Billy Graham Evangelistic Association/ BGEA/ Franklin Graham

Summary

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association ("BGEA") supports the evangelistic ministry and calling of Billy Graham through community crusades, radio, television, DECISION magazine, seminars and any other means to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. BGEA was founded in 1950 by Billy Graham to accomplish his one purpose in life, which is to help people find a personal relationship with God, which, comes through knowing Christ. Evangelist Billy Graham took Christ at His word when He said in Mark 16:15, "Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature".

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:
1 Billy Graham Parkway
PO Box 668129 28226-8129
Charlotte, NC 28201-8201

Website: www.billygraham.org

Phone: (704) 401-2432

Email: info@bgea.org


Organization details

EIN: 410692230

CEO/President: Rev. Franklin Graham

Chairman: Dr. Billy Graham

Board size: 25

Founder: Dr. Billy Graham

Year founded: 1950

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1979


Purpose

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association ("BGEA") supports the evangelistic ministry and calling of Billy Graham through community crusades, radio, television, DECISION magazine, seminars and other means to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. BGEA was founded in 1950 by Billy Graham to accomplish his one purpose in life, which is to help people find a personal relationship with God, which, comes through knowing Christ. Evangelist Billy Graham took Christ at His word when He said in Mark 16:15, "Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature".

Mr. Graham has written 18 books, all of which have become top sellers. His latest, "Just As I Am," published in 1997, achieved a "triple crown," appearing simultaneously on the three top best-seller lists in one week. In this autobiography, Mr. Graham reflects on his life, including nearly 60 years of ministry around the world. From humble beginnings as the son of a dairy farmer in North Carolina, he shares how his unwavering faith in Christ formed and shaped his career.

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

BGEA uses the following to express its mission:

To support the evangelistic ministry and calling of Billy Graham. "Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature." (Mark 16:15)


Statement of faith

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association uses the following to express its Statement of Faith:

  • We believe the Bible to be the infallible Word of God, that it is His holy and inspired Word, and that it is of supreme and final authority
  • We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary. He led a sinless life, took on Himself all our sins, died and rose again, and is seated at the right hand of the Father as our mediator and advocate
  • We believe that all men everywhere are lost and face the judgment of God, and need to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ through His shed blood on the cross
  • We believe that Christ rose from the dead and is coming soon
  • We believe in holy Christian living, and that we must have concern for the hurts and social needs of our fellowmen.
  • We Believe we must dedicate ourselves anew to the service of our Lord and to His authority over our lives
  • We believe in using every modern means of communication available to us to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating284 of 42324 of 34
Fund acquisition rating207 of 42319 of 34
Resource allocation rating158 of 42313 of 34
Asset utilization rating410 of 42333 of 34

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%7%8%8%7%6%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%6%7%7%6%5%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%86%85%84%85%76%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%6%7%7%6%6%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%14%15%16%15%24%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
83%85%84%83%83%85%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%99%95%92%93%88%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%84%79%76%77%75%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%1%5%8%7%12%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%0%2%3%3%5%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%10%9%10%10%10%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.300.250.260.260.270.28
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.5410.488.2410.1916.828.90
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.542.652.112.674.622.52
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
8.960.534.975.623.765.94
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.111.880.200.180.270.17
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.07-3.964.543.691.913.95
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%18%19%21%20%21%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
63%324%315%303%289%277%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20172016201520142013
Cash$33,172,394$36,822,516$28,370,867$15,985,861$34,743,865
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$7,236,660$11,014,319$8,448,386$6,085,719$3,219,815
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$2,706,851
Total current assets$40,409,054$47,836,835$36,819,253$22,071,580$40,670,531
Long-term investments$230,156,478$197,649,342$187,195,617$192,745,741$161,399,928
Fixed assets$55,556,126$57,403,935$58,599,561$61,745,408$64,470,469
Other long-term assets$97,415,609$91,293,739$92,601,661$94,788,298$95,473,754
Total long-term assets$383,128,213$346,347,016$338,396,839$349,279,447$321,344,151
Total assets$423,537,267$394,183,851$375,216,092$371,351,027$362,014,682
 
