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Bemidji Pioneer (Newspaper) - December 5, 1977, Bemidji, Minnesota I or Pioneer Bemidji. Minnesota monday. December 5.1977 3 question is How much financial disclosure faces religious groups editor s note americans gave nearly Hon which asks potential donors a a do you $30 billion to Charity last year. The biggest wish verification of save the children Creden chunk of the Money went to religious groups Bals Quot the Section says that 78 i per cent of and these organizations Are under growing the organization s Money is used for direct pressure to give donors More information Aid and support of the Charity itself. An about the Way contributions Are spent. Here. Annual report and audit statement Are Avail in the first of a five part series is a look at the Able on request. Move toward financial disclosure by charities by Louse Cook associated press writer representatives of the nation s top evangelical associations Are meeting in Chicago later this week to talk about Money world vision tells contributors a Over the past three years. Vvs rid vision invested More than $43.9 million on its ministries while total overhead has averaged 17.1 a Complete financial report is sent to anyone who requests it. Like other Chari ties religious organizations and to try to decide How much they should Tell Are covered by a portion of the internal the Public about the Way contributions Are Revenue service code which provides tax spent. Exempt status to a corporations or any the religious charities traditionally have Community Chest fund or foundation been the strongest opponents of efforts to organized and operated exclusively for referee non profit organizations to disclose Gigious. Charitable scientific testing for information about their financial operations. Some spokesmen contend that legislation on financial disclosure would be a violation of the principle of separation of Church and state. The arguments and the fears remain. But a growing number of religious leaders say they must set up a voluntary system for financial disclosure to avoid a mandatory one. In a recent meeting in Washington d.c., Public safety literary or educational purposes or for the prevention of cruelty to children or under the code none of the net earnings of the group can go to any private shareholder or individual. Tax exempt groups also Are prohibited from a carrying on propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation a there Are some 250,000 tax exempt roman Catholic Bishops approved strict new organizations in the United states. Most of standards governing fund raising in the Church. The standards intended for use by All Catholic dioceses and religious orders in the United states require full accountability to contributors with regular audited reports setting Forth the amounts collected the costs of the fund raising and the purposes and uses of the Money. The evangelical leaders a about three dozen of them a were invited to Chicago by w. Stanley Mooneyham president of world vision which a spokesman describes As a a non profit interdenominational outreach of christians concerned with the physical and spiritual needs of people around the world vision has been one of the few religious groups which has always been willing to provide financial information to donors who asked. In july officials of world vision and about half a dozen other religious charities met in the office of . Sen. Mark o. Hatfield r-ore., who is a member of the world vision Board. Among the subjects under discussion was a Bill proposed by . Rep Charles h. Wilson d-calif., which would require most major charities to provide a breakdown of where and How their Money is spent. Speaking in support of his Bill Wilson said it represented a a Golden Opportunity to take a positive step that will insure that the vital work done by legitimate charitable organizations can be continued in the future in an environment that is not tainted by frequent at about the same time As Wilson was speaking. Hatfield was talking to the religious leaders. Richard l. Watson director of communications for world vision said Hatfield told them a if Christian agencies done to take the Bull by the horns and come up with some kind of organization of their own that voluntarily provides information then Congress is going to do it. A we agreed with sen. Hatfield. We Felt Christian agencies ought to do something Watson said world vision supports the idea of financial disclosure but is opposed to making it mandatory. There had been pressure for financial disclosure from other sources As Well. Published reports said that the Billy Graham them Are required to file financial reports with the irs. Because of constitutional guarantees of separation of Church and state however any religious group which qualities under irs rules As an a integrated auxiliary of a Church Quot does not have to file such a report. Note some religious charities May provide financial reports on individual arms of their operations which do not meet irs requirements for the exemption from filing it it is these religious groups however which raise the most Money the american association of fund raising counsel inc. Says americans gave a r7cord $29 42 billion to Charity in 1976, up 9.4 percent from 1975. Religious groups got 43.6 percent or $12 84 billion up 9.9 percent from the previous year. The Treasury department estimates that deductions taken by individual taxpayers for charitable contributions in 1976 Cost the Federal government about $4 billion in lost taxes Billy Graham has noted in