia and severe hearing loss. We inherited a mess. My mother in law was donating money to multiple charities and was a member of thirty plus book clubs. Most, if not all, of those book clubs continued delivering books to the address and a mountain of debt was incurred. My Mother In Law didn't remember ordering them, and thought they were gifts.

In the category of charities, Christian Appalachian Project was one of many, and it was sending multiple requests for money in two different names at the same address. Both addressed to the Mother In Law. Since May of 2010, both my wife and I have called the Lexington Office to remove the address from the mailing list, Mom obsesses that she should do the Christian thing and donate money to the charity. And it goes on for days. Early on we learned to hide the contacts from CAP. We can do that since we're her guardians in the home. We've also e-mailed CAP, and made numerous contacts on Facebook. Still, the contacts come.

Recently I gave up. I got tired of hearing the same excuse repeatedly from the people at CAP, especially Phyllis Caudill. So, I submitted our evidence and filed a complaint with the Indiana Attorney General's Office, and after a short period, CAP through Phyllis Caudill responded to the mediation with the IAG. Glaring omissions notwithstanding, we were assured we wouldn't receive anymore contacts. Since that letter from the IAG, CAP has contacted us through the mail twice in two consecutive months.

I have serious doubts about the legitimacy of this group. I get angry when I think of anyone trying to ask for money from an 89 year old woman who can't hear well even with hearing aides, and has senile dementia.

It's been twenty months. Enough is enough already. If it goes a full two calendar years, I'm seeing a lawyer about harassment.

Luke 20:47
English Standard Version (ESV)
47 "who devour widows' houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”

Review from CharityNavigator

10 Jeffrey G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered and continue to do so on a short term basis, in Housing, typically spending 5 months a year with them since 2009. CAP is an excellent organization to volunteer with, and has a direct and effective impact on the lives of those in Appalachia it serves. It also has a life changing impact on the college students who sign up to volunteer each spring on alternative spring breaks, known as Workfest (similar program for high school students, Youthfest).

Like so many charities, it has been severely stressed by the reduction of donations in 2012. It is not alone in this situation, and must try to maintain or solicit new donors to overcome this 25% or so decline.

I cannot say enough about this organization and the opportunity it presents for volunteers to truly engage and impact the needs of the poor in Kentucky.

16 Guy Adams

Board Member

Rating: 5

In the interest of full disclosure, I am the president/CEO of Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) and a Board member. My purpose in posting a review is to address both reviews posted on 1-9-13.

First, in the review written by gfawkes1151916, it states that our website is misleading because we list a respite care program, when we no longer have one. This is false. We no longer have a residential respite program, however, CAP continues to provide respite care through an in-home respite program with three full-time employees who travel extensively to help meet the needs of families and individuals providing care to disabled loved ones. We provide up to 5 hours of relief at a time to allow individuals the opportunity to take a break and to do what they need to do.

Second, LaPointe implied that our founder, Reverend Beiting, would not be pleased with CAP in recent years. To my knowledge, until his death on August 9, 2012, he was very proud that CAP's mission continued to make a difference for people in need in Appalachia. It was a blessing to me to have served CAP with him for 3 1/2 years from 1982 - 1985. When I was asked to return to CAP in February 2010, I did so with a strong sense of keeping Reverend Beiting's legacy strong because the challenges of people in need in Appalachia continue to be great.

CAP is a transparent organization. Our IRS Form 990 is accessible on our website. Anyone with questions can visit us any time, scheduled or unscheduled, to see firsthand how we operate. We have nothing to hide. Should anyone want to call us to have questions answered, please call (859) 269-0635. May God bless you, Guy