Adventist Development & Relief Agency

Summary

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), formed in 1956, is an independent, humanitarian agency established by the Seventh-day Adventist Church with the specific purpose of individual and community development and disaster relief. ADRA helps people without regard to age, ethnicity, or political or religious association. ADRA now has a presence in more than 120 countries around the world including Armenia, Burkina Faso, Czech Republic, Guyana, Korea, Madagascar, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Venezuela, Yemen and Zambia.

This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Contact information

Mailing address:
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20904-6601

Website: www.adra.org

Phone: (800) 424-2372

Email:


Organization details

EIN: 521314847

CEO/President: Mr. Charles Sandefur

Chairman: Mr. Lowell C. Cooper

Board size: 37

Founder: Seventh Day Adventist Church

Year founded: 1956

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Purpose

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), formed in 1956, is an independent, humanitarian agency established by the Seventh-day Adventist Church with the specific purpose of individual and community development and disaster relief. ADRA helps people without regard to age, ethnicity, or political or religious association. ADRA now has a presence in more than 120 countries around the world including Armenia, Burkina Faso, Czech Republic, Guyana, Korea, Madagascar, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Venezuela, Yemen and Zambia.

This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Mission statement

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency uses the following to express its Mission Statement:

  • REFLECT the character of God through humanitarian and developmental activities.

  • ACTIVELY SUPPORT communities in need through a portfolio of development activities which are planned and implemented cooperatively.

  • PROVIDE assistance in situations of crisis or chronic distress, and work toward the development of long-term solutions with those affected.

  • WORK through equitable partnerships with those in need to achieve positive and sustainable change in communities.

  • BUILD networks that develop indigenous capacity, appropriate technology, and skills at all levels.

  • DEVELOP and maintain relationships with our partners, which provide effective channels for mutual growth and action.

  • PROMOTE and expand the equitable and participatory involvement of women in the development process.

  • ADVOCATE for and assist in the increased use of communities capacities to care for and responsibly manage the natural resources of their environment.

  • FACILITATE the right and ability of all children to attain their full potential, and to assist in assuring the child's survival to achieve that potential.

  • Statement of faith

    This organization has not provided a Statement of Faith. At such time that MinistryWatch receives this information it will be posted immediately.

    Financial efficiency ratings

    Sector: Relief and Development

    CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
    Overall efficiency rating181 of 43034 of 60
    Fund acquisition rating89 of 43019 of 60
    Resource allocation rating269 of 43048 of 60
    Asset utilization rating246 of 43042 of 60

    Financial ratios

    Funding ratiosMedian % for
    all ministries in
    MW database
    20172016201520142013
    Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
    Fundraising expense /
    Total contributions
    7%3%2%2%3%3%
    Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
    Fundraising expense /
    Total revenue
    6%3%2%2%3%3%
    Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
    Total contributions /
    Total revenue
    95%99%99%99%99%97%
    Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
    Fundraising expense /
    Total expenses
    6%2%3%3%3%3%
    Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
    Total other revenue /
    Total revenue
    5%1%1%1%1%3%
     
    Operating ratiosMedian % for
    all ministries in
    MW database
    20172016201520142013
    Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
    Program services /
    Total expenses
    83%80%78%80%83%86%
    Spending ratio Spending ratio =
    Total expenses /
    Total revenue
    99%106%90%97%102%92%
    Program output ratio Program output ratio =
    Program services /
    Total revenue
    81%85%71%77%85%79%
    Savings ratio Savings ratio =
    Surplus (deficit) /
    Total revenue
    1%-6%10%3%-2%8%
    Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
    Surplus (deficit) /
    Net assets
    3%-6%10%4%-2%10%
    General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
    Management and general expense /
    Total expenses
    10%18%19%17%14%11%
     
    Investing ratiosMedian measure
    for all ministries
    in MW database
    20172016201520142013
    Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
    Total expenses /
    Total assets
    1.320.910.830.931.051.06
    Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
    Total assets /
    Total current assets
    1.531.041.011.001.001.00
    Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
    Total expenses /
    Total current assets
    2.530.940.840.931.061.07
     
    Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
    for all ministries
    in MW database
    20172016201520142013
    Current ratio Current ratio =
    Total current assets /
    Total current liabilities
    9.097.849.189.9413.3115.59
    Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
    Total current liabilities /
    Total current assets
    0.100.130.110.100.080.06
    Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
    (Total current assets -
    Total current liabilities) /
    (Total expenses / 12)
    4.0711.1112.8011.5510.5110.52
     
    Solvency ratiosMedian % for
    all ministries in
    MW database
    20172016201520142013
    Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
    Total liabilities /
    Total assets
    10%15%11%10%7%6%
    Debt ratio Debt ratio =
    Debt /
    Total assets
    0%0%0%0%0%0%
    Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
    Net assets /
    Total expenses
    63%94%107%97%88%88%

    Financials

    Balance sheet
     
    Assets20172016201520142013
    Cash$9,819,143$10,575,409$9,445,938$6,292,095$27,294,246
    Receivables, inventories, prepaids$6,643,850$9,298,185$4,248,686$5,049,928$4,867,684
    Short-term investments$45,172,443$40,348,264$38,309,453$39,034,126$18,512,645
    Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
    Total current assets$61,635,436$60,221,858$52,004,077$50,376,149$50,674,575
    Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
    Fixed assets$474,520$219,534$199,903$206,312$215,217
    Other long-term assets$2,036,395$308,475$0$0$4,615
    Total long-term assets$2,510,915$528,009$199,903$206,312$219,832
    Total assets$64,146,351$60,749,867$52,203,980$50,582,461$50,894,407
     
