Former Counting On stars Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard have caused controversy in the past because of their fundraising practices for Dillard Family Ministries. And now, the couple has officially shut down the charity after years of scandals. Last August, they announced that they would be discontinuing the non-profit, and in February they officially dissolved the company.
“Thank you so much for your support of Dillard Family Ministries through your prayers and financial resources,” they wrote in an August blog post. “Beginning this month, we are discontinuing Dillard Family Ministries and will no longer be accepting donations through this organization.”
The couple created the organization in the summer of 2015 and was a legal business with no IRS issues. But fans repeatedly slammed the charity because Dillard and Duggar tried to solicit money from fans without any explanation about how they intended to use the money.
When Dillard and Duggar began the ministry, they asked fans for up to $100 per month to fund their first “international mission effort.” But, the lack of details left many skeptical.
The problem is when he had Dillard family ministries donors had no idea where that money went to.
— Rae Sami (@DolphinGirl422) November 11, 2017
Their repeated attempts to raise cash also confused a lot of people since they were both supposedly earning a hefty paycheck as regulars on Counting On.
But, as soon as they announced they were shutting down their non-profit and no longer accepting donations, Duggar and Dillard turned to Pure Charity and set up a fundraiser with a goal of $6,500. Dillard explained that he would be serving in the Cross Church School of Ministry for the next year, and he invited fans to “share in his excitement.”
He added that his goal of $6,500 would enable him to fulfill his calling to his specific ministry for the next year, that included trips for Gospel-advancement and humanitarian work in Northwest Arkansas, North America, and abroad.
But, after raising just $125, he shut the fundraiser down.
Not long after Duggar and Dillard shut down their non-profit and ended their fundraising efforts, he inexplicably started to go after fellow TLC reality star Jazz Jennings – a transgender teen – with multiple rants that accused the network and Jennings’ parents of exploitation and promoting a liberal agenda.
TLC eventually fired Dillard from Counting On, but he claims he left on his own. Then, in a misguided act of solidarity, Duggar stood by her husband and quit the show.
Now, the couple has no ministry, no fundraisers, and no income from their reality show. But, that hasn’t kept Dillard from continuing to go after his former network and people he doesn’t agree with. Just last month he called Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent, stars of Nate & Jeremiah: By Design, a “travesty of a family.”
Dillard claimed the show – which features the married designers renovating homes for clients – was part of the “blatant liberal agenda” and celebrated a lifestyle that was “degrading to children.”
New episodes of Counting On – without Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard – will air later this summer on TLC.