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Edify works with education entrepreneurs who operate Christ-centered schools. Alongside local partners, we offer them access to the tools they need the most: training, loan capital, and education technology. This helps improve the quality of education, expand their schools, and build longevity for their communities.

We work with education entrepreneurs in Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia.

We work with low-fee independent Christ-centered schools who, on average, deliver quality education for less than $1 a day.

Since 2009, we've worked with over 8,900 schools and 2 million students globally.

Contact information

Mailing address:
8825 Aero Drive #220
San Diego, CA 92123

Website: edify.org

Phone: 855-463-3439

Email: communications@edify.org

Organization details

EIN: 270892545

CEO/President: Tiger Dawson

Chairman: Chris Crane

Board size: 8

Founder: Chris Crane and Tiger Dawson

Year founded: 2009

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2019


Our vision is flourishing godly nations. Across the globe, we see this vision become a reality, one training, one loan, one device at a time.

Mission statement

Our mission is to improve an expand sustainable Christ-centered education globally.

Statement of faith

We Believe:

"The time has come", Jesus said. "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news" (Mark 1:15)

"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servants of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of the Father, and will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic** church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. **universal

Transparency grade


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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating759 of 94086 of 105
Fund acquisition rating898 of 942100 of 105
Resource allocation rating726 of 94286 of 105
Asset utilization rating314 of 94040 of 105

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$269,387$273,677$370,786$147,077$93,246
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,699,933$3,178,243$3,016,815$2,408,892$2,378,010
Long-term investments$0$4,002$19,005$35,006$57,785
Fixed assets$21,875$26,812$45,374$43,732$26,977
Other long-term assets$0$0$45,736$45,668$48,907
Total long-term assets$21,875$30,814$110,115$124,406$133,669
Total assets$3,721,808$3,209,057$3,126,930$2,533,298$2,511,679
Payables and accrued expenses$57,664$88,321$61,219$140,653$102,661
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$57,664$88,321$61,219$140,653$102,661
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$1,083$5,453$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$1,083$5,453$0
Total liabilities$57,664$88,321$62,302$146,106$102,661
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$2,389,125$1,865,811$1,907,653$1,072,773$1,521,459
With donor restrictions$1,275,019$1,254,925$1,156,975$1,314,419$887,559
Net assets$3,664,144$3,120,736$3,064,628$2,387,192$2,409,018
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$6,819,224$6,149,573$6,029,241$4,821,076$4,463,466
Program service revenue$51,040$59,420$49,453$40,816$23,497
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$4,186$1,736$1,652$1,758$1,857
Other revenue$0$0($9,318)$0$0
Total other revenue$55,226$61,156$41,787$42,574$25,354
Total revenue$6,874,450$6,210,729$6,071,028$4,863,650$4,488,820
Program services$4,827,275$4,753,866$4,068,373$3,712,370$2,677,479
Management and general$427,392$325,802$343,958$323,223$345,969
Total expenses$6,331,042$6,154,621$5,393,592$4,886,926$3,658,665
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$543,408$56,108$677,436($23,276)$830,155
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$543,408$56,108$677,436($23,276)$830,155


Reuben ThiessenChief Technology Officer$143,926
Abigail Bach VP ProgramStrategy & Philanthropy$133,804
George T DawsonPresident & CEO$130,000
Vanessa FolsomVP Operations & Secretary$109,988
Chris FentonSVP Operations & CFO$108,800
Paul ParkBoard Member/Strategy Consultant$65,749

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2019

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 9/27/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


Edify began by providing loan capital for low-fee independent schools in the Dominican Republic and Ghana. Now, we train, lend, and introduce education technology in 11 countries and counting. In places where poverty persists, education brings a lifetime of opportunities. So when schools improve, learning does too. When learning is centered on Christ, opportunities write a whole new story. Children transform into vibrant agents of change in their communities and world.

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