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Truth For Life

The Bible-Teaching Ministry of Alistair Begg

four stars

97.17

P.O. Box 398000 Cleveland, OH 44139
tel: (888) 588-7884   Web Site
EIN: 34-1787585

Board Leadership
John Rothenbuhler
Chairman

CEO
Alistair Begg
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 97.17 four stars
  Financial 100.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Truth For Life's (TFL) mission is to teach the Bible with clarity and relevance so that unbelievers will be converted; believers will be established; and local churches will be strengthened. Truth For Life produces and airs the Bible-teaching sermons of Alistair Begg, seeking to faithfully proclaim the Word of God. Since 1995, Truth For Life continues its mission on the radio, online and in print. Every day, we release a new Bible-teaching message on over 1,700 radio outlets around the world and through our website, mobile apps, and daily podcast. A large content archive is available on our website, where listeners can download free messages or purchase CDs and DVDs of Alistair Begg's sermons. Printed publications, authored by Alistair Begg, address a variety of life's challenges, yet always point back to the authority and truth of God's Word. Truth For Life also connects with listeners at live ministry events and conferences across the US in cities where the radio program is heard.

Truth For Life's (TFL) mission is to teach the Bible with clarity and relevance so that unbelievers will be converted; believers will be established; and local churches will be strengthened. Truth For Life produces and airs the Bible-teaching sermons of Alistair Begg, seeking to faithfully proclaim the Word of God. Since 1995, Truth For Life continues its mission on the radio, online and in print. Every day, we release a new Bible-teaching message on over 1,700 radio outlets around the world and through our website, mobile apps, and daily podcast. A large content archive is available on our website, where listeners can download free messages or purchase CDs and DVDs of Alistair Begg's sermons. Printed publications, authored by Alistair Begg, address a variety of life's challenges, yet always point back to the authority and truth of God's Word. Truth For Life also connects with listeners at live ministry events and conferences across the US in cities where the radio program is heard.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Average online donation
64
Number of downloads of the organization's materials and explanations
39,494,800
Number of products distributed
259,571
This impact information is current as of March 2020, 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

four stars

100.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 12/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
85.3%
  Administrative Expenses 8.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.60
  Program Expenses Growth 10.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Truth For Life on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Truth For Life on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Truth For Life (OH) 97.17 four stars
Far East Broadcasting Company (CA) 92.08 four stars
The Urban Alternative (TX) 86.50 three stars
Our Daily Bread Ministries (MI) 89.76 three stars
Educational Media Foundation (CA) 96.51 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $12,135,983
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $12,135,983
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $12,135,983
   Other Revenue $59,829
TOTAL REVENUE $12,195,812
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $9,852,827
   Administrative Expenses $942,518
   Fundraising Expenses $618,984
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $11,414,329
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $781,483
   
Net Assets $16,286,724

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
Biblical Training Programs $9,852,827 100.0%

Ratings History
Truth For Life has received 8 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 12/01/2019 97.17 four stars
2017-12 12/21/2018 97.04 four stars
2016-12 04/01/2018 92.26 four stars
2015-12 10/01/2016 97.60 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 97.94 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 95.21 four stars
2013-12 06/01/2015 97.41 four stars
2012-12 11/01/2013 91.10 four stars
2011-12 12/01/2012 90.11 four stars
2010-12 12/23/2011 84.77 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 92.90 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 12/01/2010 92.90 four stars
2008-12 02/01/2010 94.21 four stars
2007-12 12/01/2008 94.40 four stars
2006-12 11/01/2007 94.48 four stars
2005-12 02/01/2007 94.42 four stars
2004-12 07/01/2006 96.81 four stars
2003-12 11/01/2004 90.71 four 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 34-1787585
Name in IRS Master File TRUTH FOR LIFE
NTEE Code Z99
NTEE Classification Unknown
NTEE Type Unknown
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
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 July, 1995
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$266,000 2.33% Alistair Begg President and CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Truth For Life (OH) 97.17 four stars
Family Life Ministries (NY) 95.56 four stars
Our Daily Bread Ministries (MI) 89.76 three stars
Luis Palau Association (OR) 88.76 three stars
Far East Broadcasting Company (CA) 92.08 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Truth For Life
P.O. Box 398000
Cleveland, OH 44139
tel: (888) 588-7884
fax: (440) 543-0522
EIN: 34-1787585

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Board Leadership

John Rothenbuhler
Chairman

CEO

Alistair Begg
President

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