International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security

World Vision

  • Federal Way, WA

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

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Mr. Richard E. Stearns

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

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Physical Address

34834 Weyerhaeuser Way S.

Federal Way, WA 98063

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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?

Impact statement

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 $1.28 in impact.


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

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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.


International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, General/Other



Population Served

General Public/Unspecified



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.





Population Served

General Public/Unspecified



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.





Population Served

General Public/Unspecified



Charting Impact

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

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  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.

    Emergency 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:
  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 2014:

    About 3.4 million sponsored children served in more than 1,660 communities among 62 million children benefitting from development, emergency relief, and domestic programs.

    Reached 8 million people with food assistance, an average of 1.8 million per month, in 35 countries, 60% were children, including 1.5 million under the age of 5

    Responded to 32 emergencies and assisted nearly 11 million people across more than 40 countries

    Managed 6 global responses simultaneously; South Sudan, Central African Republic, Philippines, Jerusalem, West Bank & Gaza, Jordan, Syria and Iraq

    180,000 plus treated children for acute malnutrition

    Distributed 3 million plus bed nets
    Provided more than 630,000 people with anti-malaria medications

    Reached a milestone of serving one million clients in our VisionFund Microfinance programs

    Partnered with more than 10,000 churches in the U.S., supporting them in demonstrating
    God’s love to their neighbors at home and abroad

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Affiliations + Memberships

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member

InterAction - Member

Christian Management Association (CMA)


Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)


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Mr. Richard E. Stearns


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.


"I’m more convinced than ever that God calls His followers to change the world by serving the hurting and vulnerable—and that World Vision, together with all of our partners, is effectively answering this call by looking to Jesus’ example of love and sacrifice. One of the central themes of the Bible is a repeated call to respond to the greatest needs of the day: poverty, strife, hunger, injustice. At World Vision, God’s constant mercy inspires us to give of ourselves to those in need, bringing hope and transformation, love and reconciliation. Our founding 64 years ago was a response to war and tragedy, motivated by God’s unconditional love. Today, we continue to go where there is the greatest need, partnering with those in the margins so that they—and we—might experience healing and fullness of life. Read any headline: the world today is in desperate need of hope and peace. Conflict in the Central African Republic and South Sudan. Millions of Syrians seeking refuge in bordering countries. Christians and other minorities persecuted in Iraq. War and the threat of famine. Violence and unrest in American cities. These are some of the most challenging problems on earth. And because God’s love is for all people, we seek to come alongside those made most vulnerable by these crises. That’s why the nearly 100 countries where we serve include over 30 of the 51 classified by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development as “fragile states”—where child mortality is highest, refugees are fleeing, and hunger is most prevalent. Our overall revenue grew 6 percent in FY14, thanks to our partners—individuals, churches, corporations and foundations, and government donors—who are equipping us to provide a full range of services to help transform lives. In this past year, we:

• Helped more than 2 million children and adults gain access to clean water, as well as improve practices for sanitation and hygiene.
• Helped transform the lives of nearly 4.3 million children registered in child sponsorship programs worldwide, including 1.2 million who were supported by caring sponsors in the U.S
.Responded to 80 humanitarian emergencies in the U.S. and around the world, offering
hope to approximately 10.7 million disaster survivors, refugees, and displaced people.
• Assisted more than 1.7 million children and adults in the U.S. through leadership training
programs, disaster response, and access to basic necessities such as clothing, food, and
school supplies.
• Partnered with more than 10,000 churches in the U.S., supporting them in demonstrating
God’s love to their neighbors at home and abroad.

Jesus was often found in places where others were reluctant to go, serving and fellowshipping
with those who had been rejected or overlooked. I believe that’s where He still is today.

Richard Stearns, President, World Vision U.S. January 2015"



Mr. Dr. Joan F Singleton Jr.

Milton Hershey School

Term: July 2015 - Jan


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