NEWS HEADLINES: Sanitarium Can Keep Making Weet-Bix Tax Free*

(Spectrumbot) #1

Weet-Bix Maker Enjoys Continuing Tax Exepmtion. The Adventist-owned New Zealand company Sanitarium, maker of Weet-Bix and Marmite, remains exempt from taxes on its business earnings despite a recent government reevaluation of charities. *Sanitarium maintains its operations meet the charitable expectations required by the Charities Act and pays all other required taxes. From The New Zealand Herald, "Sanitarium safe from charity crackdown."

Financial Shortfall Follows Liberian Ebola Crisis. The Ebola crisis in Liberia has disrupted the Adventist school system's finances in that country, causing Theresa Dweh Sherif, the education director for the Adventist Church’s Monrovia-based, South-West Liberia Conference, to ask the government for subsidies. The Adventist school system was required to pay its teachers while schools were closed during the height of the Ebola outbreak last year, yet students were not paying tuition which emptied the schools' accounts. While schools have reopened, there are now no funds to pay teachers. From The New Dawn, "SDA Schools Appeal for Subsidy."

Adventist Techie Conference Held Online, Talks Gaming, Bitcoin. The 2015 Global Adventist Internet Network (GAiN) conference was an on-line event this year that included 3,800 individuals from over 100 countries, using four languages: English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. The conference promoted gaming for both education and evangelism outreach. Presentations also included how to operate an information technology department on a budget and an overview of the increasing popularity and uses of virtual currency like Bitcoin. From Adventist News Network, "Adventist tech experts promote gamification for education ministry."

Kenyan President Praises, Donates to Adventist University of Africa. Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta visited Adventist University of Africa (AUA) to support construction of its new science complex. Kenyatta spoke to nearly 4,000 attendees, praising the Adventist Church for being an “exemplary partner in transforming Kenya.” Kenyatta, the first to donate toward the Health Sciences Building project, also noted that the Adventist University is unique--Kenya’s only university focusing solely on post-graduate studies. Kenyatta thanked the Adventist Church for discipleship, compassion, and philanthropy. “By touching hearts, improving minds and healing the sick, you bring the word of God to life as a light to humankind,” he said. From the Adventist News Network, "Kenya's President pledges support for Adventist education."

Adventist Health System Gives Union College $2M. Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska will receive a $2 million endowment from Florida-based Adventist Health System. Barry Forbes, chair of Union's Business and Computer Science Division said, “The funds will underwrite the Adventist Health System Endowed Chair of Business Administration and will provide resources to allow us to explore new initiatives that will provide our graduates with an even stronger preparation for business leadership.” From Union College, "Adventist Health System makes $2 million endowment gift to Union College."

Pam Dietrich taught English at Loma Linda Academy for 26 years and served there eight more years as the 7-12 librarian. She lives in Redlands, CA.

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(Thomas J Zwemer) #2

government regulations and oversight are essential. The food stores on our attack transport on the way to invade Luzon were largely stocked with food stuffs from down under, including foods prepared and labeled from Adventist sources. the canned goods were so bad, that the chef one day served them to the Captain of the ship. he inquired about the rotten food. the whole story was told him. he demanded a complete inventory. when he learned there were enough stores from the U.S. We were charged with throwing the other overboard, but not until each can was cut with a clever at both ends so that it could not float and attract enemy subs. We spends days hauling and chopping. The one thing left was a frozen locker of turkeys frozen without being gutted or defeathered. I was off that ship on a Higgins boat heading for a hostile shore before that problem was solved. Now it was C rations or K rations. Tom Z

(Elaine Nelson) #3

Is it considered no conflict for Adventists to seek government aid for their non-profit schools? Is government aiding religious schools seen differently there in the U.S. with strict separation of church and state?

(Carolyn Parsons) #4

Even in the US, a student can take a taxpayer funded voucher and use it for private religious school tuition depending on state law.

(Elaine Nelson) #5

Yes, but it is used by the student who chooses his school. not a direct subsidy to the school by the government. Yes, it’s not quite the same but doesn’t cross the line according to the church and government.

(Pagophilus) #6

And the relevance to this discussion is…?

(George Tichy) #7

At least he is not being impolite or rude in his comment… Isn’t it good enough?

(Billman) #8

In NZ, the SDA church has in the bank $7,000 for every member (present or not), Or $5,375,000 for every school. Or $662,000 for every church. It would have to be the richest church in NZ per member. Of course, the money is locked up in such a way that the local church cannot access it, the conference can’t access it, and the schools can’t access it.

(Billman) #9

There were two considerations here. The first being that an integrated school, as these are known, are required by law to retain their special character. The funding covers teachers salaries only, at agreed levels. The second is that every Adventist school would have closed if integration had not occurred, due to insolvency, as would have most of the catholic schools.

(George Tichy) #10

So… who can access it?

(Billman) #11

The SPD. While the institutions will have some working capital, anything required over approved budget allocations will be allocated at the behest of the division. So the profits get soaked away and the local church in its various forms doesnt get to access it.

A few years ago i visited my alma mater longburn college and was shocked at the state of disrepair. Thought it might be a good idea to raise or contribute some funds, but when i realised how much the church was sitting on, my thought was that if they were not prepared to invest some of their own, why should i.