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CHRISTIAN FREEDOM INTERNATIONAL

Remember the Persecuted

Front Royal, VA   |  www.christianfreedom.org

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CHRISTIAN FREEDOM INTERNATIONAL

EIN: 52-1283394


Mission

Christian Freedom International (CFI) aids, equips and advocates for Christians who are oppressed or persecuted for their faith. CFI provides spiritual and physical help for suffering Christians to live in the dignity of God’s love and rise above their circumstances. CFI offers ways for Christians to ease the burdens of persecuted Christians through prayer, action, and giving, including emergency and disaster relief, Bible distribution, medical assistance, refugee aid, food, clothing, shelter, education, scholarships, pastor training and assistance, aid to the disabled, asylum case-work, and vocational training. CFI sponsors schools, children, pastors, and families.

Ruling year info

1983

President

Wendy Wright

Main address

PO Box 535

Front Royal, VA 22630 USA

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EIN

52-1283394

Subject area info

Disaster relief

Christianity

Freedom from violence and torture

Freedom of religion

Basic and emergency aid

Population served info

Christians

Victims and oppressed people

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

International Relief (Q33)

International Human Rights (Q70)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Christians are marginalized and suffering oppression, violence, religious persecution, and denied basic human rights in countries lacking religious liberty.

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?

Victory Bible Academy

The Victory Bible Academy, our core ministry to refugee students from Burma, is a haven to severely oppressed young Christians. At Victory, students can live in safety as they gain a structured knowledge of the Word of God. They study academics, computer, financial management, agriculture and vocational training thru micro-enterprise. Students enjoy sports, health, and music programs as they train to become evangelists, missionaries, worship leaders, church assistants, and future leaders in their communities.

Population(s) Served
Christians
Victims and oppressed people

Bangladesh is a dangerous country for Christians. It is even worse to be a convert to Christianity. CFI provides Christians with Bibles, Braille Scripture tracts, child sponsorships, pastor and evangelist support, emergency aid, and Sunday school programs. The CFI Center for the Blind and Disabled provides tools and vocational training for outcast believers, and a safe house for Christian converts fleeing persecutors. Special projects include Bible conferences to equip pastors, legal aid, and scholarships to trade schools for teens who have aged beyond child sponsorships.

Population(s) Served

North Korea actively targets, imprisons and executes people who are suspected of religious involvement. U.S. and UN authorities say the government’s totalitarianism and violations of human rights – arbitrary executions, political prison camps and torture – constitutes crimes against humanity. Christians who practice their religion while held in detention centers have disappeared.
Christian Freedom International works with defectors. CFI sponsors radio broadcasts that deliver Bible readings and teachings into the hermit kingdom.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Christians

Child sponsorships for Christian children who are orphaned, fatherless, homeless, or displaced due to violent attacks. Children are provide food, tuition, and other educations expenses which their families cannot otherwise afford.

The Treasure Center, a recovery home for Christian survivors of violent attacks to live, gain job skills, and find healing from substance abuse and trauma.

Training programs and support for Christian widows to start small businesses.

Population(s) Served
Christians
Victims and oppressed people
Christians
Victims and oppressed people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Combined Federal Campaign 2023

Independent Charities of America 2023

America's Best Charities 2023

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

The goal of Christian Freedom International is to make a real and sustainable difference in the lives of persecuted Christians through advocacy and relief. Although persecution has existed for centuries, it has been steadily on the rise in recent decades - in fact, more Christians were persecuted in the 20th century alone than in all the previous centuries combined. Incredibly, A report from the UK in 2019 documents over 245 million Christians, including children, face persecution each day in more than 140 countries around the world, enduring harassment, imprisonment, abuse, torture, and martyrdom for the “crimes" of owning or reading a Bible, holding “illegal" worship services, proselytizing, and even the simple act of converting to Christianity. Since 1998, Christian Freedom International has been on the forefront in the battle for the rights of persecuted Christians around the world. Christians in oppressive nations are often in need of basic items – food, clean water and medicine – and lack education or jobs due to discrimination. We can help by caring and equipping them. Our goals are to care through physical & spiritual aid: church security, refugee & asylum assistance, advocacy, awareness, and prayer support. CFI will equip through: education, Bible distribution, scholarships, vocational training and micro-enterprise programs.

The strategy of Christian Freedom International has always been to use the maximum amount of the resources which our donors generously and sacrificially give in direct support of our programs; with the least amount possible expended on administration and fundraising. Accordingly we are a low-overhead organization with only 2 full-time, and 6 part-time employees --three of whom are employed 100% percent in program service. Our practice has always been to come along-side of indigenous Christian pastors, evangelists and ministers working in countries of intense persecution, and provide support where there is otherwise not available. We find established, functioning ministries, and enable them to do what they cannot do alone; targeting our resources for the greatest impact. Our small administration allows CFI tremendous flexibility to respond to the changing needs of the persecuted Church in times of disaster or conflict.

CFI staff and volunteers work passionately to ensure that concerned citizens, policy makers, and the Church around the world are aware and informed of the continuing atrocities perpetrated upon the millions of Christians who routinely suffer for their faith. Christian Freedom International has a well-developed network of partnering organizations, working hand in hand, in order to join resources, capabilities, and strengths toward a common mission with less duplication of efforts, and more benefit to the populations in need. We are able to locate, evaluate and coordinate with indigenous pastors and evangelists who are already serving the persecuted Church faithfully, and provide them the capacity to grow, sustain, and minister to the struggling Christians within their reach.

