World Relief

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World Relief is a global Christian humanitarian organization that brings sustainable solutions to the world's greatest problems - disasters, extreme poverty, violence, oppression, and mass displacement. We partner with local churches and community leaders in the U.S. and abroad to bring hope, healing and transformation to the most vulnerable.

Contact information

Mailing address:
World Relief
7 E. Baltimore St.
Baltimore, MD 21202


Phone: (443) 451-1900


Organization details

EIN: 236393344

CEO/President: Tim Breene

Chairman: Steve Moore

Board size: 13

Founder: National Association of Evangelicals

Year founded: 1964

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1980


Church Centered: Working with the local church is not only a good strategy, it's at the very heart of our work. We believe that God gave us a plan to save our broken world, and that it begins with his church, and his people, leading the way. We want to see local churches creating and leading change in their communities.

Holistic: We believe in transformation of the whole person - mind, body and spirit. That's why our programs focus on addressing the root causes of poverty and vulnerability that often stem from harmful beliefs and practices. Beyond physical change, we focus on driving mental, social, and spiritual transformation.

Sustainable: We understand that lasting change requires more than quick fixes and band-aid solutions. That's why we rely on local leaders to implement our programs. Over 95% of our staff are local - people who know and love their communities and will remain long after we depart.

Mission statement

At World Relief our mission is to empower the local church to serve the most vulnerable.

Statement of faith

1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

3. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

4. We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

6. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

7. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating443 of 84437 of 70
Fund acquisition rating508 of 84445 of 70
Resource allocation rating552 of 84447 of 70
Asset utilization rating243 of 84422 of 70

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$5,790,544$6,940,078$7,132,699$7,083,306$6,047,936
Short-term investments$1,009,825$694,328$663,537$182,751$224,494
Other current assets$0$200,000$0$0$4,445,292
Total current assets$16,062,130$18,181,321$16,390,916$14,482,331$17,831,441
Long-term investments$643,586$667,976$7,353,244$7,321,465$5,681,726
Fixed assets$4,036,623$4,210,921$4,403,228$4,485,559$4,143,872
Other long-term assets$2,521,917$2,439,141$2,857,070$2,432,915$0
Total long-term assets$7,202,126$7,318,038$14,613,542$14,239,939$9,825,598
Total assets$23,264,256$25,499,359$31,004,458$28,722,270$27,657,039
Payables and accrued expenses$3,921,359$4,702,054$5,905,702$5,261,472$5,783,986
Other current liabilities$1,145,547$52,824$480,282$646,818$231,496
Total current liabilities$5,066,906$4,754,878$6,385,984$5,908,290$6,015,482
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$882,319$678,552$614,678$715,130$1,202,192
Total long-term liabilities$3,294,057$3,741,795$5,478,431$5,616,819$5,214,448
Total liabilities$8,360,963$8,496,673$11,864,415$11,525,109$11,229,930
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Temporarily restricted$3,371,701$4,911,338$4,388,504$2,925,400$3,215,873
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$14,903,293$17,002,686$19,140,043$17,197,161$16,427,109
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Total contributions$55,017,381$60,835,420$72,403,022$65,207,803$57,859,140
Program service revenue$1,321,479$990,013$988,818$870,919$1,867,893
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$0$0$0$0
Other revenue$4,821,347$4,937,159$5,802,478$5,231,367$4,909,155
Total other revenue$6,142,826$5,927,172$6,791,296$6,102,286$6,777,048
Total revenue$61,160,207$66,762,592$79,194,318$71,310,089$64,636,188
Program services$52,435,785$56,336,079$65,095,631$59,963,359$55,336,813
Management and general$6,197,125$7,384,363$8,066,719$7,059,183$6,730,223
Total expenses$63,250,484$68,785,998$78,057,470$71,168,872$65,634,033
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Surplus (deficit)($2,090,277)($2,023,406)$1,136,848$141,217($997,845)
Other changes in net assets($9,116)($113,951)$806,034$628,835$11,898
Total change in net assets($2,099,393)($2,137,357)$1,942,882$770,052($985,947)


Rene OrdogneChief Financial Officer$174,626
Scott ArbeiterPresident$171,330
Kevin SandersonChief Administrative Officer$171,199
Emily GraySr VP Us Programs$158,013
Tim BreeneCEO$157,749
Mark ReddySr VP Brand$155,682
Kathleen LeslieSr VP Human Capital & Gene$143,222
Jenny YangSr VP Advocacy$136,034

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2019

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 4/8/2021. To update the information below, please email:


1940s - The War Relief Commission of the NAE is founded in NYC to address urgent humanitarian needs in war-torn Europe. Food and clothing are shipped from the US and channeled through a network of churches in Europe's hardest-hit cities. War Relief Commission's motto: "Food for the body and food for the soul."

1950s - The War Relief Commission changes its name to World Relief and launches an aid program in Korea, serving 31,000 hot meals a day at 140 feeding centers. In other areas of the world, partnerships with evangelical churches are established.

