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COURAGE FOR LIFE INCORPORATED

Embrace your God-given courage for life

aka Courage For Life   |   MARIETTA, GA   |  http://www.courageforlife.org

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Mission

God offers everyone a full and satisfying life, but not everyone embraces it. Weve found that many struggle with difficult life experiences, which create obstacles to meaningful relationships. It takes courage to identify and overcome these obstacles, pursue healing, and embrace life fully. Courage For Life creates resources to foster emotional health and spiritual growth among incarcerated individuals, those struggling with trauma, abuse, and addiction, and anyone who desires to grow in their relationship with God. Our digital discipleship and prison ministry programs encourage individuals in their relationships with God and others by helping them identify and overcome obstacles so they can embrace their God-given courage for life and live a full and satisfying life with God.

Notes from the nonprofit

Visit https://courageforlife.org to learn more about our Digital Discipleship Programs Read Blog and Devotions Watch Studies and Gospels Listen to our Bible Connect through Live Sessions and Prayer Prison Ministry Programs Volunteer to Facilitate Courage For My Life discipleship class in your local jail/prison Partner with Courage For Life to serve incarcerated individuals with our resources Website Store Purchase our spiritual growth and Bible study resources to help you grow in your relationship with God.

Ruling year info

2014

Founder & CEO

Ann White

Main address

1000 WHITLOCK AVE NW STE 320-#134

MARIETTA, GA 30064 USA

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EIN

46-1567753

NTEE code info

Religious Printing, Publishing (X83)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

God offers everyone a full and satisfying life, but not everyone embraces it. We’ve found that many struggle with difficult life experiences, which create obstacles to meaningful relationships. It takes courage to identify and overcome these obstacles, pursue healing, and embrace life fully. Courage For Life seeks to address the connection between emotional health and spiritual growth by developing and distributing emotional health, spiritual growth, and Bible study resources and making these resources available to incarcerated individuals and those with trauma, abuse, or addiction in their past or present lives. Courage For Life™ exists to help individuals embrace their God-given courage for life.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Digital Discipleship Programs

Courage For Life's Digital Discipleship programs offer many resources to support emotional health and spiritual growth. From engaging blogs to thoughtfully crafted devotions, our content is rooted in biblical principles designed to inspire, strengthen, and renew faith. Powered by an uplifting online community with weekly live teachings and discipleship content all anchored by the Courage For Life all-female-voiced audio Bible. Our digital content appears on YouVersion app, InTouch+ channel, Tyndale Filament app, Courage For Life app as well as social media Instagram @GodGivesCourage, YouTube, and Facebook. Our digital discipleship programs further Courage For Life's mission by fulfilling our commitment to create emotional health and spiritual growth resources to disciple anyone who desires to grow in their relationship with God and others.

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers
Christians
Incarcerated people
People of Latin American descent
Victims of crime and abuse

Courage For Life is passionate about sharing the love of Jesus with incarcerated individuals. Our Prison Ministry Program empowers those behind bars to live fulfilling lives through the power of the gospel. With our dedicated volunteers and strategic partnerships, we aim to provide emotional health, spiritual growth, and Bible study resources to bring hope, redemption, and a brighter future. We offer our print study Bibles and Courage For My Life discipleship resources at no cost to prisons to facilitate discipleship classes. Our Courage For My Life discipleship resources include a men's version and a women's version workbook with corresponding DVD teaching series in English and a men's and a women's version workbook in Spanish. We also provide our audio Bible in English and in Spanish and other digital resources to inmate tablets at no cost.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
Victims of crime and abuse
People of Latin American descent
Substance abusers
Christians

Courage For Life champions emotional health and spiritual growth through our comprehensive range of resources, including study Bibles, devotionals, books, study guides, DVDs, and workbooks. The production of both digital and print resources further Courage For Life's mission by fulfilling our commitment to create emotional health, spiritual growth, and Bible study resources to disciple incarcerated individuals, those struggling with trauma, abuse, or addiction, and anyone who desires to grow in their relationship with God.
Courage For Life exists to help individuals embrace their God-given courage for life.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
Victims of crime and abuse
People of Latin American descent
Substance abusers
Christians

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of downloads of the Courage For Life audio Bible app

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Christians

Related Program

Digital Discipleship Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Courage For Life audio Bible is also available on other Bible apps You Version app, Tecarta app, Tyndale Filament app. Courage For Life audio Bible app became available January 30, 2019.