Since 1996, CFI has come to the aid of thousands of suffering Christians world-wide, including emergency and disaster relief, Bible distribution, medical services, food, clothing, shelter, tools, landmine detectors, water purifiers, essential provisions, educational materials, resettlement assistance, asylum case-work, and leadership and vocational training. CFI has sponsored jungle hospitals, schools, pastors, children, backpack medics, micro-enterprise programs, aid to the disabled, and self-help initiatives. These services are provided to affected persons based on need and available resources at no charge by CFI staff and volunteers. Our programs regularly operate in Michigan, Thailand, Burma, Bangladesh, the Korean peninsula, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Egypt. Other projects may occur in Iraq, Vietnam, China, India, Nigeria, and elsewhere as events require. More information may be found online at www.christianfreedom.org. This work continues in areas where Christians have very few options. Our highest goal, however, is not to allow the cycle of poverty, dependence, and oppression to continue, but to change the narrative.
In the last decade CFI has been especially active in assisting with the U.S. resettlement of Karen and Karenni refugees from Burma. CFI has worked with the State Department to facilitate immigration, and then further helped many refugee families secure jobs and affordable housing, provided orientation and tutors during the citizenship process, and connected these developing citizens to local churches and families as they begin new lives in the United States. By God's grace, that experience now serves us well as we battle to clear a pathway for persecuted Pakistani, and other Christians from oppressive countries, to achieve asylum and immigration to safer countries.
In addition to providing for the basic physical and spiritual needs of the Persecuted, we have also remained a strong advocate on their behalf in Washington DC. Over the last year we put a special emphasis on prayer; on petitioning both God and country; making the needs of the Persecuted Church known with a primary focus on Christian refugees being side-lined for immigration even as they face genocide in their own countries for their faith in Jesus Christ.

Financials

CHRISTIAN FREEDOM INTERNATIONAL
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2023 Christian Freedom International 2021 Christian Freedom International
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

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

36.23

Average of 11.59 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

11.5

Average of 4.7 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

22%

Average of 22% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

CHRISTIAN FREEDOM INTERNATIONAL

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 CHRISTIAN FREEDOM INTERNATIONAL’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 $43,050 $12,513 $219,467 $220,619 $136,712
As % of expenses 4.8% 1.4% 25.4% 24.2% 14.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $28,910 -$1,309 $208,343 $218,961 $134,971
As % of expenses 3.2% -0.1% 23.8% 24.0% 14.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $932,532 $907,110 $1,084,318 $1,132,337 $1,088,901
Total revenue, % change over prior year 5.7% -2.7% 19.5% 4.4% -3.8%
Program services revenue 5.1% 5.5% 2.4% 1.4% 1.2%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.3%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 3.8% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 94.9% 94.5% 99.6% 94.8% 98.5%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% -2.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $889,482 $894,597 $864,851 $911,718 $952,189
Total expenses, % change over prior year -6.1% 0.6% -3.3% 5.4% 4.4%
Personnel 29.2% 25.2% 24.5% 22.7% 23.2%
Professional fees 3.3% 8.1% 6.7% 4.9% 4.0%
Occupancy 0.7% 0.7% 0.7% 0.5% 0.5%
Interest 1.2% 1.2% 1.2% 1.0% 1.0%
Pass-through 39.8% 39.0% 42.7% 55.3% 53.0%
All other expenses 25.8% 25.8% 24.2% 15.6% 18.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $903,622 $908,419 $875,975 $913,376 $953,930
One month of savings $74,124 $74,550 $72,071 $75,977 $79,349
Debt principal payment $3,316 $3,450 $57,755 $43,100 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $981,062 $986,419 $1,005,801 $1,032,453 $1,033,279

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 3.3 3.3 7.8 10.3 11.5
Months of cash and investments 3.3 3.3 7.8 10.3 11.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.7 3.8 8.4 10.9 12.1
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $244,600 $248,841 $559,453 $785,131 $913,838
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $41,574 $43,913 $91,418 $47,786 $48,826
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $417,759 $417,759 $91,450 $1,311 $1,311
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 45.3% 48.6% 94.5% 100.0% 100.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 23.4% 23.6% 8.9% 1.5% 2.6%
Unrestricted net assets $399,189 $397,880 $606,223 $825,184 $960,155
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 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 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $399,189 $397,880 $606,223 $825,184 $960,155

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

President

Wendy Wright

Wendy gained national attention for defending unborn children, challenging the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) on controversial drugs for women and children, on U.S. ratification of UN human rights treaties, and for protecting patients’ and medical professionals’ right of conscience. She formerly served as president of Concerned Women for America. She has appeared in every major newspaper, TV and radio network, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX News, NPR and many others. Her editorials have been published in the Washington Post, Christianity Today, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ethics and Medics Journal, American Spectator, Washington Times, Human Events, American Thinker, The Hill and elsewhere. Wendy serves on the Board of Directors for several non-profits, and was elected as president to Christian Freedom International after having served on that Board for nearly a decade.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

CHRISTIAN FREEDOM INTERNATIONAL

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Board of directors
as of 06/03/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Brent Meyers

Michael Forrester

Wendy Wright

Brent Meyers

H. Paul Thompson, Jr.

Brandon Haase

Tammie Thompson

David Entwistle

Board leadership practices

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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 6/3/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/03/2024

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.