Catalyzes freedom of faith worldwide

aka IGE   |   Arlington, VA   |
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EIN: 23-3042456


IGE catalyzes freedom of faith worldwide so that everyone has the ability to live what they believe.

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President & CEO

Mr. John Boyd

Main address

PO Box 12205

Arlington, VA 22219 USA

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Subject area info


Public affairs

Human rights

International relations

Population served info

Women and girls

Ethnic and racial groups

Religious groups

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (Q05)

International Human Rights (Q70)

International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security N.E.C. (Q99)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is a rising tide of religious persecution and conflict around the world. 74% of the world's population is living in countries where religious restrictions and hostilities are high. However, religious freedom is often something people talk about, but no one knows how to tangibly or practically achieve.

Our programs

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

Religious Freedom Programs

IGE believes firmly in universal human dignity and is committed to the protection of all faiths through the rule of law. IGE pursues this mission with a balanced approach, encouraging governments to protect religious freedom and equipping citizens to exercise that freedom responsibly.

IGE's religious freedom programs are rooted in long-term relationships and practical agreements with government officials, policymakers, and faith communities in the United States and in each of the countries where we work.

We have three main pillars to our approach: I.) The Teachings of Jesus: We believe, share and live what Jesus taught us—love, acceptance and reconciliation lived in a way that compels engagement and understanding for all. II.) Religious Freedom: Committed to universal human dignity, we work for a future when all people, of any faith or no faith, have freedom of belief and equal citizenship. We spread the truth that religious freedom is integral to a flourishing society and a stable state. III.) Relational Diplomacy: We overcome obstacles of culture and religion by creating and nurturing mutually beneficial relationships, inviting all viewpoints to the table, working together as partners for the common good.

Population(s) Served
Interfaith groups
Ethnic and racial groups

CWFL supports and equips women of faith to assume and advance in leadership roles and influence decision making in global affairs, with particular emphasis in areas where women are most affected yet have had the least influence - religious freedom, conflict resolution, and peace-building. One of CWFL’s most impactful initiatives is the Fellowship program.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

IGE seeks to: (1) Engage key governments, showing them that religious suppression fuels radicalism while religious freedom promotes stability and harmony; (2) Equip individuals and local communities to exercise their liberty constructively, in accordance with the law and for the rights and well-being of others; and, (3) Influence law and policy worldwide through meetings with and resources for policymakers in the U.S. and beyond.

IGE creates the space where faith can be freely and safely discussed. These spaces also create opportunities to engage key leaders who determine laws and policies that discriminate against people of faith. As the mindsets of these leaders change, they, in turn, influence laws, policies, and social attitudes such that people of faith gain greater freedom to live what they believe. The Church gains greater freedom to be salt and light in their communities.

Through over 20+ years of careful engagement, IGE has cultivated a unique network of partners, experts, and change makers around the world. Members of this network come from different religions, sectors, and disciplines, and carry both local and global authority in their fields. In the U.S., IGE regularly engages both policymakers at the State Department, National Security Council, and Congress as well as civil society leaders working on issues related to international religious freedom, peace building, and women's empowerment. It has been IGE's great and ongoing blessing to help establish an unprecedented series of conferences and dialogues where government officials, international scholars, constitutional lawyers, religious leaders, and ordinary people can have practical discussions about the positive contribution that faith can make to their culture and country. The result is a broadening of a political culture of religious freedom, a culture in which respect becomes the norm and reconciliation becomes possible.

IGE and local partners have exponentially expanded and extended the reach of native-language religious freedom scholarship and resources throughout the countries where we work. These resources are vital for equipping local leaders and influencers with the tools and knowledge to catalyze positive change.

IGE's pioneering approach has yielded a politically acceptable space for government officials and religious leaders to research, discuss, and train together regarding the contributions of religion and believers to a flourishing society in countries like China, Vietnam, Laos, Uzbekistan and Myanmar. Both Vietnam and Uzbekistan have been removed from the State Departments list of the worst violators of religious freedom, two of the programs where IGE has the longest track record. IGE has also been invited by governments in some of these countries to facilitate the gathering of feedback from international scholars and experts to important legislation governing religion. IGE has built the leadership capacity of women of faith from around the world working in the areas of peace building, development, and religious freedom. IGE’s work is a gradual, consistent, steady process. We invest in long-term relationship building, always being true to our word, always showing up, and this opens up opportunities for frank and honest dialogue over improving religious freedom for all. Moving forward, IGE will continue to build and invest in these relationships that have been long established, as well as expanding into other program and country areas. We will continue to work towards religious freedom and running our flagship Religion & Rule of Law training programs. IGE builds relationships and presents our model of engagement and theory of change transparently; we are not prescriptive, rather, we genuinely seek to walk alongside and equip those who are already catalyzing change in their countries.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    IGE catalyzes freedom of faith worldwide so that everyone has the ability to live what they believe. IGE seeks to create the relational context for evangelism. There needs to be a space where issues of religion and belief can be freely and safely discussed. As IGE creates those spaces, we are able to implement programs that create opportunities to influence leaders who determine laws and policies that restrict or oppress people of faith. As our programs start to change the mindsets of these leaders, they, in turn, gradually change laws, policies, and social attitudes such that people of faith gain greater freedom to live what they believe. The Church also gains greater freedom to be salt and light.

