More Good Foundation gets $450k from Church, Denies It

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According to their website, the More Good Foundation provides “ . . . tools, training, and support for Latter-day Saints to share their beliefs online.” They own 400 pro-LDS websites and an estimated 1360 domains*. In a single year they spent over $140,000 purchasing domains and websites that painted Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) in a negative light. LDS volunteers can adopt domains, populating them with uplifting and positive pro-LDS content. Volunteers are also encouraged to translate pro-LDS websites, spread the word with their facebook app, and even edit Mormon-related Wikipedia articles.

On their about page, they state that “While the Foundation is fully supportive of the Church and its mission, it is not directed by or funded through the Church; no Church funds are used for the Foundation.” This is reiterated on their FAQ page. Though this may be crystal clear on their website, their tax returns tell a different story.

From their inception in 2005 to their latest public tax return for 2011, More Good has received $3,850,986 in charitable donations, with a $150,000 salary going to their president, Jonathan Johnson.  The vast majority of the money comes from generous donations from corporations and individuals, including K-Tec (Blendtec), David Neeleman (JetBlue founder), and Bill Child (RC Willey owner).

Starting in 2009, there were also yearly donations of between $100,000 and $200,000 from “LDS Foundation of the LDS Church.” Over 3 years, donations from this foundation totaled $450,000.

More Good Foundation Taxes

Though you won’t find a single result in Google for the awkward-sounding “LDS Foundation of LDS Church,” you will find an address on More Good’s tax returns – 150 Social Hall Ave, STE 500, Salt Lake City. Not coincidentally, this is the address of Deseret Management Corporations (DMC), the for-profit arm of the LDS Church.

Critics may contest that DMC is a separate company, making More Good’s statement about funding true. This may be a valid argument if DMC were a sister company or simply affiliated with the Church, but this is not the case. Not only is the DMC 100% owned by the Church, it was founded by the then Prophet to hold already existing assets of the Church (tithing). Any claim that “no Church funds are used for the Foundation” is a blatant misrepresentation.

If you believe that the More Good Foundation should be honest about the sources of their funding, let your voice be heard. Contact them via email (email@moregoodfoundation.org), facebook, or by phone (1-801-705-5115).

*  They spent $12,248 in 2011 on domain registration, typically using eNom, which charges $9/yr.

Update – October 20th, 2014

Great news! After much poking and prodding, the More Good Foundation has FINALLY updated their site to admit that they actually receive money from the Church.

Author: Elder J

13 Responses to "More Good Foundation gets $450k from Church, Denies It"

  1. Anonymous Posted on September 19, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    This is silly.

    • ElderJ
      ElderJ Posted on September 19, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      Silly that they lied about their funding or silly that we called them out on it?

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous Posted on November 28, 2013 at 9:46 am

      silly that you still retain the elder part unless that is your legal name and not a self appointment to the council of the twelve. the most famous auditors quote from the scriptures may be when judas rails on The Lord for the precious oils that were used on The Lord that “could have been sold and the money given to the poor”. Many of these kinds of sights are designed to destroy the faith of the young and new members of the church. You align yourself with people who would just as soon load mormons onto trains and send them to the crematory. ironically some who believe they are doing Gods work by destroying faith in The Lord Jesus Christ. Your methods require that you hide and creep into peoples homes under the guise of “helping”. The foundation makes about $3,000,000. they receive $150,000 a year. This would be about 5% of their yearly budget. Hardly funding the foundation as you would assert by using the $450,000 given over a 3, three , year period. Get a life, it doesn’t take any talent to be a squinting critic.

    • truthlover
      truthlover Posted on May 18, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      I think this is very helpful and I’m glad you posted this information. I agree with the statement on your “About” page that “everyone deserves to make an informed decision.” It is not good for a church to withhold information and essentially “trick” people into believing something without giving them the fine print. Everyone deserves to know the truth.

