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Ligonier Ministries

Helping people grow in their knowledge of God and His holiness.

three stars

89.44

421 Ligonier Court Sanford, FL 32771
tel: (800) 435-4343   Web Site
EIN: 25-1298611

Board Leadership
W. Robert Godfrey
Chairman

CEO
Chris Larson
President

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.44 three stars
  Financial 85.62 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Ligonier Ministries is an international Christian discipleship organization founded by theologian Dr. R.C. Sproul in 1971 to equip Christians to articulate what they believe, why they believe it, how to live it, and how to share it. Proclaiming God's holiness is central to Ligonier's purpose. Ligonier produces Renewing Your Mind radio broadcasts, the Reformation Study Bible, Tabletalk magazine, books through the Reformation Trust Publishing division, and various teaching series. It also offers academic degrees through Reformation Bible College. In addition, Ligonier hosts national and regional conferences, offers an online learning community through Ligonier Connect, streams twenty-four-hour Christian internet radio through RefNet, and makes available more than 8,000 unique resources online at Ligonier.org.

Ligonier Ministries is an international Christian discipleship organization founded by theologian Dr. R.C. Sproul in 1971 to equip Christians to articulate what they believe, why they believe it, how to live it, and how to share it. Proclaiming God's holiness is central to Ligonier's purpose. Ligonier produces Renewing Your Mind radio broadcasts, the Reformation Study Bible, Tabletalk magazine, books through the Reformation Trust Publishing division, and various teaching series. It also offers academic degrees through Reformation Bible College. In addition, Ligonier hosts national and regional conferences, offers an online learning community through Ligonier Connect, streams twenty-four-hour Christian internet radio through RefNet, and makes available more than 8,000 unique resources online at Ligonier.org.

Financial

three stars

85.62

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 05/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
69.7%
  Administrative Expenses 12.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 17.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.19
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.08
  Program Expenses Growth 8.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 27.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Ligonier Ministries on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Ligonier Ministries on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Ligonier Ministries (FL) 89.44 three stars
Basic Gospel (TX) 89.33 three stars
Changed Lives (TN) 96.95 four stars
The Christophers (NY) 88.06 three stars
Far East Broadcasting Company (CA) 89.08 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $17,927,044
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $858,969
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $18,786,013
   Program Service Revenue $1,364,392
Total Primary Revenue $20,150,405
   Other Revenue $2,962,914
TOTAL REVENUE $23,113,319
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $15,019,715
   Administrative Expenses $2,686,060
   Fundraising Expenses $3,881,811
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $21,587,586
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,525,733
   
Net Assets $21,354,186

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
Promotion of Christian Theological Education and Scholarship $15,019,715 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 05/01/2018 89.44 three stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 89.27 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 84.66 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 02/01/2016 84.91 three stars
2013-12 08/01/2015 90.14 four stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 88.99 three stars
2012-12 12/01/2013 90.88 four stars
2011-12 03/01/2013 90.37 four stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 87.81 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 83.33 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 12/01/2010 72.50 two stars
2008-12 04/01/2010 71.36 two stars
2007-12 02/01/2009 78.84 two stars
2006-12 12/15/2007 65.02 one star
2005-12 04/01/2007 77.32 two stars
2004-12 05/01/2006 64.66 one star
2003-12 10/01/2004 74.49 two stars
2002-12 11/01/2003 81.04 three stars
2001-12 06/09/2003 81.62 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 25-1298611
Name in IRS Master File LIGONIER MINISTRIES INC
NTEE Code X80
NTEE Classification Religious Media, Communications Organizations
NTEE Type Religion-Related, Spiritual Development
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (29) Other religious activities
(59) Other school related 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 March, 1976
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

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).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$257,516 1.19% Christopher Larson President
Other Salaries of Note
$243,433 1.12% Robert C. Sproul Chairman, Founder
$83,595 0.38% Vesta Sproul Director/Assistant to Chair

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Ligonier Ministries (FL) 89.44 three stars
In Touch Foundation (GA) 85.55 three stars
World Christian Broadcasting (TN) 89.67 three stars
Changed Lives (TN) 96.95 four stars
Relevant Radio (WI) 87.86 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Ligonier Ministries
421 Ligonier Court
Sanford, FL 32771
tel: (800) 435-4343
fax: (407) 333-4233
EIN: 25-1298611

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 863595
Orlando, FL 32886

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Board Leadership

W. Robert Godfrey
Chairman

CEO

Chris Larson
President

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