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Alpha USA

aka Alpha USA   |   Carol Stream, IL   |  http://www.alphausa.org

Mission

We believe everyone should have the opportunity to explore a personal relationship with Jesus, wherever they are in the world, for free. Alpha's mission is to see the evangelization of the nations, the revitalization of the church and the transformation of society. Together we can see churches revitalized across the country and hundreds of thousands of lives transformed by an encounter with Jesus. Alpha is an opportunity to explore the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly setting. The Alpha course usually meets once per week for 10 weeks and includes an amazing one-day or weekend getaway.  Each session people enjoy great food, laughter and learning about the teachings of Jesus in a fun and friendly atmosphere where no question about life or God is seen as too simple or too hostile.

Ruling year info

1998

Executive Director

John Wentz

Main address

P.O. Box 7491

Carol Stream, IL 60197-7491 USA

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Formerly known as

Alpha North America

EIN

13-3962840

NTEE code info

Religion Related, Spiritual Development N.E.C. (X99)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The US Church is finding it increasingly difficult to effectively reach people with the Gospel. People who aren’t yet Christ Followers, particularly young people in urban centers, don’t have a place to ask their questions about whether Christianity is true and relevant to their lives.

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?

Alpha Course

Alpha North America's primary function is to help local churches set up and run an effective Alpha course. Our primary tool for this is to host conferences in major cities in the US where information can be given, questions can be asked, and prayers for support can be made. We support a national network of these courses that include courses held on college campuses, high schools, and even correctional facilities. We also distribute course materials to the individual courses.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Certified Best Christian Workplace 2018

Best Christian Workplace Institute

Certified Best Christian Workplace 2019

Best Christian Workplace Institute

Certified Best Christian Workplace 2020

Best Christian Workplace Institute

Certified Best Christian Workplace 2021

Best Christian Workplace Institute

Affiliations & memberships

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member

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 partner churches

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

Adults

Related Program

Alpha Course

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total Number of Estimated Churches & Organizations Running the Alpha Course

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

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

Adults

Related Program

Alpha Course

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

# of participants

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.

Alpha creates a judgment-free, welcoming environment for guests; while making evangelism for Christians as easy as inviting a friend to dinner. Practically, Alpha is an interactive 8-11 week course for anyone, anywhere, to freely explore their unique questions about life, faith and God. Each session usually has three key elements: food, talk and discussion – all designed to build community and inspire honest, friendly, open conversation on big issues around faith. Alpha makes it easy and fun to have honest conversations about God. As a result, congregations are empowered, churches are revitalized and individuals are freed to discover a personal relationship with Jesus on their own terms.

PRAYER
We believe Alpha USA’s growth is entirely dependent on God’s favor. Thus, we see prayer as absolute key to our growth. Two quick examples of how this plays out strategically include the pending installation of our new National Prayer Director as well as our bi-annual national Kingdom Come Prayer initiative. The national effort is just one example of many prayer activities aimed at bringing together thousands of people in prayer.

NATIONAL PLATFORM
We are seeking to increase Alpha’s national visibility through our national conference, new digital platform, marketing campaigns and strategic partnerships.

MAXIMIZING CONTEXT MINISTRIES (Catholic, Prisons, Youth)
Alpha represents potentially the strongest proven tool for outreach in Catholic, prison and youth contexts. National leadership teams in each context are working to extend their reach through networking, conferences and trainings.

LOCAL NETWORK EXPANSION
We are developing our local networks to reach maximum potential and establish several new networks in strategic cities and regions around the US.

STRATEGIC & HUB CHURCH INITIATIVE
Our goal in 2018 is to expand from 40-60 Hub churches, scaling our reach through churches training and coaching other churches. By methodically enrolling and empowering disproportionately influential church leaders, we are extending our reach much further than we ever could on our own.

EXPANDING PARTNER NETWORK
We are working to increase our stewardship of existing donors and the enrollment of new donors into the Alpha story. This includes inviting key prospects to experience Alpha at its source in London, as well as unique experiences throughout the U.S.

