Coalition for Christian Outreach/ CCO

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The CCO calls college students to serve Jesus Christ with their entire lives.

We share the Gospel with students and develop passionate disciples of Jesus Christ.
We serve together with the church and invite students into the lives of local congregations.
We give students a vision for serving Jesus Christ in their studies, jobs, communities, and families.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Coalition for Christian Outreach
5912 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206-3805


Phone: (412) 363-3303


Organization details

EIN: 251216330

CEO/President: Mr. Dan Dupee

Chairman: James D. Young

Board size: 16

Founder: Several Christian leaders in area

Year founded: 1971

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 08/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1980


Our vision is to see a generation of college students transformed by the power of Jesus Christ and His Gospel, in partnership with the local church, reaching the world for the glory of God. Students in CCO ministries reflect the greatness of God's Kingdom people from every tribe, nation, and tongue, saved out of sin and death, empowered by the Holy Spirit to live out the public implications of their personal transformation in every sphere of life. They love Jesus intimately, view the world Biblically, live obediently, join in Christ's restoration of all things, and invite others to do the same.

They become the next generation of leaders in the Church for the life of the world. Our communities are deeply changed because, in and through this generation of college students, the world meets the living Christ.

Mission statement

Coalition for Christian Outreach uses the following to express its core purpose:

"Transforming college students to transform the world."

Statement of faith


We believe in one God-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

People are created in the image of the Triune God and are called to manifest and reflect holiness through obedience to the commandments which are set forth in Holy Scripture. Because human beings have woefully fallen in this responsibility and entered into a state of moral corruption, they have subsequently become estranged from their Creator.

Because of a profound love for creation, God has initiated a plan of redemption and accomplished it on behalf of the people of God in the realm of temporal history. The zenith of this redemption is located in the historical incarnation of God in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. We confess Jesus to be the Christ of the Old Testament prophecy, being at the same time fully God and fully human. Jesus, through His atoning death and bodily resurrection, has provided the meritorious basis of our justification, which we receive by faith alone.

The risen and ascended Christ has sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in the hearts of believers, affecting their regeneration and operating in their sanctification. The same Holy Spirit has been given to the people of God to empower them for the service of bearing witness to the Kingdom of God. The Holy Spirit brings God's people together to form a corporate community of believers. We believe that Christ has established a visible church which is called to live in the power of the Holy Spirit under the regulation of the authority of the Holy Scripture, exercising discipline, administering the sacraments, and preaching the Gospel of Christ.

We support the work of Christian organizations and institutions that confess the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We believe that the Bible in its entirety is divine revelation, and we submit to the authority of Holy Scripture, acknowledging it to be inspired by and to carry the full weight of God's authority.

We believe that Jesus Christ is Lord of all things and thus we are committed to the implementation of the social and cultural implications of God's commandments and grace for the transformation of society and the well-being of people. We believe our faith should be visible in concrete forms and models of personal and social behavior. We seek to be faithful disciples of Christ, enduring in love and obedience until He comes again to consummate His kingdom.


Believing that God's character shows no partiality, that God's coming Kingdom is multiethnic, that God's great commission is to disciple all nations, that Jesus broke down the dividing walls of hostility and called His disciples to unity, we have committed to following the truth of the Gospel by equipping our partners, staff, and students concerning issues of racial justice, reconciliation, and reaching the growing cultural diversity among our students while seeking that diversity in our staff.

In 2017, the CCO signed the Charlottesville Statement with other national campus ministries condemning racism, anti-semitism, and white supremacy.

