Bright Hope International

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Bright Hope unites Christ-followers from around the world to bring Hope and help to those living in some of the poorest places on Earth. Through our Hope for Today, Hope for Tomorrow, and Hope for Eternity ministry model, we can break the grip of generational poverty, and as we do, we see lives changed and our own hearts grow.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Bright Hope International
2060 Stonington Avenue
Ste 100
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169-0169


Phone: (224) 520-6100


Organization details

EIN: 237004991

CEO/President: Mr. C.H. Dyer

Chairman: Rich Payne

Board size: 7

Founder: Dr. Kevin Dyer

Ruling year: 1969

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1994


We have been engaging the local church around the world for more than 45 years in the global fight against extreme poverty in their communities. Each community within the countries we serve has its own unique needs. Yet, the one thing they all have in common is an established group of Christ followers. These churches provide an already existing infrastructure within rural areas and slum communities that has an established reputation, reach and influence. When properly engaged and carefully resourced, they become a well-run, accountable entity for holistic transformation.

Through our years of experience we have seen the church be courageous in loving those considered unlovable, be generous in times of crisis, and willing to help all peoples regardless of religion. We have found building into an already existing unit like the church is more effective in life transformation and helping lift the extreme poor out of their situation than trying to establish something new.

At Bright Hope we believe in the power of a holistic approach and have a three-tiered development model centered around:

Hope for Today: Orphans & Vulnerable Children, Clean Water, School Feeding Program, Medical Care

Hope for Tomorrow: Microenterprise & Job Training, Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative, Education Agricultural Practices,

Hope for Eternity: Resourcing Church Ministries, Church Leadership Development

We have seen the change this approach brings to individuals and communities through local, in country churches living in extremely poor communities around the world and hope you will join us in pursuit of this transformation.

Mission statement

Bright Hope's mission is to bring Hope to those living on less than $2 a day. We envision a world where under-resourced, local, in-country churches transform their communities and bring Hope to the extreme poor.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating731 of 101059 of 84
Fund acquisition rating744 of 101263 of 84
Resource allocation rating878 of 101275 of 84
Asset utilization rating244 of 101022 of 84

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$0$0$0$0
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$18,646$22,469$22,394$18,616$57,020
Total current assets$388,990$95,670$457,476$346,972$133,252
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$751,403$771,440$802,378$857,522$934,682
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$751,403$771,440$802,378$857,522$934,682
Total assets$1,140,393$867,110$1,259,854$1,204,494$1,067,934
Payables and accrued expenses$360,747$222,589$211,678$365,861$401,401
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$360,747$222,589$211,678$365,861$401,401
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$360,747$222,589$211,678$365,861$401,401
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$632,163$325,398$703,117$487,782$240,583
With donor restrictions$147,483$319,123$345,059$350,851$425,950
Net assets$779,646$644,521$1,048,176$838,633$666,533
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Total contributions$2,784,731$2,706,234$2,981,426$5,781,055$10,333,480
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$0$0$0$0
Other revenue$133,081$49,960$43,885$50,429$49,827
Total other revenue$133,081$49,960$43,885$50,429$49,827
Total revenue$2,917,812$2,756,194$3,025,311$5,831,484$10,383,307
Program services$2,090,978$2,325,824$2,128,983$5,134,561$10,125,842
Management and general$412,490$539,710$456,134$382,420$536,546
Total expenses$2,782,687$3,159,849$2,815,768$5,659,384$11,123,170
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$135,125($403,655)$209,543$172,100($739,863)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$135,125($403,655)$209,543$172,100($739,863)


CH DyerPresident, Board Chair$161,937

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 4/28/2021. To update the information below, please email:


Bright Hope International was founded as Missionary Enterprises in 1968 by Dr. Kevin Dyer. The vision for this ministry grew out of his travels to Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union to help poor and persecuted believers.

The primary goal of Brght Hope in those early years was providing immediate help to those in crisis situations. The Lord blessed and developed the ministry for 20 years as the focus was on providing practical help to persecuted Christians. Hundreds of thousands of Bibles and Bible study books were purchased and delivered. Families with husbands and fathers in prision received financial help. Churches where pastors and elders were severely pressured were given special assistance. Missionary Enterprises provided funds to help perscuted Christians all across the world.

In 1989, the walls of communism in Central and Eastern Europe began to fall. Doors opened and people were set free. But Missionary Enterprises' vision was to continue to help those in need in those countries. There were still millions of persecuted believers in China, Vietnam, Cuba and other countries.

In 1993, Craig H. Dyer became President of Missionary Enterprises. C.H. brought a fresh passion and vision to minister to the world's poorest people. C.H. gave the ministry the new name of Bright Hope. He is determined to help those at the very bottom of the world's economic ladder by bringing them Hope through providing:

Immediate crisis needs such as food, clothing, medicines etc.

Job skills so people could produce a product and earn enough to break the bondage of poverty.

Funds to national evangelists so they could begin churches in poverty stricken areas.

Today Bright Hope helps thousands of the poorest families in the world break out of poverty and come to know the Lord Jesus as Savior.

Program accomplishments

Bright Hope By the Numbers in 2020

147,469 lives impacted

89,696 meals served

5,620 drinking clean water

2,732 received medical services


The communities Bright Hope serves are in a vicious cycle of poverty and crisis. We believe we need to avoid creating dependency and empower people to lift themselves out of physical, economic and spiritual poverty. We are asking you, our Allies in this fight against extreme poverty, to support our most urgent program needs to empower the poor for today, tomorrow and eternally.