International Disaster Emergency Service


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

Transparency grade

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating351 of 61940 of 68
Fund acquisition rating285 of 62032 of 68
Resource allocation rating290 of 62035 of 68
Asset utilization rating451 of 61946 of 68

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$45,821$25,799$39,454$70,154$64,727
Short-term investments$798,035$880,962$759,224$710,543$757,407
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,866,252$4,432,919$2,678,892$2,635,774$2,475,789
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$1,155,873$1,234,540$1,206,627$1,182,004$1,038,559
Other long-term assets$241,305$211,040$107,993$108,174$112,580
Total long-term assets$1,397,178$1,445,580$1,314,620$1,290,178$1,151,139
Total assets$5,263,430$5,878,499$3,993,512$3,925,952$3,626,928
Payables and accrued expenses$193,064$340,024$219,719$259,193$222,408
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$193,064$340,024$219,719$259,193$222,408
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$32,145$28,543$26,983$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$107,161$47,670$67,817$33,749$216,193
Total liabilities$300,225$387,694$287,536$292,942$438,601
Net assets20182017201620152014
Temporarily restricted$1,125,455$2,083,080$621,304$672,923$610,964
Permanently restricted$250,103$250,103$250,018$249,728$249,243
Net assets$4,963,205$5,490,805$3,705,976$3,633,010$3,188,327
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$4,886,248$7,163,387$3,994,756$3,929,609$3,417,824
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$151,201$72,945$47,186$49,933$72,805
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$151,201$72,945$47,186$49,933$72,805
Total revenue$5,037,449$7,236,332$4,041,942$3,979,542$3,490,629
Program services$4,683,357$4,824,208$3,295,300$2,873,638$2,751,230
Management and general$488,163$461,878$494,588$380,310$387,107
Total expenses$5,475,486$5,624,560$4,015,572$3,648,054$3,442,989
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)($438,037)$1,611,772$26,370$331,488$47,640
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($438,037)$1,611,772$26,370$331,488$47,640

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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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