Institute for Creation Research / ICR

Summary

The Institute for Creation Research ("ICR") researches, writes, and educates in both the standard curriculum of each scientific discipline and the Institute's supplemental framework of scientific creationism and Biblical authority in all disciplines. ICR's passion at the Institute for Creation Research is to see science return to its rightful God-glorifying position, and see creation recognized as a strength by the body of Christ; supporting Scripture, answering questions, satisfying doubts and removing road blocks to the Gospel. ICR's research Graduate School exists to train students in scientific research and teaching skills, and preparing effective warriors for the faith. The activities of ICR are carried out within a framework of three major divisions, each with a designated head responsible to the administration and thence to the Board of Trustees. In addition, all professional-level staff members serve on an Advisory Council which meets approximately once each quarter to discuss plans and programs and to formulate recommendations to be transmitted to the Board.

This organization is a California nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully deductible to the extent allowed by the law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).


Contact information

Mailing address:
1806 Royal Lane
Dallas, TX 75229-5229

Website: www.icr.org

Phone: (800) 337-0375

Email: BTG@ICR.org


Organization details

EIN: 953523177

CEO/President: Dr. John Morris

Chairman: Dr. David Wismer

Board size: 16

Founder: Dr. Henry Morris

Year founded: 1980

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1986


Purpose

The Institute for Creation Research ("ICR") researches, writes, and educates in both the standard curriculum of each scientific discipline and the Institute's supplemental framework of scientific creationism and Biblical authority in all disciplines. ICR's passion at the Institute for Creation Research is to see science return to its rightful God-glorifying position, and see creation recognized as a strength by the body of Christ; supporting Scripture, answering questions, satisfying doubts and removing road blocks to the Gospel. ICR's research Graduate School exists to train students in scientific research and teaching skills, and preparing effective warriors for the faith. The activities of ICR are carried out within a framework of three major divisions, each with a designated head responsible to the administration and thence to the Board of Trustees. In addition, all professional-level staff members serve on an Advisory Council which meets approximately once each quarter to discuss plans and programs and to formulate recommendations to be transmitted to the Board. The divisional structure is as follows:

Division of Education and Research
Kenneth B. Cumming, Ph.D., Dean

Division of Outreach
John D. Morris, Ph.D.

Division of Support Services
Donald H. Rohrer, B.S., Chief Financial Officer

This organization is a California nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully deductible to the extent allowed by the law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).


Mission statement

ICR uses the following to communicate its mission:

Our passion at the Institute for Creation Research is to see science return to its rightful God-glorifying position, and see creation recognized as a strength by the body of Christ; supporting Scripture, answering questions, satisfying doubts and removing road blocks to the Gospel.


Statement of faith

The Institute for Creation Research Graduate School has a unique statement of faith for its faculty and students, incorporating most of the basic Christian doctrines in a creationist framework, organized in terms of two parallel sets of tenets, related to God's created world and God's inspired Word, respectively. Reproduced below are the ICR Educational Philosophy and its Tenets of Scientific Creationism and Biblical Creationism.

ICR EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY
The programs and curricula of the Graduate School, as well as the activities of other ICR divisions, while similar in factual content to those of other graduate colleges, are distinctive in one major respect. The Institute for Creation Research bases its educational philosophy on the foundational truth of a personal Creator-God and His authoritative and unique revelation of truth in the Bible, both Old and New Testaments.

This perspective differs from the evolutionary humanistic philosophy which has dominated most educational institutions for the past century, providing the most satisfying and meaningful structure of a consistently creationist and Biblical framework, and placing the real facts of science and history in the best context for effective future research and application.

More explicitly, the administration and faculty of ICR are committed to the tenets of both scientific creationism and Biblical creationism as formulated below. A clear distinction is drawn between scientific creationism and Biblical creationism but it is the position of the Institute that the two are compatible and that all genuine facts of science support the Bible. ICR maintains that scientific creationism should be taught along with the scientific aspects of evolutionism in tax-supported institutions, and that both scientific and Biblical creationism should be taught in Christian schools.

