Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Inc.

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NCMI is a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation as well as a 509(a)3 support organization registered in the State of Missouri. NCMI collaborates with NCM and its network of 30 international non-government organizations (NGOs) in 150 countries around the world and in the United States with over 170 faith-based organizations (FBOs) developing humanitarian projects to address poverty issues.

NCMI is an intermediary, bringing human needs and resources together to advance the relief and development mission of the Church of the Nazarene through NCM.
This is accomplished by:
Pursuing donors
Creating awareness
Building capacity
Monitoring and evaluating projects
Measuring project effectiveness and outcomes
Identifying methods to address causes that create/ perpetuate poverty

Contact information

Mailing address:
Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Inc.
17001 Prairie Star Pkwy
Suite 100
Lenexa, KS 66200


Phone: (800) 310-6362


Organization details

EIN: 431550318

CEO/President: Nell Becker Sweeden

Chairman: Dr. Rob Gailey

Board size: 8

Founder: Church of the Nazarene

Ruling year: 1985

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2010


NCMI is an intermediary, bringing human needs and resources together to advance the relief and development mission of the Church of the Nazarene through NCM. This is accomplished by:

Acquiring government, foundation, and corporate support as well as financial and in-kind contributions from individual donors-who are unlikely to give directly to the denomination-to contribute (including GIK) through NCMI to support NCM identified needs and projects as designed and directed by NCM Leadership Structure.

Creating awareness among foundations, corporations, US government agencies and the broader faith-based community by telling the story of the commitment of the C/N to respond to human suffering caused by poverty and disaster.

Continuing a leadership role to initiate conversations with NCM and the field offices regarding trends, needs and the availability of global resources.

Building the capacity of local congregations, NGOs and FBOs through technical assistance, consulting and coaching to serve those in need.

Monitoring and evaluating projects to guarantee that donor funded projects meet their stated and agreed upon goals and objectives.

Measuring the effectiveness as well as the outcomes of projects.

Identifying new, innovative methods of addressing the conditions that either create or perpetuate poverty.

Mission statement

To respond to and prevent human suffering resulting from poverty and disaster. The NCMI tag - "Challenged by Faith to end Poverty," expresses its mission to respond to the causes as well as the results of poverty as an expression of the Christian faith as understood and practiced by members of the Church of the Nazarene.

NCMI accomplishes its mission through collaborative and cooperative partnerships between non-denominational donors for the support of relief and development projects designed and directed by local leaders in over 150 countries where the C/N through NCM is actively engaged.

Statement of faith

The agreed statement of belief within the Nazarene church is as follows:

Recognizing that the right and privilege of persons to church membership rest upon the fact of their being regenerate, we would require only such avowals of belief as are essential to Christian experience. We, therefore, deem belief in the following brief statements to be sufficient.

We believe:
In one God - the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
That the Old and New Testament Scriptures, given by plenary inspiration, contain all truth necessary to faith and Christian living.
That man is born with a fallen nature, and is, therefore, inclined to evil, and that continually.
That the finally impenitent are hopelessly and eternally lost.
That the atonement through Jesus Christ is for the whole human race; and that whosoever repents and believes on the Lord Jesus Christ is justified and regenerated and saved from the dominion of sin.
That believers are to be sanctified wholly, subsequent to regeneration, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
That the Holy Spirit bears witness to the new birth, and also to the entire sanctification of believers.
That our Lord will return, the dead will be raised, and the final judgment will take place.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating8 of 10251 of 85
Fund acquisition rating76 of 10273 of 85
Resource allocation rating37 of 10274 of 85
Asset utilization rating54 of 10256 of 85

