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Word of Life Fellowship

Reaching youth with the Gospel of Christ

three stars

89.43

P.O. Box 600 Schroon Lake, NY 12870
tel: (518) 494-6000   Web Site
EIN: 13-5648615

Board Leadership
Donald H. Lough Jr
President

CEO
Donald H. Lough Jr
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.43 three stars
  Financial 87.38 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Learn more about how we calculate the overall score and rating.

Financial

three stars

87.38

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

This rating was published 05/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, 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)
92.2%
  Administrative Expenses 3.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.95
  Program Expenses Growth 2.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 16.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Word of Life Fellowship on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Word of Life Fellowship on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Word of Life Fellowship (NY) 89.43 three stars
FOCUS (Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools, Inc.) (CT) 88.54 three stars
DiscipleMakers (PA) 92.41 four stars
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA (WI) 92.02 four stars
Young Life (CO) 96.66 four stars

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As a ministry committed to reaching this generation with the Gospel, Word of Life Fellowship, Inc. creates faith-defining experiences, giving students and families opportunities to encounter God and grow in their spiritual walk. Word of Life does this through four ministries. First, International Ministries, purposed to share the faith in 69 countries spanning six continents through over 3,000 long-term missionaries and many short-term missions trips. Second, Bible Institutes, deepening the faiths of young people and adults through 14 Bible Institutes. Third, Camping ministry, launching the faith of thousands of youth through more than 87 youth camps and family conferences worldwide. Fourth, Local Church Ministries, equipping over 1,500 churches worldwide through training and resources for growing the faith of this generation. Through these ministries, Word of Life is a catalyst for lasting life-change and eternal impact in this generation. On average, 450 people, every day, trust Christ for their Salvation through the ministry of Word of Life.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $26,778,452
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $5,471,778
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $32,250,230
   Program Service Revenue $16,583,457
Total Primary Revenue $48,833,687
   Other Revenue $453,956
TOTAL REVENUE $49,287,643
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $38,449,617
   Administrative Expenses $1,926,118
   Fundraising Expenses $1,822,653
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $42,198,388
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $7,089,255
   
Net Assets $40,425,201

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
Bible Institutes and Youth Training Centers $11,479,315 29.8%
Camps and Conferences $8,552,382 22.2%
Local Church Ministries $3,440,899 8.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-12 05/01/2017 89.43 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 91.47 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 88.28 three stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 85.38 three stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 83.21 three stars
2012-12 07/01/2014 86.76 three stars
2012-12 06/09/2014 86.15 three stars
2011-12 08/01/2013 94.81 four stars
2011-12 07/01/2013 89.97 three stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 95.48 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 89.04 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 06/01/2011 95.16 four stars
2008-12 07/01/2010 87.93 three stars
2007-12 08/01/2009 84.92 three stars
2006-12 11/01/2008 85.71 three stars
2005-12 02/01/2007 85.25 three stars
2004-12 02/01/2006 81.95 three stars
2003-12 01/05/2005 74.02 two stars
2002-12 05/01/2004 81.90 three stars
2001-12 02/05/2003 82.79 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 13-5648615
Name in IRS Master File WORD OF LIFE FELLOWSHIP INC
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 (1) Church, synagogue, etc
(29) Other religious activities
(30) School, college, trade school, etc.
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 April, 1945
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, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 2011

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

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$133,859 0.31% Donald H. Lough Jr. Executive Director

As a ministry committed to reaching this generation with the Gospel, Word of Life Fellowship, Inc. creates faith-defining experiences, giving students and families opportunities to encounter God and grow in their spiritual walk. Word of Life does this through four ministries. First, International Ministries, purposed to share the faith in 69 countries spanning six continents through over 3,000 long-term missionaries and many short-term missions trips. Second, Bible Institutes, deepening the faiths of young people and adults through 14 Bible Institutes. Third, Camping ministry, launching the faith of thousands of youth through more than 87 youth camps and family conferences worldwide. Fourth, Local Church Ministries, equipping over 1,500 churches worldwide through training and resources for growing the faith of this generation. Through these ministries, Word of Life is a catalyst for lasting life-change and eternal impact in this generation. On average, 450 people, every day, trust Christ for their Salvation through the ministry of Word of Life.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Word of Life Fellowship (NY) 89.43 three stars
FOCUS (Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools, Inc.) (CT) 88.54 three stars
DiscipleMakers (PA) 92.41 four stars
Young Life (CO) 96.66 four stars
Interface Ministries (GA) 87.49 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Word of Life Fellowship
P.O. Box 600
Schroon Lake, NY 12870
tel: (518) 494-6000
EIN: 13-5648615

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Board Leadership

Donald H. Lough Jr
President

CEO

Donald H. Lough Jr
Executive Director

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