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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Christianity, International, International Relief, Religion

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.

Programs: Operation christmas child: this is a project of samaritan's purse that collects and delivers gift-filled shoeboxes to millions of hurting children around the world. We do this to demonstrate god's love, prepare the way for the gospel, and share the true meaning of christmas--the birth of jesus christ, our lord and savior. Jesus told us, "go therefore and make disciples of all nations" (matthew 28:18). In 2014, operation christmas child reached boys and girls in 114 nations with a record 10,440,333 shoebox gifts collected worldwide, including 7,991,643 in the u. S. Since 1993, operation christmas child has handed out 124 million shoebox gifts in 159 countries and territories. The 2015 national collection week will be november 16-23 at more than 4,000 locations across the u. S.

south sudan relief: samaritan's purse has been working in south sudan for more than 20 years--long before the nation gained independence in 2011. The humanitarian crisis escalated in 2014 because of political instability and fighting. Working in the name of jesus, we provide food, water, and other essentials to 200,000 people who have been displaced from their homes and farms. Samaritan's purse operates the only surgical hospital in maban county, as well as a nutrition center and five mobile clinics to care for malnourished infants. Our international medical teams have provided cleft- lip surgery for over 260 children and adults since 2011. Hundreds of churches built by samaritan's purse over the past 10 years are involved in concerted prayer for peace and the future of their nation.

liberia relief: samaritan's purse was at the forefront of efforts to fight the ebola outbreak in western africa in 2014. We praise god for halting the epidemic and sparing so many lives, including dr. Kent brantly and nancy writebol after they contracted ebola while caring for patients. Samaritan's purse operated three facilities to provide medical and spiritual care for the sick, supplied 66,000 households with infection prevention kits, and reached 1. 6 million people with ways to avoid the virus. At the height of the epidemic, when commercial flights were cancelled, we chartered two jumbo jets to deliver desperately needed medicines and supplies. Through our ebola ministry, over 1,200 liberians trusted jesus christ as their lord and savior.

the mission of samaritan's purse is to obediently serve the lord jesus christ. At the core of our ministry is the belief that mankind has been separated from god by sin and our only hope of salvation comes from the atoning sacrifice of god's son, jesus christ. "if you confess with your mouth the lord jesus and believe in your heart that god has raised him from the dead, you will be saved" (romans 10:9). Many claim to behave mercifully toward their neighbors out of a sense of social consciousness. At samaritan's purse, we take our name and mandate from christ's instruction that we should first love the lord with our hearts, souls, minds, and strength. Caring for our neighbors then flows from our deep love for god. This command is illustrated in the parable of the good samaritan as told by jesus and recorded in luke 10:25-37 (new king james version): and behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested him, saying, "teacher, what shall i do to inherit eternal life? " he said to him, "what is written in the law? What is your reading of it? " so he answered and said, "'you shall love the lord your god with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,' and 'your neighbor as yourself. '" and he said to him, "you have answered rightly; do this and you will live. " but he, wanting to justify himself, said to jesus, "and who is my neighbor? " then jesus answered and said: "a certain man went down from jerusalem to jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, 'take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when i come again, i will repay you. ' so which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves? " and he said, "he who showed mercy on him. " then jesus said to him, "go and do likewise. " at samaritan's purse, we are responding to christ's command to do likewise as we minister to those suffering from the results of sin in our world: war, poverty, disaster, disease, and famine. The bible tells us, "the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? " (jeremiah 17:9). In the new testament, we read that "the wages of sin is death" (romans 6:23). Because of adam and eve's disobedience, every human being is born with the stain of sin, which, without the cleansing blood of jesus christ, ultimately leads to physical and spiritual death. The lord, in his mercy, sent his beloved son, jesus christ, from heaven to this earth on a rescue mission. John 3:16 says, "for god so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. " jesus took our sins upon himself, suffering and dying on a roman cross. He took our sins to the grave, and on the third day, he arose again. Through his death and resurrection, jesus became the way for us to be reconciled to god. He said, "i am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father except through me" (john 14:6). If you choose to remain in your sins, you will be separated from god forever. But, if you place your faith and trust in what jesus has done, you will be saved by god's grace. This is the good news: "he who believes in him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten son of god" (john 3:18). If you want to receive god's free gift of salvation, you can pray a simple prayer like this one: dear god, i am a sinner. I am sorry for my sins. Please forgive me. Help me to turn from my sinful life. I believe by faith that jesus christ is your son who died for my sins, and whom you have raised to life. I want to trust jesus as my savior and follow him as my lord from this day forward and forevermore. Amen. If you have prayed this, or would like some spiritual help, please call the following number to speak with a counselor: 1-800-247-2426. You can trust these words are true: "for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of god, not of works, lest anyone should boast" (ephesians 2:8-9). At samaritan's purse, we take prayer seriously. Thanks to what jesus christ has done, we can take our prayer concerns directly to our god in heaven. We can ask him to intervene immediately on behalf of those whose lives are in danger, and we trust him to provide the resources for us to swiftly accomplish his work and his will. The quarterly magazine of samaritan's purse, prayerpoint, is devoted entirely to prayer for our projects around the world. We trust that as god answers prayers, he will meet the needs of his people. In addition to the ministries listed in part iii, the following ministries are our response to the effects of sin on humanity and the natural world. Our mission is to bring god's love, healing and compassion to those who are hurting or lost. North american ministries: samaritan's purse has helped over 31,000 families in 35 states recover from tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and other disasters since 1998. We operate five disaster relief units that carry everything needed to make emergency repairs and support the work of our national network of volunteers (5,537 at 13 locations in 2014). In 2014, samaritan's purse rebuilt 50 homes for disaster survivors who lacked the means to build on their own. At every home where we work, our volunteers offer to pray with the residents and leave each household with a signed copy of the bible. Volunteers mark comforting verses, such as psalm 46:1: "god is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. " world medical mission (wmm): the medical arm of samaritan's purse helped staff 39 mission hospitals in 37 countries in 2014. World medical mission arranged 688 short-term trips for christian doctors, dentists, and other medical professionals who served short-term assignments overseas. Another 47 doctors in 17 countries were serving two-year assignments with wmm's post-residency program, which is designed to prepare them to become career medical missionaries. Our medical warehouse shipped over 6. 8 million in donated equipment and supplies to mission hospitals in 17 countries. We praise god for how he uses these physicians and hospitals to save lives and earn a hearing for the gospel of jesus christ, the great physician. Philippines relief: for the second straight year, the eastern island of samar was devastated by a typhoon. Samaritan's purse provided emergency shelter to 2,500 families following typhoon hagupit, as well as over 16,000 households following typhoon haiyan in late 2013. We also supplied food, water, and other assistance, distributed 2,000 bibles, and enrolled 16,000 children in classes that focus on hygiene as well as evangelism. After all they have been through, we want them to know they can trust the lord as "a refuge from the storm" (isaiah 25:4). The greatest journey: the greatest journey is a discipleship program developed by samaritan's purse for children who receive shoebox gifts from operation christmas child. The goals are effective evangelism, discipleship, and purposeful multiplication of the gospel. We provide lesson books and bibles in 66 languages. In 2014, over 1. 8 million children enrolled, 988,000 made decisions to trust jesus christ as their lord and savior, and 1 million committed to pray for and share their faith with family and friends. Since 2009, 4. 7 million have enrolled and 2. 1 million have come to faith. "so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish what i please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which i sent it" (isaiah 55:11). Northern iraq relief: over 800,000 muslims, yazidis, and christians who fled isis terrorism have settled in the kurdish regions of northern iraq. Samaritan's purse organized three airlifts to iraq in 2014 and distributed 3,500 kerosene heaters, 46,000 coats, 30,000 blankets, and over 400,000 pairs of shoes, plus 75,000 gift-filled shoeboxes from operation christmas child. We built a water system for 4,000 displaced yazidis and set up centers to provide safe places for hundreds of children to play, learn, and discover god's love. Haiti relief: over 115 children, including 70 residents, completed the second full year of classes at the greta home and academy, operated by samaritan's purse and named for fox news journalist greta

