Mission: e3 Partners Ministries' unique, biblically-based approach of church multiplication incorporates all the key aspects of Christ's commission. In 21 years, God has allo ... (More)

e3 Partners Ministries is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2003, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.e3partners.org/

 2001 West Plano Parkway
Suite 2600
Plano TX 75075 

  214-440-1101


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Star Rating System by Charity Navigator


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Exceptional

This charity's score is 90.07, earning it a 4-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 

This score is calculated from two sub-scores:

This score represents Form 990 data from 2019, the latest year published by the IRS.

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

84.5%


The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).


This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver. Dividing a charity's average program expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Administrative Expenses

8.4%


As reported by charities on their IRS Form 990, this measure reflects what percent of its total budget a charity spends on overhead, administrative staff and associated costs, and organizational meetings. Dividing a charity's average administrative expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Expenses

7.0%


This measure reflects what a charity spends to raise money. Fundraising expenses can include campaign printing, publicity, mailing, and staffing and costs incurred in soliciting donations, memberships, and grants. Dividing a charity's average fundraising expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

11.9%


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Part of our goal in rating the financial performance of charities is to help donors assess the financial capacity and sustainability of a charity. As do organizations in other sectors, charities must be mindful of their management of total liabilites in relation to their total assets. This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and or long term sustainability. Dividing a charity's total liabilities by its total assets yields this percentage.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Efficiency

$0.06


The amount spent to raise $1 in charitable contributions. To calculate a charity's fundraising efficiency, we divide its average fundraising expenses by the average total contributions it receives. We calculate the charity's average expenses and average contributions over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Working Capital Ratio

0.03 years


Determines how long a charity could sustain its level of spending using its net available assets, or working capital, as reported on its most recently filed Form 990. We include in a charity's working capital unrestricted and temporarily restricted net assets, and exclude permanently restricted net assets. Dividing these net available assets in the most recent year by a charity's average total expenses, yields the working capital ratio. We calculate the charity's average total expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Program Expense Growth

4.69%


We compute the average annual growth of program expenses using the following formula: [(Yn/Y0)(1/n)]-1, where Y0 is a charity's program expenses in the first year of the interval analyzed, Yn is the charity's program expenses in the most recent year, and n is the interval of years passed between Y0 and Yn.


Source: IRS Form 990

Governance


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has these governance practices in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990

Governance:
Independent Voting Board Members  ... (More)
No Material Diversion of Assets ... (More)

A diversion of assets – any unauthorized conversion or use of the organization's assets other than for the organization's authorized purposes, including but not limited to embezzlement or theft – can seriously call into question a charity's financial integrity. We check the charity's last two Forms 990 to see if the charity has reported any diversion of assets. If the charity does report a diversion, then we check to see if it complied with the Form 990 instructions by describing what happened and its corrective action. This metric will be assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Full Credit: There has been no diversion of assets within the last two years.

  • Partial Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity has used Schedule O on the Form 990 to explain: the nature of the diversion, the amount of money or property involved and the corrective action taken to address the matter. In this situation, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity's explanation on Schedule O is either non-existent or not sufficient. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Audited financial statements provide important information about financial accountability and accuracy. They should be prepared by an independent accountant with oversight from an audit committee. (It is not necessary that the audit committee be a separate committee. Often at smaller charities, it falls within the responsibilities of the finance committee or the executive committee.) The committee provides an important oversight layer between the management of the organization, which is responsible for the financial information reported, and the independent accountant, who reviews the financials and issues an opinion based on its findings. We check the charity's Form 990 reporting to see if it meets this criteria.

  • Full Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant with an audit oversight committee.

