Desiring God / John Piper

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Summary

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

Website: desiringgod.org

Phone:

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


Purpose

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.


Statement of faith

desiringgod.org/affirmation-of-faith

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Transparency grade

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Christian Growth

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating421 of 103431 of 75
Fund acquisition rating208 of 103614 of 75
Resource allocation rating617 of 103650 of 75
Asset utilization rating590 of 103442 of 75

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
6%3%3%9%12%15%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
4%3%3%9%12%15%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
82%98%96%97%98%96%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
5%4%4%9%14%15%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
18%2%4%3%2%4%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
81%77%77%76%75%75%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
94%70%89%99%84%100%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
73%54%69%76%63%75%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
6%30%11%1%16%0%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
8%36%16%1%27%0%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
13%19%19%15%11%11%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
0.910.801.191.361.281.44
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.351.171.141.021.041.07
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.450.941.361.381.331.54
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
15.3117.0710.0411.9411.429.03
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.060.060.100.080.090.11
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
7.3412.047.957.948.226.94
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
8%5%9%8%8%10%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
92%118%77%67%71%62%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20212020201920182017
Cash$747,694$1,086,416$777,172$4,399,241$3,191,433
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$238,216$106,614$137,494$123,754$85,822
Short-term investments$6,134,765$3,778,757$3,778,362$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$7,120,675$4,971,787$4,693,028$4,522,995$3,277,255
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$45,144$83,693$72,116$177,197$233,323
Other long-term assets$1,157,422$613,636$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$1,202,566$697,329$72,116$177,197$233,323
Total assets$8,323,241$5,669,116$4,765,144$4,700,192$3,510,578
 
Liabilities20212020201920182017
Payables and accrued expenses$409,746$491,097$383,793$381,665$343,559
Other current liabilities$7,294$4,215$9,274$14,332$19,391
Total current liabilities$417,040$495,312$393,067$395,997$362,950
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
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$417,040$495,312$393,067$395,997$362,950
 
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$7,906,201$5,173,804$4,372,077$4,304,195$3,147,628
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$7,906,201$5,173,804$4,372,077$4,304,195$3,147,628
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20212020201920182017
Total contributions$9,312,690$7,283,911$6,343,136$7,009,610$4,863,011
Program service revenue$29,900$61,553$22,600$23,950$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$112,402$104,624$68,700$18,693$471
Other revenue$63,010$109,936$109,523$129,724$175,953
Total other revenue$205,312$276,113$200,823$172,367$176,424
Total revenue$9,518,002$7,560,024$6,543,959$7,181,977$5,039,435
 
Expenses20212020201920182017
Program services$5,156,519$5,220,780$4,947,061$4,517,517$3,775,953
Management and general$1,248,010$1,290,695$964,502$650,311$533,376
Fundraising$274,683$242,617$583,104$857,582$731,250
Total expenses$6,679,212$6,754,092$6,494,667$6,025,410$5,040,579
 
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$2,838,790$805,932$49,292$1,156,567($1,144)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$2,838,790$805,932$49,292$1,156,567($1,144)

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Scott AndersonPresident & Ceo, Vice Chair$245,591
Sam MacraneDonor Officer$220,593
Josh EtterCOO$211,779
Jon BloomTeacher, Director$209,075
Tony ReinkeSenior Teacher$183,034
John KnightDonor Officer$177,226
Peter HedstromDonor Officer$168,187
Nathan OlsonSupport Services Manager$166,219
John PiperSenior Teacher, Director$105,691

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2021


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History

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 12,000+ free resources and 3.5+million monthly users. Today, John serves as lead teacher for the ministry.


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