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Ligonier Ministries

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

three stars

89.81

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 89.81 three stars
  Financial 85.60 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Ligonier Ministries exists to proclaim, teach, and defend the holiness of God in all its fullness to as many people as possible. To that end, Ligonier's outreach today is manifold and worldwide. Having been founded by Dr. R.C. Sproul in 1971, Ligonier's teaching fellowship consists of theologians, pastors, and scholars who teach through Renewing Your Mind broadcasts, the Reformation Study Bible, Tabletalk magazine, books through the Reformation Trust Publishing division, and hundreds of teaching series. The ministry also offers an undergraduate degree program through Reformation Bible College.

Ligonier Ministries exists to proclaim, teach, and defend the holiness of God in all its fullness to as many people as possible. To that end, Ligonier's outreach today is manifold and worldwide. Having been founded by Dr. R.C. Sproul in 1971, Ligonier's teaching fellowship consists of theologians, pastors, and scholars who teach through Renewing Your Mind broadcasts, the Reformation Study Bible, Tabletalk magazine, books through the Reformation Trust Publishing division, and hundreds of teaching series. The ministry also offers an undergraduate degree program through Reformation Bible College.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Number of unique website visitors
51,107,200
Number of periodicals distributed
1,247,150
Number of first-time contacts
94,898
This impact information is current as of October 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

85.60

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 06/01/2019 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)
69.6%
  Administrative Expenses 12.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 18.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.19
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.44
  Program Expenses Growth 8.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 20.4%
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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Ligonier Ministries (FL) 89.81 three stars
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries (AR) 86.81 three stars
Time of Grace Ministry (WI) 88.13 three stars
Family Life Communications (AZ) 93.18 four stars
Far East Broadcasting Company (CA) 93.40 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $22,369,420
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $304,224
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $22,673,644
   Program Service Revenue $1,433,745
Total Primary Revenue $24,107,389
   Other Revenue $7,224,836
TOTAL REVENUE $31,332,225
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $14,969,076
   Administrative Expenses $2,671,071
   Fundraising Expenses $4,214,148
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $21,854,295
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $9,477,930
   
Net Assets $30,832,116

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 $14,969,076 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 06/01/2019 89.81 three stars
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$260,077 1.19% Christopher Larson President
Other Salaries of Note
$243,451 1.11% Robert C. Sproul Former Chairman, Founder

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Ligonier Ministries (FL) 89.81 three stars
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Right From The Heart Ministries (GA) 91.92 four stars
Educational Media Foundation (CA) 96.51 four stars
Leading The Way with Dr. Michael Youssef (GA) 95.75 four 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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