Come Clean, DL Foster

I just received an email from someone telling me that DL Foster is not very happy I blogged about his tax-free status for his church.  (I wonder why he didn’t mention my little expose of his story-telling about his education credentials???).

Here is the addendum that DL Foster put up on his Gay Christian Movement Watch:

Addendum: Generally, I dont respond to critics who have nothing substantial or biblical to say in response to this blog. But we are making this exception for the exceptionally uninformed “Kevin” who claims we are enslaved to the government via tax exempt status.  He desparately needs education and out of sympathy we feel an obligation to help him.

We offer the following to Kevin in hopes that he will take more time to educate himself before making false, reactionary comments.

If you want to verify a ministry’s tax exempt status, simply go to the IRS official website and type away. Guidestar is not an accurate source of information on churches and ministries.

It is too bad that DL Foster didn’t keep to his goal, because I am not Christian, and although he believes I don’t blog about anything substantial, he wants to respond anyway.  Keep your sympathy for yourself–you need it more than I do, DL Foster.  You would think if he thought it substantial, he would just ignore it.

Anyway DL Foster, my real name is Kevin, so you can get rid of the quotes.  Also, if I need an education from you, I would sincerely appreciate it if you could spell "desperately" correctly.

DL Foster thinks I am making ‘false, reactionary comments’ by discussing his tax-free status.  Let’s look at the trail that I followed, which shows that he seems to be arguing against himself.  He runs a website, Witnessfortheworld.org, and it claims that he is the person running it.  Here is what the front page of this website says:

 

If you are struggling with your sexuality and need to know what God desires for you, don’t waste another moment debating it in your mind. Homosexuality cannot stand against the blood of Jesus! Jesus shed his blood to give you the freedom, peace and contentment you need . That’s why we have designed this site to bless you, encourage you and give you the strength to walk away from your fears and into the love of the Father God.

  Please consider partnering with us by becoming a member of Witness Ministries. Your gifts enable us to create a powerful community of overcomers who are not ashamed to let their lights shine to others in the darkness.

     I am a witness. Will you be one?

Pastor  and Mrs. DL Foster

Now I am assuming that "Pastor" DL Foster is the same DL Foster who writes Gay Christian Movement Watch.  And just to make sure, I checked the "About Pastor DL Foster" section of the website.  It says:

Pastor Darryl L. Foster is Founder and Senior Servant at Praise Power Ministries, located in metropolitan Atlanta, GA. He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior in April 1990 and was consequently baptized in the Holy Spirit. He was licensed to preach in 1992 by Bishop CD Owens in the Church of God in Christ while serving as associate minister at Cathedral of Prayer COGIC under Dr. Charles Rodgers.

After graduating from Marlin (TX) High School in 1980, he attended McClennan Community College before entering military service. He served honorably for 10 years with the US Army and saw combat action in the Southwest Asia Campaign (Desert Storm). He also furthered his education at the University of Maryland and Liberty University.  Pastor Foster is currently pursuing a B.Th. at Atlanta Bible College.  He’s involved in his community as secretary of the Jackson Elementary DADS Chapter and CEO of Harvest Productions, a budget-friendly web design and management company.

Pastor Foster married the beautiful Dee Graham, a native of Goldsboro, NC in October 1992 in Columbus, GA. Together, with the help of God they parent five children: Brittanie,  Philip Aaron, Charles, Trinity, and Darrell Lawrence.

AND, the Witnessfortheworld.org lists the GCM Watch Blog.  So there is no question that this is the correct DL Foster.  So if you go to his website and click on Donate to Witness, this page comes up (I’ve left all the links):

Restoration Sanctuary International Church
PO Box 162953
Atlanta,GA 30321
http://www.witnessfortheworld.org

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Who We Are
Praise Power Ministries (formerly Restoration Sanctuary) United COGIC is a Christian organization that proclaims and practices the full gospel of Jesus Christ. PPM conducts special programs, outreaches and community services designed to improve the quality of life for individuals within the demographical reach of the local church.
We also offer pastoral/biblcal counseling, discipleship and prayer for men and women who desire to overcome homosexuality. Married and singles are welcome.