TENETS OF SCIENTIFIC CREATIONISM
The physical universe of space, time, matter, and energy has not always existed, but was supernaturally created by a transcendent personal Creator who alone has existed from eternity. The phenomenon of biological life did not develop by natural processes from inanimate systems but was specially and supernaturally created by the Creator.

Each of the major kinds of plants and animals was created functionally complete from the beginning and did not evolve from some other kind of organism. Changes in basic kinds since their first creation are limited to "horizontal" changes (variation) within the kinds, or "downwarif' changes (e.g., harmful mutations, extinctions).

The first human beings did not evolve from an animal ancestry, but were specially created in fully human form from the start. Furthermore, the "spiritual" nature of man (self-image, moral consciousness, abstract reasoning, language, will, religious nature, etc.) is itself a supernaturally created entity distinct from mere biological life.

The record of earth history, as preserved in the earth's crust, especially in the rocks and fossil deposits, is primarily a record of catastrophic intensities of natural processes, operating largely within uniform natural laws, rather than one of gradualism and relatively uniform process rates. There are many scientific evidences for a relatively recent creation of the earth and the universe, in addition to strong scientific evidence that most of the earth's fossiliferous sedimentary rocks were formed in an even more recent global hydraulic cataclysm.

Processes today operate primarily within fixed natural laws and relatively uniform process rates but, since these were themselves originally created and are daily maintained by their Creator, there is always the possibility of miraculous intervention in these laws or processes by their Creator. Evidences for such intervention should be scrutinized critically, however, because there must be clear and adequate reason for any such action on the part of the Creator. The universe and life have somehow been impaired since the completion of creation, so that imperfections in structure, disease, aging, extinctions, and other such phenomena are the result of "negative" changes in properties and processes occurring in an originally-perfect created order.

Since the universe and its primary components were created perfect for their purposes in the beginning by a competent and volitional Creator, and since the Creator does remain active in this now-decaying creation, there do exist ultimate purposes and meanings in the universe. Teleological considerations, therefore, are appropriate in scientific studies whenever they are consistent with the actual data of observation, and it is reasonable to assume that the creation presently awaits the consummation of the Creator's purpose.

Although people are finite and scientific data concerning origins are always circumstantial and incomplete, the human mind (if open to the possibility of creation) is able to explore the manifestations of that Creator rationally and scientifically, and to reach an intelligent decision regarding one's place in the Creator's plan.

TENETS OF BIBLICAL CREATIONISM
The Creator of the universe is a triune God-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. There is only one eternal and transcendent God, the source of all being and meaning, and He exists in three Persons, each of whom participated in the work of creation. The Bible, consisting of the thirty-nine canonical books of the Old Testament and the twenty-seven canonical books of the New Testament, is the divinely-inspired revelation of the Creator to man. Its unique, plenary, verbal inspiration guarantees that these writings, as originally and miraculously given, are infallible and completely authoritative on all matters with which they deal, free from error of any sort, scientific and historical as well as moral and theological.
All things in the universe were created and made by God in the six literal days of the creation week described in Genesis 1:1-2:3, and confirmed in Exodus 20:8-11. The creation record is factual, historical, and perspicuous; thus all theories of origins or development which involve evolution in any form are false. All things which now exist are sustained and ordered by God's providential care. However, a part of the spiritual creation, Satan and his angels, rebelled against God after the creation and are attempting to thwart His divine purposes in creation.

The first human beings, Adam and Eve, were specially created by God, and all other men and women are their descendants. In Adam, mankind was instructed to exercise "dominion" over all other created organisms, and over the earth itself (an implicit commission for true science, technology, commerce, fine art, and education) but the temptation by Satan and the entrance of sin brought God's curse on that dominion and on mankind, culminating in death and separation from God as the natural and proper consequence.

