Bridges for Peace, Inc./ BFPUSA

Summary

Bridges for Peace is working to build relationships between Christians and Jews and encouraging the church about its rich Biblical history and heritage. They assist Jewish immigrants and the poor in Israel by providing food baskets, blankets, medical assistance, etc. In addition, they provide education and ministry through various means such as YouTube, Facebook, other social media, website, prayer, teaching letters, on site speakers, and a bi-monthly magazine - Dispatch from Jerusalem. Bridges for Peace is a 501c3 organization and contributions are tax deductible. In addition, it has been a member in good standing of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) for over 20 years.


Contact information

Mailing address:
PO Box 410037
Melbourne, FL 32941-0037

Website: www.bridgesforpeace.com

Phone: (800) 566-1998

Email: postmaser@bfpusa.org


Organization details

EIN: 411334042

CEO/President: Rev. James B. Solberg

Chairman: Rev. Rebecca J. Brimmer

Board size: 11

Founder: Dr. G. Douglas Young

Year founded: 1976

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1996


Purpose

It is our desire to see Christians and Jews working side by side for better understanding and a more secure Israel. Founded in 1976, Bridges for Peace seeks to be a ministry of hope and reconciliation. Through programs both in Israel and worldwide, we are giving Christians the opportunity to actively express their biblical responsibility before God to be faithful to Israel and the Jewish community.

For too long, Christians have been silent. For too long, the Jewish community has had to fight its battles alone. It is time Christian individuals and congregations speak up for the people who gave us the Bible.

We are committed to the following goals:

  • To encourage meaningful and supportive relationships between Christians and Jews in Israel and around the world.
  • To educate and equip Christians to identify with Israel, the Jewish people and the biblical/Hebraic foundations of our Christian faith.
  • To bless Israel and the Jewish people in Israel and worldwide, through practical assistance, volunteer service and prayer.
  • To communicate Christian perspectives to the attention of Israeli leaders and the Jewish community-at-large.
  • To counter anti-Semitism worldwide and support Israel's divine God-given right to exist in her God-given land.

Mission statement

Bridges for Peace: Christians supporting Israel and building relationships between Christians and Jews in Israel and around the world.


Statement of faith

Bridges for Peace communicates its statement of faith as follows:

The Bible:
The Bible is the inspired Word of God (II Timothy 3:16).

God:
God is one (Deuteronomy 6:4; I Corinthians 8:6);
The Father, Son and Holy Spirit exist in Unity (Matthew 28:19);
Jesus Christ is God's only begotten Son (Matthew 16:16; John 3:16);
Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and Man (Timothy 2:5).

Man:
All men have sinned and come short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:23);
The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23, John 3:16, 36).

Salvation:
Salvation is by grace through faith as a gift of God (Ephesians 2:8);
Repentance and Baptism in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are outward signs of an inward faith; Faith is also exhibited by a consecrated and holy life; faith without works is dead (James 2:18).

The Future:
The return of Jesus Christ is imminent (Acts 1:11);
There will be a literal resurrection of the dead (John 5:28);
Those in Christ shall be immortalized (I Corinthians 15:53, 54);
Those wicked shall be destroyed (Revelation 21:8);
Israel will be restored as the Kingdom of God under the kingship of Messiah Jesus (Luke 1:32);
All believers shall be joint heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17).

Transparency grade

C

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Advocacy

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating110 of 5934 of 32
Fund acquisition rating386 of 59320 of 32
Resource allocation rating131 of 5937 of 32
Asset utilization rating51 of 5936 of 32

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20192018201720162015
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
8%13%16%17%18%19%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%6%7%8%8%7%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
93%44%45%45%45%40%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%6%7%8%8%7%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
7%56%55%55%55%60%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20192018201720162015
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%88%87%86%86%87%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
98%97%102%100%100%104%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
80%85%89%86%85%90%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
2%3%-2%0%0%-4%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%17%-17%-1%2%-27%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
11%7%6%6%6%6%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20192018201720162015
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.043.974.174.124.055.15
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.731.731.781.731.702.00
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.186.887.437.146.8810.28
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20192018201720162015
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
8.843.801.942.541.962.48
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.110.260.520.390.510.40
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.721.290.781.020.850.70
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20192018201720162015
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
11%34%46%39%41%30%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
77%17%13%15%15%14%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20192018201720162015
Cash$299,960$329,139$326,011$343,318$293,281
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$124,339$119,097$164,310$147,472$161,598
Short-term investments$190,938$159,450$160,568$201,164$35,302
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$615,237$607,686$650,889$691,954$490,181
Long-term investments$384,334$394,582$376,399$346,594$347,680
Fixed assets$66,413$79,949$98,842$134,926$139,929
Other long-term assets$1,000$740$640$2,703$1,500
Total long-term assets$451,747$475,271$475,881$484,223$489,109
Total assets$1,066,984$1,082,957$1,126,770$1,176,177$979,290
 
