The Power is In Them

Abstract: The Interpreter Foundation has spent five years dedicated to publishing quality scholarship regarding the gospel, history, and scripture of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The result is a body of work both to be proud of and to stand upon as we move forward. Profound appreciation is given to those who have contributed to this effort, and an invitation is extended to be part of future explorations and exhortations of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Continue reading

Looking Back,
Almost Five Years On

Abstract: As the axiom states, hindsight is 20/20. As Volume 24 of Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture nears the press, it seems relevant to look back to a tumultuous time nearly five years ago when the Interpreter Foundation was visualized and launched. If history has any value at all (particularly recent history), it provides a context for understanding the course on which we find ourselves. For the Interpreter Foundation, that course continues to be full of surprises and promise. Continue reading

A Letter from the President and Chairman of the Board

3 May 2014

Dear friends of The Interpreter Foundation:

As I write, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture is closing in on its hundredth straight week of publishing at least one article every Friday, the Foundation has just recorded its seventy-first scripture roundtable, our blog is flourishing, we’ve hosted a major conference on religion and science (the proceedings of which will eventually appear in print), we’ve established an article prize, we’ve obtained 501(c)(3) status from the United States Internal Revenue Service, and our first published book is selling well. And even that list doesn’t exhaust what The Interpreter Foundation has accomplished and what it has still in the works.

We’ve been able to do this on a remarkably small budget—and we’ve been wholly transparent about that budget. Some expenses are unavoidable, and we pay a few people (mostly well below market rates) because . . . well, we simply didn’t feel right about exploiting their willingness to serve to the degree that the work demands. But our donated funds have been used very efficiently. A very large proportion of our work is performed by volunteers, and I’m astonished at what’s regularly accomplished, every week. I can’t adequately express my gratitude for the generosity of so many people out there.

That said, our expenses are rising. (This is the inevitable penalty of success.) It costs significant money to sponsor conferences and publish books, and we intend to continue to do both—on an even larger scale.

So, just as I thank all of those who have contributed their time and their effort to make The Interpreter Foundation the resounding success that it is, I express my appreciation to all those who’ve contributed financially. This isn’t sentimental boilerplate: We couldn’t have pulled this off without you.

But there’s more to be done and—to put it bluntly—that’s going to require more money.  Our expenditures of late have been higher than our income.  Not by much, and we’re not in a crisis.  But I’m writing with the long-term prospects of the Foundation in mind.

So I wish to say to those who’ve contributed to The Interpreter Foundation what I’ve said to those who work with us.  We’re deeply grateful for what you’ve done in the past . . . and we need more.  Whether it’s an hour of time or a five-dollar bill—or, of course, a million dollars!—we are and will be grateful.

Instructions on how to donate to The Interpreter Foundation can be found at http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/donations/ .

Very sincerely yours,

Daniel C. Peterson
Chairman and President
The Interpreter Foundation

Reflections on the Mission of The Interpreter Foundation

Abstract: Among the covenant obligations taken upon themselves by faithful Latter-day Saints is the consecration of their talents, gifts, and abilities to the building of the Kingdom of God on the earth. Those who established and lead The Interpreter Foundation see their mission in terms of this covenant. The Foundation’s goal is to foster honest and accessible scholarship in service to the Church and Kingdom of God, scholarship that will be of use and benefit to our fellow Latter-day Saints. Continue reading

The Interpreter Foundation Has 501c3 Tax-Exempt Status

The Interpreter Foundation is pleased to announce that, in a communication dated 24 January 2014, the Internal Revenue Service of the United States has determined the Foundation to be a “public charity” that is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the Foundation are deductible under section 170 of the Code. The Foundation is also qualified to receive tax-deductible bequests, devises, transfers, or gifts under sections 2055, 2106, and/or 2522 of the Code.

Importantly, too, this tax exemption applies retroactively, back to August 2012.