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Mercy Ships

Bringing hope and healing

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four stars

90.67

15862 State Highway 110, N Lindale, TX 75771
tel: (800) 772-7447   Web Site
EIN: 26-2414132

Board Leadership
Myron E. Ullman
Chairman

CEO
Donovan Palmer
Group Managing Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.67 four stars
  Financial 86.81 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Mercy Ships is a global charity that has operated hospital ships in developing nations since its founding by Don & Deyon Stephens in 1978. Mercy Ships brings hope and healing to the forgotten poor by mobilizing people and resources worldwide, and serving all people without regard for race, gender, or religion. Mercy Ships programs promote health and well-being by serving the urgent surgical needs of the forgotten poor and empowering developing communities. Since its founding, Mercy Ships has performed more than delivered services valued at over $1.43 billion and impacting more than 16.3 million people as direct beneficiaries.

Mercy Ships is a global charity that has operated hospital ships in developing nations since its founding by Don & Deyon Stephens in 1978. Mercy Ships brings hope and healing to the forgotten poor by mobilizing people and resources worldwide, and serving all people without regard for race, gender, or religion. Mercy Ships programs promote health and well-being by serving the urgent surgical needs of the forgotten poor and empowering developing communities. Since its founding, Mercy Ships has performed more than delivered services valued at over $1.43 billion and impacting more than 16.3 million people as direct beneficiaries.

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Financial

three stars

86.81

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

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)
77.5%
  Administrative Expenses 9.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 13.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.11
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.27
  Program Expenses Growth 5.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Mercy Ships on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Mercy Ships on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Mercy Ships (TX) 90.67 four stars
Living Goods (CA) 89.24 three stars
BlinkNow Foundation (NJ) 97.84 four stars
Worldreader.org (CA) 93.91 four stars
Friends Without A Border (NY) 93.29 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $53,035,616
   Federated Campaigns $96,295
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $833,635
   Related Organizations $15,736,049
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $69,701,595
   Program Service Revenue $1,778,588
Total Primary Revenue $71,480,183
   Other Revenue $-226,548
TOTAL REVENUE $71,253,635
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $47,209,973
   Administrative Expenses $7,209,894
   Fundraising Expenses $8,022,913
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $62,442,780
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $8,810,855
   
Net Assets $75,436,971

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History
Mercy Ships has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 03/01/2019 90.67 four stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 93.50 four stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 93.45 four stars
2014-12 09/01/2016 93.60 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 91.90 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 93.00 four stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 86.46 three stars
2012-12 12/01/2013 84.11 three stars
2011-12 02/01/2013 82.61 three stars
2011-12 12/20/2012 79.64 two stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 89.23 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 86.26 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 03/01/2011 81.06 three stars
2007-12 07/01/2009 80.16 three stars
2006-12 02/01/2008 77.68 two stars
2005-12 02/01/2007 91.29 four stars
2004-12 03/01/2006 91.42 four stars
2003-12 02/01/2005 90.80 four stars
2002-12 11/01/2003 90.64 four stars
2001-12 10/15/2002 90.74 four 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 26-2414132
Name in IRS Master File MERCY SHIPS
NTEE Code Q33
NTEE Classification International Relief
NTEE Type International, Foreign Affairs and National Security
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
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 July, 2008
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$293,186 0.46% Donald Stephens President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Mercy Ships (TX) 90.67 four stars
SIGN Fracture Care International (WA) 94.39 four stars
American Friends of Leket Israel (NJ) 86.79 three stars
The Clinton Foundation (NY) 92.40 four stars
International Rescue Committee (NY) 91.16 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Mercy Ships
15862 State Highway 110, N
Lindale, TX 75771
tel: (800) 772-7447
fax: (903) 882-0336
EIN: 26-2414132

Mail donations to:
PO Box 1930
Lindale, TX 75771

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Board Leadership

Myron E. Ullman
Chairman

CEO

Donovan Palmer
Group Managing Director

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