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Sojourners

Faith, politics, culture

three stars

85.86

408 C St. NE Washington, DC 20002
tel: (202) 328-8842   Web Site
EIN: 23-7380554

Board Leadership
Wes Granberg-Michaelson
Board Chair

CEO
Jim Wallis
President and Founder

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 85.86 three stars
  Financial 81.27 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1971, Sojourners' mission is to articulate the biblical call to social justice, inspiring hope and building a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church and the world. In response to this call, we offer a vision for faith in public life by: publishing Sojourners magazine, SojoMail and other resources that address issues of faith, politics, and culture from a biblical perspective; preaching, teaching, organizing, and public witness; nurturing community by bringing together people from the various traditions and streams of the church; and hosting an annual program of voluntary service for education, ministry, and discipleship. In our lives and in our work, we seek to be guided by the biblical principles of justice, mercy, and humility.

Founded in 1971, Sojourners' mission is to articulate the biblical call to social justice, inspiring hope and building a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church and the world. In response to this call, we offer a vision for faith in public life by: publishing Sojourners magazine, SojoMail and other resources that address issues of faith, politics, and culture from a biblical perspective; preaching, teaching, organizing, and public witness; nurturing community by bringing together people from the various traditions and streams of the church; and hosting an annual program of voluntary service for education, ministry, and discipleship. In our lives and in our work, we seek to be guided by the biblical principles of justice, mercy, and humility.

Financial

three stars

81.27

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

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)
80.7%
  Administrative Expenses 6.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 13.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.16
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.29
  Program Expenses Growth 11.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 75.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Sojourners on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Sojourners on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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How is the organization collecting feedback?
Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person)
How is the organization using feedback?
To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback
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Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Sojourners (DC) 85.86 three stars
Audio Scripture Ministries (MI) 97.78 four stars
World Mission (MI) 92.41 four stars
Bibles For The World (CO) 86.69 three stars
Mesorah Heritage Foundation (NJ) 90.09 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,419,912
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,419,912
   Program Service Revenue $1,084,690
Total Primary Revenue $5,504,602
   Other Revenue $258,707
TOTAL REVENUE $5,763,309
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,012,754
   Administrative Expenses $489,462
   Fundraising Expenses $767,727
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,269,943
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-506,634
   
Net Assets $1,645,166

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
Messaging And Media $2,037,108 40.6%
Mobilization/Organizing Policy $1,394,027 27.8%
Magazine $1,145,474 22.9%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 11/01/2020 85.86 three stars
2018-06 08/01/2019 84.28 three stars
2017-06 06/01/2018 81.65 three stars
2016-06 10/01/2017 76.72 two stars
2015-06 08/01/2016 77.03 two stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 79.58 two stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 84.61 three stars
2013-06 12/01/2014 86.04 three stars
2012-06 09/01/2013 80.36 three stars
2011-06 07/01/2012 73.34 two stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 74.98 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 08/01/2010 80.73 three stars
2008-06 12/01/2009 83.18 three stars
2007-06 10/01/2008 90.38 four stars
2006-06 08/01/2007 75.96 two stars
2005-06 10/01/2006 78.50 two stars
2004-06 08/01/2005 82.54 three stars
2003-06 10/01/2004 75.69 two 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 23-7380554
Name in IRS Master File SOJOURNERS
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (29) Other religious activities
(123) Discussion groups, forums, panels lectures, 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 June, 1974
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$214,396 3.41% Rob Wilson-Black Chief Executive Officer
Other Salaries of Note
$209,396 3.33% Jim Wallis President, Founder & Editor
$175,480 2.79% Adam Taylor Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Sojourners (DC) 85.86 three stars
Audio Scripture Ministries (MI) 97.78 four stars
Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals (PA) 85.16 three stars
Reasons to Believe (CA) 87.24 three stars
Bibles For The World (CO) 86.69 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Sojourners
408 C St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
tel: (202) 328-8842
fax: (202) 328-8757
EIN: 23-7380554

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Board Leadership

Wes Granberg-Michaelson
Board Chair

CEO

Jim Wallis
President and Founder

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