[UPDATED 3/15/13 With verification of certificate status]
BJUnity is a website with Jeffrey Hoffman as its “Executive Director” whose claimed goal is “an affirming alternative for lgbt alumni and students of Bob Jones University”. [“lgbt” stands for “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender”]. Jeffrey Hoffman is also a regular contributor to Do Right BJU and submits comments on numerous anti-fundamentalist websites.
On March 11, 2013, Jeffrey made slanderous accusations that Elisha Weismann, Dr James Ach and Jerry Kaifetz were the same person in response to an article written that demonstrated he was supportive of the Islamic religion. After contacting Facebook about the accusations and the photos he posted on his page, Facebook removed the references on his page.
When someone goes out of their way to slander us (and by “us” we mean anyone associated with DRC. Jerry Kaifetz is not associated with any of the Do Right Christian ministries or websites) on a personal level when they can’t hold a debate about religious issues that are the topic of a discussion, sometimes we do a little of our own checking, and we have some questions about BJUnity. We are not insinuating anything here, but just seeking some answers that perhaps we overlooked in our investigation of BJUnity.
BJUnity claims to be a “Not-For-Profit Incorporation” (“EXH A” below) and has a Donation Tab at the bottom of their website.
Just for review, here are the New York State laws for not-for-profit incorporations.
Upon a search, we could not find a Federal Tax ID# (“EXH B”).
We could not locate a profile on Guidestar (“EXH D”). Guidestar is a company where a corporations IRS 990 forms can be viewed. If you are not familiar with them, we have posted a picture below (“EXH C”) of G.R.A.C.E. (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment) to show what a non-profit organization’s Guidestar profile looks like.
If Jeffrey or someone that works for BJUnity can fill in the gaps here, we’ll wait for a response before we make a conclusion based on our research.
BJUnity gave the following response:
To whom it concerns:
BJUnity is a not-for-profit charitable organization, incorporated in the State of New York in June 2012.
Our application for federal 501 (c) (3) status is in process.
A Few things to address about this:
1) *REMOVED Upon Verification Certificate.
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2) If they admit that their application for 501 (c)(3) status is “in process” then it is not yet a true not-for-profit organization that should be collecting donations under that guise.
3) Has BJUnity told their donators that their charitable gift is not tax deductible until their 501 (c)(3) status is approved?
4) BJUnity appears to be founded in the middle of 2012, yet there is nothing on your website that advises potential donors that your 501 (c)(3) status is pending, or when you applied for it which would be important considering that it normally does not take 9 months for approval.