Lifesong for Orphans

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Lifesong seeks to mobilize the Church to care for the orphan, where each member can provide a unique and special service: some to adopt, some to care, some to give. 100% of all donations to Lifesong for Orphans will go to caring for orphans (no administrative costs will be deducted). With caring people like you and church partnerships, we support children through global orphan care ministries, Christian adoptive families, and foster care initiatives.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Lifesong for Orphans
PO Box 9
Gridley, IL 61744


Phone: 309-747-4527


Organization details

EIN: 351902841

CEO/President: Gary Ringger

Chairman: Gary Ringger

Board size: 8

Founder: Gary Ringger

Ruling year: 1994

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2007


Every Child We Serve Will: 1. Not want for food, clothing, medical care, or shelter 2. Be taught the Gospel and how to live as followers of Jesus Christ 3. Receive a quality education to provide a foundation for their future 4. Experience continued love and support as they transition into adult living.

Mission statement

Our mission is to bring joy and purpose to orphans.

Statement of faith

The Bible is the inspired and infallible Word of God to man.

There is one eternal God, the Creator of all things, who exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and lived a sinless life.

Man was created in God's image, but by man's transgression became separated from God.

Man is justified by faith, by the shed blood of Jesus Christ on Calvary's cross, His death, and His resurrection from the grave.

The Holy Spirit resides in the hearts of true believers and is evidenced by a spiritual rebirth, reconciliation with God, and obedience to God's Word.

Both the saved and the lost will be resurrected; the saved unto eternal life and the lost unto eternal damnation.

God is the creator of all life, including the unborn; all life is precious in His sight.

God designed marriage to be between a man and a woman united in a lifelong union.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Adoption/Foster Care

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating529 of 102215 of 34
Fund acquisition rating479 of 102414 of 34
Resource allocation rating238 of 102411 of 34
Asset utilization rating864 of 102229 of 34

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$221,613$259,445$411,419$180,170$394,091
Short-term investments$3,493,042$4,167,748$1,005,487$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$14,939,881$9,636,120$8,870,734$7,782,349$7,836,590
Long-term investments$1,393,845$1,434,421$1,436,123$754,147$196,266
Fixed assets$15,721,995$14,813,094$12,753,963$11,241,507$8,358,531
Other long-term assets$910,941$461,608$0$123,123$152,635
Total long-term assets$18,026,781$16,709,123$14,190,086$12,118,777$8,707,432
Total assets$32,966,662$26,345,243$23,060,820$19,901,126$16,544,022
Payables and accrued expenses$460,052$309,711$301,251$223,843$145,622
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$460,052$309,711$301,251$223,843$145,622
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$81,441$172,397
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$81,441$172,397
Total liabilities$460,052$309,711$301,251$305,284$318,019
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$21,511,669$16,994,544$14,689,805$11,800,780$8,645,601
With donor restrictions$10,994,941$9,040,988$8,069,764$7,795,062$7,580,402
Net assets$32,506,610$26,035,532$22,759,569$19,595,842$16,226,003
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$25,258,822$21,141,814$20,918,652$19,146,633$16,235,496
Program service revenue$741,425$685,091$536,769$343,143$288,316
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income($114,352)$194,269$126,495$80,582($18,059)
Other revenue($12,984)$22,415$43,761$876$12,590
Total other revenue$614,089$901,775$707,025$424,601$282,847
Total revenue$25,872,911$22,043,589$21,625,677$19,571,234$16,518,343
Program services$17,434,984$17,028,047$16,757,448$14,610,050$13,048,541
Management and general$930,085$831,230$794,581$739,888$716,023
Total expenses$19,555,105$18,884,294$18,493,823$16,275,470$14,525,105
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$6,317,806$3,159,295$3,131,854$3,295,764$1,993,238
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$6,317,806$3,159,295$3,131,854$3,295,764$1,993,238


N Andrew LehmanVice-President$192,224
Kory KaebVP - Operations$166,513
Richard MetcalfeProgram Director$121,824
Andrew GerberDevelopment Officer$118,001
Todd BlockOrphan Care$106,950
Kyle HangartnerController$106,575
Gary RinggerPresident No Salary Received$25,000

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 10/28/2021. To update the information below, please email:


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