Show Hope

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Founded in 2003 by Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman, we are a movement to care for orphans. Through programs like our Advocates, Student Initiatives, and Sponsorship, we are truly mobilizing a movement of individuals and communities who show hope to children in need.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Show Hope
PO Box 647
Franklin, TN 37065


Phone: 615-550-5600


Organization details

EIN: 320011220

CEO/President: Mary Beth Chapman

Chairman: Mary Beth Chapman

Board size: 5

Founder: Steven Curtis Chapman and Mary Beth Chapman

Year founded: 2003

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2005


There are millions of children in the world who have been orphaned. This is a global issue. It crosses international borders, racial divides, and economic classes. It impacts children from every walk of life, and something must be done about it. We aim to restore the hope of a family to orphans in distress around the world.

Mission statement

Our mission: To care for orphans by engaging the Church and reducing barriers to adoption.

Statement of faith

We believe that God is one (Mark 12:29), yet mysteriously and eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14).

We believe in the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the sole Mediator able to restore the broken relationship, and the resulting alienation, between God and people (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit. Indwelling followers of Christ, the Holy Spirit enables believers to live as new creations in Christ and empowers them for service (John 16:7-14; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 6:17).

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative word of God. The Bible is the basis for all our essential beliefs (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful men, the Holy Spirit works to enable mankind to trust Jesus alone for redemption (John 1:12-13). We believe in God's great love for His creation, trusting that He will one day restore the entire universe to a perfected state. That which began as a promising garden (Genesis 1:27-31), will find its fulfillment in a life-giving city where there will be no more death, mourning, crying, or pain (Revelation 21:1-7).

We believe God, in His own time and in His own way, will raise the dead and that Christ will judge all men in righteousness. They who are saved will be resurrected unto life eternal (Romans 6:23).

We believe people are created by God and in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). We seek to promote the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ with equality across racial, gender, and socioeconomic differences. Additionally, we adhere to Show Hope's Biblical Context for Understanding Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality and ascribe to the three ecumenical creeds of Christianity (The Nicene Creed, The Apostles Creed, The Athanasian Creed).

* The Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the final source of all that we believe. For purposes of Shaohannah's Hope, Inc. dba Show Hope's faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Board of Directors is Shaohannah's Hope, Inc. dba Show Hope's final interpretive authority on the Bible's meaning and application.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Adoption/Foster Care

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating248 of 8579 of 21
Fund acquisition rating234 of 8576 of 21
Resource allocation rating394 of 85712 of 21
Asset utilization rating356 of 85710 of 21

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$5,000$107,807$40,970$231,682$257,150
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$7,905,922$6,522,163$4,277,252$3,213,427$2,393,149
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$49,365$62,305$57,935$56,246$88,318
Other long-term assets$0$37,338$0$0$8,628
Total long-term assets$49,365$99,643$57,935$56,246$96,946
Total assets$7,955,287$6,621,806$4,335,187$3,269,673$2,490,095
Payables and accrued expenses$3,636,323$3,059,082$2,237,141$2,116,921$1,819,684
Other current liabilities$1,406$129,857$87,549$0$132,575
Total current liabilities$3,637,729$3,188,939$2,324,690$2,116,921$1,952,259
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$179,136$179,491$166,514$156,850$40,247
Total long-term liabilities$179,136$179,491$166,514$156,850$40,247
Total liabilities$3,816,865$3,368,430$2,491,204$2,273,771$1,992,506
Net assets20202019201820172016
Temporarily restricted$0$658,782$950,766$739,733$973,058
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$4,138,422$3,253,376$1,843,983$995,902$497,589
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Total contributions$10,326,427$12,566,858$10,755,089$10,617,713$11,999,869
Program service revenue$111,229$132,215$104,167$118,489$258,358
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$74,126$24,064$8,079$15,848$1,916
Other revenue($88,520)$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$96,835$156,279$112,246$134,337$260,274
Total revenue$10,423,262$12,723,137$10,867,335$10,752,050$12,260,143
Program services$7,647,916$8,654,353$7,702,589$7,975,000$8,998,856
Management and general$1,150,203$1,275,551$1,091,532$1,095,069$1,106,900
Total expenses$9,538,216$11,313,744$10,019,254$10,253,737$11,474,903
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$885,046$1,409,393$848,081$498,313$785,240
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$885,046$1,409,393$848,081$498,313$785,240


Charley RedmondSr Dir Operations$180,760
Emily RichardsExecutive Dir.$173,526
Henry S ColeySr Dir of Programs$142,244
Kristin ParksAsst exe dircfo$98,729

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 2/1/2021. To update the information below, please email:


This story started, in many ways, with an 11-year-old girl in Haiti experiencing something that changed her world. When Emily and her mom visited the country on a short-term trip, Emily met children just like her, except they were living without the love and security of a family. And she knew she had to do something.

After much prayer and consideration, Emily's parents, Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman, felt led to grow their family through adoption-not once, but three times. In the course of several years, the Chapman family grew to include Shaohannah Hope, Stevey Joy, and Maria.

After the adoption of Shaohannah Hope in 2000, the Chapmans desperately wanted to do something about the many waiting children still in need of loving families. Combining both the platform and resources they had been entrusted with, Mary Beth and Steven began raising awareness about the needs of children who had been orphaned. They sought to help families who had the heart to adopt but were without the means to do so.

From this simple calling, Show Hope was formalized as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in February 2003 with a mission to care for orphans by engaging the Church and reducing barriers to adoption.

As a way to give back to the country that entrusted to them three beautiful daughters, Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman longed to help care for children who had been orphaned specifically in the country of China. For more than a decade, Show Hope supported multiple Care Centers in China with an aim to provide care for children with acute medical and special needs-even building, furnishing, and supporting the flagship Care Center, Maria's Big House of Hope, named in honor of their daughter Maria who is now with Jesus. To date, more than 2,700 children have been impacted by Show Hope's involvement in the work of the Care Centers, and while its funding of the Care Centers in China no longer continues, each child who received care there is a testament to God's faithfulness and an expression of hope through the Care Centers Legacy. As Show Hope turns toward the future, it remains committed to the Care Centers Legacy by staying connected to and resourcing the children and families impacted by this life-changing work.

When dreaming how to further a desire to address the medical needs of children who have been orphaned, the Chapmans asked themselves, What if we could further journey with families, once adoption has been finalized, by offering Medical Care grants to help offset healthcare expenses? In their listening and hoping, the roots of the Show Hope tree grew deeper, and a new endeavor-Medical Care grants-unfolded in addressing head-on not one but two barriers to adoption: financial and medical. And so our hope is: As families come to know these financial resources are available, they will feel more supported in their journeys to love well the children who have been entrusted to them through adoption.

Most children impacted by adoption or foster care have experienced abuse, trauma, neglect, and/or early attachment injuries. Through its Pre+Post Adoption Support program, Show Hope works to provide practical teaching and resources to better equip parents, caregivers, church leaders, and professionals in order to help restore hope to children and families on the healing journey. To date, more than 100,000 families and individuals have been impacted by Show Hope's former Empowered to Connect Conference-now and moving forward the Hope for the Journey Conference.

And with a focus on the future, Show Hope's Student Initiatives work aims to educate and empower today's students-and our next generation of leaders-to effectively care for and make a difference in the lives of children who have been orphaned-not just for tomorrow but for today.

Program accomplishments

Through its cornerstone work, Adoption Aid, Show Hope has impacted more than 6,800 children from 65 countries, including the U.S., by awarding financial grants to families who are on the adoption journey.