Eternal Word Television Network, Inc.
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EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 40th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN's 11 global TV channels are broadcast in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 350 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories. EWTN platforms also include radio services transmitted through SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio, and over 500 domestic and international AM & FM radio affiliates; a worldwide shortwave radio service; one of the largest Catholic websites in the U.S.; electronic and print news services, including Catholic News Agency, "The National Catholic Register" newspaper, and several global news wire services; as well as EWTN Publishing, its book publishing division.
5817 Old Leeds Rd.
Irondale, AL 35210
Email: [email protected]
CEO/President: Michael Warsaw
Chairman: Michael Warsaw
Board size: 10
Founder: Mother M. Angelica
Ruling year: 1981
Tax deductible: Yes
Fiscal year end: 06/30
Member of ECFA: No
Member of ECFA since:
The goal of the Eternal Word Television Network is to provide the means by which the various organizations within the Church will have a nation-wide vehicle of expression. This will be provided for them without charge as long as their spirituality remains within the theological context of Mother Church. This is best evidenced by the acceptance of the Dogmas, Rules and Regulations of the church in all matters, but especially as they relate to the topics on which their television presentation is based.
As the Eternal Word Television Network exist to provide a media for orthodox endeavors, this mission statement should be viewed as the basis of our foundation for this essential spiritual growth ministry, not as an attempt to censor any organization or individual.
Eternal Word Television Network is dedicated to the advancement of truth as defined by the magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church. The mission of the Eternal Word Television Network is to serve the orthodox belief and teaching of the Church as proclaimed by the Supreme Pontiff and his predecessors.
Statement of faith
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|Does the organization have a statement of faith consistent with historic Christian creeds and is that statement of easily found on its website?||No||0/4|
|Does the board have no more than 2 non-independent members?||Yes||10/10|
|Does the board have at least four independent board members for every non-independent member?||Yes||4/4|
|Does the board contain between 5 and 11 members?||Yes||10/10|
|Does the organization file a Form 990 and make its Form 990 available to the public?||Yes||15/15|
|Does the organization make its audit or review (if annual revenue is more than $1-m) available on its website?||No||0/4|
|Is the organization a member of the ECFA?||No||0/9|
|Is the CEO/President's compensation within one standard deviation of the median compensation?||Yes||4/4|
|Did the organization operate at a net profit (revenue greater than expenses) in the most recent year?||Yes||4/4|
|Does the organization refrain from owning or leasing a private aircraft, or having fractional interest in one, that is primarily used for travel by the organization's leaders?||Yes||4/4|
|For the past five years, has the organization been free of any lawsuits or administrative actions filed against it by an employee, client, board member, vendor, donor, or other related party?||Yes||4/4|
|Are author royalties and speaking engagement fees paid to the organization, and not the individual?||Yes||4/4|
|Does the organization require its employees to affirm upon hiring the statement of faith of the organization?||No||0/4|
|Is the board chair an independent member of the board?||Yes||4/4|
|Does the board have term limits?||Yes||4/4|
|Have there been no public accusations of misdeeds against the organization, founder, CEO, senior pastor, or board members in the past five years?||No||0/4|
|Has the organization refrained from the use of non-disclosure agreements?||Yes||4/4|
|Does the organization have an overall financial efficiency rating of at least 2 stars?||Yes||4/4|
|Total donor confidence score||75/100|
Financial efficiency ratings
Sector: Radio/ TV Stations
|Category||Rating||Overall rank||Sector rank|
|Overall efficiency rating||407 of 1021||12 of 31|
|Fund acquisition rating||922 of 1024||27 of 31|
|Resource allocation rating||350 of 1024||10 of 31|
|Asset utilization rating||104 of 1021||4 of 31|
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|Receivables, inventories, prepaids||$5,216,047||$9,278,434||$4,343,668||$11,468,479||$9,416,269|
|Other current assets||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total current assets||$21,762,719||$17,273,205||$14,179,002||$25,134,804||$25,263,647|
|Other long-term assets||$7,942,162||$5,119,503||$4,945,589||$4,825,512||$4,428,243|
|Total long-term assets||$34,176,623||$32,940,666||$33,244,794||$30,453,081||$29,271,908|
|Payables and accrued expenses||$4,819,383||$4,890,363||$4,726,840||$4,274,546||$3,554,595|
|Other current liabilities||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total current liabilities||$4,819,383||$4,890,363||$4,726,840||$4,274,546||$3,554,595|
