InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA

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InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA is an evangelical campus mission serving more than 34,000 students and faculty on more than 770 college and university campuses nationwide. Incorporated in 1941, InterVarsity has a rich tradition of campus witness, thoughtful discipleship, and a concern for world missions.

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship/USA is a nonprofit organization and contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. In addition, it is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

Contact information

Mailing address:
635 Science Dr.
PO Box 7895
Madison, WI 53707-7895


Phone: (608) 274-9001


Organization details

EIN: 362171714

CEO/President: Mr. Tom Lin

Chairman: Elizabeth Nielsen

Board size: 17

Founder: Mr. Stacey Woods

Year founded: 1941

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1980


InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA is an evangelical campus mission serving more than 35,000 students and faculty on more than 560 college and university campuses nationwide. Incorporated in 1941, InterVarsity has a rich tradition of campus witness, thoughtful discipleship, and a concern for world missions.

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship/USA is a nonprofit organization and contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. In addition, it is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

Mission statement

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship using the following to express its mission: Our Vision is to see students and faculty transformed, campuses renewed, and world changers developed.

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship communicates its Purpose Statement as the following:

In response to God's love, grace and truth:

The Purpose of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA is to establish and advance at colleges and universities witnessing communities of students and faculty who follow Jesus as Savior and Lord: growing in love for God, God's Word, God's people of every ethnicity and culture and God's purposes in the world.

Statement of faith

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's uses the following to express its Statement of Fath:

We believe in:

  • The only true God, the almighty Creator of all things,existing eternally in three persons- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-full of love and glory.
  • The unique divine inspiration, entire trustworthiness and authority of the Bible.
  • The value and dignity of all people: created in God's image to live in love and holiness,but alienated from God and each other because of our sin and guilt,and justly subject to God's wrath.
  • Jesus Christ, fully human and fully divine,who lived as a perfect example, who assumed the judgment due sinners by dying in our place,and who was bodily raised from the dead and ascended as Savior and Lord.
  • Justification by God's grace to all who repent and put their faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation.
  • The indwelling presence and transforming power of the Holy Spirit, who gives to all believers a new life and a new calling to obedient service.
  • The unity of all believers in Jesus Christ, manifest in worshiping and witnessing churches making disciples throughout the world.
  • The victorious reign and future personal return of Jesus Christ, who will judge all people with justice and mercy, giving over the unrepentant to eternal condemnation but receiving the redeemed into eternal life.
To God be glory forever.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Fellowship Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating416 of 81716 of 24
Fund acquisition rating557 of 81719 of 24
Resource allocation rating344 of 81713 of 24
Asset utilization rating347 of 81711 of 24

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$13,075,000$10,513,000$10,330,000$10,101,000$15,191,000
Short-term investments$36,762,000$36,702,000$36,213,000$35,781,000$33,815,000
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$52,576,000$49,675,000$48,215,000$49,859,000$52,979,000
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$14,578,000$15,252,000$16,485,000$16,381,000$15,369,000
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$14,578,000$15,252,000$16,485,000$16,381,000$15,369,000
Total assets$67,154,000$64,927,000$64,700,000$66,240,000$68,348,000
Payables and accrued expenses$7,647,000$7,023,000$8,310,000$6,480,000$6,258,000
Other current liabilities$256,000$1,401,000$652,000$795,000$2,572,000
Total current liabilities$7,903,000$8,424,000$8,962,000$7,275,000$8,830,000
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$299,000$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$299,000$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$8,202,000$8,424,000$8,962,000$7,275,000$8,830,000
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$23,715,000$21,265,000$20,160,000$20,779,000$19,420,000
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$58,952,000$56,503,000$55,738,000$58,965,000$59,518,000
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$89,248,000$81,060,000$78,229,000$78,950,000$80,751,000
Program service revenue$26,849,000$20,582,000$20,672,000$25,691,000$20,073,000
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$2,502,000$3,042,000$3,884,000$72,000$851,000
Other revenue$811,000$2,747,000$409,000$1,055,000$398,000
Total other revenue$30,162,000$26,371,000$24,965,000$26,818,000$21,322,000
Total revenue$119,410,000$107,431,000$103,194,000$105,768,000$102,073,000
Program services$93,910,000$85,169,000$86,062,000$88,167,000$79,710,000
Management and general$12,271,000$11,819,000$11,943,000$9,997,000$8,321,000
Total expenses$116,961,000$106,666,000$106,421,000$106,321,000$95,790,000
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$2,449,000$765,000($3,227,000)($553,000)$6,283,000
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$2,449,000$765,000($3,227,000)($553,000)$6,283,000


