AMOR Ministries, Inc.

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We partner with local communities throughout Mexico and around the world to build houses alongside families in need. Together, we can make a difference.

Since 1980, Amor has been dedicated to keeping families together. Children whose families couldn't afford to provide for their basic needs would be sent away to live at orphanages, and we began building homes to keep more families together.

Contact information

Mailing address:
AMOR Ministries, Inc.
3911 Cleveland Ave
PO Box 3279
San Diego, CA 92163


Phone: (619) 662-1200


Organization details

EIN: 953618530

CEO/President: Mr. Scott Congdon

Chairman: Wende Holtzen

Board size: 10

Founder: Scott & Gayla Congdon

Ruling year: 1981

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Our very name means love. We choose to show God's love through simple, tangible acts of service. Amor demonstrates to the poor the same grace we have all received through Jesus.

Mission statement

Our mission statement is: Bring people together to manifest Jesus.

Amor's mission has remained the same since 1980. We believe that God has called us to keep families together. As we carry out this mission, we realize that building a house doesn't just provide shelter. It builds a foundation for the future.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating540 of 102244 of 85
Fund acquisition rating888 of 102475 of 85
Resource allocation rating666 of 102458 of 85
Asset utilization rating45 of 10225 of 85

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$78,458$40,370$45,602$56,712$63,419
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$473,394$917,334$1,143,451$283,838$234,492
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$292,264$301,240$225,541$1,549,224$1,563,005
Other long-term assets$0$0$43,096$7,654$7,653
Total long-term assets$292,264$301,240$268,637$1,556,878$1,570,658
Total assets$765,658$1,218,574$1,412,088$1,840,716$1,805,150
Payables and accrued expenses$135,335$96,281$95,775$72,332$66,749
Other current liabilities$351,519$391,212$265,707$403,155$414,328
Total current liabilities$486,854$487,493$361,482$475,487$481,077
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$123,000$248,857$187,367
Total long-term liabilities$0$3,556$129,726$1,752,776$1,734,667
Total liabilities$486,854$491,049$491,208$2,228,263$2,215,744
Net assets20182017201620152014
Without donor restrictions$278,804$721,453$897,607($387,547)($410,594)
With donor restrictions$0$6,072$23,273$0$0
Net assets$278,804$727,525$920,880($387,547)($410,594)
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$1,088,748$940,920$798,468$856,157$872,769
Program service revenue$2,968,214$3,039,399$3,151,982$2,886,355$2,904,592
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$5,137$1,242$1,442,012$399($69,481)
Other revenue$52,169$132,994$197,266$197,771$307,488
Total other revenue$3,025,520$3,173,635$4,791,260$3,084,525$3,142,599
Total revenue$4,114,268$4,114,555$5,589,728$3,940,682$4,015,368
Program services$3,719,397$3,898,956$3,715,059$3,190,055$3,463,066
Management and general$529,884$231,013$464,276$476,181$368,251
Total expenses$4,585,139$4,310,228$4,281,851$3,917,635$4,181,780
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)($470,871)($195,673)$1,307,877$23,047($166,412)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($470,871)($195,673)$1,307,877$23,047($166,412)


Scott CongdonChief Executive Officer$113,070
Andy LydeChief Strategy Officer$91,632
Gayla CongdonChief Spiritual Officer$79,155
Jon WilsonChief Operating Officer$78,881
Ron MitchellChief Financial Officer$10,824

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2018

Response from ministry

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Over forty years ago, Gayla Cooper felt reluctant to spend even one day ministering to children in a Tijuana orphanage. However, after meeting a group of children from a Mexican orphanage, Gayla's heart was touched so deeply that she decided to pack her bags and move to Mexico to work in the orphanage full-time.

Meanwhile, Scott Congdon traveled to the very same orphanage with a community service group from his college. The children had such a profound impact on Scott, that when he returned home, he began collecting food and clothing for the children, returning to deliver the collected items.

Together, Scott and Gayla soon discovered that they shared the same dream of ministering alongside the poor in Mexico. In March of 1980, Scott and Gayla founded Amor Ministries. That fall, they recruited their first ministry group to participate in a building project at a Tecate orphanage.

Scott and Gayla were married a year later and four more missions teams traveled to Mexico with Amor. Today, the ministry continues to live out the Congdon's initial calling and builds homes alongside families each day.

Program accomplishments


Your gift helps support our mission to keep families together. It's more than a house - having a house provides opportunities for children to receive an education, creates safety and stability for families, and builds hope for the next generation. Thank you for partnering with Amor and with the local church through your gift!