Filter Of Hope

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Bringing clean water and Christ's love to those in desperate need of both.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Filter Of Hope
1400 Jack Warner Pkwy NE
Tuscaloosa, AL 35404


Phone: (205)-310-4950

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 371751688

CEO/President: Bart Smelley

Chairman: Steve Hillis

Board size: 8

Founder: Bart Smelley

Ruling year: 2014

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2017


Our goal is to see the end of the global water crisis. Beyond even that, we desire to see the fulfillment of Jesus' Great Commission.

Mission statement

Motivated by the compassion of Christ, Filter of Hope brings clean water to people who are thirsty.

Statement of faith

At Filter of Hope, we believe...

in the Holy Scriptures as originally given by God, divinely inspired, infallible, entirely trustworthy; and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

in one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

in our Lord Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, His virgin birth, His sinless human life, His divine miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return in power and glory.

in salvation of lost and sinful man through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ by faith apart from works, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit.

in the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling and ministry in the Christian enables believers to live a godly life and to witness and work for the Lord Jesus Christ.

in the unity of the Spirit of all true believers, the church, and the body of Christ.

in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved unto the resurrection of eternal life in heaven, the lost unto eternal separation from God.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Community Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating112 of 111213 of 121
Fund acquisition rating198 of 111318 of 121
Resource allocation rating178 of 111336 of 121
Asset utilization rating390 of 111240 of 121

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$636,082$237,781$205,210$118,333$72,927
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,205,690$2,053,103$1,545,618$1,035,060$698,167
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$2,116$4,114$6,700$9,850$9,850
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$2,116$4,114$6,700$9,850$9,850
Total assets$3,207,806$2,057,217$1,552,318$1,044,910$708,017
Payables and accrued expenses$74,622$251,465$34,056$34,828$31,476
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$74,622$251,465$34,056$34,828$31,476
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$105,300$0$0
Total liabilities$74,622$251,465$139,356$34,828$31,476
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$1,213,413$1,359,657$1,412,962$1,010,082$676,541
With donor restrictions$1,919,771$446,095$0$0$0
Net assets$3,133,184$1,805,752$1,412,962$1,010,082$676,541
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$4,226,940$1,691,798$1,875,123$2,130,928$2,100,758
Program service revenue$1,099,297$1,320,797$1,074,986$880,323$459,120
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$0$0$0$0
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$1,099,297$1,320,797$1,074,986$880,323$459,120
Total revenue$5,326,237$3,012,595$2,950,109$3,011,251$2,559,878
Program services$3,568,688$2,312,046$2,143,534$2,373,342$1,867,395
Management and general$360,960$212,070$338,881$249,383$163,850
Total expenses$3,998,805$2,580,061$2,547,229$2,677,710$2,301,734
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$1,327,432$432,534$402,880$333,541$258,144
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,327,432$432,534$402,880$333,541$258,144


Bart SmelleyFounder/Boar$104,130

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2022

Response from ministry

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Program accomplishments

In 2012, we distributed the first Filter of Hope water filters in the Dominican Republic. Since then, we've expanded to 11 additional countries in the Caribbean and Central America, and our partner organizations have taken our water filters to more than 70 countries worldwide.