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Insight for Living

The Bible-teaching ministry of Charles R. Swindoll

three stars

82.97

P.O. Box 5000 Frisco, TX 75034
tel: (800) 772-8888   Web Site
EIN: 95-3392299

Board Leadership
Chuck Swindoll
Chairman of the Board

CEO
Cynthia Swindoll
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 82.97 three stars
  Financial 81.17 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 09/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Insight for Living, the Bible-teaching radio ministry of Chuck Swindoll, is committed to excellence in communicating the truths of Scripture and the person of Jesus Christ in an accurate, clear, and practical manner. Our desire is for people to grow in their understanding of God's plan for their lives and also to mature as authentic Christians. In the 21st century, technology has opened up media channels such as the Internet and brought about broader AM and FM availability for many countries. Insight for Living is currently broadcasting, podcasting, and Web streaming in seven of the world's top ten languages. Along with our 30 minute daily broadcast, Insight for Living also supports listeners in their personal and spiritual growth through Christian resources.

Insight for Living, the Bible-teaching radio ministry of Chuck Swindoll, is committed to excellence in communicating the truths of Scripture and the person of Jesus Christ in an accurate, clear, and practical manner. Our desire is for people to grow in their understanding of God's plan for their lives and also to mature as authentic Christians. In the 21st century, technology has opened up media channels such as the Internet and brought about broader AM and FM availability for many countries. Insight for Living is currently broadcasting, podcasting, and Web streaming in seven of the world's top ten languages. Along with our 30 minute daily broadcast, Insight for Living also supports listeners in their personal and spiritual growth through Christian resources.

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Financial

three stars

81.17

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 09/01/2020 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)
82.6%
  Administrative Expenses 10.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.18
  Program Expenses Growth 0.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 81.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Insight for Living on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Insight for Living on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Insight for Living (TX) 82.97 three stars
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries (AR) 89.50 three stars
Our Daily Bread Ministries (MI) 89.76 three stars
Heart of the Nation Catholic Mass (WI) 86.79 three stars
Great Plains Christian Radio (KS) 85.66 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $16,701,950
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $16,701,950
   Program Service Revenue $285,584
Total Primary Revenue $16,987,534
   Other Revenue $390,427
TOTAL REVENUE $17,377,961
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $15,662,430
   Administrative Expenses $1,935,212
   Fundraising Expenses $1,275,079
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $18,872,721
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,494,760
   
Net Assets $4,495,713

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
30 Minute Broadcast and Christian Resources $15,459,495 98.7%
Cruise for Donors $202,935 1.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 09/01/2020 82.97 three stars
2018-06 08/01/2019 84.27 three stars
2017-06 08/01/2018 82.54 three stars
2016-06 11/01/2017 85.96 three stars
2015-06 08/01/2016 82.29 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 82.85 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 80.56 three stars
2013-06 12/01/2014 78.74 two stars
2012-06 07/01/2013 84.34 three stars
2011-06 09/01/2012 85.32 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 85.57 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 08/01/2010 90.06 four stars
2008-06 08/01/2009 74.42 two stars
2007-06 06/01/2008 72.58 two stars
2006-06 04/01/2007 71.32 two stars
2005-06 06/01/2006 68.39 one star
2004-06 06/01/2005 71.21 two stars
2003-06 07/01/2004 74.22 two stars
2002-06 06/09/2003 81.56 three stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 86.25 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 95-3392299
Name in IRS Master File INSIGHT FOR LIVING
NTEE Code X84
NTEE Classification Religious Radio
NTEE Type Religion-Related, Spiritual Development
Classification Religious Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(6) Missionary activities
(7) Evangelism
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, 1980
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
$205,695 1.08% Cynthia A. Swindoll President, CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$88,301 0.46% Charles R. Swindoll Chairman Of The Board
$12,000 0.06% Reg Grant Director
$7,500 0.03% Bill Butterworth Director
$7,500 0.03% Stephen Bramer Director
$3,000 0.01% Joe Allen Jr. Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Insight for Living (TX) 82.97 three stars
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries (AR) 89.50 three stars
Christ for all Nations (FL) 89.18 three stars
Zola Levitt Ministries (TX) 88.84 three stars
Ligonier Ministries (FL) 89.03 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Insight for Living
P.O. Box 5000
Frisco, TX 75034
tel: (800) 772-8888
EIN: 95-3392299

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Board Leadership

Chuck Swindoll
Chairman of the Board

CEO

Cynthia Swindoll
President and CEO

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