World Hope International


World Hope International (WHI) is a Christian relief and development organization working with vulnerable and exploited communities to alleviate poverty, suffering, and injustice.

Contact information

Mailing address:
World Hope International
1330 Braddock Place
Suite 301
Alexandria, VA 22314


Phone: 1(703)923-9414


Organization details

EIN: 351985485

CEO/President: John Lyon

Chairman: Mike Chambers

Board size: 19

Founder: Jo Anne Lyon

Year founded: 1996

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1999


Our vision is to provide those in need with opportunity, dignity, and hope so they can possess the tools for change in themselves, their family, and their community. WHI supports all people regardless of ethnicity, gender, race, or religion. WHI uses market-based and community-driven enterprise solutions to empower, protect, and build resiliency through innovative, environmentally conscious, and transformative projects. We deliver our programming through strategic local and global partnerships to create a maximal, sustainable impact.

Mission statement

To empower the poorest of the poor around the world so they can become agents of change within their communities.

Statement of faith

Transparency grade

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating38 of 53514 of 68
Fund acquisition rating132 of 53522 of 68
Resource allocation rating62 of 53517 of 68
Asset utilization rating43 of 53511 of 68

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,014,922$769,204$425,863$316,201$359,234
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,766,100$1,915,636$1,719,086$1,933,531$2,196,474
Long-term investments$0$325,476$361,659$732,452$781,981
Fixed assets$534,006$794,153$714,838$831,662$454,751
Other long-term assets$204,284$162,519$218,952$241,818$177,346
Total long-term assets$738,290$1,282,148$1,295,449$1,805,932$1,414,078
Total assets$3,504,390$3,197,784$3,014,535$3,739,463$3,610,552
Payables and accrued expenses$565,119$280,130$355,780$228,586$201,987
Other current liabilities$0$85,645$289,528$591,080$690,329
Total current liabilities$565,119$365,775$645,308$819,666$892,316
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$234,425$272,694$293,325$326,462$363,823
Total long-term liabilities$561,674$704,629$293,325$326,462$363,823
Total liabilities$1,126,793$1,070,404$938,633$1,146,128$1,256,139
Net assets20172016201520142013
Temporarily restricted$787,036$447,015$367,055$734,567$1,084,603
Permanently restricted$616,981$615,952$614,882$613,731$612,946
Net assets$2,377,597$2,127,380$2,075,902$2,593,335$2,354,413
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$19,547,224$12,367,422$9,441,077$8,454,751$4,977,973
Program service revenue$245,277$36,334$44,856$38,554$28,521
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$18,546$31,972$19,553$22,852$29,138
Other revenue$0$2,516$26,404$35,422$15,518
Total other revenue$263,823$70,822$90,813$96,828$73,177
Total revenue$19,811,047$12,438,244$9,531,890$8,551,579$5,051,150
Program services$17,602,982$10,825,132$8,372,789$7,042,512$4,093,860
Management and general$854,989$665,364$368,676$489,422$652,702
Total expenses$19,235,029$12,350,585$9,618,531$8,058,127$5,144,706
Change in net assets20172016201520142013
Surplus (deficit)$576,018$87,659($86,641)$493,452($93,556)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$576,018$87,659($86,641)$493,452($93,556)

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What began in the back bedroom of her home, grew into a leading-edge Christian relief and development organization, recognized by partners and governments alike as a successful service model for those in need. For more than 10 years, Jo Anne entered into war-torn regions, abandoned communities and dark pockets of the world teeming with forced labor and prostitution. She looked at the bleakness and despair and saw how she could bring glimmers of light through opportunity, dignity, and hope. Though Jo Anne stepped down as WHI's CEO in 2008 to accept a prominent leadership role within The Wesleyan Church, she remains actively involved as a member of our Board of Directors. Today, current WHI President and CEO John Lyon carries out Jo Anne's original hope, empowering the poorest of the poor to become changemakers within their own communities. Today, WHI continues its mission as a voice for the silent, an opportunity for the oppressed and water for those who thirst. WHI helps provide the dignity that comes from an educated mind, a healthy body, an honest day's wage and a safe place to heal. WHI is the one who comes alongside those gripped by poverty to offer a hand up instead of a handout. But more than anything, WHI is the reflection of Jesus Christ's compassion for all who suffer.

Program accomplishments

1,835 Children assisted with education through child sponsorships in 2019. 909 Participants attended Family Support Groups in Sierra Leone in 2019. 11,841 Individuals gained access to safely managed drinking water in 2019.