Alliance Defending Freedom (pka Alliance Defense Fund, Inc.)

Summary

Alliance Defending Freedom ("ADF") (fka Alliance Defense Fund, Inc.) was formed in 1993 to serve and litigate on behalf of those individuals and charities that promote religious liberty, the sanctity of human life, and family values. ADF provides individuals and charities with strategic planning, training, educational materials, and funding to coordinate and expand their ability to fight legal cases. ADF's mission is to fund the legal defense and advocacy of religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, and family values. ADF aims to dismantle the wall of legal precedents that negatively affect Christians. A seven-member Grants and Review Committee of volunteer attorneys reviews and evaluates each request for funding. This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).


Contact information

Mailing address:
15100 North 90th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85260-5260

Website: www.adflegal.org

Phone: (800) 835-5233

Email: info@teladf.org


Organization details

EIN: 541660459

CEO/President: Michael Michael Farris

Chairman: Mr. Tom Minnery

Board size: 10

Founder: Bill Bright, Don Wildmon, & et al

Year founded: 1993

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1995


Purpose

Alliance Defending Freedom (fka Alliance Defense Fund, Inc.) ("ADF") was formed in 1993 to serve and litigate on behalf of those individuals and charities that promote religious liberty, sanctity of human life, and family values. ADF provides individuals and charities with strategic planning, training, educational materials, and funding to coordinate and expand their ability to fight legal cases.

ADF's mission is to fund the legal defense and advocacy of religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, and family values. ADF aims to dismantle the wall of legal precedents that negatively affect Christians. A seven-member Grants and Review Committee of volunteer attorneys reviews and evaluates each request for funding.

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


Mission statement

Alliance Defending Freedom communicates its mission statement as follows:

ADF is a servant organization that provides the resources that will keep the door open for the spread of the Gospel through the legal defense and advocacy of religious freedom, sanctity of life, and family values.


Statement of faith

Transparency grade

A

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Advocacy

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating449 of 50029 of 31
Fund acquisition rating424 of 50025 of 31
Resource allocation rating381 of 50025 of 31
Asset utilization rating347 of 50025 of 31

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20192018201720162015
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
8%14%13%12%10%10%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%13%13%11%10%10%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%94%99%98%97%96%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%14%13%11%9%10%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%6%1%2%3%4%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20192018201720162015
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%76%78%81%84%83%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
98%94%100%100%108%100%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
80%71%78%80%90%83%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
2%6%0%0%-8%0%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
2%11%0%0%-13%0%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%11%9%8%7%7%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20192018201720162015
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.191.281.501.391.581.39
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.525.755.202.422.995.07
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.317.337.783.354.727.07
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20192018201720162015
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.101.051.373.192.621.94
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.950.730.310.380.52
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.420.080.412.461.570.82
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20192018201720162015
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%17%14%13%13%10%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
70%65%57%63%55%64%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20192018201720162015
Cash$4,704,587$6,283,289$14,458,627$12,053,117$5,672,785
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$3,545,982$1,635,272$2,327,323$1,459,013$3,081,667
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$8,250,569$7,918,561$16,785,950$13,512,130$8,754,452
Long-term investments$21,905,246$16,429,124$6,656,095$7,810,600$15,932,332
Fixed assets$17,046,884$16,493,997$16,870,449$18,713,826$19,335,217
Other long-term assets$210,154$337,738$300,989$304,208$358,292
Total long-term assets$39,162,284$33,260,859$23,827,533$26,828,634$35,625,841
Total assets$47,412,853$41,179,420$40,613,483$40,340,764$44,380,293
 
Liabilities20192018201720162015
Payables and accrued expenses$6,347,417$4,549,658$4,115,098$4,385,651$4,115,464
Other current liabilities$1,489,533$1,251,165$1,144,179$773,393$398,586
Total current liabilities$7,836,950$5,800,823$5,259,277$5,159,044$4,514,050
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$9,572
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$9,572
Total liabilities$7,836,950$5,800,823$5,259,277$5,159,044$4,523,622
 
