Development Associates International

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The first step to solving any major problem in the world is having effective leadership. If leaders lack the right skills, they lead poorly.

If they are more concerned with personal gain than serving, they exploit and harm others. This self-serving approach often leads to larger problems like corruption, poverty and war.

However, when leaders learn biblical servant leadership, they choose to serve others rather than use them. These transformed leaders become significant change agents as those around them respond to and emulate the leaders' genuine love and concern for others. Such servant leaders have a long-term, deep impact on their communities and nations.

DAI exists to equip and empower this kind of leader.

As a worldwide fellowship of leader-developers, DAI consists of a main service center in Colorado and 37 ministry centers around the globe. Each ministry center has its own staff and board of directors in that country. Most of the over 125 staff are local believers, called to serve in their own country and full-time employees of the organization in their country.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Development Associates International
13710 Struthers Rd
Suite 120
Colorado Springs, CO 80921


Phone: 719-598-7970


Organization details

EIN: 232838716

CEO/President: Jane Overstreet

Chairman: Jan Stump

Board size: 8

Founder: Dr. James F. Engel and Dr. David Fraser

Ruling year: 1996

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2009


In each country, we seek to increase local leadership's integrity and effectiveness through workshops, master's degree classes, consultation and mentoring. Because of the work God is doing through DAI, leaders are better leaders, people live better lives and whole communities are lifted up.

Mission statement

Enhancing the integrity and effectiveness of Christian leaders worldwide so that the church can fulfill its role in extending the kingdom of God.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Leadership Training

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating193 of 10222 of 24
Fund acquisition rating594 of 102412 of 24
Resource allocation rating247 of 10245 of 24
Asset utilization rating147 of 10222 of 24

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$331,378$137,777$110,969$47,255$18,324
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,172,481$894,110$524,321$920,509$1,634,134
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$599,222$634,737$672,631$695,015$741,127
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$599,222$634,737$672,631$695,015$741,127
Total assets$1,771,703$1,528,847$1,196,952$1,615,524$2,375,261
Payables and accrued expenses$28,489$26,211$20,621$29,032$15,826
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$28,489$26,211$20,621$29,032$15,826
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$266,184$291,546$315,722$338,933$361,116
Total liabilities$294,673$317,757$336,343$367,965$376,942
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$640,769$456,534$34,003$22,548$414,713
With donor restrictions$836,261$754,556$826,606$1,225,011$1,583,606
Net assets$1,477,030$1,211,090$860,609$1,247,559$1,998,319
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Total contributions$5,376,254$5,260,362$5,190,069$5,220,540$5,723,759
Program service revenue$22,202$32,902$51,785$1,682$807
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$5,431$3,942$1,523$1,874$2,850
Other revenue$17,749$18,724$16,300$14,646$13,784
Total other revenue$45,382$55,568$69,608$18,202$17,441
Total revenue$5,421,636$5,315,930$5,259,677$5,238,742$5,741,200
Program services$4,322,394$4,259,412$4,955,262$5,283,160$5,513,505
Management and general$312,696$344,151$378,598$385,711$372,757
Total expenses$5,155,696$4,965,449$5,646,627$5,989,502$6,188,366
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$265,940$350,481($386,950)($750,760)($447,166)
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Total change in net assets$265,940$350,481($386,950)($750,760)($447,166)


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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/28/2022. To update the information below, please email:


In 1990, two distinguished professors wanted to make a difference in the lives and ministries of key leaders in the majority world. Together, they founded The Center for Organizational Excellence at Eastern College. Their dream was to enhance the integrity and effectiveness of Christian leaders worldwide.

Dr. James F. Engel taught at Wheaton College for 18 years. Beside a highly successful secular career in marketing research, he served as a trainer and consultant to over 250 Christian organizations in 60 countries.

Meanwhile, Dr. David Fraser had gained significant exposure to leaders at the grassroots level, serving as a member of the senior staff of the MARC (Mission Advanced Research and Communication Center) Division of World Vision International with responsibilities for Unreached Peoples. He had also served with World Vision's Mission Training and Resource Center, helping to develop curricula and training models.

Together the two undertook nearly three years of global research to identify the greatest areas of leadership growth needed by Christian leaders in the majority world to effectively transform their communities.

Over the next five years the curriculum was created, field-tested, modified and retested. Methods of distribution were tried and evaluated. It began to become clear that interactive, story-based learning focused on asking the leader questions and requiring application enabled leaders to change. This method put the focus on learning and transformation of the leader and his or her leadership practices. Staff and volunteers were recruited, including men and women with expertise in the most critical fields, and the ministry began to expand. In 1996, the organization incorporated as its own 501(c)3 corporation and adopted the name Development Associates International (DAI).

Program accomplishments

Impact in 2020:

135,440 Christian leaders equipped

108,029 online learners

40 international ministry centers

1,924 leaders mentored

23,207 workshop attendees equipped

1,083 master's degree students

82 countries