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Desiring God Ministries

God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him

two stars

72.84

2112 Broadway Street NE Suite 150
Minneapolis, MN 55413
tel: (888) 346-4700   Web Site
EIN: 01-0797083

CEO
Scott Anderson
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 72.84 two stars
  Financial 89.72 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 63.00 one star
This rating was published 03/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 2004, Desiring God Ministries started with sharing the sermons of John Piper through tapes and books. Today Desiring God has blossomed into an international web ministry with 12,000+ free resources and 3.5+million monthly users with John serving as lead teacher for the ministry. We aim to help people everywhere embrace a profound truth that changes everything about life and eternity: You were created for something greater than yourself and were formed for something awesome and magnificent. You were made to know glory — God's glory. We call this truth Christian Hedonism. And declaring it to the world is why we exist. Everything we create and distribute here at Desiring God exists to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ.

Founded in 2004, Desiring God Ministries started with sharing the sermons of John Piper through tapes and books. Today Desiring God has blossomed into an international web ministry with 12,000+ free resources and 3.5+million monthly users with John serving as lead teacher for the ministry. We aim to help people everywhere embrace a profound truth that changes everything about life and eternity: You were created for something greater than yourself and were formed for something awesome and magnificent. You were made to know glory — God's glory. We call this truth Christian Hedonism. And declaring it to the world is why we exist. Everything we create and distribute here at Desiring God exists to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ.

Financial

three stars

89.72

Accountability & Transparency

one star

63.00

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)
75.3%
  Administrative Expenses 12.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 12.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.74
  Program Expenses Growth 22.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Desiring God Ministries on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Desiring God Ministries on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
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Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Desiring God Ministries (MN) 72.84 two stars
Mesorah Heritage Foundation (NJ) 90.09 four stars
World Missionary Press (IN) 90.35 four stars
Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals (PA) 85.16 three stars
Dare 2 Share Ministries (CO) 87.61 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,343,136
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $6,343,136
   Program Service Revenue $22,600
Total Primary Revenue $6,365,736
   Other Revenue $178,223
TOTAL REVENUE $6,543,959
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,947,061
   Administrative Expenses $964,502
   Fundraising Expenses $583,104
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,494,667
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $49,292
   
Net Assets $4,372,077

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
Website Platform for Sermons and Other Media $2,021,519 40.9%
Creation of New Teaching Resources $1,321,916 26.7%
Distribution of Teaching Resources $1,027,057 20.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 03/01/2021 72.84 two stars
2018-06 09/01/2020 72.78 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 01-0797083
Name in IRS Master File DESIRING GOD MINISTRIES
NTEE Code X20
NTEE Classification Christian
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 February, 2005
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, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$160,459 2.47% Scott Anderson President & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Desiring God Ministries (MN) 72.84 two stars
World Missionary Press (IN) 90.35 four stars
World Mission (MI) 92.41 four stars
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Desiring God Ministries
2112 Broadway Street NE
Suite 150
Minneapolis, MN 55413
tel: (888) 346-4700
EIN: 01-0797083

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CEO

Scott Anderson
President & CEO

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