East Gates International

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Summary

East Gates Ministries International ("East Gates") is dedicated to serving the growth and development of the Church in China. Shown on East Gates' logo are two Chinese characters -- East and Gate. Together, they reflect East Gates' vision which is to be a gate for the West into the East when it comes to understanding and serving the Church in China. This ministry has chosen not to be open and transparent with MinistryWatch.com. As such it is difficult to understand all aspects of its ministry.


Contact information

Mailing address:
East Gates International
P.O. Box 290
Issaquah, WA 98027

Website: www.eastgates.org

Phone: (425) 255-8888

Email: egmi@eastgates.org


Organization details

EIN: 911495327

CEO/President: Rev. Nelson Graham

Chairman: Pastor Ingolf Kronstad

Board size: 5

Founder:

Year founded: 1995

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Purpose

East Gates equips the Church in China with Bibles and Christian literature.
East Gates provides quality training, discipleship, mentorship, counseling and encouragement for pastors, lay trainers and co-workers.
East Gates builds bridges to China's leaders at all levels so that better understanding and trust is established between China's believers and the secular authorities who govern their nation.
East Gates builds bridges of reconciliation between Christians in the registered and unregistered churches.
East Gates facilitates diplomatic efforts to help China's governmental entities gain a better understanding and appreciation for Christianity.

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Mission statement

East Gates' vision is to help the Body of Christ in China fulfill what the Bible states is the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20). Working legally and in partnership with the Church in China, East Gates seeks to equip and support the Church in China with the tools they need to grow in their relationship with God so they can prepare for and share the incredible news about the soon coming Kingdom of God.


Statement of faith

Transparency grade

D

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating847 of 94095 of 106
Fund acquisition rating807 of 94289 of 106
Resource allocation rating483 of 94253 of 106
Asset utilization rating876 of 940103 of 106

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
6%12%10%11%16%11%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
5%10%8%9%3%10%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
98%87%84%86%19%89%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
5%10%11%6%9%9%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
2%13%16%14%81%11%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%82%83%52%84%82%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
97%101%80%148%33%107%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
79%83%66%77%27%88%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
3%-1%20%-48%67%-7%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
6%0%5%-11%44%-3%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%7%7%42%7%9%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.260.170.180.290.190.21
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.262.602.542.632.312.55
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.870.430.450.770.430.54
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
17.200.000.000.000.000.00
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.050.000.000.000.000.00
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
5.9027.7226.7415.5028.0522.30
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
9%20%17%15%13%46%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%35%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
74%483%469%290%472%254%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20202019201820172016
Cash$643,711$641,743$572,239$708,557$588,175
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$3,211$3,211$3,211$3,211$3,211
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$646,922$644,954$575,450$711,768$591,386
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$717,904$725,268$731,871$739,071$749,719
Other long-term assets$314,940$267,038$207,850$194,115$168,911
Total long-term assets$1,032,844$992,306$939,721$933,186$918,630
Total assets$1,679,766$1,637,260$1,515,171$1,644,954$1,510,016
 
Liabilities20202019201820172016
Payables and accrued expenses$0$0$0$0$0
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Debt$0$0$0$0$524,596
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$328,181$280,279$221,091$207,366$176,585
Total long-term liabilities$328,181$280,279$221,091$207,366$701,181
Total liabilities$328,181$280,279$221,091$207,366$701,181
 
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$1,351,585$1,356,981$1,294,080$1,437,588$808,835
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$1,351,585$1,356,981$1,294,080$1,437,588$808,835
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20202019201820172016
Total contributions$240,097$305,875$259,039$174,198$265,555
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,581$21,685$8,210$3,414$1,509
Other revenue$34,624$34,866$34,729$755,600$29,971
Total other revenue$36,205$56,551$42,939$759,014$31,480
Total revenue$276,302$362,426$301,978$933,212$297,035
 
Expenses20202019201820172016
Program services$230,504$239,273$233,080$255,252$261,210
Management and general$20,689$19,635$185,059$21,585$28,153
Fundraising$28,881$30,491$27,348$27,621$28,810
Total expenses$280,074$289,399$445,487$304,458$318,173
 
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($3,772)$73,027($143,509)$628,754($21,138)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($3,772)$73,027($143,509)$628,754($21,138)

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Nelson E GrahamPresident$92,300
Christina K GrahamOperations Director$48,376

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2020


Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.


The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 9/27/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


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