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$183,377$591,370$987,999$445,915$523,345
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$255,517$661,454$1,003,937$487,648$605,981
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$2,299$5,360$428$2,098$2,564
Other long-term assets$44,097$34,634$4,543$5,057$4,727
Total long-term assets$46,396$39,994$4,971$7,155$7,291
Total assets$301,913$701,448$1,008,908$494,803$613,272
Payables and accrued expenses$9,739$119,718$65,685$110,717$12,920
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$39,053
Total current liabilities$9,739$119,718$65,685$110,717$51,973
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$0$0
Total liabilities$9,739$119,718$65,685$110,717$51,973
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$248,077$542,412$897,249$318,784$465,534
With donor restrictions$44,097$39,318$45,974$65,302$95,765
Net assets$292,174$581,730$943,223$384,086$561,299
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$1,595,902$2,026,892$4,305,290$3,409,453$3,297,006
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$0$0$0$0
Other revenue$0$0$2,705$1,443$35
Total other revenue$0$0$2,705$1,443$35
Total revenue$1,595,902$2,026,892$4,307,995$3,410,896$3,297,041
Program services$1,801,331$2,295,310$3,628,611$3,457,094$3,174,188
Management and general$64,703$68,854$82,013$77,070$57,706
Total expenses$1,870,743$2,369,304$3,719,897$3,546,423$3,253,357
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($274,841)($342,412)$588,098($135,527)$43,684
Other changes in net assets($14,715)($19,081)($28,961)($41,686)($37,329)
Total change in net assets($289,556)($361,493)$559,137($177,213)$6,355


Nell Becker SweedenCEO$132,888
Jeremy MoserDirector of Finance$86,538

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2020

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In 1980 the Church of the Nazarene re-purposed its response to global "hunger and disaster" as Nazarene Compassionate Ministries (NCM). The "Hunger and Disaster Fund" became the Compassionate Ministry Fund. This was more than a name change. It represented an intentional, organized effort to alleviate human suffering caused by global poverty.

These changes affirmed the Church of the Nazarene's belief that faithful discipleship to the life and teachings of Jesus requires action to respond with compassion to human suffering, whatever its cause.

NCM continued its response to suffering caused by natural disasters - volcanoes, earthquakes, floods and fires. In addition, consistent with its historic missions of mercy, primarily medical missions, the Church of the Nazarene through NCM encouraged organized efforts to alleviate if not end extreme poverty in underdeveloped countries.

NCM recognized and supported efforts to relieve suffering and poverty in the midst of wealth in the United States and other developed countries.

A decade later in 1990 the Church of the Nazarene created a separate support organization, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Inc. (NCM Inc.), a nonprofit, United States tax-deductible corporation with board members elected annually by the General Board, to attract funds from sources such as the United States government, foundations and corporations which would not grant funds to the Church of the Nazarene's ministries of compassion. Similar so-called "resource partners" have been created in other worlds areas.

While NCM Inc., and other resource partners are legally separate and their board members have legal and fiduciary responsibility to their entities, they are connected to and in support of the Church of the Nazarene's mission to respond to human suffering and lift people out of poverty even as the Church seeks to bring them to faith in Christ and fellowship in the Church of the Nazarene.

As a 509(a)(3) "supporting" organization as well as a 501(c)(3) approved by the IRS for tax-deductible contributions, including grants from the U.S. government, NCM Inc., has no separate or independent reason for existence. It exists only to support and at times facilitate missions and projects initiated by the Church of the Nazarene.

While NCM and NCM Inc. have been organized by the Church of the Nazarene for the same end, they are necessarily distinct.

NCM exists as the relief and development arm of the Church of the Nazarene. As such it organizes responses to natural disasters, designs programs such as Child Sponsorship and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment and NDR (Nazarene Disaster Response). It deploys staff and volunteers to various Nazarene church agencies including approved nonprofits and NGOs.

Internationally, NCM sponsors a network of 30 non-government organizations (NGOs) and domestically over 170 faith-based organizations (FBOs) developing humanitarian projects to address poverty issues.

NCM may be thought of as promoting faith to end poverty while the NCM Inc. motto is "challenged by faith to end poverty." The difference recognizes that funds from U.S. government agencies received by NCM Inc. cannot be used to promote faith, or what is called proselytization. Nevertheless, it is appropriate for NCM Inc. to acknowledge the faith that inspires people to volunteer and contribute to end suffering caused by poverty. NCM and NCM Inc. are motivated by the conviction that empathy and compassion are moral mandates for the common good.

