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International Friendships, Inc.

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Causes: International, International Cultural Exchange, International Exchange, Protestant, Religion

Mission: To extend life-changing hospitality and friendship to international students out of reverence for Jesus

Results: Making the world feel at home on 29 campuses, in partnership with 119 churches and 2,800 volunteers.

Target demographics: international college students

Direct beneficiaries per year: 4,625 international students

Geographic areas served: U.S. college campuses

Programs: Airport pickup, temporary housing, conversation partners, Bible discussion groups, friendship partners, holiday meal hosting, weekend hosting and more.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

International Friendships, Inc. does a truly wonderful job in welcoming international students to the United States, connecting them with host families that extend true US hospitality!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported this nonprofit for decades. I especially like their financial responsibility and accountability. They have yearly meetings where they share past, present, and future activities with keynote speakers who give personal testimonies. I know several of the leaders personally and can vouch for their character and diligence. This is a really great organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have enjoyed several holidays with international university students. It is wonderful to share stories about our cultures and provide them with a taste of "family & home" when they are far from theirs. IFI makes it easy to connect.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The church I attend was involved in starting IFI 40 years ago. I have witnessed its growth through the years as the organization has worked with International students on the Ohio State University campus and now as it is in the process of expanding its ministry to other campuses. I have seen students being transformed by the gospel and go back to their home countries to start proclaiming the gospel. IFI is truly an organization that excels in carrying out its mission.

Jim Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome program which includes opportunities to host international students for a few days when they arrive for college. Many times a friendship is started that lasts for the school year, and, sometimes, beyond. We were recently invited to the wedding in Shantou, China of a student we hosted in 2012.

Greg R.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I went to a an IFI Welcome Picnic back in the 80's and it inspired me to become a host for international people. Thanks IFI !

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been an enthusiastic supporter of IFI for a number of years. They are an innovative organization that is doing great work. I am always impressed with their responsive staff and their constant communication. I feel confident that the money I give to IFI is being put to good use.

Donor

Rating: 5

A well run organization where all the donations go to help international students become acclimated.
IFI hosts several events that connect students to community.

Eric H.4

Donor

Rating: 5

A terrific organization that helps international students integrate themselves into the local culture and make personal connections with students even before they set foot on campus. I couldn't give them a higher recommendation.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

First and foremost, IFI is about people. They a serve a lot of important needs for wanting situations, but all of their programs are designed to serve much more than an immediate physical or academic or practical need. Loving people of all backgrounds is one of the reasons IFI is loved by so many here in Columbus and beyond.

David F.4

Donor

Rating: 5

IFI has a wonderful ministry that I support. They are really good in keeping supporters informed of what they are doing and the progress and victories achieved. It is good to see how God is blessing and using the money donated to enlarge His kingdom.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome group helping extend hospitality to international students.

Annette B.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I and friends have worked with IFI for about 10 years. They are a well organized, thoughtful, fun, all-inclusive nonprofit who cares for the students they help as well as the volunteers who help them. Other cities and college campuses would do well to establish this model for their international students!