In June of last year, Peter Youngren’s Grace TV announced it had entered into a partnership agreement with Daystar TV, one of the top three religious broadcasters in the US. In November Grace TV announced Daystar Canada would operate Grace TV, based at Youngrens church in Toronto. The last T3010 filed by Daystar Television Canada (2012) shows the Canadian operation operated at a deficit, with about 70 thousand dollars coming in from Canadians. It will be interesting to see the next T3010. Daystar Television Canada, headquartered in Vancouver, has an interesting name on the board of directors – Ken Greter, former manager of Todd Bentley’s ministry in Canada.
The mission statement of Daystar TV Canada states:
Daystar Television Network has a singular goal; to reach souls with the good news of Jesus Christ. We seek out every available means of distribution to a world in need of hope. With an extensive blend of interdenominational and multi-cultural programming, Daystar is committed to producing and providing quality television that will reach our viewers, refresh their lives and renew their hearts.
NPR posted an investigative report today on Daystar USA (which is considered a church in the US) and on the amount of money the broadcaster rakes in.
According to court records, Daystar’s primary revenue comes from selling airtime to other religious programmers. Its secondary income is donations. The documents show that between 2005 and 2011, Daystar took in $208 million in tax-deductible contributions from viewers through on-air pitches.5
Daystar has built a public image as a generous giver to charitable causes. Indeed, the network has contributed millions of dollars to a trauma center and a home for Holocaust survivors in Israel, a hospital in Calcutta, and to ministries that support women in Moldova and children in Uganda.
Lamb trumpeted those donations in a 2009 sermon in Australia: “In the last five years, Daystar has written checks of donations to others, to ministries, to churches, to missions, to hurricane relief, to tsunami relief, to hospitals, etc., to the tune of $30 million cash!”
NPR analyzed six years of Daystar balance sheets. They show the network gave away $9.7 million dollars in direct grants to outside recipients. Not $30 million. That works out to charitable giving of about 5 percent of donor revenue.
The NPR report is an incredible read, showing the donations that went to places that benefited the network and in particular, the Lamb family. Full documentation is provided.
Much of this has not been public knowledge since Daystar Television doesn’t have to disclose.
The IRS stopped auditing churches and businesses such as Daystar Television (which call themselves churches) about 5 years ago.
Kenneth Copeland Ministries was also examined. Yes, Copeland has had a Canadian branch since 1977, based in Langley BC. It appears a KCM Canada board member is also a board member for Crossroads Christian Communications. KCM Canada issued tax receipts for over 5 million dollars in donations in 2012.
It would be great if every Canadian who donates to these broadcasters would take a serious look at the NPR piece. These multi-million dollar televangelists play on emotions using a tv screen as their platform. They won’t collapse if Canadians stop giving – the reality is there are needs right on our doorstep, we all know local people working to make our neighborhoods a better place, and know Canadian charities and churches which don’t have broadcast bully pulpits, making a difference here and around the world.