Established in 1875, David C Cook is a not-for-profit ministry whose mission is to equip the Church with Christ-centered resources for making and teaching disciples who obediently transform today’s generations. 

David C Cook serves the global Christian community with music, Sunday school curriculum, books, and other resources that help Christians grow their faith and pass it on to the next generation. Internationally, David C Cook partners with local organizations to equip pastors, lay leaders, and Sunday school teachers with our materials at minimal or no cost. 

Our Global ministry program, led by the David Caleb Cook Foundation, equips ministry leaders to fulfill the Great Commission and impacts millions of children, youth, and adults each year. Through partnerships and alliances with organizations around the world, we fund ministry focused on evangelism, Bible engagement, and discipleship. 

What is David C Cook?

David C Cook is a nonprofit (501c(3)) ministry dedicated to resourcing the Church by publishing and distributing leadership and discipleship resources in order to help Christians grow in their faith and pass that on to the next generation.

What does David C Cook do?

David C Cook equips the Church around the global with Christ-centered and life-transforming resources and materials including music, best-selling books, curriculum, and small group resources.  David C Cook uses two divisions to resource the church, that help support our Global ministry programs: Learning Resources (Books and Curriculum) and Integrity Music.  Overseeing our Global ministry programs is the David Caleb Cook Foundation, which continues the work David Caleb Cook and his wife Marguerite began in 1875.

How long has David C Cook been in business?

David C Cook was founded in 1875 by David Caleb Cook in Chicago, IL, after the great Chicago fire of 1871. David Caleb Cook sold his successful sewing machine parts business so he and his wife, Marguerite, could devote their time and energy to writing, editing, and printing Sunday school curriculum. David C Cook has served the Global Church with life-transforming materials ever since.

David C Cook History Timeline

What is the mission of David C Cook?

The Mission of David C Cook is to equip the Church with Christ-centered resources for making and teaching disciples who obediently transform today’s generations. David C Cook also follows its biblical statement of purpose, Matthew 28:19-20: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.

How big is David C Cook ministries?

David C Cook has more than 180 employees who work from offices in Colorado Springs, CO; Elgin, Illinois; at its Integrity Music division Nashville, Tennessee and Brighton, England; as well as remote employees and in-country coordinators around the world.

Who does David C Cook serve?

David C Cook serves the global Christian community with music, Sunday school curriculum, books, and other resources that help Christians grow their faith and pass it on to the next generation. Internationally, David C Cook partners with local organizations to equip pastors, lay leaders, and Sunday school teachers with our materials at minimal or no cost.

Does David C Cook make more than children’s curriculum?

In addition to children’s Sunday school curriculum, David C Cook has a broad catalog of church impacting books and music sung in churches around the world. David C Cook also publishes and sells toys, games, and small group resources for the Church and individual families.

How is David C Cook governed?

David C Cook is governed by an independent Board of Trustees who subscribes to high ministry standards regarding pattern, practice, and policy. David C Cook has annual independent audits and regular compensation studies. Cris Doornbos has served as David C Cook’s Chief Executive Officer since 2005 and is supported by a globally experienced Executive Leadership Team and staff.

How does David C Cook make money?

David C Cook has two resource divisions—Learning Resources (Books and Curriculum) and Integrity Music. A portion of that revenue, as well as proceeds from the David C Cook endowment, are invested to fund our Global ministry programs through the David Caleb Cook Foundation.

What does David C Cook do with its surplus?

A portion of the revenue generated from the ministry engines of David C Cook, along with proceeds from the endowment, are used to fund our Global ministry program which focuses on three major areas: Evangelism, Discipleship, and Bible Engagement. Each year David C Cook’s Global ministries impact millions of children, youth, and adults through partnerships and alliances with organizations around the world. David C Cook ministers with our Christ-centered resources in 97 countries in a total of 53 languages. David C Cook funds 100% of the administrative and fundraising expenses that support our Global ministry program, which means that every contribution from donors is used solely for external Global ministry programs impacting children, youth, and adults with Christ-centered content.

How does David C Cook come alongside donor contributions to advance external global programs?

In addition to 100% of every donor dollar going directly to our external global programs, David C Cook has spent, on average, $2.5 million of its own cash on expanding the impact of our global initiatives over the last ten years.

In short, this means that over the previous ten years, David C Cook has spent $25 million of its own cash that has directly contributed in the areas of discipleship, evangelism and Bible engagement of millions of children in the developing world.

How long has David C Cook been a member in good standing with ECFA?

David C Cook has been an ECFA member in good standing for over 22 years. Just like every member, David C Cook’s financial information is readily available on the ECFA website.

How many countries, languages and children does David C Cook minister to in developing nations?

David C Cook is blessed to minister to millions of children in 53 languages throughout 97 countries.

How is donation money to the David Caleb Cook Foundation spent?

David C Cook funds 100% of all administrative and fundraising expenses that support our external Global ministry program.  Therefore, when you donate to the David Caleb Cook Foundation, 100% of the donation is used to fund Global ministry programs. Every penny of every dollar from every donor is used solely for external Global ministry programs impacting children, youth and adults with Christ-centered content in the areas of evangelism, discipleship, and Bible engagement.

What is the relationship of the David Caleb Cook Foundation to David C Cook?

The David Caleb Cook Foundation is an LLC that is 100% a part of the David C Cook Ministry family.  Continuing the incredible work of David Caleb Cook and his wife, Marguerite, Francis Kerr Cook established the David Caleb Cook Foundation in 1942 “to aid and promote the work of religious education without profit to any person or group.” Today the David Caleb Cook Foundation provides valuable and effective biblical resources to church and ministry partners all over the world for the purpose of transforming children to transform their world.