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 rating901 of 107734 of 45
Fund acquisition rating748 of 107832 of 45
Resource allocation rating932 of 107836 of 45
Asset utilization rating618 of 107720 of 45

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$45,286$43,586$374,269$25,862$19,114
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,451,431$1,298,221$1,193,099$1,745,354$507,291
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$1,188,603$1,209,906$1,183,302$124,065$1,298,696
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$1,188,603$1,209,906$1,183,302$124,065$1,298,696
Total assets$2,640,034$2,508,127$2,376,401$1,869,419$1,805,987
Payables and accrued expenses$65,703$49,659$129,688$86,289$77,181
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$65,703$49,659$129,688$86,289$77,181
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$80,393$81,990$60,368$61,128$45,957
Total long-term liabilities$341,621$379,164$360,368$61,128$269,052
Total liabilities$407,324$428,823$490,056$147,417$346,233
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$2,215,910$2,077,574$1,538,547$1,665,251$1,454,754
With donor restrictions$16,800$1,730$347,798$56,751$5,000
Net assets$2,232,710$2,079,304$1,886,345$1,722,002$1,459,754
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$3,196,555$3,208,359$2,814,006$2,448,412$2,077,380
Program service revenue$19,798$31,716$46,018$43,463$49,330
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$883$5,916$18,865$68,387$731
Other revenue$24,735$37,952$9,528$5,124$14,927
Total other revenue$45,416$75,584$74,411$116,974$64,988
Total revenue$3,241,971$3,283,943$2,888,417$2,565,386$2,142,368
Program services$2,251,474$2,074,082$2,131,853$1,635,412$1,323,307
Management and general$544,612$445,990$349,171$374,520$314,455
Total expenses$3,088,977$2,805,663$2,723,862$2,303,138$1,909,000
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$152,994$478,280$164,555$262,248$233,368
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$152,994$478,280$164,555$262,248$233,368


Richard MendolaCEO$125,326
Don HayesCFO$75,800
T Scott HolahanCOO$46,105

Compensation data as of: 8/31/2021

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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