Central Ohio Youth for Christ

The information on this page was last updated 8/22/2023. If you see errors or omissions, please email: [email protected]


Jesus is the life in all of our stories. We're working to bring that truth to light by building Christ-centered communities of young people in Central Ohio.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Central Ohio Youth for Christ
PO Box 14804
Columbus, OH 43214

Website: coyfc.org

Phone: 614-848-4870

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 311011430

CEO/President: Scott Arnold

Chairman: Cindy Kratzer

Board size: 12


Ruling year: 1954

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1999


As a ministry of YFC USA, we are dedicated to acting as a local extension of the work being done nationally. We actively work to create engaging experiences for youth in our area.

Mission statement

YFC is a movement that reaches young people everywhere with the hope of Christ. We work with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to the Word of God and prayer, passion for sharing the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement.

Statement of faith

Donor confidence score

Show donor confidence score details

Transparency grade


To understand our transparency grade, click here.

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Fellowship Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating1093 of 110432 of 32
Fund acquisition rating916 of 110530 of 32
Resource allocation rating1032 of 110530 of 32
Asset utilization rating1063 of 110430 of 32

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20222021202020192018
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
Operating ratiosSector median20222021202020192018
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
Investing ratiosSector median20222021202020192018
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
Liquidity ratiosSector median20222021202020192018
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
Solvency ratiosSector median20222021202020192018
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses


Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,491,872$1,851,269$2,214,978$1,763,001$293,147
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,238,202$2,629,951$3,094,908$2,061,671$553,772
Long-term investments$0$0$361,848$464,027$809,597
Fixed assets$6,908,683$7,340,265$990,481$946,162$1,254,757
Other long-term assets$985,303$1,080,556$4,228,699$4,228,699$4,228,698
Total long-term assets$7,893,986$8,420,821$5,581,028$5,638,888$6,293,052
Total assets$10,132,188$11,050,772$8,675,936$7,700,559$6,846,824
Payables and accrued expenses$232,646$487,518$424,624$440,304$437,281
Other current liabilities$0$0$63,576$0$0
Total current liabilities$232,646$487,518$488,200$440,304$437,281
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$41,195$17,909$1,049,658$312,473$220,371
Total long-term liabilities$3,468,438$3,524,950$4,452,726$3,702,653$3,875,775
Total liabilities$3,701,084$4,012,468$4,940,926$4,142,957$4,313,056
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$4,044,626$5,154,439$2,294,040$2,116,632$2,510,221
With donor restrictions$2,386,478$1,883,865$1,440,970$1,440,970$23,547
Net assets$6,431,104$7,038,304$3,735,010$3,557,602$2,533,768
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$2,421,017$5,173,415$2,249,742$3,248,787$2,310,406
Program service revenue$1,170,142$927,150$972,662$853,356$683,044
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$2,574$148,338$296,277$315,478$215,414
Other revenue($275,753)$270,135$108,195$189,032$346,535
Total other revenue$896,963$1,345,623$1,377,134$1,357,866$1,244,993
Total revenue$3,317,980$6,519,038$3,626,876$4,606,653$3,555,399
Program services$2,638,780$2,246,704$2,410,433$2,157,131$2,033,413
Management and general$747,111$582,762$635,186$746,627$861,702
Total expenses$3,768,766$3,193,389$3,449,564$3,336,015$3,166,357
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)($450,786)$3,325,649$177,312$1,270,638$389,042
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($450,786)$3,325,649$177,312$1,270,638$389,042


Scott ArnoldExecutive Director$123,835
Phil Zanko Joined SeptFinance Director$40,130
Sajeel Shahid Left AugFinance Director$36,317

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2022

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 8/22/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Central Ohio Youth for Christ (COYFC) is a locally governed affiliate of the National Youth for Christ organization and has been called to share the light of the gospel with youth 11 through 19 years of age, regardless of their home life situation, cultural environment, social standing, sexual orientation, gender identity, or spiritual background. We are a faith-based, 501c3 non-profit organization that provides holistic programming to youth and families through mentoring, counseling, camps, after-school activities and classes, Bible studies, retreats - and several faith-neutral programs, as well.

