Pioneer Clubs

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Summary

Pioneer Clubs is organized to serve God by assisting churches and other ministries in helping children and youth make Christ Lord in every aspect of life. Pioneer Clubs started as Girl's Guild in 1939. Over the years the curriculum has been revised to include multiple age divisions and materials for boys. Today, The program ministers to children and youth from age two to high school. Presently, approximately 3,700 churches in the United States and Canada sponsor the club ministry reaching over 140,000 children and youth.

Pioneer Clubs' mission is carried out by providing and distributing a quality Christ-centered children's club program designed to develop the whole person. It provides Christ-centered activity oriented program materials for Camp Cherith camps and other Christian Camps. The following core values are used to guide the ministry: God-honoring, Bible-based, child-focused, holistic ministry, excellence, people and relationships, Christian community, and responsible stewardship.

Pioneer Clubs is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) and the Christian Management Association.


Contact information

Mailing address:
PO Box 788
27W130 Saint Charles Road, Carol Stream IL 60188
Wheaton, IL 60187-0788

Website: www.pioneerclubs.org

Phone: (630) 293-1600

Email: pcinfo@pioneerclubs.org


Organization details

EIN: 362222693

CEO/President: Ms. Judith C. Bryson

Chairman: Mr. John Scruton-Wilson

Board size: 10

Founder: Ms. Betty (Whitaker) McDonald

Year founded: 1939

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1982


Purpose

Pioneer Clubs is organized to serve God by assisting churches and other ministries in helping children and youth make Christ Lord in every aspect of life. Pioneer Clubs started as Girl's Guild in 1939. Over the years the curriculum has been revised to include multiple age divisions and materials for boys. Today, The program ministers to children and youth from age two to high school. Presently, approximately 3,700 churches in the United States and Canada sponsor the club ministry reaching over 140,000 children and youth.

Pioneer Clubs' mission is carried out by providing and distributing a quality Christ-centered children's club program designed to develop the whole person. It provides Christ-centered activity oriented program materials for Camp Cherith camps and other Christian Camps. The following core values are used to guide the ministry: God-honoring, Bible-based, child-focused, holistic ministry, excellence, people and relationships, Christian community, and responsible stewardship.

Pioneer Clubs is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) and the Christian Management Association.


Mission statement

Pioneer Clubs Mission Statement is:

Pioneer Clubs mission is to serve God by assisting churches and other ministries in helping children and youth make Christ Lord in every aspect of life.


Statement of faith

Pioneer Clubs Statement of Faith is as follows:

Spiritual Standard

All members of the board of directors and all staff shall be those who are committed to Christ and His service and seek to manifest the kind of life expressed in Romans 12:10-12

Statement of Faith

A.We believe in one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, Holy Spirit. John 14:16-17: Matthew 28:19

B.We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is true god and true man. Matthew 1:18:23.

C.We believe in the Scriptures of Old and New Testament as verbally inspired by God and inerrant in the original writings, and they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life. 2 Peter 1:20-21, 2 Timothy 3:16:17

D.We believe that we were created in the image of God; that we sinned, and thereby incurred, not only physical death, but also that spiritual death which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born in sin, and that this sinful nature is the origin of all sinful acts in thought, word, and deed. Genesis 1:26, Romans 5:12, Isaiah 59: 2-4, Romans 6:23.

E.We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, according to the Scrptures, as a representative and substitutuinary ascrifice; and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood. Romans 5:8-9

F.We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit, and thereby become children of God. John 1:12, Roamans 8:9

G.We believe in the bodily resurrection of Christ and His ascension to Heaven, and in His present work as High Priest and advocate. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Hebrews 4:14-16.

H.We believe in the personal return of Jesus Christ. Acts 1:11, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

I.We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just to everlasting blessedness, and the unjust to everlasting punishment. Acts 24:15, Revelation 20:15, Romans 6:23.

Transparency grade

A

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Christian Growth

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating772 of 91354 of 65
Fund acquisition rating899 of 91563 of 65
Resource allocation rating632 of 91547 of 65
Asset utilization rating434 of 91329 of 65

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%36%56%57%63%30%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
5%14%21%12%26%8%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
86%40%37%21%41%27%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
5%11%16%13%18%7%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
14%60%63%79%59%73%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
80%76%68%59%58%55%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
95%136%134%94%146%114%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
75%103%91%55%85%63%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
5%-36%-34%6%-46%-14%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
7%-50%-33%8%-47%-11%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
13%13%17%29%24%38%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.071.201.050.881.230.72
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.291.261.241.231.541.36
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.731.511.311.081.890.98
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
10.3211.2916.6212.8318.0413.47
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.090.090.060.080.060.07
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
6.797.258.6010.205.9911.30
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
9%36%19%19%18%16%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%16%3%4%5%4%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
79%53%77%92%67%116%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20202019201820172016
Cash$16,136$19,878$15,393$21,918$0
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$119,695$138,247$195,893$203,363$270,680
Short-term investments$175,669$225,870$306,939$177,186$386,840
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$311,500$383,995$518,225$402,467$657,520
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$9,879$22,205$34,994$47,940$53,247
Other long-term assets$70,299$71,854$85,517$169,781$183,943
Total long-term assets$80,178$94,059$120,511$217,721$237,190
Total assets$391,678$478,054$638,736$620,188$894,710
 
Liabilities20202019201820172016
Payables and accrued expenses$19,448$12,017$29,809$17,814$46,331
Other current liabilities$8,137$11,082$10,590$4,501$2,484
Total current liabilities$27,585$23,099$40,399$22,315$48,815
Debt$62,554$15,921$23,326$30,794$38,481
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$51,600$53,733$55,911$59,167$59,260
Total long-term liabilities$114,154$69,654$79,237$89,961$97,741
Total liabilities$141,739$92,753$119,636$112,276$146,556
 
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$241,900$377,262$409,025$400,256$633,009
With donor restrictions$8,039$8,039$110,075$107,656$115,145
Net assets$249,939$385,301$519,100$507,912$748,154
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20202019201820172016
Total contributions$140,078$140,953$124,933$215,226$155,295
Program service revenue$38,377$56,004$54,644$61,629$89,167
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$16,093$6,845$194,417$7,644$9,619
Other revenue$151,837$172,140$226,865$238,017$310,862
Total other revenue$206,307$234,989$475,926$307,290$409,648
Total revenue$346,385$375,942$600,859$522,516$564,943
 
Expenses20202019201820172016
Program services$358,163$340,308$330,683$444,266$353,250
Management and general$61,748$84,641$160,319$181,406$246,627
Fundraising$50,215$78,702$70,911$136,329$46,662
Total expenses$470,126$503,651$561,913$762,001$646,539
 
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($123,741)($127,709)$38,946($239,485)($81,596)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($123,741)($127,709)$38,946($239,485)($81,596)

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Brian OndracekPresident/CEO$89,255

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020


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 11/17/2020. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


History

Pioneer Clubs started as a Girls' Guild in 1939. Over the years, the curriculum was revised to include multiple age divisions and materials for boys. Today the program encompasses two years olds through high school. Presently, approximately 3,700 churches in the US and Canada sponsor the club ministry.


Program accomplishments

Pioneer Clubs has reported that about 46% of Pioneer Clubs Churches reports growth in church attendance by Unchurched families due to their children participating in these clubs.


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