We post about the Discovery Institute’s tax returns when they’re available, but it’s no fun to read that stuff, and we’ve never bothered to look at the tax returns of Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo).
If you care to look, you can see AIG’s 2013 return here. But if you’d rather spare yourself the agony, you can see the results of a study by Cincinnati station WCPO-TV: Is Answers in Genesis’ tendency to hire family members problematic? They say, with bold font added by us:
For Answers in Genesis founder Ken Ham, work has been very much a family affair. The Boone County, Ky.-based non-profit best known for its Creation Museum, which portrays a non-evolutionary history of the world’s creation based on the Biblical book of Genesis, employed seven of Ham’s family members in fiscal 2012-13. That’s according to the most recent Form 990 – an informational return non-profits file in lieu of an income tax return – that the organization filed with the Internal Revenue Service.
It’s not remarkable for creationist ministries to employ more than one family member. For example, the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the granddaddy of all creationist outfits — was founded by Henry Morris (1918-2006). The founder’s eldest son, Henry Morris III, is carrying on the family business as ICR’s Chief Executive Officer. His son, Henry IV (the grandson of ICR’s founder), is “Director of Donor Relations at the Institute for Creation Research.” Another son of ICR’s founder, John D. Morris, is now president of ICR.
But according to WCPO-TV, Hambo’s AIG employs seven family members — in addition to Hambo himself. We’re told:
Those family members were Renee Hodge, Ham’s daughter, who earned $34,000 that fiscal year; Danielle Johnson, another daughter, who earned $19,767; Kristel Ham, a third daughter, who earned $13,312; Jeremy Ham, a son, who earned $40,166; David Hodge, Ham’s son-in-law, who earned $59,973; Susan Ham, a daughter-in-law, who earned $21,002; and Stephen Ham, Ken Ham’s brother, who earned $74,856. Ham himself, who is the organization’s CEO, had $193,361 in total compensation that year.
Ol’ Hambo is certainly a good provider for his family. Let’s read on:
Altogether, Ham and his family members received a total of $456,437 in compensation from Answers in Genesis Inc. in fiscal 2012-13. That amounts to 4.4 percent of the $10.4 million in total compensation-related expenses that the organization reported that year. That figure includes payroll, insurance, pension accruals and payroll taxes.
We don’t know if this is unusual, or if it’s routine for organizations like Hambo’s. But it’s certainly interesting. And here’s something else we learn from WCPO-TV that’s interesting:
According to the Form 990, Answers in Genesis had $19 million in total revenue during fiscal 2012-13, versus $19.5 million in total expenses.
Wow — they lost half a million! Why? Could it be — gasp! — that the thrill of visiting Hambo’s creationist museum and buying creationist trinkets at his gift shop is gradually wearing off? No problem. When the Ark “replica” is finished, there’s certain to be a boost in revenues.
There may be more goodies to be discovered in that tax return, but we’re not going to slog through the thing. It’s sufficient to see that the Hambo family is well taken care of. That’s what’s important.
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