Zoe Empowers

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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


Year founded: 2013

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2019


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

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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

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Balance sheet
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
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
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
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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
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
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


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


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.


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.