The Institute on Religion & Democracy

The information on this page was last updated 9/27/2023. If you see errors or omissions, please email: [email protected]


We are an ecumenical think tank committed to responsible Christian witness in society rooted in historic church teaching and Christian realism.

Contact information

Mailing address:
1023 15th Street NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20005


Phone: (202) 682-4131

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 521265221

CEO/President: Mark Tooley

Chairman: Dr. Paul Marshall

Board size: 17


Ruling year: 1985

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


To lead the fight rallying Christians to champion biblical, historic Christianity and its role in democratic society, and to defeat revisionist challenges.

Mission statement

We are Christians working to reaffirm the church's biblical and historical teachings, strengthen and reform its role in public life, protect religious freedom, and renew democracy at home and abroad.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Advocacy

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating934 of 110430 of 42
Fund acquisition rating665 of 110525 of 42
Resource allocation rating999 of 110536 of 42
Asset utilization rating704 of 110422 of 42

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$24,027$17,111$4,984$109,013$10,199
Short-term investments$46,910$53,562$47,719$42,349$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$435,679$454,905$286,067$329,887$467,017
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$118,391$136,705$155,664$175,055$13,846
Other long-term assets$819,930$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$938,321$136,705$155,664$175,055$13,846
Total assets$1,374,000$591,610$441,731$504,942$480,863
Payables and accrued expenses$51,874$58,310$40,984$249,605$96,198
Other current liabilities$10,833$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$62,707$58,310$40,984$249,605$96,198
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$954,510$136,507$132,439$123,470$28,382
Total long-term liabilities$954,510$136,507$132,439$123,470$28,382
Total liabilities$1,017,217$194,817$173,423$373,075$124,580
Net assets20222021202020192016
Without donor restrictions$111,162$144,880$93,274($5,954)$312,783
With donor restrictions$245,621$251,913$175,034$137,821$43,500
Net assets$356,783$396,793$268,308$131,867$356,283
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$1,597,182$1,522,169$1,427,644$1,586,867$1,402,660
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,189$3,503$2,115$5,054$752
Other revenue$79,021$18,836$3,303$7,201$4,686
Total other revenue$80,210$22,339$5,418$12,255$5,438
Total revenue$1,677,392$1,544,508$1,433,062$1,599,122$1,408,098
Program services$1,222,730$969,493$984,163$1,384,151$1,176,122
Management and general$342,301$331,039$191,731$201,021$192,980
Total expenses$1,710,750$1,418,411$1,300,273$1,744,961$1,497,231
Change in net assets20222021202020192016
Surplus (deficit)($33,358)$126,097$132,789($145,839)($89,133)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($33,358)$126,097$132,789($145,839)($89,133)


Mr Mark TooleyPresident$213,238
Dr Eric PattersonDirector$4,400
Dr Paul MarshallChair$1,300

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2022

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Founded in 1981, the IRD is an ecumenical voice for transparency, for renewal and for historic Christian teaching within the churches and within society. We advocate for a robust and faithful Christian social and political witness reflecting justice, charity, hope and realism. From our founding during the Cold War, when many Christians aligned with Marxist movements and dictatorships in pursuit of justice, IRD has advocated for democracy, human rights and religious freedom for all people everywhere. The world has changed but threats to democracy continue. We agree with Reinhold Niebuhr: "Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary."

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