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Mars Hill Productions

Ministry through media

three stars

83.42

4711 Lexington Boulevard Missouri City, TX 77459
tel: (800) 580-6479   Web Site
EIN: 76-0235320

Board Leadership
Fred Carpenter
President

CEO
Fred Carpenter
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 83.42 three stars
  Financial 79.30 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Mars Hill Productions is a non-denominational ministry using media to draw people to Jesus Christ. For more than 30 years, Mars Hill Productions has produced award-winning films and videos that have been used around the world to introduce thousands of people to Jesus Christ, and to motivate thousands more to share their faith in Christ with others. Mars Hill began in 1977 as a division of Youth for Christ/Houston and was spun off as a separate ministry in 1988. Mars Hill has produced media projects for evangelism, apologetics, discipleship and mobilization in a variety of genres including dramatic film, documentary and video curriculum. The most recent Mars Hill project, The HOPE, is an 80 minute dramatic presentation of God's redemptive story from creation through Christ.

Mars Hill Productions is a non-denominational ministry using media to draw people to Jesus Christ. For more than 30 years, Mars Hill Productions has produced award-winning films and videos that have been used around the world to introduce thousands of people to Jesus Christ, and to motivate thousands more to share their faith in Christ with others. Mars Hill began in 1977 as a division of Youth for Christ/Houston and was spun off as a separate ministry in 1988. Mars Hill has produced media projects for evangelism, apologetics, discipleship and mobilization in a variety of genres including dramatic film, documentary and video curriculum. The most recent Mars Hill project, The HOPE, is an 80 minute dramatic presentation of God's redemptive story from creation through Christ.

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Financial

two stars

79.30

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
73.8%
  Administrative Expenses 7.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 18.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.17
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.17
  Program Expenses Growth -4.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Mars Hill Productions on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Mars Hill Productions on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Mars Hill Productions (TX) 83.42 three stars
JOY FM Radio (MO) 85.24 three stars
Living on the Edge (GA) 92.85 four stars
The Christophers (NY) 85.58 three stars
Relevant Radio (WI) 92.02 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,141,299
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,141,299
   Program Service Revenue $1,053
Total Primary Revenue $1,142,352
   Other Revenue $15,052
TOTAL REVENUE $1,157,404
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $660,753
   Administrative Expenses $79,029
   Fundraising Expenses $190,788
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $930,570
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $226,834
   
Net Assets $1,214,167

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Development of Project Use $549,453 83.2%
Marketing and Distribution Marketing and Distribution $111,300 16.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 06/01/2019 83.42 three stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 83.98 three stars
2015-12 12/01/2016 88.36 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 88.35 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 88.25 three stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 82.22 three stars
2012-12 03/01/2014 89.57 three stars
2011-12 11/06/2012 87.82 three stars
2010-12 05/01/2012 76.86 two stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 69.87 one star
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 04/01/2011 63.94 one star
2008-12 05/01/2010 61.83 one star
2007-12 05/01/2009 76.30 two stars
2006-12 03/01/2008 69.85 one star
2005-12 04/01/2007 72.68 two stars
2004-12 07/01/2006 75.81 two stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 76-0235320
Name in IRS Master File MARS HILL PRODUCTIONS INC
NTEE Code X81
NTEE Classification Religious Film, Video
NTEE Type Religion-Related, Spiritual Development
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (122) Producing films
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date May, 1988
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$146,977 15.79% Fred Carpenter President, Founder

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Mars Hill Productions (TX) 83.42 three stars
Jewish Voice Ministries International (AZ) 90.44 four stars
JOY FM Radio (MO) 85.24 three stars
Far East Broadcasting Company (CA) 92.08 four stars
KSBJ Educational Foundation (TX) 93.94 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Mars Hill Productions
4711 Lexington Boulevard
Missouri City, TX 77459
tel: (800) 580-6479
fax: (281) 403-4463
EIN: 76-0235320

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Board Leadership

Fred Carpenter
President

CEO

Fred Carpenter
President

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