Mission Aviation Fellowship

The information on this page was last updated 11/1/2022. If you see errors or omissions, please email: [email protected]


MAF is a family of organizations led by people in countries around the world who have a similar vision of taking Christ's love into the most remote places on earth. MAF-US collaborates with our sister organizations to meet spiritual and physical needs in 37 different countries. Collectively, our fleet of 135 airplanes serves some 1,500 non-profit, churches, and humanitarian organizations.

Contact information

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

Website: www.maf.org

Phone: 800-359-7623

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 951920983

CEO/President: David Holsten

Chairman: J. David Grizzle

Board size: 13

Founder: Group of Christian aviators

Ruling year: 1946

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1979


To see isolated people changed by the love of 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 rating1074 of 109447 of 47
Fund acquisition rating1035 of 109745 of 47
Resource allocation rating894 of 109736 of 47
Asset utilization rating1034 of 109443 of 47

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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 11/1/2022. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


After World War II, a few veteran pilots in the US and UK dreamed of a way they could use their flying skills to reach isolated people with the gospel. They founded MAF a few years later, and for 75 years now men and women have been using aviation to share Christ's love in the most remote places on earth. Learn more about our history!

For a timeline, visit: maf.org/about/history/

Program accomplishments

MAF Worldwide Family
34 countries
42,127 flights in 2021
3,090,930 nautical miles flown in 2021
101,700 passengers in 2021