World class operation, that uncharacteristically operates with a level of transparency regarding where monies are spent and dispersed. I have dealt with various mega-churches over the years, some the top 5-10 in the entire country. Elevation strives to promote where church finances are spent and frequently posts on the main website. Further, the pastor(s) will frequently update where finances are being spent even during the sermon(s). Where some mega-churches keep finances close to prevent the critical media from negative characterization, Elevation does one of the best jobs at transparency. All while enabling a self-policing, fiduciary processes internally that works. Highly recommended, two thumbs up, way up.
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?
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