Community Stories

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Integrity, compassion and accountability are hallmarks of this organization. First responders during both domestic and international disasters, Samaritans Purse strives to be first to offer assistance as a tangible expression of God's love. Projects under its umbrella include Operation Christmas Child, Children's Heart Project, World Medical Mission and many others.

3 Kriss S.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for this organization. It allows a small, lower income family to make a dfference in a child's life...at Christmas no less! The impact they are making with their shoe boxes truly shows love the way The Lord intended. All things biblical are now seen as politcal...it is the season of life we are in. Christ's message is THE SAME as it always has been...as is Samaritan's Purse message. It's the political agenda that is crossing their paths. Biblical truth and charitable transparency is what SP stands for, and I am thankful for them.

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6

Donor

Rating: 5

I know that this isn't a blog or anything. But in defense of Mr. Graham and Samraitans Purse, I do not believe he has a political agenda, but a Biblical Agenda. If you read the Scriptures, the public policies he defended are those that have clearly been spoken by the Creator. Truth is Truth. Samaritans Purse will be blessed because they understand that and fear God more than man. My dollars and prayers will continue to support this organization.

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30 Buck E.

Donor

Rating: 2

I have made small donations and my family has made very significant donations to Samaritan's purse. My support has ceased, and I'm hoping to persuade my families business to stop giving them many thousands each year. I'm very hesitant to take adverse action against them, but do so for the following reasons. 1. Franklin Graham takes a large salary 2. He is deeply engaged in using his organization in partisan politics, and 3. while some of their work is very good, some has not been very good, such as their internal bickering and finally abruptly pulling out of their commitment for the war child project in Northern Uganda, which left the other NGO's scrambling to provide the food for these kids that Samaratin's Purse had provided. That was irresponsible and unconscionable. If you're going to make a commitment to these kids who have seen and done things that we can't even imagine, you must stand by that commitment. Was it their internal fighting that was legendary, or was it lack of funds while they find it worthwhile to make large contributions to anti-gay marriage measures? Either way, it's not Christian, and it's not good. Knowing that they funneled contributions through the Billy Graham Evangelical Association when most of the money came from Samaritan's Purse is not helpful. Nor was his repeated Obama bashing, which apparently was not God's will as he was re-elected anyway, and the Bible is clear that God puts the leaders in office. So he opposes God. Period. is not following in his father's footsteps but is collecting a very large salary from Samaritan's purse and was also collecting a large salary from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. In 2008 his total salary was 1.2 million. A controversy arose, and he's since stopped his BGEA salary, but still collects over 400,000 from Samaritan's Purse.