the past that churches and Church related groups Are not required to provide financial information a but the mood of the country is moving in that he added and a we will gladly conform to Graham also said a when people give to our association they Trust that its being handled properly and wisely and invested for the advancement of the kingdom of god which All of it Helen o Rourke director of the philanthropic advisory service of the Council of better business bureaus agreed that Many contributors accept on Faith that their Money will be spent wisely. Mrs of Rourke said the organization got several critical letters after it was disclosed that the bbb listed the Graham association As failing to comply with Council standards the Council keeps files on about 10,000 charities it regularly publishes a brochure called a give but give wisely a listing about 500 charities which Are broken Down into two groups a those which comply with bbb standards and those which done to. Among the standards is a requirement that the organization provide an Independent financial audit and that it spend at least 50 percent of its Money on program purposes most of the organizations which Are not in compliance Are religious in nature. As of late evangelistic association was not in year mrs. O Rourke said less than to compliance with a Minnesota Law requiring registration and annual reports on annuity plans sold in the state. The problem a which Graham blamed on postal and other errors a was cleared up and the association subsequently provided for the first time a full Public breakdown of its spending. The Issue of financial disclosure is not a new one. Religious organizations in particular have come under attack Ever since the scandal within the ballot Tine fathers of Baltimore a Ronan Catholic order which raised $20 million in a two year period but spent less than 5 percent of the funds on charitable purposes. Percent of the religious based organizations had provided an Independent financial statement. World vision is in compliance the Billy Graham evangelistic association is not although officials have said they will provide the financial information required to change the groups status Why Are they so uncooperative a it s not a matter of being uncooperative a said mrs o Rourke. A they seem to think that we have no right to ask them the question a she said some religious backed organizations a feel like they Only have to answer to world visions Watson said he expects a specific course of action to come out of the Chicago meeting he also said that financial some states already limit the amount disclosure has helped rather than Hurt the charities can spend on fund raising. Others Charity. A the More we Tell people the More require charities to include a financial Confidence they Are having in world vision a statement along with appeals. He said advertisements for the save the children foundation of Westport conn., include a Sec next Billy Graham to preview dec. 5 �?�60000 news b 24hours news 00 Brady Bunch m 24hours Magazine o o Mary Tyler Moore show q co Sharkey Natalie s ultimatum Sharkey s inbred tear of wedding Beds throws him into panic when his longtime Girlfriend presses for a Date at the altar o wild kingdom world of the pinnipeds and Chmielewski polka fun time 9 Hollywood squares m puppets show guest Teresa Brewer b 24hours sports m a circus of the stars m Mary Tyler Moore show sob Little House on the Prairie Here come the brides Nellie Oleson and Luke Simms meet fall in love and Elope and during the frantic search for the pair the boy s widow red father and spinster miss Beadle decide to emulate the couple and tie the matrimonial knot themselves o Lundstrom s Christmas special o new Sac religious movies 7 30 b reach for the top 8 00 m the Betty White show too Abc monday night at the movies the storyteller Martin Balsam Patty Duke atm a prolific scriptwriter s television movie is accused of triggering a 12-year-old viewer to commit arson an act that causes the youngster s death 2 hrs b b Abc s monday night football Baltimore Colts is Miami dolphins 8 30 m front Page Challenge 9 00 b b switch David Wayne guest stars As an old vaudeville performer whose new found popularity is marred by a series of attempts on his life o super special 10 00 ooo00 news b newsmagazine 10 30 o 0 the lbs late movie Mcmillan and wife husband wives and killers during a costume Ball a close Friend of the Mcmillan is murdered and there s an apparent robbery although nothing is taken r o Man alive Host Roy Bonisteel o a 0 the tonight show guest Host David Brenner guests Suzanne Somers Helen Gurley Brown. John Travolta Frankie Vaili b b news b cog news o Mary Hartman Mary Hartman b Ironside b news b ninety minutes live Host Peter Gzowski 12 00 Bob tomorrow Host Tom Snyder guest Rev Kirby j Hensley founder and president of the Universal life Church 10 45 11 00 11 15 11 22 11 35 synopsis Claus leaves toys in the stockings of the sleeping children. He sets out to find the pig Widgen and break the curse. No one can help him until an old woman Speaks up. Chapter four Patrick Tweedle Knees Claus leaned Over the old woman and gently Shook her Bony shoulders a you be got to Tell me what you know a he cried. A fall the children of the land Are sleeping because of this pig Widgen curse a a a pig Widgen curse is a fearful thing wheezed the Crone. A that is Why you had Best go a who is the pig Widgen Quot asked Claus a where does he live what does he do Quot the old woman closed her eyes a i Don t remember a she whined. A i am very old a she pressed her lips together and would not say another word Claus begged and teased and threatened but the old Granny would not speak or open her eyes or even breathe is dead Quot thought Claus in despair at that instant the crones eyes popped open and she cackled a a ice Cream always helps a person to Claus rushed to an ice Cream store and brought Back All the ice Cream he could carry the ancient one ate seven quarts in seven different flavors when the last Box was licked clean she said a when i was a girl a Hundred years ago a crooked legged Elf told me about the pig Widgen. Go to him and he will Tell you a a Hundred years ago a gasped Claus Quot where could i Santa and Tine it pig Widgen a new feature by Luc Kcf Bali find such a creature now0�?