Truth For Life

Summary

Truth For Life is a Bible teaching ministry using the unique, expositional sermons of Alistair Begg. The program is heard daily across the U.S. and abroad on over 1,800 radio outlets, its website, mobile apps, podcast and streaming television. Truth For Life seeks to faithfully proclaim the Word of God and is passionate about helping transform the lives of those who listen to the program, through the Holy Spirit. Truth For Life is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization and all contributions are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Truth For Life is also a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).


Contact information

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 398000
Solon, OH 44139-9000

Website: www.truthforlife.org

Phone: (888) 588-7884

Email: letters@truthforlife.org


Organization details

EIN: 341787585

CEO/President: Rev. Alistair Begg

Chairman: Mr. John Rothenbuhler

Board size: 6

Founder: Rev. Alistair Begg

Year founded: 1994

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2005


Purpose

The purpose of Truth For Life is to deliver Christ-focused, life-changing, expository Bible teaching every day, to all people wherever they are, without cost barriers and with formats that are up to date and easy to access.


Mission statement

Truth For Life uses the following to communicates its mission:

We are committed to teaching the Bible with clarity and relevance so that:

Unbelievers will be converted,

Believers will be established,

Local churches will be strengthened.


Statement of faith

Truth For Life uses the following to express its statement of faith:

We accept the scriptures as our only authority in matters of faith and practice and our interpretation of Bible Doctrine leads us inexorably to believe:

(1) The scriptures of the Old and New Testament as being verbally inspired by God and inerrant and infallible in the original writings, and that they are of supreme and final authority.

(2) In one God eternally existing in one essence, yet co-equal persons, the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

(3) That Jesus Christ was begotten by God, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born to the virgin Mary.

(4) In the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, Who convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. He is the life of the believer and He empowers the preaching and teaching of the Gospel.

(5) That mankind was created in the image of God, sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death, but spiritual death, which is separation from God, and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature.

(6) That the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the basis of His shed blood.

(7) In the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, His ascension into heaven and His present life there as High priest and Advocate for us.

(8) In the blessed hope, which is the personal, visible and imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

(9) That all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again by the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God and heirs of eternal life.

(10) In the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost in hell and the fellowship of the saved in heaven.

(11) In the existence of a personal devil, who is still working in the world to destroy the souls of men and that he and all his angels and all who do not receive Christ as their personal Savior will eternally perish in the lake of fire.

(12) In the Church, whose mission it is to preach the Scriptures to all the world, all of its endeavors being guided by multiple leadership and supported by the wise stewardship of God's people.

(13) That the ordinances of the Church, given by the Lord, are Baptism and the Lord's Table (Communion).

Transparency grade

A

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Educational Media

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating211 of 50024 of 51
Fund acquisition rating128 of 50015 of 51
Resource allocation rating189 of 50021 of 51
Asset utilization rating380 of 50042 of 51

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20192018201720162015
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
8%4%5%6%5%4%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%4%5%6%5%4%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%99%99%100%100%100%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%5%5%7%6%5%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%1%1%0%0%0%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20192018201720162015
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%85%86%84%86%87%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%88%94%87%89%90%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
80%74%81%73%76%79%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%12%6%13%11%10%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
2%10%5%10%8%8%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%10%8%9%9%8%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20192018201720162015
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.190.660.660.610.530.67
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.532.332.653.073.011.51
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.311.531.741.861.601.02
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20192018201720162015
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.126.896.445.811.785.80
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.150.160.170.560.17
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.416.715.835.333.309.76
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20192018201720162015
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%7%6%6%19%12%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
70%142%143%154%153%131%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20192018201720162015
Cash$2,270,073$2,381,952$3,786,488$4,112,137$6,933,002
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$649,220$458,624$255,653$307,620$288,697
Short-term investments$5,359,352$3,720,675$1,362,614$1,220,494$1,194,665
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$8,278,645$6,561,251$5,404,755$5,640,251$8,416,364
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$10,966,788$10,831,147$11,161,334$11,330,817$4,301,290
Other long-term assets$65,000$0$2,080$7,101$11,400
Total long-term assets$11,031,788$10,831,147$11,163,414$11,337,918$4,312,690
Total assets$19,310,433$17,392,398$16,568,169$16,978,169$12,729,054
 
