FAMILIES AGAINST CULT TEACHINGS, INC.

aka F.A.C.T.   |   Hollywood, FL   |  www.familiesagainstcultteachings.org

Mission

FACT is dedicated to raising awareness and educating about destructive high demand / control groups in the United States and abroad. Providing aid is also a top priority, for which we offer care, guidance, and other various support for victims of undue influence, abuse (child and adult), human trafficking (sex and labor) and exploitation of all kinds.

No one ever joins a cult. They join a church, a non-profit group trying to save the oceans, a self help group, a yoga class. They are curious about practicing an Eastern religion or to learn transcendental meditation. Experts state, there are more than five- thousand active cultic groups in the U.S. with over six-million members. FACT is one of the few organizations in existence whose mission it is to expose these groups for what they truly are and help those afflicted by them.


KEY OBJECTIVES:

• Helping victims leave destructive groups and receive proper counseling

• Providing guidance and support to families of victims in high control groups

• Conducting investigative research on destructive groups

• Education in high-schools and colleges to inform and warn students

• Creating and distributing educational cult awareness materials

• Monitoring of new sources and sharing the information with the public

• Host events to raise awareness in the general public

Ruling year info

2013

President

Mr. Tibor Stern

Main address

1801 Polk St. 221847

Hollywood, FL 33022 USA

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EIN

45-5207116

NTEE code info

Victims' Services (P62)

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Due to Covid-19, donations have diminished. We are working on donation drives through our social media and approaching various foundations to seek grants. Presently we are spending 50 percent in excess of our received donations, through the generosity of our President, Tibor Stern, who is donating in kind, offices rent free, office expenses, utilities, office supplies, etc free of charge.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Victim Support Services

One of our primary missions at Families Against Cult Teachings (FACT) is to help cult victims get out of destructive situations and rehabilitated so that they may be reunited with their families and reintegrated into society. We handle a broad range of issues:

• Help for those trapped in a destructive group
• Reconnection support with estranged family members
• Slave labor and sex trafficking
• Child abuse
• Victim recovery and reintegration support

Population(s) Served

FACT is dedicated to educating and raising awareness in the youth about destructive groups in the United States and abroad.

Population(s) Served
Adults

FACT conducts investigative research into cult groups the organization receives complaints about, in order to ascertain the validity of the complaints. Once verified, the information is sent to the proper authorities / legal entities and used in public education and awareness campaigns.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients who self-report increased skills/knowledge after educational program/intervention

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, At-risk youth, Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

Education and Public Awareness

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

1000+ This is documented through correspondence via our social media and blog platforms, email, phone, especially with regard to school systems.

Number of requests for advocate products or information, including downloads or page views of online material

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Education and Public Awareness

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Based on requests via social media, email, download metrics, including website page views.

Number of print, radio, or online ads developed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Education and Public Awareness

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Yielding over 200,000 ad impressions per month

Number of unique website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As reported by Google.

Number of websites and organizations (outside of our organization) that share our resources and information

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Religious groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As reported by Google.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

- Develop professional audio / visual materials for educating students in classrooms that support / reinforce our printed materials

- Create and host educational online web seminars accessible to the public

- Establish local meetings and support groups around the country

- Conduct recovery workshops for former group members nationwide

- Organize protests when appropriate to bring attention to destructive groups / related issues

- Establish official F.A.C.T. chapters at universities around the country, focusing initially on schools with known cult activity on campus to peacefully counteract their recruitment and indoctrination practices

First and foremost FACT needs the funds to execute our planned programs, and are launching a donation drive to raise the funds necessary for proper execution of these goals. Once attained, we can then hire the necessary staff to accomplish our goals and outsource.

FACT has many years of experience in dealing with cult groups, victim support, education, etc., and have trained staff and support networks all working in support of our mission. The current demand for victim support however is time and resource consuming and limiting our ability to grow and accomplish other goals without additional trained staff and an outsourcing budget.


- FACT worked for months on the Matthew Fenner case, resulting in the indictment of five Word of Faith Fellowship members accused of kidnapping and beating Fenner because he was gay, where we received media attention for our involvement

- Provided intervention support for many victims and happy to say with success!

- FACT had cases involving potential suicide which we handled successfully

- Provided ongoing support and aid for families throughout the arduous and highly emotional process of victim intervention support

- Tracked cult leader Katsura Kan’s movements and alerting educational institutions about his history and true nature in an effort to protect susceptible students from his dangerous manipulation and abuse

- High-schools used our educational materials to inform and warn students about high control groups and manipulative recruitment tactics, with the students being receptive and eager to learn more. (This is important because when these students go off to college the chances are high that there will be cult recruiters at their campuses. Once they get sucked in it is very difficult to rescue them and bring them back home, which is why advancing our preventative education campaign is so important.)

- Maintained and grew our social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to warn, educate, and inform the public of cult threats

- Established connections and aligned ourselves with other anti-cult organizations and professionals to develop a support network

- Created preventative education materials focusing on warning and educating students, teachers, clergy, counselors, etc.

- Contacted many schools and colleges around the nation and sent them our educational materials

- Blogged via Google / website to share news, organizational activities and developments

- Our educational / support website has generated a lot of traffic, and FACT now receives emails daily with all kinds of requests and information

- Received a great deal of positive feedback from visitors on our website regarding the educational content contained therein, with new information added / updated regularly

- Daily communication with the public on a variety of cult related topics

- And more...

Financials

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FAMILIES AGAINST CULT TEACHINGS, INC.

Board of directors
as of 2/5/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Tibor Stern

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/05/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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