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Word of Life Fellowship

Reaching youth with the Gospel of Christ

four stars

91.25

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

CEO
Donald H. Lough Jr.
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.25 four stars
  Financial 94.36 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 04/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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.

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.

Financial

four stars

94.36

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 04/01/2021 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)
91.4%
  Administrative Expenses 3.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.44
  Program Expenses Growth 3.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 9.3%
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.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Word of Life Fellowship (NY) 91.25 four stars
DiscipleMakers (PA) 87.82 three stars
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (MO) 95.93 four stars
Interface Ministries (GA) 90.59 four stars
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA (WI) 89.52 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $18,573,911
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $18,750,593
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $37,324,504
   Program Service Revenue $17,932,301
Total Primary Revenue $55,256,805
   Other Revenue $796,312
TOTAL REVENUE $56,053,117
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $43,718,056
   Administrative Expenses $2,012,789
   Fundraising Expenses $1,981,139
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $47,711,984
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $8,341,133
   
Net Assets $71,124,952

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 Institute $13,960,490 31.9%
Camps and Conferences $7,697,062 17.6%
Local Church Ministries $3,975,532 9.1%

Ratings History
Word of Life Fellowship has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 04/01/2021 91.25 four stars
2018-12 03/01/2020 95.57 four stars
2017-12 04/01/2019 93.21 four stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 92.99 four stars
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

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, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$142,268 0.29% Donald H. Lough Jr. President
Other Salaries of Note
$4,450 0.00% Philip Moser Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Word of Life Fellowship (NY) 91.25 four stars
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (MO) 95.93 four stars
Hillel of Greater Philadelphia (PA) 85.40 three stars
China Outreach Ministries (PA) 85.27 three stars
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA (WI) 89.52 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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CEO

Donald H. Lough Jr.
President

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