PRAYER
In January 2018, Alpha USA launched the Kingdom Come Prayer Initiative and were hopeful that 50 churches would host a prayer gathering at some point over the 3-day initiative. We were so encouraged when over 1,500 people joined in. We decided to expand the effort in August, adding a digital prayer guide, local gatherings, round-the-clock prayer and fasting, and online video prayer rooms. The result was that over 150 local groups and churches gathered with over 3,500 people mobilized in prayer. We continue to work to develop prayer movements in each of our key regional locations throughout the country.

EXPANDING OUR NATIONAL PLATFORM
Our National Platform continues raising macro awareness of Alpha for the purpose of increasing in Church Engagement. Alpha USA's National Platform continues to form Strategic Relationships with organizations like Harper Collins Publishing, The Barna Group, Divine Renovation, and many more.

In February of 2018, AUSA hosted our first national conference in nearly 10 years. We were thrilled to have over 800 in
attendance, with 96% saying they would recommend it to others.

CONTEXT MINISTRIES
1,611churches hosted 2,928 Alpha Youth courses in the first three quarters of the year. AUSA just hired our new National Alpha Youth Director and plan to host Regional Training Events and Coaching Events across the country.
Alpha for Prisons has grown 13% when you compare YTD 2017 to YTD 2018.
During the first three quarters of 2018, we saw a 37% growth in participants for Alpha for Catholics.

STRATEGIC CITY NETWORK LAUNCH
We are developing our local networks to reach maximum potential and establish several new networks in strategic cities and regions around the United States. This translates to 879 churches hosting 1,482 Alpha courses within our Strategic City Network so far in 2018. We also just hired a new Network Director(ND) in Denver, Colorado. We have also identified a very strong candidate for the Network Director role in Southern California and are in the interview process

STRATEGIC & HUB CHURCH INITIATIVE
In June of 2018, we hired a new National Training Coordinator.
In 2018, we hosted 147 churches with 247 ministry leaders at Experience Alpha (EA’s) and Leader Gatherings in Dallas, Denver, New York, Southern California and Atlanta, as well as two EA’s in London.
Alpha USA also launched the Alpha Coaching Network. This network identifies experienced Alpha volunteers from around the country to coach churches to best practice Alphas.
AUSA hosted trainings in strategic locations around the country to help equip and envision churches including multiple stops in Grand Rapids, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Dallas, Denver and Menlo Park, California.
Alpha USA expanded its Hub church network from 40 to 48 churches and has identified an additional 12 Hub churches that will enter into a formal relationship by the end of 2018. These churches become best practice, train-the-trainer centers helping to extend Alpha in their area.

In 2018 we have seen:
• By the end of Q3, 339,577 guests participated in 10,915 courses at 5,784 churches. That’s a 40% increase in participants (YTD), 31% increase in overall courses (YTD), and a 28% growth in the number of churches over last year to date.
• August's Kingdom Come Prayer Initiative result was over 150 local groups and churches gathered with over 3,500 people mobilized in prayer.
• Over 800 people were in attendance at The Alpha Conference in February 2018, with 96% saying they would recommend next year's conference to others.
• 64% increase in the first 3 quarters of 2018 of active churches running Alpha Youth (compared to first three quarters in 2017)
• 89% increase at AlphaUSA.org in just the first three quarters of 2018 (i.e., 1.04 million page views YTD 2017 compared to 1.96 million views YTD 2018).
• Alpha for Prisons has grown 13% when you compare YTD 2017 to YTD 2018, with 1,548 courses running, representing 30,960 guests, in 516 institutions across 42 states.
• We saw a 37% growth in participants for Alpha in the Catholic context.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Alpha USA

Board of directors
as of 02/23/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Jody Jonsson

Partner, The Capital Group

Tony Cimmarusti

Majestic Capital Management, LLC

Mark Emery

The Jordan Group

Heather Grizzle

ASG Advisors

Christopher Hill

Spotlite & Perkspot

Jody Jonsson

Capital World Investors

John Mackay

Strand Corporation

Tricia Neill

Alpha International

Chris Sadler

Alpha International

Andrzej Skiba

BlueBay Asset Management

David Thomas

United Methodist Church

Samuel Wolgemuth

Morgan Joseph TriArtisan

Mathew Neville

Alpha International

Craig Springer

Alpha USA

Bishop Eduardo Nevares

Diocese of Phoenix

Brad Lomenick

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/8/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/22/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.