Monday, April 27, 2009

A Blog on This Blog

For about ten months now I have been blogging here on at least a weekly basis, usually on a Monday morning. You may have noticed that for the first time last week, there wasn't an entry. Due to the many goals we have set for ourselves as an organization, I will be blogging a bit less often.

Since my blogging may not be as predictable, I recommend that if you haven't done so already, you subscribe to this blog (see the right hand column, under the advertisement). In that way you will be notified whenever we make a new entry. Also, you can catch my daily observations on Twitter (kenscommentary).

As always, if you have suggestions for what you would like me write about, please let me know.

All the best,
Ken

8 comments:

Bill said...

Certainly hope you are closely following the Feed The Children legal tangles. Your reporting in your blog and on the main web-site has focused upon many of the small and less influential non-profits. Whereas, FTC is "huge" and many donors deserve an accurate and unbiased analysis of this "often" criticized relief organization

Ken Berger said...

Bill,

We will have a look at this.

Best,
Ken

Bill said...

Sir, here are the key sites for information. NewsOK is the leading newspaper in Oklahoma. On the first listed URL be sure and look on the right column and read the FTC minutes and internal memos. Of course the other main site is Charity Navigator however, no one seems to be interested anymore. Thanks,

Bill from Denver

http://www.newsok.com/feed-the-children-fight-rages/article/3349494?widgetOffset0=0#comment

http://www.newsok.com/food-charity-founder-larry-jones-is-encouraged/article/3361337

http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.comments&orgid=3691

Ken Berger said...

Bill,

Thanks again! We will have a look. Can you give me an email address for follow-up?

Ken

Bill said...

Feed The Children. For the current legal information below is the OSCN-(Oklahoma State Courts Network) site with the latest motions/ruling etc. regarding FTC. The Feed The Children case number is: CJ-2009-907

http://www.oscn.net/applications/oscn/getcaseinformation.asp?query=true&srch=0&web=true&db=Oklahoma&icasetype=&iDATEL=&iDATEH=&iCLOSEDL=&iCLOSEDH=&number=CJ-2009-907&iLast=&iFirst=&iMiddle=&iID=&iDOBL=&iDOBH=&SearchType=0&iDCPT=&iDCType=0&iYear=&iNumber=&icitation=&submitted=true

Bill said...

Might want to look over the recent comments at NewsOK. Will likely have to wait until the Judge rules before much substantive occurs.

http://newsok.com/judge-worries-about-toll-of-feed-the-children-fight/article/3368155?custom_click=headlines_widget

Bill said...

Have you ever wondered why Feed The Children/Larry Jones International Ministries will not join the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability whose background and purpose is: “Founded in 1979, ECFA provides accreditation to leading Christian nonprofit organizations that faithfully demonstrate compliance with established standards for financial accountability, fund-raising and board governance. Members include Christian ministries, denominations, churches, educational institutions and other tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations. Collectively, these organizations represent more than $18 billion in annual revenue.”

Here’s why! Check their Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship on this page of their web-site.
(http://www.ecfa.org/Content/7Standards.aspx)

I recognize that these Standards are a bit complicated but rest assured Larry Jones knows what they are and that is why he couldn’t/wouldn’t join this organization. Some hints: board structure, gift in kind accounting, misleading marketing/advertising to name a few.

And guess who does belong and were charter members-this is just a partial list of the 97 charter members.
Young Life, Wycliffe, World Vision, Wheaton College, World Evangelical Alliance, Teen Challenge, Prison Fellowship Ministries (Charles Colsen),MAP International, InterVarsity Chrisian Fellowship, Jews for Jesus, Good News Jail and Prison Ministry, Food for the Hungry, Dallas Theological Seminary, Compassion International, Columbia International University, Campus Crusade for Christ, Billy Graham Evangelistic Ministries, Baptist General Conference etc.

Here’s their homepage in case you’re interested. (http://www.ecfa.org/Default.aspx)

Supporters/donors and current employees might want to ask Larry Jones why he cannot become accredited with the other respected non-profits listed above as it will give alot of insight into the historical/current chaos at Feed The Children.

Bill said...

This new link by NewsOK puts all articles, the various lawsuits, board minutes etc. in one place. Very handy.

http://newsok.com/feedthechildren