Keys for Kids Ministries previously CBH Ministries

Summary

Keys for Kids Ministry ministers to children, families, churches and other groups who wish to learn more about the Bible and the principles that it teaches. Keys for Kids produces daily and weekly radio programming that is broadcast by over 500 radio stations worldwide, and provide other materials in print and other media that present Biblical principles in easily understood contemporary formats. The weekly 30-minute radio program is the "hub" for all their activity. Keys for Kids is "on the air" with a well-rehearsed, Christ-centered broadcast by and for children. Keys for Kids also produce a 5-minute and a 15-minute program, which is used by many stations on a weekly basis and by several others as a daily feature. Many Spanish-speaking areas of the world air a weekly 10-minute Spanish program. Keys for Kids helps underwrite a children's program in the Mandarin dialect of Chinese, and the Ilongo dialect in the Philippines. Keys for Kids also underwrites the production of a 15-minute weekly program in the Romanian language. Other program translations are also being considered. On March 3, 2001 Children's Bible Hour launched its new radio program "Down Gilead Lane", replacing "Children's Bible Hour", a program with a 58-year history. Gilead was created to be a compelling program for today's children and families to draw them into a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ. This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).


Contact information

Mailing address:
PO Box 1
(2065 Three Mile Road, NW 49544)
Grand Rapids, MI 49501-9501

Website: www.cbhministries.org

Phone: (616) 647-4958

Email: cbh@cbhonline.com


Organization details

EIN: 381675000

CEO/President: Terre Ritchie

Chairman: Mr. Dodd Morris

Board size: 6

Founder: Mr. Mel Johnson

Year founded: 1942

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1993


Purpose

Keys for Kids Ministries ministers to children, families, churches and other groups who wish to learn more about the Bible and the principles that it teaches. Keys for Kids produces daily and weekly radio programming that is broadcast by over 500 radio stations worldwide, and provide other materials in print and other media that present Biblical principles in easily understood contemporary formats. The weekly 30-minute radio program is the "hub" for all their activity. Keys for Kids is "on the air" with a well-rehearsed, Christ-centered broadcast by and for children. Many hours of planning and rehearsal are necessary each week to produce a quality half-hour program. This is done at their studios and offices at 1331 Plainfield Ave., N.E. in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

On March 3, 2001 Children's Bible Hour launched its new radio program "Down Gilead Lane", replacing "Children's Bible Hour", a program with a 58-year history. Gilead was created to be a compelling program for today's children and families to draw them into a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ.

CBH also produce a 15-minute program, which is used by many stations on a weekly basis and by several others as a daily feature. Also, a 5-minute daily devotional program is aired by many stations. CBH has more than 675 outlets for their broadcasts. In addition, CBH is aired on about 351 low-powered translator stations.

A weekly 10-minute Spanish program is aired by 175 stations, many of them in Spanish-speaking areas of the world. CBH help underwrite a children's program in the Mandarin dialect of Chinese, and the Ilongo dialect in the Philippines. CBH also underwrite the production of a 15-minute weekly program in the Romanian language. Other program translations are also being considered.

This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).


Mission statement

Keys for Kids expresses its mission statement as follows:

Keys for Kids Ministries is an international Christian ministry based on the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which produces and distributes excellent media resources primarily through the age of 14.


Statement of faith

Keys for Kids expresses its statement of faith as follows:

THE BIBLE is the inspired Word of God, and it is the Christian's final authority from God.

THE BIRTH of Jesus is evidence of His deity in that He was virgin born and is God in the flesh.

THE BLOOD of Christ, shed on Calvary, is the only atonement for man's sin.

THE BURIAL and the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus and His ascension into heaven are literal facts.

THE BELIEVERS are called "the church," which is composed of all those who be faith have accepted Christ as Savior and Lord.

THE BLESSED HOPE of the Christian is the personal return of the Lord Jesus to take all believers to heaven. Those who reject God's plan of salvation will be condemned to everlasting punishment.

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Educational Media

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating397 of 43043 of 50
Fund acquisition rating378 of 43040 of 50
Resource allocation rating386 of 43043 of 50
Asset utilization rating266 of 43026 of 50

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%16%16%14%13%17%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%14%15%12%17%11%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%87%95%87%130%66%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%14%16%12%9%13%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%13%5%13%-30%34%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
83%69%64%68%68%64%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%97%97%101%195%88%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%67%62%69%132%56%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%3%3%-1%-95%12%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%4%4%-2%-67%10%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%17%20%20%24%23%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.321.201.141.161.270.70
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.532.212.392.592.573.31
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.532.652.743.003.252.32
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.097.006.265.975.2511.68
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.140.160.170.190.09
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.073.873.693.332.994.73
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%6%7%6%7%3%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
63%78%82%81%73%139%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20172016201520142013
Cash$356,206$297,545$234,860$240,037$274,371
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$47,945$66,656$91,118$93,877$135,153
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$404,151$364,201$325,978$333,914$409,524
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$490,671$506,542$519,080$523,029$947,609
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$490,671$506,542$519,080$523,029$947,609
Total assets$894,822$870,743$845,058$856,943$1,357,133
 
Liabilities20172016201520142013
Payables and accrued expenses$57,772$58,210$54,572$63,568$35,051
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$24
Total current liabilities$57,772$58,210$54,572$63,568$35,075
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$57,772$58,210$54,572$63,568$35,075
 
