In detail#42: Survivors and Victims Empowered
Also doing business as: Child Protection Program, A Project Of Survivors And Victims Empowered, SAVE (Survivors And Victims Empowered)
Survivors and Victims Empowered was created to help prevent neglect and abuse. It publishes a child protection guide and newsletter on its website. The guide includes definitions and symptoms of abuse, reporting procedures, safety tips, referral resources and screening procedures.
Of the $8.6 million raised from 2001-2010, about 60 percent went to professional solicitors.
Survivors and Victims Empowered has pushed for restrictions on sex and violence on television. The president and founder of the charity, Phil Sheldon, is the son of the Rev. Lou Sheldon, chairman of the Traditional Values Coalition, a conservative Christian organization.
The Pennsylvania attorney general sued the charity twice, settling charges in 1993 and 1998 for misleading donors. In one case, the state alleged that of the $4 million listed as charitable expenses, less than 1 percent was spent on direct aid to children. About half of the organization's revenue went to distributing outdated vegetable seeds to Native Americans. The organization has a history of inflating the value of the donated seeds to make it appear the charity was spending more on its programs than it was, the Detroit Free Press reported at the time. Sheldon told the paper that distribution of seeds relates directly to his charity's mission to prevent child abuse because it fights child neglect by malnutrition.
Officials at the organization did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
In their own words: the Charity's mission
Survivors and Victims Empowered is a charitable nonprofit organization created to help prevent criminal neglect and physical, emotional and sexual abuse of children and to help survivors of these childhood traumas in the recovery process. The organization's goal is to join with other organizations in both the public and private sectors to stop the abuse of children and remedy the damage cause by this abuse.
Unedited mission statements provided by the Colorado Secretary of State
Survivors and Victims Empowered
Known state disciplinary actions
|States bringing actions||Number of known actions||Outcomes||Total fines|
Fundraising and spending history
For years prior to 2008, cash raised from other sources might be included in the "cash raised by solicitors" column.
|% cash to
Who raised the money
|Year||Solicitor||Cash raised||Cash to solicitor||Cash to charity||% to charity||Activity|
|2009||Preferred Community Services||$30,979||$25,053||$5,926||19.13%||telemarketing|
|2009||Newport Creative Communications||$623,766||$536,912||$86,854||13.92%||direct mail|
|2010||Newport Creative Communications||$639,056||$495,180||$143,876||22.50%||direct mail|
|2010||Preferred Community Services||$21,627||$19,353||$2,274||10.50%||telemarketing|