KIFO was established in 1993. The Research Centre is organised as a private foundation.
The financial basis of the Centre's activities is secured through grants from the Ministry of Government Administration, Reform and Church Affairs.
KIFO has an organized collaboration with the following research and educational institutions:
Church of Norway National Council, Oslo,
Faculty of Theology (TF), University of Oslo,
Norwegian School of Theology (MF), Oslo,
School of Mission and Theology (MHS), Stavanger,
Practical Theological Seminary (PTS), University of Oslo,
Diakonhjemmet University College , Oslo,
Church Educational Centre (IKO), Oslo,
NLA University College (NLA), Bergen,
Volda University College, Volda,
Finnmark University College, Alta,
University of Agder (UiA), Kristiansand.
Ansgar College and Theological Seminary (ATH), Kristiansand