The Biblical record of primeval earth history in Genesis I-II is fully historical and perspicuous, including the creation and fall of man, the curse on the creation and its subjection to the bondage of decay, the promised Redeemer, the worldwide cataclysmic deluge in the days of Noah, the post-diluvian renewal of man's commission to subdue the earth (now augmented by the institution of human government) and the origin of nations and languages at the tower of Babel.
The alienation of man from his Creator because of sin can only be remedied by the Creator Himself, who became man in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, through miraculous conception and virgin birth. In Christ were indissolubly united perfect sinless humanity and full deity, so that His substitutionary death is the only necessary and sufficient price of man's redemption. That the redemption was completely efficacious is assured by His bodily resurrection from the dead and ascension into heaven; the resurrection of Christ is thus the focal point of history, assuring the consummation of God's purposes in creation.

The final restoration of creation's perfection is yet future, but individuals can immediately be restored to fellowship with their Creator, on the basis of His redemptive work on their behalf, receiving forgiveness and etemal life solely through personal trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, accepting Him not only as estranged Creator but also as reconciling Redeemer and coming King. Those who reject Him, however, or who neglect to believe on Him, thereby continue in their state of rebellion and must ultimately be consigned to the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
In addition to a firm commitment to creationism and to full Biblical inerrancy and authority, the ICR Graduate School is committed to traditional education and to high standards of academic excellence. Each student's graduate program will consist predominantly of classroom lecture courses, with interaction between instructors and students, plus a research investigation and M.S. thesis. ICR's highly qualified and experienced faculty is in itself assurance of a rigorous and creative educational experience for its graduates, equipping them both for productive careers in their chosen fields and for making a significant contribution to the ongoing worldwide revival of theistic creationism.

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Christian Growth

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating214 of 43020 of 46
Fund acquisition rating101 of 43012 of 46
Resource allocation rating150 of 43013 of 46
Asset utilization rating409 of 43042 of 46

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20182017201620152014
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%3%3%4%7%7%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%3%3%4%6%6%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%95%92%93%83%83%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%5%5%6%5%5%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%5%8%7%17%17%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20182017201620152014
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
83%87%88%85%87%87%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%61%56%62%113%105%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%53%49%53%98%91%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%39%44%38%-13%-5%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%21%31%33%-11%-3%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%8%7%9%8%7%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20182017201620152014
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.320.300.360.470.750.65
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.537.012.072.623.833.23
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.532.070.761.222.892.10
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20182017201620152014
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.093.3519.8523.095.759.30
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.300.050.040.170.11
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.074.0615.089.393.445.10
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20182017201620152014
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%10%9%12%17%15%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
63%303%249%188%110%131%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20182017201620152014
Cash$4,053,358$10,823,013$5,600,187$1,718,188$2,042,109
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$342,536$322,417$0$285,150$280,430
Short-term investments$0$551,534$259,445$811,202$644,351
Other current assets$31,196$26,258$748,557$423,298$1,150,858
Total current assets$4,427,090$11,723,222$6,608,189$3,237,838$4,117,748
Long-term investments$1,655,370$1,753,086$2,785,596$2,976,374$2,860,071
Fixed assets$22,979,038$9,208,131$7,929,024$6,195,151$6,330,133
Other long-term assets$1,993,844$1,600,149$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$26,628,252$12,561,366$10,714,620$9,171,525$9,190,204
Total assets$31,055,342$24,284,588$17,322,809$12,409,363$13,307,952
 
Liabilities20182017201620152014
Payables and accrued expenses$1,099,908$397,897$286,143$288,757$184,351
Other current liabilities$221,714$192,681$0$274,107$258,598
Total current liabilities$1,321,622$590,578$286,143$562,864$442,949
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$1,911,891$1,648,232$1,814,520$1,594,073$1,534,404
Total long-term liabilities$1,911,891$1,648,232$1,814,520$1,594,073$1,534,404
Total liabilities$3,233,513$2,238,810$2,100,663$2,156,937$1,977,353
 
