The vetting revealed multiple websites containing numerous complaints made against the Wright Foundation and the services offered. Many of the complaints are over seven-years old and make claims that the Wright’s are “cult” leaders. Additionally, the vetting reviewed the training and courses offered by the Wrights and compared them against the indicators of a cult.
The Wright Foundation hired an external, third-party organization to conduct an anonymous in-depth assessment and survey to explore any dissatisfaction within and among its students related to these assertions. This is the second survey conducted to date.
As a point of reference, a cult is often defined as “a system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object.” According to the Cult Awareness & Information Center.
The third-party survey, conducted by The Recla Group, LLC corporate counterintelligence and due diligence firm, included detailed questions combined from the Cult Awareness & Information Center as well as the International Cult Studies Association.
Out of the 2530 potential “Yes/No” responses received, 89% were “No.” There was no indication to suggest that any single participant or group of participants believe that the Wright Foundation is a cult. This majority of the “yes” answers received pertained to two statements in particular:
“The members are expected to devote inordinate amounts of time to the group and group-related activities.”
“The group is preoccupied with bringing in new members.”
This is important to note since these two statements in of themselves pertain specifically to the culture of a growing educational institution. As such, the overall “Yes” responses weighed very little on the overall survey results and the survey verifies that those who attend the Wright Institution DO NOT harbor concerns it is a cult.
The overall assessment of this vetting verified that the Wright Foundation is not a cult, but rather an accredited educational institution that offers unique life skills and personal development training for students at the college, graduate, and post-graduate level in both credit and non-credit divisions.