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Where do those contributions to the Mormon Church go?

One of those crass careless characters in the news said it didn’t count when Mitt Romney contributed money to the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Mouthy Maher said Romney’s contributions to the Mormon church only go to Mormons and he should have given his money to a charity — donations for apolitical, benevolent causes. He should do some fact-checking before mouthing off, because he doesn’t know anything about Mormon Charities. And Mitt Romney isn’t going to brag about it. Our donations help many people inside our faith and outside our faith. 

Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism taught that we are “to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to provide for the widow, to dry up the tear of the orphan, to comfort the afflicted, whether in this church, or in any other, or in no church at all.”

“Much of what is done in the Church is to bless and help those who are not Mormon. The Mormon Church has donated more than $1 billion in cash and material assistance to 167 different countries in need of humanitarian aid since it started keeping track in 1985. Many of these countries have few to no Mormons, but are also

In a typical year,  a “Latter-day Saint Humanitarian Center will ship about 12 million pounds of shoes and clothing, 1 million hygiene kits, and 1 million pounds of medical supplies to relieve suffering in more than 100 countries.”
Humanitarian projects are funded by donations from Church members and others. One-hundred percent of these donations go directly to help the poor and needy. In-kind material assistance is provided through items donated by Church members and others. Church humanitarian efforts relieve suffering for families of all nationalities and religions and offer hope with the potential for a better life for millions of people around the world.” LDS Humanitarian Services
Here are some areas where the money goes:

Immunizations – Ministries of health and the World Health Organization have immunized over 700 million people for measles. Church financial contributions and help from 59,000 local Church volunteers supported campaigns in 35 countries since 2003.

Vision Care –The Church provides training, equipment, and supplies to assist local eye care professionals and programs. Since 2003, over 550,000 people have benefitted from Church vision projects throughout the world.

Neonatal Resuscitation Training – The World Health Organization estimates that 1 million newborns die each year of breathing difficulties. The Church provides a train-the-trainer program for resuscitation skills and resuscitation equipment to doctors, nurses, and midwives.

Clean Water – The Church assists communities to establish wells and other drinking water systems to provide access to clean water. The Church also assists communities establish local water committees and provide hygiene training for families. Over 7.5 million people now have access to clean water because of Church efforts from 2002 through 2010.
Emergency Response – The Church strives to provide immediate assistance following disasters, providing relief supplies. Missionaries render service during disasters, such as the Alabama tornado.
Wheelchairs–The mobility devices we provide include wheelchairs for rough terrain, hospital wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, and canes. Since 2002, over 415,000 people have received one of these devices.

For More Information and to Donate to Latter-Day Saint Humanitarian Charities click here.



  • tal

    Loved this blog. The church does so much to help, and of course always without seeking any recognition as it should be. You should do one on the country too, I have heard how much the US helps other countries, well at least it use too.

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