New on the website of the Interpreter Foundation:
New, from our friends at Book of Mormon Central:
And don’t forget the classics:
And you may well enjoy this very relevant little piece, from the incomparable Jeff Lindsay:
Inevitably, there’s ill-intended speculation in a certain quarter about the funding of the Interpreter Foundation’s Witnesses film project, as well as complaints that its finances are not sufficiently transparent to allow hostile critics to misrepresent them in detail.
Witnesses is being created as a project of the Interpreter Foundation, but it has a dependent and distinct bank account and is organized as a separate but allied corporate entity. As such, most of its financial data (which we haven’t published) don’t appear on the Interpreter Foundation’s website.
Witnesses is neither funded nor sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A proportionately very small part of its funding comes from the College of Religious Education at BYU, on the understanding that what it produces will be available for classroom use by the College.
Witnesses is not funded by Mormon Voices, the umbrella organization created by Book of Mormon Central, FairMormon, and the Interpreter Foundation as a means of coordinating their fundraising. After an initial flurry of activity and for various reasons, while Mormon Voices still exists, its activity has effectively been suspended, at least for the time being. Perhaps, when we get the time, we’ll make another attempt at making it work.
Financial support for Witnesses has come from generous private individuals and foundations, including numerous small donors for whom we are very grateful. No single donor, thus far, has given more than about an eighth of the total funding needed. In other words, this has been a broad-based effort. A complete list of donors will appear in the credits to the theatrical film and the documentary film when they appear.
Fundraising has been a principal responsibility of mine, in my capacity as one of the project’s two executive producers. I have not involved myself in the details of making the films, although I have had considerable input. I don’t pretend to be a filmmaker.
And repeated suggestions that my wife and I have been enriching ourselves from this effort are both baseless and contemptible. The books are being carefully kept. All is legal and above board. My wife and I draw no salary from it and we take no cuts of the donated funds. We ourselves are, in fact, enthusiastic (though relatively minor) donors to the project.