Desiring God / John Piper

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Most people in the world have no experience of deep and abiding joy.

Even though it is something we all desperately long for, the assurance that true happiness can be known - fully and forever - is a hope that billions of people live every day without. This is a tragedy.

Desiring God is on a mission to change that.

We aim to help people everywhere embrace a profound truth that changes everything about life and eternity:

You were created for something greater than yourself. You were formed for something awesome and magnificent.

You were made to know glory - God's glory. And the deepest longings of the human heart can be fully satisfied by pursuing that glory. In fact, God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.

We call this truth Christian Hedonism. And declaring it to the world is why we exist.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Desiring God
PO Box 2901
Minneapolis, MN 55402


Phone: (888)346-4700

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 010797083

CEO/President: Scott Anderson

Chairman: Jim Warren

Board size: 7

Founder: John Piper

Ruling year: 2005

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2006


The ultimate goal of Desiring God is to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ. The core strategy of Desiring God is to create, curate, and freely spread John Piper content through a maximally useful website.

Mission statement

The mission of Desiring God is to help people everywhere understand and embrace the truth that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Christian Growth

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating186 of 111011 of 60
Fund acquisition rating234 of 111111 of 60
Resource allocation rating451 of 111120 of 60
Asset utilization rating320 of 111021 of 60

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$353,141$119,728$238,216$106,614$137,494
Short-term investments$5,435,242$6,248,512$6,134,765$3,778,757$3,778,362
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$6,639,327$7,178,904$7,120,675$4,971,787$4,693,028
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$246,573$349,445$45,144$83,693$72,116
Other long-term assets$1,109,406$1,125,822$1,157,422$613,636$0
Total long-term assets$1,355,979$1,475,267$1,202,566$697,329$72,116
Total assets$7,995,306$8,654,171$8,323,241$5,669,116$4,765,144
Payables and accrued expenses$552,929$417,419$409,746$491,097$383,793
Other current liabilities$0$9,361$7,294$4,215$9,274
Total current liabilities$552,929$426,780$417,040$495,312$393,067
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$298,207$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$298,207$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$851,136$426,780$417,040$495,312$393,067
Net assets20232022202120202019
Without donor restrictions$7,144,170$8,227,391$7,906,201$5,173,804$4,372,077
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$7,144,170$8,227,391$7,906,201$5,173,804$4,372,077
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$9,388,211$9,437,605$9,312,690$7,283,911$6,343,136
Program service revenue$3,479$17,000$29,900$61,553$22,600
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$152,617$131,104$112,402$104,624$68,700
Other revenue$46,157$71,984$63,010$109,936$109,523
Total other revenue$202,253$220,088$205,312$276,113$200,823
Total revenue$9,590,464$9,657,693$9,518,002$7,560,024$6,543,959
Program services$9,032,016$7,212,391$5,156,519$5,220,780$4,947,061
Management and general$1,422,388$1,654,049$1,248,010$1,290,695$964,502
Total expenses$10,757,798$9,169,146$6,679,212$6,754,092$6,494,667
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Surplus (deficit)($1,167,334)$488,547$2,838,790$805,932$49,292
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($1,167,334)$488,547$2,838,790$805,932$49,292


Scott AndersonPresident, Ceo, Vice Chair$280,867
Matthew TaylorCreative Director$247,563
Josh EtterCOO$245,557
John KnightDonor Officer$231,192
Jon BloomTeacher, Director$226,042
Sam MacraneDonor Officer$221,960
Tony ReinkeSenior Teacher$209,895
Peter HedstromDonor Officer$200,776
Jared BanzProgram Director$184,214
John PiperSenior Teacher, Director$121,151

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2023

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John Piper was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Bill and Ruth Piper January 11, 1946. When John and his older sister were still small, the family moved to Greenville, South Carolina, where John spent his growing-up years. His father was an itinerant evangelist, and his mother died in 1974 in a bus accident while visiting Israel.

In 1980, sensing an irresistible call of the Lord to preach, John became the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he ministered for almost 33 years.

Desiring God began inauspiciously in 1994 when John handed off the church's tape ministry to his assistant, Jon Bloom.

What started with tapes and John's books, Desiring God has blossomed into an international web ministry with 14,000+ free resources and 3.5+million monthly users. Today, John serves as lead teacher for the ministry.

Program accomplishments


Desiring God is fueled by the prayers and generosity of God's people, with 98% of our budget coming from donations. God's pattern is not only to raise up people with a message and a vision, but also partners in prayer and finance. When you give, you can have the confidence of knowing that lives are being impacted for eternity 24/7 through the 12,000+ resources freely offered at Desiring God. We invite you to join us in this work by becoming a ministry partner and making a donation.