YWAM Ships Kona

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YWAM Ship Kona is one location in the growing network known as YWAM Ships. This network represents independent vessels in many global YWAM locations. These vessels are named and operated uniquely and are varied in shape and size. Together we share in YWAM's vision of seeing 40 ships linking the resources and innovations of YWAM's University of the Nations to the needs of people via the port cities, rivers and beaches of the world. Each YWAM Ships location is a separate organization with its own board of directors and local structure. We are linked through relationships. We are a movement of volunteers, primarily made up young people.

Contact information

Mailing address:
YWAM Ships Kona
75-5687 Alii Drive
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Website: ywamshipskona.org

Phone: (808) 757-9150

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 453452689

CEO/President: Brett Curtis


Board size: 7

Founder: Brett Curtis

Ruling year: 2012

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2017


Using ships to serve is not just a good option for these locations, it is the ONLY option. Islands without airports, and shorelines with no roads or bridge access, are limited to ships able to reach them and provide services.

A primary goal is to reach remote Pacifica islands without airports. It can take weeks to sail to remote islands across the vast ocean. The Big Island of Hawaii is ideally situated in the great expanse of the Pacific Ocean to achieve this mission.

The YWAM Ships Kona training and logistics center, known as Port YWAM, was a former hotel nestled right in downtown Kailua-Kona. Port YWAM sits across from the pier where the first missionaries arrived in Hawaii in 1820, and where in the latter 1800s, five different missionary ships known as Morning Star I through Morning Star V were sent out from Kona to serve in Pacifica. It is a historic legacy that continues today with a new generation of seafarers committed to fulfilling the great tradition of Hawaii serving the islands of the Pacific. This campus is our primary training and field support facility. We are also just one mile from the University of the Nations Kona campus, our "twin" in ministry.

Mission statement

YWAM Ships Kona exists to serve isolated islands and remote shoreline villages through health and healing services.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating50 of 10776 of 140
Fund acquisition rating291 of 107845 of 140
Resource allocation rating179 of 107811 of 140
Asset utilization rating14 of 10772 of 140

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,054,747$1,079,804$807,079$157,753$77,690
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,223,419$1,177,015$916,418$382,226$257,015
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$87,143$166,495$214,248$290,019$274,096
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$87,143$166,495$214,248$290,019$274,096
Total assets$1,310,562$1,343,510$1,130,666$672,245$531,111
Payables and accrued expenses$195,013$315,331$587,766$380,083$107,281
Other current liabilities$520,628$466,521$368,983$293,201$212,813
Total current liabilities$715,641$781,852$956,749$673,284$320,094
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$975,238$830,923$364,117$49,696$108,997
Total long-term liabilities$975,238$830,923$364,117$49,696$108,997
Total liabilities$1,690,879$1,612,775$1,320,866$722,980$429,091
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions($380,317)($269,265)($190,200)($50,735)$102,020
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets($380,317)($269,265)($190,200)($50,735)$102,020
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$12,876,879$15,291,270$14,134,853$1,527,771$795,040
Program service revenue$1,274,153$1,065,705$1,097,304$676,580$980,499
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0($921)$2,800$0($1,524,085)
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$1,274,153$1,064,784$1,100,104$676,580($543,586)
Total revenue$14,151,032$16,356,054$15,234,957$2,204,351$251,454
Program services$13,019,612$14,562,655$13,668,435$2,232,490$1,649,888
Management and general$866,854$1,416,015$1,343,846$78,519$105,312
Total expenses$14,262,084$16,435,119$15,374,422$2,357,106$1,800,865
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($111,052)($79,065)($139,465)($152,755)($1,549,411)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($111,052)($79,065)($139,465)($152,755)($1,549,411)


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