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FRIENDS IN ACTION INTERNATIONAL INC

Moving Earth to Share Heaven

Elizabethtown, PA   |  www.fiaintl.org
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FRIENDS IN ACTION INTERNATIONAL INC

EIN: 77-0296087


Mission

Friends in Action, Intl. supports mission work in areas of limited infrastructure by using construction projects and practical service to speed the Gospel to those who have never heard.

Ruling year info

1997

Executive Director

Mr. Matt Durkee

Main address

P.O. Box 323

Elizabethtown, PA 17022 USA

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Formerly known as

Friends of NTM

EIN

77-0296087

Subject area info

Languages

Medical support services

Community improvement

Religion

Christianity

Population served info

People of African descent

People of Latin American descent

Indigenous peoples

Tribal and indigenous religious groups

Economically disadvantaged people

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NTEE code info

Religion Related, Spiritual Development N.E.C. (X99)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Health Support Services (E60)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There are indigenous people groups in remote locations that have not heard the Gospel due to infrastructure difficulties. In 1992, New Tribes Mission defined a need for the creation of FIA as their missionaries required infrastructure projects in remote locations to further their Great Commission work. FIA uses these infrastructure challenges as a platform to partner with nationals and missionaries to meet the physical and spiritual needs of indigenous unreached people groups.

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?

New Rama Village

To date, FIA has overseen the construction of 15 new homes, a water system, a workshop, housing for work teams and national missionaries, and taught the Rama welding, woodworking, mechanical, and masonry skills.
With a goal of six new homes each year, Friends in Action continues to help the Rama build their new community and open their hearts to the Gospel.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Indigenous peoples

Over the last decade, FIA has been working to drill water wells to provide clean drinking water to rural West African villages, Christian schools, and evangelical mission projects.One well provides clean water and an opportunity to hear the Gospel to about 500 people. If in the given year between the two drilling operations we’re able to drill 40 wells, this means that at least 20,000 people that year are given access to physical and spiritual water. Since beginning drilling in the region in 2005, FIA has drilled more than 300 fully functioning wells to provide clean water and the Gospel to more than 150,000 West Africans!

Population(s) Served
People of African descent
Indigenous peoples

Indigenous Christians from Bolivia, who do not have high school diplomas, cannot attend traditional Bible colleges and seminaries. For the many local believers who desired to have more training in God’s Word, FIA is constructing an Indigenous Training Center located in “the bush” outside Guayaramerin. Discipleship is now taking place for those who have been saved through the radio and medical mission boat ministries.

Population(s) Served
People of Latin American descent
Tribal and indigenous religious groups

The Christian radio station, “Inspiration,” was built in cooperation with FIA and national pastors to reach outlying jungle villages with the Gospel message. Since 2008, the station has broadcasted 24/7, reaching surrounding communities of Bolivian, Brazilian and indigenous peoples. A new and improved station and 300 foot radio tower were constructed to reach further than ever before. God is at work, providing equipment and skilled engineers who volunteer to travel with FIA to this remote corner of our planet.

Population(s) Served
People of Latin American descent
Indigenous peoples

FIA shipped materials and sent teams to build this 53-foot double decker mission riverboat. Over 1,200 people are served by the medical teams each year. Hundreds of these people have received Christ as their Savior after receiving aid for the physical needs. We share the Gospel at every hut in a village with the Gospel message.

Population(s) Served
People of Latin American descent
Indigenous peoples

In the past 20 years, FIA has worked in PNG to assist the missionaries living alongside the tribal people to spread the Gospel and establish churches. FIA continues to provide vocational and life skills training to the indigenous people, as well as providing solar power, mechanical maintenance, and delivering supplies to the missionaries who have dedicated their lives to spreading the Gospel to the unreached people of PNG. Finding an education in PNG is a difficult task due to the distance needed to travel, as well as the high costs. That’s why FIA also assists the next generation of nationals by partly covering school costs for indigenous children. Team leaders access hundreds of remote villagers each week through a prison ministry. Providing biscuits and water, leaders have an opportunity to pray, share the Gospel, and distribute Bibles to more than 1,500 inmates each year!

