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Mercy Ships

Summary:  Mercy Ships began in 1978 as a ship based international healthcare organization.  Mercy Ships deploys hospital ships to the poorest of the world that do not have the ability to have surgery and medical care. Through its hospital ships and related healthcare programs, the organization provides surgical interventions, training and healthcare services without regard to ethnicity, gender, political affiliations, or religious preference. Mercy Ships aims to follow the model of Jesus, bringing hope and healing to the forgotten poor.

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

MinistryWatch Transparency Grade:  A

ECFA Member?  Yes

Revenue in Most Recent Year Available (2019):  $140,259,099

Five-Year Revenue Trend:  Increasing  (About 41 percent)

Percent of Revenue Mercy Ships Spends on Fundraising:  20 percent 

Percent Peer Group Spends on Fundraising:  7 percent

President:  Don Stephens

President’s Salary and Other Compensation: $363,186

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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.