Net assets20182017201620152014
Unrestricted$27,055,929$14,427,897$11,482,832$9,434,345$10,463,416
Temporarily restricted$762,041$7,614,022$3,735,455$814,222$863,324
Permanently restricted$3,859$3,859$3,859$3,859$3,859
Net assets$27,821,829$22,045,778$15,222,146$10,252,426$11,330,599
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20182017201620152014
Total contributions$14,164,780$14,450,469$12,173,858$6,832,559$6,860,109
Program service revenue$574,516$761,859$813,063$1,208,610$868,901
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$122,622$5,469$11,459$62,383$304,442
Other revenue$84,040$467,263$51,041$162,706$242,128
Total other revenue$781,178$1,234,591$875,563$1,433,699$1,415,471
Total revenue$14,945,958$15,685,060$13,049,421$8,266,258$8,275,580
 
Expenses20182017201620152014
Program services$7,978,340$7,754,101$6,871,786$8,114,820$7,556,268
Management and general$760,271$646,765$731,952$740,560$635,348
Fundraising$431,296$460,562$475,963$489,051$460,508
Total expenses$9,169,907$8,861,428$8,079,701$9,344,431$8,652,124
 
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)$5,776,051$6,823,632$4,969,720($1,078,173)($376,544)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$5,776,051$6,823,632$4,969,720($1,078,173)($376,544)

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History

The Institute for Creation Research was first established in 1970 and reorganized with its present name in 1972 to meet the need for an organization devoted to research, publication, and teaching in those fields of science particularly relevant to the study of origins. It was originally formed as the research division of Christian Heritage College (also established in 1970).

The Institute for Creation Research became a separate Christian organization in 1981, having previously been a division of Christian Heritage College. There were two basic reasons for this move. The first involved becoming trans-denominational; at that time the College was administered by the Scott Memorial Baptist Church, and the unique ministry of ICR was oriented toward conservative Christianity in general. The second was in order to establish a science graduate school oriented around Biblical creationism, instead of the evolutionism and secular humanism prevalent in all other science graduate schools: the regional accrediting agency would not allow this to be done at Christian Heritage College.

That God led in this decision has been confirmed by His great blessing on the ministry during the ensuing twenty years. Despite much opposition from the evolution-oriented establishment in science and education, the outreach of its education, research, and publication activities has been worldwide in scope, with thousands won to Christ and to stronger faith in God's inerrant Word.

The first graduate courses were taught in the summer of 1981, and all degree programs were then examined by the Office of Private Postsecondary Education of the State of California and received the State's "Approved" rating in June 1981. In 1989, the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction attempted to withdraw this rating and close the school because of its creationist perspective in science. Legal actions taken by ICR, however, prevented this, so that full "Approval" was reconfirmed early in 1992. In 1995 the Council for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education confirmed that ICR/OS met the exemption requirement as defined in California Education Code 94303(B)(2). The exemption from the approval process is related to ICR/OS's national accreditation under TRACS and is good for the calendar years 1992-1996.


Program accomplishments


Needs

Partnering with ICR and other local volunteers to bring an area-wide creation seminar to your community. Fall 2000 dates are now available for "Back to Genesis" seminars. Call to get your choice of dates. If you are interested in pursuing this, ICR will send you a complimentary copy of their new "War of the Worldviews" video. For more information, contact ICR's Director of Seminars, Mark Rasche, 619-596-6043, or BTG@ICR.org.

To find out about the many different giving options, please contact: Tom Manning, ICR Stewardship and Trust Services P.O. Box 2667, El Cajon, CA 92021 E-mail: tmanning@icr.org ICR Office: (619) 448-0900 ext. 6007 Home Office: (619) 440-3218 ICR Fax: (619) 448-3469