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Ministry Spotlight: World Impact

Hasn't released Form 990 since 2020

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California-based ministry World Impact saw its Ministry Watch transparency rating fall from a C to a D this week. The organization does not provide compensation information for its employees and has not released a form 990 since 2020.

World Impact’s website states their goal is “to reach under-resourced urban pastoral leaders and empower them with affordable, accessible, and effective training.” It offers training in leadership, church planting, trauma healing, and prison ministry.

Currently, the ministry has a 1-star rating for asset utilization, ranking 20th out of 21 in the Leadership Training sector. As of 2020, World Impact has $28.9 million in assets, but only spends $8.6 million on programs. The organization’s net assets equal 237% of its total expenses for its programs—that means they have more than two years worth of program costs wrapped up in net assets. In comparison, other organizations in their sector have 70%. From 2019 to 2020, its reserve accumulation rate jumped from -1% to 9%.

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World Impact also has 1-star for its overall efficiency rating, ranking 19th out of 21 for its sector.

  • MinistryWatch Donor Confidence Score: 59 (out of a possible 100) “Give with Caution”
  • MinistryWatch Financial Efficiency Rating: 1 Star (out of a possible 5 Stars)
  • MinistryWatch Transparency Grade: D
  • ECFA Member? Yes
  • Revenue in Most Recent Year Available (2020):  $13,832,798
  • Five-Year Revenue Trend:  Increasing (by about 67%)
  • Percent of Revenue World Impact Spends on Fundraising:  6%
  • Percent Peer Group Spends on Fundraising:  7%
  • CEO/President:  Dr. Alvin Sanders
  • President’s Salary and Other Compensation: Undisclosed

A complete MinistryWatch profile for World Impact can be found here.

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Brittany Smith

Brittany Smith is a freelance writer living in Colorado Springs. She is the co-author of Unplanned Grace: A Compassionate Conversation on Life and Choice.