    Liabilities20172016201520142013
    Payables and accrued expenses$7,863,333$6,561,160$5,232,987$3,783,800$3,250,006
    Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
    Total current liabilities$7,863,333$6,561,160$5,232,987$3,783,800$3,250,006
    Debt$0$0$0$0$0
    Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
    Other long-term liabilities$1,479,209$308,475$0$0$0
    Total long-term liabilities$1,479,209$308,475$0$0$0
    Total liabilities$9,342,542$6,869,635$5,232,987$3,783,800$3,250,006
     
    Net assets20172016201520142013
    Unrestricted$36,161,943$34,315,364$31,642,241$33,520,490$34,251,845
    Temporarily restricted$18,641,866$19,564,868$15,328,752$13,376,181$13,392,556
    Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
    Net assets$54,803,809$53,880,232$46,970,993$46,798,661$47,644,401
     
    Revenues and expenses
     
    Revenue20172016201520142013
    Total contributions$53,890,714$55,016,285$49,597,422$51,644,802$57,379,631
    Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
    Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
    Investment income$664,511$696,259$698,749$737,176$1,460,145
    Other revenue$27,913$15,987$42,138$13,137$37,325
    Total other revenue$692,424$712,246$740,887$750,313$1,497,470
    Total revenue$54,583,138$55,728,531$50,338,309$52,395,115$58,877,101
     
    Expenses20172016201520142013
    Program services$46,463,130$39,364,784$38,870,120$44,347,380$46,460,418
    Management and general$10,185,796$9,656,652$8,481,021$7,254,615$6,158,411
    Fundraising$1,437,661$1,281,341$1,227,075$1,585,231$1,502,415
    Total expenses$58,086,587$50,302,777$48,578,216$53,187,226$54,121,244
     
    Change in net assets20172016201520142013
    Surplus (deficit)($3,503,449)$5,425,754$1,760,093($792,111)$4,755,857
    Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
    Total change in net assets($3,503,449)$5,425,754$1,760,093($792,111)$4,755,857

    Response from ministry

    No response has been provided by this ministry.


    History

    The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) was established in November 1956 by the Seventh-day Adventist Church to provide humanitarian relief and welfare. Originally called Seventh-day Adventist Welfare Service or SAWS, the name was changed to Seventh-day Adventist World Service in 1973.

    By 1958, SAWS reported relief shipments to 22 countries with a total value of about $485,000. Four years later, the number of countries had increased to 29, with a total value of $2.3 million in shipments. During this period, countries benefited included those in South America and the Middle East, sites of major disasters.

    By the mid-1970s, the organization began to broaden its mission from disaster relief into programs leading to long-term development. In 1983 SAWS underwent yet another name change to better reflect its overall mission and activities, becoming the "Adventist Development and Relief Agency" (ADRA).

    ADRA's work grew rapidly with major programs in several countries emphasizing community development, food distribution, institutional development, and ongoing disaster relief. From an initial worldwide staff of approximately 600, ADRA's activities soon included: building health clinics in Africa, assisting hurricane victims in Central America, teaching hygiene and health to children in Asia, and promoting awareness of worldwide humanitarian needs through ADRA's Global Village in the United States.

    In 1997 the Agency was granted General Consultative Status by the United Nations, a unique opportunity giving ADRA added voice in the international community. In 1998 alone it assisted more than 18 million people with more than US$133 million in aid. More than 4,000 ADRA staff members currently work in more than 120 countries worldwide. As new challenges and needs arise, ADRA continues to strive to realize its mission of reflecting God's love through compassionate acts of humanitarian service.


    Program accomplishments

    The Adventist Development and Relief Agency communicates the following accomplishments in 2001:

  • ADRA is present in more than 125 countries.
  • ADRA provided development and relief assistance valued at nearly $107 million.
  • ADRA helped more than 16 million people.
  • ADRA responded to 367 disasters worldwide.
  • More than 35,000 people are participating in ADRA's Economic Development projects.
  • ADRA Food Security project grants were valued at $27.5 million dollars.
  • ADRA uses its resources effectively, keeping administrative costs to less than 10 percent.
  • ADRA's programs benefited more than 16 million people worldwide.
  • ADRA responded to 367 disasters of varying size around the world, including hurricanes, flooding, and earthquakes.

  • Needs

    Adventist Development & Relief Agency uses the following to express its ministry needs:

    Giving has never been more rewarding. Following are three ways you can help:

    Donate online-You can make a secure online donation to ADRA International by credit card. See the website for specific programs you can help.

    Charitable Gifts-You may also contribute through charitable gift annuities. You can establish your Gift Annuity with a contribution in the form of cash, stocks, bonds or mutual funds.

    ADRA'S Really Useful Gift Catalog-This Catalog provides you with everything you need to make a decision and choice about how you will positively impact lives around the world in partnership with ADRA International. Every single dollar is put to work for the people and projects that have motivated you to respond.