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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 started 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 full–time employee, and now headquartered in Denver, Colorado, YFC operates in around 107 nations of the world with about 63,000 staff and volunteers impacting 4.2 million by direct ministry (2017 figures), utilising more than 40 ministry models. See more at

We believe in “making an impression on the clay while it is soft”. Multiple studies show that the great majority of people who ever come to Christ do so before they leave their teenage years.

We have the greatest message ever given to the world. We may assume that the world knows what that is. The truth is that the message has not, by–and–large, been heard and rejected. In vast tracts 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 fact 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. 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 children’s education, and – a big one – they can’t 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 full–time. That’s 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 one–year–at–a–time commitment 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, 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 by a phone call. We will be mightily encouraged!

Thank you for anything you can do to take forward this great cause of reaching young people for Jesus!

What we do

 P.S. Jesus also said (Matthew 6): “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (ESV).  

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 above did you not understand??”

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

 CLICK HERE to see some of the 2018 Applications


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