International Fellowship of Evangelical Students USA

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A global movement of students sharing and living out the good news of Jesus Christ. IFES connects more than half a million students in over 160 countries.

Contact information

Mailing address:
PO Box 436
Platteville, WI 53818


Phone: 608-348-6234


Organization details

EIN: 263538114

CEO/President: Mr. Kevin Van Horne

Chairman: Dave Berry

Board size: 7


Year founded: 2009

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2011


IFES works alongside national movements in pioneering new student ministries in unreached campuses, cities and countries.

IFES provides training, funding and materials to help strengthen national movement evangelism.

Through regional consultations, resources and mentoring, IFES empowers and equips national movements to help their students think biblically and live missionally in all areas of university life.

IFES invests in student leaders and graduates all over the world, through student groups, national movements and regional events.

IFES regional teams provide training, resources and support to enable national movements to flourish in their different contexts.

Mission statement

At the heart of everything we do is a desire to see students built into communities of disciples, transformed by the gospel and impacting the university, the church and society for the glory of Christ.

Statement of faith

The doctrinal basis of IFES shall be the fundamental truths of Christianity, including:

The unity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in the Godhead.

The sovereignty of God in creation, revelation, redemption and final judgement.

The divine inspiration and entire trustworthiness of Holy Scripture, as originally given, and its supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

The universal sinfulness and guilt of all people since the fall, rendering them subject to God's wrath and condemnation.

Redemption from the guilt, penalty, dominion and pollution of sin, solely through the sacrificial death (as our representative and substitute) of the Lord Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God.

The bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead and his ascension to the right hand of God the Father.

The presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the work of regeneration.

The justification of the sinner by the grace of God through faith alone.

The indwelling and work of the Holy Spirit in the believer.

The one holy universal Church which is the body of Christ and to which all true believers belong.

The expectation of the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating231 of 81713 of 45
Fund acquisition rating253 of 81714 of 45
Resource allocation rating353 of 81712 of 45
Asset utilization rating324 of 81718 of 45

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$61$61$80,300$502,299$352,248
Short-term investments$1,883,309$1,491,168$1,072,591$983,857$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,569,639$2,860,438$3,131,308$3,002,687$2,838,285
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$3,363$5,020$7,433$4,912$5,840
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$3,363$5,020$7,433$4,912$5,840
Total assets$3,573,002$2,865,458$3,138,741$3,007,599$2,844,125
Payables and accrued expenses$1,152,971$1,039,202$613,234$674,565$982,085
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$1,152,971$1,039,202$613,234$674,565$982,085
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$410,338$500,809$1,005,823$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$410,338$500,809$1,005,823$0$0
Total liabilities$1,563,309$1,540,011$1,619,057$674,565$982,085
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$0$793,500$1,020,478$1,634,606$1,109,325
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$2,009,693$1,325,447$1,519,684$2,333,034$1,862,040
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$5,942,887$5,090,712$4,607,377$5,448,527$5,626,841
Program service revenue$0$0$1,684$46,301$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$47,778$40,522$25,262$10,599$4,840
Other revenue$3,106$2,658($60,610)$0$0
Total other revenue$50,884$43,180($33,664)$56,900$4,840
Total revenue$5,993,771$5,133,892$4,573,713$5,505,427$5,631,681
Program services$4,689,561$4,602,532$4,548,082$4,253,913$4,069,329
Management and general$437,133$445,972$456,425$453,698$383,239
Total expenses$5,361,814$5,286,801$5,441,614$5,036,627$4,711,090
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$631,957($152,909)($867,901)$468,800$920,591
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$631,957($152,909)($867,901)$468,800$920,591


David AciernoExecutive Director$125,832

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 3/24/2021. To update the information below, please email:


In 1889, a gathering of 500 Christian students in Japan sent a telegram that reached students in the USA, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Their message was simply: Make Jesus King.

At an international gathering in 1946, there was a unanimous feeling that God was calling for an international fellowship to be formed to further the growth of student ministry around the world.

The group then received an unexpected telegram from the rapidly-growing movement in China, suggesting the formation of a global movement of students witnessing for Jesus. It felt like the confirmation they had been waiting for.

Just a year later, in 1947, representatives from ten national student movements came together at Harvard University, USA, to form the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES).

They agreed on a basis of faith, a constitution and the autonomy of every national movement member. Though they were from different cultures, languages and continents, they were united in their love for Christ and their vision to see a faithful witness to him on every campus of every university in the world.

This vision has been handed down through every generation of students. Through persistent prayer. Through sacrificial giving. Through a willingness to leave everything behind to go to the universities of the nations and make Jesus known.

There are now student movements in countries like Cuba, Myanmar, Timor-Leste and Albania, where it once seemed impossible to dream that a visible witness could be established. In the face of opposition, Christian students are boldly sharing the gospel in the Middle East, in Eurasia and across the continent of Africa.

And our global fellowship keeps growing. At World Assembly 2019, thirteen national movements affiliated to IFES: Cambodia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Cayman Islands, Vanuatu, Myanmar, Faroe Islands, Montenegro, Guinea-Bissau, Cyprus, Grenada and two other movements in Eurasia and Europe.

In total, there are now 160 IFES-affiliated national movements and we're working in over 170 different countries.

Through our regional teams and by supporting national movements, IFES is inspiring students in evangelism, equipping students and faculty to engage biblically and holistically with the university, pioneering new student groups, and forming disciples and future leaders who will go on to impact the church and society for the glory of Christ.

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