I would like to add that for decades the Society has criticized other churches for passing collection plates and other fund-raising efforts have also been repeatedly condemned.
Yet the Society has emphasized that Jehovah’s Witnesses do not solicit donations!
Examples of the Society’s claims :
WITNESS: Jehovah’s witnesses have never gone begging for finances. For this we are very grateful to God, because we realize that this is his work and that he is seeing to it by means of his spirit that it gets done. The many privileges of supporting the worldwide witness to God’s kingdom have been grasped voluntarily and cheerfully.
The emphasis in all giving among the Witnesses is that it must be voluntary and spontaneous, from the heart. In fact, ever since the earliest days of the modern witnesses of Jehovah it has been their policy that never should there be any passing of collection plates or similar solicitations for money.
From the book: Jehovah’sWitnesses—ProclaimersofGod’sKingdom (publ. 1993)
As early as the second issue of the WatchTower, in August 1879, Brother Russell stated: “‘Zion’s Watch Tower’ has, we believe, JEHOVAH for its backer, and while this is the case it will never beg nor petition men for support. When He who says: ‘All the gold and silver of the mountains are mine,’ fails to provide necessary funds, we will understand it to be time to suspend the publication.” Consistent with that, there is no begging for money in the literature of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
(from Zion ’s Watch Tower, August 1879)
R13 : page 1
VOL. I. PITTSBURGH, PA., AUG. 1879. NO. 2.
ZION'S Watch Tower AND HERALD OF CHRIST'S PRESENCE .
PUBLISHED MONTHLY. 101 Fifth Ave., PITTSBURGH, PA.
C. T. RUSSELL, Editor and Publisher.
REGULAR CONTRIBUTORS. J. H. PATON, ALMONT, MICH.
W. I. MANN, ALLEGHENY, PA.-- B. W. KEITH, DANSVILLE, N.Y.
H. B. RICE, W. OAKLAND, CAL. -- A. D. JONES, PITTSBURGH, PA.
R20 : page 2
Do You Want "Zion's Watch Tower?
Do not suppose these remarks to be an appeal for money. No, "Zion's Watch Tower"
has, we believe JEHOVAH for its backer, and while this is the case it will never beg nor
petition men for support. When He who says: "All the gold and silver of the mountains
are mine," fails to provide necessary funds, we will understand it to be time to suspend
Then a change:
(from the The Watchtower December 1 st , 1994 page 19)
How Some Make Donations to the Kingdom-Preaching Work
- CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE WORLDWIDE WORK: Many set aside or budget an amount that they place in the contribution boxes labeled: “Contributions for the Society’s Worldwide Work-Matthew 24:14.” Each month congregations forward these amounts either to the world headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, or to the nearest branch office.
- GIFTS: Voluntary donations of money may be sent directly to the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania, 25 Columbia Heights, Brooklyn, New York 11201-2483, or to the Society’s office that serves your country. Jewelry or other valuables may also be donated. A brief letter stating that such is an outright gift should accompany these contributions.
- CONDITIONAL-DONATION ARRANGEMENT: Money may be given to the Watch Tower Society to be held in trust until the donor’s death, with the provision that in the case of personal need, it will be returned to the donor. • INSURANCE: The Watch Tower Society may be named as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy or in a retirement/pension plan. The Society should be informed of any such arrangement.
- BANK ACCOUNTS: Bank accounts, certificates of deposit, or individual retirement accounts may be placed in trust for or made payable on death to the Watch Tower Society, in accord with local bank requirements. The Society should be informed of any such arrangements.
- STOCKS AND BONDS: Stocks and bonds may be donated to the Watch Tower Society either as an outright gift or under an arrangement whereby the income continues to be paid to the donor.
- REAL ESTATE: Salable real estate may be donated to the Watch Tower Society either by making an outright gift or by reserving a life estate to the donor, who can continue to live therein during his or her lifetime. One should contact the Society before deeding any real estate to the Society.
