[quote="hunter"]Does anyone know of any real philanthropy going on within the CoS (officially or even unofficially)? There is certainly a crap-load of cash in the organization. Just wondering if anyone near the top has had a notion to display the church's charitable side for those less fortunate. Wouldn't that be a really good way to offload some of the criticism against them?[/quote]
As of 10 years ago when I was in the SO there was no real church sponsored philanthropy. More recently there have been things like volunteer ministers, criminal rehab, drug rehab, way to happiness, but each of these actions were done with money newly donated to the church from parishoners. We would get calls "we have to send 10 people to NY, or sent people to Thailand for the tsunami". Most philanthropy was done with new dollars raised for that disaster and to PR Scientology. There may be some expenses paid out of current FP monies, like airfairs for SO members, there may be some IAS grants, but I am quite sure most moneys are regged for the event.
As of approximately 1985, a pretty credible source reported cash SO reserves of $200,000,000.00. No credible reports since that time.
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