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CROSS INTERNATIONAL INC

  • Pompano Beach, FL
  • http://www.crossinternational.org

Mission Statement

Cross International is a 501(c)(3) Christian relief and development organization that provides food, shelter, medical care, water, education, self-help programs, care for orphans and emergency relief to the poorest of the poor around the world in the name of Jesus Christ.

We collaborate with dedicated Christian ministry partners who employ a community-minded strategy and who strive to increase the self-sufficiency of the poor. With our larger, more advanced partners, we provide not only financial and material resources, but also help with monitoring and evaluation, impact reporting, and financial accountability. They, in turn, open doors in the community and help ensure we can reach families with the greatest needs.

Regardless of our church partner's size or complexity, we remain dedicated to serving the Lord and acting as good stewards of His resources. By working in partnership with existing church-based ministries and other faith-based Christian organizations, Cross International has developed an extremely cost-effective network for distributing food and other resources where they are needed most.

Cross International also considers sharing the Gospel a priority and we strive to serve others with humility for the glory of God. Everything we provide is given in the name of Jesus, and we believe a strong, personal relationship with Christ is essential to the ultimate well-being of the poor. Our Lord is the only source of spiritual transformation and is the key to salvation and the blessings of eternal life.

Main Programs

  1. Relief & Development Projects
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Between its development projects and humanitarian aid shipping, Cross is currently active in 20 countries.
They are:
Afghanistan
Belize
Bolivia
Burkina Faso
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
Guatemala
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Kenya
Mozambique
Nicaragua
Peru
Philippines
Uganda
United States
Vietnam
Zambia

ruling year

2001

President

Self-reported

Mr. James Cavnar

Keywords

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Cross International, feed hungry,international disaster relief

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EIN

65-1086387

 Number

0350975056

Physical Address

600 SW Third Street Suite 2201

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Also Known As

Cross International

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (X12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (R12)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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We seek to reflect God's love for us in the way we treat others -
not only with words of encouragement, but through practical actions
which comfort, sustain and uplift those in greatest need.

The
Scriptures clearly reveal this call to action, and its truth will be
our guide (1 John 3:16, Isaiah 58:6-12, Matthew 25:31-46, Acts 2:40-47).

As
believers in Christ's Gospel of mercy, we strive to bring God's
promised salvation to men and women of every race, creed and walk of
life. Jesus also taught that the needy are rich in faith - a gift which
can bless the poor in spirit. Therefore, we seek to create an exchange
of both material and spiritual sustenance between the Church in America
and churches in developing countries.

In all things, we strive to glorify God, revealing His perfect grace to the world.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Relief & Development Projects

Cross International serves the poor in more than 25 countries in the Caribbean, Central and South America, Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia – including Haiti, Mozambique and the Philippines. The organization provides resources to meet a wide variety of needs, including food, clothing, projects for safe water, medicines and medical equipment for clinics, materials for schools and self-help programs, houses for the homeless and micro-enterprise loans to promote self-sufficiency. Virtually all of these efforts are organized through Christian churches already in place overseas, which allows Cross International to offer one of the most cost effective charitable outreaches in the country. Since its inception, 95 percent or more of donations received are used for program services, with less than 5 percent used for administrative and fund-raising expenses. Cross is also noteworthy for offering donors opportunities to sponsor unique projects and urgent needs. The charity provides a project catalog of these needs on its website and donors who participate can use this process to fund efforts of many types in various countries. For example, an individual can sponsor the construction of a house for a group of AIDS orphans in a specific village in Africa or supply food to a specific school in Haiti or contribute to a medical outreach in the Philippines. Some projects are also seasonal or focused on special interest groups. For example, Cross International’s Harmony of Hearts program involves church worship teams and choirs in a music presentation that can benefit the poor overseas. Other programs are geared to church school use and highlight back-to-school programs, home building and other specific goals.  While Cross International has been recognized by the U.S. government for its effectiveness and professionalism, most of the funding for the charity’s programs come from U.S. Christians and U.S. churches seeking to sponsor specific projects that will have a direct and meaningful impact on the poor.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$100.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Between its development projects and humanitarian aid shipping, Cross is currently active in 20 countries.
They are:
Afghanistan
Belize
Bolivia
Burkina Faso
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
Guatemala
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Kenya
Mozambique
Nicaragua
Peru
Philippines
Uganda
United States
Vietnam
Zambia

Funding Needs

Funding is needed at various levels from $10 up to $250,000 or more depending on the project type and objectives.  Every contribution, large or small can have a significant benefit to the poor.

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Cross International Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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CROSS INTERNATIONAL INC

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President

Mr. James Cavnar

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Bob Hodgdon

President of Hodgdon Powder Co.

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