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Living Waters

Inspiring and equipping Christians in fulfilling the Great Commission

one star

66.47

9818 Arkansas Street Bellflower, CA 90706
tel: (562) 207-9300   Web Site
EIN: 27-0094016

Board Leadership
Emeal Zwayne
President

CEO
Ray Comfort
Founder & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 66.47 one star
  Financial 62.50 one star
  Accountability & Transparency 71.00 two stars
This rating was published 03/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

It is the mission of Living Waters to serve the local church by assisting in globally educating God's people in the principles of biblical evangelism; exhorting them to fulfill the Great Commission; and equipping them with every necessary resource along the way. We do this primarily through the teaching and preaching of God's Word, strategic conferences, academic and practical training opportunities, networking platforms, and the production and dissemination of various printed and audio/visual media. Our vision is to inspire in every Christian a God-glorifying passion to fulfill the Great Commission.

It is the mission of Living Waters to serve the local church by assisting in globally educating God's people in the principles of biblical evangelism; exhorting them to fulfill the Great Commission; and equipping them with every necessary resource along the way. We do this primarily through the teaching and preaching of God's Word, strategic conferences, academic and practical training opportunities, networking platforms, and the production and dissemination of various printed and audio/visual media. Our vision is to inspire in every Christian a God-glorifying passion to fulfill the Great Commission.

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Financial

one star

62.50

Accountability & Transparency

two stars

71.00

This rating was published 03/01/2020 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)
41.4%
  Administrative Expenses 46.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 12.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.17
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.85
  Program Expenses Growth -6.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Living Waters on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Living Waters on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Living Waters (CA) 66.47 one star
CRISTA Ministries (WA) 90.95 four stars
Youth for Christ, Miami (FL) 89.23 three stars
Entrust (CO) 95.33 four stars
West Michigan Youth for Christ (MI) 89.05 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,415,656
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,415,656
   Program Service Revenue $48,594
Total Primary Revenue $2,464,250
   Other Revenue $850,233
TOTAL REVENUE $3,314,483
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,197,519
   Administrative Expenses $1,551,048
   Fundraising Expenses $379,167
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,127,734
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $186,749
   
Net Assets $2,781,263

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
Spanish Language Outreach $235,387 19.7%
Outreach $227,353 19.0%
The Way of the Master Television Series $193,822 16.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 03/01/2020 66.47 one star
2017-12 03/01/2019 65.71 one star
2016-12 03/01/2018 66.31 one star
2015-12 11/01/2017 68.91 one star

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

EIN 27-0094016
Name in IRS Master File LIVING WATERS PUBLICATIONS
NTEE Code X80
NTEE Classification Religious Media, Communications Organizations
NTEE Type Religion-Related, Spiritual Development
Classification Religious Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
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 June, 2005
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, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$131,106 4.19% Ray Comfort Chief Executive Officer

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Living Waters (CA) 66.47 one star
Mission Waco Mission World (TX) 97.80 four stars
Christian Legal Society (VA) 94.39 four stars
Mount Carmel Ministries (MN) 88.63 three stars
Desire Street Ministries (GA) 94.60 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Living Waters
9818 Arkansas Street
Bellflower, CA 90706
tel: (562) 207-9300
fax: (562) 207-9313
EIN: 27-0094016

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Board Leadership

Emeal Zwayne
President

CEO

Ray Comfort
Founder & CEO

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