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Fuller Theological Seminary

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Summary:  Fuller Theological Seminary (Fuller) began in 1947, to train young evangelists and missionaries.  Fuller is an evangelical, multidenominational, seminary equipping men and women through graduate education.  Fuller provides three primary academic areas, the schools of Theology, Psychology, and Intercultural Studies.  Total enrollment is just under 4,000 students.  Fuller’s main campus is in Pasadena, California.  It has a few regional campuses, but it’s trend has been to close or reduce those, and maximize it’s efforts with increased growth of on-line courses.  In 2018 Fuller tried to sell its main campus and relocate, but it did not materialize, so late in 2019 it took it off the market.  In 2020, Fuller sold its Guest Center for about $20,000,000 to pay off outstanding debt.  The aim of the Fuller Theological Seminary is to train and equip men and women for various ministry opportunities and the Church. 

MinistryWatch Financial Efficiency Rating:  1 Star (out of a possible 5 Stars)

MinistryWatch Transparency Grade:  C

ECFA Member?  No

Revenue in Most Recent Year Available (2020):  $48,939,173

Five-Year Revenue Trend:  Decreasing  (by about 12% change)

Percent of Revenue Fuller Theological Seminary spends on Fundraising:  4 percent 

Percent Peer Group Spends on Fundraising:  2 percent

President & CEO:  Mark Labberton

President’s Salary and Other Compensation:  $300,971

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Rodney Pitzer, Certified Fraud Examiner since 2005, has worked for audit and investigative organizations, including Oregon Department of Justice's Charitable Activities, and being Director of the Oregon Board of Tax Professionals in 1999. In 2011 founded AVOWED.org, ministering to widows, elderly and the disabled, and now scheduled to plant a church in Corpus Christi, Texas.