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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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

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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I support this organization because of their great service to humanity. And because such a high percentage of my money goes directly to programs for the needy. Through World Vision, I've been able to supply food, water, medicine, mosquito nets, and farm animals to people in Africa, increasing the quality of life there.

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getting pictures of my sponsored child and his community, and regular updates on the progress of projects there.

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You should donate to them. They are very efficient in their operation, and it changes the lives of millions of people in great need.

 
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I thoroughly enjoy the relationship I have with my child I support in Africa. When I get the mailings with the activity book to sign and send to him, I get to right a nice note to him and his family. I receive pictures and notes from them periodically. It's great.

My gifts have helped fund a well for good water, animals, food, medicine, school supplies, clothing and much more for a greatly improved community.

We have SO MUCH in my country that we take for granted. Over there, clean water is a luxury. It does my heart good to help.

This is an organization that is lean on the management side, and every dollar I give is used very wisely. A very impressive percentage goes directly to the benefit of the people I aim to help.

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As I mentioned, I experienced the results of this organization via the great pleasure of helping those in need, and watching a boy grow up healthy and educated in a wonderfully improved community.

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I really can't think of much improvement. They've been at it so long that they are VERY great at what they do. I might like more pictures of the community I'm helping, but what I get is fine. Anything else I might like to see would cost money and take away from the community, so I'm happy as is.

 
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My husband and I sponsor two kids through World Vision: a 12-year-old girl in Ethiopia and an 11-year-old boy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It’s such an amazing experience to be able to reach out and touch a young life on other side of the world. World Vision's project work to improve entire communities through the sponsorship of children – to attack poverty and to provide better living conditions and resources for all nearby – truly makes a lasting impact for current and future generations in these impoverished countries. A few times a year we receive letters from our sponsored kids, and at the end of each year we get a detailed update about them and the project in their community. The letters and the updates often come with pictures drawn by the kids, and we receive the letters written in their original language as well as translated copies. I find it incredible that the World Vision field workers can reach so personally into the lives of each sponsored child, while the charity as a whole is able to maintain such wonderful organizational transparency and excellent program money usage. We want to sponsor a third child soon!

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Sponsoring two kids, one in Ethiopia and one in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

 
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My first experience with WV was in 1976. After a 2 year commitment to the Peace Corps in Nepal, I was visiting Bangladesh and saw the work of WV. A severe famine had forced many people into Dhaka to search for food. WV was providing food and shelter but also a means to make a living for folks with no land. (In a subsistence level farming society, a family with no land has no way to support themselves.) WV provided sewing machines, a silk worm farm, small fishing boats and nets to assist these people in making a living. I have been a sponsor ever since and provided extra funds for one of the children to go to a technical school for an associates degree in agricultre. Having experienced the waste and inefficiencies of government programs, WV is a model of good stewardship in my book!

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