Alpha USA

Summary

Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith, typically run over eleven weeks. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone is welcome. Alpha is an opportunity to explore life & the Christian faith in a friendly, open & informal environment. Millions of people have tried Alpha all around the world. Alpha runs in cafes, churches, universities, homes -you name it. No two Alphas look the same, but they generally have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Alpha USA
1635 Emerson Lane
Naperville, IL 60540

Website: alphausa.org

Phone: 1-800-362-5742

Email: questions@alphausa.org


Organization details

EIN: 133962840

CEO/President: Craig Springer

Chairman: Mark Emery

Board size: 15

Founder:

Year founded: 1998

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2010


Purpose

We believe everyone should have the opportunity to explore a personal relationship with Jesus, wherever they are in the world, for free. Alpha USA exists to serve and support churches in making disciples of Jesus Christ, while we play our part in the re-evangelization of the nations and the transformation of society. Together we can see churches revitalized across the country and hundreds of thousands of lives transformed by an encounter with Jesus.


Mission statement

Alpha's mission is to see the evangelization of the nations, the revitalization of the church and the transformation of society.


Statement of faith

Transparency grade

A

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating66 of 7752 of 44
Fund acquisition rating269 of 77616 of 44
Resource allocation rating99 of 7762 of 44
Asset utilization rating91 of 7755 of 44

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
6%5%4%6%8%7%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
5%5%4%6%8%6%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
96%97%96%95%94%93%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
5%5%4%6%7%6%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
4%3%4%5%6%7%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
83%94%95%92%91%93%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
93%90%103%95%104%101%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
78%84%98%88%95%94%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
7%10%-3%5%-4%-1%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
7%65%-51%67%-145%-13%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%1%1%1%1%1%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.264.776.726.457.286.23
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.771.031.031.051.061.08
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.534.946.916.747.756.72
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
6.837.632.453.494.592.33
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.140.130.410.290.220.43
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
3.842.111.031.271.211.02
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
13%17%56%48%81%59%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%4%16%20%61%19%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
68%17%7%8%3%7%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20182017201620152014
Cash$1,377,561$767,854$793,898$926,308$954,183
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$353,238$393,886$655,632$387,552$506,227
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,730,799$1,161,740$1,449,530$1,313,860$1,460,410
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$15,103$30,331$53,725$57,197$65,954
Other long-term assets$45,365$2,059$11,664$28,149$49,582
Total long-term assets$60,468$32,390$65,389$85,346$115,536
Total assets$1,791,267$1,194,130$1,514,919$1,399,206$1,575,946
 
Liabilities20182017201620152014
Payables and accrued expenses$226,740$179,223$245,182$260,466$602,436
Other current liabilities$0$295,500$170,500$25,500$25,500
Total current liabilities$226,740$474,723$415,682$285,966$627,936
Debt$79,000$193,845$305,164$851,393$306,722
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$79,000$193,845$305,164$851,393$306,722
Total liabilities$305,740$668,568$720,846$1,137,359$934,658
 
Net assets20182017201620152014
Unrestricted$1,485,527$525,562$693,709$225,999$234,927
Temporarily restricted$0$0$100,364$35,848$406,361
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$1,485,527$525,562$794,073$261,847$641,288
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20182017201620152014
Total contributions$9,258,067$7,437,963$9,833,708$9,244,485$9,032,104
Program service revenue$92,336$31,868$53,311$44,027$64,755
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,005$1,239$727$1,051$2,613
Other revenue$150,865$284,654$421,057$515,381$629,453
Total other revenue$244,206$317,761$475,095$560,459$696,821
Total revenue$9,502,273$7,755,724$10,308,803$9,804,944$9,728,925
 
Expenses20182017201620152014
Program services$7,990,888$7,613,275$9,034,910$9,315,771$9,099,371
Management and general$113,132$107,937$124,658$124,507$107,959
Fundraising$438,288$303,023$617,009$744,107$606,290
Total expenses$8,542,308$8,024,235$9,776,577$10,184,385$9,813,620
 
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)$959,965($268,511)$532,226($379,441)($84,695)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$959,965($268,511)$532,226($379,441)($84,695)

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Craig SpringerNational Director$229,720
Dana SandersDevelopment Director$171,678
Sean HoganChief Operating Officer$164,174
John Andrew WentzMinistry Director$153,220
Christopher Todd ProctorChurch Networks Director$72,931

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2018


Response from ministry

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History

Developed as a short course at HTB in London, UK, in 1990 Nicky Gumbel took over running Alpha and found that many people outside of the church wanted to explore the Christian faith. Alpha now runs in every part of the global church, including the Catholic Church, the Orthodox Church and all mainline Protestant denominations.

Alpha USA was birthed in the 1990's as a response to the way we saw the Holy Spirit using Alpha as a tool for American churches.


Program accomplishments

Millions of people have tried Alpha in 169 countries, and it has been translated into 112 different languages.


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