View Full Report on this organization

So then I clicked on View Full Report and this is the page that comes up, and remember, this is the site that "Pastor" DL Foster gives so that you can feel confident that your money is going to a worthy non-profit:

Restoration Sanctuary International Church

Also Known As: PPM

PO Box 162953
Atlanta, GA 30321

www.witnessfortheworld.org

Mission and Programs

Mission

The primary mission of Praise Power Ministries is to exalt Jesus Christ through praise, lifestyle and good works. WITNESS! Ministries exists to exalt Jesus Christ through active and aggressive support and education of men and women who desire change from unwanted sexual activities. This is accomplished through religious instruction,advocacy, training and discipleship. Our tenets of faith and objectives are derived from the Bibles’s teaching on sex and sexuality. Additionally, we focus on educating the black church community about homosexuality and its residual effects upon those who have engaged in it. Our goal is to produce fearlessly whole Christian men and women who are able to train and lead others into wholeness.

Programs

(1)Lifelines Discipleship Program entails a 6 month sexuality awareness program taught from the Biblical worldview. Lifelines specifically helps men and women of color understand, control, discuss, assess, and engage in preventive measures of overcoming struggles with sexuality issues including, but not limited to HIV/AIDS prevention. Program graduates may receive additional training in preparation to teach the Lifelines course in their respective churches or denominations. (2) Fruit of the Spirit. (FOS) is a community outreach service of RSIC which provides fresh fruit baskets year round to underprivileged in and around metro Atlanta. Typical recipients of the free fruit baskets are found in homeless shelters, AIDS facilities, convalescent homes, men’s shelters, battered women’s shelters and anyone living on the street. FOS seeks to deliver no message other than that of God’s unending love for humanity.

Who We Are

Praise Power Ministries (formerly Restoration Sanctuary) United COGIC is a Christian organization that proclaims and practices the full gospel of Jesus Christ. PPM conducts special programs, outreaches and community services designed to improve the quality of life for individuals within the demographical reach of the local church. We also offer pastoral/biblcal counseling, discipleship and prayer for men and women who desire to overcome homosexuality. Married and singles are welcome.

NTEE Code
  • F60—Counseling Support Groups
  • X99—Religion Related, Spiritual Development N.E.C.
  • O55—Religious Leadership, Youth Development

Goals and Results

Accomplishments for Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 2006
  1. Graduated 25 men and women from the LifeLines Program.
  2. Established the Holdover Kit outreach for families and individuals in transitional phases of their lives. The kits contain critical personal care items.
Objectives for Fiscal Year Beginning January 1, 2007
  1. Reconstitute the LifeLines Program.
Chief Executive Profile

Darryl L. Foster, is Pastor, founder and CEO of WITNESS! Freedom Ministries, Inc and Praise Power Ministries UCOGIC (formerly Restoration Sanctuary Church.) He is an author and published freelance writer who has studied journalism and religion at McClennan Community College, Liberty University,and the University of Maryland (European Campus). He is currently pursuing a degree in Pastoral Ministry at Atlanta Bible College.

Basic Information

  • This organization is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity.
  • This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.
  • Additional narrative information in this report was last supplied by the organization on March 2, 2007.
  • It makes its audited financial statements available to the public upon request.
  • Contributions are deductible, as provided by law.
  • EIN

    (taken out)

  • Executive

    Pastor DL Foster

  • Contact

    DL Foster, Pastor and Founder

  • Phone

    (xxx) xxx-xxxx 

  • E-mail

    xxx@xxxx

  • Fiscal Year

    Information not available

  • Assets

    Information not available (from IRS BMF)

  • Income

    $0 (from the IRS BMF)

  • Year Founded

    2001

  • Ruling Year

    1964

  • No. of Board Members

    3

  • No. of Full-Time Employees

    1-5

  • No. of Part-Time Employees

    0

  • No. of Volunteers

    1-5

  • Funding

    This organization is seeking funds from contributions and grants. These funds will be used for unrestricted operating expenses and special projects.

