Insight for Living/ Chuck Swindoll

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Insight for Living is the Bible-teaching radio ministry of author and pastor Charles R. Swindoll. The Insight for Living broadcast can be heard worldwide in 8 languages through over 2,100 radio outlets and via the Internet. Insight for Living is committed to excellence in communicating biblical truth and its application.

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:
P.O. Box 5000
7160 Dallas Parkway, ste 100 75024
Frisco, TX 75034


Phone: (800) 772-8888


Organization details

EIN: 953392299

CEO/President: Mrs. Cynthia Swindoll

Chairman: Dr. Charles Swindoll

Board size: 13

Founder: Dr. & Mrs. Chuck Swindoll

Year founded: 1979

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1981


Insight for Living ("IFL") is the Bible-teaching radio ministry of Chuck Swindoll. A 30-minute daily radio broadcast now airs worldwide via the internet and more than 2100 radio outlets daily. Distributed both domestically and internationally, this program, along with a biblically based counseling service, Bible study guides, books, website, tapes and other materials, support their purpose of communicating biblical truth and it application. IFL's global headquarters are located in Plano, Texas with additional offices in Canada and Australia. Chuck and Cynthia Swindoll founded IFL in 1979 and remain committed to its mission.
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

Insight for Living's Mission is:

Committed to excellence in communicating the truths of Scripture and the Person of Jesus Christ in an accurate, clear, and practical manner so that people will come to an understanding of God's plan for their lives, as well as their significant role as authentic Christians in a needy, hostile, and desperate world.

Statement of faith

Insight for Living uses the following to communicate its essential beliefs:

1. We are confident that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God.

2. We acknowledge the Creator-God as our heavenly Father, infinitely perfect, and intimately acquainted with all our ways.

3. We claim Jesus Christ as Lord -- the very God who came in human flesh -- the object of our worship and the subject of our praise.

4. We recognize the Holy Spirit as the third member of the Godhead, incessantly at work convicting, convincing, and comforting.

5. We believe that Adam's fall into sin left humanity without the hope of heaven apart from a new birth, made possible by the Savior's death and bodily resurrection.

6. We believe the offer of salvation is God's love-gift to all. Those who accept it by faith, apart from works, become new creatures in Christ.

7. We believe that anyone who trusts in Christ by faith, is a new creation in Him -- clothed in His righteousness and fully loved and accepted by God.

8. We believe that God expects our lives to reflect that we belong to Him and that we are pursuing a holy life.

9. We believe that Satan, under the sovereign permission of God, tries to destroy the faith of believers and that drawing near to God is the only way to resist him.

10. We believe that as new creations in Christ we will continue to wrestle with our sin nature. We will, however, continue to grow in grace and become more like Jesus. Ultimate perfection and freedom from sin, however, will only come when we finally stand in the presence of the Lord. 11. We believe that, as believers in Jesus Christ, we are members of His universal church and that the local church is the place God has designed for His people to worship Him, observe the ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Table, and love other Christians.

12. We believe that, having embraced Jesus Christ by faith, we are to make Him known to non-Christians in our sphere of influence.

13. We anticipate our Lord's promised return in power and glory.

14. We are convinced that all who have died will be brought back from beyond-believers to everlasting communion with God and unbelievers to everlasting separation from God.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Educational Media

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating616 of 94037 of 51
Fund acquisition rating362 of 94222 of 51
Resource allocation rating372 of 94222 of 51
Asset utilization rating897 of 94050 of 51

