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Alpha USA

An opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith, in a friendly, open and informal environment.

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two stars

77.72

1635 Emerson Ln Naperville, IL 60540
tel: (800) 362-5742   Web Site
EIN: 13-3962840

Board Leadership
Mark Emery
Chairman

CEO
Craig Springer
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 77.72 two stars
  Financial 78.48 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 77.00 two stars
This rating was published 03/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Alpha USA is at a unique position in its history. Twenty plus years of experience running Alpha in the American context is colliding with what is seen to be a growing 'crisis' in the US Church.
In just two years, the percentage of Americans who qualify as "post-Christian" rose by 7 percentage points, from 37% in 2013 to 44% in 2015. Across the United States, cities in every state are becoming more post-Christian.
Because of this, Church Leaders are now more open to trying new things. In particular, they are interested in creating environments where those outside of the church feel safe bringing questions they have about Christianity and feeling welcomed, heard and not judged. Leaders are discovering that Alpha can provide this space within their church.
The growing need for a tool like Alpha means it is poised for rapid expansion in the US. We see early signs that this is true as some of the largest churches in America adopt Alpha as their core church strategy.

Alpha USA is at a unique position in its history. Twenty plus years of experience running Alpha in the American context is colliding with what is seen to be a growing 'crisis' in the US Church.
In just two years, the percentage of Americans who qualify as "post-Christian" rose by 7 percentage points, from 37% in 2013 to 44% in 2015. Across the United States, cities in every state are becoming more post-Christian.
Because of this, Church Leaders are now more open to trying new things. In particular, they are interested in creating environments where those outside of the church feel safe bringing questions they have about Christianity and feeling welcomed, heard and not judged. Leaders are discovering that Alpha can provide this space within their church.
The growing need for a tool like Alpha means it is poised for rapid expansion in the US. We see early signs that this is true as some of the largest churches in America adopt Alpha as their core church strategy.

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Financial

two stars

78.48

Accountability & Transparency

two stars

77.00

This rating was published 03/01/2019 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)
92.7%
  Administrative Expenses 1.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.05
  Program Expenses Growth 1.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 55.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Alpha USA on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Alpha USA on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Alpha USA (IL) 77.72 two stars
Center for Action and Contemplation (NM) 87.00 three stars
The Presidential Prayer Team (AZ) 90.61 four stars
Youth for Christ, Miami (FL) 89.23 three stars
Immaculate Heart Community (CA) 90.86 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,437,963
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $7,437,963
   Program Service Revenue $31,868
Total Primary Revenue $7,469,831
   Other Revenue $285,893
TOTAL REVENUE $7,755,724
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $7,613,275
   Administrative Expenses $107,937
   Fundraising Expenses $303,023
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $8,024,235
   
Payments to Affiliates $3,390,443
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-268,511
   
Net Assets $525,562

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
Specialty Courses $4,889,514 64.2%
Operates Local Offices $2,151,037 28.2%
Training Materials $572,724 7.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 03/01/2019 77.72 two stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 82.86 three stars
2015-12 03/01/2017 86.41 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 84.49 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 02/01/2016 87.27 three stars
2014-12 12/22/2015 85.35 three stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 70.89 two stars
2012-12 06/01/2014 70.76 two stars
2011-12 12/20/2013 75.61 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 13-3962840
Name in IRS Master File ALPHA USA
NTEE Code X21
NTEE Classification Protestant
NTEE Type Religion-Related, Spiritual Development
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (995) Described in section 509(a)(2) of the Code
(7) Evangelism
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 August, 1998
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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$185,000 2.30% Craig Springer Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Alpha USA (IL) 77.72 two stars
Fellowship of Companies for Christ International (GA) 90.63 four stars
Mission Waco Mission World (TX) 97.26 four stars
Crossroads Prison Ministries (MI) 92.21 four stars
Youth For Christ of Northern Indiana (IN) 88.56 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Alpha USA
1635 Emerson Ln
Naperville, IL 60540
tel: (800) 362-5742
fax: (646) 219-0586
EIN: 13-3962840

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Board Leadership

Mark Emery
Chairman

CEO

Craig Springer
Executive Director

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