|Due to (from) affiliates||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Other long-term liabilities||$5,072,455||$343,908||$395,171||$329,573||$313,311|
|Total long-term liabilities||$5,072,455||$343,908||$395,171||$329,573||$313,311|
|Without donor restrictions||$34,004,725||$39,966,492||$37,549,468||$46,431,448||$46,115,334|
|With donor restrictions||$12,042,779||$5,013,108||$4,752,317||$4,552,318||$4,552,315|
|Revenues and expenses|
|Program service revenue||$123,496||$214,215||$248,823||$196,135||$214,865|
|Total other revenue||$1,036,025||$1,679,373||$943,166||$814,834||$1,061,063|
|Management and general||$3,191,772||$3,371,421||$3,135,552||$1,641,012||$3,103,274|
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|Other changes in net assets||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total change in net assets||$393,346||$3,252,979||$453,994||$314,700||$3,893,715|
|Michael P Warsaw||Chairman, Ceo, & Governor||$306,532|
|Douglas J Keck||President, Coo, & Governor||$264,354|
|Scott Brown||VP Mission Advancement||$222,416|
|Rev Mr Gerald J Zukauckas||VP & Chief Financial Officer||$205,936|
|John Manos||Corp Secretary & General Counsel||$189,016|
|Leonard Marino||VP Creative Services||$187,532|
|Cathleen Collins||Mission Advancement Officer||$173,054|
|Chris Wegemer||VP Marketing||$164,671|
Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020
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When Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) was launched on Aug. 15, 1981, many felt there would be little demand for a Catholic network. In fact, when Mother M. Angelica, a cloistered nun, fulfilled a promise to our Lord in the early 1960s by founding Our Lady of Angels Monastery in Irondale, Ala., she had no idea she would one day found the largest religious media network in the world.
Who could have imagined that a cloistered nun would found a global television network? Who could have predicted that a network funded entirely by donations from "people in the pews" instead of advertising would become the largest religious media network in the world? Yet that is the story behind the EWTN Global Catholic Network.
The future Mother Angelica, foundress of EWTN, was born on April 20, 1923 in southeast Canton, Ohio to Mae Gianfrancesco Rizzo and John Rizzo. The couple named their daughter Rita Antoinette Rizzo.
Realistically, no one could have expected the child to amount to much. Her parents were not religious. In fact, when Rita was only 7-years-old, her abused mother filed for divorce, which was quite a stigma in those days. Rita was so poor and her mother so mentally fragile that the child had to go to school and run her mother's dry cleaning business at the same time. As a result, she was distrustful of outsiders, never made friends and never dated.
But Rita experienced two miracles in her pre-convent days, which changed her life. The first occurred in 1934. The 11-year-old adolescent went running for a bus - and missed seeing an oncoming car. When she finally saw the car, she froze. However, "two hands" picked her up and placed her on the median. The bus driver would later say he had never seen anyone jump so high.
Her second miracle occurred in 1942. For years, the teenager suffered from ptosis of the stomach, which made her hands shake, her left arm go numb, and her stomach spasm, which made it hard to eat or sleep, But after a visit with Mystic Rhonda Wise, Rita experienced a miraculous healing. That healing made her realize that God loved her personally - and she began to love Him back. Her love became such that on Aug. 15, 1944, she entered a Cleveland convent and became Sister Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, a Franciscan Nun of the Most Blessed Sacrament. The order would later change its name to the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration.
Sister's brash personality and poor health - including pneumonia, a tonsillectomy and water on the knees - made it unlikely that she would remain a nun. But an overnight healing of her knees convinced the order that the young nun had a vocation. Sister Angelica made her final vows on Jan. 2, 1953.
But making vows didn't cure Sister of her ailments. She fell and injured her back while washing the floor and nothing, including a body cast, leg and neck traction and a back brace, cured it. However, just before a risky operation on her back, Sister made God a life-changing promise. She told Him she would start a monastery in the South if He would allow her to walk again and, although the July 31, 1956 surgery was a medical failure, Sister found she could indeed walk.
To make good on that promise, Sister wrote a letter to Archbishop Toolen, bishop of the Diocese of Mobile-Birmingham, in Jan. 1957 asking if he would allow her to build a cloistered community in his diocese. Archbishop Toolen said yes, and the seeds of an apostolate -- the likes of which the world had never seen - were planted.
Of course, Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Irondale, from which EWTN would spring, had its share of start-up problems. Despite Archbishop Toolen's "yes," Sister Angelica had to obtain approval from her bishop in Ohio as well as waivers from Rome because, at 37, she was too young to become abbess of a new monastery.