  • Locations Served
    • metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia

    Board of Directors

    • Vacant, Executive Secretary
    • Dee Foster, Adminstrator

 

 

So DL Foster uses the name of Guidestar to promote his tax-free, non-profit status in order to show people that his organization is legitimate, but yet when I show that he is running a non-profit, he says this about Guidestar:

"Guidestar is not an accurate source of information on churches and ministries."

And if you go to the official Guidestar.org site and type in the name "Restoration Sanctuary International Church" you can see the whole bit on DL Foster’s 501(c)3 non-profit tax status.  It says that DL Foster is the Pastor and Founder. It also says:

  • This organization is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity.
  • This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.
  • Additional narrative information in this report was last supplied by the organization on March 2, 2007.

 

So, as of March 2, 2007, DL Foster was running this organization as a non-profit.  Here is what he said on Sept. 20 about churches having tax-exempt status:

Churches need to immediately rethink voluntary enslavement to the government via “tax exempt status”. We predicted several years ago that this would be used as weapon against churches who refused the advances of homosexuals.

As I said before, it seems to be fine for him to warn other churches about this tax exempt status, yet at the same time he runs a tax exempt organization.  So what groups do not have to file an annual return?  :

Which organizations are not required to file Form 990?

In general:

  • Nonprofits that have not received tax-exempt status from the IRS
  • Most faith-based organizations
  • Nonprofits with incomes of $25,000 or less
  • Subsidiary organizations

 

I also find it interesting that instead of saying that his organization isn’t tax exempt, he gives a link to the IRS and he wants someone to "type away."  He says that is the site to check for a ministry’s tax-exempt status.  Notice he doesn’t say it is to search for his ministry’s status.  Well, the question is what do we "type away"?  As usual, the good reverend is trying to make it as difficult as possible to find out about details of all of his non-profits.  His Gay Christian Movement Watch is listed as the official blog of his witnessfortheworld.org ministry.  In the ‘about’ section of GCMW, witnessfortheworld ministry isn’t listed.  So does he expect me to type in Gay Christian Movement Watch?  If so, nothing comes up.  How about Witnessfortheworld?  Nothing.  So how about "Restoration Sanctuary International Church"? I don’t see that either.

But if you look under Guidestar for Restoration Sanctuary International Church, DL Foster’s name comes up as well as his website www.witnessfortheworld.org.  If you go to that website and want to donate money to it, it claims to be a 501(c)3 Public Charity.  If you go the www.networkforgood.org to make a donation, the Restoration Sanctuary International Church is still listed and is accepting money based on its non-profit status.  So if DL Foster is claiming that he isn’t running a tax-exempt organization, then why can you still donate to it as if it were?  That sounds a bit fishy to me.

I tell you what, DL Foster, let me tell you a little about what a good education can do:  I’ll let the IRS figure this one out.  I’ll be writing a letter about your little organization and I will be asking why I can still donate to a tax-exempt organization when you are claming that you are not running a tax-exempt organization.  The information on your website claims you are a non-profit, but you have claimed that you are not.  Hmm. 

 

So let’s look at his Praise Power Ministries Website.  It has his picture on the front of the website.  If you go to the ‘about’ page you see the exact same picture here as the picture found in his www.witnessfortheworld.org website:

DL Foster

So clearly the DL Foster of Witness is the same Foster of Praise Power Ministries. In ‘About DL Foster" he still lists his education credentials and lists University of Maryland (which he did not go to, by the way…).  What is extremely interesting is that if you click on the ‘ministries‘ button at the bottom of the page, part of it states:

If you are interested in being a part of any of these ministries or need our service in any area of need, please don’t hesitate contact by phone or email.  If you’d like to donate an offering to help us meet the needs please click here for secure giving through our Network For Good partnership.

