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World Vision is a humanitarian organization dedicated to children, families and communities worldwide and serving the needs of the less fortunate for over 60 years. Employing over 44 000 people around the world, World Vision helps those in need reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision is proud of the fact that close to 90% of funds collected go directly to the programs.

Primary Services: The provision of emergency relief, food, agricultural training, clean water, primary health care, education, and economic development. 

Approximate number of annual beneficiaries: 100 million people in nearly 100 countries, including 1.2 million people in the United States.

What is World Vision?

World Vision is a Christian relief and development organization dedicated to helping children and their communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty

When was World Vision founded?

September 22, 1950, by Dr. Bob Pierce, a Christian leader and filmmaker, in response to the needs of Korean War orphans.

Who are World Vision’s executives?

Richard E. Stearns is president of World Vision United States; James Beré is Chairman of the World Vision United States Board of Directors. Kevin Jenkins is the president/CEO of World Vision International and Denis St. Amour is the chair of the World Vision International Board.

What kind of programs does World Vision provide?

World Vision serves the poor through emergency relief, community development and advocacy programs. Interventions include clean water, agricultural improvements, health, education, and economic development programs. 

In addition, nearly 4 million children are enrolled in World Vision child sponsorship programs. More than 812,000 of them are assisted by U.S. sponsors who send monthly donations that benefit the children and their entire communities. Most programs are carried out in partnership with local churches, community associations and national development groups. 

Where is World Vision working?

World Vision assists millions of people in nearly 100 countries in Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America and in the United States.

Does World Vision help people in the United States?

World Vision connects and empowers local leaders, churches and faith-based organizations to help families break the cycle of poverty in America’s most impoverished communities: children and adults receive necessities like clothing, building materials and school supplies. 

In 2011, World Vision responded to six disasters in the United States, providing assistance to about 40,000 people. World Vision has been working in the New York area since just after September 11, 2001. Just last year, approximately 475,000 people benefited from World Vision’s services in the region. In 2005, World Vision responded to Hurricane Katrina by providing $8.2 million in goods to more than 318,000 survivors. Already this year, World Vision has used its national disaster response headquarters in North Texas to respond to Hurricane Isaac along the Gulf Coast, launch a nearby Texas tornado response in April, and deploy a wildfire response in Oklahoma.


In addition, World Vision tutored, mentored and provided positive activities for thousands of at-risk young people, leveraging the dedication of full-time youth workers with nearly 120,000 volunteer hours. World Vision also brought together domestic experts and world-class disaster specialists to respond to the devastating Gulf Coast Hurricane.

What is World Vision’s annual fund-raising support?

In 2012, World Vision raised more than $1 billion in the United States, including gifts-in-kind and U.S. government cash grants and food commodities.

How does World Vision raise funds?

World Vision’s United States office is grateful for the generous support of more than 1 million private individuals, thousands of churches and businesses and hundreds of foundations and organizations. In addition, approximately 27 percent of our funding comes from public grants. Beyond fund-raising, World Vision mobilizes our donors and partners to speak out with us on behalf of children in need. 

How much of the money actual reaches the people in need?

In 2013, 86 percent of all donations to World Vision in the United States went to programs that benefited children, families and communities in need—including overseas relief and development programs and projects here in the United States.