Salvation Army

William and Catherine Booth, Methodist leaders in 19th-century England, founded the mainstream Protestant denomination famous for its Christmastime bell-ringers and vast network of thrift stores in 1865. The Army now boasts operations in 124 countries and over 1.4 million members, who maintain a military organizational structure of soldiers, cadets, and a head general (currently Linda Bond). The Army is considered one of the most effective charities in America, with private donations totaling nearly $2 billion in fiscal year 2007.

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Army Facing Battle on Benefits
Army Facing Battle on BenefitsSubscriber Access Only
Domestic partners dispute may cripple Salvation Army-New York link.
The Blood-and-Fire Mission of the Salvation Army
The Blood-and-Fire Mission of the Salvation ArmySubscriber Access Only
Where did this tuba-playing, kettle-wielding social force come from, and what's it all about?
Would You Like to Super-Size Your Ministry?
Would You Like to Super-Size Your Ministry?Subscriber Access Only
Joan Kroc's $1.5 billion bequest to the Salvation Army promises to boost its admirable outreach, but history suggests new challenges and temptations lie ahead.