What do charity observers say about Jesus Film Project®?

Why Cru® is not listed by GuideStar.com, Charity Navigator and other similar organizations

Jesus Film Project in association with Cru® (Campus Crusade for Christ®) is a charter member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) and stands in full compliance with its guidelines and best practices. You can visit ECFA’s website, www.ecfa.org, to learn more about ECFA and view a stewardship report on Campus Crusade for Christ. Their assessment of our financial practices should provide one the confidence needed to partner with Jesus Film Project.

There are other sources for information on the stewardship of Campus Crusade.  One of the leading trade journals in the not-for-profit world, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, annually lists the top 400 largest charities in the United States with summary information on each. Over the last two decades, Campus Crusade for Christ has consistently listed in the top 30 charities, based upon contributed revenue.

MinistryWatch.com shares a comparison of Cru with other fellowship evangelism ministries. As the online component and a communication outlet for Wall Watchers, MinistryWatch.com independently profiles many public and Christian charities as an advocate and source for donors.  Money and Forbes magazines also list leading charities and Cru (Campus Crusade) has appeared on their list under the religious groups section.

Along with being a charter member of ECFA with Cru, Jesus Film Project (JFP) was selected by ROI Ministry (GA) as a “Top Ten” ministry, based upon impact and effectiveness (2017). Also, in 2019 JFP received a “Transparency Certification” from the independent philanthropic advisers’ group, Excellence in Giving (CO), which reviews 175 data points about operations and performance of organizations for high-net-worth donors they provide counsel to.

The ministry’s finances are audited annually by a top accounting firm. The Cru annual report for fiscal year 2018, including the auditor’s report, is available. You are welcome to view the report online. You will find many answers about Campus Crusade’s stewardship and allocation of funds such as the compensation received by our president and his wife, Steve and Judy Douglass. Steve and Judy raise their own financial support as missionary staff of the organization. For further information, go to: www.cru.org.

Cru (Campus Crusade), of which Jesus Film Project is one of more than 20 ministries, is classified by the IRS as a “Religious Order” (RO). Under Internal Revenue Code, an RO (like a church, convention, or association of churches) is not required to file Form 990. As a result, group lists featured in Charity Navigator and GuideStar do not account for organizations like ours.

However, the Better Business Bureau (charitable division, Wise Giving Alliance) has created a classification for groups like ours and Cru appears on their list. Cru meets all of the Wise Giving Alliance 20 criteria. We are encouraged by this new classification. See their website for details at http://www.give.org/charity-reviews/national/religious/cru-in-orlando-fl-744.

We trust this clarification and disclosure provides you the confidence to support this ministry, along with many tens of thousands of others who have invested in this work since 1979.

Why Cru® is not listed by GuideStar.com, Charity Navigator and other similar organizations