Alpha USA

The information on this page was last updated 11/1/2022. If you see errors or omissions, please email: [email protected]


Summary

In a world of isolation, anonymity, and keyboard-warriors, Alpha offers content and guidance for churches, ministries, and individuals to create a space for honest and open conversations about life's biggest questions. Everyone is welcome and no questions are off limits.

Alpha is by the Church, for the Church, and through the Church, but it is run worldwide in many settings-homes, cafes, restaurants, prisons, and more. Increasingly, Alpha is being embraced by organizations and people looking to create a safe space for conversations about faith.

Creating these spaces for honest, open, and judgment-free conversations for anyone to explore the Christian faith is so important to us that we give all of the digital assets to run Alpha away for free. How can we do this? We have hundreds of donors committed to the important mission.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Alpha USA
PO Box 7491
Carol Stream, IL 60197

Website: alphausa.org

Phone: 1-800-362-5742

Email: [email protected]


Organization details

EIN: 133962840

CEO/President: John Wentz

Chairman: Jody Jonsson

Board size: 12

Founder: Ali Hanna and Nicky Gumbel

Ruling year: 1998

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2010


Purpose

Vision: The Evangelization of the Nations. The Revitalization of the Church. The Transformation of Society.


Mission statement

Alpha equips and serves the Church in its mission to help people discover and develop a relationship with Jesus.


Statement of faith

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Transparency grade

A

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating289 of 10248 of 41
Fund acquisition rating817 of 102730 of 41
Resource allocation rating198 of 10278 of 41
Asset utilization rating149 of 10243 of 41

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
5%10%8%5%4%6%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
5%8%7%5%4%6%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
96%76%96%97%96%95%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%9%8%5%4%6%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
4%24%4%3%4%5%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%88%89%94%95%92%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
91%88%98%90%103%95%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
73%78%87%84%98%88%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
9%12%2%10%-3%5%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
12%46%10%65%-51%67%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
12%3%4%1%1%1%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
0.943.173.944.776.726.45
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.521.001.021.031.031.05
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.143.174.004.946.916.74
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
7.7212.954.627.632.453.49
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.120.080.220.130.410.29
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.753.492.352.111.031.27
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
14%8%22%17%56%48%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%1%4%16%20%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
84%29%20%17%7%8%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20202019201820172016
Cash$3,064,837$1,698,178$1,377,561$767,854$793,898
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$224,674$376,149$353,238$393,886$655,632
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,289,511$2,074,327$1,730,799$1,161,740$1,449,530
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$5,472$10,591$15,103$30,331$53,725
Other long-term assets$0$23,236$45,365$2,059$11,664
Total long-term assets$5,472$33,827$60,468$32,390$65,389
Total assets$3,294,983$2,108,154$1,791,267$1,194,130$1,514,919
 
Liabilities20202019201820172016
Payables and accrued expenses$193,644$448,967$226,740$179,223$245,182
Other current liabilities$60,331$0$0$295,500$170,500
Total current liabilities$253,975$448,967$226,740$474,723$415,682
Debt$15,064$11,020$79,000$193,845$305,164
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$15,064$11,020$79,000$193,845$305,164
Total liabilities$269,039$459,987$305,740$668,568$720,846
 
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$3,025,944$1,648,167$1,485,527$525,562$693,709
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$100,364
Net assets$3,025,944$1,648,167$1,485,527$525,562$794,073
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20202019201820172016
Total contributions$8,954,746$8,156,010$9,258,067$7,437,963$9,833,708
Program service revenue$2,851,396$166,423$92,336$31,868$53,311
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,862$3,250$1,005$1,239$727
Other revenue$0$141,759$150,865$284,654$421,057
Total other revenue$2,853,258$311,432$244,206$317,761$475,095
Total revenue$11,808,004$8,467,442$9,502,273$7,755,724$10,308,803
 
Expenses20202019201820172016
Program services$9,208,575$7,361,878$7,990,888$7,613,275$9,034,910
Management and general$296,067$315,405$113,132$107,937$124,658
Fundraising$925,585$627,519$438,288$303,023$617,009
Total expenses$10,430,227$8,304,802$8,542,308$8,024,235$9,776,577
 
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$1,377,777$162,640$959,965($268,511)$532,226
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,377,777$162,640$959,965($268,511)$532,226

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Regina Carle BergeronChief Development Officer$187,161
Craig SpringerNational Director$152,046
Sean HoganChief Operating Officer$137,404
John Andrew WentzMinistry Director$122,281
Bonnie Yule-KuehneRegional Executive Director$100,862
Takeisha WashingtonChief Financial Officer$93,614
Christopher Todd ProctorChurch Networks Director$52,711

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2020


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History

Alpha began at a church called Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) in London in 1977. In 1990 Nicky Gumbel repositioned Alpha as a course for those outside the Church. The number of people attending Alpha at HTB grew quickly into the hundreds and attracted the attention of other churches across denominations seeking to find an effective tool for evangelism.

This led to the first Alpha conference in 1993 at HTB where more than 1,000 church leaders attended to learn about Alpha and how to use it in their congregation. As interest grew, Alpha conferences were organized internationally, and the original film series, Alpha with Nicky Gumbel, was produced in 1994 to make it accessible to the widest possible audience.

Millions of people worldwide have tried Alpha, and it has been translated into 112 different languages. The Alpha talks have been repackaged for today's audience in the Alpha Film Series, and the Alpha Youth Series was created to reach a younger generation with the gospel. Even as times have changed, Alpha has continued to be used by the Church as an effective tool to reach the lost with the gospel of Jesus Christ.


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