Beware of James Robison's Ministry
by David J. Stewart | April 2006
Perhaps you've seen James and Betty Robison begging for money for the poor, showing children searching in Cambodian garbage dumps for anything to make their life better. The show is Life Today, as seen on TBN. The appeal is heart-wrenching, and the needs are real; BUT, where does all those contributions, fifty million a year, go?
Well, James Robison doesn't think it's any of your business, so he refuses to disclose complete financial information to the Better business Bureau. Hypocritically, Robison claims on his website, "LIFE Outreach International maintains a high standard of financial responsibility and accountability." To the contrary, LIFE Outreach International Association of Churches (LOI) FAILS to meet three of the BBB's Standards for Charity Accountability.
I did not write this article to be unkind in any way, but to WARN people that they should never give money to any "non-profit" organization which refuses to completely disclose where the contributions are being spent. The following information is provided by the Better Business Bureau (BBB: Wise Giving Alliance)...
|LIFE Outreach International Association of Churches||March 2006|
also known as: Life Outreach International
also known as: Life Today
formerly known as: James Robison Evangelistic Association
1801 West Euless Boulevard
|www.lifetoday.org||Expiration Date: March 2008|
|Affiliates: Life for Children, Zoe Aviation and Charter Service.|
Stated Purpose: "to share the life and love of Jesus Christ with hurting people worldwide by means of personal ministry, media outreach and humanitarian mission relief."
|LIFE Outreach International Association of Churches (LOI) does not meet the following 3 Standards for Charity Accountability.|
Standard 12 : Detailed Functional Breakdown of Expenses - Include in the financial statements a breakdown of expenses (e.g., salaries, travel, postage, etc.) that shows what portion of these expenses was allocated to program, fund raising, and administrative activities. If the charity has more than one major program category, the schedule should provide a breakdown for each category.
Standard 16 : Annual Report - Have an annual report available to all, on request, that includes: (a) the organization's mission statement, (b) a summary of the past year's program service accomplishments, (c) a roster of the officers and members of the board of directors, (d) financial information that includes (i) total income in the past fiscal year, (ii) expenses in the same program, fund raising and administrative categories as in the financial statements, and (iii) ending net assets.
Standard 17 : Web Site Disclosures - Include on any charity websites that solicit contributions, the same information that is recommended for annual reports, as well as the mailing address of the charity and electronic access to its most recent IRS Form 990.
|In addition, the BBB Wise Giving Alliance requested but did not receive complete information on the organizationís governance and oversight, effectiveness measures, finances, solicitation materials, donor privacy, and fundraising disclosures and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 15 Standards for Charity Accountability: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, and 20.|
|LIFE Outreach International Association of Churches (LOI) meets the remaining 2 Standards for Charity Accountability.|
Chief Executive : James Robison, President
Chair of the Board: Not provided
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Not provided
Paid Staff Size:
*Compensation information was not provided.
Please understand that I don't condemn anyone, for the Bible condemns all of us as guilty, dirty, rotten, hell-deserving sinners. My salvation solely rests in Christ's righteousness, because of the precious blood that He gave for our sins. My intention is not to be unkind; but rather, to expose the greedy televangelists who exploit Christianity to make money.
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