Net assets20192018201720162015
Unrestricted$36,762,012$32,636,931$32,374,029$32,372,796$36,844,483
Temporarily restricted$2,537,770$2,615,545$2,854,056$2,682,803$2,886,067
Permanently restricted$276,121$126,121$126,121$126,121$126,121
Net assets$39,575,903$35,378,597$35,354,206$35,181,720$39,856,671
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20192018201720162015
Total contributions$60,876,147$61,220,263$55,295,760$57,336,981$59,560,248
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$440,982$150,145$0$0$0
Investment income$702,934$435,644$507,292$238,155$97,354
Other revenue$2,662,621($170,504)$636,251$1,582,547$2,206,881
Total other revenue$3,806,537$415,285$1,143,543$1,820,702$2,304,235
Total revenue$64,682,684$61,635,548$56,439,303$59,157,683$61,864,483
 
Expenses20192018201720162015
Program services$45,845,180$48,240,107$45,338,219$53,467,761$51,430,218
Management and general$6,365,660$5,304,037$4,470,250$4,589,100$4,230,227
Fundraising$8,274,538$8,067,013$6,458,348$5,775,773$6,192,806
Total expenses$60,485,378$61,611,157$56,266,817$63,832,634$61,853,251
 
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$4,197,306$24,391$172,486($4,674,951)$11,232
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$4,197,306$24,391$172,486($4,674,951)$11,232

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.


History

ADF uses the following to express its history:

Responding to the urgent need for the legal defense and advocacy of religious freedom, the leaders of more than 30 ministries came together in 1993 to launch ADF. These leaders included the late Dr. Bill Bright, the late Larry Burkett, Dr. James Dobson, Dr. D. James Kennedy, and Marlin Maddoux. Their prime concern was the dramatic loss of religious freedom in America's courts and the resulting challenges to people of faith to live and proclaim the Gospel.


Program accomplishments

Alliance Defending Freedom provides strategic planning and coordination for attorneys and like-minded groups in preparation for and during litigation, trains attorneys to effectively argue court cases involving religious freedom, family values, and the sanctity of life, and provides grants to attorneys arguing cases that have a high likelihood of establishing positive precedents in areas of law consistent with ADF's mission.

As of June 1999, 200 attorneys have graduated from ADF's National Litigation Academy. The combined value of their volunteer legal work pledged will total in excess of $13 millions. This is is a 16:1 return on investment, when compared to the training costs.

ADF's Legal Resource Center provides ADF produced cutting edge legal education therough training manuals, videos, and other materials free of charge to attorneys. Since 1994, the Alliance Defense Fund has been involved in nearly every major legal case concerning religious liberty, family values, and the sanctity of life.


Needs

Ministry Needs as reported by the ADF:

The Alliance Defending Freedom is a nonprofit organization financially supported by the tax-deductible contributions of people who share the vision of ADF's Founders. ADF will not accept any government funding. Your financial and prayer support is needed and appreciated.

Your Donor's Bill of Rights
As a donor to the Alliance Defending Freedom, you have the right:

  1. To know that ADF will never sell, rent, or make available your name or information related to your gifts.
  2. To know how ADF spends all funds available to us and to know about the cases or operations your gifts help fund.
  3. To know that ADF is in compliance with federal, state, and municipal laws.
  4. To restrict or designate your gift to a specific project.
  5. To receive a quick response to your inquires about ADF finances and programs.
  6. To visit our offices and meet personally with ADF staff.
  7. To expect that ADF will never use high-pressure tactics to solicit your prayers and support.
  8. To know that ADF is well managed.
  9. To know that ADF has a very involved and responsible board of directors that takes its oversight duties very seriously.
  10. To know that ADF appeals for funds are truthful and accurate to the very best of our ability.