America's worst charities

Our ranking based on cash paid to solicitors in the past decade

In detail#39: Shiloh International Ministries

Also doing business as: Handicapped Children's Services of America, American Veterans Network, Adolescent AIDS Foundation, Help Hospitalized Children Fund

Wallace Christensen, a minister, started Shiloh International Ministries in 1981.

Today, its IRS tax filings list this broad mission statement: "To provide medical necessities and moral support to needy children and to provide assistance to the homeless and hungry, our American veterans, children's hospItals and Christians in need everywhere."

But the charity has spent little cash on its cause. Over the past decade, it has raised $8 million and paid 78 percent of that to the professional solicitors it hired to find donors. In comparison, the charity spent less than 2 percent of donations on direct cash aid to the needy. In the same period, the charity paid its officers a total of $860,000 — nearly eight times more than the cash it spent on its cause.

In 2010, the charity was No. 1 on the Oregon attorney general's list of worst charities, which ranks organizations based on how little they spend on their charitable causes over a three-year period.

Officials at Shiloh did not respond to multiple requests for comment.


In their own words: the Charity's mission

To provide medical necessities and moral support to needy children and to provide assistance to the homeless and hungry, our american veterans, children's hosptials and christians in need everywhere.

Unedited mission statements provided by the Colorado Secretary of State


Shiloh International Ministries

Known state disciplinary actions

Find out more about the actions in our database

States bringing actions Number of known actions Outcomes Total fines
Mississippi 1 Fine/penalties $500

Fundraising and spending history

For years prior to 2008, cash raised from other sources might be included in the "cash raised by solicitors" column.

Year 990
form
Cash
raised by
solicitors
Solicitor
was paid
Cash to
the charity
Charity
salaries
Cash to
direct aid
% cash to
direct aid
Reported
totals to
programs
2011 pdf $535,655 $455,166 $80,489 $71,756 $22,318 4.17% $22,138
2010 pdf $782,319 $653,854 $128,465 $76,990 $4,792 0.61% $23,992
2009 pdf $822,240 $692,899 $129,341 $85,710 $1,522 0.19% $28,483
2008 pdf $920,763 $779,462 $141,301 $90,800 $1,706 0.19% $29,370
2007 pdf $1,048,715 $883,005 $165,710 $106,900 $4,740 0.45% $44,122
2006 pdf $1,084,571 $914,012 $170,559 $93,500 $4,003 0.37% $39,051
2005 pdf $858,473 $693,114 $165,359 $80,200 $6,936 0.81% $33,661
2004 pdf $528,857 $413,043 $115,814 $79,525 $13,036 2.46% $281,431
2003 pdf $829,266 $300,566 $528,700 $97,400 $23,589 2.84% $68,444
2002 pdf $544,656 $415,253 $129,403 $90,200 $19,607 3.60% $103,741
zTOTALS $7,955,515 $6,200,374 $1,755,141 $872,981 $102,249 1.3% $674,433

Who raised the money

Year Solicitor Cash raised Cash to solicitor Cash to charity % to charity Activity
2008 Dytel $388,073 $329,862 $58,211 15.00% phone sol
2008 Thomas Buchman $442,281 $375,939 $66,342 15.00% phone sol
2008 Helem Olah $37,070 $29,656 $7,414 20.00% phone sol
2008 PC's Unlimited $53,339 $44,005 $9,334 17.50% phone sol
2009 Thomas Buchman $343,993 $292,394 $51,599 15.00% phone sol
2009 Dytel $339,062 $288,203 $50,859 15.00% phone sol
2009 Helem Olah $102,539 $82,031 $20,508 20.00% phone sol
2009 PC's Unlimited $20,651 $17,037 $3,614 17.50% phone sol
2009 Gelmar Ltd $7,239 $5,791 $1,448 20.00% phone sol
2009 BNG Support LLC (Berkeley Heights, NJ) $8,756 $7,443 $1,313 15.00% phone sol
2010 Thomas Buchman $169,449 $149,712 $19,737 11.65% phone sol
2010 Public Safety $12,312 $9,107 $3,205 26.03% phone sol
2010 PC's Unlimited $47,154 $38,823 $8,331 17.67% phone sol
2010 Nal Davis $7,635 $6,108 $1,527 20.00% phone sol
2010 Helem Olah $128,025 $100,918 $27,107 21.17% phone sol
2010 Gelmar Ltd $27,970 $22,999 $4,971 17.77% phone sol
2010 Dytel $372,211 $312,137 $60,074 16.14% phone sol
2010 Charity Solutions $17,563 $14,050 $3,513 20.00% phone sol
2011 Nal Davis $14,800 $12,100 $2,700 18.20% phone solicitation
2011 Gelmar Ltd $26,855 $21,287 $5,568 20.70% phone solicitation
2011 Charity Solutions $29,462 $23,503 $5,959 20.20% phone solicitation
2011 Public Safety $84,531 $70,245 $14,286 16.90% phone solicitation
2011 Helem Olah $92,617 $75,131 $17,486 18.90% phone solicitation
2011 Dytel $287,390 $252,900 $34,490 12.00% phone solicitation