Zoe Empowers

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Summary

380 million children are trapped in the cycle of poverty. Empowering all areas of life is the only way out.

Orphaned and vulnerable children living in extreme poverty are abused, sick and isolated from their community. Handouts and begging helps them to survive temporarily. Our solution addresses all their challenges, across eight areas of life, equipping them to overcome poverty with their own efforts-and for good.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Zoe Empowers
PO Box 28839
Raleigh, NC 27611

Website: zoeempowers.org

Phone: 919-779-7272

Email: info@zoeempowers.org


Organization details

EIN: 454671349

CEO/President: Gaston Warner

Chairman: Mark Konen

Board size: 13

Founder:

Year founded: 2013

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2019


Purpose

We envision a world where all orphaned and vulnerable children are given the opportunity to reach their full potential becoming secure, healthy, connected community members who are able to care for themselves and their siblings.


Mission statement

After graduating from ZOE's three-year empowerment program, a child will have moved from extreme poverty to sustainable self-sufficiency; able to provide food, clothing, shelter, education, medical care, and social support for themselves and their siblings; know God's love, and have hope for the future in their own community.


Statement of faith

Transparency grade

A

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating528 of 93856 of 105
Fund acquisition rating465 of 94054 of 105
Resource allocation rating419 of 94045 of 105
Asset utilization rating614 of 93867 of 105

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
6%6%8%6%5%0%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
5%6%8%6%5%0%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
98%99%100%98%99%100%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
5%6%9%7%6%0%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
2%1%0%2%1%0%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%84%89%84%86%87%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
97%94%85%87%81%75%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
80%79%75%73%70%65%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
3%6%15%13%19%25%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
5%5%13%11%17%30%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%10%2%9%8%13%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.240.850.730.720.740.88
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.271.051.041.051.071.08
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.900.890.760.760.790.95
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
20.65157.18258.96612.34397.73231.10
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.050.010.000.000.000.00
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
5.9413.4415.7715.8315.1512.59
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
8%1%0%0%0%0%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
76%117%137%139%135%114%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20192018201720162015
Cash$2,486,260$2,585,331$1,983,393$1,645,090$1,205,599
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$3,755,807$3,318,003$3,043,311$2,810,672$2,451,630
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$6,242,067$5,903,334$5,026,704$4,455,762$3,657,229
Long-term investments$286,281$243,181$256,985$308,319$299,289
Fixed assets$0$2,674$3,816$4,974$963
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$286,281$245,855$260,801$313,293$300,252
Total assets$6,528,348$6,149,189$5,287,505$4,769,055$3,957,481
 
Liabilities20192018201720162015
Payables and accrued expenses$39,712$22,796$8,209$10,203$11,575
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$1,000$4,250
Total current liabilities$39,712$22,796$8,209$11,203$15,825
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
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$39,712$22,796$8,209$11,203$15,825
 
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$1,154,547$1,034,546$900,456$497,935$253,213
With donor restrictions$5,334,089$5,091,847$4,378,840$4,259,917$3,688,443
Net assets$6,488,636$6,126,393$5,279,296$4,757,852$3,941,656
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20192018201720162015
Total contributions$5,831,122$5,264,417$4,297,012$4,293,404$4,649,543
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$34,692$2,849$81,932$2,260$2,115
Other revenue$1,243$7,667$748$33,604$1,081
Total other revenue$35,935$10,516$82,680$35,864$3,196
Total revenue$5,867,057$5,274,933$4,379,692$4,329,268$4,652,739
 
Expenses20192018201720162015
Program services$4,650,140$3,981,516$3,197,583$3,044,003$3,031,277
Management and general$534,552$85,850$341,295$274,409$440,839
Fundraising$354,068$407,780$265,872$201,430$0
Total expenses$5,538,760$4,475,146$3,804,750$3,519,842$3,472,116
 
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$328,297$799,787$574,942$809,426$1,180,623
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$328,297$799,787$574,942$809,426$1,180,623

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Gaston WarnerChief Executive Officer$100,529
Randy WiersmaChief Operating Officer$62,285
John BoswellChief Operating Officer$28,711

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019


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 8/27/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


History

The Crisis of Orphaned and Vulnerable Children

Zoe Empowers started as a relief mission responding to the 2004 HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa. That pandemic left hundreds of thousands of children without one or both parents. Zoe began its work in Zimbabwe where we funded feeding programs, medical services and other relief activities for orphaned children through schools, churches and government entities.

Zimbabwe Orphan Endeavor originally influenced the name Zoe Empowers. As the program expanded, we adopted the Greek definition for the word 'zoe', which is 'life'.

An Unconventional Response

In 2007, Zoe Empowers missionaries were connected to a team of Rwandan social workers, led by Epiphanie Mujawimana, who introduced us to an unconventional response to the crisis of orphaned children in Rwanda. Instead of giving away resources, further propelling a cycle of dependency on adults, the Rwandan social workers were teaching orphans how to care for themselves and their siblings. And to everyone's surprise, the results far exceeded expectations!

Implementing Empowerment

Within a year, the effectiveness of the Rwandan program so significantly outperformed Zoe's relief efforts in other parts of Africa that Zoe abandoned all efforts at relief and completely adopted and embraced the Rwandan empowerment model in all our countries. Epiphanie was also added to the Zoe Empowers staff as Empowerment Program Founder and Rwanda Country Manager, a position she continues to hold today.


Program accomplishments

To date, Zoe Empowers has expanded to 7 countries - Kenya, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Rwanda, Liberia, Tanzania, and India-and has helped more than 100,000 vulnerable children overcome extreme poverty to achieve sustainable self-sufficiency across eight areas of life. The three year empowerment program requires less than $290 per child or only $8 per month, making it 5-20 times more economically efficient than traditional short-term relief efforts.


Needs

Because we only provide resources, not handouts, every donation is leveraged by these young people to meet their own needs across eight areas of life. Our program is economically efficient, allowing our donors to maximize their impact in partnership with one trusted organization. $8 per month empowers one child out of poverty.