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Human Services : Children's and Family Services

Lifesong for Orphans

Bringing joy and purpose to orphans

four stars

99.48

101 North Western Avenue Gridley, IL 61744
tel: (309) 747-4527   Web Site
EIN: 35-1902841

Board Leadership
Gary Ringger
Board Chair

CEO
Gary Ringger
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 99.48 four stars
  Financial 99.27 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Lifesong for Orphans seeks to mobilize the Church, His body, where each member can provide a unique and special service: some to adopt, some to care, some to give. A struggling business, a simple vow to further God's Kingdom, and many divine encounters. These would be used as catalysts to begin, what is now, Lifesong for Orphans. With a family culture and a heart for the world's fatherless, Lifesong for Orphans offers adoption financial assistance, foster care support, church and ministry partnerships, and international orphan care by serving advocates who help carry out this work of bringing joy and purpose to orphans.

Lifesong for Orphans seeks to mobilize the Church, His body, where each member can provide a unique and special service: some to adopt, some to care, some to give. A struggling business, a simple vow to further God's Kingdom, and many divine encounters. These would be used as catalysts to begin, what is now, Lifesong for Orphans. With a family culture and a heart for the world's fatherless, Lifesong for Orphans offers adoption financial assistance, foster care support, church and ministry partnerships, and international orphan care by serving advocates who help carry out this work of bringing joy and purpose to orphans.

Financial

four stars

99.27

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 03/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
90.2%
  Administrative Expenses 4.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.45
  Program Expenses Growth 9.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Lifesong for Orphans on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Lifesong for Orphans on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Lifesong for Orphans (IL) 99.48 four stars
Smoky Mountain Children's Home (TN) 87.62 three stars
Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services (TX) 95.79 four stars
Boys & Girls Aid (OR) 87.25 three stars
Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition (MO) 94.37 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $20,468,146
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $324,987
   Related Organizations $348,681
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $21,141,814
   Program Service Revenue $685,091
Total Primary Revenue $21,826,905
   Other Revenue $216,684
TOTAL REVENUE $22,043,589
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $17,028,047
   Administrative Expenses $831,230
   Fundraising Expenses $1,025,017
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $18,884,294
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,159,295
   
Net Assets $26,035,532

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
International Orphan Care Program $8,893,789 52.2%
Adoption Grant/Loan Program $6,484,261 38.1%
Domestic Orphan Care Program $987,577 5.8%

Ratings History
Lifesong for Orphans has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 03/01/2021 99.48 four stars
2018-06 07/01/2019 100.00 four stars
2017-06 07/01/2018 100.00 four stars
2016-06 11/01/2017 100.00 four stars
2015-06 12/21/2016 94.34 four 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 35-1902841
Name in IRS Master File LIFESONG FOR ORPHANS INC
NTEE Code Q33
NTEE Classification International Relief
NTEE Type International, Foreign Affairs and National Security
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(29) Other religious activities
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 March, 1994
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
Not compensated -- Gary Ringger President
Other Salaries of Note
$184,347 0.97% N. Andrew Lehman Vice-President
$165,389 0.87% Kory Kaeb Vice President of Operations
$116,406 0.61% Richard Metcalfe Program Director
$115,000 0.60% Todd Block Orphan Care

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Lifesong for Orphans (IL) 99.48 four stars
Treehouse, Washington (WA) 92.08 four stars
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (OH) 97.86 four stars
FosterAll (CA) 86.25 three stars
Real Life Children's Ranch (FL) 86.35 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Lifesong for Orphans
101 North Western Avenue
Gridley, IL 61744
tel: (309) 747-4527
fax: (309) 747-4647
EIN: 35-1902841

Mail donations to:
P. O. Box 40
Gridley, IL 61744

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Board Leadership

Gary Ringger
Board Chair

CEO

Gary Ringger
President

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