International Fellowship of Evangelical Students USA

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IFES is a movement of students sharing and living out the good news of Jesus Christ. Locally. Nationally. Globally.

Contact information

Mailing address:
PO Box 46007
Madison, WI 53744


Phone: 608-348-6234

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 263538114

CEO/President: Kevin Van Horne

Chairman: Septi Bukula

Board size: 15

Founder: Leaders from 10 student movements

Ruling year: 2009

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2011


Our vision is to see students thriving together as communities of disciples, transformed by the gospel and impacting the university, the church and society for the glory of Christ.

IFES shapes lives and develops student leaders all around the world. We support locally-led student movements in over 180 different countries. We are committed to seeing a student witness established in every university in the world.

Mission statement

At the heart of everything we do is a desire to see students thriving together as 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 rating386 of 103115 of 43
Fund acquisition rating209 of 10327 of 43
Resource allocation rating428 of 103218 of 43
Asset utilization rating710 of 103126 of 43

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$2,735,670$864,668$61$61$80,300
Short-term investments$1,858,603$1,953,721$1,883,309$1,491,168$1,072,591
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$6,456,278$4,224,745$3,569,639$2,860,438$3,131,308
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$518$1,405$3,363$5,020$7,433
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$518$1,405$3,363$5,020$7,433
Total assets$6,456,796$4,226,150$3,573,002$2,865,458$3,138,741
Payables and accrued expenses$799,990$439,963$1,152,971$1,039,202$613,234
Other current liabilities$0$497,928$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$799,990$937,891$1,152,971$1,039,202$613,234
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$410,338$500,809$1,005,823
Total long-term liabilities$414,063$413,670$410,338$500,809$1,005,823
Total liabilities$1,214,053$1,351,561$1,563,309$1,540,011$1,619,057
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$857,529$635,845$641,902$531,947$499,206
With donor restrictions$4,385,214$2,238,744$1,367,791$793,500$1,020,478
Net assets$5,242,743$2,874,589$2,009,693$1,325,447$1,519,684
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$6,142,264$4,197,326$5,942,887$5,090,712$4,607,377
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$1,684
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$34,027$24,679$47,778$40,522$25,262
Other revenue$0$2,465$3,106$2,658($60,610)
Total other revenue$34,027$27,144$50,884$43,180($33,664)
Total revenue$6,176,291$4,224,470$5,993,771$5,133,892$4,573,713
Program services$3,241,689$2,815,456$4,689,561$4,602,532$4,548,082
Management and general$442,095$422,083$437,133$445,972$456,425
Total expenses$3,854,222$3,425,804$5,361,814$5,286,801$5,441,614
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$2,322,069$798,666$631,957($152,909)($867,901)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$2,322,069$798,666$631,957($152,909)($867,901)


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

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2020

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 1/6/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


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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.

IFES has grown as student groups began connecting across borders and oceans, partnering and praying together towards a shared vision. Today, we are made up of students and staff in more than 180 countries.

We're pioneering student witness on new campuses, inspiring each other in campus evangelism, engaging with the big issues in our universities and seeing graduates going on to impact society for the glory of Christ.

Whether you are a student doing a Bible study on your campus, a graduate seeing your faith impact your workplace or a supporter praying and giving faithfully to the work, you are a vital part of IFES.

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