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Young Life

Introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith

four stars

94.59

P.O. Box 520 Colorado Springs, CO 80901
tel: (877) 438-9572   Web Site
EIN: 84-0385934

Board Leadership
Bill Haslam
Board Chair

CEO
Newton Crenshaw
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.59 four stars
  Financial 93.49 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Young Life (YL), which began in 1941, brings the good news of Jesus Christ into the lives of adolescents with an approach that is respectful of who kids are and hopeful about who they can be. YL is a Christian ministry that reaches out to middle school, high school and college-aged kids. Our approach is relational. We go where kids are in order to build friendships with them and earn the right to make a positive impact on their lives. We want them to know that they are loved and valued. YL is working with teens in more than 8,000 locations across the United States and in more than 100 countries.

Young Life (YL), which began in 1941, brings the good news of Jesus Christ into the lives of adolescents with an approach that is respectful of who kids are and hopeful about who they can be. YL is a Christian ministry that reaches out to middle school, high school and college-aged kids. Our approach is relational. We go where kids are in order to build friendships with them and earn the right to make a positive impact on their lives. We want them to know that they are loved and valued. YL is working with teens in more than 8,000 locations across the United States and in more than 100 countries.

Financial

four stars

93.49

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 11/01/2020 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)
86.4%
  Administrative Expenses 7.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 5.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.04
  Program Expenses Growth 4.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 8.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Young Life on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Young Life on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Young Life (CO) 94.59 four stars
Military Community Youth Ministries (CO) 89.47 three stars
DiscipleMakers (PA) 87.82 three stars
China Outreach Ministries (PA) 85.27 three stars
Interface Ministries (GA) 90.59 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $268,392,040
   Federated Campaigns $410,798
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $30,555,585
   Related Organizations $38,023,032
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $337,381,455
   Program Service Revenue $81,759,184
Total Primary Revenue $419,140,639
   Other Revenue $-16,069,146
TOTAL REVENUE $403,071,493
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $321,882,783
   Administrative Expenses $27,467,346
   Fundraising Expenses $21,576,116
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $370,926,245
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $32,145,248
   
Net Assets $367,666,839

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
Field Ministry $230,160,070 71.5%
Summer Camps $82,887,505 25.8%
Grants to Similar Organizations $8,835,208 2.7%

Ratings History
Young Life has received 10 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-09 11/01/2020 94.59 four stars
2018-09 08/01/2019 95.09 four stars
2017-09 07/01/2018 95.46 four stars
2016-09 11/01/2017 96.66 four stars
2015-09 02/01/2017 96.66 four stars
2015-09 10/01/2016 92.02 four stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 92.02 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 11/01/2015 91.93 four stars
2013-09 11/01/2014 94.98 four stars
2012-09 09/01/2013 98.56 four stars
2011-09 08/01/2012 95.21 four stars
2010-09 12/01/2011 95.46 four stars
2010-09 09/20/2011 89.48 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 11/24/2010 96.44 four stars
2008-09 11/01/2009 89.87 three stars
2007-09 10/01/2008 89.81 three stars
2006-09 07/01/2007 88.81 three stars
2005-09 07/01/2006 85.63 three stars
2004-09 07/01/2005 83.74 three stars
2003-09 08/01/2004 86.12 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 84-0385934
Name in IRS Master File YOUNG LIFE
NTEE Code O55
NTEE Classification Youth Development - Religious Leadership
NTEE Type Youth Development
Classification Religious Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (29) Other religious activities
Foundation Status Church 170(b)(1)(A)(i)
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 November, 2004
Filing Requirement 990 - Not required to file (church)
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$399,765 0.10% Newton Crenshaw President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Young Life (CO) 94.59 four stars
Hillel of Greater Philadelphia (PA) 85.40 three stars
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA (WI) 89.52 three stars
International Friendships (OH) 88.44 three stars
FOCUS (Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools, Inc.) (CT) 98.80 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Young Life
P.O. Box 520
Colorado Springs, CO 80901
tel: (877) 438-9572
fax: (719) 381-1755
EIN: 84-0385934

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Board Leadership

Bill Haslam
Board Chair

CEO

Newton Crenshaw
President, CEO

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