It was five long years before Rome granted Mother Angelica permission to establish an Alabama Foundation, during which time she obtained the waiver and the title "Mother." As she and a handful of nuns drove south to Birmingham in February 1961, they stopped in a roadside motel for the night and Mother saw a television set for the first time.
Once in Birmingham, a former mayor showed Mother the site on which EWTN would be built - 15 beautiful acres of mountainside in the city of Irondale. Archbishop Toolen broke ground for the monastery on July 24, 1961. Neither he nor the nuns expected any trouble.
But trouble there was. In those days, only 2 percent of the population was Catholic, and not everyone was happy about the new monastery. The nuns were shot at, the monastery site vandalized every Saturday, and the project plagued with costly overruns. But the publicity brought the monastery and its nuns to the attention of the general population, which eventually embraced it.
The new monastery was dedicated on May 20, 1962, and Mother immediately began giving speeches in its parlor. She even did a television interview in Sept. 1967 to explain how the Second Vatican Council was changing things in the monastery. Meanwhile, the sisters sold fishing lures and roasted peanuts to support themselves, but they implored God to send them work that would help them be part of the mission of the Church.
In 1969, Rome gave Mother permission to continue her parlor talks as a missionary activity. The talks were taped and sold.
By 1971, Bishop Joseph Vath, the first bishop of the new Diocese of Birmingham, began encouraging Mother to accept invitations to speak to Catholic groups outside the cloister.
In the ensuing decade, Mother would record a radio program, and publish mini-books on the Faith. Her books would eventually be printed on her own printing press, and, along with her tapes, distributed throughout the country by a group of dedicated lay people.
But it wasn't until Mother visited a Baptist-run television station atop a Chicago skyscraper in March 1978 that she turned her attention to a new medium: television. It was then that she famously declared: "Lord, I gotta have one of these."
Never one to do things by halves, Mother's first foray into television was a 60-part series for the Christian Broadcast Network, filmed from May to August 1978.
However, in November 1978, Mother discovered that the station where she was filming her second series planned to air a blasphemous movie. She threatened to pull out. The station manager told that her television work would end without his facilities. Mother told him she'd build her own studio. The station manager said she couldn't do it. Mother said: "You just watch me!"
Armed with only a high school education, $200, and 12 cloistered nuns with no television experience, Mother proceeded to turn the monastery garage into a television studio. EWTN received its FCC license on Jan. 27, 1981, making it the first Catholic satellite television station in the United States. A few months later, on Aug. 15, 1981, EWTN began broadcasting four hours a day to 60,000 homes.
Mother would go millions of dollars into debt over the course of building the Network, which has always been funded by viewer contributions - no advertising!
Few would have been willing to risk so much. But Mother said: "You want to do something for the Lord ... do it. Whatever you feel needs to be done, even though you're shaking in your books, you're scared to death - take the first step forward. The grace comes with that one step and you get the grace as you step. Being afraid is not a problem; it's doing nothing when you're afraid."
Mother was no stranger to fear - but she kept moving and, through the grace of God, the Network grew and the debt was paid.
In addition to Mother's official titles as the Network's first Chairman and CEO, Mother hosted the popular and still running EWTN television show, "Mother Angelica Live," and founded the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word, a religious community of men based in Irondale.
In 1995, Mother Angelica was inspired by God to build Our Lady of the Angels Monastery and Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in rural Hanceville, Ala., to which her order relocated in December 1999.
On Christmas Eve 2001, Mother Angelica suffered a debilitating stroke and cerebral hemorrhage which left her unable to speak. In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI awarded Mother the prestigious Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal. Mother Angelica died on Easter Sunday 2016, a woman whose great faith continues to inspire millions around the world.
From the original four hours of broadcasting a day to 24 hours a day; from pre-taped programs only to live programs in the U.S. and around the world; from one network in English to 11 networks broadcasting in multiple languages; from radio services transmitted domestically and internationally to the largest Catholic website in the U.S., as well as EWTN Religious Catalogue; from 60,000 homes to more than 310 million homes in 145 countries and territories; from a series of small pamphlets to electronic and print news services, including "The National Catholic Register" newspaper, and two global wire services; and a publishing arm - the Network continues to grow.
And all because one cloistered nun said "yes" to Jesus.
Mother Angelica has always trusted that God in His Providence would inspire viewers to supply the network's financial needs. Her trademark fund appeal, coming periodically at the end of her live show, asks viewers to "remember the network between your gas bill and your electric bill." EWTN offers programming free-of-charge to cable companies and never uses advertising to generate income for the network.