International Fellowship of Evangelical Students USA

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Summary

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

Website: ifesworld.org

Phone: 608-348-6234

Email: donor.services@ifesworld.org


Organization details

EIN: 263538114

CEO/President: Mr. Kevin Van Horne

Chairman: Dave Berry

Board size: 7

Founder:

Year founded: 2009

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2011


Purpose

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.

Transparency grade

A

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating449 of 91323 of 47
Fund acquisition rating322 of 91519 of 47
Resource allocation rating496 of 91523 of 47
Asset utilization rating543 of 91329 of 47

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
6%4%4%5%9%6%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
5%4%4%5%10%6%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
96%99%99%99%101%99%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
5%5%4%5%8%7%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
4%1%1%1%-1%1%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%82%87%87%84%84%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
94%81%89%103%119%91%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
78%67%78%90%99%77%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
6%19%11%-3%-19%9%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
8%28%31%-12%-57%20%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
11%12%8%8%8%9%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.150.811.501.851.731.67
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.501.001.001.001.001.00
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.050.811.501.851.741.68
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
6.874.503.102.755.114.45
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.140.220.320.360.200.22
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.3411.515.414.135.555.55
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
16%32%44%54%52%22%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%10%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
70%84%37%25%28%46%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20202019201820172016
Cash$1,406,356$1,686,269$1,369,209$1,978,417$1,516,531
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$864,668$61$61$80,300$502,299
Short-term investments$1,953,721$1,883,309$1,491,168$1,072,591$983,857
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$4,224,745$3,569,639$2,860,438$3,131,308$3,002,687
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$1,405$3,363$5,020$7,433$4,912
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$1,405$3,363$5,020$7,433$4,912
Total assets$4,226,150$3,573,002$2,865,458$3,138,741$3,007,599
 
Liabilities20202019201820172016
Payables and accrued expenses$439,963$1,152,971$1,039,202$613,234$674,565
Other current liabilities$497,928$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$937,891$1,152,971$1,039,202$613,234$674,565
Debt$413,670$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$410,338$500,809$1,005,823$0
Total long-term liabilities$413,670$410,338$500,809$1,005,823$0
Total liabilities$1,351,561$1,563,309$1,540,011$1,619,057$674,565
 
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$635,845$641,902$531,947$499,206$698,428
With donor restrictions$2,238,744$1,367,791$793,500$1,020,478$1,634,606
Net assets$2,874,589$2,009,693$1,325,447$1,519,684$2,333,034
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20202019201820172016
Total contributions$4,197,326$5,942,887$5,090,712$4,607,377$5,448,527
Program service revenue$0$0$0$1,684$46,301
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$24,679$47,778$40,522$25,262$10,599
Other revenue$2,465$3,106$2,658($60,610)$0
Total other revenue$27,144$50,884$43,180($33,664)$56,900
Total revenue$4,224,470$5,993,771$5,133,892$4,573,713$5,505,427
 
Expenses20202019201820172016
Program services$2,815,456$4,689,561$4,602,532$4,548,082$4,253,913
Management and general$422,083$437,133$445,972$456,425$453,698
Fundraising$188,265$235,120$238,297$437,107$329,016
Total expenses$3,425,804$5,361,814$5,286,801$5,441,614$5,036,627
 
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$798,666$631,957($152,909)($867,901)$468,800
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$798,666$631,957($152,909)($867,901)$468,800

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
David AciernoExecutive Director (part year)$85,093
Kevin Van HorneExecutive Director$47,500

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 3/24/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


History

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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