If you click on the above ‘here’ you come to this page:

To donate to or learn more about an organization listed in the search results, click on the organization name.

For icon meanings, click icon descriptions.

Refine Search | New Search Organizations Found: 1

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1)
Restoration Sanctuary International Church Complete Report Web Site
Atlanta, GA 30321
Praise Power Ministries (formerly Restoration Sanctuary) United COGIC is a Christian organization that proclaims and practices the full gospel of Jesus Christ. PPM conducts special programs, outreaches and community services designed to improve the quality of life for individuals within the demographical reach of the local church. We also offer pastoral/biblcal counseling, discipleship and prayer for men and women who desire to overcome homosexuality. Married and singles are welcome.

The ‘checkmark’ right after the name means:

Indicates reports with the most current and comprehensive information. The organization has provided information on its mission, programs, accomplishments, and objectives. Additionally, these reports may include information on volunteers and staff size as well as contact information.

The website that is given is www.witnessfortheworld.org

The link for the name of the church "Restoration Sanctuary International Church" takes you to the GuideStar partner website, which is the exact same information that I gave above.  And it lists DL Foster as the CEO.  And on the above right of the guidestar partner website it states:

Basic Information

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

So as I said above, DL Foster is implying he is not running a tax-exempt organization, even though his own website states that it is a 501(c)3 public charity.  He uses Guidestar as a means to make people feel confident about donating, but he states that Guidestar "is not an accurate source of information on churches and ministries."  His Gay Christian Movement Watch is the official blog of his 501(c)3 public charity, which is tax exempt. 

So who needs an education now, DL Foster?  And if you don’t believe me, then maybe the IRS will give you a hand in making sure your donors are getting accurate information on exactly what kind of charity they are donating their money to.

 

And just to make things crystal clear, when you go to the site that DL Foster uses to get his donation money from (Network For Good), it states a couple of things (I have bolded and underlined):

 

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes. Donations made through Network for Good are 100% tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law because Network for Good and every charity in our database is qualified to receive tax deductible donations under the Internal Revenue Service rules. When you make a donation, be sure to save and/or print the confirmation screen and/or e-mail you receive from Network for Good for your tax records.

If you have any tax questions, however, please consult a tax professional.

 

If DL Foster is using Network for Good to get money and he is not a 501(c)3 non-profit, then he is getting his money through Network for Good illegally.  Network for Good does not accept donations for charities that are NOT tax exempt:

Network for Good currently only permits donations to public charities recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code on this website. Under IRS rules, Network for Good does not permit donations to private foundations or supporting organizations. The GuideStar database that Network for Good uses for this data contains more than 1 million nonprofit organizations, some of which are not 501(c)(3) public charities and as a result are not eligible for tax-deductible donations through the Network for Good giving system.

See also:

What is a 501(c)(3)?

A 501(c)(3) is the section of the Internal Revenue Service Code referring to charitable organizations. Donations you make to 501(c)(3) organizations are fully tax-deductible to the amount allowed by law. Most charities listed in the GuideStar database, which powers Network for Good’s Giving System, are 501(c)(3) organizations. The Guidestar database includes some nonprofits that are not 501(c)(3) organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions. The Network for Good system currently will not process donations to these non-501(c)(3) organizations.

Note: The extent to which donations to 501(c)(3) organizations are tax-deductible depends on your individual tax circumstances. Check with a tax professional if you have specific questions about the extent to which your donations using the Network for Good Giving System are tax-deductible.

As well as contacting the IRS about Foster, I will also be contacting Network for Good to find out what the status is for www.witnessfortheworld.org.

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5 Responses to Come Clean, DL Foster

  1. Kevin says:

    Yep.  DL Foster is about to get a taste of what my having an education in historical research really means…  🙂

  2. Rob says:

    Doesn\’t DL stand for "down low" – maybe that\’s why he\’s so angry?  OK, I know it\’s catty to poke fun, but I honestly believe ALL these anti-gay religious nuts are serious pervs.

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