Our reports and studies related to LDS Church finances
|The Widow’s Mite|
A report on the state of wealth in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
A summary and analysis of reported humanitarian giving, covering LDSC reports from 2011 to 2021.
Related to LDS Charities:
|Ensign Peak (the Church’s primary investment arm)|
A data-driven study of Ensign Peak and affiliated Church investment funds. Analysis of EP’s direct holdings in US public stocks and overall investment portfolio returns.
Brief excerpts related to Church investments:
Quarterly updates based on 13F filings:
An informative study & analysis of LDS temples, by the numbers. Perspective on temple expansion, long-term costs, a 1,000-temple scenario, and unit cost analysis.
|General Authority Compensation|
A brief analysis of the living allowance offered to all of the Church’s General Authorities.
A new series with analysis of audited BYU system financial reports from 2014 to 2021. As recipients of federal student aid, BYU system campuses submit audited financial statements to a federal database which is accessible to the public.
|Church Real Estate|
A categorical breakdown and valuation estimate of all identifiable Church real estate holdings, including operating properties and investment assets.
A comparison of our current estimate of LDS Church wealth compared with some of the most cash-rich institutions in the world.
|Primary Use of Church Investments|
A one-page graphical illustration of the growth of Church investment savings with the implied year-by-year choices to prioritize accumulating money.
|Church Investments as an “Endowment”|
Analysis, based on the BYU endowment policy, showing that if Church investment reserves are like a university endowment, then the Church has enough money to be financially self-reliant forever.
|Inflows & Outflows|
A visual “Sankey” chart summarizing our current best estimates of total Church monetary inflows and outflows for the year.
|Global Tithing & Membership Summary|
A look at the global distribution of Church membership and tithing income. Ward-level economics, normalized to a global average ward-equivalent size congregation.
|Path to $1 Trillion|
Forecasted timeframes to reach $1 Trillion in total assets, based on historic rates of investment return, assuming the Church continues to reinvest all of its invested savings and surplus donations.
|Tax Questions (Australia & Canada)|
A summary of issues raised by news media about the Church’s tax avoidance practices in Australia and Canada.
|Overview||Mormon Stories feature discussion|
Excerpts from various project reports, referenced during Mormon Stories walkthrough episode, recorded March 5, 2023
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