Desiring God / John Piper

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Summary

Most people in the world have no experience of deep and abiding joy.

Even though it is something we all desperately long for, the assurance that true happiness can be known - fully and forever - is a hope that billions of people live every day without. This is a tragedy.

Desiring God is on a mission to change that.

We aim to help people everywhere embrace a profound truth that changes everything about life and eternity:

You were created for something greater than yourself. You were formed for something awesome and magnificent.

You were made to know glory - God's glory. And the deepest longings of the human heart can be fully satisfied by pursuing that glory. In fact, God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.

We call this truth Christian Hedonism. And declaring it to the world is why we exist.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Desiring God
PO Box 2901
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Website: desiringgod.org

Phone:

Email: email@desiringgod.org


Organization details

EIN: 010797083

CEO/President: Scott Anderson

Chairman: Jon Bloom

Board size: 5

Founder: John Piper

Year founded: 2005

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2006


Purpose

The ultimate goal of Desiring God is to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ. The core strategy of Desiring God is to create, curate, and freely spread John Piper content through a maximally useful website.


Mission statement

The mission of Desiring God is to help people everywhere understand and embrace the truth that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.


Statement of faith

desiringgod.org/affirmation-of-faith

Transparency grade

A

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Christian Growth

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating328 of 91321 of 65
Fund acquisition rating226 of 91513 of 65
Resource allocation rating530 of 91540 of 65
Asset utilization rating433 of 91328 of 65

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%3%9%12%15%13%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
5%3%9%12%15%12%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
86%96%97%98%96%97%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
5%4%9%14%15%16%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
14%4%3%2%4%3%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
80%77%76%75%75%72%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
95%89%99%84%100%76%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
75%69%76%63%75%54%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
5%11%1%16%0%24%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
7%16%1%27%0%39%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
13%19%15%11%11%12%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.071.191.361.281.441.11
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.291.141.021.041.071.09
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.731.361.381.331.541.21
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
10.3210.0411.9411.429.0311.54
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.090.100.080.090.110.09
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
6.797.957.948.226.949.07
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
9%9%8%8%10%8%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
79%77%67%71%62%83%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20202019201820172016
Cash$1,086,416$777,172$4,399,241$3,191,433$3,113,777
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$106,614$137,494$123,754$85,822$31,436
Short-term investments$3,778,757$3,778,362$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$4,971,787$4,693,028$4,522,995$3,277,255$3,145,213
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$83,693$72,116$177,197$233,323$276,164
Other long-term assets$613,636$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$697,329$72,116$177,197$233,323$276,164
Total assets$5,669,116$4,765,144$4,700,192$3,510,578$3,421,377
 
Liabilities20202019201820172016
Payables and accrued expenses$491,097$383,793$381,665$343,559$248,156
Other current liabilities$4,215$9,274$14,332$19,391$24,449
Total current liabilities$495,312$393,067$395,997$362,950$272,605
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$495,312$393,067$395,997$362,950$272,605
 
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$5,173,804$4,372,077$4,304,195$3,147,628$3,148,772
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$5,173,804$4,372,077$4,304,195$3,147,628$3,148,772
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20202019201820172016
Total contributions$7,283,911$6,343,136$7,009,610$4,863,011$4,871,578
Program service revenue$61,553$22,600$23,950$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$104,624$68,700$18,693$471$954
Other revenue$109,936$109,523$129,724$175,953$156,433
Total other revenue$276,113$200,823$172,367$176,424$157,387
Total revenue$7,560,024$6,543,959$7,181,977$5,039,435$5,028,965
 
Expenses20202019201820172016
Program services$5,220,780$4,947,061$4,517,517$3,775,953$2,725,177
Management and general$1,290,695$964,502$650,311$533,376$462,072
Fundraising$242,617$583,104$857,582$731,250$613,888
Total expenses$6,754,092$6,494,667$6,025,410$5,040,579$3,801,137
 
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$805,932$49,292$1,156,567($1,144)$1,227,828
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$805,932$49,292$1,156,567($1,144)$1,227,828

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Scott AndersonPresident & CEO$217,096
Jon BloomChair$194,578
Sam MacraneDirector of Development$191,884
Josh EtterCOO$191,399
Tony ReinkeContent Strategist$174,440
John KnightDirector of Donor Partners$166,128
Nathan OlsonController$161,713
Ross ChaseyProduct Manager$146,412
John PiperSenior Teacher & Director$122,662

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020


Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 6/18/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


History

John Piper was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Bill and Ruth Piper January 11, 1946. When John and his older sister were still small, the family moved to Greenville, South Carolina, where John spent his growing-up years. His father was an itinerant evangelist, and his mother died in 1974 in a bus accident while visiting Israel.

In 1980, sensing an irresistible call of the Lord to preach, John became the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he ministered for almost 33 years.

Desiring God began inauspiciously in 1994 when John handed off the church's tape ministry to his assistant, Jon Bloom.

What started with tapes and John's books, Desiring God has blossomed into an international web ministry with 12,000+ free resources and 3.5+million monthly users. Today, John serves as lead teacher for the ministry.


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