Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools (FOCUS)

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Summary

FOCUS is the Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools. It is a diverse community of students, alumni, parents, faculty, clergy, and professionals from a variety of Christian denominations drawn together by a common faith and purpose.

Our presence on campus is the result of an invitation by faculty, headmasters, and sometimes a student group. We seek to respect all members of the school community regardless of their religious beliefs. FOCUS staff members often help schools with coaching, or visit schools to support students in clubs, plays, or musical events. Sometimes students invite FOCUS staff to guide their discussion in on-campus small groups such as a Bible study or a fellowship meeting. Many areas also host regular meetings in a family's home for fun and food, followed by a simple talk or Bible discussion. Staff may also be invited to speak at assemblies, chapels, or in class.


Contact information

Mailing address:
PO Box 1027
New Canaan, CT 06840

Website: infocus.org

Phone: 203-972-3408

Email: communications@infocus.org


Organization details

EIN: 060870830

CEO/President: Daniel Walker

Chairman:

Board size: 17

Founder: Peter C. Moore

Year founded: 1971

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 05/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1982


Purpose

Our purpose is to explore with independent school students a life of faith that is real, adventurous, intellectually sound, and eminently practical. Through relationships, area meetings, programs, and events, we offer a safe space for students to consider life's most important questions.


Mission statement

The mission of FOCUS is to present Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior, to independent school students to the end that they might come to know Him and glorify God through their Christian witness and through lives of Christian services in the church and in the world.


Statement of faith

Transparency grade

A

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Fellowship Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating647 of 81721 of 24
Fund acquisition rating403 of 81712 of 24
Resource allocation rating623 of 81718 of 24
Asset utilization rating650 of 81720 of 24

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
8%8%9%8%10%11%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
7%7%8%7%9%8%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
84%81%83%86%85%76%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%7%10%10%10%9%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
16%19%17%14%15%24%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
81%73%80%79%79%74%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
100%101%80%64%86%86%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
78%73%64%50%68%64%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
0%-1%20%36%14%14%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
4%0%9%20%7%7%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
13%20%11%11%11%17%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.720.390.340.330.420.40
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.691.471.491.561.791.94
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
3.040.570.510.510.750.77
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
6.4612.7713.9610.029.067.62
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.150.080.070.100.110.13
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
3.0919.5021.8921.0314.2413.54
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
12%5%5%6%6%7%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
51%246%279%284%224%235%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20202019201820172016
Cash$1,560,127$2,793,131$3,701,232$2,440,912$3,203,699
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$936,267$1,469,854$1,390,152$644,069$160,257
Short-term investments$5,398,300$3,533,297$1,844,219$1,635,172$671,471
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$7,894,694$7,796,282$6,935,603$4,720,153$4,035,427
Long-term investments$1,651,000$1,695,000$1,695,000$1,501,000$1,507,500
Fixed assets$2,076,592$2,153,228$2,176,107$2,225,884$2,299,105
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$3,727,592$3,848,228$3,871,107$3,726,884$3,806,605
Total assets$11,622,286$11,644,510$10,806,710$8,447,037$7,842,032
 
Liabilities20202019201820172016
Payables and accrued expenses$507,215$106,669$69,240$69,736$43,418
Other current liabilities$110,900$452,001$622,711$451,274$486,420
Total current liabilities$618,115$558,670$691,951$521,010$529,838
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$618,115$558,670$691,951$521,010$529,838
 
Net assets20202019201820172016
Unrestricted$0$8,845,643$6,070,655$4,883,746$4,640,216
Temporarily restricted$0$1,240,197$3,044,104$2,042,281$1,671,978
Permanently restricted$0$1,000,000$1,000,000$1,000,000$1,000,000
Net assets$11,004,171$11,085,840$10,114,759$7,926,027$7,312,194
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20202019201820172016
Total contributions$3,595,643$4,142,303$4,803,075$3,462,177$2,754,334
Program service revenue$564,795$589,344$564,758$506,387$502,037
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$144,058$139,004$114,504$49,106$260,125
Other revenue$143,643$107,373$117,630$74,882$86,865
Total other revenue$852,496$835,721$796,892$630,375$849,027
Total revenue$4,448,139$4,978,024$5,599,967$4,092,552$3,603,361
 
Expenses20202019201820172016
Program services$3,263,358$3,170,046$2,803,982$2,783,729$2,294,386
Management and general$917,380$420,288$388,267$405,048$520,494
Fundraising$297,773$377,467$370,951$350,045$292,936
Total expenses$4,478,511$3,967,801$3,563,200$3,538,822$3,107,816
 
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($30,372)$1,010,223$2,036,767$553,730$495,545
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($30,372)$1,010,223$2,036,767$553,730$495,545

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Daniel WalkerExecutive Director$152,989
Jeff KohlbergerChief Operating Officer$119,775

Compensation data as of: 5/31/2020


Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.


The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/15/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


History

The roots of FOCUS go back to the 1960s, when founder Peter Moore first began to organize gatherings for New England boarding school students to explore Christianity in fresh and lively ways. The program grew as faculty, heads of school, alumni, and parents recognized the need for informal opportunities on campus and off to explore Christian faith.

This early FOCUS community nurtured an effort that would eventually extend from the Northeast, down the Atlantic seaboard, and to San Francisco.


Program accomplishments

11 local area ministries

19 yearly national programs

56 staff and board members


Needs

Your generous support enables FOCUS to serve 3,000 students from nearly 200 independent schools, through our eleven Area Ministries and more than a dozen National Programs.