Christian Appalachian Project

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Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) is building hope, transforming lives, and sharing Christ's love through service in Appalachia.

Since our founding more than 50 years ago, we have been committed to improving the lives of Appalachian children, families and seniors who are struggling to escape poverty.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Christian Appalachian Project
P.O. Box 55911
Lexington, KY 40555-5911


Phone: 866-270-4CAP (4227)

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 610661137

CEO/President: Guy Adams

Chairman: Jackie Collier

Board size: 18

Founder: Father Ralph Beiting

Ruling year: 1966

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 08/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Our guiding principles are to:

Promote the dignity and self-worth of individuals by promoting self-help.
Practice and encourage good stewardship of and accountability for all of the resources entrusted to us.
Foster individual growth among staff, volunteers, donors, and program participants.
Live out and promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ through all of our actions.
Foster open, honest and effective communication both inside and outside the organization.
Involve the Appalachian people at all social and economic levels in developing a solution to poverty.

Mission statement

Christian Appalachian Project's mission is building hope, transforming lives, and sharing Christ's love through service in Appalachia.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Community Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating78 of 10256 of 81
Fund acquisition rating532 of 102736 of 81
Resource allocation rating60 of 10277 of 81
Asset utilization rating33 of 10253 of 81

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$2,346,259$1,745,760$2,635,856$3,213,151$3,047,458
Short-term investments$14,214,390$11,783,513$11,217,423$11,246,615$10,564,662
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$25,234,968$17,374,569$14,667,963$15,901,816$15,009,170
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$11,767,053$11,876,557$12,758,285$12,874,092$12,859,500
Other long-term assets$9,223$14,656$19,487$24,182$29,151
Total long-term assets$11,776,276$11,891,213$12,777,772$12,898,274$12,888,651
Total assets$37,011,244$29,265,782$27,445,735$28,800,090$27,897,821
Payables and accrued expenses$1,059,862$742,914$562,689$419,753$1,040,778
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$1,059,862$742,914$562,689$419,753$1,040,778
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$1,734,468$1,784,853$1,679,114$1,861,423$2,044,194
Total long-term liabilities$1,734,468$3,266,753$1,679,114$1,861,423$2,044,194
Total liabilities$2,794,330$4,009,667$2,241,803$2,281,176$3,084,972
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$29,095,251$20,695,638$20,421,952$21,867,482$21,123,817
With donor restrictions$5,121,663$4,560,477$4,781,980$4,651,432$3,689,032
Net assets$34,216,914$25,256,115$25,203,932$26,518,914$24,812,849
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$163,826,787$133,715,375$97,269,938$120,827,521$95,223,265
Program service revenue$266,223$296,531$383,126$485,585$437,698
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$4,008,734$1,415,745$307,368$909,199$1,103,609
Other revenue$539,513($321,748)$457,539$580,842$515,529
Total other revenue$4,814,470$1,390,528$1,148,033$1,975,626$2,056,836
Total revenue$168,641,257$135,105,903$98,417,971$122,803,147$97,280,101
Program services$143,346,420$119,024,777$85,098,767$107,176,272$82,974,081
Management and general$5,066,709$4,624,867$4,797,655$4,496,116$5,471,874
Total expenses$159,511,437$134,802,793$99,626,658$120,938,502$97,795,850
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$9,129,820$303,110($1,208,687)$1,864,645($515,749)
Other changes in net assets($169,021)($250,927)($106,295)($158,580)($222,345)
Total change in net assets$8,960,799$52,183($1,314,982)$1,706,065($738,094)


Guy AdamsPresident/CEO$224,186
Brian StiefelController/Corp Treasurer$145,909
Gloria JordanVP of Administration$141,395
Anita SealsVP of Human Resources$136,281
Phyllis CaudillVP of Philanthropy$135,147

Compensation data as of: 8/31/2020

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For over 50 years, Christian Appalachian Project has served the people of Appalachia by building hope, transforming lives, and sharing Christ's love.

Our work started when Reverend Ralph W. Beiting, a Catholic priest from northern Kentucky, was assigned to pastor a large portion of east-central Kentucky. Through his outreach, he witnessed tremendous poverty in Appalachia. He saw children weak from hunger, families beaten down by hardship, seniors living in fear and isolation, and communities desperate for hope.

With the help of family and friends, he provided food, clothing, and other essentials to neighbors in need. What started small quickly grew, and Christian Appalachian Project was founded in 1964.

Through donor support, dedicated volunteers, and a selfless staff, CAP now touches the lives of more than 1 million people each year. By working with other local food banks and humanitarian service providers, our reach extends to parts of all 13 states of the Appalachian region, including Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Program accomplishments


Appalachia is home to many proud Americans, but it is also home to some of the poorest regions of our nation. Your gift provides nutritious food, warm clothing, and safe housing to people in need.