Liabilities20172016201520142013
Payables and accrued expenses$5,862,863$8,112,367$5,218,388$4,609,435$5,878,098
Other current liabilities$69,942,710$1,506,218$1,338,240$1,258,181$963,405
Total current liabilities$75,805,573$9,618,585$6,556,628$5,867,616$6,841,503
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$67,109,709$71,006,610$70,123,723$70,644,918
Total long-term liabilities$0$67,109,709$71,006,610$70,123,723$70,644,918
Total liabilities$75,805,573$76,728,294$77,563,238$75,991,339$77,486,421
 
Net assets20172016201520142013
Unrestricted$311,780,118$284,521,980$266,719,978$263,709,843$255,128,970
Temporarily restricted$23,218,176$20,704,151$18,952,747$19,726,090$18,228,327
Permanently restricted$12,733,400$12,229,426$11,980,129$11,923,755$11,170,964
Net assets$347,731,694$317,455,557$297,652,854$295,359,688$284,528,261
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20172016201520142013
Total contributions$92,875,743$91,137,190$90,292,031$93,014,503$88,523,106
Program service revenue$8,765,680$8,782,041$9,446,718$8,091,480$7,521,713
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$0$0$0$15,603,220
Other revenue$6,708,936$6,739,192$7,182,668$8,931,151$4,750,560
Total other revenue$15,474,616$15,521,233$16,629,386$17,022,631$27,875,493
Total revenue$108,350,359$106,658,423$106,921,417$110,037,134$116,398,599
 
Expenses20172016201520142013
Program services$90,802,881$84,626,044$81,537,389$85,083,436$87,046,017
Management and general$10,260,890$9,346,012$9,716,914$10,530,849$9,914,179
Fundraising$6,149,156$6,936,753$7,094,508$6,448,076$5,703,622
Total expenses$107,212,927$100,908,809$98,348,811$102,062,361$102,663,818
 
Change in net assets20172016201520142013
Surplus (deficit)$1,137,432$5,749,614$8,572,606$7,974,773$13,734,781
Other changes in net assets$29,138,705$14,053,089($6,279,440)$2,856,654$0
Total change in net assets$30,276,137$19,802,703$2,293,166$10,831,427$13,734,781

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History

Evangelist Billy Graham took Christ at His word when He said in Mark 16:15, "Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.", and thus the creation of The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in 1950.

Born November 7, 1918, four days before the Armistice ended World War I, Mr. Graham was reared on a dairy farm in Charlotte, North Carolina. Growing up during the Depression, he learned the value of hard work on the family farm, but he also found time to spend many hours in the hayloft reading books on a wide variety of subjects.

In the Fall of 1934, at age 16, Mr. Graham made a personal commitment to Christ through the ministry of Mordecai Ham, a traveling evangelist, who visited Charlotte for a series of revival meetings.

Ordained in 1939 by a church in the Southern Baptist Convention, Mr. Graham received a solid foundation in the Scriptures at Florida Bible Institute (now Trinity College in Florida). In 1943 he was graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois and married fellow student Ruth McCue Bell, daughter of a missionary surgeon, who spent the first 17 years of her life in China.

After graduating from college, Mr. Graham joined Youth for Christ, an organization founded for ministry to youth and servicemen during World War II. He preached throughout the United States and in Europe in the immediate post-war era, emerging as a rising young evangelist.

The Los Angeles crusade in 1949 launched Mr. Graham into international prominence. Scheduled for three weeks, the meetings were extended to more than eight weeks, with overflow crowds filling a tent erected downtown each night.

Mr. Graham founded BGEA in 1950, which headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He conducts his ministry through BGEA.

Many of his subsequent early crusades were similarly extended, including one in London which lasted 12 weeks, and a New York City crusade in Madison Square Garden in 1957 which ran nightly for 16 weeks.

