World Relief


World Relief ("WR") endeavors to addresses the physical and spiritual needs of those it serves. WR teaches people to become self-reliant and has three primary outreaches. First, when earthquakes, hurricanes, drought, or war cause widespread suffering, WR provides quick, effective Emergency Relief. Second, through the Good Neighbor Network, church partners care for refugees of war and persecution in more than 25 U.S. cities. Third, WR helps equip parents with the skills to earn a consistent income and to keep their children healthy. This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

Contact information

Mailing address:
7 E. Baltimore St.
Baltimore, MD 21202-1602


Phone: (443) 451-1900


Organization details

EIN: 236393344

CEO/President: Mr. Stephan Bauman

Chairman: Rev. Scott Arbeiter

Board size: 19

Founder: National Association of Evangelicals

Year founded: 1944

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1980


Our calling at World Relief is to STAND/for the Vulnerable. Every second of every day children are orphaned by disease, women are widowed by conflicts, families are devastated by natural disasters and refugees are relocated to new countries. These are the heartbreaking stories of the vulnerable.

We believe God has equipped the church - the most diverse social network on the planet - to be at the center of these stories, leveraging time, energy and resources to join the vulnerable in their time of need.

We practice principles of transformational development to empower local churches in the United States and around the world so they can serve the vulnerable in their communities. With initiatives in education, health, child development, agriculture, food security, anti-trafficking, immigrant services, micro-enterprise, disaster response and refugee resettlement, we work holistically with the local church to stand for the sick, the widow, the orphan, the alien, the displaced, the devastated, the marginalized, and the disenfranchised.

In our own backyard and around the globe, we stand with individuals and communities through the process of healing, reconciliations, transformation and empowerment.

Whatever it takes, and wherever it takes us, we are faithful to our call.

This organization is non-profit. All contributions to this organization are fully tax deductible to the percent allowed by law. World Relief is registered with ECFA.

Mission statement

Empowering 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 rating182 of 49435 of 65
Fund acquisition rating290 of 49443 of 65
Resource allocation rating251 of 49444 of 65
Asset utilization rating94 of 49422 of 65

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$6,940,078$7,132,699$7,083,306$6,047,936$4,848,792
Short-term investments$694,328$663,537$182,751$224,494$396,519
Other current assets$200,000$0$0$4,445,292$4,589,900
Total current assets$18,181,321$16,390,916$14,482,331$17,831,441$16,875,135
Long-term investments$667,976$7,353,244$7,321,465$5,681,726$6,153,828
Fixed assets$4,210,921$4,403,228$4,485,559$4,143,872$4,206,383
Other long-term assets$2,439,141$2,857,070$2,432,915$0$0
Total long-term assets$7,318,038$14,613,542$14,239,939$9,825,598$10,360,211
Total assets$25,499,359$31,004,458$28,722,270$27,657,039$27,235,346
Payables and accrued expenses$4,702,054$5,905,702$5,261,472$5,783,986$3,834,483
Other current liabilities$52,824$480,282$646,818$231,496$363,661
Total current liabilities$4,754,878$6,385,984$5,908,290$6,015,482$4,198,144
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$678,552$614,678$715,130$1,202,192$1,312,305
Total long-term liabilities$3,741,795$5,478,431$5,616,819$5,214,448$5,624,146
Total liabilities$8,496,673$11,864,415$11,525,109$11,229,930$9,822,290
Net assets20182017201620152014
Temporarily restricted$4,911,338$4,388,504$2,925,400$3,215,873$3,764,273
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$17,002,686$19,140,043$17,197,161$16,427,109$17,413,056
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$60,835,420$72,403,022$65,207,803$57,859,140$54,158,959
Program service revenue$990,013$988,818$870,919$1,867,893$1,919,423
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$0$0$0$0
Other revenue$4,937,159$5,802,478$5,231,367$4,909,155$5,112,965
Total other revenue$5,927,172$6,791,296$6,102,286$6,777,048$7,032,388
Total revenue$66,762,592$79,194,318$71,310,089$64,636,188$61,191,347
Program services$56,336,079$65,095,631$59,963,359$55,336,813$54,360,218
Management and general$7,384,363$8,066,719$7,059,183$6,730,223$6,641,208
Total expenses$68,785,998$78,057,470$71,168,872$65,634,033$64,375,102
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)($2,023,406)$1,136,848$141,217($997,845)($3,183,755)
Other changes in net assets($113,951)$806,034$628,835$11,898($313,090)
Total change in net assets($2,137,357)$1,942,882$770,052($985,947)($3,496,845)

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.


A conviction that evangelicals should provide for both the physical and spiritual needs of World War II victims drove the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) to establish the War Relief Commission in 1944. Christians across America banded together to send food and clothing to Europe, enabling churches overseas to reach out to needy people in their communities. These efforts laid the foundation for World Relief's mission--to work with the church in alleviating human suffering worldwide in the name of Christ. In 1950, a new name was chosen -- World Relief -- reflecting an energetic assembly of evangelicals anxious to provide "food for the body and food for the soul" throughout the world.

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.