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The Navigators


The Navigators began in 1933 with a drive for discipleship, to help Christians learn and grow spiritually.  They started out with a focus on those in the United States Navy, but they work with all military personnel, college students, business professionals, church leaders and a diversity of others.  The main focus is one-on-one discipleship, intentionally learning and teaching, encouraging spiritual growth across all stages of life.  The Navigators view discipleship as purposely helping people learn to live like Christ, learning to pray, spending time in the Bible, and standing by each other in everyday life issues, and then teaching them to do the same with others.  The Navigators include a wide variety of sub-ministries, such as a publishing company, (NavPress) and spiritual retreat center (Glen Eyrie Castle and Colorado Conference Center), outdoor camps (Eagle Lake Camps) and missionaries serving in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, North and South America and the Middle East.  The first foreign missionary started in 1949 in China.  The Navigators is considered a “church” for IRS purposes and as such it does not file an IRS Form 990 and it does not provide as much information as other public charitable organizations.  The aim of The Navigators is to serve God by helping people to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and learning how to pass that information to others.

MinistryWatch Donor Confidence Score:  75 (out of a possible 100) “Give with Confidence”

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

MinistryWatch Transparency Grade:  C

ECFA Member?  Yes

Revenue in Most Recent Year Available (2021):  $157,406,000

Five-Year Revenue Trend:  Increasing  (by about 19 percent change)

Percent of Revenue The Navigators Spends on Fundraising:  10 percent 

Percent Peer Group Spends on Fundraising:  5 percent

CEO/President:  Mutua Mahiaini

President’s Salary and Other Compensation: The Navigators do not provide salary and compensation information.

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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.