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Every Corner, Every Campus

Madison, WI   |
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InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA

EIN: 36-2171714


Ministering both nationally and locally, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA establishes and advances witnessing communities of students and faculty on U.S. college campuses. We minister to students and faculty through small group Bible studies, large gatherings on campus, leadership training, thoughtful discipleship, service opportunities, and life-changing conferences and events. We focus on the college campus as our mission field because we believe today's universities shapes tomorrow's leaders. Our vision is to see students and faculty transformed, campuses renewed, and world changers developed.

Notes from the nonprofit

In 2018-2019, InterVarsity had 1,121 chapters on 772 campuses. Many campuses have more than one chapter, which may include separate outreaches to international students, nursing students, sororities and fraternities, athletes, artists, and ethnic minority groups, as well as faculty and career-specific graduate student chapters. During the 2018-2019 school year, 34,513 core students and faculty were actively involved in InterVarsity. Of that number, approximately 60% were women and 40% men.

Ruling year info



Mr. Tom Lin

Main address

P.O. Box 7895

Madison, WI 53707 USA

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Subject area info

Higher education



Population served info


NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

College campuses are in desperate need of the real hope that Jesus offers—now more than ever. Hundreds of campuses have no current Christian ministry--many are in underserved geographies (particularly rural contexts) or primarily made up of underserved people groups (like Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and more), or community colleges. We want every student and faculty member to be one person away from hearing about Jesus, regardless of campus context. Whether in-person or virtually, InterVarsity is working to start new ministries so that students and faculty continue to develop as disciples of Jesus in Christian community and non-Christians have opportunities to hear the Gospel.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Increase Outreach on Campus

Providing training and resources for staff ministers, students, and faculty to reach out to increasing numbers of men and women on college campuses with the Christian faith, and helping people grapple with issues of the day and see how spirituality intersects with those issues.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

Increasing the number of students and faculty involved in InterVarsity and increasing the number of campuses that have an InterVarsity presence.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

Preparing the Millennial generation of students to follow Christ for a lifetime. InterVarsity is helping students and faculty deepen their relationships with God and develop into devoted disciples of Jesus who go out and help others follow and love like Jesus.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2014

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of campuses with an InterVarsity Christian ministry.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Religious groups

Related Program

Reach More Students, Faculty, and Campuses

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Recent decreases due to campus closures during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goals in our current 5-year plan (2018-2023) include: Starting new ministries to reach 1,000 campuses, partnering with more volunteers, churches, and organizations, and support a thriving staff team. Our over-arching goal is to reach the 20 million college students with the Gospel. Therefore, we seek to reach out to more students and faculty on more campuses with the Gospel, inviting them to become followers of Jesus and people who can help reveal God's kingdom on campus and in the world.

InterVarsity establishes and advances witnessing communities on college and university campuses that follow Jesus as Savior and Lord: contributing towards growth in love for God, God's Word, God's people of every ethnicity and culture, and God's purposes in the world.

InterVarsity is working to reach every corner of every campus with 1,049 chapters on 691 campuses (at the end of our 2021-2022 fiscal year). InterVarsity chapters minister to students and faculty through small group Bible studies, large group gatherings, leadership training, thoughtful discipleship, and life-changing mission trips.

After several several difficult years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, InterVarsity is encouraged by the signs of progress we are once again seeing in our campus ministry. Chapter planting and evangelism are essential components of InterVarsity's ministry. Overall participation from core students and faculty (those that participate in at least 50% of ministry activities) was up 6% during the last academic year (2021-2022) We saw 65% more new new believers last year--1,557 women and men decided to follow Jesus because of InterVarsity communities. A recent survey showed 87% of InterVarsity students and alumni read the Bible at least weekly, compared to 25% of non-InterVarsity Millennials. We will continue to seek even more growth in the years ahead. With the signs of revival breaking out across the country, our 2030 Calling urges us to keep moving ahead and continue reaching out to students and faculty on all U.S. campuses by the year 2030.

