Eagle Ranch

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Eagle Ranch provides a stable home environment for children in crisis. We serve families throughout Metro Atlanta and Northeast Georgia. Our ultimate goal is to help restore and reunify children and their families.

From the first call to Eagle Ranch, families learn they are not alone. Their child's identity and direction in life are not defined by their struggles. Help is available. Healing begins here.

One of the Southeast's largest residential children's programs, Eagle Ranch provides a Christ-centered home, education and counseling for nearly 70 boys and girls. On our 315-acre campus in Flowery Branch, children are given the structure, stability and time needed to work through a crisis situation. Families participate in the program through counseling, support groups and family activities.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Eagle Ranch
5500 Union Church Rd.
Flowery Branch, GA 30542

Website: eagleranch.org

Phone: 770-967-8500

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 581497408

CEO/President: John Shackelford

Chairman: Kristen Lewis

Board size: 12

Founder: Eddie Staub

Ruling year: 1983

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2005


The goal is for each child to return home to a family that together has learned important relational and coping skills that will help them thrive. We serve children and families in local communities across Georgia, serving children ages 8-15, in over 40 counties in North Georgia and metro Atlanta.

Mission statement

Eagle Ranch helps make life better for children and their families, positively impacting communities for the glory of God.

Statement of faith

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, inerrant, authoritative Word of God. We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three (3) Persons-Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe in the deity and humanity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. We believe that we are sinners deserving God's wrath, but that salvation is the through the atoning work of Jesus Christ on the cross and the essential regeneration by the Holy Spirit.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. We believe that God's redemptive purpose will be consummated by the return of Christ to raise the dead, judge all men, and establish His glorious kingdom; those who are apart from Christ shall be eternally separated from God's presence, but the righteous shall live and reign with Him forever. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating986 of 110476 of 88
Fund acquisition rating819 of 110564 of 88
Resource allocation rating865 of 110569 of 88
Asset utilization rating870 of 110466 of 88

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$889,966$1,866,486$380,770$218,127$134,046
Short-term investments$7,502,001$6,898,304$4,741,426$1,333,761$1,165,593
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$10,022,993$9,377,910$6,200,775$3,937,707$2,900,747
Long-term investments$0$0$16,110$2,517,519$1,992,683
Fixed assets$1,095,953$926,224$1,622,317$666,002$2,437,817
Other long-term assets$84,777$45,410$43,590$43,689$36,182
Total long-term assets$1,180,730$971,634$1,682,017$3,227,210$4,466,682
Total assets$11,203,723$10,349,544$7,882,792$7,164,917$7,367,429
Payables and accrued expenses$310,888$425,944$553,198$358,533$341,899
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$310,888$425,944$553,198$358,533$341,899
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$310,888$425,944$553,198$358,533$341,899
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$5,010,474$4,154,621$5,672,876$4,993,147$6,114,069
With donor restrictions$5,882,361$5,768,979$1,656,718$1,813,237$911,461
Net assets$10,892,835$9,923,600$7,329,594$6,806,384$7,025,530
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Total contributions$6,939,410$13,261,822$6,048,353$7,066,237$6,601,922
Program service revenue$430,239$145,999$218,502$237,998$217,849
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$88,769$13,470$73,077$137,097$58,409
Other revenue$8,814$8,245$37,731$10,878$10,192
Total other revenue$527,822$167,714$329,310$385,973$286,450
Total revenue$7,467,232$13,429,536$6,377,663$7,452,210$6,888,372
Program services$5,278,383$4,807,562$4,328,968$4,227,408$3,841,297
Management and general$742,730$623,879$665,156$649,343$547,869
Total expenses$6,688,439$5,974,855$5,550,176$5,349,865$4,856,524
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$778,793$7,454,681$827,487$2,102,345$2,031,848
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$778,793$7,454,681$827,487$2,102,345$2,031,848


Daniel C SartorDirector of Counseling$179,937
Edwin J StaubFounder$170,252
John ShackelfordExecutive Director$169,495
Clyde Wade PearceSr Director of Progr$124,917
Kelly G BrewerDirector of Development$100,880
Steve WattsCFO$88,515

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2022

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 1/25/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


It started with a guileless teen's observation one day in church. As that teen grew into a man, he saw that children faced many challenges in their lives. He became particularly burdened by children who were struggling with their families. He believed there had to be a way to help make their lives better. So he began a journey that led him from Birmingham, Alabama to the Chestnut Mountain community of Flowery Branch.

Eagle Ranch Founder and Executive Director Eddie Staub made headlines in the early 1980s as an ambitious young man attempting to fund and establish a home for struggling boys. Because of its extraordinary formation and early growth, the Ranch was called "the miracle on Chestnut Mountain" by CNN television during the initial phases of construction and development.

From the opening of its first home in 1985, Eagle Ranch has grown well beyond one person with a dream. Today it is a community that helps thousands of boys, girls and their family members. The 315-acre wooded campus features 10 homes for up to 66 children, a SACS-accredited school, a counseling department, a chapel, and facilities for meetings and recreation. It is one of the nation's most progressive therapeutic Christian programs for children in crisis, and the largest children's residential program in Northeast Georgia.

Program accomplishments

40 Georgia counties served

2,000+ families impacted


Thank you for your consideration and support. One hundred percent of Eagle Ranch's operating budget is funded through private sources. Your gift to the mission of Eagle Ranch directly helps children and families in crisis experience a better life.