The Signatry

Overland Park, KS   |
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The Signatry

EIN: 43-1890105


To inspire and facilitate revolutionary biblical generosity.

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President & CEO

Steve French

Main address

7171 W 95th Street Suite 501

Overland Park, KS 66212 USA

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Formerly known as

Servant Christian Community Foundation

National Christian Foundation - Heartland



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Community Foundations (T31)

Christian (X20)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

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What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Giving has been about transactions for too long. In fact, the average giving rate has remained unchanged for many years now. A true generosity movement has been hindered by unclear fees, complicated options, and the idea that giving is for those who can afford it. We are here to disrupt the giving industry by doing away with old approaches. What if we were about introducing people to a life of joy all while solving the world's greatest problems? Transformation, not transaction, is what will change lives - both donor and recipient.

Our programs

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

Donor Advised Funds

Generosity is more than writing a check. It is how we solve world problems, live out values, and leave a lasting legacy.

A donor advised fund (DAF) with The Signatry brings clarity and intentionality to the giving process. This tool provides strategic ways to engage in conversation, planning, and supporting values through generosity. By shifting the focus from transaction to transformation, a donor advised fund with The Signatry empowers you to make a real and lasting impact.

For more information on how DAFs work, go to:

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Population(s) Served

The Signatry equips donors with innovative tools, resources, and education to help them transform their non-cash resources into world-changing impact. The three most common opportunities are gifts of business interest, publicly traded securities, and real estate interest.

With an effective strategy in place, donors can potentially reduce or eliminate what they owe in taxes and give more to the causes they care about. We have the expertise and creative solutions to empower revolutionary generosity and to open new doors for you to experience the true joy of a generous life.

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Population(s) Served

We believe giving should be transformational, not transactional, so one of our core passions is to train families on building their own legacy. This is more than estate planning or passing down wealth. Legacy is about the stories, values, and beliefs to be passed on to shape next generations. We help families through traditional things like succession and giving plans. But we also ask them about story—their history, their hopes, their failures, and their triumphs—because we are here to help them build a legacy that endures, generation after generation.

Population(s) Served

Serving the foot soldiers in God's Kingdom has long been part of The Signatry's passion.

While we help facilitate resources to ministries, we also stand alongside them to educate on fundraising, handle complex giving details, and strengthen programs. We offer charity funds to streamline the donor contribution process and to relieve the administrative burden from ministries. It is a simple but powerful tool to receive donations and facilitate generosity. Continued education and resources are also integral to The Signatry's services. We provide enhanced training and support to answer ministries' fundraising questions. From managing boards to fundraising, we've walked the same roads as ministries, and we are ready to share from this expertise.

To learn more about how we work with ministries, visit:

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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.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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Donor Advised Funds

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Context Notes

Donors of The Signatry recommend grants to nonprofit organizations. The annual dollar value of those recommended grants is represented here.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

We want to be the organization of last checks—a collective writing the last checks to solve the world's greatest problems. From fulfilling the Great Commission to providing clean water worldwide to serving a neighbor in need, we believe in the power of radical biblical generosity.

1) Integrity & transparency -- We offer clear disclosures of where and how your money goes out. Our funds with no administrative fee maximize resources for Kingdom impact. We provide values-based investment options, so you can give AND invest according to your values.

2) Impactful generosity strategies -- When you meet with us, we offer more than a few giving tools. We discuss the big questions so we can help identify passions, create unique solutions for you, and work toward a legacy that lasts. We are here to support your eternal impact.

3) Building families that last – We live in a world that focuses on passing on material provision, but passing on values and spiritual foundations is just as vital. We believe generosity is a foundation for enduring legacy. It drives families to work together, dream together, and pursue God together. Our tools and insight offer families an opportunity to convene and invest in what truly matters.

4) Increased partnerships -- We work with financial advisors to equip them to have better conversations with their clients about legacy and giving solutions. We want to be an organization with open doors who freely shares wisdom and expertise.

Our approach with funds with no administrative fee provides the opportunity for donors to give more, no matter their account size.

One of The Signatry's unique features is that we are a space for relationships and education. We are intentional in sharing ideas, cultivating resources, and answering questions. This is more than a place to simply hold a fund; it is a way to engage with thought leadership, find inspiration for giving, and be part of a collective that is changing the Kingdom.

Through our family legacy consulting, we have seen incredible momentum as families come together around the idea of passing on a legacy. As we equip multiple generations to think through the things that matter to them individually and as a family, generosity grows exponentially.

We intentionally strive to be collaborators, learners, and adventurers, rather than staying in the safety of tradition. We are interested in being present with what God is doing.

