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



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 rating408 of 109725 of 61
Fund acquisition rating239 of 109915 of 61
Resource allocation rating776 of 109942 of 61
Asset utilization rating417 of 109727 of 61

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$119,728$238,216$106,614$137,494$123,754
Short-term investments$6,248,512$6,134,765$3,778,757$3,778,362$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$7,178,904$7,120,675$4,971,787$4,693,028$4,522,995
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$349,445$45,144$83,693$72,116$177,197
Other long-term assets$1,125,822$1,157,422$613,636$0$0
Total long-term assets$1,475,267$1,202,566$697,329$72,116$177,197
Total assets$8,654,171$8,323,241$5,669,116$4,765,144$4,700,192
Payables and accrued expenses$417,419$409,746$491,097$383,793$381,665
Other current liabilities$9,361$7,294$4,215$9,274$14,332
Total current liabilities$426,780$417,040$495,312$393,067$395,997
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$426,780$417,040$495,312$393,067$395,997
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$8,227,391$7,906,201$5,173,804$4,372,077$4,304,195
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$8,227,391$7,906,201$5,173,804$4,372,077$4,304,195
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$9,437,605$9,312,690$7,283,911$6,343,136$7,009,610
Program service revenue$17,000$29,900$61,553$22,600$23,950
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$131,104$112,402$104,624$68,700$18,693
Other revenue$71,984$63,010$109,936$109,523$129,724
Total other revenue$220,088$205,312$276,113$200,823$172,367
Total revenue$9,657,693$9,518,002$7,560,024$6,543,959$7,181,977
Program services$7,212,391$5,156,519$5,220,780$4,947,061$4,517,517
Management and general$1,654,049$1,248,010$1,290,695$964,502$650,311
Total expenses$9,169,146$6,679,212$6,754,092$6,494,667$6,025,410
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$488,547$2,838,790$805,932$49,292$1,156,567
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$488,547$2,838,790$805,932$49,292$1,156,567


Josh EtterCOO$232,099
Scott AndersonPresident & Ceo, Vice Chai$225,433
Sam MacraneDonor Officer$208,547
Tony ReinkeSenior Teacher$192,280
John KnightDonor Officer$190,507
Peter HedstromDonor Officer$186,239
Nathan OlsonSupport Services Manager$167,387
Jon BloomTeacher, Director$160,834
Jared BanzProgram Director$160,771
John PiperSenior Teacher, Director$93,137

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2022

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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.