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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/THE GREATEST JOURNEY The world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, Operation Christmas Child uses gift-filled shoeboxes to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 146 million shoebox gifts to children in more than 160 countries and territories. Each year, the project mobilizes over 150,000 volunteers in the United States. Since 2010, more than 11 million children who have received a shoebox gift have participated in The Greatest Journey—a 12-lesson discipleship program. Children learn from trained, local volunteers what it means to follow Jesus and share their faith with friends and family. INTERNATIONAL CRISIS RESPONSE Samaritan’s Purse specializes in meeting critical needs for victims of war, disaster, and famine in the world’s most troubled regions, often working through local churches and ministry partners. Recent efforts include responding to refugees fleeing war-ravaged Mosul, Iraq, by providing food, shelter and other supplies, and operating an emergency field hospital to treat patients injured by gunfire, mines, and other explosives. Samaritan’s Purse also distributed emergency supplies to earthquake victims in Nepal and Ecuador, and continues to help people in Liberia recover from the Ebola outbreak. U.S. DISASTER RELIEF Since 1998, when Samaritan’s Purse equipped its first Disaster Relief Unit, staff and volunteers have helped more than 34,000 families impacted by U.S. natural disasters—hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, floods, and ice storms—by quickly providing emergency supplies and cleaning, repairing, and rebuilding homes. WORLD MEDICAL MISSION Each year, the medical arm of Samaritan’s Purse places hundreds of doctors, dentists, and other medical professionals in voluntary, short-term service with hospitals and clinics in the world’s least-developed countries. World Medical Mission also provides hospitals overseas with critical medical equipment and supplies. CHILDREN’S HEART PROJECT Children's Heart Project arranges life-saving operations for hundreds of children who live in countries where the required medical expertise and equipment are not available. Since 1997, Children's Heart Project has arranged cardiac operations for more than 1,200 children. OPERATION HEAL OUR PATRIOTS Operation Heal Our Patriots gives wounded veterans and their spouses the opportunity for spiritual refreshment, physical renewal, and marriage enrichment. Couples participate in Biblically-based seminars that help strengthen their relationships with God and others, while enjoy the beauty of God’s creation with outdoor activities at our Alaskan wilderness lodge. We continue to support these men and women after their initial stay, keeping their spiritual needs and marriages a priority. Since 2012, 843 couples have participated in the program with 398 rededicating their marriages to the Lord and 342 coming to faith in Jesus Christ.

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.

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Donor

Rating: 1

Had my grandchild want to do a box through church and let him see where it goes.
Went to track package(CANNOT BE TRACKED) says it went to a hard to reach place, at least name a country.
My feeling is the box was taken apart for them do others things with.
NEVER THIS AGAIN.

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Donor Ministries 12/28/2016

Dear Donor13, Thank you for encouraging your grandson to give to a poor child in another country--probably the first gift that child has ever received. I'm sorry for your disappointment that the destination of his gift could not be reported back to you. Please be assured your grandchild's box was not taken apart for other purposes. Shoebox gifts are delivered to over 100 countries, and some of these are hard-to-reach areas. Shoebox gifts delivered to such areas provide a platform for local believers to share God’s love in a safe and culturally sensitive way, and allow ease of entry through customs. Not disclosing country information maintains the safety of our ministry partners who live and work in these areas. Thank you for packing shoebox gifts to bless children in need around the world! If you would like to discuss this further, please get in touch directly with us at 800-528-1980. God bless you.

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Donor

Rating: 4

Operation Samaritans purse is a wonderful program. Our family is feeling two shoeboxes to be sent to needy children. This is a well managed charity where 88% of the funds go directly to the recipients. I would rate it five stars except the CEO Franklin Graham receives a salary of $443,000 a year. I don't know how that guy sleeps at night.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Other ministries should take their cues from Samaritan's Purse! There are so very many reasons to praise this organization! Perhaps the most praise-worthy thing that they do is that they live out the Gospel in a very concrete way!

Operation Christmas Child is one of my favorite charities! I have great joy all year long, collecting items to fill shoe boxes, knowing that these gifts will bring joy to child, and in particular, that the gift will be accompanied by an invitation to grow closer to Christ!

1 braggcjoy3333

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to Samaritans Purse for years. I like the diversity in the work they do. I like the Christian emphasis of this non profit. I like the transparency they have before the ECFA, with very high percentages of the money they receive going directly to recipients.

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Donor

Rating: 4

I find it funny that people would come on here and talk about contraception or any other contraversial issues. Samaritan's Purse goes into areas where there is total devistation along with ongoing dire projects. Sometimes before the Red Cross or anyone else is there. If people criticizing them are more concerned with their politics over the most basic needs people desperately need, then I would say they have thier priorities severely out of line.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a small donor to Samaritan's Purse for several years. My payments are set up on a monthly automatic draft. I also participate in their Children's Christmas packages (Operation Christmas Child). If you use one of their labels you can track your box and see what country it went to, which I enjoyed. Their disaster relief is wonderful and we have had them in our state several times. The volunteers have helped clean up neighborhoods struck by tornadoes and prayed with many of the victims. They are a Christian organization and therefore will promote Christianity in everything they do.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

5 Sue White

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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!!!!

Comments ( 1 )

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Donor Ministries 09/21/2013

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.

7 Bob_37

Donor

Rating: 5

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

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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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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.

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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.

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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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5 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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