Mr. Graham's counsel has been sought by presidents, and his appeal in both the secular and religious arenas is evidenced by the wide range of groups that have honored him, including numerous honorary doctorates from many institutions in the U. S. and abroad. Recognitions range from the Congressional Gold Medal to the Speaker of the Year Award and the Templeton Foundation Prize for Progress in Religion. He has received the Big Brother Award for his work on behalf of the welfare of children and been cited by the George Washington Carver Memorial Institute for his contributions to race relations. He has also been recognized by the Anti-Defamation League of the B'nai B'rith and the National Conference of Christians and Jews for his efforts to foster a better understanding among all faiths.

Mr. Graham is regularly listed by the Gallup organization as one of the "Ten Most Admired Men in the World," whom it described as the dominant figure in that poll over the past 54 years -- making an unparalleled 42nd appearance and 35h consecutive appearance. He has also appeared on the covers of Time, Newsweek, Life, U.S. News and World Report, Parade, and numerous other magazines and has been the subject of many newspaper and magazine feature articles and books.

Billy Graham and his ministry are known around the globe. He has preached in remote African villages and in the heart of New York City, and those to whom he has ministered have ranged from heads of state to the simple-living bushmen of Australia and the wandering tribes of Africa and the Middle East. Since 1977, Mr. Graham has been accorded the opportunity to conduct preaching missions in virtually every country of the former Eastern bloc, including the former Soviet Union.

In November 2000 Franklin Graham, Billy Graham's son, was appointed CEO of the BGEA.


Program accomplishments

The ministry communicates the following program accomplishments:

  • The weekly "Hour of Decision" radio program broadcast around the world on Sundays for over 50 years.
  • The daily "Decision Today" radio program aired by approximately 200 stations in the United States and Canada.
  • Mission television specials which are regularly broadcast in prime time in almost every market in the U.S. and Canada approximately six times annually.
  • A newspaper column, "My Answer," which is carried by newspapers across the country with a combined circulation of more than five million readers.
  • "Decision" magazine, the official publication of the Association, has a circulation of 1.4 million and is available in English and German versions, with special editions available in Braille and on cassette tape for the visually impaired.
  • World Wide Pictures has produced and distributed over 130 productions, making it one of the foremost producers of evangelistic films in the world. Films have been translated into 40 languages and viewed by more than 250 million people worldwide and, for a minimum charge, are provided for showing in prisons and correctional facilities nationwide.
Publications
Mr. Graham has written 25 books, many of which have become top sellers. His autobiography, "Just As I Am," published in 1997, achieved a "triple crown," appearing simultaneously on the three top best-seller lists in one week.
Of his other books, "Approaching Hoofbeats: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" (1983) was listed for several weeks on The New York Times bestseller list; "How to Be Born Again" (1977) had the largest first printing in publishing history with 800,000 copies; "Angels: God's Secret Agents" (1975) sold one million copies within 90 days; and "The Jesus Generation" (1971) sold 200,000 copies in the first two weeks.

Awards and Honors
Mr. Graham's counsel has been sought by presidents, and his appeal in both the secular and religious arenas is evidenced by the wide range of groups that have honored him, including numerous honorary doctorates from many institutions in the United States and abroad. Recognitions include the Congressional Gold Medal; the Speaker of the Year Award; the Templeton Foundation Prize for Progress in Religion; and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Freedom Award for contributions to the cause of freedom. He has received the Big Brother Award for his work on behalf of the welfare of children and been cited by the George Washington Carver Memorial Institute for his contributions to race relations. He has also been recognized by the Anti-Defamation League of the B'nai B'rith and the National Conference of Christians and Jews for his efforts to foster a better understanding among all faiths. In December 2001 he was presented with an honorary knighthood, Honorary Knight Commander of the order of the British Empire (KBE), for his international contribution to civic and religious life over 60 years.

Needs

The ministry has communicated the following needs:

Cash gifts continue to be the main source of funding our ministry. These gifts, of all sizes, are made in faith that God will use them to change lives. And, praise His name, He is faithful. If giving a cash gift is your desire, gifts can be mailed to: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, P.O. Box 779, Minneapolis, MN 55440-0779. Donations can also be made online. See the ministry's website for more information.