Kanakuk is not a typical summer camp. In fact, (according to a 2015 IRS ruling) it is a church, which minimizes the amount of transparency and public reporting required of most nonprofits and makes it impossible to quantify the number of vulnerable children that Kanakuk impacts on an annual basis. Joe White’s evangelical empire has dozens of affiliated entities, sprawling and franchised programs, and an international reach.
According to Kanakuk Ministries IRS 990 forms, Kanakuk describes its mission as:
- To relieve poverty by providing food, clothing, medical supplies, and other basic needs to under privileged or impoverished children;
- To advance the Kingdom of God and promote Christian virtue in individuals by providing support for Christian evangelistic organizations and programs;
- To educate children and advance the Kingdom of God by operating camps to teach Christian faith and athletic skills;
- To assist other religious, charitable, and educational organizations in the conduct of similar activities.
The following compilation of Kanakuk’s “ministries” lists only a few examples of their programs and affiliated organizations that target children and youth: