Sunday, January 07, 2007

Creationist finances: Creation Worldview Ministries

This is the eighth in a series of posts about the finances of the creationist ministries which were previously reported in Reports of the National Center for Science Education in 2000 in an article by John Cole: the Access Research Network, Answers in Genesis, the Creation Evidences Museum, Creation Illustrated Ministries, Creation Moments, the Creation Research Society, Creation Worldview Ministries, the Institute for Creation Research, the Discovery Institute, and I'll add Walter Brown's Center for Scientific Creation to the list.

I've already commented on Answers in Genesis, Institute for Creation Research, Access Research Network, the Creation Evidence Museum, Creation Illustrated Ministries, Creation Moments, and the Creation Research Society. Next up, Creation Worldview Ministries.

Creation Worldview Ministries is "an educational missionary organization" run by Grady McMurtry of Orlando, Florida. McMurtry holds a doctorate in theology from the School of Theology of Columbus, Georgia. He gives sermons and lectures promotion creationism, publishes a monthly newsletter, and sells books, CDs, DVDs, and other products through the Creation Worldview Ministries website.

As usual, the baseline financial information (1998) is from John R. Cole's "Money Floods Anti-Evolutionists' Coffers" in Reports of the National Center for Science Education 20(1-2, 2000):64-65:

1998:
Revenue: $114,604
Expenses: $93,076

And the last three years available through GuideStar.org:

2003:
Revenue: $139,827 ($95,049 donations, $43,759 from goods sold)
Expenses: $135,636
Net assets at end of year: $122,154
Salary:
Grady McMurtry, president/director: $48,500

2004:
Revenue: $143,008 ($92,178 in donations, $42,880 from goods sold)
Expenses: $172,977
Net assets at end of year: $92,185
Salary:
Grady McMurtry, president/director: $56,000

2005:
Revenue: $141,857 ($95,571 in donations, $43,486 from goods sold)
Expenses: $140,968
Net assets at end of year: $93,074
Salary:
Grady McMurtry, president/director: $57,500

Earlier year donations (from 2003 Form 990):
1999: $95,642
2000: $81,793
2001: $93,996
2002: $88,082

You can find CWM's 2003 Form 990 here, 2004 Form 990 here, and their 2005 Form 990 here.

2 comments:

Wayne said...

GET A REAL JOB!

Jim Lippard said...

Wayne: Are you addressing me, or Grady McMurtry?