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Nonprofit Issues:

Disaster Aid, Food, International


PO Box 379 Noblesville IN 46061-0379 USA


The mission of IDES is to meet the physical and spiritual needs of suffering people throughout the world by partnering with Christian Churches / Churches of Christ and their missionaries.


Since our founding, IDES has carried out relief projects in more than 100 nations around the globe. Each year we carry out more than 200 projects in 30 to 35 nations.

Target demographics:

those in urgent need. Nearly all our projects touch on the priority of caring for the poor, the sick, the hungry and the homeless (see Matthew 25:31ff) . This is at center of our mission and purpose.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

Multiple thousands.

Geographic areas served:

the U.S and throughout the world


IDES seeks to help victims of both natural disasters and man-made disasters by providing for victims immediate basic needs and assisting them as they rebuild their lives.

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Rating: 5 stars  

When we give to help meet needs around the world, we want to be good stewards of the money we send. IDES uses our donations to help others in a very efficient manner, with 87% of expenses spent on programs & services it delivers to people in need. They meet physical and spiritual needs by partnering with church missionaries who are already on the ground in the affected area.

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We have supported IDES for many years because they are quick to respond to any emergency and do their help through people already on the field wherever possible. This prevents fraud and gets the help to people who need it most. We even have the FISH bank they offered years ago for our spare change. We love turning what money we don't miss to something vital for someone else.

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iDES provides hope for the hurting around the world including disaster relief in our state. I became familiar with IDES while serving on our church's mission ministry team and now am blessed with the opportunity to serve on the IDES board. I have always been impressed with the stewardship of IDES in the administration and compassion of distributing funds through our churches and missionaries around the world. The testimonies of recipients display the love of Christ and the ministry aids the spread of the gospel.

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IDES is a very effective international relief agency. They have very small staff and overhead, but effectively work with churches and missionaries in disaster areas to provide relief. I first became personally acquainted with IDES personnel after Hurricane Katrina and was very blessed that our little churches in Mandeville and Slidell were able to host many volunteers who came to assist in the recovery. IDES provided early and sustained assistance and their representatives were very efficient in analyzing what needed to be done and recruiting volunteers to assist. I have the highest regard for IDES personnel for their personal integrity and compassion and for the agency's prompt action to provide needed relief. I give them my highest recommendation and am fully confident that my donations are wisely used.

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Rating: 5 stars  

They are a very compassionate group and have helped so many facing catastrophic situations. I love to go to the Harvest of Talents each year and purchase items knowing that all the money will be put to good use by IDES.

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IDES is very organized and good at what they do which is helping people in their time of need. They don't only focus on one area of need but strive for a more wholistic remedy. I have helped with tornado rebuilding in southern Indiana and it was very well managed. Our church has also hosted the rice packing event for Haiti which is an awesome hands on way to get many who may not ever travel to a far away place to help someone in need. I love that they serve both domestically and internationally, that they meet physical needs and share the gospel message.

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Rating: 5 stars  

They are reliable and compassionate in meeting the needs of people -- in the USA and internationally.

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One of the most gratifying experiences is the privilege of working with the original Harvest of Talents for World Hunger, Lincoln IL, on the Harvest Ministry Team, now in its 31st year after having raised nearly two million dollars for hunger relief in Jesus' name in 26 countries, including the USA, and inspiring several other Harvests to begin across the country. Key scriptures for the Harvest ministry are: I Peter 4:10, Matthew 25:35, and Galatians 6:9. It is very humbling, precious, and magnificently worthwhile. Since its inception, the Harvest has given 100% of funds raised to I.D.E.S. for distribution to accountable Christian missionaries who give full measure for food where it is needed most for hunger relief, and it has always been given in Jesus' name. While working together to share our prayers, talents, time, and resources is wonderful, the fact that we can count on every penny we raise going where it is desperately needed and turned into nourishing food while giving God the glory is all thanks to I.D.E.S. They make the tough decisions, and they make them prayerfully. We treasure our relationship with I.D.E.S. as trusted partners in this ministry. I have only the highest respect for the executive director, board, staff, and the history on which they stand. Prayer, faith, dedication, and compassion are at the heart of everyone at I.D.E.S., and we could not be more secure in our partnership with I.D.E.S.

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As Chairperson of Harvest of Talents for World Hunger, now in its 28th year, I can attest to the integrity of I.D.E.S. because of personally knowing the staff and a board member (both past and present). The dedication of the staff and board to the I.D.E.S. mission is without question. The Harvest ministry entrusts every penny raised to I.D.E.S. for their discretion in distributing the funds around the world for hunger relief in Jesus' name; last year the Harvest raised over $93K in Lincoln, IL alone, in addition to sister Harvests elsewhere.

I.D.E.S. staff is excellent with communication, outreach, support, and stewardship. It is a prayerfully managed charitable organization with leadership integrity from the top down. The Harvest is proud to partner with I.D.E.S. in hunger relief; the missionaries are accountable for funds and reporting.

We appreciate the various ways (in addition to hunger relief) that the Christian community can help people in need around the world through I.D.E.S.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

knowing the I.D.E.S. leadership and communicating with missionaries who partner with I.D.E.S. The I.D.E.S. publications, videos, preaching/speaking engagements, and communication materials are excellent and very helpful.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

need to think about this ... as, they do so much as it is; perhaps they could use more helpers ;-)

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What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Integrity involved with distribution and designation of funds for a variety of ways to help people, especially with hunger relief.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

Why not? One billion people go hungry each day!

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It reflects the highest integrity, is involved worldwide, and is a Christian organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

It's always good to give money to an organization that you know will help those who need it...at home and abroad. I trust and know without a doubt that my donation is helping others, not being used to line someone's pockets. They help others in Jesus' name!

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IDES (International Disaster Emergency Service) Is my favorite non-profit organization. This group helps people all over the world who are suffering through natural disasters. One of the main reasons that I support them, is that I know that all the money that I donate to them will go straight to the people who need it most. They do more than help people in major disasters. They also care about people who have suffered smaller things, such as when my home church was burned by arsonists. Even the children in my Sunday School class are able to understand what IDES does and enthusiastically support this group. They are truly God's servants.
Debra Moberly

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