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Prison Fellowship Ministries

Remember those in prison

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two stars

78.03

44180 Riverside Parkway Lansdowne, VA 20176
tel: (800) 206-9764   Web Site
EIN: 62-0988294

Board Leadership
Carl F. Dill, Jr.
Chairman of the Board

CEO
James J. Ackerman
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 78.03 two stars
  Financial 68.94 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2019 using data provided by the charity on a consolidated pro forma 990 which was verified against 990s received from the IRS.

Prison Fellowship was founded in 1976 by Charles Colson, a former aide to President Nixon who served a seven-month sentence for Watergate-related crimes. Today the Christian nonprofit is the nation's largest outreach to prisoners, former prisoners, and their families, and a leading advocate for criminal justice reform. Prison Fellowship brings restoration to those affected by crime and incarceration in all 50 states through in-prison programs that facilitate accountability, rehabilitation, and positive reentry; community programs that support children with incarcerated parents and those returning to communities; and by advocating for federal and state criminal justice reforms based on Biblical values. Through an amazing awakening to new hope and life purpose, those who once broke the law are transformed and mobilized to serve their community, replacing the cycle of crime with a cycle of renewal.

Prison Fellowship was founded in 1976 by Charles Colson, a former aide to President Nixon who served a seven-month sentence for Watergate-related crimes. Today the Christian nonprofit is the nation's largest outreach to prisoners, former prisoners, and their families, and a leading advocate for criminal justice reform. Prison Fellowship brings restoration to those affected by crime and incarceration in all 50 states through in-prison programs that facilitate accountability, rehabilitation, and positive reentry; community programs that support children with incarcerated parents and those returning to communities; and by advocating for federal and state criminal justice reforms based on Biblical values. Through an amazing awakening to new hope and life purpose, those who once broke the law are transformed and mobilized to serve their community, replacing the cycle of crime with a cycle of renewal.

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Financial

one star

68.94

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 07/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
64.4%
  Administrative Expenses 9.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 25.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.25
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.89
  Program Expenses Growth 2.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 18.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Prison Fellowship Ministries on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Prison Fellowship Ministries on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Prison Fellowship Ministries (VA) 78.03 two stars
Bill Glass Behind the Walls (TX) 95.08 four stars
Christian Legal Society (VA) 90.71 four stars
Fellowship of Companies for Christ International (GA) 90.63 four stars
Entrust (CO) 95.33 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $38,513,852
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $33,404
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $38,547,256
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $38,547,256
   Other Revenue $4,308,048
TOTAL REVENUE $42,855,304
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $26,284,075
   Administrative Expenses $3,711,058
   Fundraising Expenses $10,118,417
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $40,113,550
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $2,741,754
   
Net Assets $38,257,713

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
Prison Fellowship Staff & Volunteers $23,278,819 88.6%
Prison Fellowship Education $1,935,031 7.4%
International Prison Ministries $1,070,225 4.1%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 07/01/2019 78.03 two stars
2017-06 11/02/2018 75.58 two stars
2016-06 09/01/2017 75.13 two stars
2015-06 07/01/2016 74.32 two stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 74.16 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 06/01/2015 73.17 two stars
2013-06 02/01/2015 81.03 three 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 62-0988294
Name in IRS Master File PRISON FELLOWSHIP MINISTRIES
NTEE Code I43
NTEE Classification Services to Prisoners and Families - Multipurpose
NTEE Type Crime, Legal-Related
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (572) Rehabilitating convicts or ex-convicts
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 January, 1977
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
$340,072 0.84% James Ackerman President And CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Prison Fellowship Ministries (VA) 78.03 two stars
The Pocket Testament League (PA) 86.79 three stars
Desire Street Ministries (GA) 94.60 four stars
The Presidential Prayer Team (AZ) 90.61 four stars
Center for Action and Contemplation (NM) 87.00 three stars

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Note: This rating represents consolidated financial data for these organizations:

  • Prison Fellowship Ministires
  • Prison Fellowship Ministries Foundation (31-1753320)

Charity Contact Info

Prison Fellowship Ministries
44180 Riverside Parkway
Lansdowne, VA 20176
tel: (800) 206-9764
EIN: 62-0988294

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 1550
Merrifield, VA 22116

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Board Leadership

Carl F. Dill, Jr.
Chairman of the Board

CEO

James J. Ackerman
Chief Executive Officer

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