Net assets20172016201520142013
Unrestricted$682,790$666,664$729,684$755,198$1,274,691
Temporarily restricted$154,260$145,869$50,802$38,177$47,367
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$837,050$812,533$790,486$793,375$1,322,058
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20172016201520142013
Total contributions$960,963$975,293$843,774$720,005$716,152
Program service revenue$26,364$36,723$55,067$46,332$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$419($13,573)$226($250,649)$18,173
Other revenue$114,996$29,915$66,258$39,984$349,580
Total other revenue$141,779$53,065$121,551($164,333)$367,753
Total revenue$1,102,742$1,028,358$965,325$555,672$1,083,905
 
Expenses20172016201520142013
Program services$739,075$641,820$662,417$733,183$612,284
Management and general$179,470$197,390$200,188$258,762$215,745
Fundraising$154,125$157,101$115,609$92,410$122,022
Total expenses$1,072,670$996,311$978,214$1,084,355$950,051
 
Change in net assets20172016201520142013
Surplus (deficit)$30,072$32,047($12,889)($528,683)$133,854
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$30,072$32,047($12,889)($528,683)$133,854

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.


History

Keys for Kids expresses its history as follows:

In November of 1942, a group of men headed by Dr. David Otis Fuller inaugurated the first Children's Bible Hour broadcast on a local Grand Rapids station. Interest mounted, funds were supplied, and many radio stations were added. Today, by the guiding hand of God, Children's Bible Hour is a nation-wide program, and it is also heard in many foreign countries. The history of the Children's Bible Hour and the personal history of Charlie Vander Meer run along parallel lines. Children's Bible Hour began broadcasting in November 1942. About a year later, when he was nine years old, Charlie was picked out of a studio audience to participate in a live broadcast of CBH.

From there he went on to a regular spot in the program, reading from "Charlie's Scrapbook," reciting poems, helping in the dramatized stories, and often serving as "junior emcee." At 17, Charlie left the program for four years of college study, graduating in 1956 with a major in radio and television production. Immediately he joined the staff of Children's Bible Hour and in 1959 was named Assistant Director. He worked closely with "Aunt Bertha" Shooks until her retirement in 1972 when he assumed the directorship of the ministry and host of the radio programs.

Now known as "Uncle Charlie" to boys and girls around the world, he heads a ministry that is currently aired on 600 broadcast outlets in all 50 states and in approximately 80 foreign countries. In addition to broadcasts in the English language, Keys for Kids is involved in six foreign language broadcasts for children. Keys for Kids also has an extensive print ministry, specializing in a bi-monthly devotional guide for children called KEYS FOR KIDS. This book has also been printed in seven other languages. Audio-Visual materials produced by Keys for Kids include music and story cassettes, CD's, music and story Videos. The children heard on the radio broadcasts also appear in monthly concerts, and a 10-day summer tour.

In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of Keys for Kids, Charlie also serves on the Board of the Arizona based Family Life Communications. Charlie and his wife Bette have three grown children and eight grandchildren. Charlie also has a "wooden friend" named Wally who goes with him in many children's meetings, where Charlie has a presentation of ventriloquism, Gospel magic, and dramatized story. He believes that Jesus meant what He said in Mark 10:14: "LET THE CHILDREN COME TO ME...AND FORBID THEM NOT!"


Program accomplishments

Several hundred missionary and military families receive Keys for Kids' radio programs via cassette tape, a "lending library" ministry which is available to those in areas where Keys for Kids cannot be hard on the radio. Also, some of their stories have been translated into other languages for use in producing programming for other countries.

Two Bible correspondence courses are being used by thousands of boys and girls. These studies help them learn the basic truths of the Word of God. Audio/visual materials are also a part of the ever-expanding outreach of Keys for Kids. Keys for Kids have produced music and story albums, songbooks, quiz books, music and story videos, puppet scripts, and "flashcard" pictures to use with some of their stories. These are excellent for churches, clubs, camps, the home, etc. Several stories have also been edited for "Phone-A-Story" use. Detailed information on these materials is available from Keys for Kids. Keys For Kids is a daily devotional booklet designed to be read TO or BY children. It is excellent for family devotions. The book has a two-month format and includes suggested Scripture, memory verse, and practical application. One copy of each issue is free to every family who writes and asks for it. Additional copies are available for $1.00 each ($3.00 foreign). Keys For Kids is not available by subscription. Two books of Keys For Kids have been printed in Spanish, two in Portuguese, and one in Romanian. Other languages are being developed. News and Notes, a bi-monthly publication, features poems, a story, letters from listeners, a few jokes, a "chat" with Uncle Charlie, etc. It provides an avenue of keeping in touch with their supporters and is available to all who contribute $5.00 or more each year. The radio staff is available for meetings in churches for area-wide rallies. This phase of the work keeps the staff busy on many weekends. In June the group goes on a ten-day summer tour, holding meetings each evening.


Needs

Keys for Kids are absolutely dependent on God to provide the wisdom, love and courage to produce materials that will impact lives for eternity. As such, Keys for Kids have established the Keys for Kids Prayer Network to recruit people willing to pray daily for their needs at Keys for Kids. If you sense a calling to intercessory prayer on their behalf, Keys for Kids would love to communicate with you.