17 Nora7

Donor

Rating: 1

A year ago I made a operation Christmas child box and enjoyed the process. However now I am completely disappointed with Samaritan's purse because I was sent an email of a political nature which really turned me off. I've noticed that the organization has an extreme right wing point of view. From here on out I will only donate to groups in which their only point of view is helping people. I think it is very unchristian to have such a strong political stance that undermines outreach. If the CEO was less outspoken I might still be donating to samaritan's purse. I will be continuing to donate to Lutheran world relief an excellent relief organization.

4

Donor

Rating: 3

I've been a regular donor to SP for a few years, but Franklin Graham's recent political commentary has me greatly concerned, especially where it pertains to same-sex marriage. I didn't realize that SP's mission includes promoting their political agenda, and I refuse to have my contributions used to support bigotry. As a result, I've become disillusioned with SP and have not donated since May. I'm still prayerfully considering whether I should resume, but at this point I have no confidence that my contributions will not be supporting such un-Christ-like behavior.

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6 Katy O.

Donor

Rating: 3

This is the second year we have put together christmas packages for children (3 - one from each of my children). It is a nice experience for them. I am very saddened to see a CEO of a non-profit making $400,000 plus. It is pure greed. I think with conscience NO CEO's of non profits should take more then $200,000 for their work. Shame on Mr. Graham and the board for allowing this.

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4 Deborah42

Donor

Rating: 5

BBB is a joke! They falsely claim to be lacking information that is clearly spelled out in Samaritan Purse's Annual Financial Disclosure. After posting an erroneous review on Samaritan's Purse, BBB asked me for money.

3

Donor

Rating: 3

I tried to add some comments under other reviews, but got an error message, so I will add them here. These comments have to do with the discussion about Franklin Graham's compensation. I have donated to Samaritan's Purse in the past and haven't come to a personal opinion about the CEO salary question, but I wanted to share a couple of thoughts.

In one of the reviews it is said that Franklin Graham probably puts a lot of his own money into Samaritan's Purse. My observation is that if he is putting a lot of his salary back into Samaritan's Purse, that is tax inefficient. He would pay various taxes on his salary - and at a salary over $470K he would not be eligible for many deductions. It would make more sense for him to take a lower salary and leave the money in the charity, so an additional cut doesn't have to go to the government.

For that reason, my guess is that Franklin Graham isn't putting a significant percentage of his salary into Samaritan's Purse; of course, he may be tithing to his church and doing other charitable things with the money.

Another review mentioned that the total compensation number probably includes travel and other business expenses. It would be non-standard accounting if expenses such as travel were included in the CEO's compensation. As a general principal, you want things to be accounted for in the right "bucket" and travel expense should go in the travel expense bucket and salary should go in the salary bucket.

Of course there are cases where teachers buy supplies for their classes because the school district won't, or managers buy lunch for their team and don't submit it for reimbursement because company policy won't allow it (I've done that). Franklin Graham may be doing some similar things, but as CEO he is likely setting the appropriate reimbursement policies and following them. That means unreimbursed expenses are likely a small percentage of his total compensation. To do otherwise would be tax inefficient (for both him and Samaritan's Purse) and I assume Franklin Graham is too smart for that.

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4 Barbara J Ferraro

Donor

Rating: 5

I am sad to see some of the comments on here about how much Franklin Graham is making. Is that in gross or net amounts? And do these persons know what he does with the money? I am willing to bet that he is returning much of it back into the organization. I have been a donor through Christmas Child for only two years now and then recently have made some other donations for Sudan, where Franklin has been in the thick of where the people were under attack. How many CEO's of charities do that? I know only one other one for sure and that is Wess Stafford of Compassion International, I believe he would also risk his life for the children. I intend to continue giving to Samaritan's Purse until I see in black in white that Mr. Graham is ripping them off. My income would also look pretty good for other seniors my age, but nobody knows just what I do with that money, and a large percentage of it is given to charity, like sponsoring 8 children with Compassion and 2 with World Vision for one. If people are concerned about the money Franklin Graham is making, why don't the just ask him if that is net or gross and what percentage of it does he actually keep? I know he could tell them it is none of their business but then again they might be surprised.

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Donor

Rating: 4

Before JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS, you criticizers need to understand that COMPENSATION is not the same as a salary. That $473,440 also includes EXPENSES for travel, food, lodging, etc. This would mean his salary is only a part of $473,440. Considering that a ministry of this size and magnitude probably requires Mr. Graham to do a lot of traveling, I do not find his COMPENSATION to be excessive at all.

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