JamesJack; I have bought stock from different companies throughout the years if I thought I could make a dollar or 2 regardless if I like the business or not!
James, I think that there are a few critical points to consider -
1. there is no capital stock in the WTS, according to their charter.
2. shareholders do not buy their shares - they are selected/appointed
3. there are no share dividends
4. even if the WTS closed up shop, any profits made from the dissolution of the corporation has to be turned over to another non-profit entity
So, with those points in mind, Gayle's questions are intriguing:
Gayle: Why would anyone be a shareholder, not a member of the organization (or any other such business, religion, etc.) and have no monetary interest, or any other interest in such organization???
Exactly. How do non-JWs benefit from being part of an organization that offers zero profit to a shareholder? We can understand the JW shareholders - their belief system is what invests them in the WTS and they see their payoff as being measured in spiritual reward. But...what about those who do not have an emotional investment/connection to the WTS? Why would they hold voting shares?
Well....let's think about that. A nonJW would have to see some sort of return outside of spiritual considerations to be bothered to invest time into an organization. According to the WTS charter, nobody gets dividends or profit from their membership in the Society. Hmmmm.
Okay...bear with me. This is a hypothetical example. Hypothetical.
Let's imagine that some of those nonJWs are...let's see...bloodless surgeons. Or maybe administrators connected to blood management. How would their membership in the Society benefit them? Would the blood doctrine that the WTS has power over have any effect on their profession? Of course it would.
Would it be in the interest of people who work in bloodless medicine to have the WTS drop their blood doctrine? No, it wouldn't. But, keeping that doctrine in place would pay 'dividends' to the bloodless industry and anyone connected to it. Which, in turn, would ensure that the WTS would receive 'donations' (tax exempt for those donating) from the ones who profit from keeping the WTS blood doctrine in place.