The Better Business Bureau on Peter Popoff

http://charityreports.bbb.org/public/report.aspx?charityid=8209

BBB Wise Giving Alliance Comment (Nondisclosure)

Despite written BBB Wise Giving Alliance requests in the past year, this organization has declined to be evaluated in relation to the Alliance’s Standards for Charity Accountability. While participation in the Alliance’s charity review efforts is voluntary, the Alliance believes that failure to participate may demonstrate a lack of commitment to transparency. Without the requested information, the Alliance cannot determine if this charity adheres to the Standards for Charity Accountability. A charity’s willing disclosure of information beyond that typically included in its financial statements and government filings is, in the Alliance’s view, an expression of openness that strengthens public trust in the charitable sector.

The BBB Wise Giving Alliance reports on national charities and determines if they meet 20 voluntary standards on matters such as charity finances, appeals, and governance. The Alliance does not evaluate the worthiness of the charitable program.

Charity Response

In response to the Alliance’s request for information, PUFC stated, in part, that:

“The Alliance’s questionnaire is designed to determine whether People United for Christ (”PUFC”) meets Standards.  PUFC is a church and does not publicize this information.  PUFC doesn’t. . . share finances, governance or compensation with the public.  This policy should not be seen as avoiding scrutiny; to the contrary, it’s standard practice for a church to keep these matters private unless they’re shared with members. . . PUFC is organized as a church and religious organization, maintains its own high standards and operates with integrity. . . Persons making inquiries about PUFC are directed to the church’s website (http://www.peterpopoff.org). . .”

An organization may change its practices at any time without notice. A copy of this report has been shared with the organization prior to publication. It is not intended to recommend or deprecate, and is furnished solely to assist you in exercising your own judgment. If the report is about a charity and states the charity meets or does not meet the BBB Standards for Charity Accountability, it reflects the results of an evaluation of information and materials provided voluntarily by the charity. The name Better Business Bureau is a registered service mark of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, Inc.

See also http://www.religionnewsblog.com/18622/peter-popoff-2

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