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These ministries are ranked last in their category in the MinistryWatch database

The Editors

In simplest terms, MinistryWatch’s Financial Efficiency Rating evaluates how much money contributed to a ministry actually goes to ministry work.  If a ministry spends more money than its peers for management and fundraising, or holds more in endowment funds, or spends more it spends on buildings, then these ministries will likely have lower Financial Efficiency Ratings.  (For a complete explanation of our rating system, click here.)

Here at MinistryWatch, we are sensitive to the argument that no rating system is perfect.  That’s why we say that our Financial Efficiency Ratings should be just one of several tools donors should use to evaluate a ministry.  Efficiency is not the same as effectiveness.  Donors should care about both.  We love to see ministries with a 5-star rating, but there are a lot of great 3- and 4-star ministries in our database.

But 1-star ministries?  That’s another story.  If your favorite ministry has a 1-star rating, you should be asking some tough questions of them before you give.  And if your ministry is on the list below — a list of ministries that are dead last in their category — we believe you should consider withholding your donations until changes are made there.

SectorOrganization nameCEO/President Total revenue ECFARatingTranspWebsite
Adoption/Foster CareOklahoma Baptist Homes for ChildrenGreg McNeece $12,797,216 Yes1Awww.obhc.org
AdvocacyLife Issues InstituteJC Wilke $595,883 No1Dwww.lifeissues.org
Bible Translation OrganizationsBiblica--The International Bible SocietyGeof Morin $16,800,000 Yes1Awww.biblica.com
Christian GrowthPrison Fellowship MinistriesJames J. Ackerman $41,494,000 Yes1Awww.pfm.org
Colleges/UniversitiesSouthern Evangelical SeminaryPhilip Ginn $1,622,728 Yes1Ases.edu
Community DevelopmentFour Corners Home for ChildrenAnnette Reich $1,008,078 Yes1Awww.4ch4c.org
Educational MediaChanged LivesDallas H. Gibbons $223,935 Yes1Awww.changedlives.org
EvangelismChristian Encounter MinistriesNathaniel Boyd $867,162 Yes1Cwww.christianencounter.org
Evangelism SupportMission Aviation FellowshipDavid Holsten $48,856,443 Yes1Cwww.maf.org
Fellowship EvangelismMOPS InternationalMandy Arioto $4,797,479 Yes1Awww.MOPS.org
Foreign MissionsCoreluv InternationalMike Reiszner $2,048,405 Yes1Acoreluv.org
Health & Well-BeingWomen's Resource Medical Centers of Southern NevadaEsther Golleher / Gregg Seymour $1,317,602 Yes1Awrmcsn.org
Leadership TrainingChristian Leadership ConceptsCraig Fry $1,183,350 Yes1Awww.clchq.org
Persecuted ChristiansChristian Solidarity InternationalJohn Eibner $1,592,517 No1Dcsi-usa.org
PublishingBibles for the WorldJohn Pudaite $3,314,993 Yes1Awww.biblesfortheworld.org
Radio/ TV StationsTrinity Broadcasting NetworkMatthew Crouch $137,389,286 No1Dwww.tbn.org
Relief and DevelopmentAmerican Leprosy MissionsBill Simmons $10,800,179 Yes1Awww.leprosy.org
Rescue MissionsSanta Barbara Rescue MissionRolf Geyling $2,526,915 Yes1Awww.sbrm.org
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