Liabilities20192018201720162015
Payables and accrued expenses$1,150,089$963,692$875,941$3,143,185$1,436,027
Other current liabilities$51,069$54,821$54,821$17,533$15,543
Total current liabilities$1,201,158$1,018,513$930,762$3,160,718$1,451,570
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$67,714$87,161$141,405$38,706$56,239
Total long-term liabilities$67,714$87,161$141,405$38,706$56,239
Total liabilities$1,268,872$1,105,674$1,072,167$3,199,424$1,507,809
 
Net assets20192018201720162015
Unrestricted$17,976,561$16,286,724$15,496,002$13,778,745$9,492,419
Temporarily restricted$65,000$0$0$0$1,728,826
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$18,041,561$16,286,724$15,496,002$13,778,745$11,221,245
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20192018201720162015
Total contributions$14,327,872$12,135,983$11,662,798$10,125,903$9,501,046
Program service revenue($22,257)$17,040($10,862)$3,375$6,889
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$114,832$55,406$13,899$4,209$644
Other revenue$0($3,378)($57,421)($6,160)$0
Total other revenue$92,575$69,068($54,384)$1,424$7,533
Total revenue$14,420,447$12,205,051$11,608,414$10,127,327$9,508,579
 
Expenses20192018201720162015
Program services$10,731,381$9,852,827$8,491,858$7,720,795$7,478,391
Management and general$1,321,694$942,518$902,269$783,740$682,768
Fundraising$612,535$618,984$682,054$504,494$398,758
Total expenses$12,665,610$11,414,329$10,076,181$9,009,029$8,559,917
 
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$1,754,837$790,722$1,532,233$1,118,298$948,662
Other changes in net assets$0$0$185,024$1,439,202$2,631,876
Total change in net assets$1,754,837$790,722$1,717,257$2,557,500$3,580,538

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History

TFL was legally incorporated in 1994 as a listener funded radio ministry organized to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The 25 minute daily broadcast began on February 27, 1995 and the program can now be heard throughout the week by radio listeners all across the United States and throughout the world on the internet. All programs feature the Bible teaching of Alistair Begg. The IRS recognizes all gifts given to the work of TFL as tax deductible. TFL operates under the direction of a seven member board of trustees who are responsible for achieving its stated mission.


Program accomplishments

Truth For Life uses the following to communicate its accomplishments:

Truth For Life, the bible-teaching ministry of Alistair Begg, distributes a daily bible-teaching program to listeners in all major radio markets across the U.S. through approximately 1,800 radio outlets. Listeners in the U.S. and from around the world can access the program for free on one of two mobile apps, online at truthforlife.org, on Pod Cast, through Facebook, and by way of Amazon Fire and Roku TV. Truth For Life is committed to delivering clear, relevant bible-teaching without cost as a barrier and makes Alistair's entire teaching archive free online. Each month, over four million messages are downloaded for free by listeners across the globe. Followers of the ministry can also share Alistair's teaching or access the daily blog through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For listeners who prefer to own Truth for Life's bible-teaching messages on CD, DVD, or USB, hard copies can be purchased at cost, with no mark up for profit, thanks to the generous and faithful giving of the ministry's donors.


Needs

How can I support Truth For Life?

Our ministry is dependent on the prayer and financial support of our listeners. Here are some ways that you can financially support the ministry:

  1. Pray for the ministry of Truth For Life.
  2. Introduce new people to Truth For Life.
  3. Become a Truth Partner and support TFL's ministry with a monthly gift.
  4. Give online or via PayPal, contact TFL's customer service department at (888) 588-7884.
Each gift is greatly appreciated and goes directly toward sharing the teaching of the Gospel. Contributions to Truth For Life are tax deductible. We are committed to the highest standards of stewardship.