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.28 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.7 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 26% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$608,825 -$1,040,560 $1,071,312 $1,148,979 $2,377,394
As % of expenses -0.6% -1.0% 1.1% 1.1% 2.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$1,911,190 -$2,609,401 -$341,064 $912 $1,272,960
As % of expenses -1.9% -2.6% -0.3% 0.0% 1.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $100,402,443 $95,515,801 $100,645,438 $110,901,167 $104,436,067
Total revenue, % change over prior year 2.2% -4.9% 5.4% 10.2% -5.8%
Program services revenue 11.3% 6.1% 4.5% 7.7% 2.3%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.6% 0.7% 0.6% 0.8% 0.9%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 78.6% 81.9% 80.5% 80.5% 83.3%
Other revenue 9.5% 11.3% 14.4% 11.1% 13.5%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $99,940,777 $99,739,441 $99,936,624 $108,470,201 $101,517,875
Total expenses, % change over prior year 11.1% -0.2% 0.2% 8.5% -6.4%
Personnel 70.1% 73.6% 75.7% 73.5% 78.6%
Professional fees 3.5% 2.0% 2.3% 3.2% 2.5%
Occupancy 1.3% 1.1% 1.2% 1.0% 0.9%
Interest 0.1% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 1.6% 0.6% 0.5% 1.0% 0.3%
All other expenses 23.4% 22.7% 20.2% 21.3% 17.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total expenses (after depreciation) $101,243,142 $101,308,282 $101,349,000 $109,618,268 $102,622,309
One month of savings $8,328,398 $8,311,620 $8,328,052 $9,039,183 $8,459,823
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $2,314,549 $1,672,123 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $111,886,089 $111,292,025 $109,677,052 $118,657,451 $111,082,132

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Months of cash 0.5 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.5
Months of cash and investments 4.8 4.6 4.7 4.4 4.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 2.6 2.3 2.4 2.3 2.8
Balance sheet composition info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Cash $3,976,427 $1,672,287 $2,459,658 $2,738,578 $4,201,260
Investments $35,781,875 $36,212,998 $36,701,707 $36,762,166 $36,904,896
Receivables $3,525,698 $3,726,407 $3,897,527 $5,983,844 $5,396,344
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $32,167,055 $33,839,406 $30,108,277 $30,582,246 $27,746,257
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 49.1% 51.3% 49.3% 52.3% 54.9%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 11.0% 13.9% 13.0% 12.2% 11.2%
Unrestricted net assets $38,187,421 $35,578,020 $35,236,956 $35,237,868 $36,510,828
Temporarily restricted net assets $20,778,924 $20,159,857 $21,265,877 $0 N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $23,714,727 N/A
Total restricted net assets $20,778,924 $20,159,857 $21,265,877 $23,714,727 $22,478,959
Total net assets $58,966,345 $55,737,877 $56,502,833 $58,952,595 $58,989,787

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Mr. Tom Lin

Tom served with InterVarsity/USA from 1994 to 2001, planting new student chapters at Harvard University and Boston University, leading numerous student missions projects abroad and in North America, developing fundraising strategies and, designing national training for InterVarsity staff. From 2002 to 2006, Tom helped establish an evangelical student movement in Mongolia and served as the country director for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in Mongolia. Tom and his family moved back to the U.S. in 2006, when he became InterVarsity's Central Region Regional Director, overseeing undergraduate campus ministry in Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska. From 2011 to 2016, Tom served as the Director of Missions and Director of the Urbana Student Missions Conference. His team oversaw 25 short-term urban projects, study abroad ministry, long-term collaborative partnerships in over 100 countries, training students and staff in missions, new global initiatives, and Urbana.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Highest paid employees

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InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA

Board of directors
as of 05/12/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Ed Ollie, Jr.

Campus Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church, North Campus

Term: 2020 - 2024

Elizabeth Nielsen

First Presbyterian Church, North Palm Beach, FL

Kenneth Elzinga

University of Virginia

William C Gates


April Hanson

Vice Chair

Jimmy Quach

Good Paper

Alvin Padilla

Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary

Bishop Claude Alexander

The Park Church, Charlotte, NC

Joanne Cheng


Dallas Creson


Andy Crouch


David Liu

Essential Products

Holly Liu


Kara Powell

Fuller Theological Sminary

Sandy Shugart


Beth Stephenson

Willis Stein & Partners

Tom Lin

President, InterVarsity/USA

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/30/2021

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation

No data


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Professional fundraisers

Fiscal year ending

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

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