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World Vision

  • Federal Way, WA
  • http://www.worldvision.org

Mission Statement

Vision Statement:
Our vision for every child, life in all its fullness;Our prayer for every heart, the will to make it so.


Our Mission:
World Vision is an international partnership of Christians whose mission is to follow our Lord and Savior 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.

World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Inspired by our Christian values, we are dedicated to working with the world's most vulnerable people. We serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

Main Programs

  1. International Programs
  2. Domestic Programs
  3. Public Awareness and Education
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

World Vision works in nearly 100 countries (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, and North America)

ruling year

1982

President

Self-reported

Mr. Richard E. Stearns

Keywords

Self-reported

child sponsorship,children & youth,relief and development,religious,transformational development, international programs, domestic programs, public awareness and education, water, health, food, agr

Notes from the Nonprofit

Our faith in Jesus Christ is core to who we are. As an expression of God's unconditional love for all people, especially vulnerable children, we serve alongside the poor and oppressed. We hope to live as followers of Christ by being active, visible bearers of God's love.

Relying on God's grace and Spirit, we affirm the truth of the gospel and our hope in Christ through our character, speech, actions, and in the signs of God's power at work in individual lives, in the communities where we work, and in all creation.

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Also Known As

WVUS

EIN

95-1922279

 Number

7183332763

Physical Address

34834 Weyerhaeuser Way S.

Federal Way, WA 98063

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

International Relief (Q33)

Christian (X20)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice.

World Vision believes that tackling the causes of poverty through a holistic approach creates the greatest long-term impact. WV aims to - Solving the Puzzle of Poverty™
Poverty is complex, and so are our solutions.

With approximately 46,000 staff members worldwide, we bring sponsors and donors alongside children and communities in nearly 100 countries. Our areas of impact work across issues — from child protection, economic development, education, food & agriculture, to health to disaster response — integrating lasting solutions to the root causes of poverty and sharing God's hope for a brighter future. And we stretched donations with grants and corporate gifts-in-kind to make every dollar donated achieve $1.30 in impact.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

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

Program 1

International Programs

The Organization partners with families and communities around the world to find ways to overcome poverty, helping them obtain sustainable access to basic resources and services such as clean water, food assistance, agricultural training, healthcare, economic development, child protection, and other goods and services. One of the Organization's primary funding sources for this work is child sponsorship, through which the Organization's staff in impoverished communities seek to improve children's physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being through a relationship with their sponsorship donor. Additionally, the Organization responds to natural and man-made disasters to save lives and help restore livelihoods.

Category

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

Budget

760,000,000

Program 2

Domestic Programs

The Organization works with local churches, teachers, business owners, students, and volunteers throughout the United States as they seek to serve distressed communities and neighborhoods in a variety of U.S. locations. This work is carried out in part through the Organization's network of product distribution centers, emergency assistance efforts, and tutoring and youth development programs.

Category

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

Budget

75,000,000

Program 3

Public Awareness and Education

The Organization seeks to help government officials and the public gain awareness and take action on poverty and justice-related issues. World Vision advocates on behalf of children and the poor to increase understanding of issues, involvement in solutions, and prayer.

Category

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

Budget

4,000,000

Results

Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of disaster survivors and refugees assisted

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
International Programs
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
More than 90 percent of natural disaster-related deaths occur in developing countries, where poverty and lack of resources exacerbate the suffering. WV works in many of these countries.

2. Number of people reached with improved water access

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
International Programs
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Nearly 1,000 children under age 5 die every day from diarrhea caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation, and improper hygiene. We believe the global water crisis can be solved within our lifetimes

3. Number of people reached with health programs

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
International Programs
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Nearly 18,000 children under age 5 will die of mostly preventable causes, such as diarrhea, malaria, and pneumonia. We focus on ensuring child and maternal health.

4. Number of people assisted with food security and resilience

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
International Programs
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
One in eight people in the world do not have enough to eat. Many poor farmers are unable to grow enough food to feed their families. We partner with communities to address their food needs.

5. Number of children enrolled in school

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
International Programs
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
58 million primary-school-age children are not enrolled in school; 53 percent of these are girls. We address barriers to education to improve the quality of education children receive.

6. Number of microloan borrowers

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
International Programs
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
1.3 billion people worldwide are living on less than $1.25 a day. That’s why we facilitate savings groups, improve market development, and provide access to microfinance.

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    WVUS Call to Action
    We are about growing God's kingdom. We do this by inspiring, empowering and enabling supporters to partner with World Vision and the most vulnerable communities, families, and their children to bring about Jesus' promise of fullness of life. (John 10:10)

    WVUS Cultural Characteristics

    1. Urgency (Job 29:11‐12)
    2. Excellence (Colossians 3:23‐24)
    3. Integrity (2 Corinthians 8:21)
    4. Humility (2 Corinthians 4:7)
    5. Unity (Ephesians 4:11‐13)
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    World Vision is an international partnership of Christians whose mission is to follow our Lord and Savior 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.

    We pursue this mission through integrated, holistic commitment to:

    Transformational development that is community-based and sustainable, focused especially on the needs of children.

    Disaster relief that assists people afflicted by conflict or disaster.

    Promotion of justice that seeks to change unjust structures affecting the poor among whom we work.

    Partnerships with churches to contribute to spiritual and social transformation.

    Public awareness that leads to informed understanding, giving, involvement, and prayer.
    Witness to Jesus Christ by life, deed, word, and sign that encourages people to respond to the Gospel.

    Our Model for Implementing Programs:

    Measurably improving child well-being is at the center of our approach to child and community development. This is our Theory of Change:

    Problem: Poverty exists largely because of broken relationships.