Number of chapter requests of the Courage For Life audio Bible in English via You Version

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Christians

Related Program

Digital Discipleship Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our Courage For Life audio Bible is provided at no cost to You Version and is available on Apple and Android devices. Available as of December 23, 2021.

Number of unique devices downloading the Courage For Life audio Bible in English via You Version

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Christians

Related Program

Digital Discipleship Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our Courage For Life audio Bible is provided at no cost to You Version and is available on Apple and Android devices. Available as of December 23, 2021.

Number of chapter requests of the Courage For Life audio Bible in Spanish via You Version

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People of Latin American descent, Christians

Related Program

Digital Discipleship Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our Courage For Life audio Bible is provided at no cost to You Version and is available on Apple and Android devices. Available as of May 3, 2022.

Number of unique devices downloading the Courage For Life audio Bible in Spanish via You Version

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People of Latin American descent, Christians

Related Program

Digital Discipleship Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our Courage For Life audio Bible is provided at no cost to You Version and is available on Apple and Android devices. Available as of May, 3, 2022.

Number of Instagram followers @GodGivesCourage

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Christians

Related Program

Digital Discipleship Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

@GodGivesCourage focuses on posting spiritual growth, emotional health, and Bible study content including reels (videos) and featuring the Courage For Life audio Bible.

Engagement rate @GodGivesCourage (number is %)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Christians

Related Program

Digital Discipleship Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

@GodGivesCourage focuses on posting spiritual growth, emotional health, and Bible study content including reels (videos) and featuring the Courage For Life audio Bible.

Total views of reels (videos) @GodGivesCourage

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Christians

Related Program

Digital Discipleship Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

@GodGivesCourage focuses on posting spiritual growth, emotional health, and Bible study content including reels (videos) and featuring the Courage For Life audio Bible.

Number of Instagram Live Sessions @GodGivesCourage

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Christians

Related Program

Digital Discipleship Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

@GodGivesCourage we host weekly live sessions to equip people to study and apply the Bible for themselves, pursue spiritual growth, and guide practical study of books of the Bible.

Total views of digital devotional series @GodGivesCourage

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Christians

Related Program

Digital Discipleship Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

@GodGivesCourage provides digital devotional series focused on specific biblical themes.

Number of YouTube channel subscribers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Christians

Related Program

Digital Discipleship Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Courage For Life YouTube Channel provides teaching on Courage For Life resources, Bible study through the gospel of John, and some behind the scenes development of our all-female-voiced audio Bible.

Views of Courage For Life YouTube channel

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Christians

Related Program

Digital Discipleship Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Courage For Life™ YouTube Channel provides teaching on Courage For Life resources, Bible study through the gospel of John, and some behind the scenes development of our all-female-voiced audio Bible.

Number of graduates from our prison ministry discipleship classes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Multiracial people, People of Latin American descent, Christians

Related Program

Prison Ministry Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Courage For Life facilitates discipleship classes for incarcerated men and women with its Prison Ministry program resources; available in English and Spanish.

Number of discipleship classes hosted in prisons

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Multiracial people, People of Latin American descent, Christians

Related Program

Prison Ministry Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Courage For Life facilitates discipleship classes for incarcerated men and women with its Prison Ministry program resources; available in English and Spanish.

Number of training hours conducted to equip volunteers to facilitate discipleship classes in prisons

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Christians

Related Program

Prison Ministry Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Courage For Life trains volunteers to facilitate discipleship classes for incarcerated men and women with its Prison Ministry program resources; available in English and Spanish.

Number of volunteers trained to facilitate discipleship classes in prisons

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Christians

Related Program

Prison Ministry Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Courage For Life trains volunteers to facilitate discipleship classes for incarcerated men and women with its Prison Ministry program resources; available in English and Spanish.

Number of inmate tablets with Courage For Life audio Bible

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Christians, People of Latin American descent

Related Program

Prison Ministry Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Courage For Life audio Bible in English and Spanish is provided at no cost for distribution to inmate tablets issued by State Department of Corrections. Available as of November 21, 2022.

Number of incarcerated individuals self-reporting acceptance of Jesus Christ for salvation associated with listening to the Courage For Life audio Bible and our teachings

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Religious groups

Related Program

Prison Ministry Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As of November 21, 2022 Courage For Life partnered with Pando app to track the distribution of the Courage For Life audio Bible and its teaching on inmate tablets and inmate responses to the gospel.

Total resource value distributed by Courage For Life (amount in US dollars)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Religious groups

Related Program

Discipleship Resources

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Courage For Life distributes digital and print resources at no cost to facilitate discipleship classes for incarcerated men and women inside prison facilities.

