FACT: “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints conducts humanitarian activities worldwide. From 1985 to 2011, LDS Charities provided more than $1.4 billion in assistance to nearly 30 million people in 179 countries. In 2011, help was provided to more than 2 million people in 132 countries.” -2011 Humanitarian Summary. [source]
COMMENTARY: Roughly 4 of every 5 dollars included in the $1.4 billion figure is an “in-kind” donation, such as food, medical supplies, hygiene kits, or labor donated by volunteers. So the actual monetary donation is closer to $1 per member per year. Estimates of the church’s annual tithing income range to around $7 billion per year. With a giving rate of about $50 million per year, It’s no wonder that the church hasn’t yet published the figures for 2012. But what do I know? I’m just another apostate.