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    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 take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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 5.54 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2020 info

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Average of 4.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2020 info

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Average of 12% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

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Financial data

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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

This snapshot of INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT’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 $230,095 $211,236 $175,377 $14,329 -$49,318
As % of expenses 7.1% 14.3% 14.7% 1.1% -4.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $221,238 $203,884 $171,206 $12,084 -$50,449
As % of expenses 6.8% 13.8% 14.3% 0.9% -4.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,884,769 $1,443,266 $1,108,342 $1,400,862 $1,498,621
Total revenue, % change over prior year -55.5% -23.4% -23.2% 26.4% 7.0%
Program services revenue 0.7% 0.9% 1.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 21.5% 23.7% 38.6% 13.2% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 77.8% 75.6% 60.3% 85.8% 99.5%
Other revenue 0.0% -0.1% 0.0% 1.0% 0.4%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $3,225,865 $1,472,454 $1,196,649 $1,293,639 $1,038,509
Total expenses, % change over prior year -36.5% -54.4% -18.7% 8.1% -19.7%
Personnel 42.0% 30.4% 31.7% 38.6% 57.0%
Professional fees 12.4% 11.1% 24.9% 16.9% 26.0%
Occupancy 1.6% 1.5% 0.3% 0.2% 0.3%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 13.3% 7.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 30.7% 49.7% 43.1% 44.3% 16.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total expenses (after depreciation) $3,234,722 $1,479,806 $1,200,820 $1,295,884 $1,039,640
One month of savings $268,822 $122,705 $99,721 $107,803 $86,542
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $3,689 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $3,503,544 $1,602,511 $1,300,541 $1,407,376 $1,126,182

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Months of cash 0.7 1.6 1.2 2.3 13.7
Months of cash and investments 0.7 1.6 1.2 2.3 13.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -1.4 -1.4 0.0 0.1 -0.4
Balance sheet composition info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Cash $200,833 $197,661 $120,032 $251,365 $1,189,371
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $53,818 $62,894 $103,487 $21,455 $244,356
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $119,498 $32,819 $28,731 $26,460 $29,425
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 86.0% 80.1% 89.8% 83.4% 88.9%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 77.5% 15.9% 43.3% 14.4% 51.6%
Unrestricted net assets -$371,736 -$167,852 $3,354 $15,438 -$35,011
Temporarily restricted net assets $460,443 $392,541 $128,857 N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $460,443 $392,541 $128,857 $221,751 $731,181
Total net assets $88,707 $224,689 $132,211 $237,189 $696,170

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.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

President & CEO

Mr. John Boyd

John Boyd is IGE's President and CEO. Prior to joining IGE in November 2018, John had over five decades of experience transforming and growing organizations in both the private and non-profit sectors, domestically and internationally. Prior to IGE, John served as the President and CEO of Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), a faith-based non-profit based in Nampa, Idaho, that provides aviation and technology services to isolated regions around the world. Over the course of 25 years in the mission aviation field, John has flown in Congo, Lesotho, and Haiti in support of non-profit mission related organizations as well as relief and development NGOs. John is a graduate of the Law Enforcement Police College in former Rhodesia and holds a honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Northwest Nazarene University and honorary Bachelor of Theology from Azusa Pacific University. John and his wife, Tanya, are happily married with three adult children.

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Board of directors
as of 01/26/2023
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Board co-chair

Ms. Marji Hughes

Christian Community Credit Union

Term: 2019 - 2022

Board co-chair

Dr. Daniel Philpott

University of Notre Dame

Term: 2017 - 2023

Daniel Philpott

University of Notre Dame

Marji Hughes

Christian Community Credit Union

Rollin Van Broekhoven


Nadine Maenza

Patriot Voices

Darrell L. Bock

Dallas Theological Seminary

Paul Marshall

Baylor University

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/26/2023

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