Total views of Courage For Life audio Bible and digital teachings on inmate tablets

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Religious groups

Related Program

Prison Ministry Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As of November 21, 2022 Courage For Life partnered with Pando to distribute and track the Courage For Life audio Bible and its teaching on inmate tablets issued by State Department of Corrections.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Courage For Life exists to help individuals embrace their God-given courage for life. Therefore, Courage For Life has as its goal to serve as many individuals as possible through increasing the development and distribution of its emotional health, spiritual growth, and Bible study resources, both digital and print, to incarcerated individuals, those struggling with trauma, abuse, or addictions, and anyone who desires to grow in their relationship with God and others.

With Gods empowerment and the help of Courage For Life resources, anyone can embrace their God-given courage for life and begin living the lives God intended for them.

Courage For Life will increase the development and distribution of its emotional health, spiritual growth, and Bible study resources by developing new digital and print resources, expanding its digital discipleship programs, and increasing the distribution of resources to prisons, and exploring new distribution partnerships for its digital and print resources.

See 2023 Impact Report.

Courage For Life™ can achieve our strategic goals through team member expertise, donor funding, distribution partnerships, and specialized contractor skills to develop new digital and print resources to support individuals embracing their God-given courage for life through addressing the connection between emotional health and spiritual growth. New resources and additional distribution partnerships will increase the number of people served and positively impact them living the lives God intended them to live.

RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
From August 2022 to January 2023, Courage For Life developed a Courage For Life Study Bible for Women and a Courage For Life Study Bible for Men with Tyndale House Publishers (available October 2023). We produced our all-female-voiced Spanish audio Bible (Old Testament Books) via Courage For Life Bible app and You Version app. January 2021 through July 2022, Courage For Life produced New Testament Books of the Courage For Life all-female-voiced Spanish audio Bible via Courage For Life Bible app and You Version app. Additionally, we published new emotional health and spiritual growth print resources: (1) Mens version of Courage For MY Life workbook in English, (2) Womens version of Courage For MY Life workbook in Spanish, (3) Mens version of Courage For MY Life workbook in Spanish, and (4) Mens version of Courage For MY Life DVD video teaching series in English.

RESOURCE DISTRIBUTION THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS
Between 2018 and 2022, Courage For Life expanded its distribution channels by partnering with other Christian nonprofits and foundations. In 2022, we began a new partnership with Pando/God Behind Bars and continued our partnership with You Version distributing our audio Bible in English and Spanish as well as reading plans. We also partnered with a few foundations in 2021 and 2019 to sponsor the production of our all female-voiced audio Bible in Spanish and English and with LUMO Project to produce gospel videos. In 2020, we began partnering with Floodlight, a program of Prison Fellowship, Mega Voice, and You Version to distribute our digital resources.

PRISON MINISTRY
In 2022, Courage For Life served 432 incarcerated individuals in 12 prisons in 7 states. We provided resources and training at no cost to incarcerated individuals. We offer our audio Bible in 34 states via inmate tablets. In 2022 alone, we had 254,232 inmate tablets with 4,103 subscribers and a total of 162 self-reported salvations associated with listening to our audio Bible and its teachings.

DIGITAL DISCIPLESHIP PROGRAMS
January 2022, Courage For Life launched its digital discipleship expansion, including weekly blogs, IGTV teaching, and digital devotionals and began its discipleship of men both behind prison walls and through our male-specific digital and print resource development and distribution. We also produced 52 new weekly blogs and 117 Instagram videos with 286,997 views and an engagement rate of 14.38%.
January 2023, Courage For Life began a spiritual growth series for its weekly teaching via IGTV to help individuals who desire to grow in their relationship to God overcome their obstacles (e.g., address link between emotional health and spiritual growth, lack of awareness, discipline, knowledge, and/or skills regarding their personal spiritual growth). We want to motivate them to pursue spiritual growth for themselves in hopes they will embrace their God-given courage for life and live the lives God intended for them to live.

Financials

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COURAGE FOR LIFE INCORPORATED

Board of directors
as of 01/25/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Charles Steadham

Charles Steadham

Tonya Carruthers

Kathleen Cooke

Bob Fink

Robbie Goss

Suzanne Niles

Angie Steadham

Bryan Tyson

Hunter Hamm

Kelly Dennis

Ed Khouri

Marcylle Combs

Mary Perdue

Dan McNerney

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable