WORLD VISION INTERNATIONAL

Rating: 3.57 stars   72 reviews

Issues: International, Religion, Economic Development, Microfinance

Location: P.O. Box 9716 Federal Way WA 98063 USA

Mission: World Vision is an international partnership of Christians whose mission is to follow our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God.
Programs: Every year, World Vision and its partners serve tens of millions of people in nearly 100 countries, including over one million people in the United States. World Vision's assistance extends to all people, regardless of religious beliefs, gender, race or ethnic background.

World Vision provides emergency relief efforts to bring assistance to victims of both war and natural disasters. Depending on the situation, aid may include food, clothing, and shelter to health care, potable water, and construction of sanitation facilities. Additional projects deal with reducing barriers to progress through improvements to agricultural and nutrition practices, micro enterprise loans, and initiation of literacy, vocational training, and other educational programs. In addition, World Vision is working in Africa, Asia and The Caribbean to help address the needs of widows and orphans in response to the AIDS pandemic through its Hope Initiative.

Adapting to the individual needs of the areas where it works, World Vision coordinates programs for its sponsored children that - along core services, such as medical and dental care, supplemental food and vitamins, and grants and scholarships for school fees and other educational expenses are designed over many years to help make families and communities self-sustaining. According to World Vision, the total number of children being sponsored by U.S. donors is over 700,000.

In the United States, World Vision teams with churches, community organizations, and other volunteer groups. Projects target issues in such areas as tutoring youth, mentoring youth-at-risk, affordable housing, job training and placement, and small business development. Food commodities, medicines, clothing, and other gift-in-kind items (received from governmental sources and private donors) are distributed both through World Vision run projects and ministries affiliated with other organizations. Outside partner ministries receiving gifts from World Vision share similar ideals as overall guiding principles. To educate Americans about the needs of the poor, World Vision produces magazines and other broadcast and print resources, and annually organizes the 30 Hour Famine program for youth to increase their understanding of life in developing countries.

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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Hello, we are college students that have been doing research into non-profit development organizations. We have been studying and reviewing World Vision throughout the course of the semester. Here are our thoughts on the organization.

World Vision, the largest privately funded Christian relief and development organization in the world has dedicated to working with children who are poor and oppressed so as to transform their lives by helping them reach their full potential in their communities. As a faith based organization, World Vision uses a Christian approach in their development and relief services to demonstrate God’s unconditional love but also to tackle the issues of poverty and releasing the world’s poorest from this level. World Vision has eight areas of focus which are: clean water, health, education, food and agriculture, economic development, child protection, gender equality, disaster relief.

To this day, 85% of the donations given to World Vision have gone towards their development projects. For example, in education they have managed to increase children’s access to quality education, especially for girls. World Vision is also involved in preventing the exploitation of children and supporting survivors of child abuse. They have also provided 263.9 million dollars in food assistance to people in need for development as well as disaster relief.

There are some questions regarding the actual impact of World Vision’s development programs, their financial distributions, and their Christian values. World Vision’s development programs appear to act as more relief services and help in the short-term, rather than their goal of fostering long-term development because of financial logistics. This means that a large percentage of their donations are not being utilized in the development programs but are instead channeled to fundraising efforts for which the effects are not realized. The other portion of non-program related financials goes towards management and administration costs which does not translate into development. World Vision also claims that they cater to everyone regardless of faith, nationality, race, sexual orientation, or gender, etc. However, there has been some controversy regarding their employment regulations. World Vision will not employ individuals who identify as homosexual or are in a same-sex union. We encourage donors to be cautious and to review all options of World Vision’s programs before donating towards their cause.

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Something really stinks here. They run these sleazy TV commercials and then keep the money that is sent in for themselves. They should be GIVING 90% of the donations they get, not keeping it.

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

A complete audit and change of leadership.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

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

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Thank you for your concerns. We take seriously our responsibility to use donor funds effectively. As Charity Navigator notes, World Vision U.S. spends 85.6% of donations on programs and just 4.6% for administration, so we are able to get the majority of donor contributions to help children and their communities. (http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=4768. ) Additionally, World Vision's Chief Financial Officer Larry Probus explains our funding model at: http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/about/why-donate?open. We hope you will view his presentation, which provides a current look at World Vision's finances. If you have any specific questions or concerns, please contact us info@worldvision.org. Again, thank you for raising these concerns.

Rating: 1 stars  

I BELIEVE THE COMMERCIAL THAT SHOWS YOUNG CHILDREN BEING SOLD IS VERY OFFENSIVE AS WE ALL KNOW WHAT GOES ON IN MANY FOREIGN COUNTRIES. IT ONLY GIVES PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRIES MANY IDEAS, WHICH SHOULD NOT BE ALOUD.

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

CHANGE THE COMMERCIAL, OR TAKE IT OUT COMPLETELY.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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The TV ad you reference is part of a larger awareness campaign by the Canadian office of World Vision on the issue of child slavery. The point of the spot is to draw attention to the issue of child slavery. World Vision hired child actors who are protected by their union - the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists - to ensure a fair and safe work environment. Their parents were on set, providing another layer of protection. We believe children around the world, not just in Canada or the U.S., deserve this kind of protection, so that no child is subject to dangerous and exploitative working conditions. Our goal is to engage Canadians whether through the media or on the street, to bring them face-to-face with the tragedy of child slavery that affects 115 million children globally. That children are being bought and sold should be offensive and disturbing to Canadians. The challenge is that Canadians don’t see children in these situations first-hand. The commercial is an attempt to bring this reality home, so that Canadians can really consider what it’s like for the children who are affected. For more information on the campaign, visit: http://nochildforsale.ca/#/

Rating: 2 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

It's rather discouraging to see the large amount of money the CEO takes per year. No one needs that much to live comfortably. This alone would keep me from donating.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Rating: 1 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Although World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender, they do not HIRE people in a non-discriminatory fashion. They won't hire lesbians and gays. They won't hire Jews. They won't hire Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Atheists, or even other Christians if their beliefs don't match up with those of World Vision. Atheists can dig wells. Jews can hand out blankets. Buddhists can provide clean water. Muslims can hand out food packages. You don't have to be their brand of Christian to help children in need. And this organization also needs accountants and custodians and administrative assistants and marketing people and HR people...all jobs that can be filled without discriminating on the bases of sexual orientation or religion. I recommend donating your charity money elsewhere...where there is no discrimination in employment.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Africa. The World Vision workers I spoke to were unaware that World Vision discriminates against lesbians and gays, and seemed horrified by the information.

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

stop discriminating on the basis of religion and sexual orientation.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

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

Some

How did you learn about this organization?

When family members donated to World Vision in my name.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have seen first hand the work that World Vision is doing in Africa and I am so extremely impressed!
I worked to raise money for World Vision through my church's youth group and the 30 Hour Famine. after raising enough money to feed 2 children for a year (720.00 USD ) I applied for the Famine Study Tour and got accepted. I traveled to Burundi with World Vision. I have seen Schools built, medical clinics funded, housing funded, homes built, sustainable food sources provided to families, nutrition education provided for parents of young children, lunches provided for school age children and water made more accessible by World Vision. In Burundi (and all over the world) World Vision works to make communities and families self sustainable. One of the world vision workers we meant said it well " We want to teach the people to fish, not just eat the fish." They want the people to learn to do things so they can continue to develop as a community after World vision leaves. World vision is doing fantastic things. The money donated to this organisation goes very far and makes huge changes in peoples lives.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Gasorwe ADP, Burundi, Africa

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

WV really has things figured out :)

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

In January 2009, I traveled to Kenya, Africa on a congregational trip and got to see first hand what WV has done for Katito. We saw the wells drilled to bring fresh water. We saw the new schools that WV had built. We met community based organizations that receive funds from World Vision. We also met our sponsored children and saw what a difference our sponsorship makes in not only the child's life, but the family's life. World Vision is Katito's miracle and has made a miraculas change.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

World Vision is a wonderful organization committed to helping children. I have full confidence in them, their use of the money, and the commitment of those outstanding employees.

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

find funding so more people can travel and see what World Vision has done.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

through my church. Our community sponsors several hundred children in Katito, kenya.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 2 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have been to several countries that World Vision does work in. You will immediately notice them in their brand-new SUVs. In the countries I've visited locals will say they believe World Vision often does more harm than good in the fight against poverty. Some of their programs only encourage it and remaining dependent on their funding. While I'm not advocating not giving to WV or saying they do this on purpose (I don't believe that they do), just be cautious in your giving. Often it's the grassroots, local organizations that do the greatest good on much more of a "shoestring" budget, making your money go further.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Latin America and Africa

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

say to give more voice to your local leaders. To find out what really works and will make a lasting change.

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