The Salvation Army USA / National Headquarters

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Summary

The Salvation Army care for homeless and needy families, but also helps serve 30 million people through a myriad of other services all year long. These include:

Religious Services provide a place of worship and community without discrimination in every zip code across the United States

Disaster Response Services which include assisting survivors of natural and man-made disasters to recover and rebuild their lives

Social Service programs provide food, shelter, clothing, and financial assistance

Casework and Counseling with programs for health care and residential assistance and abuse counseling

Youth Services with programs for music, athletics, arts, and crafts, camping and family counseling

Senior Centers focused on assisting the needs of older adults --including eight Silvercrest centers where seniors' assistance is partially subsidized by federal government dollars

Christmas Programs in which the famous Red Kettles are a centerpiece, to help families and individuals financially at year-end with toys, meals and other assistance

Human and Sexual Trafficking Advocacy where Army officers and staff are focused on public policy in Washington, D.C., and providing services and advocacy for victims of this international crime

Veterans Services provide a range of support, gifts, counseling, housing assistance, and comfort to those in need

Prison Services include Bible correspondence courses, gifts/material aid, prerelease job training programs, employment opportunities in cooperation with parole personnel, and spiritual guidance for both prisoners and their families


Contact information

Mailing address:
The Salvation Army USA
615 Slaters Lane
Alexandria, VA 22314

Website: www.SalvationArmyUSA.org

Phone: (800) 725-2769

Email: [email protected]


Organization details

EIN: 222406433

CEO/President: Commissioners Kenneth G. and Jolene K. Hodder

Chairman: Mike Cassling

Board size: 41

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


Purpose

The Salvation Army is committed to doing the most good for the most people in the most need.


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 rating165 of 111319 of 121
Fund acquisition rating186 of 111417 of 121
Resource allocation rating31 of 111410 of 121
Asset utilization rating733 of 111379 of 121

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
8%1%1%1%1%3%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
5%1%1%1%1%2%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
92%77%83%79%71%74%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%1%1%1%1%2%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
8%23%17%21%29%26%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%97%97%96%96%95%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
97%86%106%95%87%99%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
77%84%102%92%83%95%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
3%14%-6%5%13%1%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%7%-2%2%5%0%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
11%2%2%3%3%2%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
0.860.400.410.330.320.40
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.761.001.001.001.001.00
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.750.400.410.330.320.40
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
14.5817.6718.6637.5556.74101.58
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.060.060.050.030.020.01
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
6.1128.5127.8835.7736.9629.46
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%6%5%3%2%1%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
101%238%232%298%308%246%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20202019201820172016
Cash$1,741,923$3,352,070$878,464$2,844,731$991,168
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
 
Liabilities20202019201820172016
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
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$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
 
Revenue20202019201820172016
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
 
Expenses20202019201820172016
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
Fundraising$317,123$287,888$251,984$228,498$494,118
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

Compensation

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Response from ministry

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History

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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