Joni and Friends/ Joni Eareckson Tada

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Nearly 1 billion people around the world live with disabilities. Many of these individuals and their families live in poverty, pain, and despair. We want to change this. Joni and Friends is committed to bringing the Gospel and practical resources to people impacted by disability around the globe.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Joni and Friends
PO Box 3333
Agoura Hills, CA 91376-3333


Phone: (818) 707-5664


Organization details

EIN: 953402002

CEO/President: Joni Tada / John Nugent

Chairman: Peter Schulze

Board size: 16

Founder: Mrs. Joni Tada

Year founded: 1980

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1987


We reach out to families living with disability with gospel-adorned hope.

We extend gospel-centered care through Community Support, Respite, Retreats and Getaways, and Crisis Response.

We connect families with Christ-honoring, disability friendly churches where they find a place belong.

Mission statement

To glorify God as we communicate the Gospel and mobilize the global church to evangelize, disciple, and serve people living with disability.

Statement of faith

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that God is love and depth of his love was demonstrated by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and in the response we are called to compassionately love our neighbor.

We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

We believe our salvation and our eternal life is a gift of God's grace through faith alone in Jesus Christ and we are called to be a living testimony to others of that free and available grace.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

We believe that the ministry of evangelism and discipleship is a responsibility of all followers of Jesus Christ.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

We believe that human life is sacred from conception to its natural end. We believe that since all life is sacred, every human being has value and deserves dignity. As such, we must have concern for the physical and spiritual needs of our fellow men.

We believe God's plan for human sexuality is to be expressed only within the context of marriage, that God created man and woman as unique biological persons made to complement each other in marriage if God wills. God instituted monogamous marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. For this reason, we believe that marriage is exclusively the union of one genetic male and one genetic female.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Fellowship Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating456 of 84414 of 24
Fund acquisition rating455 of 84416 of 24
Resource allocation rating202 of 8446 of 24
Asset utilization rating660 of 84419 of 24

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$4,699,938$3,970,453$3,887,510$3,126,671$3,077,749
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$785,000$1,174,700$1,251,100$1,174,700$0
Total current assets$14,808,481$13,707,025$17,161,350$14,970,581$13,334,232
Long-term investments$4,627,905$4,528,930$3,669,209$3,032,861$4,669,710
Fixed assets$22,868,974$20,700,138$10,630,866$10,983,255$11,333,613
Other long-term assets$827,611$961,944$0$0$16,381
Total long-term assets$28,324,490$26,191,012$14,300,075$14,016,116$16,019,704
Total assets$43,132,971$39,898,037$31,461,425$28,986,697$29,353,936
Payables and accrued expenses$2,372,706$1,998,565$1,471,899$1,181,192$999,690
Other current liabilities$248,515$310,688$9,553$20,475$17,986
Total current liabilities$2,621,221$2,309,253$1,481,452$1,201,667$1,017,676
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$17,737$27,503
Total long-term liabilities$6,836,417$6,019,197$0$17,737$27,503
Total liabilities$9,457,638$8,328,450$1,481,452$1,219,404$1,045,179
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$11,760,181$11,257,020$8,856,276$8,485,256$7,518,285
Permanently restricted$0$0$1,401,909$1,326,909$1,326,909
Net assets$33,675,333$31,569,587$29,979,973$27,767,293$28,308,757
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Total contributions$45,285,112$38,421,070$35,936,674$32,791,255$34,283,866
Program service revenue$3,411,781$3,112,483$3,055,346$2,874,056$2,956,748
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$724,287$1,809,586$158,914($1,601,406)$639,900
Other revenue$338,851$917,784$733,229$216,846$408,681
Total other revenue$4,474,919$5,839,853$3,947,489$1,489,496$4,005,329
Total revenue$49,760,031$44,260,923$39,884,163$34,280,751$38,289,195
Program services$40,167,233$35,676,483$31,848,090$29,541,368$28,927,068
Management and general$3,422,816$3,241,953$2,352,112$2,284,809$1,855,029
Total expenses$47,654,285$42,671,309$37,671,483$34,822,215$33,810,277
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$2,105,746$1,589,614$2,212,680($541,464)$4,478,918
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$2,105,746$1,589,614$2,212,680($541,464)$4,478,918