- WILLS AND TRUSTS: Property or money may be bequeathed to the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania by means of a legally executed will, or the Society may be named as a beneficiary of a trust agreement. A trust benefiting a religious organization may provide certain tax advantages. A copy of the will or trust agreement should be sent to the Society.
- PLANNED GIVING: The Society has assembled information on “Planned Giving.” Those who are planning to make a special gift to the Society now or to leave a bequest at death may find this information helpful. That is especially true if they wish to accomplish some family goal or estate-planning objective while using tax benefits to minimize the cost of the gift or bequest. This information can be obtained by writing to the Society at the address shown below.
In spite of all things, the Society is pooor :
Real Deal on Watchtower Properties
By Homer Fink on July 21, 2010 10:52 am in Real Estate, Watchtower
The Real Deal looks at the Watchtower’s Brooklyn Heights real estate holdings and speculates how much the organization could make once it decides to put its remaining properties here on the market:
The Real Deal: Over the next decades, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, as it is officially known, bought up some incredibly valuable real estate as its operation expanded. Today, the organization’s portfolio totals 25 Brooklyn properties — brownstones, Beaux Arts multifamilies, modern high-rises and parking lots — that are said to be worth at least $1 billion.
(Left) The assembly hall in Indianapolis, for sale (when last checked) at $2,895,000;
(right) The Ireland branch office, for sale at an estimated €4.5 million
Jehovah's Witnesses sell first property for $7.1M
Price was slightly under the sum that the religious order had sought when it put the property on the market along with seven other buildings last year.
By Amanda Fung @amandafung
January 3, 2012 1:32 p.m.
The Jehovah's Witnesses, who have called Brooklyn their home since 1909, are the largest landlord in the Brooklyn Heights area. The group has accumulated 34 properties totaling 3.2 million square feet over the course of two decades and created a self-sustaining community in the Brooklyn area. The Jehovah's Witnesses have been known to keep their real estate holdings in mint condition and all of its holdings are expected to attract a slew of buyers .
Witnesses put prime Dumbo site on block
The zoning would allow for a development of up to 150,000 square feet of hotel or residential project. The group still owns nearly 3 million square feet of property in the area.
By Amanda Fung @amandafung
June 4, 2012 12:15 p.m.
(from : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watch_Tower_Bible_and_Tract_Society_of_Pennsylvania#cite_note-78#cite_note-78)
In 2004 the society began transferring its printing operations to its Wallkill factory complex. The move triggered the sale of a number of Brooklyn factory and residential properties including:
- 360 Furman St , sold in 2004 for $205 million;
- 67 Livingston St , (nicknamed the Sliver) sold in 2006 for $18.6 million.
- 89 Hicks St , sold in 2006 for $14 million.
- Standish Arms Hotel, 169 Columbia Heights, sold in 2007 for $50 million.
- 183 Columbia Heights, bought in 1986 and offered for sale in 2007, under contract in March 2012, sold in April 2012 for $6.6 million.
- 161 Columbia Heights, bought in 1988 and offered for sale in 2007, sold in March 2012 for $3 million.
- 165 Columbia Heights, offered for sale in 2007, sold January 2012 for $4.1 million.
- 105 Willow St , offered for sale in 2007 and is sold in April 2012 for $3.3 million. 
- 34 Orange St , offered for sale in 2007.
- Bossert Hotel , 98 Montague St, for sale since 2008. Media reports in 2008 claimed a deal had been struck for more than $100 million, although the deal later fell through. As of May 2012, discussion was under way for the property to be rezoned for a hotel developer who bought it for an undisclosed amount, estimated at $90 million.
- 50 Orange St , bought in 1988, renovated to sell 2006, and sold December 2011 for $7.1 million.
- 173 Front St , up for sale in 2012.
- 177 Front St , up for sale in 2012.
- 200 Water St , up for sale in 2012.
- 67 Remsen St , up for sale in 2012.
That’s all for now, more ….later.