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Economically disadvantaged people

Last year, 53 students graduated with great excitement to carry the Good News of the Gospel back to their home countries. Although they know they will very likely be persecuted, imprisoned or become martyrs for Christ, they feel privileged to serve Jesus. FIA helped educate these courageous students through our gifts, prayers, and a portion of time teaching them.

Population(s) Served
Students
Victims and oppressed people

National missionaries and the national Christian school children were blessed by the road FIA built that takes their supplies farther into the mountains where they are carrying the Good News of Jesus! FIA is currently researching a water development project to bring clean water off a mountain to 1,000s of indigenous people in the villages below.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2002

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 people reached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ

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

Indigenous peoples, Tribal and indigenous religious groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

• 500 COVID Outreach Bolivia • 500 West Africa Well-Drilling • 65 Rama Cay Teaching Nicaragua • 2,200 Medical & Youth Rally Bolivia • 3,500 UDG Border Outreach& Youth Camps • 225,000 Radio Bolivia

Number of people no longer living in unsafe or substandard housing as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

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

Indigenous peoples, Tribal and indigenous religious groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Houses constructed - Peru, Africa, PNG, Bolivia, Nicaragua; Church Builds - Bolivia, PNG; Basecamp rebuilds - Africa, Vanuatu, Bolivia; Nicaragua -Boat dock/house, water tower, laundry/shower facility

Number of people receiving safe drinking water from community systems

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

People of African descent, Tribal and indigenous religious groups, Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

Well Drilling

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Africa wells, septic system, established water supply; Nicaragua - water tower, 500' drain field, hygiene facility; Bolivia - well; Vanuatu - gravity-fed water project; Mexico - well

Number of indigenous people who have access to medical care

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

Indigenous peoples, Tribal and indigenous religious groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

El Misionero Medical Mission Boat - Amazon

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Africa - food distribution outreach; Moldova - Ukrainian invasion crisis support; Bolivia - youth/village outreaches; Mexico - hospital site equipment services

Number of people who received biblical/life-skills training

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

Indigenous peoples, Tribal and indigenous religious groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Indigenous Training Center - Bolivia

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

PNG - carpentry/millwork with nationals, education support; Bolivia - Indigenous Training Center; Nicaragua - teaching conferences, Panama Bible School; Moldova - educational support Central Asian.

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.

Friends in Action, Intl. supports mission work in areas of limited infrastructure by using construction projects and practical service to speed the Gospel to those who have never heard.

Friends in Action (FIA) is currently at work on 10 infrastructure projects in 6 countries around the world! FIA partners with local missionaries already on project sites. Through building projects (building houses, churches, schools, radio stations, roads, airstrips, bridges, wells), a crowd of indigenous people is drawn to watch the construction. While there, the local missionary shares the Good News of Jesus with them and provides follow up discipleship to any who are interested. FIA sends skilled volunteers to complete these projects in weeks or months, which would otherwise be left undone or require a lifetime for a missionary to do. The projects allow workers to access areas that are otherwise inaccessible or closed to evangelism.

At the same time, volunteers from the USA and Canada are strengthened in their faith as they step out to take an active role in the Great Commission. Tradespeople pass along life-skills to indigenous people who then share those skills to benefit neighboring villages. The ripple effect of learning, relationship, and testimony continues long after a work trip or project has ended!

Partnering with missionaries and indigenous nationals, our construction teams and earth-moving machinery move literal mountains to clear a path for the Gospel! God takes our backhoes, sawmills, trucks, excavators, and all types of skilled and unskilled laborers to build infrastructure critical to advancing God's Word in some of the most remote locations around the globe. Our airstrips, well-drilling, block home construction, water filtration, and solar projects all demonstrate God's love in practical ways to those we serve and create a platform to share the Good News of Jesus Christ! We have full time staff in all the mission fields where we are working, with NGO status on two sites. We have wonderful supporters from individuals, businesses, and churches across the USA, Canada, and Northern Ireland that help fund our efforts.

