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Trans World Radio (TWR)

Summary:  Trans World Radio (TWR) began in 1954 to communicate Jesus Christ of the Bible to the world via radio broadcasting stations.  TWR began its transmitter broadcasts out of Spain, but is now communicating into about 190 countries and more than 300 languages.  TWR’s communication goals generally fall in the broad category of evangelism to non-believers, and building up Christians.  Its mainstay and focus is radio, but it also encompasses online streaming, portable media devices, satellite delivery and printed publications.  In addition, TWR expends significant time, energy and resources in the awareness and promotion of the needs of missions through thousands of churches and hundreds of media ministries, which they consider program services.  In its work abroad, it has had its hands in legally forming other organizations, known as “national partners”.  Some of these national partners are controlled by TWR with interlocking board relationships.  TWR considers itself an “association of churches” and because of this, it does not file an IRS form 990, so some information is not as available compared to other Christian ministries.  The aim of Trans World Radio is to communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ to as many people as possible and to instruct believers in Christ-like living, primarily through radio.             

MinistryWatch Donor Confidence Score:  80 (out of a possible 100) “Give With Confidence”

MinistryWatch Financial Efficiency Rating:  2 Star (out of a possible 5 Stars)

MinistryWatch Transparency Grade:  C  (TWR does not release its Form 990 to the public.)

ECFA Member?  Yes

Revenue in Most Recent Year Available (2021):  $46,242,428

Five-Year Revenue Trend:  Significantly Increasing (about 65 percent increase)  

Percent of Revenue TWR Spend on Fundraising:  9 percent 

Percent Peer Group Spends on Fundraising:  5 percent

CEO/President:  Lauren Libby

President’s Salary and Other Compensation:  TWR chooses not to reveal salary information.

Complete MinistryWatch profile for TWR can be found here.

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Rod Pitzer

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.