    Assumption: Children are not only a community's most precious resource, they are also central to addressing poverty overall. How a community treats its children will have major implications for its health and well-being overall.

    Proposed Solution: In order to address poverty, we must work with children, their caregivers, and other stakeholders in the community to restore broken relationships and focus them on the sustained well-being of children.

    Over the years, we've redesigned and refined our framework based on what we've learned from working and collaborating with children, families, communities and experts around the world.



  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We use a logical framework to describe program and project cycle management through six basic components: assessment, design, monitoring, evaluation, reflection and transition. Our principles and approaches describe vital elements that need to be in place in order to achieve our goal. Our approach differs depending on the problem we are addressing. We adjust our approach when it requires different interventions, recognizing that our approach to maternal health will be different than our approach to malaria.

    To learn more about our capabilities and model for implementing programs, please visit our website at:

    http://www.worldvision.org/about-us/how-we-work/our-model-for-implementing-programs
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    A program evaluation is conducted every three to five years for our long-term community development programs, and every year to two years for our grant-funded projects, to measure change over time. Some evaluations go a step further and explore impact that is attempting to look for our contribution to the change that is being measured. Other evaluations also explore themes like sustainability to understand the extent to which positive outcomes can and are sustained over the long-term.

  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Poverty is complex and so are our solutions! Here are some of our results for 2015:

    • Approximately 10 million disaster survivors, refugees, and displaced people affected by 128 global, national, and local humanitarian emergencies

    • 4.1 million children and their families in over 1,600 sponsorship program areas worldwide

    • The families in 28 U.S.-donor–supported sponsorship program areas, with populations ranging from 30,000 to 300,000, where World Vision's work has concluded thanks to the achievement
    of community self-sustainability goals

    • 2.2 million children and adults who, for the first time, gained access to clean water as well as improved practices for sanitation and hygiene

    • 3.9 million children whose parents were equipped by microloans and business training to improve their families' standard of living

    • More than 2.7 million children and adults in the U.S. who were assisted through leadership training, disaster response, and access to basic necessities

    • Nearly 4.7 million children and youth worldwide who participated in discipleship activities and values education
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

World Vision works in nearly 100 countries (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, and North America)

Social Media

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Accreditations

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)

Affiliations + Memberships

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member

InterAction - Member

Christian Management Association (CMA)

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Financials

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World Vision Inc
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Leadership

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President

Mr. Richard E. Stearns

BIO

Richard E. Stearns became President of World Vision U.S. in June 1998

As president of World Vision, Rich Stearns calls Christians to action on the greatest needs of our day. His best-selling book, The Hole in Our Gospel, has encouraged hundreds of thousands of readers to open their hearts to those who are hurting in our world.

The former CEO for Parker Brothers Games and Lenox, Rich holds a B.A. in neurobiology from Cornell University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Following a sense of God's call on his life, he resigned from Lenox in 1998 to become World Vision's U.S. president.

Driven by his passion to raise awareness and support for poverty and justice issues, Rich is also author of Unfinished: Filling the Hole in Our Gospel. He speaks to regularly to churches and conferences.

Rich and his wife, Reneé, live in Bellevue, Washington, and have supported World Vision since 1984. They have five children of their own — plus millions more around the world.

STATEMENT FROM THE President

"Dear Friend,
This past year, individuals and nations alike have struggled to respond to the growing global refugee crisis. With 60 million people—more than half of them children—displaced by violence and other threats, it's the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today. While a political solution continues to be elusive, the immediate plight of refugees has remained a priority for World Vision staff as we seek to follow Jesus' call to serve children and families in the world's hardest places. For 65 years—since the start of the Korean War—we've been reaching out to those impacted by poverty, oppression, injustice, and conflict. Our mission has led us to serve those affected by violence in Bosnia, Rwanda, and Sudan, and now Syria and the surrounding nations. More than 6.6 million people are displaced within Syria and over
4.3 million have fled to nearby countries, creating additional strain in communities already facing poverty and insecurity. Since the Syrian conflict began in 2011, we've touched the lives of 2 million of those made most vulnerable. I'm deeply grateful to faithful supporters who gave this past year to help those impacted by the Syria crisis, as well as many others. With your donations and prayers, we responded to over 120 humanitarian emergencies around the world, from the conflict in and around Syria to the devastating Nepal earthquake to the food shortage in South Sudan. I'm also thankful to our faithful child sponsors and other partners who enabled us to continue our proven long-term poverty-fighting work. This year our child sponsorship program provided millions of children, as well as their families and communities, with sustainable access to life essentials—clean water, nutritious food, basic healthcare and education, economic opportunities for parents, protection for children, spiritual nurture, and much more. We know that fullness of life requires a full solution. That's why we partner with communities for around 15 years—or until they are self-sufficient—helping them to solve the puzzle of poverty and open the door to a brighter future for their children. In nearly 100 countries, our staff and volunteers
are working tirelessly to serve children's physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, with the goal that every child will have the opportunity to experience a full and abundant life (John 10:10). This is the work that you support when you give a gift to sponsor a child, provide clean water, deliver medical supplies, and more—walking alongside communities as they lift themselves out of poverty. In 2015, with the support of nearly 1 million individual donors, over 12,000 churches, and 270 corporate donors in the U.S., we helped open the door to hope for millions of people around the globe.

https://www.worldvision.org/wp-content/uploads/2015-letter-from-the-president.pdf"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Dr. Joan F Singleton Jr.

Milton Hershey School

Term: July 2015 - Jan

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?