I agree. However, I believe the dissemination of accurate information about the WTS is a huge factor in the reduction of their funding base.
Alpheta: How much could [the African Kingdom Halls] have possibly cost?
Roughly $10,000 USD per Hall, after my uncle got there. My uncle, Roger Montgomery, was a Kingdom Construction Servant for years, serving in Tanzania and helping plan building projects in several neighboring countries. This was the same uncle who basically wrote the current YMCA membership doctrine and whose life experience appeared in Awake! The money is not as big an issue for these Halls as is finding enough skilled labor (which doesn't even have to be very skilled) in the areas where the Halls are built.
There is a distinct difference with NPO (non-profit organization) assets. At the end of the year, any liquid assets left over are taxed at the regular Corporate rate which means that an NPO has strong incentive to dump all liquid assets into some real estate holding, depreciable asset, or place the money into some other "holding pattern", which means that although the WTS is property rich, it is liquid asset poor.
An NPO is not (ostensibly) in business to make money. However, there are ways to legally shift money from the non-profit sector into the for-profit sector and establish assets from the pool of non-profit contributions that are accessible by the leadership.
One such method would be to establish a for-profit company through a near-relation to a Governing Body member, such as through the Father-In-Law of Judah Ben Schroeder, who is the son of the late Albert Schroeder. This would create a legally separate for-profit corporation with "off-paper" loyalty ties to the WTS.
Perhaps the for-profit Corporation might position itself as a legal procurer of a good or service on behalf of the Watchtower Society, such as bulk-purchased automobiles, the money for the purchase of which comes from funds donated to the Watchtower Society in furtherance of the Worldwide Work. A substantial fee is understandably charged by the for-profit company for performing this service. The for-profit company then legally (on paper) changes hats and becomes a leasing company managing the leasing of these vehicles on behalf of the Watchtower Society.
An organization subsidiary to the Watchtower Society then leases the cars from the leasing company which its parent organization just bought and paid for. The lease fees are also paid for from the funds donated in furtherance of the Worldwide Work. When the lease expires, the vehicles are then sold by the leasing company on a for-profit basis for slightly more than the original bulk purchase price, and the leasing company understandably charges a hefty fee for providing this service of selling the leased vehicles.
In this way, money can be moved out of the Worldwide Work fund and into the private sector with no one being the wiser and the organization being legally covered on all sides. Ethically, such a thing would be an egregious overstepping of their stated purposes. This course of action would be bankrupt of anything remotely resembling morality. But financially, this arrangement would be incredibly lucrative for those involved "off-paper" in the legally defensible skimming of donated funds.
They will ride the horse until the horse dies, then they will dismount.
AuldSoul (of the "Let's Put the Horse Out of Its Misery" class)