We need your support


Hiring additional staff is an important long-term goal for us, so we can be fully equipped to fight for your rights at the Statehouse, Supreme Court, and beyond. Many of our goals are contingent upon hiring additional support staff in the coming years to get us to the finish line, and this year we are saving toward that pursuit.

You may be wondering what those goals are, and why they require additional staff. Here are a few of the things we have coming down the pipeline, and why it’s essential we add more dedicated workers to our team:

IFI’s Education Initiative: We still have a lot of work to do to help school districts push back against liberal indoctrination and bring back common sense. We’ve touched at least 20 school districts in Indiana, but the successes in some of those districts need to be leveraged in other places around the state. Right now we only have one staff member addressing education issues for the entire state – pointing back to our need for additional support staff. 

Hoosier Leadership Series: We believe that by growing our alumni association and engaging the other 400 alumni across the state, we can activate a Christian, conservative army of leaders throughout Indiana. The ripple effects of that army would be felt  statewide. We need additional staff to manage our alumni and create those relationships between alumni and our current class. 

Five Freedoms Project: Even though our general counsel, Josh Hershberger, is doing an immense amount of work on a number of important legal issues, he is stretched thin and can only take on a few cases at a time. The work we are doing with the Five Freedoms Project focuses on quality over quantity, and it is deeply important work (such as representing the Cox family), but many great opportunities are slipping through the cracks. For every important case, many other Hoosier families are not able to be helped. We are hopeful that we can expand our legal team in the coming years to fight for even more families who have had their rights violated. 

Church Ambassador Network: We’re incredibly grateful for several out-of-state donors who helped us create the Church Ambassador Network and continue to fund its existence, but we know their support is not permanent. We need this program to be 100% Hoosier funded. We only have two staff members managing the Church Ambassador Network, ministering to over 10,000 churches throughout the state and thousands of state and local elected officials. The fields are ready for harvest, but the workers are few. 

Would you pray about standing in the gap, and helping us meet our yearly needs like never before? Our 5-year-goal is to consistently raise $1.6 million. This is a stretch, but we know that nothing is impossible with our God. Will you be an ambassador of His kingdom and help us? 

Please consider taking a leap of faith this year and doubling your donations from 2023 to help us multiply our impact in Indiana. We are eager to expand our efforts in the legislature and beyond, but we can’t do it without your support.



Happy Easter!


We are praying that you, your family, and your church have a powerful Resurrection Sunday! Our hope and prayer is that many in your community come to know Christ this weekend. 

Easter is such an encouragement to us, especially as we continue to promote Biblical principles in a quickly changing culture. Below is an excerpt from our General Council Josh Hershberger, sharing his reflections on the importance and power of Easter in our increasingly secular age:

“The tomb is one of the chief antagonists of the Easter story. The tomb stands for a type of absolute tragedy. Innocence was found guilty. God was killed. Evil prevailed. Period. 

But then came the Resurrection. Truth showed a deep resilience. Truth triumphed despite evil and even through it. As Clarence W. Hall so aptly stated, “Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there.”

In sum, the tomb lost. This means that we can live and work in hope. We can struggle with courage against our own faults and the stubborn blackness in all our hearts. We can claim victory and live without shame. We can struggle to redeem our broken world as agents of our coming King that will make all things new, and we can live victoriously no matter how dark our times. We can live with assurance that one day injustice will be swept away, evil will be overthrown, and death itself will die.”

He is Risen! We are praying for you this Easter Sunday!



Update on Appeal to SCOTUS

Here is a statement from Joshua Hershberger, IFI’s General Counsel:

Though SCOTUS denied the Petition of Mary and Jeremy Cox yesterday, we did accomplish the goal of placing this fact pattern in front of SCOTUS as a real and growing threat to parental rights, freedom of religion, and free speech. These constitutional principles represent a cause–not just a case–and we will continue to advocate for that cause in law and culture. Full statements below:

Mary and Jeremy Cox:

“No other loving parents should have to endure what we did. The pain of having our son taken from our home and kept from our care because of our beliefs will stay with us forever. We can’t change the past, but we will continue to fight for a future where parents of faith can raise their children without fear of state officials knocking on their doors and taking their children.”

Lori Windham, Vice President and Senior Counsel at Becket, and Joshua Hershberger:

“What Indiana officials did to Mary and Jeremy was a shocking attack on parental rights. Loving parents should not lose custody of their children because they disagree with the state about gender. We are confident that the Supreme Court will ultimately protect this basic right and ensure that parents can raise their children consistent with their religious beliefs.”

The fight for parental rights is far from over in Indiana.



IFI’s Legislative Session Update

The 2024 “short” legislative session, which ended this past Friday, was a busy one. Our legislative team was at the Statehouse daily tracking bills, testifying in committees, pushing legislation, organizing meetings, and more.  Thank you for your support and engagement! We pulled out all the stops for you to advance Hoosier values forward. In particular, we want to highlight the two great bills below that PASSED and are currently awaiting the governor’s signature.
SB 17: Age Verification for Adult Websites An area that public policy has not caught up with technology is protecting children from hardcore pornographic websites. Today, a child can easily access the most hardcore pornography online and the companies that own these websites are not held accountable. SB 17 would subject these companies to fines and legal action if they do not have a method for denying minors access to their site.

HB 1137: Religious Release Time Instruction for Public Schools  HB 1137, introduced by Rep. Kendell Culp, is a promising bill that would require principals at public schools to allow students to attend religious classes during the school day, provided the classes are off school property, privately funded, and parent-permitted. This concept is protected by a 1952 U.S. Supreme Court ruling but was never brought to fruition in Indiana law. We believe HB 1137 would revolutionize Indiana schools for the better and positively impact countless lives. Again, we thank you for your prayers and activism during the legislative session! Our staff continues to tirelessly work behind the scenes to defend the rights and values of Hoosier citizens. Your support strengthens Indiana families!



Urge your senator to support parental rights


Even in Indiana, there is mounting evidence demonstrating the need for legislation to elevate parental rights to the status of a fundamental right! Sadly, many parents feel that they may jeopardize their rights to raise their children as they see fit. This is unacceptable. Good parents who want the best for their children should not fear the loss of custody of their children by the government.

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Senate Bill 46 is a bill that seeks to establish parental rights as fundamental, which elevates the legal protections parents have in how they raise their families. It’s alarming that the ACLU, the Indiana Teacher’s Union, and the Judge’s Association are opposing legislation to protect parental rights. Unfortunately, these groups are gaining traction in opposing a parent’s right to direct their children’s religious instruction, education, and healthcare.

SB 46 was heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, January 10th. IFI was there standing up for parental rights on your behalf. IFI General Counsel Josh Hershberger, IFI national ally Matt Sharp from Alliance Defending Freedom and others gave great testimony on behalf of Hoosier parents. We are hopeful that the bill will be voted out of committee next week, and we will keep you updated on any progress.

Please stand up for your family and reach out to your state senator to let him or her know that you support parental rights. Click here to contact your senator in support of parental rights.