Buckner International / Buckner Children and Family Services

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Buckner International is a ministry dedicated to the transformation and restoration of the lives we serve. We are a Christ-centered organization that delivers redemptive ministry to the most vulnerable from the beginning to the ending of life.

Buckner is an international ministry that protects vulnerable children, strengthens families, transforms lives for generations and serves senior adults through Christ-centered values.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Buckner International
700 N. Pearl St
Suite 1200
Dallas, TX 75201

Website: buckner.org

Phone: 1-800-442-4800

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 752571395

CEO/President: Albert L. Reyes

Chairman: Debbie Potter

Board size: 9

Founder: Dr. Robert Cooke "Father" Buckner

Ruling year: 1995

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2007


To set the standard of excellence in serving vulnerable children, families and seniors.

Mission statement

To follow the example of Jesus by serving vulnerable children, families and seniors.

Statement of faith

Resolved, That this statement of faith adopted by the leadership of Buckner International is intended solely as a guide and should in no way be interpreted as a creed. Furthermore, this statement of faith should never be used for coercion, but rather, to provide a clear understanding of the biblical guidelines under which Buckner International operates.

1. Scripture: The Bible is the inspired, authoritative word of God and is the record of God's revelation of Himself to humanity. It has God for its author, redemption for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter. Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Matthew 5:17-18; 2 Timothy 3:15-17

2. God: There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Genesis 1:1; Exodus 20:1; Matthew 28:19; John 14:6-13

3. Jesus Christ: Jesus is the perfect Son of God, revealed in the flesh through the virgin birth. His death, bodily resurrection and ascension to the right hand of God provide the means of salvation for humanity. Matthew 1:18-23; 16:21; John 1:1-18; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-22

4. The Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God indwelling believers and enabling them to live a godly life. Genesis 1:2; Isaiah 61:1-3; Matthew 28:19-20; John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9-11

5. Salvation: Eternal salvation is the redemption of the whole person and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own sacrifice obtained eternal redemption for the believer. John 3:3-21, 36; 5:24; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30-31; Ephesians 2:8-22

6. Humanity: Humankind was created by God in His image. By free choice, humanity sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. The sacredness of humanity is evident in that God created humanity in His own image and that Christ died for all humankind, therefore all life is considered sacred. Genesis 1:26-27; 3:1-19; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 3:23-24; 5:12; 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-22

7. The Church: A New Testament church is a body of local baptized believers who are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel. Matthew 16:15-19; Acts 2:41-42; 44-47; 13:1-3; 15:1-30; 1 Corinthians 1:2

8. Unity: In Jesus Christ, all who follow Him are unified as the Body of Christ, with equality across racial, gender, and social classes. Acts 2:44; Romans 10:12-13; Ephesians 4:3-6; Colossians 3:11

9. The Family: The family is established and ordained by God as the primary institution in which children should be cared for and nurtured by a mother and father who are united in marriage. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. Genesis 1:26-28; 2:18-25; Matthew 19:4-6; Mark 10:6-9; Ephesians 5:21-33

10. Religious Liberty: God alone is the Lord of human conscience, therefore, church and state should be separate and all humankind is accountable solely to God in matters of faith. Matthew 22:15-21; Acts 4:19-20; Galatians 5:1; Philippians 3:20; 1 Peter 2:12-17

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Adoption/Foster Care

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating971 of 111024 of 32
Fund acquisition rating827 of 111122 of 32
Resource allocation rating638 of 111118 of 32
Asset utilization rating1006 of 111028 of 32

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$3,529,791$2,507,161$2,372,277$2,851,258$6,183,040
Short-term investments$1,355,328$1,648,498$1,170,298$1,126,255$967,208
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$20,877,677$21,169,175$12,197,793$12,391,142$12,994,865
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$33,743,186$33,396,277$29,836,528$31,042,268$33,024,836
Other long-term assets$9,251,774$8,648,737$8,132,431$8,198,483$7,702,200
Total long-term assets$42,994,960$42,045,014$37,968,959$39,240,751$40,727,036
Total assets$63,872,637$63,214,189$50,166,752$51,631,893$53,721,901
Payables and accrued expenses$1,329,094$2,436,391$1,813,468$1,365,722$1,505,334
Other current liabilities$541,178$25,749$77,774$15,750$12,082
Total current liabilities$1,870,272$2,462,140$1,891,242$1,381,472$1,517,416
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$1,740,029$1,387,152$1,074,054$6,118,392$12,053,656
Total long-term liabilities$1,740,029$1,387,152$1,074,054$6,118,392$12,053,656
Total liabilities$3,610,301$3,849,292$2,965,296$7,499,864$13,571,072
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$55,030,768$55,512,271$44,426,206$40,337,830$33,291,745
With donor restrictions$5,231,568$3,852,626$2,775,250$3,794,199$6,859,084
Net assets$60,262,336$59,364,897$47,201,456$44,132,029$40,150,829
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$34,311,785$37,956,402$33,434,156$29,817,906$37,431,555
Program service revenue$8,433,002$8,726,174$8,705,319$11,949,235$12,425,314
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,062,095$666,470$478,745$110,070$104,093
Other revenue$57,746($494,450)$96,198($84,445)($177,788)
Total other revenue$9,552,843$8,898,194$9,280,262$11,974,860$12,351,619
Total revenue$43,864,628$46,854,596$42,714,418$41,792,766$49,783,174
Program services$38,168,002$34,760,623$35,402,830$37,934,632$37,785,724
Management and general$4,127,673$3,711,526$3,954,701$4,433,000$2,621,073
Total expenses$45,705,249$41,467,708$41,892,297$44,804,789$42,715,524
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)($1,840,621)$5,386,888$822,121($3,012,023)$7,067,650
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($1,840,621)$5,386,888$822,121($3,012,023)$7,067,650


Albert L ReyesPresident & CEO$643,024
Jeffrey K GentrySr. Vice President & CFO$346,417
Priscilla R ReimerSr Vp, General Counsel & Secretary$335,477
Henry JacksonSenior Vice President$300,723
Richard M MunozAssistant Secretary$219,933
Samela J MaconVP, Domestic Ops and Foster Care$219,913
Christina S AllertAssistant Secretary$140,775
Philip T BrinkmeyerSr. Dir Int'l Ops & Vol. Engagement$139,025
Kandace OrmesSr Dir Prog Dev & Design (thru Oct)$137,429
Candace GraySr Director Fhc's$130,329
Tony LintelmanFormer VP For Corporate Admin$130,000
Debbie ScerolerSr. Director Dfca$122,969
Jeffrey RossSr Director Admin & Operations$121,716

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 1/15/2024. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Dr. Robert Cooke "Father" Buckner founded Buckner Orphans Home in Dallas after seeing the needs of hurting and orphaned children in post-Civil War Texas. In the first years, Buckner Orphans Home was filled with children left parentless due to disease and hardship.

It was Father Buckner's deep compassion for the hopeless and helpless that served as the driving force behind his ministry. He constantly looked for innovative ways to deliver social ministries, including those to elders, combining his theological beliefs with a progressive social conscience.

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