Hope Academy Inc.

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Started in 2000, Hope Academy is a private, Christ-centered, classical academy founded as an opportunity-equalizer for urban youth. Today we serve 550 students in grades K-12, with a vision of growing to 700 students.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Hope Academy Inc.
2300 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404-3834

Website: hopeschool.org

Phone: 612-540-2000

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 411962874

CEO/President: Russ Gregg

Chairman: Dan Olson

Board size: 10

Founder: Russ Gregg and Jeff Bird

Ruling year: 2001

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 07/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Believing that all children are created for God's glory and endowed by him with an inalienable potential to acquire wisdom and knowledge, Hope Academy covenants with urban families to equip their children to become responsible, servant leaders of the 21st Century. Committed to the truth, discipline, and values of the gospel of Jesus Christ, Hope Academy pursues this aim by mobilizing educational, business, and community leaders towards the important goal of serving the children of Minneapolis with a remarkable education, permeated with a God-centered perspective. This inter-denominational school will seek to unleash kingdom citizens who work for justice, economic opportunity, racial harmony, hope for the family, and joy in the community.

Mission statement

Our mission is to foster hope in God in the inner-city by providing youth with a remarkable, Christ-centered education.

The mission of Hope Academy is deeply rooted in the following core values:

Redemption: We are passionate about God's transformational work to redeem all things through the gospel of Christ.

Relationships: We believe in the necessity of building deep, authentic, loving relationships with one another.

Radical Dependence: We exercise a daily, moment by moment, radical dependence on God and His Word.

Remarkable: By God's power at work within us, we pursue excellence that goes above and beyond all that is expected or imagined.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: K-12 Schools/Academies

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating297 of 111013 of 49
Fund acquisition rating1 of 11111 of 49
Resource allocation rating457 of 111116 of 49
Asset utilization rating785 of 111041 of 49

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,278,460$312,486$372,987$150,342$187,950
Short-term investments$1,765,176$280,446$277,835$282,873$1,088,363
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$15,018,610$6,059,112$5,001,618$3,583,086$5,800,206
Long-term investments$3,857,507$3,575,724$2,133,213$1,464,306$161,725
Fixed assets$23,022,671$13,942,397$13,295,303$13,074,038$10,194,876
Other long-term assets$843,894$2,978,701$2,331,207$1,605,361$1,076,394
Total long-term assets$27,724,072$20,496,822$17,759,723$16,143,705$11,432,995
Total assets$42,742,682$26,555,934$22,761,341$19,726,791$17,233,201
Payables and accrued expenses$1,110,315$318,424$249,420$275,832$497,262
Other current liabilities$18,480$16,407$17,400$15,619$27,502
Total current liabilities$1,128,795$334,831$266,820$291,451$524,764
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$833,400$0
Total liabilities$1,128,795$334,831$266,820$1,124,851$524,764
Net assets20232022202120202019
Without donor restrictions$23,705,314$22,196,886$19,092,293$16,177,560$7,354,312
With donor restrictions$17,908,573$4,024,217$3,402,228$2,424,380$9,354,125
Net assets$41,613,887$26,221,103$22,494,521$18,601,940$16,708,437
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$25,524,822$12,781,611$11,713,845$8,432,753$9,199,222
Program service revenue$796,986$785,044$689,347$780,807$731,366
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$635,569$52,800$7,992$119,103$183,934
Other revenue$86,341$40,201$56,372$123,657$147,533
Total other revenue$1,518,896$878,045$753,711$1,023,567$1,062,833
Total revenue$27,043,718$13,659,656$12,467,556$9,456,320$10,262,055
Program services$10,223,637$8,851,036$7,644,746$6,670,500$5,526,995
Management and general$570,835$394,747$410,859$365,550$299,627
Total expenses$11,650,934$9,799,766$8,626,142$7,572,303$6,358,960
Change in net assets20232022202120202019
Surplus (deficit)$15,392,784$3,859,890$3,841,414$1,884,017$3,903,095
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$15,392,784$3,859,890$3,841,414$1,884,017$3,903,095


Jim StigmanHead of Adva$175,478
Russ GreggHead of Scho$124,287
John VillasHead of Fina$64,022

Compensation data as of: 7/31/2023

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In 1998, our founders Russ Gregg and Jeff Bird had never met. That year, Jeff was in a Bible study when he felt a calling to start a school. Having worked as an insurance lawyer and never as an educator, he spent a year praying, to discern if it was from the Lord. That same year, Russ Gregg was working as an administrator for a Christian school in Edina. He lived in the Philips neighborhood with his family and dreamed of one day starting a Christian school for his inner city neighbors. However, he thought God would use someone else to complete such a task. In 1999, Russ and Jeff had a divine appointment, and shared their mutual call. They met for six weeks to discuss the vision for the school. That same Sunday, September 13, 1999, Russ was in church. At the conclusion of a sermon on Romans 4:13-15, the pastor challenged the congregation to "venture something for God that is a little bit crazy." Russ felt it was God's word for him, and that to not take this step of faith would be disobedient. The next day, Russ called Jeff and said, "I quit my job. Let's start this school." The next fall, Hope Academy began with just 35 students in grades K-2.

1999 - Mr. Bird & Mr. Gregg were called to start Hope Academy.

2000 - Hope Academy opened its doors to 35 students in grades K-2 in the education wing of Christ Church International. (3015 13th Ave S, Minneapolis).

2006 - Now with 115 students in grades K-7, Hope Academy moves to 2300 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404.

2007 - A class of eleven 8th graders graduate from Hope Academy's only 8th grade graduating class.

2008 - Hope Academy adds a 9th grade, beginning the process of growing Hope Academy High School.

2012 - Hope Academy graduates its first ever senior class, with 100% being accepted into a 2 or 4 year college.

2015- Double the Kindergarten

2016- Growing Hope Campaign Kickoff

2019- Spreading Hope to Houston

2019- Growing Hope Expansion Complete!

Program accomplishments

Students K-12- 577

96% Graduation Rate
Millions of dollars in college scholarships.

Cost Per Student
$23.4K- Minneapolis Public Schools
$13.5K- Hope Academy