Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard have come under fire for their charity Dillard Family Ministries in recent years. But now, RadarOnline.com can exclusively reveal the controversial charity has officially been shut down.
“The company was dissolved on February 8, 2018 by the Board of Directors,” a spokesperson for Arkansas Secretary of State told Radar of the business.
Dillard, 29, and Duggar, 26, are both listed of directors of the nonprofit.
Dillard Family Ministries was created on June 17, 2015.
In August 2017, Duggar and Dillard announced they are discontinuing the charity after years of scandals.
“Thank you so much for your support of Dillard Family Ministries through your prayers and financial resources,” they posted on their blog. “Beginning this month, we are discontinuing Dillard Family Ministries and will no longer be accepting donations through this organization.”
Although Dillard Family Ministries was properly registered with the IRS, fans slammed the nonprofit.
In 2015, the couple asked for up to $100 per month from fans to fund their first international “mission effort.” But they didn’t give fans details on what exactly the donations would go towards.
“I would never donate to a charity that doesn’t let me know exactly where and how my money will be used,” one user said, as a second wrote, “I would like to know exactly what they do over there, is really just preaching? They are not helping to better the life of people they see?”
The same month the couple announced they are closing down the charity, Dillard turned to Pure Charity to ask for a one-time goal of $6,500.
“For the next year, I will be serving through a program at my home church, called the Cross Church School of Ministry,” the description for the fundraiser read. “I am so excited about this incredible opportunity for further ministry development, and I would like to invite you to share in this excitement with me.”
He added, “I have a donations goal of $6,500. This will enable me to fulfill my specific calling to ministry this year, including trips for Gospel-advancement and humanitarian work in Northwest Arkansas, North America, and abroad.”
Dillard raised $125 before the fundraiser was shut down.
Although Dillard insisted he left Counting On, TLC released in a statement in November that they are no longer featuring him on the show after his comments about trans star Jazz Jennings.
“A ‘reality’ show which follows a non-reality,” he tweeted about the I Am Jazz star in August. “’Transgender’ is a myth. Gender is not fluid. It’s ordained by God.”
He then tweeted in November, “I pity Jazz, 4 those who take advantage of him in order 2 promote their agenda, including the parents who allow these kinds of decisions 2 be made by a child.”
But the firing didn’t stop Dillard from making homophobic comments, as he slammed TLC star Nate Berkus and his husband Jeremiah Brent in April.
“What a travesty of family,” he tweeted. “It’s sad how blatant the liberal agenda is, such that it both highlights and celebrates a lifestyle so degrading to children on public television as if it should be normal.”
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