ucmpage.gif (9365 bytes)


News


Call Non-profit Charities Watch Dog Org  For Investigation Of UMCOR's 9/11 Fund's Hording Of Millions


Call to Action

Request an Investigation of UMCOR

Have you been wondering what UMCOR is going to do with your portion of the $17,000,000 donated to their 9-11 fund?  Are you dismayed that the UMC leadership turns a deaf ear to inquiries from the membership about the fund?  Maybe what we need here is a review by an independent organization, but this won't happen without your help!

The BBB Wise Giving Alliance was formed in 2001 with the merger of the National Charities Information Bureau and the Council of Better Business Bureaus Foundation and its Philanthropic Advisory Service. The BBB Wise Giving Alliance is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, affiliated with the Council of Better Business Bureaus.

The BBB Wise Giving Alliance collects and distributes information on hundreds of nonprofit organizations that solicit nationally or have national or international program services. It routinely asks such organizations for information about their programs, governance, fund raising practices, and finances when the charities have been the subject of inquiries.

Please contact the BBB Wise Giving Alliance about UMCOR, as public inquiries are their gauge for action:

The volume of public inquiries helps identify which national charities will be the subject of a BBB Wise Giving Alliance Report. If you have a question about a specific national charity, check our Reports page, or contact us for a free copy of our written report on the organization. Even if we do not have information on the organization, the request will help alert us to national charities that should be the subject of a future review.

As you can see below, they have not received enough inquiries about UMCOR to justify an investigation.  Click here for a form to make your inquiry.

Here is an example of an inquiry already submitted to the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, and below is their response.

Dear BBB Wise Giving Alliance:

The United Methodist Church's General Board of Global Ministries' division called UMCOR has solicited funds since September 12th in the name of helping victims of 9-11.

So far, UMCOR has collected more than $17 million (as you can read here http://umns.umc.org/02/feb/037.htm ), and yet they have distributed hardly any of this money, and based on the past history of UMCOR, they will NOT distribute all of this money (and its investment proceeds) according to the desires designated by the donors.  The past history shows that UMCOR sits on the donations for years and even decades in order to gain investment income, because this income becomes "undesignated" and goes into their general funds, where they spend the money at their own whims.

The following websites demonstrate the amount of the fund and how little has been distributed; and by the way, midstream in the solicitation of funds, they changed their beneficiaries to be the Afghans instead of the American victims of 9-11:

 http://gbgm-umc.org/umcor/emergency/wtc.stm
 http://gbgm-umc.org/umcor/loveupdate/faq.cfm

As you can see near the top of this page, http://www.gcfa.org/FundBalances1999.pdf UMCOR had assets in 1999 (latest available) of $24 million and much of this is in unrestricted funds, which they build up by NOT distributing contributions for a LONG time, in order to gain investment income.

And the response from the BBB Wise Giving Alliance:

From :  "Paxenos, Dina" <dpaxenos@cbbb.bbb.org>
Subject :  RE: Charity Inquiry
Date :  Tue, 19 Feb 2002 10:06:39 -0500

Dear Inquirer:

Thank you for contacting the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. This is in response to your request for information on a nonprofit organization.

Unfortunately, due to lack of inquiries, the Alliance has not developed information on this organization. We have logged your inquiry and should we complete a report in the future we will send you a copy.

If you would like to investigate an organization further, please contact the offices of your state attorney general or secretary of state.

In addition, for more wise giving information, please see our "Tips On..." publications at: http://www.give.org/tips/index.asp

Please do not interpret any information contained in this response to reflect approval or disapproval of any organization. The information is provided solely to help you use your own judgment.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.  We look forward to assisting you again in the future.

Sincerely,

BBB Wise Giving Alliance

As a part of the Body of Christ, using your spiritual gifts of discernment as well as diligence is what God calls you to do.  Please be prayerful, and don't be timid when it comes to standing up in the name of Christ.

Name:
Email:
Comments

<Back to News