We provide these for all people, and we encourage those who are curious about spiritual matters to ask questions and approach God at their own pace. In addition, we fully embrace the need to love and serve the most dejected, demoralized and discouraged teens in a way that serves the physical and emotional brokenness we so often encounter.

We opened our office in 1981 and have been serving youth in Franklin and the surrounding six counties of Central Ohio ever since. We have utilized many iterations of programming throughout the decades and installed lessons learned about each one to improve outreach and evidence-based initiatives. We strive to catalyze a movement of young people into servant leaders of their community. We have found this kind of change occurs through individual and group mentoring woven throughout our social, educational, spiritual, and vocational skill-building programs.

In addition, our main non-profit of COYFC has subsidiaries (Wellspring Counseling, LLC and Equip Enterprises, LLC), as well as a second non-profit that is an affiliate, called Gracehaven, Inc. This organization provides outpatient and residential services for survivors of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC), who are generally underage girls who have been trafficked and are involved in the Juvenile Judicial or Child Welfare systems. Gracehaven became an affiliate of COYFC in 2017, and the two organizations have a Shared Services Department (finance, development, administration, facilities, etc), and the same members on their Boards of Directors. Though it is audited as part of COYFC, Gracehaven files an independent 990 form and is not represented in the MinistryWatch database.

Program accomplishments

Decades ago, COYFC leadership made a strategic decision to focus the organization's outreach efforts on the neighborhood of Franklinton, a historically underserved and disinvested area on Columbus' West Side. Four decades of dedicated emotional, spiritual, and economic investment into the people and infrastructure of the neighborhood has resulted in the City Life Center - a 48,000-square-foot urban ministry facility located at 40 Chicago Avenue.

The Center provides a haven for many teens as a place where they can feel accepted, loved, and valued by adults and by their peers. Programming within the Center includes City Life West, Teen Moms, After- school Mentoring and homework help, Open Gym with a dedicated coach/mentor, and several instructional classes (art, cooking, sound & audio). COYFC also has a City Life East program that meets at a local church in Whitehall on Zettler Rd.; Campus Life programs in the municipalities of Gahanna, Dublin, and Johnstown; Deaf Teen Quest throughout Columbus; Juvenile Justice Ministries that works within all five of the Juvenile Detention Centers of Central Ohio; and the Equip Skills Center, which is a 10,000 square foot garage/classroom facility, at 620 Oakland Park Avenue in North Columbus.

In 2022, COYFC served 1,473 youth ages 11-19. We provide programming and services through 50 paid staff and counselors (full-time and part-time), and more than 175 well-trained, active volunteers. Prior to the pandemic, our ministries had established a norm of working with over 2,000 youth annually, and they are currently recovering that momentum in 2023.


So many of the youth we serve come from unstable, unhealthy, and/or economically-challenged living situations that are so prevalent in the Franklinton and other neighborhoods (e.g. Linden and Southpark) of Columbus. The 2019 Poverty Blueprint by the Franklin County Commissioners lists these neighborhoods as census tracts that have a "concentrated" or "extremely concentrated" number of people living in poverty. Virtually all students living in these areas receive free/reduced lunch at school; and the majority of our youth come from single-parent households, with few role models, and little economic opportunity, as well as a lack of encouragement, assistance, and/or accolades for academic achievement. These teens are starved for positive input from stable, thoughtful adults who listen to, invest in, and care about them.

COYFC and its affiliates are always ecstatic and grateful to receive charitable contributions from individuals who care about and want to share in our mission. Just as important as their funding support, though, is contributors' time as volunteers and mentors within our programming. As you consider contributing to our cause monetarily, please reflect on donating your time, energy, and care to a near-by teen who truly needs an adults' attention and affection - even if you don't live in the Central Ohio area.