Alliance University, formerly Nyack College

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Alliance University, formerly known as Nyack College, is the nation's most ethnically diverse Christian school in the history of higher education. Located in the heart of New York City - the epicenter for culture and innovation - AU prepares students to take the whole Gospel to the whole world. With a focus on integrating spiritual transformation with academic excellence, AU equips students to serve their communities - personally transformed, globally engaged, and socially relevant.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Alliance University
2 Washington St.
New York, NY 10004


Phone: 212-625-0500

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 131740285

CEO/President: Rajan S. Matthews

Chairman: Rev. Scott G. Slocum

Board size: 20

Founder: A.B. Simpson

Ruling year: 1958

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


For more than 140 years, our mission has remained steadfast. Intentional about offering a transformational experience, we prepare our students to be global citizens. Our institutional values are integral to fulfilling the mission of seeing our graduates go on to lead lives of purpose and service to others, continuing the legacy of our founder.

Be the university of first choice for all students seeking a transforming Christian education so that they become change agents for global transformation through the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Mission statement

Alliance University is committed to our STUDENTS as our first priority and will work to ensure they flourish under the wise hand of a loving God. Faculty and staff are our most important ACADEMIC resource. Through their professionalism and personal godly commitment and life, they will, as role models, teach our students to flourish. We will strive to be a community that lives out our VALUES. We will adopt and practice sound ECONOMIC and fiscal models of performance and operations.

Statement of faith

Alliance University is committed to our core values in our service to God and to others. Our core values are the guiding principles that lead to student success and transformation. This transformation leads to positive change for the student, those they will serve, and the world.

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Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating79 of 10763 of 130
Fund acquisition rating216 of 107725 of 130
Resource allocation rating90 of 10773 of 130
Asset utilization rating298 of 107624 of 130

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$8,659,540$7,843,173$7,733,438$7,893,477$8,028,614
Short-term investments$2,455,572$2,347,425$2,237,044$5,077,608$10,137,957
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$13,585,243$17,017,444$14,033,715$14,902,256$22,799,597
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$63,465,153$64,498,547$67,527,479$70,686,828$72,296,050
Other long-term assets$2,599,110$2,584,185$2,645,974$2,517,042$2,392,701
Total long-term assets$66,064,263$67,082,732$70,173,453$73,203,870$74,688,751
Total assets$79,649,506$84,100,176$84,207,168$88,106,126$97,488,348
Payables and accrued expenses$2,236,530$2,646,185$3,702,229$4,918,401$3,671,094
Other current liabilities$1,356,119$1,896,648$1,797,613$1,905,471$1,755,927
Total current liabilities$3,592,649$4,542,833$5,499,842$6,823,872$5,427,021
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$4,541,445$1,989,109$6,313,637$8,031,244$5,257,384
Total long-term liabilities$95,165,555$86,665,364$75,836,747$72,303,593$76,662,709
Total liabilities$98,758,204$91,208,197$81,336,589$79,127,465$82,089,730
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions($33,239,331)($21,168,447)($10,993,137)($4,678,587)$2,767,289
With donor restrictions$14,130,633$14,060,426$13,863,716$13,657,248$12,631,329
Net assets($19,108,698)($7,108,021)$2,870,579$8,978,661$15,398,618
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$4,211,607$3,126,612$3,763,329$2,833,180$3,352,357
Program service revenue$35,077,054$44,788,649$47,626,829$47,948,606$49,766,201
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$296,510$437,865$856,847$1,543,538$582,059
Other revenue$406,471$372,859$258,988$622,620$311,008
Total other revenue$35,780,035$45,599,373$48,742,664$50,114,764$50,659,268
Total revenue$39,991,642$48,725,985$52,505,993$52,947,944$54,011,625
Program services$47,263,489$53,335,339$53,177,779$53,380,741$56,295,456
Management and general$4,850,553$5,404,313$5,091,937$5,575,052$5,890,240
Total expenses$52,205,081$58,825,470$58,343,947$59,049,994$62,326,564
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($12,213,439)($10,099,485)($5,837,954)($6,102,050)($8,314,939)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($12,213,439)($10,099,485)($5,837,954)($6,102,050)($8,314,939)


Dr Michael G ScalesPresident$285,057
David C JenningsExec Vp/Treas.$191,193
David F TurkProvost & VP$174,170
Kenneth E BaldesTrustee$139,180
Jonathan A GatesEnglish Professor$139,032
Cornelius F SpitzerCFO$138,022
Anita L UnderwoodDean Bus & Leadrsh$128,696
Jeffrey T QuinnVP College Relatns$117,393
Dr Gary D FriesenTrustee$113,220
Dr Duane A WheelandVice Chairman$89,515
Rev Kelvin WalkerTrustee$79,139
Rev Thomas R FlandersTrustee$69,953
Rev Han Young BaekTrustee$55,122

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

Response from ministry

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Over one hundred and thirty years ago, God ignited an overwhelming love for people of every race and tongue in the heart of a Canadian named Dr. A.B. Simpson. At the time, Simpson was the pastor of a large and affluent church in Manhattan. In response to what God was doing in his own life, Simpson urged his congregants to welcome the immigrants who were pouring into the city. Many in the church resisted this compassionate call and rejected Simpson's vision for the church.

One Sunday morning in 1882, Simpson declared from the pulpit, "I am not interested in being a respectable Christian." He resigned from the pastorate and established the Missionary Training Institute, where people would be trained to take the good news of God's love wherever it needed to be heard.

That school today is known as Alliance University.

Since its inception on the back of a Broadway stage, Alliance University has grown to become an institution of over 2,000 students pursuing a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and seminary programs. At the heart of it all is the commitment to share the love of Christ in the communities of our nation and abroad.

Dr. A.B. Simpson described this commitment as taking "the whole gospel" to "the whole world." Today, Alliance University is known as the most diverse Christian school in higher education-the fulfillment of A.B. Simpson's vision for a community from all walks of life united in a common purpose.

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