Joni Eareckson TadaFounder/CEO$315,536
John NugentPresident$253,024
Laura GardnerEVP/CFO$200,451
Roby WalkerVP, Human Resources$129,521
Andrew GrummVP, IT Services$122,934
Jon EbersoleSr. Area Director (part year)$119,262
Neil Douglas Mazza President(part year) / Consultant$114,046
Godfrey Mubiru DirectorAccounting & Finance (part year)$113,915
Donna LucasVP, Marketing$112,079
Ken Tada DirectorMinistry Development$18,190
Rev Michael BeatesDirector / Speaker$1,000

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

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1967 Seventeen-year-old Joni Eareckson Tada takes the dive that left her a quadriplegic, dramatically changing her life.

1974 Joni's appearance on The Today Show opens the door to national exposure.

1976 The Joni book is released and becomes a #1 international best-seller. Joni's autobiography is eventually translated into more than 38 languages resulting in over 5 million copies in print.

1979 The Joni movie is released. As it is shown around the world, more than 250,000 people are introduced to the Gospel and place their hope in Christ.

1979 Joni and Friends ministry is established to address the needs of families affected by disability. Joni and a small but dedicated staff begin the work from a two-room office in California.

1982 Joni begins recording the inspirational Joni and Friends radio program, providing encouragement, biblical insights, and disability awareness.

1986 Joni and Friends holds disability workshops at Amsterdam '86 where more than 8,000 evangelists are exposed to the idea of disability ministry.

1988 President Ronald Reagan appoints Joni to the National Council on Disability. Joni advocates for the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

1989 Joni speaks to over 100,000 at the Billy Graham Crusade in Budapest, Hungary - Billy Graham Evangelical Association (BGEA) underwrites the transport of hundreds of people with disabilities to the Crusade.

1990 Joni attends the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act at the White House.

1990 Joni and Friends hosts more than 110 disability ministry leaders from 44 countries at Joni and Friends' International congress of the Church and Disability held on the campus of Calvin College.

1991 After attending a "Family Conference" sponsored by the federal government and National Council on Disability, Joni challenges the ministry to provide a retreat for families affected by disability. The first Family Retreat was held in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

1994 Wheels for the World is founded to share the Gospel and provide mobility to people affected by disability in developing countries. The first wheelchair is provided in Ghana, West Africa.

1997 The Joni and Friends International Disability Center opens its doors in Agoura Hills, California.

2000 Joni and Ken travel to china to begin opening doors for Wheels for the World. She then travels to Australia to serve as chaplain for the 2000 Paralympic Games.

2001 As Joni campaigns against euthanasia and embryonic stem cell research, groundwork is laid for the Christian Institute on Disability.

2006 Joni is appointed to the Disability Advisory Committee at the U.S. State Department. Joni and Friends holds its first International Family Retreat in Ukraine.

2007 In January, the Joni and Friends International Disability Center opens its doors, ushering in a new era of international outreach to families impacted by disability and daily prayers for you!

2010 In a Wheels for the World Restoration shop in a U.S. prison, the inmates restore donated used wheelchairs to like-new condition. Thousands of prisoners' lives have been impacted by Joni and Friends through the wheelchair restoration process.

2014 Wheels for the World delivers the 100,000th in Ghana.

2016 The Beyond Suffering Bible is released.

2017 Joni celebrates 50 years of God's faithfulness to her in her wheelchair.

2019 Celebrating 40 years of your faithfulness and ministry! Thank you for joining us to reach the next generation with the love of Jesus for many years to come!

Program accomplishments

191,000 wheelchairs delivered internationally

64,000 special needs family members served worldwide at Retreats and Getaways

111,000 Bibles delivered globally


Joni and Friends is blessed by the partnership of thousands of volunteers each year. Our volunteers serve at Family Retreats, serving families affected by disability by offering friendship, encouragement, and support. Wheels for the World teams include volunteer physical and occupational therapists, mechanics, and support staff. Other volunteer opportunities are available by serving in our Home Office, area ministry offices, and other community outreach events throughout the year.