NCM Inc. exits to support missions and projects initiated by the Church of the Nazarene, thus having the role as an intermediary. As an intermediary, NCM Inc. has the capacity to identify sources of significant funding and facilitates that funding for NCM's network of agencies and their projects.

In certain instances NCM Inc. may be asked or required to perform activities and/or employ personnel to support and lead a mission.

NCM Inc. as an Intermediary

When NCM Inc. agrees to accept funds from the U.S. government agencies or other agencies, it acts as an intermediary guaranteeing that funds are used for their intended purpose. This places responsibility on NCM Inc. for "M&E" - Monitoring and Evaluation. Field personnel understand that NCM Inc. representatives are necessarily required to audit financial records, observe the delivery of services and record outcomes.

Unlike other faith-based intermediaries, which functions as parallel or para-church organizations, NCM Inc. is committed to working with and through the existing infrastructure of the Church of the Nazarene.

Program accomplishments

  • India - Sent a 40-foot container of medical supplies to Reynolds Memorial Hospital in India. This was accomplished by partnering with MAP, International and We Are Family in Arizona. The hospital was established in 1936; today more than 12,000 patients are admitted each year.
  • Nicaragua - Sent funds to drill a 400 foot well. The funds will also purchase the well casing, pump, motor, electrical installation, a tower, and a large metal tank on the tower for gravity to feed into the distribution system. The community dug the ditches for the PVC distribution pipe and paid for the pipe. The system will extend out as far as 500 meters from the well. The funds also will cover the cost of 36 cement pads and facets so that the people can set their containers on the pad to fill them. The well will assist a community of 10,000 people.
  • Sent funds to open a pharmacy in the North District of Nicaragua which has an extensive health education program and a medical clinic. A licensed pharmacist will manage the project. The beneficiaries will be orphans, widows, and low-income families.
  • Philippines - Sent funds as seed money to construct a Child Development Center and purchase equipment, supplies, and books for children in the town of Gen. Mariano Alvarez. The children will receive medical and dental check-ups, deworming medications, vitamin supplements, nutritious meals, and participate in after school programs.
  • Vietnam - Sent funds to build a children's home in Hoe Chi Min City. The home is a refuge for street children. Children who have left their homes to come to the capital city to seek their fortune can drop in for a safe place to sleep. Some have gone back home when given some assistance. Destitute street children are provided food, a bath, and a safe place to sleep. Some children stay a few days, others have stayed for years.
  • Project HOPE - In Ohio, they are producing a video for an outreach program for women coming out of prison in the Columbus, Ohio area. In Mississippi, they are assisting a local congregation that adopted seven men who were found homeless and socially abandoned. The men were provided food and clothing, and were placed in vocational training programs. And in New Mexico, they helped the Nazarene Indian Bible College with unexpected expenses.
  • Nazarene Disaster Response (NDR) - In California, NDR worked extensively in victim support in four major areas in the California fires and earthquake. Support was also given during the Northern California oil pipe disaster. Support for flood victims was offered in Texas, Kentucky, Kansas, and Ohio. And hurricane support was given in Florida, North Carolina, and Alabama.
  • Nazarene Health Care Ministries (NHCM) - Medical teams were sent to Nicaragua, Mexico, and the Ukraine.


Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Inc. has communicated the following needs:

Donate - Donors can contribute undesignated funds or contribute to specific projects. Volunteer - The NCMI website provides a volunteer clearinghouse individuals and organizations for projects around the world. Gifts-In-Kind - NCMI welcomes contributions of clothing, toys, school supplies, etc, that are in good condition. Donors can pack their own boxes and drop off or ship them to one of several warehouses in the US. Volunteers who live near these warehouses can also spend time helping pack and load shipments. Clothing and packing guidelines are available on the NCMI website.