Transparency grade


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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Christian Growth

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating654 of 94147 of 70
Fund acquisition rating605 of 94342 of 70
Resource allocation rating239 of 94323 of 70
Asset utilization rating860 of 94162 of 70

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$374,350$218,865$167,423$180,585$191,847
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$300,836
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$7,097,839$4,798,986$3,892,293$3,658,590$3,530,885
Long-term investments$17,489,963$16,596,015$17,174,207$16,144,193$15,321,158
Fixed assets$299,933$246,367$266,105$319,024$392,043
Other long-term assets$231,315$369,849$490,715$565,338$648,253
Total long-term assets$18,021,211$17,212,231$17,931,027$17,028,555$16,361,454
Total assets$25,119,050$22,011,217$21,823,320$20,687,145$19,892,339
Payables and accrued expenses$293,615$314,975$242,040$141,385$167,931
Other current liabilities$227,752$37,787$49,602$80,191$78,604
Total current liabilities$521,367$352,762$291,642$221,576$246,535
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$1,677,422$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$2,198,789$352,762$291,642$221,576$246,535
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$3,010,735$2,711,152$2,050,882$2,149,235$2,171,644
With donor restrictions$19,909,526$18,947,303$19,480,796$18,316,434$17,474,160
Net assets$22,920,261$21,658,455$21,531,678$20,465,569$19,645,804
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Total contributions$12,539,371$12,722,598$9,635,883$9,280,441$8,797,751
Program service revenue$555,188$589,233$2,859,287$2,662,733$2,289,924
Membership dues$108,394$236,831$0$153,550$254,722
Investment income$707,190$718,177$42,145$9,635$6,273
Other revenue$96,980$166,288$193,372$198,406$230,276
Total other revenue$1,467,752$1,710,529$3,094,804$3,024,324$2,781,195
Total revenue$14,007,123$14,433,127$12,730,687$12,304,765$11,578,946
Program services$11,330,702$11,249,874$10,357,313$10,057,593$9,603,996
Management and general$1,296,495$1,224,161$1,132,987$1,102,492$1,051,009
Total expenses$13,632,648$13,653,346$12,662,424$12,278,885$11,661,155
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$374,475$779,781$68,263$25,880($82,209)
Other changes in net assets$887,331($653,004)$997,746$793,985$354,025
Total change in net assets$1,261,806$126,777$1,066,009$819,865$271,816


Vincent BurensPresident and CEO$164,564
Matthew BrownVice President For Strategic Partnerships$129,253
Susan SchulzCFO & VP For Staff Services$110,893
Nikki ThorpeAssistant Secretary$68,909

Compensation data as of: 8/31/2020

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 8/25/2021. To update the information below, please email:


CCO expresses its history as the following:

In the late 1960s, several Christian leaders in western Pennsylvania had a dream. Hundreds of teenagers were coming to Christ through Young Life and other local youth ministries, but when they graduated from high school and went off to college, there were few opportunities for them to continue to grow in their faith. What could be done to support and equip these students once they reached their respective campuses? With such a high concentration of colleges and universities in this part of the country, it became clear that the college campus was an untapped mission field.

On March 23, 1971, the CCO was born. Its mission was to bring various ministries together with a unified vision to minister to college students in cooperation with local churches. In 1973, the CCO was invited to place some of its staff into positions as residence hall directors at both Waynesburg College (now University) and Robert Morris College (now University). This was the beginning of an expanded vision of partnership , and the notion of working cooperatively with colleges and universities soon exploded into dozens of new opportunities.

From the beginning, the CCO has been committed to not only introducing students to Jesus Christ, but to helping them understand how their Christian faith should inform the way they study, play, work and live out every facet of life . Our core purpose, "transforming college students to transform the world," points to this, as does our number one core value: "All things belong to God."

In 1971, the CCO's staff included three campus workers and an executive director, who reached out to students at five colleges and universities in western Pennsylvania and Ohio. Now in 2007, 179 CCO campus staff serve students on 83 campuses in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, West Virginia and in Washington, DC.

Today, the CCO is present not only at small private schools, but also on large state universities and commuter campuses. We reach out to traditional 18- to 22-year-old students as well as to law and medical graduate students. Some of our staff members specialize in international ministry, others in wilderness ministry and outdoor education, and some reach out primarily to the African-American student population. All of our staff are committed to reaching a broad a cross-section of students.

The CCO is committed to following God's call, whether that means deepening our ministries at schools where we've had a presence since 1971 or moving into previously untapped geographical areas, like New York and Washington, DC . The CCO's executive leadership is committed to discerning the needs of college students and campuses and to doing our work with excellence: transforming college students to transform the world .

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