� a on the Sopchoppy River a where is that0�?T�?T Quot when night has come take the crooked Road out of town. When you come to the Fork take the Middle Road to the weeping Willow tree Circle the Willow 14 a and then0�?� cried Claus but the old crones eyes had closed again her Mouth folded together. No More would she say. Claus left her he went through the town asking directions to the crooked Road no one had heard of such a Road nor had anyone heard of the Sopchoppy River ferry Claus waited until dark then he walked to tie four edges of the town nowhere did he see a crooked Road four times he went to the four edges of the town on the fourth time when he came to the fourth Side the Moon had come out and he saw a crooked Road where before a straight Road had been Claus was very tired but he raced Down the loony Zig git Haggity yawing Cata Lampous Road at last he came to a Fork one Road branched left and one Road branched right the Middle Road was not a Road at All but Only a path Laid Down by the Moon. Claus followed the path he ran on until the path was blocked by a giant w Illow tree although it was Winter the tree was in full Leaf Claus circled the tree 14 times the Circle grew wider and larger until he was Miles from the tree when he had counted 14 times he fell on the ground in exhausted sleep a glittering Light and a blow in the face awakened him. He opened his eyes to find a tiny Elf leaning Over him and yanking on his hair. The Elf waved a flashlight made of fireflies and shouted a Wake up Wake up a a Evv who Are you a stammered Claus Quot a t Rick Tweed Lek noes. A snapped the Elf and he gave the astonished Claus a fierce Pike in the nose tomorrow the Sopchoppy be try Wordy Curdy by Tricky Ricky i. Hello 3.14 1 every answer is a rhyming pair of words like fat cat and double trouble and they win lit in the letter squares. The number after the Deal amour tells Yon Hoar Many syllables in each word. To win fit Send your original rhymes with your definitions to this newspaper. Al entries become the property of us inc. 2. Slap Fleetwood i a 3. Nauseating movie i a a thanks and $1# to Leslie Pearson of Girard in for 04. Seed entry to thai newspaper. 4. Non professional Peoples merriment 3 5. Below a White bread company 2 i i 6. Selective basketball Bob 2 7. Humorous record of events 3 Al ii it i Mmith it in mho it t is to it Mhz v Imo to skin i univ it Vav a a i Mil s my f Iyih % Ivy i m in i Caius no in Hackensack hustlers the Hackensack hustlers 4-h club met nov 21, at the fireball with 12 members two Viso tirs and one adult Leader present. We elected officers and the results Are president Kart Witham vice president Sandi Erdman. Secretary Sandi Sheldon. Treasurer Karla Witham and. Reporter Brenda Smieja 4-h federation delegates Are mrs Earl Goble and Pam Erdman we also talked about a Christmas party instead of roller skating and made committees for that. Parents you May come the next meeting will be held at the legion Hall on dec. 18. At 2 of p m reported by Brenda Smieja Hackensack Christmas special now thru december 10th order a Ball bag and shoes and receive a 20% discount Mon. 9 am sat. La pm sunday 12 noon 11pm Chippewa lanes and laundromat Cass Lake 335-4200 Miod and operated by the Leech Lake reservation business committee r i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i i. Public notice several functions of Beltrami county government Are necessarily being moved so that work May begin on the remodelling project to the courthouse. The following services will be moved to new locations As of the specified dates county License Center Tho Center will be closed december 6th and 7th and will reopen for business thursday december 8th, at the new temporary location in the lower level of the chamber of Commerce building on the Lakeside facing the parking lot. The phone number is the same 751-6121. Land commissioner and county Surveyor these services will be housed in the Fairview office Center 26th and Bemidji Avenue As of december 2, 1977. Land commissioner s phone is 751-1771. Surveyor s phone is 751-9394. Food stamp office clients will be served at 902 Midway drive formerly Don s discount tire Center effective immediately. The phone number is the some 751-4310. Welfare director and welfare accounting division both of these services effective december 2nd will Hove to move to the top floor of the masonic Temple at 5th and Bemidji Avenue across the Street from the main welfare office. The phone number is the same 751-4310. Your county officials Hope these relocation will cause no Neon Voniece to you. It is necessary to make these changes in order to accommodate remodelling work in the courthouse in the near future. Upon completion of the remodelling project your refurbished court House will be a More Energy efficient and usable building

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