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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Christianity, Economic Development, International, International Economic Development, International Relief, Microfinance, Religion

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.

Community Stories

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have seen WV's work first hand in Uganda & Rwanda. The holistic economic development model they are implementing in their area development programs is incredible. The people they employ are 95% in country employees which I find to be superior to other organizations because they aren't sending westerners to these countries. I have also sponsored many children over the years through their sponsorship programs. It's not perfect and none of them are, but when you look at scale and impact of your money, $1 becomes more like $5 because they can influence local governments and make large scale change because they go into communities for 15+years at a time. Working on poverty is difficult, and if the Clinton Global Initiative and The Gates Foundation and Tom's Shoes is working with WV, I think they must be doing a darn good job.

5

Donor

Rating: 3

For those of you debating about what the World Vision President makes: The email circulating is false, but only in that it refers to World Vision (Canada). The President for World Vision U.S. is the one that makes nearly half a million a year salary. The email was correct, however it should have noted World Vision U.S. President Richard Stearns and (not) World Vision Canada President Dave Toycen. Regardless, they're under the same umbrella. If you still don't believe it's true look it up, it's all public info. Here it is on Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/lists/2010/14/charity-10_World-Vision_CH0194.html

2 Barbara J Ferraro

Donor

Rating: 5

Unfortunately I did not do my research when I sponsored two children from World Vision, to see what their employees or CEO's are paid, or even researched what the children are learning. I was already a sponsor with Compassion International for 3 children at the time and another sponsor had a child with World Vision so I chose a couple also. Since then, which has been almost 6 years now, I have noticed the difference between Compassion and World Vision and I would prefer to give more support to Compassion. I do believe World Vision does a lot of good work but I like the openness of Compassion and how they do things regarding the paperwork and the finances. I was actually a volunteer level II Advocate until this past January when I had to give it up due to Shingles affecting me physically, I still have them. I would never tell anyone not to choose World Vision nor would I promote them, I tell everyone that they are a good organization but I do prefer Compassion. Every years since I became a sponsor Compassion has continued to show good results through Charity Navigator.

Review from CharityNavigator

1

Donor

Rating: 5

No doubt it is a good charity and the goal is admirable. Still $380.6 K is a lot of money for someone whose goal is to help. If he made !00 K less, think of how many more children could be helped. As a percentage of the money involved, his salary is probably not exhorbitant. Nonetheless, the more he takes, the less goes to the children. I guess the Salvation Army needs to go overseas. I did not volunteer time. Just a pretty good chunk of money in 2011. Those who give a physical effort God bless and more power to you. You are good people. . . . all of you and Mr. Sterns as well.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Alvin, the email you are referring to is completely false. Snopes even ran an article on it: http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/charities.asp

2

Donor

Rating: 3

A recent circulating e-mail states that World Vision is one of the highest offenders in paying CEO's: "The World Vision President (Canada) receives $300,000 base salary plus: a supplied home valued at $700-$800,000 which is completely furnished. All housing expenses are paid, including taxes, water/sewer, telephone, high speed weekly maid service. Private schooling is provided for his children, he receives and upscale automobile, a $55,000 personal expense account for food, clothing, etc and a $125,000 business expense account, etc., etc. Please respond to this. Is it true????

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5 MARK SMITH

Donor

Rating: 5

Having attended numerous World Vision trips and functions I can tell you first hand you will not find a better source for your charitable dollar. World Vision's Area Development approach is by far the "best in the business". With a budget of over 1 BILLION dollars World Vision was able to recruit the CEO of Lennox, Rich Stearns. Rich took a significant pay cut to take over World Vision and basically walked away from millions he would be making in the corporate arena. Read his book before you decide to stop helping save the lives of the poorest of the poor. There's a reason why World Vision was the 2nd largest charitable organization in the USA last year. World Vision has earned my trust.

Review from CharityNavigator

3

Donor

Rating: 1

I have been donating to World Vision for several years and finally decided to check them out on Charity Navigator. I was shocked to read some of the reviews and esp see how much their CEO makes. I compared this with the other child sponsorship organization CEOs and most of them make way less, some nothing at all, devoting their time for free. I wrote to World Vision to express my disappointment and got a long rambling response validating and justifying WHY their CEO makes market salary. If he wants a market salary, he should work for a large corporate house not an organization supposedly dedicated to serving the underpriveleged. I am a salaried person who makes a fraction of what their CEO makes and have been denying myself several things each month so I can donate to a child for several years now. I can only hope my donations found their way to my sponsored child all thes eyears. And I am taking my hard earned support elsewhere.

1

Donor

Rating: 3

I have been giving to world vision for several years I decided to check them out on charity navigator. After seeing their ceo make three times what I do I think I'll find another charity to donate to. Noone needs that much.

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4

Donor

Rating: 5

After reading the book "The Hole in our Gospel", my wife and I decided to sponsor a child in Africa through World Vision. Having looked at various charities with similar goals, we choose to use World Vision. Their rating is high; their effectiveness is unquestionable and the amount of our donation that actually goes to the children is extremely high. We were also moved by the personal commitment of Mr Stearns. While executive compensation is always going to be second-guessed by donors or potential donors, we looked at the compensation in the context of the overall effectiveness of World Vision and recognized that a person with the experience and skills to lead an organization of this size and influence is worth his pay. We're pleased to be able to help children through World Vision, and we are more than comfortable that the Lord's money is being well spent.

1 Steven12

Donor

Rating: 5

I love this charity. I support 3 kids through it monthly, and have been for years. I wonder why they feel they need to pay the president so much though?

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