Luis Palau Evangelistic Association

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For more than 60 years, the Palau Association has shared the Good News of Jesus Christ with more than one billion people throughout the world. Through our efforts - and God's great provision - hundreds of thousands of individuals have come to faith in Jesus Christ.

The Palau Association has had the opportunity to work with thousands of churches in hundreds of cities around the world, including nine top global cities: London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Chicago, Moscow, Madrid, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, and Washington D.C. They also have strong international experience with extensive ethnic and cultural understanding.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Luis Palau Evangelistic Association
PO Box 50
Portland, OR 97207


Phone: (503) 614-1500

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 930713827

CEO/President: Kevin Palau

Chairman: Scott Cahill

Board size: 17

Founder: Dr. Luis Palau

Ruling year: 1978

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1980


We accomplish our mission through:

hosting evangelistic festivals to share the Good News in cities around the world,

equipping thousands of partner evangelists through a global network of evangelists,

celebrating and accelerating long-term Gospel work and evangelism in cities around the world through united, holistic, and sustainable City Gospel Movements,

and a far-reaching media ministry including online Bible training and daily radio shows on 5,539 radio outlets in 59 countries and a social media community of more than 20 million followers hearing daily Gospel messages and encouragement.

The Palau Association has had the opportunity to work with thousands of churches in hundreds of cities around the world, including nine top global cities: London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Chicago, Moscow, Madrid, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, and Washington D.C. They also have strong international experience with extensive ethnic and cultural understanding.

Mission statement

The Luis Palau Association exists to proclaim the Good News, unite the Church, and impact cities worldwide.

Statement of faith

We believe that the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, and the supreme and final authority in doctrine and practice.

We believe in one God, eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious death and atonement 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 faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and regeneration by the Spirit are essential for the salvation of lost and sinful man.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

We believe in the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life eternal.

We believe in the spiritual unity of the Church, which is the Body of Christ, composed of all who are regenerated through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating830 of 111036 of 45
Fund acquisition rating712 of 111130 of 45
Resource allocation rating736 of 111131 of 45
Asset utilization rating697 of 111026 of 45

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$271,693$97,473$90,303$149,485$249,147
Short-term investments$8,734,360$167,737$32,284$2,310,894$2,385,346
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$14,109,190$13,083,650$8,536,914$5,187,631$4,715,608
Long-term investments$0$628,200$569,426$959,189$857,791
Fixed assets$1,086,154$1,241,265$1,383,981$1,520,873$1,754,329
Other long-term assets$963,013$15,081$41,910$87,535$60,930
Total long-term assets$2,049,167$1,884,546$1,995,317$2,567,597$2,673,050
Total assets$16,158,357$14,968,196$10,532,231$7,755,228$7,388,658
Payables and accrued expenses$584,444$710,227$506,880$630,064$505,418
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$584,444$710,227$506,880$630,064$505,418
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$966,209$628,200$569,426$959,189$857,791
Total long-term liabilities$966,209$628,200$1,442,276$959,189$857,791
Total liabilities$1,550,653$1,338,427$1,949,156$1,589,253$1,363,209
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$14,409,702$13,495,695$8,080,882$5,872,932$5,447,320
With donor restrictions$198,002$134,074$502,193$293,043$578,129
Net assets$14,607,704$13,629,769$8,583,075$6,165,975$6,025,449
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$15,342,680$17,108,938$12,595,561$13,866,621$13,556,418
Program service revenue$283,274$66,810$2,085$111,454$123,045
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$113,457$11,229($80,139)$84,443($40,905)
Other revenue($551,986)($511,526)($212,209)($591,093)($575,667)
Total other revenue($155,255)($433,487)($290,263)($395,196)($493,527)
Total revenue$15,187,425$16,675,451$12,305,298$13,471,425$13,062,891
Program services$10,739,663$8,479,283$7,001,120$10,085,768$10,017,569
Management and general$1,950,068$1,737,736$1,641,471$1,771,614$1,569,968
Total expenses$14,094,628$11,614,230$9,890,458$13,332,145$12,963,823
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$1,092,797$5,061,221$2,414,840$139,280$99,068
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,092,797$5,061,221$2,414,840$139,280$99,068


Kevin PalauPresident/Director$383,904
John OgleVice President$321,888
Andrew PalauDir. of Festivals$290,094
Keith PalauDir. of Donor Relations$190,674
Scott KraskeCFO/Treasurer$183,098
Jorge ScopazzoProducer$159,945
Tracy RobertsIT Director$152,649

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2022

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In 1947 Luis Palau confessed Jesus Christ as Savior at a summer camp led by a Saint Alban's teacher. "That night I could hardly sleep," Palau remembers. "Back in my tent, by the light of my flashlight, I wrote in my Bible: 'February 12, 1947, I received Jesus Christ.''

During a particularly tempting Carnival Week in 1951 in Buenos Aires, Palau made what he calls "the second most important decision in my life: to serve only Jesus Christ and to give my life to working for Him." In the following years Luis Palau became very active in the local church. He began extensive personal Bible study and began speaking in outdoor evangelistic meetings and on radio.

In 1959 Luis began working for the Latin American division of OC International, a missionary organization based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. By 1961 Luis Palau completed graduate program at Multnomah School of the Bible, Portland, Oregon and married Patricia Marilyn Scofield, another Multnomah student. Luis Palau joined OC International and began a seven-month training program in Detroit, Michigan, with Missionary Internship.

In 1962 Luis Palau became a citizen of the United States of America. Luis Palau served as Spanish interpreter for Billy Graham during his evangelistic crusade in Fresno, California. In 1963 Luis Palau was ordained a Christian minister in Palo Alto, California. OC International assigned the Palaus to church-planting ministry in Colombia, South America. In 1964, In Colombia, Luis Palau began regular Gospel radio broadcasts, developing into Luis Palau Responde and Cruzada, now heard daily by an estimated 22 million people in the Spanish-speaking world. Luis Palau began extensive writing ministry. In 1966 Luis Palau spoke to 20,000 people at the Presidential Plaza in Bogota, Colombia, on the opening day of his first large-scale evangelistic crusade. In 1967 he began forming the Luis Palau Evangelistic Team within the framework of OC International. He first outlined the Palau Team's objectives: to win people to Christ; to stimulate and mobilize the Church to effective evangelism; to see hundreds, if not thousands, of young men enter the ministry; and to plant local churches. From 1968 through 1978 Luis Palau continued to do crusades to hundreds of thousand listeners throughout Mexico, other South American countries , Spain, Germany and Britain. In 1978 the Luis Palau Evangelistic Team incorporated as an independent Organization.

Since 1978 worldwide crusades have be part of the ministry with hundreds of thousand lives influenced. In 1994 LPEA launched a new bimonthly Newsletter, PROCLAIM and Thomas Nelson published Palau' new book, Healthy Habits for Spiritual Growth.

2001 - Less than two weeks after September 11, more than 50,000 people attend Beachfest Santa Cruz in California. Palau also attends a meeting at the White House with religious leaders and President Bush.

2020 - Blessing the Nations initiative is launched, focusing on major expansion of outreach over the next 4 years

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