International Disaster Emergency Service

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IDES is a Christian 501(c)(3) organization that connects those who are hurting worldwide to those who have a heart of compassion. Since 1973, IDES has partnered with local churches in the U.S. and mission workers in more than 115 countries during times of crisis.

Contact information

Mailing address:
International Disaster Emergency Service
PO Box 379
Noblesville, IN 46061


Phone: (317) 773-4111


Organization details

EIN: 237348277

CEO/President: Rick Jett

Chairman: Mark McGilvrey and Tom Funk

Board size: 10

Founder: Milton and Janet Bates

Year founded: 1974

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2018


IDES serves in five main Focus Areas around the world: evangelism, disaster response, hunger relief, community development, and medical care.

Mission statement

The mission of IDES is to meet physical and spiritual needs of suffering people throughout the world in the name of Jesus Christ.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating800 of 94058 of 76
Fund acquisition rating593 of 94251 of 76
Resource allocation rating699 of 94254 of 76
Asset utilization rating744 of 94054 of 76

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$185,867$50,252$45,821$25,799$39,454
Short-term investments$2,219,915$1,222,949$798,035$880,962$759,224
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$4,755,278$4,218,184$3,866,252$4,432,919$2,678,892
Long-term investments$206,938$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$1,209,518$1,272,677$1,155,873$1,234,540$1,206,627
Other long-term assets$204,800$303,538$241,305$211,040$107,993
Total long-term assets$1,621,256$1,576,215$1,397,178$1,445,580$1,314,620
Total assets$6,376,534$5,794,399$5,263,430$5,878,499$3,993,512
Payables and accrued expenses$311,741$310,848$193,064$340,024$219,719
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$311,741$310,848$193,064$340,024$219,719
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$56,726$38,277$32,145$28,543$26,983
Total long-term liabilities$154,569$130,359$107,161$47,670$67,817
Total liabilities$466,310$441,207$300,225$387,694$287,536
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$4,748,667$4,327,837$3,587,647$3,157,622$2,834,654
With donor restrictions$1,161,557$1,025,355$1,375,558$2,333,183$871,322
Net assets$5,910,224$5,353,192$4,963,205$5,490,805$3,705,976
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Total contributions$5,059,412$5,145,242$4,886,248$7,163,387$3,994,756
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$132,912$89,808$151,201$72,945$47,186
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$132,912$89,808$151,201$72,945$47,186
Total revenue$5,192,324$5,235,050$5,037,449$7,236,332$4,041,942
Program services$3,883,660$4,118,726$4,683,357$4,824,208$3,295,300
Management and general$503,563$491,152$488,163$461,878$494,588
Total expenses$4,811,970$4,945,905$5,475,486$5,624,560$4,015,572
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$380,354$289,145($438,037)$1,611,772$26,370
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$380,354$289,145($438,037)$1,611,772$26,370


Rick JettExecutive Di$126,451

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2020

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 12/16/2020. To update the information below, please email:


1970: Following a major cyclone that hit Bangladesh, Milton Bates, and his wife, Janet, were deeply moved by the utter destruction they saw on the news reports. Burdened to help somehow, Milton and Janet prayed for God to reveal a way to unite the brotherhood of independent Christian Churches/Churches of Christ in a significant relief effort. After writing and sending over 500 letters from their own kitchen table to various Christian leaders, 9 men wrote back that they would support Milton if he volunteered to lead the effort. Faithfully, Milton and Janet continued to pray for direction, and for the missionaries they were connected with around the world. Then, at the 1973 North American Christian Convention, Milton and these 9 leaders met together for the first time, and International Disaster Emergency Service was officially created. Today: IDES has various staff members working out of our very own headquarters in Noblesville, Indiana; all of IDES volunteer opportunities are facilitated here.

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