Thomas F LinPresident/Vice President$254,525
Andrew GinsbergExecutive Vice President$169,643
Jeffrey CrosbyAssociate Publisher, VP$161,216
Denela WilsonExecutive VP/CFO/Treasurer$160,041
Jason ThomasExecutive Vice President$157,648
Paula FullerExecutive Vice President$154,543
Rodney S MarionVice President/Development$143,909
Kimberly PorterVice President/Ministry Svcs & Ops$140,889
Gregory JaoVice President/Sr Asst to President$140,304
Robert GrossVice President/Graduate Faculty Min.$126,147
Elizabeth VannelleNational Dir. Major Donor Engagement$125,754
Terumi EcholsIVP Director of Finance & Ful. Ops$119,366
Christina OlsonSecretary$76,053

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2019

Response from ministry

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InterVarsity communicates its history as the following:

Our movement began with students at the University of Cambridge, England in 1877. There, a group of Christian students began to meet together, in spite of the disapproval of some University officials, to pray, to study the Bible and to witness to fellow students. Soon, similar groups sprung up on other campuses. Eventually, they formed the British Inter-Varsity. (Hence our name, inter - meaning between, varsity - the British term for college level students.) From the very beginning they had a strong concern to take the gospel to those all over the world who had never heard it - a concern that continues in InterVarsity today.

In response to a plea for help, British InterVarsity sent Howard Guinness, a medical school graduate and vice-chairman of the British movement, to Canada in1928. Students helped raise the money to provide one-way passage to Canada. Between bouts of seasickness, Guinness led his cabin mate to Christ during the crossing, As God supplied the funds, he slowly worked his way across Canada, starting up and assisting evangelical student groups.

By 1937 the Canadians began to hear requests for help from students in the United States as independent evangelical student groups began springing up. In 1938 Stacey Woods, the Canadian InterVarsity director, met with students on the University of Michigan campus. As an immediate result of that visit, students formed the first InterVarsity chapter in the United States.

By May of 1941 InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA was an official organization, with three staff on loan from Canada and Stacey Woods at the helm as Secretary General. In 1947 InterVarsity USA became a founding member of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students, a federation of national Christian student movements. The other charter members are Australia, Britain, Canada, China, France, Holland, New Zealand, Norway, and Switzerland. (To see which 143 countries are currently members of IFES go to

By 1950 there were 35 staff serving students in 499 InterVarsity chapters across the country. InterVarsity Press had been started to supply quality literature suitable for the campus. And the Urbana student missions convention had begun the tradition of calling every student generation to consider global missions. By the early seventies there were more than 200 staff.

Today, there are more than 1600 InterVarsity staff serving more than 36,000 students and faculty nationwide. In addition we produce training materials, camps, books, and media tools which serve both the Church and campus. Our work touches every kind of student including graduate students and faculty. We are seeking to build witnessing communities on the campus which are bold, broad and ethnically diverse.

In 2018, InterVarsity announced our 2030 Calling, a movement to establish Christian community on all 2,500 U.S. college and university campuses with more than 1,000 students: "Longing for revival, we catalyze movements that call every corner of every campus to follow Jesus." InterVarsity president Tom Lin said, ""The 2030 Calling represents a new shift in how InterVarsity approaches campus ministry. More than ever before, InterVarsity is inviting partners from every part of God's kingdom to participate in his work among students and faculty. This is not about planting InterVarsity's flag on every campus; it's about declaring God's glory on every campus."

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