Mission Aviation Fellowship

The information on this page was last updated 1/2/2022. If you see errors or omissions, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


Founded in 1945, MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) is an interdenominational Christian ministry serving isolated and unreached people worldwide. MAF is an indispensable servant to other agencies and Christian organizations that are increasingly becoming indigenous. MAF brings the hope of Christ to those who languish in isolation and live under spiritual and physical oppression. Every day, MAF deploys a full range of aviation, communications, and distance education services to support and advance the Gospel and ministry efforts throughout Africa, Asia, Eurasia, and Latin America. MAF provides access to basic services such as healthcare, education, leadership development, skills training, crisis relief, and community development, services otherwise unavailable in remote and isolated regions. Around the world, MAF brings hope where there is despair, lifesaving assistance where there is suffering, and Christ's transforming love to millions.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Mission Aviation Fellowship
PO Box 47
Nampa, ID 83653-0047

Website: www.maf.org

Phone: 800-359-7623

Email: maf-us@maf.org

Organization details

EIN: 951920983

CEO/President: David Holsten

Chairman: J. David Grizzle

Board size: 13

Founder: Group of Christian aviators

Ruling year: 1945

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1979


To multiply the effectiveness of the Church using aviation and other strategic technologies that overcome barriers in reaching the world for Christ.

Mission statement

Serving together to bring help, hope, and healing through aviation.

Statement of faith

We Believe In...

1. The divine inspiration of the Bible; that it is inerrant in the original writings, and is of supreme and final authority in faith and practice.
2. One God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
3. The creation of man in the divine image, man's subsequent fall through sin, resulting in universal guilt and total depravity; and the necessity, therefore, of redemption and restoration.
4. The deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, perfect life, redeeming death, bodily resurrection, heavenly intercession, and His personal return.
5. The personality of the Holy Spirit by Whose regenerative work sinful man is born again, and by Whose indwelling regenerate man is enabled to live a godly life.
6. The bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting punishment of the lost.
7. The spiritual unity of all believers as comprising the true Church, which has the duty to preach the Gospel to every creature.

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Transparency grade


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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Evangelism Support

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating1014 of 103151 of 51
Fund acquisition rating984 of 103348 of 51
Resource allocation rating842 of 103340 of 51
Asset utilization rating975 of 103147 of 51

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$7,030,907$6,650,802$6,933,338$7,637,911$6,688,675
Short-term investments$6,007,687$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$559,450$559,450$0$0$0
Total current assets$23,209,354$21,356,376$22,159,014$20,264,805$20,673,536
Long-term investments$1,281,395$3,549,053$3,822,373$3,494,853$3,266,231
Fixed assets$50,666,060$51,523,788$51,815,949$53,662,028$53,358,859
Other long-term assets$15,647,486$10,509,987$9,128,382$8,589,443$8,977,525
Total long-term assets$67,594,941$65,582,828$64,766,704$65,746,324$65,602,615
Total assets$90,804,295$86,939,204$86,925,718$86,011,129$86,276,151
Payables and accrued expenses$3,068,960$2,703,016$2,136,881$2,188,884$2,104,670
Other current liabilities$563,274$937,462$787,175$2,358,729$1,357,389
Total current liabilities$3,632,234$3,640,478$2,924,056$4,547,613$3,462,059
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$10,477,242$9,303,881$9,513,155$9,705,095$10,058,700
Total long-term liabilities$10,477,242$9,303,881$9,513,155$9,705,095$10,058,700
Total liabilities$14,109,476$12,944,359$12,437,211$14,252,708$13,520,759
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$63,312,028$65,318,511$68,437,514$67,338,476$68,362,044
With donor restrictions$13,382,791$8,676,334$6,050,993$4,419,945$4,393,348
Net assets$76,694,819$73,994,845$74,488,507$71,758,421$72,755,392
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$38,152,802$32,036,575$29,711,582$29,512,765$35,932,614
Program service revenue$10,180,933$10,735,688$12,958,751$12,119,694$12,434,131
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$95,302($355)$1,123,978$1,032,832($30,032)
Other revenue$427,406$63,129($66,675)($1,017,350)$145,873
Total other revenue$10,703,641$10,798,462$14,016,054$12,135,176$12,549,972
Total revenue$48,856,443$42,835,037$43,727,636$41,647,941$48,482,586
Program services$35,941,888$32,981,328$31,147,449$32,060,029$31,300,709
Management and general$3,357,647$3,998,910$4,163,725$4,536,264$4,505,333
Total expenses$45,792,766$42,693,103$40,997,550$42,644,912$41,672,770
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$3,063,677$141,934$2,730,086($996,971)$6,809,816
Other changes in net assets($637,975)$45,590$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$2,425,702$187,524$2,730,086($996,971)$6,809,816


Compensation data for this ministry has not been collected.

