Kanakuk Ministries

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Since 1926, Kanakuk has been the Christian summer camp for over 450,000 youth. As a world leader among Christian summer camps, Joe White and his committed Kanakuk staff provide children with fun, safe and professional outdoor youth camping experiences that grow them spiritually, physically, emotionally, and socially.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Kanakuk Ministries
1353 Lake Shore Dr
Branson, MO 65616

Website: kanakuk.com

Phone: 417-266-3000

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 431815310

CEO/President: Joe White


Board size: 0

Founder: C.L. Ford

Ruling year: 2015

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 08/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


At Kanakuk we live I'm Third-God First. Others Second. I'm Third. This foundational principle is integrated into each of our Kamp's programming, equipping Kampers to be Christ-like examples who lead with responsibility and care.

Mission statement

Equipping Next Generation Leaders is more than our mission, it is our heartbeat. Since 1926, Kanakuk has welcomed over 450,000 Kampers from across the country and around the world, equipping them with leadership skills and Biblical truths to impact their schools and communities as examples of Jesus Christ.

Statement of faith

We believe the one true God has revealed Himself the eternally self-existent "I AM," the creator of Heaven and Earth. Genesis 1:1; Exodus 3:14; Isaiah 43:10-11

We believe that Jesus Christ is the "Image of the invisible God" and that in Him "all deity dwells in bodily form." We believe in His virgin birth, His sinless life, His death on the cross as the atonement for sin, His literal bodily resurrection from the dead, His present ministry of intercession in Heaven, and His personal future return to the earth. He will come again to judge the living and the dead and His Kingdom will have no end. John 1:1,14,18; Heb.1:1-9; Luke 1:35, Colossians 1:15-22; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; 1 Peter 3:18

We believe the Holy Spirit convicts men of sin and regenerates, indwells, seals, sets apart, and empowers believers for service and for holy living and a holy life. We believe God bestows spiritual gifts on each believer. We believe that "God is at work within us both to will and work to His good pleasure" and that "He will continue to perfect us until the day of Christ Jesus." John 14:16; John 16:7-11, Romans 8:14-16; Ephesians 1:13; Philippians 1:6; Philippians 2:13; 1 Corinthians 2:12,13; Ephesians 4:1-16,30

We believe in the unity and trinity of the Godhead existing in three persons: The Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit. These three persons are One God having the same nature, attributes, and perfection. Genesis 1:1, 26, John 1:14, 10:30,15:26, 17:21; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 4:4-6

We believe that man was created in the image of God but was separated from God by sin and shall be judged; and that only through the Blood of Christ and regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained. Genesis 1:27, Genesis 2:22, Romans 2:2-5, 3:23, 5:12; Ephesians 2:1, 2:8-9; Hebrews 9:27

We believe that salvation comes through God's transforming grace alone. God's offer of grace for us is completely free and is merited for us by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God's one and only Son. This grace is available to all who believe in Jesus. By grace we are brought from death to life and into the family of God. God's grace cleanses us of all our sin and transforms us in the image of Christ Jesus who is Lord over all. Mark 16:16; John 1:12, 5:24; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:22, 10:9-13; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 2:8-10; Hebrews 11:1

We believe both the Old and the New Testaments of the Bible to be the infallible Holy Word of God, inspired in every part by the Holy Spirit. The Bible is the revelation of God for the equipping of man and is authoritative for all matters of faith and life. 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-3; 2 Peter 1:19-21

The Church is the people of God gathered for worship, holiness, service and mission. It is the body of Christ and derives its life, direction, and power from Jesus Christ its head. Romans 12:4-5; Ephesians 1:22, 2:19; Galatians 5:24-25; Acts 1:8; Acts 22:15; Ephesians 5:23; 2 Timothy 2:2; Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Cor 11:18; 14:19, 28, 34-35 Phil 3:6.

We believe that Christians are called to a life of service to Christ with the power of the Holy Spirit. Believers are to take the gospel message to the whole world and equip believers to grow in the grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Colossians 3:23-24; 2 Peter 1:3; Romans 12:1; Galatians 5:24-25; Mark 16:15; Ephesians 4:11-12; 2 Timothy 2:2, 2 Peter 3:18

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Camps/Conference Centers

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating526 of 110418 of 36
Fund acquisition rating627 of 110519 of 37
Resource allocation rating920 of 110535 of 37
Asset utilization rating63 of 11044 of 36

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$974,295$1,088,348$1,184,105$1,095,854$882,480
Short-term investments$250,000$250,000$200,000$200,000$3,200,000
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$4,611,028$5,991,076$2,702,545$2,047,100$7,611,804
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$44,824,915$40,096,500$41,087,711$41,596,080$34,427,746
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$44,824,915$40,096,500$41,087,711$41,596,080$34,427,746
Total assets$49,435,943$46,087,576$43,790,256$43,643,180$42,039,550
Payables and accrued expenses$2,206,244$1,285,409$1,384,103$1,682,081$1,455,621
Other current liabilities$3,396,130$3,949,859$4,924,046$2,428,474$2,202,141
Total current liabilities$5,602,374$5,235,268$6,308,149$4,110,555$3,657,762
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$394,698$0$3,920,042$0$262,989
Total liabilities$5,997,072$5,235,268$10,228,191$4,110,555$3,920,751
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$42,850,106$40,531,101$33,136,566$39,136,432$37,396,885
With donor restrictions$588,765$321,207$425,499$396,193$721,914
Net assets$43,438,871$40,852,308$33,562,065$39,532,625$38,118,799
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$8,029,574$10,706,318$7,018,828$5,021,689$9,728,508
Program service revenue$29,562,767$27,750,084$17,274,324$25,607,046$21,642,978
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$53,786($59,305)($971,823)$467,891$3,597,697
Other revenue$326,934$414,897$338,890$554,222$436,111
Total other revenue$29,943,487$28,105,676$16,641,391$26,629,159$25,676,786
Total revenue$37,973,061$38,811,994$23,660,219$31,650,848$35,405,294
Program services$25,475,513$24,292,314$22,813,756$23,142,603$19,656,603
Management and general$9,385,571$6,756,539$6,277,327$6,467,195$6,007,763
Total expenses$35,386,498$31,521,751$29,630,779$30,237,022$26,444,534
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$2,586,563$7,290,243($5,970,560)$1,413,826$8,960,760
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$2,586,563$7,290,243($5,970,560)$1,413,826$8,960,760


Doug GoodwinPresident$267,684
John JensenCBO/Secretary$223,337
Mark WebsterDirector of Development$158,641
Bruce KoerberController/Treasurer$151,014
Debbie-Jo WhiteVice President/Vice Chairman$137,197
Joe WhiteCEO/Chairman$41,391

Compensation data as of: 8/31/2022

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Countless families have sent their children to Kanakuk to allow them the opportunity to grow in faith, confidence, and Christian character. Over the decades, we've seen entire families transformed.

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Your generosity enables us to "Evangelize and equip the next generation to reach the world for Christ!" A donation to the General Fund allows Kanakuk the flexibility to meet emerging needs and challenges for the ministry. These unrestricted gifts are used in the current operating year, providing discretionary funds to be allocated where they are most needed.