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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/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

I think there are better charities out there. Franklin Graham's salary keeps increasing and is now approaching a half million dollars. Let's not forget he also makes $106,000 from his father's foundation. Samaritan's Purse also has a clear agenda that seems to care more about spreading its beliefs rather than truly helping people.

Review from CharityNavigator

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Donor

Rating: 3

I have served as a volunteer and a donor for years. They provide humanitarian and relief aid and I understand Mr. Graham's salary is lower than is genreally reported and is consistent with a large nonprofit. I cannot understand how an organization that seeks to promote the Gospel also serves to promote political personalities and, in that affiliation, their specific political agenda. Appearing with anyone with a national political impact and agenda, such as Sarah Palin, is an endorsement of that agenda.

Review from CharityNavigator

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Donor

Rating: 1

I have been a donor to Samaritan's Purse for well over a decade. Until today, I would have told anyone who asked me that they were a reputable charity who uses donated funds for much needed programs to aid the poor and needy. Today, I was unfortunate enough to learn the truth. I requested that a charge on my credit card, for a donation I did not make, be refunded to my credit card. With lots of doublespeak and nonsense, zi was refused a refund. It is hard for me to accept that Samaritan's Purse would kick a long-term donor to the curb for $60, but that is exactly what happened. I will never give them another dime, and I intend to warn everyone else I know to stay away from this charity.

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Donor Ministries 10/27/2011

We deeply regret the frustration Michelle experienced. Our records show that the $60 charge was reversed in June. --Steve Nickel, Dir. of Donor Services for Samaritan's Purse.

Review from CharityNavigator

1 C Jones

Donor

Rating: 5

http://ar.gy/japan

I just went to the website above and was able to quickly give a donation to relief in Japan. Look up Samaritan's Purse online or on FB and you will see what they are doing right now. You can choose where you want you money to be sent.

"Today we're airlifting more than 90 tons of emergency supplies to Japan. Plastic sheeting for shelters, blankets, and hygiene supplies will be loaded onto a 747 cargo jet, set to depart for the earthquake-ravaged country just after noon." 3-18-11 SP on FB.

This is a wonderful organization that has compassion for those in need. They know what they are doing and how to do it effectively.

May the Lord bless Samaritan's Purse and all those suffering in Japan.

Review from CharityNavigator

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Donor

Rating: 5

Rev. Franklin Graham is a true man of God and is compassionately serving the poor and needy of the entire world in times of difficulty and disaster thru his love and dedication to Jesus Christ.

He has risked his own life at times such as when he came under sniper fire in Israel. That is remarkable that he does this without fear but by his faith in Jesus Christ. How many Christians would be willing to do the same thing?

I recommend that you read his books to get to know the real Franklin Graham and his strong faith in his Saviour. Then I would ask you to pray to Jesus Christ about supporting this ministry by giving a monthly donation. You will be blessed if you do as I know first-hand since I am a monthly donor and have been for quite a few years. I can only afford to give a small amount since I am disabled and can not work. However, all the small donations such as mine add up to lots of aid for this ministry's calling to serve others and to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost.

How can someone who is hungry, sick or injured accept Jesus Christ if we only pray for God to intervene in their situation. Yes, we pray for them but we also have to feed them and medically treat them and show toward them the Love of Jesus that abides in us. God Bless and please help Franklin Graham's ministry by becoming an active part of it.

Please open your Bibles to Matthew 25:31-46 and read what Jesus said about us helping the needy.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization does fantastic mercy work in disaster areas and many third world countries. They provide material support and the hope of God's Good News. Check the financials; they are very good stewards.

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 4

Loved shopping for a child and putting a box of necessities together along with a note from my child. It really brought home to my child that not everyone has what we do.

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Donor

Rating: 1

Franklin Graham, the CEO of this organization makes $417,000.Per year. this info is on Charity Navigator. This is Billy Graham's Son. I will never give them another $dollar. He Is working for Jesus and should not be getting more than $50,000. Spread the word!!!!! I'm very angry. How about YOU? HE IS VERY, VERY GREADY AND SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM ROBBING THE PURSE!!!!!!