The Salvation Army USA / National Headquarters

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The Salvation Army is a religious and charitable organization seeking to meet the physical and spiritual needs of hurting individuals. The structure of The Salvation Army is worldwide in scope. The International Headquarters establishes general policies and is located in London, England. In the United States, the functions of The Salvation Army are coordinated under the direction of a National Commander. The financial information for this profile includes the programs and operations of The Salvation Army National Corporation (National Headquarters) only. National Headquarters provides administrative services to four Territorial Headquarters (Western, Central, Eastern, and Southern Territories) of The Salvation Army in the United States. In the United States, The Salvation Army also comprises of a sixth major organization: "Salvation Army World Service Office" (SAWSO). SAWSO promotes community-based initiatives that improve living conditions and increase skills in poor communities. William Booth founded the early stages of what was to be known later as The Salvation Army in 1852, in England. The Salvation Army's U.S. service began in 1880 and was first incorporated in 1899, in the State of New York.

Contact information

Mailing address:
The Salvation Army USA
615 Slaters Lane
P. O. Box 269
Alexandria, VA 22313-0269


Phone: (800) 725-2769


Organization details

EIN: 222406433

CEO/President: General Brian Peddle & Commissioner Rosalie Peddle

Chairman: Mike Cassling

Board size: 61

Founder: William and Catherine Booth

Ruling year: 1933

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1999


The Salvation Army is a religious and charitable organization seeking to meet the physical and spiritual needs of hurting individuals.

For administrative purposes, the nation is divided into four territories:
West, with headquarters in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
Central, with headquarters in Des Plaines, Illinois.
East, with headquarters in West Nyack, New York.
South, with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.

Territories are made up of smaller units known as divisions. There are 40 in the United States and each is headed by a divisional commander. Divisions are made up of corps community centers. The functions of each corps include religious and social services that are adapted to local needs. Each corps is under the supervision of a commanding officer who is responsible for the administration of Army services in his or her command.

Nationwide uniformity of policy is the responsibility of the Commissioners' Conference whose membership includes the national commander, the four territorial commanders, the national chief secretary and the four territorial chief secretaries. Standing commissions study Salvation Army programs and procedures and then make recommendations to the Commissioner's Conference.

Advisory organizations comprised of lay business people and civic leaders perform a valuable service by providing advice, support, and acting as liaison between The Salvation Army and the community. A National Advisory Board of prominent Americans makes its recommendations to the Commissioners' Conference.

The Salvation Army is a member of many religious and social welfare agencies and associations. Legally, each of the four Salvation Army territories in the United States functions as a tax-exempt corporation with the national commander as president.

William Booth founded the early stages of what was to be known later as The Salvation Army in 1852, in England. The Salvation Army's U.S. service began in 1880 and was first incorporated in 1899, in the State of New York.

Mission statement

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Statement of faith

The Salvation Army expresses its statement of faith as follows:

1. We believe that the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God and that they only constitute the divine rule of Christian faith and practice.

2. We believe that there is only one God who is infinitely perfect, the creator, preserver, and governor of all things, and who is the only proper object of religious worship.

3. We believe that there are three persons in the Godhead--the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost who are undivided in essence and co-equal in power and glory.

4. We believe that in the person of Jesus Christ, the Divine and human natures are united, so that He is truly and properly God and truly and properly man.

5. We believe that our first parents were created in a state of innocency. But by their disobedience, they lost their purity and happiness, and that in consequence of their fall all men have become sinners, totally depraved, and as such are justly exposed to the wrath of God.

6. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has by, His suffering and death, made an atonement for the whole world so that whosoever will may be saved.

7. We believe that repentance toward God, faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit, are necessary to salvation.

8. We believe that we are justified by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and that he that believeth hath the witness in himself.

9. We believe that continuance in a state of salvation depends upon continued obedient faith in Christ.

10. We believe that it is the privilege of all believers to be wholly sanctified, and that their whole spirit and soul and body may be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

11. We believe in the immortality of the soul, in the resurrection of the body, in the general judgment at the end of the world, in the eternal happiness of the righteous, and in the endless punishment of the wicked.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Community Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating126 of 10229 of 76
Fund acquisition rating124 of 10247 of 76
Resource allocation rating33 of 10242 of 76
Asset utilization rating624 of 102246 of 76

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$3,051,475$3,083,214$2,558,590$3,615,314$2,494,147
Short-term investments$63,514,869$57,172,633$59,892,037$55,755,252$55,120,647
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$68,308,267$63,607,917$63,329,091$62,215,297$58,605,962
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term assets$32,081$32,081$32,081$32,081$32,081
Total long-term assets$32,081$32,081$32,081$32,081$32,081
Total assets$68,340,348$63,639,998$63,361,172$62,247,378$58,638,043
Payables and accrued expenses$1,364,788$1,737,797$1,036,986$954,577$369,004
Other current liabilities$2,501,907$1,670,343$649,618$142,002$207,951
Total current liabilities$3,866,695$3,408,140$1,686,604$1,096,579$576,955
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$3,866,695$3,408,140$1,686,604$1,096,579$576,955
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$43,524,257$39,179,608$37,567,266$35,773,014$31,340,580
With donor restrictions$20,949,396$21,052,250$24,107,302$25,377,785$26,720,508
Net assets$64,473,653$60,231,858$61,674,568$61,150,799$58,061,088
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$24,019,920$20,266,865$17,071,190$16,295,664$17,690,530
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$7,345,089$4,199,518$4,634,055$6,640,365$6,092,560
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$7,345,089$4,199,518$4,634,055$6,640,365$6,092,560
Total revenue$31,365,009$24,466,383$21,705,245$22,936,029$23,783,090
Program services$26,263,639$25,050,181$19,907,737$19,106,035$22,557,169
Management and general$542,452$571,024$521,755$511,785$589,448
Total expenses$27,123,214$25,909,093$20,681,476$19,846,318$23,640,735
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$4,241,795($1,442,710)$1,023,769$3,089,711$142,355
Other changes in net assets$0$0($500,000)$0$0
Total change in net assets$4,241,795($1,442,710)$523,769$3,089,711$142,355


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Soon after beginning his ministerial career in England in 1852, William Booth abandoned the concept of the traditional church pulpit in favor of taking the gospel of Jesus Christ directly to the people. Walking the streets of London, he preached to the poor, the homeless, the hungry, and the destitute.

When fellow clergymen disagreed with Booth's unconventional approach, he and his wife Catherine withdrew from the church to train evangelists throughout England. The couple returned to the East End of London in 1865, where many followers joined their fight for the souls of lost men and women. Within 10 years, their organization, operating under the name The Christian Mission, had over 1,000 volunteers and evangelists.

Thieves, prostitutes, gamblers, and drunkards were among their first converts to Christianity. And soon, those converts were also preaching and singing in the streets as living testimonies to the power of God.

When Booth read a printer's proof of the 1878 Christian Mission annual report, he noticed the statement, "The Christian Mission is a volunteer army." Crossing out the words "volunteer army," he penned in "Salvation Army." From those words came the basis of the foundation deed of The Salvation Army.

From that point onward, converts became soldiers of Christ and were known then, as now, as Salvationists. They launched an offensive throughout the British Isles that, in spite of violence and persecution, converted 250,000 Christians between 1881 and 1885. Their message spread rapidly, gaining a foothold in America and soon after Canada, Australia, France, Switzerland, India, South Africa, Iceland, and Germany.

Today, The Salvation Army is active in virtually every corner of the world and serves in 131 countries, offering the message of God's healing and hope to all those in need.

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