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Foundation for the Nations

What we do


Foundation for the Nations is a part of YFC International, and is run from offices in Northern Ireland


Foundation for the Nations was formed in 2014 as a Youth For Christ inspired initiative to draw together YFC projects from around the world with those who have the capacity to help them.

Our motto is Wealth into Worth for the World and our remit, to help those who are cash rich but time poor; to make good decisions about where to invest their hard earned money.

Founded in 1944 with Dr Billy Graham as the first fulltime YFC employee, and now headquartered in Denver, Colorado, by the grace of God Youth For Christ has grown. In 2019 YFC was working in at least 117 nations, with more than 50,000 staff and volunteers and more than 16,000 partner churches. Between direct ministry and through a variety of media, it is estimated that more than 8.25 million young people were impacted by the Gospel during the year, and we were privileged to be the final link in the chain in the roughly 173,750 who decided to accept Jesus Christ as their Saviour. See the 2019 Annual Report here.

We believe in making an impression on the clay while it is soft. Multiple studies have shown that the great majority of people who ever come to Christ do so before they leave their teenage years. See here and here and here for examples or use the links below. and and

We have the greatest message ever given to the world. We may assume that the world knows what that is. Truth is, the message has not, by and large, been heard and rejected. In much of the world it has simply never been heard at all.

YFC has some of the most brilliant and creative youth workers in the world (fact!) but their visions and dreams are often stifled at birth simply through lack of funding. In the west it is difficult to imagine how hard it is to raise finances in majority Muslim, Orthodox, Buddhist, Hindu or secular nations for evangelistic work, but the truth is that without outside support, many great ideas for reaching young people will simply wither on the vine.

Finally, we can say that because we work mostly with indigenous staff, we make an extremely efficient use of finances. We are not primarily a cross cultural missionary organisation; we work through local believers in each country. Therefore, our people already speak the language and know the culture of their nation, they know how to live at the same level as the native population, they don’t have issues with their childrens’ education, and a big one, they cannot be thrown out of their own country. For example, we estimate that for the cost of keeping one Western family on the field in an Eastern European country, with all the drawbacks of having to learn the language and culture, educate their children, get visas, needing help for the first couple of years for most things, we can keep more than a dozen EE staff working fultime. That is efficient!

We therefore seek the involvement of Ministry Partners; three kinds, all equally important:

1. Prayer Partners ; people who will undertake to receive irregular news bulletins from us and to pray over specific requests, and for the general work of the Foundation

2. Enabling Partners; people who, by regular monthly, quarterly or annual giving, provide the core of the day to day running costs of the Foundation

3. Project Partners; individuals, couples, corporate or family Trusts or Foundations who, by pledging significant funds, allow us to solicit applications from YFC entities around the world for projects in the coming year. We seek only a commitment of one year at a time from these Partners. See following sheet.

It would be a wonderful investment in the lives of kids you may never meet until you get to Heaven, when you will find both them and your finances together safe and secure for eternity, and, according to Jesus in Mark 10, the finances wondrously multiplied!

If you could see yourself participating in this innovative Foundation in one or more of the three ways above, let us know by email or phone. We will be mighty happy! Contact details at the bottom of the page.

Thank you for anything you can do to take forward this great cause of reaching young people for Jesus! If you would like one or more of the fridge magnets below, just drop us a note with your name and address and the quantity needed, and we will be glad to send them free of charge. They are designed to provoke thought.

What we do

Some day, when those who are going there get to Heaven, we may express surprise at how little is in our accounts. Will Jesus say to us: Which of those words in Matthew 6 did you not understand?

Click here to download our official launch presentation to find out more about what we do and who we are.

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