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MINISTRY SPOTLIGHT: Partners International

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Partners International traces its inspiration going back to 1943; however, it has had a number of changes over the years, and its most recent restart was 2018 by incorporation in the state of Washington. That driving inspiration is to see unreached people realize the love of God by acceptance of the Gospel and to see the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19) and Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-39) realized; however, functionally, it is a supporting organization, to support those that are carrying out the Great Commission or Great Commandment.

Partners International screens and selects worldwide indigenous organizations to support. It looks for those organizations that are involved in activities such as evangelism, church planning, leadership training, relief, and development. To help those organizations carry out their work. Partners International provides resources to about 70 worldwide indigenous organizations, in more than 30 countries.

The primary fundraising mechanism that Partners International uses is what they call, “Harvest of Hope Gift Catalog.” It lists page after page of specific items or services to send a financial contribution to fund, such as a Goat, Pair of Goats, Seeds, Plow, Cow, Library Books, Entire Library, Therapy for the Disabled, Education for a Child, Life-Saving Medicine, Micro-Enterprise, Vocational Training, Bicycle, Bible, and on and on for many more specific items and services.

Those that choose to give using the “Gift Catalog” have their donation initially classified by Partners International as Contributions “With Donor Restrictions” for that specific purpose that the donor intends; however, the “Gift Catalog” has a disclaimer, which in part reads, “In the event that certain offers are overfunded, we will use the funds raised for where they are needed most.”

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According to Partners International audited financial statements, with the year ending June 30, 2021, about 94 percent of those initial Contributions “With Donor Restrictions” are later reclassified as Contributions “Without Donor Restrictions.”  Donors may have the good feeling that they are funding a specific item or services, but according to the audit, only about 6 percent of donors’ specific intention ever takes place. The contribution is still used to support other ministry things, such as the overhead of Partners International, and other grants or gifts to other organizations, but with a 94 percent probability that it is not the specific item or service they thought they were supporting.

Partners Internaitonal does not file an IRS Form 990 and as such, it does not provide as much information as other public charitable organizations.

The aim of Partners International is to be a financial support, go-between, and donor connection to organizations that have the purpose of fulfilling the Great Commission or Great Commandment.

MinistryWatch Donor Confidence Score:  75 (out of a possible 100)

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

MinistryWatch Transparency Grade:  C

ECFA Member?  Yes

Revenue in Most Recent Year Available (2021):  $6,649,160

Five-Year Revenue Trend:  Decreasing   (by about 57 percent change)

Percent of Revenue Partners International Spends on Fundraising:  19 percent

Percent Peer Group Spends on Fundraising:  5 percent

CEO/President:  Bryson Vogeltanz

President’s Salary and Other Compensation: Partners International does not provide salary and compensation information.

A complete MinistryWatch profile for Partners International can be found here.

Find recent MinistryWatch articles mentioning Partners International 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.