  • Partial Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant, but it did not have an audit oversight committee. In this case, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: The charity did not have its audited financials prepared by an independent accountant. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From Related Parties ... (More)
Documents Board Meeting Minutes ... (More)
Distributes 990 to Board Before Filing ... (More)
Compensates Board ... (More)

Policies


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization has these policies in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Policies:
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Records Retention and Destruction ... (More)
CEO Compensation Process ... (More)
Donor Privacy ... (More)

Donors have expressed extreme concern about the use of their personal information by charities and the desire to have this information kept confidential. The exchanging and sale of lists for telemarketing and the mass distribution of "junk mail," among other things, can be minimized if the charity assures the privacy of its donors. Privacy policies are assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Yes: This charity has a written donor privacy policy published on its website, which states unambiguously that (1) it will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations or (2) it will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

  • Opt-out: The charity has a written privacy policy published on its website which enables donors to tell the charity to remove their names and contact information from lists the charity shares or sells. How a donor can have themselves removed from a list differs from one charity to the next, but any and all opt-out policies require donors to take specific action to protect their privacy.
  • No: This charity either does not have a written donor privacy policy in place to protect their contributors' personal information, or the existing policy does not meet our criteria.

The privacy policy must be specific to donor information. A general website policy which references "visitor" or "user" personal information will not suffice. A policy that refers to donor information collected on the website is also not sufficient as the policy must be comprehensive and applicable to both online and offline donors. The existence of a privacy policy of any type does not prohibit the charity itself from contacting the donor for informational, educational, or solicitation purposes.

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Transparency


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization makes this information easily accessible.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Transparency:
CEO Salary Listed on 990 ... (More)
Board of Directors Listed on Website ... (More)
Key Staff Listed on Website ... (More)
Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are this organizations key compensated staff members as identified by our analysts. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



James Shannon, President

$10,106 (0.07% of Total Expenses)


Lance Villio, President

$126,473 (0.84% of Total Expenses)


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2020

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Activity data not reported from the IRS


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


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). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


e3 Partners Ministries reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Staffing


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

In a normal year, approximately one third of the ministry's revenues result from short-term mission trips focused on evangelism, church-planting, and training. Since April 2020, the majority of such travel has had to be cancelled or postponed.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

A significant portion of the work of the ministry is carried out by non-resident, short-term missionaries who travel between their homes in the US and the locations in which their personal ministries are based. When this travel was eliminated due to the accelerating COVID outbreak across the world, alternative delivery methods were required. Training and discipleship could be quickly shifted to digital platforms and were. Evangelism and church-planting activities were more difficult to replicate, and yet we found people much more open to the gospel under the extraordinary circumstances.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

COVID disruptions necessitated a number of temporary adjustments to our ministry model. • Moved most of our US-based training and discipleship activities onto virtual platforms. • Developed and implemented Virtual Mission Trips to temporarily replace and ultimately augment physical trips. • Shifted training and travel spending to humanitarian aid. The result was less saturation evangelism over wide geographic areas, but deeper, targeted engagement of Unengaged Unreached People Groups. In a normal year we may penetrate between 5 and 10 UUPGs. In 2020 we planted churches in 69 UUPGs. • Moved towards targeted People Group engagement rather than saturation evangelism. • Scrambled to repatriate our resident missionary families whose visas would not permit them to remain in-country. Once things began to open back up again missionary teams re-deployed to their home countries if possible, and in some cases, to temporary near-culture assignments when this wasn't possible.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

In some ways it seemed that God gave us an opportunity during COVID to think outside the box and innovate. The shift to virtual platforms is one of the more impactful. As an organization, we have been using Zoom for several years. However, with the mass adoption which occurred during COVID, the opportunities to expand our use of digital platforms has vastly multiplied. We will also continue to utilize virtual trips to supplement physical trips going forward. We are already linking them together as one team in two locations. Additionally, humanitarian aid was so effective in opening doors to difficult to reach people groups, we intend to continue to dedicate a portion of our budget to targeted engagement, especially among refugee and migrant communities.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
8/1/20202019 90.07
7/1/20202019 88.92

This organization received multiple star ratings within this fiscal year, due to an update to it's Accountability and Transparency data and/or the receipt of an amended Form 990.

