International Friendships, Inc.

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International students often struggle with culture shock, stress, and loneliness when leaving their homes to study in the US. International Friendships, Inc. (IFI) is a national organization partnering with local churches, universities, and volunteers to provide life-changing hospitality and friendship to international students. We work strategically to make the world feel at home and extend God's love globally - right where we are.

International Friendships, Inc. (IFI) is a community organization that works in partnership with universities and Christian volunteers to promote friendship and hospitality for international students, scholars, and their families. IFI also partners with internationals through on-campus student organizations.

We seek to promote friendship and hospitality for international students. The students participating come from a variety of countries. Staff members work closely with volunteers from local churches to provide various services that address the social, cultural, and spiritual interests of international students. Our activities are open to students from all cultural and religious backgrounds.

IFI respects the role of university officials engaged in serving international students and scholars. We strive to have a high level of integrity and responsibility in our interactions with university officials and with international students and scholars. We adhere to the NAFSA: Association of International Educators Statement of Ethical Principles in our ministry to international students and scholars.

Contact information

Mailing address:
International Friendships, Inc.
PO Box 933319
Columbus, OH 44193


Phone: (614) 294-2434

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 310971249

CEO/President: Rich Mendola

Chairman: Rick Negley

Board size: 12

Founder: Phil Saksa / Mabel Bahler

Ruling year: 1980

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 08/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1994


Vision: God's love extended globally in partnership with spiritually vibrant international students

1-on-1 friendships mean the world to us: Our goal is to match every international student with a local friend. No program can replace a genuine friendship.

We link arms with local churches from day one: We work closely with local churches to help mobilize their congregations into cross-cultural friendships.

We keep training so you keep learning: We are committed to providing resources and training to improve our volunteers' cultural understanding.

Mission statement

To extend life-changing hospitality and friendship to international students out of reverence for Jesus

Statement of faith

We Believe:

1. that the scriptures of the Old and New Testament are inspired by God, inerrant in the original writings, and of supreme and final authority in faith and life (2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21);

2. in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (1 John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 1:8-9);

3. that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary and is true God and true man (John 1:1, 14, 20:28; 1 Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; 1 Timothy 2:5);

4. that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death (which is separation from God) and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature (Genesis 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12- 21);

5. that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scripture, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22; John 1:12);

6. in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into heaven, and in His present life there for us, as High Priest and Advocate (Luke 24:36, 39; John 2:19, 20:26- 28; Philippians 3:20-21);

7. in "that blessed hope," the personal and imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (Acts 1:11; 1 Corinthians 11:26; Philippians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 3:13, 4:15-5:4, 5:23; 2 Timothy 4:8; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:28, 10:25, 37; 1 John 2:28, 3:2-3; Revelation 3:11; 16:15, 22:12-13, 22:20-21);

8. that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God (John 1:12, 3:16; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3, 8:9, 10:9-10; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 1:13-14, 2:8-9; Galatians 3:26; Titus 3:5);

9. in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting punishment of the lost (John 5:28-29; Acts 17:31, 24:15; 1 Corinthians 15:12; Revelation 20:12-13); and

* This Doctrinal Statement does not exhaust the extent of IFI's beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating969 of 111240 of 46
Fund acquisition rating695 of 111330 of 46
Resource allocation rating887 of 111337 of 46
Asset utilization rating889 of 111231 of 46

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$101,928$45,286$43,586$374,269$25,862
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,721,618$1,451,431$1,298,221$1,193,099$1,745,354
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$2,279,172$1,188,603$1,209,906$1,183,302$124,065
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$2,279,172$1,188,603$1,209,906$1,183,302$124,065
Total assets$4,000,790$2,640,034$2,508,127$2,376,401$1,869,419
Payables and accrued expenses$1,108,374$65,703$49,659$129,688$86,289
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$1,108,374$65,703$49,659$129,688$86,289
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$87,366$80,393$81,990$60,368$61,128
Total long-term liabilities$325,782$341,621$379,164$360,368$61,128
Total liabilities$1,434,156$407,324$428,823$490,056$147,417
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$2,559,134$2,215,910$2,077,574$1,538,547$1,665,251
With donor restrictions$7,500$16,800$1,730$347,798$56,751
Net assets$2,566,634$2,232,710$2,079,304$1,886,345$1,722,002
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$3,797,594$3,196,555$3,208,359$2,814,006$2,448,412
Program service revenue$67,292$19,798$31,716$46,018$43,463
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$2,756$883$5,916$18,865$68,387
Other revenue$52,649$24,735$37,952$9,528$5,124
Total other revenue$122,697$45,416$75,584$74,411$116,974
Total revenue$3,920,291$3,241,971$3,283,943$2,888,417$2,565,386
Program services$2,882,654$2,251,474$2,074,082$2,131,853$1,635,412
Management and general$672,181$544,612$445,990$349,171$374,520
Total expenses$3,897,783$3,088,977$2,805,663$2,723,862$2,303,138
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$22,508$152,994$478,280$164,555$262,248
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$22,508$152,994$478,280$164,555$262,248


Richard MendolaCEO$125,326
Don HayesCFO$74,713
T Scott HolahanCOO$60,585

Compensation data as of: 8/31/2022

Response from ministry

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Program accomplishments

43 campuses
136 churches
1,196 volunteers


- Funding for national ministry expansion
- More volunteers to befriend, serve and equip more international students
- New staff on campuses where internationals are studying