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Religion News Foundation

aka ReligionLink, Religion News Association, Religion Stylebook, Religion News Service   |   Columbia, MO   |  www.religionnewsfoundation.org
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Religion News Foundation

EIN: 31-1650883


Mission

Religion News Foundation's mission is be the most trusted resource for news, features, and commentary about religion and spirituality, where people come together to understand each other’s beliefs.

Ruling year info

2017

Chief Executive Officer

Deborah Caldwell

Main address

P. O. Box 1808

Columbia, MO 65205 USA

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Formerly known as

Religion Newswriters Foundation

EIN

31-1650883

Subject area info

Journalism

Information and media literacy

Publishing

Web-based media

Religion

Population served info

Adults

Christians

Muslims

Interfaith groups

Secular groups

NTEE code info

Printing, Publishing (A33)

Interfaith Issues (X90)

Professional Societies & Associations (B03)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

RNF seeks to increase the dialog in media about religion and faith in American life. It is a topic mainstream news organizations rarely cover, leaving a gaping coverage hole that begs to be filled, particularly as we are plunged into a new and uncertain world.

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?

Religion News Service

The Religion News Service (religionnews.com) tells the stories of people and faith communities that might otherwise go untold. Religion and beliefs impact every aspect of the world around us but are rarely covered in media. We bring knowledge and depth to the conversation through in-depth articles, a wire service and other media, including opinion articles and podcasts.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Christians
Muslims
Secular groups
Interfaith groups

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 Readers

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

Adults, Christians, Muslims, Secular groups, Interfaith groups

Related Program

Religion News Service

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2023, we're counting annual visitors to our website. The previous years we counted monthly.

Number of newsletter offerings

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

Adults, Christians, Interfaith groups, Muslims, Secular groups

Related Program

Religion News Service

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Religion News Foundation (RNF) seeks to support religion journalism and religion journalists in order to improve the public conversation about religion and faith's role in American life. We aim to accomplish this through:

• Providing our bedrock, independent, non-secular journalism at religionnews.com;
• Continuing to report on every major faith tradition;
• Distributing RNS journalism on additional media platforms as appropriate;
• Collaborating with community partners on journalism (including the AP and The Conversation), event partnerships and other special initiatives; and
• Providing educational resources and training to religion journalists, as well as resources including the Religion Stylebook and the ReligionLink source guide database.

Religion News Foundation works to achieve its goals through the creation of events, resources, and workshops for journalists at large and the development and support of religion journalism at Religion News Service (RNS).

Financials

Religion News Foundation
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2023 RNF-audit-fiscal-year-2023 2021 RNS - FY21 Audit
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

21.58

Average of 9.29 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

16.5

Average of 9.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

28%

Average of 31% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Religion News Foundation

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Religion News Foundation

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Religion News Foundation’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$557,993 -$36,247 $334,431 $265,467 -$90,527
As % of expenses -19.0% -0.7% 9.6% 9.3% -3.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$576,628 -$61,172 $306,414 $232,198 -$123,907
As % of expenses -19.6% -1.3% 8.7% 8.0% -4.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $6,985,764 $1,614,862 $3,743,885 $2,640,609 $6,642,797
Total revenue, % change over prior year 1440.2% -76.9% 131.8% -29.5% 151.6%
Program services revenue 2.9% 17.4% 9.7% 11.4% 4.9%
Membership dues 0.1% 0.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.5% 1.8% 0.0% 0.0% 0.9%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 6.8% 15.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 96.5% 80.6% 83.4% 73.5% 94.2%
Other revenue 0.0% -0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $2,930,388 $4,841,261 $3,490,571 $2,855,312 $2,989,550
Total expenses, % change over prior year 43.1% 65.2% -27.9% -18.2% 4.7%
Personnel 34.6% 26.3% 41.0% 54.5% 50.4%
Professional fees 49.1% 65.1% 54.9% 36.4% 38.7%
Occupancy 0.3% 0.2% 0.3% 0.4% 0.3%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.9% 1.2% 0.3% 0.9% 0.7%
All other expenses 15.1% 7.2% 3.5% 7.8% 9.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $2,949,023 $4,866,186 $3,518,588 $2,888,581 $3,022,930
One month of savings $244,199 $403,438 $290,881 $237,943 $249,129
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $233,352 $0
Fixed asset additions $41,100 $0 $0 $34,988 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $3,234,322 $5,269,624 $3,809,469 $3,394,864 $3,272,059

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 15.2 2.6 6.0 2.7 16.5
Months of cash and investments 15.2 2.6 6.0 2.7 16.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -0.1 -0.2 0.8 2.0 1.4
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $3,701,314 $1,047,846 $1,744,986 $633,945 $4,114,995
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $1,511,714 $1,241,849 $1,409,299 $2,029,442 $2,222,989
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $46,532 $40,441 $42,348 $45,289 $38,296
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 38.6% 52.9% 64.8% 63.3% 61.7%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 4.7% 10.8% 12.2% 5.4% 3.0%
Unrestricted net assets $4,674 -$56,498 $249,916 $482,114 $358,207
Temporarily restricted net assets $5,903,907 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $5,903,907 $2,713,755 $2,632,638 $2,152,468 $5,891,326
Total net assets $5,908,581 $2,657,257 $2,882,554 $2,634,582 $6,249,533

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Chief Executive Officer

Deborah Caldwell

Deborah Caldwell is CEO of Religion News Foundation and Publisher of Religion News Service. She previously served as Vice President of Content Marketing at Bank of America. She also previously held executive positions at Time Inc. -- including digital managing editor at FORTUNE and digital assistant managing editor at MONEY -- as well as at CNBC and Reader's Digest Association.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Religion News Foundation

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Highest paid employees

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Board of directors
as of 04/09/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

John Terrill

Ken Chitwood

Dawn Araujo-hawkins

Won Kim

Tom Levinson

Betsy Shirley

Steven Waldman

David Roberson

Deborah Caldwell

Robyn Tomlin

Shahed Amanullah

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? Yes
  • 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 10/19/2020

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
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Contractors

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Professional fundraisers

Fiscal year ending

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

Solicitation activities
Gross receipts from fundraising
Retained by organization
Paid to fundraiser