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 rating574 of 81747 of 69
Fund acquisition rating398 of 81733 of 69
Resource allocation rating503 of 81743 of 69
Asset utilization rating622 of 81752 of 69

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$50,252$45,821$25,799$39,454$70,154
Short-term investments$1,222,949$798,035$880,962$759,224$710,543
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$4,218,184$3,866,252$4,432,919$2,678,892$2,635,774
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$1,272,677$1,155,873$1,234,540$1,206,627$1,182,004
Other long-term assets$303,538$241,305$211,040$107,993$108,174
Total long-term assets$1,576,215$1,397,178$1,445,580$1,314,620$1,290,178
Total assets$5,794,399$5,263,430$5,878,499$3,993,512$3,925,952
Payables and accrued expenses$310,848$193,064$340,024$219,719$259,193
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$310,848$193,064$340,024$219,719$259,193
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$38,277$32,145$28,543$26,983$0
Total long-term liabilities$130,359$107,161$47,670$67,817$33,749
Total liabilities$441,207$300,225$387,694$287,536$292,942
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$0$1,125,455$2,083,080$621,304$672,923
Permanently restricted$0$250,103$250,103$250,018$249,728
Net assets$5,353,192$4,963,205$5,490,805$3,705,976$3,633,010
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Total contributions$5,145,242$4,886,248$7,163,387$3,994,756$3,929,609
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$89,808$151,201$72,945$47,186$49,933
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$89,808$151,201$72,945$47,186$49,933
Total revenue$5,235,050$5,037,449$7,236,332$4,041,942$3,979,542
Program services$4,118,726$4,683,357$4,824,208$3,295,300$2,873,638
Management and general$491,152$488,163$461,878$494,588$380,310
Total expenses$4,945,905$5,475,486$5,624,560$4,015,572$3,648,054
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$289,145($438,037)$1,611,772$26,370$331,488
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$289,145($438,037)$1,611,772$26,370$331,488


Rick JettExecutive Di$129,951

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

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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