World Neighbors, Inc.

Inspiring People ~ Strengthening Communities

aka World Neighbors   |   Oklahoma City, OK   |  http://www.wn.org

Mission

World Neighbors is an international development organization striving to eliminate hunger, poverty and disease in the most deprived rural villages in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. World Neighbors invests in people and their communities by training and inspiring them to create their own life-changing solutions through programs that combine agriculture, literacy, water, health and environmental protection.

Ruling year info

1957

President & CEO

Dr. Kate Schecter, Ph.D.

Main address

5600 N. May Avenue Suite 160

Oklahoma City, OK 73112 USA

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EIN

73-0707328

NTEE code info

Rural (S32)

cultural Programs (Kgr)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

World Neighbors is working to help the most marginalized people around the world find and implement sustainable solutions to their own problems with hunger, poverty and disease. World Neighbors advocates solutions that are environmentally responsible and promotes gender equality.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

World Neighbors Work Program

Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean World Neighbors works with people who are struggling to survive in some of the poorest places on earth. Instead of providing short-term aid, World Neighbors creates permanent change by working alongside villagers, helping them to identify and solve their own problems. Currently, over 525,000 people benefit from World Neighbors program work in 13 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. During our 68 years of experience, more than 26 million people in 45 countries have transformed their lives. We invest in local leadership and organizations that continue and expand program activities after we end our support. The average time we stay in a community is eight to 10 years. The goal is to achieve long-lasting improvements in people’s lives and in the community, not quick fixes that depend on outside assistance. World Neighbors focuses on training and educating communities to find lasting solutions to the challenges they face – hunger, poverty and disease – rather than by giving them food, money or by constructing buildings. World Neighbors believes that development is a process that people and communities must lead themselves. While improving the lives of marginalized and vulnerable rural people through project inputs, World Neighbors facilitates the emergence, growth and sustainability of local community-based organizations. Our approach is simple and successful. World Neighbors big-picture, integrated approach focuses on the entire community rather than on one issue. We listen to the people without predetermined ideas of how they should change, and we understand that issues are often interrelated. By removing one obstacle, we can open many avenues of opportunity.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent
People of Asian descent

Where we work

Accreditations

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2020

Charity Navigator 2019

Awards

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Multiracial people, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

People who received training, technical assistance or guidance from World Neighbors staff and volunteers

Number of individuals applying skills learned through the organization's training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Economically disadvantaged people, Multiracial people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

People who benefited from World Neighbors programs, including members of households

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Multiracial people, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Volunteers who act as community mobilizers in their villages. They are trusted members of their communities who operate as change agents and innovation leaders.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Eradicate hunger, poverty and disease by teaching people the life-changing techniques that will sustain their communities for the long-term. World Neighbors takes a big-picture, holistic approach focusing on the community rather than on one issue. Problems and issues within a community are all interrelated, and World Neighbors has found that you cannot solve one problem in isolation.

World Neighbors does not give away food or material aid. Instead, it provides training so that people gain the skills and leadership to work together for change. The result is self-reliance, rather than dependence on external aid. World Neighbors invests in people and not things, thereby strengthening the capacity of community organizations while realizing the human potential more fully.

World Neighbors has decades of experience in implementing cost-effective, sustainable solutions in the areas of the world in which we operate. World Neighbors maintains field offices in most of the countries that we work in, employed with full-time staff that have a wealth of experience working in sustainable agriculture, natural resource management, water-sanitation-hygiene (WaSH), reproductive health, and gender equity. Our program staff work with the local communities to impart knowledge and compassion, rather than gifts.

Since its inception, World Neighbors has changed the lives of more than 27 million people in 45 countries. Currently, World Neighbors works in three regions around the world: Latin America Caribbean (Bolivia, Guatemala, Haiti, Peru); Africa (Burkina Faso, Kenya, Mali, Tanzania, Uganda); and Asia (India, Indonesia, Nepal, Timor Leste). There is still much work to be done in our current programs and we are always looking to expand to new communities.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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World Neighbors, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 1/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Susan Chambers

Lakeside Women's Hospital

Term: 2019 - 2021

Tiffany Stevens

Jewelers Vigilance Committee

Carol Blackwood

Community Volunteer

Susan Chambers

Lakeside Women's Hospital

Emily Estes

Community Volunteer

Vlad Sambaiew

Retired

Marla Persky

WOMN, LLC and Epicurean Travel, LLC

Kate Schecter

World Neighbors

Mara Tshibaka Cichocki

FeFiFo Films

Nani Pybus

Oklahoma State University

Becky Collins

Retired

Wayne Moyer

Grinnell College

Jay Shanker

Crowe & Dunlevy

Stephanie Conduff

Leche Lounge, LLC and Sovereign Concepts, LLC

Martha Burger

Oklahoma City University

Nicholas Duncan

Duncan Real Estate

Caroline Patton

Community Volunteer

Michael Merrigan

Transportation and Security Administration

Anita Kendrick

World Bank

Ujjwal Pradhan

Tetra Tech ARD

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/18/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/13/2019

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.