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$647,246$589,406$478,964$680,711$760,686
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$100,438
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,828,596$2,354,371$1,990,740$2,455,483$2,754,693
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$20,625,476$21,312,572$20,536,291$19,682,306$16,987,252
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$20,625,476$21,312,572$20,536,291$19,682,306$16,987,252
Total assets$23,454,072$23,666,943$22,527,031$22,137,789$19,741,945
Payables and accrued expenses$1,216,115$2,925,102$1,509,505$2,361,094$3,544,359
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$1,216,115$2,925,102$1,509,505$2,361,094$3,544,359
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$15,946,450$16,246,128$15,027,053$13,809,040$9,867,650
Total liabilities$17,162,565$19,171,230$16,536,558$16,170,134$13,412,009
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$5,424,692$3,617,030$5,139,202$5,587,134$3,460,954
With donor restrictions$866,815$878,683$851,271$380,521$2,868,982
Net assets$6,291,507$4,495,713$5,990,473$5,967,655$6,329,936
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$18,355,185$16,701,950$18,004,056$18,822,353$19,678,599
Program service revenue$1,055,255$285,584$825,510$264,131$843,120
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,177$1,337$358$288$251
Other revenue$493,070$389,090$42,904$131,110$55,550
Total other revenue$1,549,502$676,011$868,772$395,529$898,921
Total revenue$19,904,687$17,377,961$18,872,828$19,217,882$20,577,520
Program services$15,177,474$15,662,430$15,868,116$15,854,837$16,643,643
Management and general$1,849,162$1,935,212$1,735,809$2,356,850$2,197,907
Total expenses$18,108,893$18,872,721$18,850,010$19,580,163$20,256,045
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$1,795,794($1,494,760)$22,818($362,281)$321,475
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,795,794($1,494,760)$22,818($362,281)$321,475


Cynthia A SwindollPresident/CEO$198,964
Tom HayesDirector/EVP International$170,562
William GemaehlichExec. VP/COO$169,402
Bryce KlabundeEVP and Chief STS Officer$169,077
Alex VieringEVP Chief Donor Ministries$158,386
Jay DavidDirector Information Techn$147,479
Bryant KelleyVP Donor Relations$144,367
Brian LeichtVP of Biblical Counseling$139,523
Michael BergeronVP Human Resources$136,129
James DeatherageDirector Fulfillment$128,947
Denise Snyder Part YearVP Communications$121,145
Dr Charles R SwindollChairman of the Board$112,402
Linda RicksVP Donor & Ministry Events$110,485
Colleen ThompsonVP Reframing Ministries$96,495
Bill LammieEVP Data & Digital Strategies$94,522
Terry BoyleEVP STS Ministries$93,448
Mark Tobey Part YearVP STS Dev.$70,141
Vickie Sterling Part YearSr. VP Living Bridge$41,197
Bill ButterworthDirector$7,000

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

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 11/17/2020. To update the information below, please email:


Christian Research Associates, a California nonprofit organization was interested in starting a radio broadcast. The idea was to establish a broadcast by radio messages of respected Christian speakers about experiencing and living the Christian life, and how a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and a good understanding of Biblical principles can and should benefit one's life. The Organization was to provide free Christian counseling services to radio listeners requesting counseling by phone or letter.

The intention was to broadcast a 30-minute program, five days a week, on as many radio stations as possible in the United States. It was to mail, free of charge, outlines or study guides of future programs to radio listeners on the Organization's mailing list as requested and sell cassette tapes of messages to those who request tapes.

In 1979, the radio ministry of Insight for Living was born, beginning on just a handful of stations.

In 1995, the Insight for Living board of directors passed a resolution to expand IFL's international outreach over the next five years into as many as ten new languages - giving IFL a tool to reach about 60 percent of the world population.

Though the scale of IFL's ministry has grown to global proportions, the emphasis of its ministry has not changed. We are still "committed to excellence in communicating biblical truth and its application."

Program accomplishments

Insight for Living express its accomplishments as:

Producing 30 minute daily broadcast which airs almost 1450 times daily in 8 languages. Along with broadcasting messages from God's Word, Insight for also supports its listeners in their personal and spiritual growth through Christian resources and services.

One of the newest accomplishments to the broadcast is Chuck Swindolls own Paws & Tales, a weekly children's radio drama, is presented by Insight for Living and teaches biblical principles in a way that is both entertaining and life changing. Through story and song, each Paws & Tales episode serves up a cast of lovable animal characters who experience exciting adventures whilelearning important lessons to which kids of all ages can relate.