Last year alone, 1.500 refugees received clean water in West Africa, ~400 people received Christ through the El Inspiracion radio ministry in Bolivia; ~45 students graduated from The University of Divine Grace, Moldova equipped to share the Gospel in their religiously hostile homelands; 10 WeWak workers were trained in woodworking skills to supplement their income, and 20+ children received funds to help with schooling and transportation fees in Papua New Guinea; 100's of indigenous tribes located in the jungles along The Amazon were served by the medical mission boat in Bolivia; 4 Rama Cay Indians from Nicaragua received higher-level biblical teaching from El Instituto Misionero Transcultural; 22 hurricane-resistant homes were built to relieve overcrowding and sanitation issues in Nicaragua; biblical training and educational opportunities were provided in Moldova, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, and Nicaragua. A water research project is underway to serve 30+ villages (3,500 people) in Vanuatu. Summer Bible Camps are being developed to reach the next generations in Moldova and Vanuatu.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

FRIENDS IN ACTION INTERNATIONAL INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

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

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

1.45

Average of 0.86 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

7.3

Average of 5.4 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

8%

Average of 7% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

FRIENDS IN ACTION INTERNATIONAL INC

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of FRIENDS IN ACTION INTERNATIONAL INC’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 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $70,272 $43,352 $216,965 $196,459 $576,548
As % of expenses 6.3% 4.0% 23.6% 15.7% 29.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$68,181 -$82,743 $90,687 $78,154 $465,444
As % of expenses -5.5% -6.9% 8.7% 5.7% 22.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,190,661 $1,020,695 $1,505,534 $2,000,679 $2,182,390
Total revenue, % change over prior year -2.4% -14.3% 47.5% 32.9% 9.1%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.5%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 99.3% 95.4% 92.3% 97.3% 90.6%
Other revenue 0.7% 4.3% 7.7% 2.7% 8.9%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,110,493 $1,075,553 $920,071 $1,253,030 $1,956,451
Total expenses, % change over prior year 22.6% -3.1% -14.5% 36.2% 56.1%
Personnel 38.8% 31.7% 36.5% 50.5% 34.8%
Professional fees 2.7% 4.4% 2.3% 2.3% 1.3%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 3.2% 3.9% 3.0% 1.9% 1.0%
Pass-through 21.6% 25.7% 38.2% 25.5% 34.9%
All other expenses 33.7% 34.3% 19.9% 19.8% 28.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,248,946 $1,201,648 $1,046,349 $1,371,335 $2,067,555
One month of savings $92,541 $89,629 $76,673 $104,419 $163,038
Debt principal payment $71,043 $49,915 $68,208 $72,003 $269,693
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,412,530 $1,341,192 $1,191,230 $1,547,757 $2,500,286

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 4.7 3.7 10.8 13.8 7.3
Months of cash and investments 4.7 3.7 10.8 13.8 7.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.0 0.9 2.4 2.6 3.6
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $433,413 $329,120 $824,780 $1,439,097 $1,191,523
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $25,436 $25,310 $27,329 $38,617 $261,134
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $4,300,491 $4,329,529 $4,360,084 $4,430,450 $4,334,244
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 29.2% 32.5% 34.9% 37.7% 39.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 37.9% 39.0% 33.6% 27.4% 22.2%
Unrestricted net assets $1,836,561 $1,753,818 $1,844,505 $1,922,659 $2,388,103
Temporarily restricted net assets $404,133 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $404,133 $305,922 $674,420 $1,225,610 $875,001
Total net assets $2,240,694 $2,059,740 $2,518,925 $3,148,269 $3,263,104

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Mr. Matt Durkee

Matt Durkee brings a wealth of international project management, engineering, and ministry outreach experience. Since 2008, Matt began his involvement with FIA through serving with The Water of Life project, drilling water wells and supporting community outreach projects for West African missionaries and churches. Most recently, he was the organization’s Deputy Executive Director serving alongside FIA’s long-time Executive Director, Tim Johnston. Under Durkee’s leadership, the organization is looking to continue to expand its work of reaching “the last, the least, and the lost” through practical service and tangible demonstrations of God’s love. Trips to Africa and Vanuatu to support water project outreaches, community development projects to benefit the Rama Cay people of Nicaragua, and missionary support efforts in Moldova and at Ethnos360’s training centers are all slated for 2022.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Board of directors
as of 05/17/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Mr. Andrew Hunt

Ralph Beltran

Theodore Illjes

Randy Schnieders

Andy Hunt

Paul Jarot

Faye Brown

Matt Durkee

Steve Nehlsen

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 5/17/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/06/2021

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.