      Anon, remember that RMs are still elders until ordained high priests. And it DOES take talent to think critically – in fact, critical thinking is a very important ingredient for discovering truth. (See http://truthisrestoredagain.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/four-essentials-for-accepting-truth/)

  2. Exmo1 Posted on September 19, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    I like this article – confused at your agenda though. They lie about more than this so why are you still there?? By the way I served in Puebla Mexico…..would love to have those 2 years back!!

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous Posted on November 28, 2013 at 9:21 am

      you should have retained your gift. i know the difference between going on a mission and serving one. people who serve usually loose the “dog ate my two years ” attitude. I f you did serve , and I know enough about most of these wolf in sheeps clothing anti mormon web sights to doubt it, I would challenge to look at and live the restored gospel without just looking for what is in it for you.

  3. Terry Holland Posted on September 22, 2013 at 1:25 am

    As usual, a post that is obviously not intended for (or effective toward) the benefit of prospective missionaries.

    I’ll happily ask the More Good Foundation to be honest in their reporting if the creators of this site will stop pretending to be faithful Mormons, and admit that their motives are not to prepare missionaries, but rather to expose uncomfortable truths about the church to unsuspecting young people.

    I hope you feel good about yourselves–being self-righteous about honesty while you use dishonest means. Not that I would expect better from your sort.

    • Bender
      Bender Posted on October 6, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      Terry Holland:

      Wow, that is the pot calling the kettle black. The church and its members are frequently self-righteous while not being honest. Do you tell people that Joseph translated the BoM and the BoA via revelation, or do you tell the truth that Joseph looked at a rock in a hat for the BoM, or just made up stuff for the BoA? Do you tell people that the First Presidency and Q12 are “prophets, seers, and revelators”, yet can’t discern a fraud like Mark Hofmann? Do you claim the BoM is true, but ignore that even Mormons like B.H. Roberts or Talmage knew that there’s no way it could be true – based on historical evidence?

      I wish I would have been prepared with the information on this site. I got asked these questions by Germans who knew more about the church than I did.

      People like you think this is “anti” information, when all it is, is information. And there’s nothing these guys say here that isn’t true, i.e., backed up by actual evidence, whether from the church itself, or other means. You just don’t want to look at the truth.

      And last, who made you the arbiter of whether these people are “faithful”? Because they don’t toe the line you expect them to? How much more self righteous can you get? But of course, as a true-believing Mormon you do not understand the meaning of the words “self-righteous”, nor do you think it applies to you.

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous Posted on August 3, 2017 at 8:50 pm

      Good points, Terry. I’m also wondering why these guys see a need to post hiding behind pseudonyms.

  4. mcdiddles Posted on September 30, 2013 at 11:23 am

    So, you’re posting stuff like this, commenting in a self-superior manner, trying to bring up dirt on the church, publishing oputright ridiculousness on the other parts of this website, yet you are still not “anti”. I really don’t see how this does works…

    • Bender
      Bender Posted on October 6, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      mcdiddles:

      What “dirt”? What was brought up that can’t be verified by church materials? You should get to know your own church better. Look at the essays. Look at the BoM and BoA essays specifically. The pretzel twists of thinking that go on there are amazing. Of course, you can

      Once again, truth is not “anti”. It’s just truth. Try cesletter.com for more. But I’m pretty sure you won’t. You’re not really interested in “truth”, only in feeling good about your decisions.

  5. Anonymous Posted on February 26, 2014 at 1:22 am

    Thank you for your investigative work. No matter how you look at it, in the end the LDS Church does fund many forms of media and by doing so – controls public and member opinion. Their funding of internet foundations, organizations, etc., via wealthy members, and church affiliates is no secret. Unfortunately, the millions of dollars they spend to defend the faith could be used to help so many needy people around the world and here at home.

  6. Anonymous Posted on June 28, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    Thanks for the link to the more good foundation! Its has some really great websites so that I never have to visit this one ever again :)

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