Response from ministry

For 75 years, Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) has been providing access to the gospel and assistance for human needs to the most isolated people around the world. This work is done through the generous donations of many, and strong stewardship within the organization.

It is disappointing to have received a transparency rating of "C" based on the fact that we are not required to file a 990 form with the IRS. A Form 990 for MAF is available upon request, but is not filed with the IRS since we are designated as a church, which precludes a requirement to file. We know that donors value transparency, which is why we created a Form 990 as well as having our financial statements independently audited. We are also a charter member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

The 990 forms for MAF were sent to MinistryWatch and information such as the president's salary and other compensation was included.

It is MAF's belief that by completing a Form 990 and making it available upon request meets the transparency and accountability requirements required for an "A" grade.

It is also important to note that publishing MAF's 990 forms on the internet would jeopardize our operations in some areas we serve. MAF has a subsidiary organization that serves in restricted access countries and publishing the Form 990 on a website could place our people and operations in jeopardy by those opposed to the gospel. Again, all of our Form 990s are available upon request, but we are not required by the IRS to file the forms with them.

MAF will continue to assist mission organizations and the people we serve with subsidized services, providing them help, hope, and healing at the ends of the earth.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 1/2/2022. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


In the midst of World War II, God planted the seeds of the MAF's international ministry. While listening to the harrowing travel experiences of a missionary serving in Borneo, a small group of Christian aviators realized that they could go where missionaries seldom could venture, and in 1945 they organized Mission Aviation Fellowship.

MAF's founders couldn't have predicted the significant impact of MAF would have on the world. In 1946, Betty Greene, the first MAF pilot in the field, flew their Waco biplane on its first mission to Mexico. Missionary trips that had taken weeks in dugout canoes, on foot, and on the backs of donkeys were suddenly made in a matter of hours. Ventures that would have been impossible became commonplace. Although most take mission aviation for granted in this technological age, it is just as much of a miracle today as it was decades ago.

Due to MAF, missionaries are able to save months, and even years, over a lifetime of ministry. They and the people they minister to are no longer isolated. Health, communications, and ministry effectiveness have improved. And people are saved--both spiritually and physically--because of the wings of MAF. Today, MAF-US is part of an international fellowship of sister organizations serving in more than 37 countries worldwide.

Program accomplishments

MAF Worldwide Family
34 countries
34,829 flights in 2020
2,566,452 nautical miles flown in 2020
82,145 passengers in 2020


Get Involved

Joining MAF

MAF is looking for dedicated Christians. Do you have a heart for God and His work around the world? Are you willing to go the distance to share God's love; no matter what the barriers may be? Join us and use your God-given talents to help overcome barriers to the Gospel ... and transform lives! Visit mafrecruiting.org now!

Ministry Advocates

Ministry Advocates volunteer their time sharing the unique ministry of MAF. Ministry Advocates inform their own circle of friends, acquaintances, and churches about the physical and spiritual barriers that prevent the life-changing Word of God and the love of Jesus Christ from reaching isolated people. They share how the unique ministry of MAF overcomes these barriers to meet the needs of remote people. Ministry Advocates help motivate Christians, churches, and organizations to become involved.


Serve at MAF Headquarters in Nampa, ID. Volunteer your time for construction, administrative functions, childcare, tours, and more! Volunteer positions are also available oversees. For more information, visit www.maf.org or call (800) FLYS MAF (359-7623).

Financially Support MAF

Donate online

Donate to MAF missionaries, the general fund & field programs, and more through our secure donation pages at www.maf.org. Use your credit card or checking account easily and securely!

Adopt a Missionary

MAF missionaries face a host of challenges--tropical diseases, homesickness, dangerous flying weather, separation from loved ones, and more. Take a moment to learn more about the staff ministering overseas as well as those who support the ministry programs from the MAF headquarters.

MAF Estate Design

Your planned gift to Mission Aviation Fellowship-US supports the work of Jesus Christ, ministering to human need throughout the world.

Other Ways to Give

Other ways that you can contribute to the ministry of MAF include Workplace Giving, Coffee Fellowships, and sending a donation by mail, fax, or by phone.