Elna M. Smith Foundation / The Great Passion Play

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Summary

Elna M. Smith Foundation (the organization generally goes by the name "The Great Passion Play") provides biblical re-enactments, bible tours and educational facilities. It was formed in 1965 and provides the public with the following programs: The Great Passion Play; Sacred Art Center; the Bible Museum; Christ of the Ozarks; and the New Holy Land. The Great Passion Play is a reenactment of Jesus' last days on earth. The New Holy Land Tours take you into the history and culture of the ancient Middle-East from the time of the occupation by the Caananites to the time of Christ. The seven-story Christ of the Ozarks Statue is one of the most visited attractions in the Ozarks. The statue was completed and dedicated in 1966, and was sculptured by the late Emmet Sullivan. The Bible Museum contains over 6,000 Bibles in 625 languages and dialects, and a large collection of parchments and artifacts. The Sacred Arts Center is a collection of art that includes some very important masterpieces and some unusual pieces.


Contact information

Mailing address:
The Great Passion Play
935 Passion Play Rd
Eureka Springs, AR 72632

Website: greatpassionplay.com

Phone: (479) 253-8559

Email: [email protected]


Organization details

EIN: 710387411

CEO/President: Randall Christy

Chairman: Rev. Keith Butler

Board size: 0

Founder: Ms. Elna M. Smith

Ruling year: 1967

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Purpose

Staged in an outdoor amphitheater, the multi-level set, special lighting and sound effects, live animals, and a cast of over 100 Biblically costumed actors come together to create the thrilling epic drama of Jesus Christ's last days on earth. This Christian attraction has been performed since 1968 in the beautiful Ozark Mountains in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.


Mission statement

The Elna M. Smith Foundation's Mission Statement is:

The purpose for the existence of the Foundation is to acquire, establish, construct and maintain shrines, monuments, libraries, memorials, archives, historical locations, art galleries and exhibits and to preserve books and manuscripts of notable Christian patriots.

The Christ of the Ozarks Statue inspires thousands to reflect on the teachings and character of our Savior.

The Great Passion Play, faithful to the authentic traditions of Christianity, presents the complete story of Christ's last days on earth in a setting simulating the city of Jerusalem.

The Sacred Arts Center touches every phase of artistic tribute to our Lord and presents portrayals in every known form of art.

The Bible Museum with its collection of Bibles and ancient ecclesiastic objects glorifies the Word of God, which is indeed the textbook of Christianity.

The New Holy Land replicas, reenactments, life-size buildings and exhibits will acquaint people with the Jerusalem existing at the time of Christ and cause them to reflect on the traditional beliefs of the Church.

These Sacred Projects cannot be separated because they combine to make the most significant educational shrine in the Western World calling attention to the historical and authentic traditional values of Christianity.


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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Christian Growth

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating326 of 103324 of 75
Fund acquisition rating185 of 103512 of 75
Resource allocation rating120 of 103513 of 75
Asset utilization rating942 of 103368 of 75

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
6%0%0%0%0%0%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
4%0%0%0%0%0%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
82%47%33%19%22%18%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
5%0%0%0%0%0%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
18%53%67%81%78%82%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
81%90%78%72%87%86%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
94%79%98%105%98%102%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
73%71%76%76%86%87%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
6%21%2%-5%2%-2%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
8%114%-83%107%518%122%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
13%10%22%28%13%14%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
0.910.530.810.790.740.70
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.353.5616.0420.3318.3627.34
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.451.9013.0516.0613.6219.25
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
15.3152.624.571.495.121.91
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.060.020.220.670.200.52
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
7.346.200.720.250.710.30
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
8%88%102%104%100%101%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%9%3%3%3%1%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
92%23%-3%-5%0%-1%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20202019201820172016
Cash$579,293$54,748($3,328)$23,939$4,057
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$139,554$75,503$110,784$100,344$82,318
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$718,847$130,251$107,456$124,283$86,375
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$1,839,599$1,958,337$2,077,355$2,157,298$2,275,297
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$1,839,599$1,958,337$2,077,355$2,157,298$2,275,297
Total assets$2,558,446$2,088,588$2,184,811$2,281,581$2,361,672
 
Liabilities20202019201820172016
Payables and accrued expenses$13,661$28,489$72,197$24,260$45,135
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$13,661$28,489$72,197$24,260$45,135
Debt$228,054$67,780$67,780$75,380$30,000
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$2,006,535$2,037,001$2,126,509$2,176,279$2,310,228
Total long-term liabilities$2,234,589$2,104,781$2,194,289$2,251,659$2,340,228
Total liabilities$2,248,250$2,133,270$2,266,486$2,275,919$2,385,363
 
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$310,196($44,682)($81,675)$5,662($23,691)
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$310,196($44,682)($81,675)$5,662($23,691)
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20202019201820172016
Total contributions$814,899$565,593$316,299$385,346$295,585
Program service revenue$710,127$1,000,034$1,244,079$486,498$1,275,733
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$4$5$2$0$0
Other revenue$194,563$171,224$77,812$849,906$62,307
Total other revenue$904,694$1,171,263$1,321,893$1,336,404$1,338,040
Total revenue$1,719,593$1,736,856$1,638,192$1,721,750$1,633,625
 
Expenses20202019201820172016
Program services$1,221,793$1,325,706$1,246,088$1,477,372$1,427,492
Management and general$142,922$374,157$479,331$215,025$235,101
Fundraising$0$0$0$0$0
Total expenses$1,364,715$1,699,863$1,725,419$1,692,397$1,662,593
 
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$354,878$36,993($87,227)$29,353($28,968)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$354,878$36,993($87,227)$29,353($28,968)

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History

The Great Passion Play is a 501-C3 non-profit, non-denominational ministry founded in 1967. The Christ of the Ozarks Statue was the first of the sacred projects to be constructed, followed by The Great Passion Play, the New Holy Land, the Bible Museum and the Sacred Arts Center.


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