In the United Kingdom, Canada and some other countries the LDS Church is required by law to show how it uses its finances.
The figures for the UK are particularly interesting when it comes to how much the LDS Church spent in humanitarian aid for last year (2012):
That year members donated £33,159,000, but gave £1,000 in humanitarian aid.
That is 0.003% of their income spent helping others in the world!
(They did a little better helping their own – spending 5.35% on that)
However, the LDS Church is the biggest welfare recipient in England, due to the land it owns and receives subsidies on for not growing food!
£1,000,000 according this BBC article (They say that money goes to charity – we know that was only 0.1%, so were did the other 99.9% go?)
After the 2005 tsunami the church asked UK members to donate money to help the tsunami victims. Guess how much of the UK members donations went to tsunami victims? Nothing went to the tsunami victims.*
Interestingly out of the $115,126,701 the LDS church received in Canada:
$102,900,000 (89.38%) went to the charity called Brigham Young University!
Over 25 years the LDS church gave $327.6 million dollars to humanitarian aid, thats just over $13 million dollars a year, thats out of about $6 billion in income per year. Thats 0.21% of its income per year. The LDS church spent 10x that on building a shopping mall! By comparison, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, which is about the same size – but has a fraction of the income – spent over 10% on charity. The United Methodist church donates 29% of its income, almost twice as much per years as the LDS Church has donated in 25 years! That easily makes the LDS church one of the least charitable Churches (or even Corporations) in the world.
These were the top 10 charities in the U.S. in 1998:
1. Salvation Army* ° – $ 1,171,801,000
2. YMCA of the USA (Chic.)* – 493,874,000
3. American Red Cross* – 490,158,993
4. American Cancer Society* – 488,512,000
5. Fidelity Invest. Charitable – 456,176,185
6. Harvard Universtiy – 427,603,792
7. Catholic Charities* – 425,262,180
8. Second Harvestª – 400,598,748
9. Boys & Girls Clubs of Am.* – 382,767,534
10. Stanford Universtiy – 312,284,937