Liabilities20192018201720162015
Payables and accrued expenses$141,283$292,840$239,020$339,439$183,799
Other current liabilities$20,469$20,469$17,269$13,819$13,952
Total current liabilities$161,752$313,309$256,289$353,258$197,751
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$49,673$29,046$49,153$22,959$0
Other long-term liabilities$149,523$154,772$134,789$103,434$100,800
Total long-term liabilities$199,196$183,818$183,942$126,393$100,800
Total liabilities$360,948$497,127$440,231$479,651$298,551
 
Net assets20192018201720162015
Unrestricted$478,671$341,675$375,946$433,221$379,592
Temporarily restricted$227,365$244,155$310,593$263,305$301,147
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$706,036$585,830$686,539$696,526$680,739
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20192018201720162015
Total contributions$1,901,766$1,970,414$2,091,469$2,166,305$1,938,449
Program service revenue$2,397,233$2,456,567$2,505,228$2,588,309$2,938,446
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$46,330($17,853)$31,959$17,652($26,870)
Other revenue$5,878$7,177$6,155$7,392$7,545
Total other revenue$2,449,441$2,445,891$2,543,342$2,613,353$2,919,121
Total revenue$4,351,207$4,416,305$4,634,811$4,779,658$4,857,570
 
Expenses20192018201720162015
Program services$3,705,419$3,941,442$4,008,257$4,082,100$4,368,113
Management and general$278,613$255,262$282,213$291,685$307,482
Fundraising$246,969$320,310$354,328$390,086$363,451
Total expenses$4,231,001$4,517,014$4,644,798$4,763,871$5,039,046
 
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$120,206($100,709)($9,987)$15,787($181,476)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$120,206($100,709)($9,987)$15,787($181,476)

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History

Bridges for Peace was founded in 1976, built on the work of Dr. G. Douglas Young, who first came to Israel in 1957. Today Bridges for Peace is an international organization with 10 offices serving 6 continents. Bridges for Peace is a ministry of hope and reconciliation. Through programs both in Israel and worldwide, BFP gives Christians the opportunity to actively express their Biblical responsibility to be faithful to Israel and the Jewish people.


Program accomplishments

  • Dispatch from Jerusalem: A bi-monthly publication with pertinent and positive news from Israel and informative insights into the hopes and aspirations of the Israeli people, all in a prophetic context
  • Israel Teaching Letter: Monthly in-depth studies bringing to light the fuller meanings of biblical concepts from the Hebraic roots of the Scriptures.
  • Israel Prayer Update: Weekly e-mail update with prayer focus.
  • Chai Night Prayer and Study Groups: A monthly intercessory prayer program sponsored by individuals and churches around the world who desire to "pray for the peace of Jerusalem".
  • Bridge-Building Projects: Promote better Christian-Jewish understanding and support for Israel on the local and regional level around the world. Projects such as Hebrew classes, film series, Israel Awareness Programs, speakers bureau and study seminars are offered.
  • Operation Ezra: A vital social assistance program providing a channel of practical help to a variety of worthy projects in Israel utilizing cash contributions and gifts-in-kind from Christians to bless Israel. Through our Food Bank, food gifts are channeled to help Israel's needy. Currently we are assisting Jewish immigrants to Israel, Israel's elderly and poor from many communities.
  • Project Rescue/Project Tikvah (Hope): These programs help the poorest Jews, from the countries of the Diaspora. Project Rescue helps prepare many to immigrate to Israel. Without our help, most would find the cost of passports, visas, ground transportation, lodging, etc., out of their reach. Project Tikvah helps sustain the elderly and the sick who cannot make aliyah (immigrate to Israel).
  • Short Term and Long Term Service: This is a wonderful opportunity for Christians to serve Israel's poor and new immigrants through our Jerusalem and Karmiel Assistance Centers and our International Headquarters in Jerusalem. Volunteers use their skills in the Land of the Bible and help to build sincere relationship through practical expressions of love and support.
  • Bible Study Tours in Israel: Bridges for Peace provides a variety of travel opportunities and lectures to help you or your tour group gain a deeper understanding of Israel, the Jewish people and the Jewish roots of our Christian faith in light of the Bible, history, archaeology, and current events. An extensive pre-travel study manual is a part of all BFP tours and is also available to individuals or tour groups coming to Israel.

Needs

Bridges For Peace has communicated the following needs:

  • Prayer
  • Financial Partners
  • Volunteers