Alliance Defending Freedom (pka Alliance Defense Fund, Inc.)

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Alliance Defending Freedom is the world's largest legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, marriage and family, parental rights, and the sanctity of life. We defend your most cherished liberties in Congress, state legislatures, and courtrooms across the country-all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.

We don't just stand for freedom-we win. ADF has won 12 victories at the Supreme Court since 2011, and we're winning nearly 80 percent of all our cases-but we don't do it alone.

When 35 Christian leaders came together to build a ministry that would defend religious liberty and keep the doors open for the Gospel, they knew it would take an alliance.

Like the Body of Christ, the alliance is one body made up of many parts. Attorneys play different roles than church and ministry leaders. Non-profit volunteers play different roles than legislators. And business professionals play a different role than grassroots advocates. Each person must play his or her particular role, under one shared vision, to ensure that religious freedom thrives.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Alliance Defending Freedom
15100 North 90th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85260-5260


Phone: (800) 835-5233


Organization details

EIN: 541660459

CEO/President: Michael P. Farris

Chairman: Terry Schlossberg

Board size: 11

Founder: Bill Bright, Don Wildmon, & et al

Year founded: 1993

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1995


Alliance Defending Freedom (fka Alliance Defense Fund, Inc.) ("ADF") was formed in 1993 to serve and litigate on behalf of those individuals and charities that promote religious liberty, sanctity of human life, and family values. ADF provides individuals and charities with strategic planning, training, educational materials, and funding to coordinate and expand their ability to fight legal cases.

ADF's mission is to fund the legal defense and advocacy of religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, and family values. ADF aims to dismantle the wall of legal precedents that negatively affect Christians. A seven-member Grants and Review Committee of volunteer attorneys reviews and evaluates each request for funding.

Mission statement

ADF is a servant organization that provides the resources that will keep the door open for the spread of the Gospel through the legal defense and advocacy of religious freedom, sanctity of life, and family values.

Statement of faith

Based on our adherence to the inspired, infallible, inerrant, and authoritative Word of God in Scripture, we profess with the Christian Church throughout time and around the world the faith expressed in the Apostles' Creed:

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.


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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Advocacy

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating875 of 94039 of 40
Fund acquisition rating746 of 94232 of 40
Resource allocation rating653 of 94229 of 40
Asset utilization rating889 of 94037 of 40

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,679,288$3,545,982$1,635,272$2,327,323$1,459,013
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$8,617,209$8,250,569$7,918,561$16,785,950$13,512,130
Long-term investments$26,649,540$21,905,246$16,429,124$6,656,095$7,810,600
Fixed assets$16,879,430$17,046,884$16,493,997$16,870,449$18,713,826
Other long-term assets$226,537$210,154$337,738$300,989$304,208
Total long-term assets$43,755,507$39,162,284$33,260,859$23,827,533$26,828,634
Total assets$52,372,716$47,412,853$41,179,420$40,613,483$40,340,764
Payables and accrued expenses$4,515,149$6,347,417$4,549,658$4,115,098$4,385,651
Other current liabilities$1,523,229$1,489,533$1,251,165$1,144,179$773,393
Total current liabilities$6,038,378$7,836,950$5,800,823$5,259,277$5,159,044
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$6,038,378$7,836,950$5,800,823$5,259,277$5,159,044
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$42,352,704$36,762,012$32,636,931$32,374,029$32,372,796
With donor restrictions$3,981,634$2,813,891$2,741,666$2,980,177$2,808,924
Net assets$46,334,338$39,575,903$35,378,597$35,354,206$35,181,720
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Total contributions$66,990,233$60,876,147$61,220,263$55,295,760$57,336,981
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$1,071,563$440,982$150,145$0$0
Investment income($123,376)$702,934$435,644$507,292$238,155
Other revenue$1,108,236$2,662,621($170,504)$636,251$1,582,547
Total other revenue$2,056,423$3,806,537$415,285$1,143,543$1,820,702
Total revenue$69,046,656$64,682,684$61,635,548$56,439,303$59,157,683
Program services$48,404,394$45,845,180$48,240,107$45,338,219$53,467,761
Management and general$5,499,206$6,365,660$5,304,037$4,470,250$4,589,100
Total expenses$62,288,221$60,485,378$61,611,157$56,266,817$63,832,634
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$6,758,435$4,197,306$24,391$172,486($4,674,951)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$6,758,435$4,197,306$24,391$172,486($4,674,951)


Alan SearsFounder$830,412
Michael FarrisPresident and CEO$482,208
Wayne SwindlerEVP Finance & Administration$303,634
Kristen WaggonerGeneral Counsel$296,580
Tim ChandlerSr. Counsel, SVP of Alliance Adv$276,361
Mark CrozetSVP of Development (Part Year)$274,934
Brett HarveySr. Counsel, VP of Allied Legal Affairs$260,017
Lisa ReschetnikowADF Foundation Pres/Corp Gen Couns$246,749
Jeffrey VentrellaSr. Counsel, SVP of Training$243,461
David CortmanSr. Counsel, VP of U.S. Litigation$242,996
Jeremy TedescoSr. Counsel, VP of U.S. Advocacy$241,647
Gary McCalebFormer Officer$228,363
Glen LavyCorporate Counsel$213,983
Tony JohnsonSVP of Operations & Direct Response$190,745
Lance BauslaughSVP of Development$184,393
Amy ShepardFormer Key Employee$128,913

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

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 6/7/2021. To update the information below, please email:


ADF uses the following to express its history:

Responding to the urgent need for the legal defense and advocacy of religious freedom, the leaders of more than 30 ministries came together in 1993 to launch ADF. These leaders included the late Dr. Bill Bright, the late Larry Burkett, Dr. James Dobson, Dr. D. James Kennedy, and Marlin Maddoux. Their prime concern was the dramatic loss of religious freedom in America's courts and the resulting challenges to people of faith to live and proclaim the Gospel.

Program accomplishments

Alliance Defending Freedom provides strategic planning and coordination for attorneys and like-minded groups in preparation for and during litigation, trains attorneys to effectively argue court cases involving religious freedom, family values, and the sanctity of life, and provides grants to attorneys arguing cases that have a high likelihood of establishing positive precedents in areas of law consistent with ADF's mission.