1960 - Dr. C. N. Hosteller, World Relief's chairman, joins President Kennedy's "Food for Peace" committee to help get more food to the world's poorest regions.

1961 - Taiwan: Aid for lepers; Egypt: Aid for orphans; Korean: Aid for flood victims; China and Chile: Aid for earthquake survivors

1964 - Burundi: clothing, food and medicine benefit 67,000 people; Hong Kong: 2,000 vulnerable children participate in a daily feeding program

1965 - Vietnam, World Relief launches agricultural training and supports health programs in Nhatrang Christian Hospital.

1968 - Chile: "Food for work" programs assist 94,000 people.


Peru - World Relief provides vital aid to earthquake victims; Bangladesh - following a devastating cyclone, World Relief helps dig 200 new wells, distribute food, rebuild homes and care for 200,000 orphans.


Vietnam - World Relief cares for 100,000 war-displaced people; Ethiopia - World Relief responds to severe famine.


Cambodia - World Relief provides food and medical care to refugees fleeing the Khmer Rouge genocide.


US - World Relief launches its refugee resettlement ministry, helping Vietnamese boat people adjust to life in America. World Relief is the only evangelical agency authorized by the US State Department to resettle refugees.


Philippines - World Relief helps churches bring relief and hope in a time of political and economic turmoil and natural disasters. By 1990, more than 10,000 new churches have been started.

1983 - Actor Charlton Heston hosts World Relief's first television special, "When Will the Dying Stop?" The special focuses on Bangladesh and India. Heston says World Relief has shown him the importance of empowering the poor to improve their own lives.

1985 - World Relief's motto is: "When all is said and done, make sure more is done than said."


El Salvador - World Relief and churches rebuild 5,500 homes after a devastating earthquake strikes.


Haiti - World Relief launches the "Alive at Five" program, providing immunizations and other measures aimed at protecting vulnerable children under 5.

Indonesia - World Relief builds a hydroelectric dam to supply electricity to a hospital serving a community of 2,000 people.


Mozambique - World Relief provides food, clothing and shelter for 10,000 victims of war.

1994 - World Relief responds to the genocide in Rwanda, assisting 42,000 traumatized and displaced people. Vital relief also helps war victims in Croatia and Serbia during the Balkans crisis.

1997 - World Relief launches its microfinance program - called LifeLoans - providing credit services to 34,642 vulnerable people in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

1998 - Mobilizing for Life - World Relief's church-centered program to confront AIDS - gets under way in Rwanda and Mozambique, focusing on AIDS awareness, prevention and care.

2001 - World Relief relocated its headquarters to Baltimore, Maryland, under the leadership of Dr. Clive Calver. Within weeks of the move, World Relief responds to the aftermath of the 9-11 terrorist attacks, supporting church-centered trauma counseling services in NYC.


Verhonga - World Relief's child survival program in Mozambique - reports amazing results: 91% of infants fully vaccinated, 97% of malnourished children receive enriched porridge, and 85% sleep under mosquito nets.


World Relief responds to the catastrophic Asia tsunami, focusing on the hardest-hit region of Aceh Province, Indonesia. World Relief opens its immigration Legal Clinic in Baltimore, providing affordable services to immigrants, including victims of trafficking and domestic violence.

2005 - Church teams supported by World Relief respond to Hurricane Katrina, rebuilding homes along the storm-ravaged Gulf Coast and counseling traumatized survivors. Across the globe in war-torn Darfur, World Relief and partners provide relief and care for 35,000 uprooted people.

2009 - In Cambodia, World Relief's Hope program gives birth to more than 800 indigenous cell churches.

2014 - World Relief celebrates its 70th birthday and 35 years of refugee resettlement in the United States. In total, World Relief has welcomed over 250 thousand refugees from more than 80 countries.

2014 - World Relief partners with MAP International to respond to the largest Ebola epidemic in history. World Relief provides medical training and supplies to those affected by the devastating outbreak in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

During a time of unprecedented displacement, World Relief stands with the more than 10 million men, women and children forced from their homes in Iraq and Syria. World Relief works with local churches to provide winter weather gear and trauma healing for the displaced.

2015 - World Relief celebrates 20 years of Care Groups. Developed from World Relief's first Child Survival project in Mozambique, Dr. Pieter Ernst designed a way to reach a large group of people through generating a network of health worker volunteers within each local community. Implemented in over 21 countries, 23 NGOs have adopted this model of caregiving. Dr. Ernst was awarded the 2014 Dory Storms Child Survival Recognition in honor of this lifesaving program.

Program accomplishments


As with most relief organizations, World Relief is not endowed. Continual funding remains needed to assure continuity of on-going programs and expansion to new areas.

There are a variety of ways to volunteer and join World Relief in helping people who are in need. There are many opportunities throughout the United States as well as internationally. Please visit the World Relief website at for details.