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News :: Social Welfare
Jehovah's Witnesses Katrina Disaster Relief Fund – Donation or Profits?
08 Sep 2005
WATCHTOWER SHAKEDOWN -"Sweetheart deal" disaster relief is deception.

A recent announcement was made to all congregations it was directed that donations to assist victims of the Katrina Hurricane was to be placed in the general contribution called the “Worldwide Work” of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

The WWW is a general donation fund that is distributed at the sole discretion of leadership of the Jehovah Witness. The WWW is used to buy paper to make literature, build new branch offices as well as fund the defense of child molesters within the organization.

A portion of this money is also used for disaster relief for members that are affected by natural disasters. The question remains how much money is actually spent on the victims?

When Regional Build Committee (volunteer building group of JW’s) comes in to rebuild a home of a member the owner signs an agreement. That agreement states that any insurance payment check will be signed over to “Worldwide Work” of Jehovah’s Witnesses when received.

RBC comes in and rebuilds a home with volunteer labor and some donated materials at a fraction of the cost and then the owner is required to send the full rebuild insurance check to WWW.

All homes are required to carry insurance so it results in a very profitable enterprise for home office. Then there are Kingdom Halls, they too carry insurance that pays for the damage that is rebuilt with volunteer labor and often donated materials. So when a KH is destroyed who profits? Home office again.

If there is a rebuild with additional costs the home office will not rebuild for free they make a loan with interest at 3% and then when the loan is paid off the KH belongs to home office. So how much WWW money is actually used? Very little.

It is a great generosity by local brothers and sisters that pitch in and do the work, it is a great kindness for them to donate thousands of dollars in funds, materials, clothing, food, and effort to support the friends. No one can depreciate that wonderful effort.

But the facts show when the organization raises money for a disaster they make a tremendous amount of profit that is never spent on those in the disaster area. In most cases with insurance payments they make a killing. As you will note there are no statements provided or other information about how WWW money is spent toward the disaster or anything else in the organization.

The Red Cross on the other hand provides a financial statement that shows in detail how every penny they take in is spent.You can access it from their website as they make it available to anyone that wishes to know.You in the end will be able to know exactly how many dollars they spent on Katrina as they will be happy to let everyone know the tremendous amount of money and volunteer effort that was expended to help others. They do this for every disaster they serve.

So the question remains if the Watchtower organization makes several million dollars that ultimately end up in general funds when members donate to a disaster could it be considered dishonest?

Profiteering off a disaster is the ultimate in dishonesty. If this is not the case then we would suggest a full financial statement of money received for Katrina and how much was actually spent on the friends to be provided by Jehovah’s Witnesses. This of course is impossible as all members have been instructed to donate to the WWW contribution box marked for general funds so now it is untraceable.

YOU WILL NEVER KNOW WHERE THE MONEY WENT….Ever wonder why members are always told to donate to a general fund when a disaster occurs?

THINK…. Make sure if you are moved to help victims of a disaster that every penny of the money will actually go to help those victims. It will make profiteering from the suffering of others much harder to do as well as make sure your money is used to help and not based on trust.


Please remember to make sure your donation is being used to directly benefit victims of Katrina unless you wish to make an additional donation unrelated to the disaster.

At we make available websites where you can do this directly or access links if you wish to assist our work in assisting abuse survivors,there are arrangements to do that as well.

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Re: Jehovah's Witnesses Katrina Disaster Relief Fund – Donation or Profits?
08 Sep 2005
Re: Jehovah's Witnesses Katrina Disaster Relief Fund – Donation or Profits?
08 Sep 2005
The Watchower is a cult of greed from the get-go.
Re: Jehovah's Witnesses Katrina Disaster Relief Fund – Donation or Profits?
09 Sep 2005
Watchtower on the Red Cross their nemesis;

Danny Haszard's testimony-In 1991 the Rockland Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses was 'studying' the newly released blood booklet.I was in the audience as a member of the congregation.

What i heard with my own ears:The Watchtower was denounced by the Elder conducting the meeting as a "wealthy racket who get the blood for free and then sell it for $500.00 a pint" he went on to elaborate "that if the Red Cross was to file a financial statement that they would be among the fortune 500 companies they are so rich".

I left the cult in early 1992 and immediately turned against the JW's,as part of my deprogramming protocol i qualified and became a 'preferred' blood donor at Children's' Hospital in Boston Massachusetts.I would not donate anything including my blood to the RC as i still held contempt for them as a 'greedy racket'.

My blood donation at Children's was used for small children with leukemia who were receiving bone marrow transplants.One session i was laying on the gurney and joked with the nurse if she thought my blood was safe?(I knew it was largely due to my 'boring' lifestyle as a JW and no risk history)

She replied,"I would trust your blood in my own child"- I got teary eyed....

Year 2001-I have moved to Bangor Maine from Boston and decided to give the Red Cross a blood donation.First i must square the facts with their 'profiteering'.I had just read a story in the Bangor Daily News newspaper on the RC having hard times and only getting paid $120.00 for a pint of blood from local Bangor hospitals.

I made an appointment with the local RC director and demanded a financial accounting before i gave a drop of my blood.

THE REAL DEAL:The RC at that time 2001 did in fact get only $120.00 a pint of which at least half of this cost is spent by the RC on rigorous laboratory testing.

The local director when on to say that "they have been broke for years and live hand to mouth and only 60 days from being evicted from their building for non payment of their rent."

What is amazing is that despite my rejecting tne Watchtower my brainwashing indoctrination was so embeded after 40 years that after NINE YEARS they still controlled some of my beliefs.


Watchtower Whistleblower: Danny Haszard Bangor Maine
Jehovah's Witnesses are the 'perfect storm' of deception-in a word they are the cult of Innuendo