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GuideStar Urged by 41 Conservative Leaders to Cease Using SPLC’s Defamatory Labels

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — Family Research Council, along with a coalition of forty-one conservative leaders and organizations, released a letter sent to GuideStar USA “to express our strong disagreement with GuideStar’s newly implemented policy that labels 46 American organizations as ‘hate groups.'” GuideStar bills itself as a neutral organization that seeks to “gather and disseminate information about every single IRS-registered nonprofit organization.”

Recently, GuideStar began using the Southern Poverty Law Center’s defamatory “hate group” label on profiles of 46 non-profit organizations, including FRC’s GuideStar page.

The letter reads, in part:

“The SPLC has no bona fides to make such determinations. It is not a governmental organization using a rigorous criteria to create its lists, and it is not a scientifically oriented organization. The SPLC is merely another ‘progressive’ political organization.

“The ‘hate group’ list is nothing more than a political weapon targeting people it deems to be its political enemies. The list is ad hoc, partisan, and agenda-driven. The SPLC doesn’t even pretend to identify groups on the political left that engage in ‘hate.’ Mosques or Islamist groups that promote radical speech inciting anti-Semitism and actual violence are not listed by the SPLC even though many have been publicly identified after terrorist attacks. Radical, violent leftist environmentalists or speech suppressing thugs — like the rioting “antifa” movement — receive no mention from the SPLC.

“Can it be of any surprise then that SPLC’s hate map was used by a political activist and domestic terrorist to perpetrate the very sort of hate crimes SPLC claims to oppose? In 2012, a shooter entered the Family Research Council headquarters in Washington, D.C., to ‘kill as many as possible’ because SPLC had identified FRC as a ‘hate group,’ and the killer-to-be relied on SPLC’s website to identify targets, according to his sworn testimony. The SPLC continues to list on its website people such as House Majority Whip Steve Scalise who was recently shot by James T. Hodgkinson who ‘liked’ SPLC’s Facebook page. Does it not concern you that within the past five years, the SPLC has been linked to gunmen who carried out two terrorist shootings in the DC area?

“…We think it is a reasonable point that an aggressive political partisan like the SPLC should not be allowed to be the judge and jury of its opponents’ character and motivations. The fact that the SPLC only targets groups on the political right supports this contention. As Karl Zinsmeister notes, while it is entirely acceptable to disagree vigorously with one’s political opponents, it is ‘utterly unfair to insist they are hate criminals.’ He reproduces a statement made by SPLC’s Mark Potok: ‘Sometimes the press will describe us as monitoring hate crimes and so on…. I want to say plainly that our aim in life is to destroy these groups, to completely destroy them.'”

To read the full letter, please see: downloads.frc.org/EF/EF17F36.pdf

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Bible-Based Ministry Training Produces 18% Increase in Donations Among Christian and Secular Nonprofit Organizations — Free eBook Offered

 

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Jan. 17, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — In the midst of an economic recession, organizations reliant upon the generosity of donors are at particular risk of budget shortfalls and according to key findings from a late Fall 2011 study by Guidestar, the glass is only half full. But for the leaders of fourteen organizations who received training in Transformational Giving principles in 2011, an average of 18% increase in funds raised was reported; a feat accomplished without grant funds and by both Christian and non-Christian organizations.

The training workshops took place every other month in Memphis, TN during 2011 and were the result of a partnership between Memphis Leadership Foundation and Seoul USA. Eric Foley, Seoul USA’s CEO, is the architect of the Transformational Giving philosophy and has trained more than 1,300 churches and Christian NGOs on how to build volunteer and giving programs grounded in distinctly Christian discipleship practices. Of the fourteen participating organizations, ten serve at-risk urban youth, and six are non-Christian. The average budget prior to the training was $230,000.

Most surprising, according to Foley, were the results from non-Christian organizations.

“Transformational Giving is a Biblically-based form of non-profit ministry, through and through,” says Foley, “So, when we heard the news that the training had significant impact even for non-Christian organizations, we were ecstatic. It confirmed something we’ve suspected all along: Christian principles work, even in a secular context.”

Foley expounds on Transformational Giving in his book, Coach Your Champions. Written as a nuts and bolts nonprofit fable, development professionals get an inside look into what it looks like to build volunteer and giving programs from a discipleship perspective.

“We are giving away free electronic copies of Coach Your Champions for iPad, Nook, Kindle and other devices. Our hope is that more Christian and secular nonprofits will ‘taste and see’ whether Transformational Giving is able to make an impact in their causes,” says Foley.

Requests for copies of the Coach Your Champions eBook may be sent to cyc@dotheword.org. Organizations interested in participating in future Transformational Giving trainings may contact Jesse Medina at 719-481-4408 or by email at jmedina@dotheword.org.