8/1/20192018 87.05
6/1/20182017 76.73
10/1/20172016 74.29
8/1/20162015 80.65
6/1/20162014 87.48
Rating Version: 2.0
3/1/20152014 83.48
5/1/20142012 85.48
7/1/20132011 90.86
3/1/20122010 90.88
9/20/20112009 88.45
Rating Version: 1.0
4/1/20112009 93.56
5/1/20102008 92.61
2/1/20092007 93.35
12/1/20072006 93.58
2/1/20072005 93.66
5/1/20062004 92.35
3/1/20052003 91.75
12/1/20032002 93.77
10/15/20022001 93.55

...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

e3 Partners Ministries cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



e3 Partners Ministries reported its largest program on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$11,667,347

Spent in most recent FY

100%

Percent of program expenses


e3 is a multi-denominational evangelistic and church planting organization serving people throughout the world. e3's mission is "To EQUIP God's people to EVANGELIZE His world by ESTABLISHING healthy,  ... (More)


...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by e3 Partners Ministries is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


To EQUIP God's people to EVANGELIZE His world by ESTABLISHING healthy, multiplying, transformative churches everywhere.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


To see a church accessible to every person.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: Facilitate the training of 1 million believers in North America to share the gospel and make multiplying disciples over the next 5 years.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Two: Deploy 1,000 new missionaries onto the field over the next 5 years.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Three: Establish 2,000 new insider / outsider relationships, i.e., partner with 2,000 new indigenous leaders (insiders) to train, coach, resource, and support ongoing church planting efforts

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

Held a 3-day off-site leadership retreat focusing on team-building, spiritual development, and leadership development.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

As our name implies, partnerships are a basic element of our entire operating strategy. We partner with like-minded individuals who are called to take the gospel to the nations and provide them a practical and reliable pathway to get there. We also partner with churches and individuals who desire to send ministers and/or resources to spread the gospel & plant churches. We then connect them with other like-minded partners who have a need for such resources. We supplement these relationships with substantial training both domestically and abroad. We also seek broader alliances among ministries to achieve common objectives. One such example is the Coalition of the Willing (COTW), an alliance of 9 missions organizations who are committed to seeing a church among every people and in every place on earth. We have pooled resources and data in an effort to create a reliable map of the world down to the village level for the purpose of mapping where the church currently is and where it isn't.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


The pandemic provided enormous challenges for us as a global organization. At the same time, it provided space for innovation as God opened many new doors for ministry. By early April we had pivoted most of our US-based activities towards virtual platforms. We moved much of our training and discipleship efforts onto Zoom. In many cases, as the mass adoption of the technology took root, it actually increased the number of participants. We also had to cancel all of the short-term mission trips on the schedule between April and October. As a result, we began to experiment with Virtual Mission Trips and their impact has far exceeded our expectations. We have already done more than 80 virtual trips with over 900 participants and we are scheduling more all the time. We are even training several other ministries how to do them. We are continuing to use them even though we are now able to travel more widely. Another important pivot we made early on was to shift much of our ministry spending that would have normally gone to training and travel to humanitarian aid. In the past we would have partnered with another ministry to provide this kind of assistance. However, the needs were so immediate and so universal we felt it was warranted. The results have confirmed we made the right decision. One of our networks in South Asia fed over 190,000 people and had over 36,000 professions of faith. It has opened doors that were formerly closed. Both Muslim and Hindu communities, upon realizing that the only people offering to help them were Christians, have been exhibiting a whole new openness to the gospel. Many of our church planting teams adjusted their strategies to target these new opportunities. Rather than focus on broad saturation evangelism efforts, they initiated more targeted UUPG engagements. As a result, they reached at least 69 UUPGs in 2020 that we know of.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. When organizations listen to constituents, they are able to better deliver on programs and meet the needs of stakeholders. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.


Culture & Community Score

Not Currently Scored

e3 Partners Ministries is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.


Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective. We award every nonprofit that completes the Candid survey full credit for this Beacon, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. Although the data is not evaluated for quality at this time, future iterations of this Beacon will include third party or other data that will serve to validate the information provided by the nonprofit.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving, and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.


Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.

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