Samaritans Purse

Rating: 3.59 stars   41 reviews

Issues: International, Religion

Location: PO Box 3000 Boone NC 28607 USA

Mission: Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan's Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing Gods love through His son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

2 people found this review helpful

I LOVE Operation Christmas Child. Our family LOVES Operation Christmas Child. Every year, we put together shoe boxes for children around the world, and take so much joy in sharing what we have with others! We teach our children using this outreach about those around the world who are less fortunate, and help them to have hearts that love to give. They fill out their own boxes and love it! This year we are having a OCC Packing Party with a kit from Samaritan's Purse, and we couldn't be more excited! Praise God for the opportunity to love on kids throughout the world!!!!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not even sure!

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Thanks Layna. You and your family are helping to change lives through more than 9 million personal touches around the world each year in Jesus' Name. We're so thankful for your generous help.

Rating: 3 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

We are a team of college students that have been assigned the task of evaluating a charity for an international development. Through our research of Samaritan's Purse we have found them to be a very large international development organization. They work primarily in the developing world, and do very little aid work in the United States. There is substantial evidence that their projects have impacted the lives of people in the developing world. For example, their water projects have helped to provide clean drinking water for thousands of people in Africa. Another impressive aspect of Samaritan's Purse is the efficiency in which they spend donation money. They have very little administrative overhead, which allows close to 90℅ of donation money goes directly to funding development projects.

There are also some concerns that surround Samaritan's Purse, their leader , Franklin Graham, is a very conservative Christian. He has made comments about homosexuals and people of Islam that some people may find offensive. There is some evidence that this extremism has certain effects on their projects. For example, they refuse to administer birth control to men or women because it does not conform to their beliefs. This is a concern because it shows that they are unable to separate their religious beliefs and their work in devbeloping countries. This charity may not be for everyone, if you find your beliefs aligned with the views of Franklin Graham this may be the perfect charity for you, but we would advise caution as this charity seems to have a fairly extreme religious and political bend.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Samaritan's Purse is ethical all the way, and they've been incredibly responsive to me every time I've had a query about their livestock-related projects. My passion is ethical treatment of animals, and they've given me detailed descriptions of the training they give the recipients of their livestock animals as far as humane treatment, sound husbandry principles, and their Biblical philosophy regarding humans' responsibility to care properly for animals. One of my greatest joys every Christmas is choosing charity gifts from the Samaritan's Purse catalog. I recommend them with no hesitation to any donors considering making a contribution of any size.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I think Samaritan's Purse is one of the best organizations I have ever given to. I like their work, and
I know it isn't easy for them to go to some parts of the world because of the danger. But they do,
anyway. Franklin Graham stands up for the truth no matter what the world says. I admire that. Sue White

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Rating: 1 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Unfortunately, two Samaritan's Purse volunteer medical staff in Africa contracted Ebola and are now at risk of death. Let's watch Samaritan's Purse CAREFULLY and see if they use this unfortunate happenstance in their fund raising appeals. Rev. Franklin Graham should be on his knees praying for their survival and not engaging in right wing political activities.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Retire Franklin Graham to a life of silent reflection of his sins.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Its a blessing for us here in Philippines especially here at Benguet province to have this charity. Lots of children here including ours were excited and joyfully received Samaritan Purse Gifts.We are happy that there are Samaritans like this, giving smiles to our children.Thanks a lot.God Bless you MORE...

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 3 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Am a born again christian Accountant) we had a chance when Samaritan purse gave a smile to pupils faces at our place of work (kampala school for physically handicapped) our pupils felt that are not left out globally for they imagined some body oversees to think about them.so Samaritan purse its our prayer we join you to do God's work
Gertrude Nakibuuka sozzi

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Our church is involved with Operation Christmas Child, which is how I became acquainted with Samaritan's Purse. I admire the work they do around the world through this program. In November, 2012 I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Haiti and work with a group of US volunteers at the Greta Home and Academy in Leogane, Haiti. I was so impressed with the SP leadership I met in Haiti, and just the overall experience I had. Our accomodations were by no means luxurious, but we were well taken care of and SP took our safety seriously. The Greta home, which is now operating, is a beacon of light that shines in a spiritually dark and corrupted country, yet beautiful and full of potential. God is doing great things through SP there. I cant think of another organization that I would rather support.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

There are many Christian charities out there showing starving children, some with only 5% of the donations going to the needed. Samaritan Purse is a very trustworthy organization with good accountability and 90% of the funds going to the needed. Bob Leone, www.HumanBeans.org

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

am a singer ,a christian singer ,JESUS CHRIST is my GOD ,AM LOOKING FOR A SPONSOR ,AM A CONGOLESE REFUGEE HERE IN UGAANDA,I HAVE ONE SINGLE ON YOUTUBE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lq_G9wPyLYk PLEASE HELP ME IN JESUS CHRIST S NAME

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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