Since 2000, we have seen over $5 billion in contributions and have facilitated over $4 billion in grants*. With a lifetime Grant Flow Rate** of 68%, it is clear our community is championing causes and committed to impact.

Over 12,000 ministries have received support, allowing churches to be planted, bibles to be distributed, orphans and widows to be supported, and much more.

We have held hundreds of events to equip advisors, businesses, ministries, and donors.

* The Signatry started in 2000. For part of our history, we operated as an affiliate of another DAF sponsor. The numbers reflected in our giving include both contributions during our affiliate relationship and as an independent DAF sponsor.

** Grant Flow Rate is a measurement The Signatry uses to gauge how charitable dollars are distributed from its donor advised funds. The rate is calculated by dividing the number of dollars granted out of The Signatry's funds by the number of dollars contributed into The Signatry's funds over a given timeframe. The rate that appears here is based on total giving since The Signatry first launched in 2000.

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

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

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 69.48 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.8 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 11% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Apr 01 - Mar 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Apr 01 - Mar 31

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: Apr 01 - Mar 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of The Signatry’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 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$669,298 $663,344,833 $32,749,083 $275,226,648 $390,673,183
As % of expenses -10.0% 186.3% 9.5% 68.5% 72.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$756,740 $663,270,117 $32,729,928 $275,211,153 $390,652,731
As % of expenses -11.2% 186.2% 9.5% 68.5% 72.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $6,003,534 $1,017,526,786 $405,509,413 $641,515,454 $942,411,964
Total revenue, % change over prior year 16.6% 16848.8% -60.1% 58.2% 46.9%
Program services revenue 34.8% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.5% 0.4% 1.4% 0.8% 2.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.1%
All other grants and contributions 64.1% 100.2% 97.3% 97.6% 97.1%
Other revenue 0.7% -0.7% 1.2% 1.4% 0.7%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $6,672,832 $356,139,887 $344,649,524 $401,641,923 $537,137,324
Total expenses, % change over prior year 38.9% 5237.2% -3.2% 16.5% 33.7%
Personnel 22.1% 0.7% 1.2% 1.2% 1.1%
Professional fees 6.5% 0.5% 0.6% 1.0% 0.6%
Occupancy 1.7% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.3%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 21.9% 97.0% 96.6% 97.4% 83.4%
All other expenses 47.8% 1.7% 1.6% 0.4% 14.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $6,760,274 $356,214,603 $344,668,679 $401,657,418 $537,157,776
One month of savings $556,069 $29,678,324 $28,720,794 $33,470,160 $44,761,444
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $725,300
Fixed asset additions $0 $247,695,155 $3,220,494 $5,262,462 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $7,316,343 $633,588,082 $376,609,967 $440,390,040 $582,644,520

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 3.6 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.4
Months of cash and investments 6.6 8.3 9.4 15.4 20.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 6.1 14.1 15.6 21.5 24.9
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $1,994,011 $6,979,697 $3,413,109 $6,129,670 $19,218,154
Investments $1,685,767 $238,275,719 $265,799,281 $508,995,591 $889,216,080
Receivables $158,845 $3,867,459 $4,300,626 $16,431,754 $17,153,847
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $326,172 $252,465,449 $260,778,073 $271,371,991 $270,861,187
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 70.1% 1.9% 3.8% 5.6% 7.7%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 18.7% 0.3% 0.4% 0.2% 0.4%
Unrestricted net assets $3,516,408 $666,786,525 $699,516,453 $974,727,606 $1,365,380,337
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $3,516,408 $666,786,525 $699,516,453 $974,727,606 $1,365,380,337

Key data checks

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Material data errors No No No No No


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

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President & CEO

Steve French

Stephen (Steve) French is the President & CEO of The Signatry. His primary role is strategic management and leadership of the office. He also devotes his time meeting with advisors, attorneys, individuals, and business owners to develop charitable strategies and solutions to minimize tax liability, while maximizing generosity. This includes a focus on non-cash assets such as: stock, real estate, mutual funds, and portions of closely held businesses. Prior to joining The Signatry, Steve was the founder and CEO of Quovant, a Legal Spend Management company working with law firms in over 13 countries.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Highest paid employees

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Board of directors
as of 10/13/2023
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Board chair

Gary Nagel

Wealth Management Group of KC

Term: 2011 -

Mark Bainbridge

No Affiliation

Jim Wright

No Affiliation

Keith Phillips

Wiley Bros. - Aintree Capital LLC

Steve French

The Signatry

Mark Hammett

Commerce Bank

Ken Polk


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 ? 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? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable


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