Sunshine Ministries


Sunshine Ministries provides Christian social services to the poor & needy of St. Louis.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Sunshine Ministries
PO Box 6680
St. Louis, MO


Phone: 314-231-8209


Organization details

EIN: 430896665

CEO/President: Zachary Fay

Chairman: Zachary Fay

Board size: 6

Founder: Edward Card

Year founded: 1942

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1999


We help men break the cycle of homelessness and substance abuse by equipping them to become self-sufficient, and offering them hope for a brighter future. We reach out to families in our community with practical, emotional, and spiritual help through programs and special events. We provide a firm educational foundation for youth and help them discover their unique God-given gifts and talents, encouraging them to achieve their full potential.

Mission statement

Sunshine Ministries is committed to providing high quality Christian social services to the poor and needy of St. Louis by offering healing from the past, help for the present, and hope for the future.

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Transparency grade

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating523 of 58625 of 42
Fund acquisition rating524 of 58633 of 42
Resource allocation rating300 of 58617 of 42
Asset utilization rating519 of 58629 of 42

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$21,345$46,546$28,117$29,724$45,011
Short-term investments$1,157,992$1,738,144$3,778,169$3,939,139$4,227,738
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$5,606,222$5,536,231$8,027,717$8,160,327$8,000,973
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$9,804,437$10,027,127$7,364,385$6,484,756$6,038,178
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$9,804,437$10,027,127$7,364,385$6,484,756$6,038,178
Total assets$15,410,659$15,563,358$15,392,102$14,645,083$14,039,151
Payables and accrued expenses$33,488$20,718$268,539$42,865$34,440
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$33,488$20,718$268,539$42,865$34,440
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$33,488$20,718$268,539$42,865$34,440
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Temporarily restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$15,377,171$15,542,640$15,123,563$14,602,218$14,004,711
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$1,432,130$1,792,351$2,219,494$2,546,408$2,928,055
Program service revenue$0$2,736$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$116,247$137,926$48,691$122,129$105,249
Other revenue$2,452$1,990$3,230$2,460$1,856
Total other revenue$118,699$142,652$51,921$124,589$107,105
Total revenue$1,550,829$1,935,003$2,271,415$2,670,997$3,035,160
Program services$1,398,869$1,233,976$1,308,038$1,504,850$1,405,363
Management and general$75,629$54,942$68,987$77,616$107,984
Total expenses$1,705,608$1,553,900$1,732,839$1,957,697$1,919,746
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)($154,779)$381,103$538,576$713,300$1,115,414
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($154,779)$381,103$538,576$713,300$1,115,414

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Sunshine Ministries was founded on April 25, 1903 as the St. Louis City Rescue Mission at 14 N. 7th Street (the current site of Kiener Plaza). Supported by several prominent St. Louis businessmen including George Warren Brown, the founder of Brown Shoe Company, Edward "Daddy" Card (pictured to the right) began the work of the mission by serving free meals to poor men living on the streets of St. Louis. Later changing the name of the ministry to Sunshine Mission, "Daddy" Card continued to lead the mission for 30 years. Under his guidance, the mission moved several times including into three buildings that were located on the current site of the America Center. During those years, Sunshine Mission continued to grow by adding an overnight shelter for the homeless. Through the depression years the mission served an average of 100,000 men a year! William Buschart, "Daddy" Card's successor, led the mission through the celebration of the 50th Anniversary in 1953. At that time he wrote, "God has graciously cared for and brought us to this jubilee year, indicating in innumerable ways His approval upon the work. Let us praise and thank Him from the depths of our hearts." Fifty years later, under the leadership of Jim and Carol Clarkson, the ministry once again proclaimed God's goodness and grace toward the mission as they celebrated 100 years of faithfully answering God's call to care for the poor and needy among us. Desiring to expand the ministry's outreach to families, programs were added for impoverished women and children with the addition of a Youth and Family Center and Eagle Lodge, a summer camp facility for kids. In 2000 Sunshine Mission was incorporated and became Sunshine Ministries, Inc. In 2013, God blessed the ministry by allowing Sunshine Ministries to break ground on a new Family C.A.R.E. Center as we celebrated our 110th Anniversary. And three years later, a new Resident Shelter was constructed to offer a "home" for men who were seeking encouragement and help to become the man God created them to be. From our humble beginnings in a little store-front building on the corner of 7th and Market Streets, Sunshine Ministries is now serving our community from five facilities in the near north side of downtown St. Louis and a beautiful camp facility in Foristell, Missouri. God has been faithful to Sunshine Ministries for close to 12 decades and we remain fully committed to sharing His love to our neighbors in need.

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