Adventist Development & Relief Agency

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We are the global humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church-part of the 20-million strong Adventist community, with hundreds of thousands of churches globally and the world's largest integrated healthcare and education network.

We deliver relief and development assistance to individuals in more than 118 countries-regardless of their ethnicity, political affiliation, gender, or religious association.

By partnering with local communities, organizations, and governments, we are able to deliver culturally relevant programs and build local capability for sustainable change.

Our work touches millions of lives in more than 118 countries around the world. Our on-the-ground approach allows immediate assistance in times of crisis and true partnership with the communities we serve.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Adventist Development & Relief Agency
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20904-6601


Phone: (800) 424-2372


Organization details

EIN: 521314847

CEO/President: Michael Kruger

Chairman: Geoffrey Mbwana and Ella Simmons

Board size: 23

Founder: Seventh Day Adventist Church

Year founded: 2000

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


To serve humanity so all may live as God intended.

Mission statement

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency uses the following to express its Mission Statement:

  • REFLECT the character of God through humanitarian and developmental activities.

  • ACTIVELY SUPPORT communities in need through a portfolio of development activities which are planned and implemented cooperatively.

  • PROVIDE assistance in situations of crisis or chronic distress, and work toward the development of long-term solutions with those affected.

  • WORK through equitable partnerships with those in need to achieve positive and sustainable change in communities.

  • BUILD networks that develop indigenous capacity, appropriate technology, and skills at all levels.

  • DEVELOP and maintain relationships with our partners, which provide effective channels for mutual growth and action.

  • PROMOTE and expand the equitable and participatory involvement of women in the development process.

  • ADVOCATE for and assist in the increased use of communities capacities to care for and responsibly manage the natural resources of their environment.

  • FACILITATE the right and ability of all children to attain their full potential, and to assist in assuring the child's survival to achieve that potential.

  • Statement of faith

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    Financial efficiency ratings

    Sector: Relief and Development

    CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
    Overall efficiency rating196 of 94021 of 75
    Fund acquisition rating150 of 94213 of 75
    Resource allocation rating171 of 94214 of 75
    Asset utilization rating616 of 94047 of 75

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    Balance sheet
    Receivables, inventories, prepaids$12,868,352$6,486,230$6,643,850$9,298,185$4,248,686
    Short-term investments$46,467,739$43,147,904$45,172,443$40,348,264$38,309,453
    Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
    Total current assets$69,849,674$55,067,490$61,635,436$60,221,858$52,004,077
    Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
    Fixed assets$544,716$684,137$474,520$219,534$199,903
    Other long-term assets$1,545,064$1,806,502$2,036,395$308,475$0
    Total long-term assets$2,089,780$2,490,639$2,510,915$528,009$199,903
    Total assets$71,939,454$57,558,129$64,146,351$60,749,867$52,203,980
    Payables and accrued expenses$15,736,457$8,334,442$7,863,333$6,561,160$5,232,987
    Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
    Total current liabilities$15,736,457$8,334,442$7,863,333$6,561,160$5,232,987
    Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
    Other long-term liabilities$1,066,407$1,288,402$1,479,209$308,475$0
    Total long-term liabilities$1,066,407$1,288,402$1,479,209$308,475$0
    Total liabilities$16,802,864$9,622,844$9,342,542$6,869,635$5,232,987
    Net assets20192018201720162015
    Without donor restrictions$35,091,171$28,741,344$36,161,943$34,315,364$31,642,241
    With donor restrictions$20,045,419$19,193,941$18,641,866$19,564,868$15,328,752
    Net assets$55,136,590$47,935,285$54,803,809$53,880,232$46,970,993
    Revenues and expenses
    Total contributions$84,340,089$62,461,901$53,890,714$55,016,285$49,597,422
    Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
    Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
    Investment income$1,796,531$998,087$664,511$696,259$698,749
    Other revenue$374,002$98,869$27,913$15,987$42,138
    Total other revenue$2,170,533$1,096,956$692,424$712,246$740,887
    Total revenue$86,510,622$63,558,857$54,583,138$55,728,531$50,338,309
    Program services$78,143,136$56,468,900$46,463,130$39,364,784$38,870,120
    Management and general$4,071,701$8,664,476$10,185,796$9,656,652$8,481,021
    Total expenses$83,872,401$67,559,767$58,086,587$50,302,777$48,578,216
    Change in net assets20192018201720162015
    Surplus (deficit)$2,638,221($4,000,910)($3,503,449)$5,425,754$1,760,093
    Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
    Total change in net assets$2,638,221($4,000,910)($3,503,449)$5,425,754$1,760,093


    Gt NgBoard Member$242,853
    Korey DowlingVP For People and Culture$233,860
    Geoffrey MbwanaBoard Chair$223,394
    Michael KrugerInterim Board Secretary /President$206,476
    Matthew SiligaVP For Marketing & Development$199,198
    David EarlesDirector For Development$197,917
    Mario Lopes de OliveiraDirector of Emergency$196,613
    Josue OrellanaDirector of Health$194,779
    Ella SimmonsVice Chair/Ac Chair (effe. 12/19)$193,125
    Jonathan Duffy Through 1019Board Secretary /President$192,616
    Juan PrestolTreasurer/Fin. Commiti Chair$185,927
    Debra OlsonProgram Manager$183,790
    Mark Le RouxProgram Manager$177,841
    Ted WilsonBoard Member$165,788
    Imad MadanatVP For Programs$150,582
    Ann GibsonAc Chair (through 12/19)/Interim CFO$40,237

    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 3/10/2021. To update the information below, please email:


    The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) was established in November 1956 by the Seventh-day Adventist Church to provide humanitarian relief and welfare. Originally called Seventh-day Adventist Welfare Service or SAWS, the name was changed to Seventh-day Adventist World Service in 1973.

    By 1958, SAWS reported relief shipments to 22 countries with a total value of about $485,000. Four years later, the number of countries had increased to 29, with a total value of $2.3 million in shipments. During this period, countries benefited included those in South America and the Middle East, sites of major disasters.

    By the mid-1970s, the organization began to broaden its mission from disaster relief into programs leading to long-term development. In 1983 SAWS underwent yet another name change to better reflect its overall mission and activities, becoming the "Adventist Development and Relief Agency" (ADRA).

    ADRA's work grew rapidly with major programs in several countries emphasizing community development, food distribution, institutional development, and ongoing disaster relief. From an initial worldwide staff of approximately 600, ADRA's activities soon included: building health clinics in Africa, assisting hurricane victims in Central America, teaching hygiene and health to children in Asia, and promoting awareness of worldwide humanitarian needs through ADRA's Global Village in the United States.

    In 1997 the Agency was granted General Consultative Status by the United Nations, a unique opportunity giving ADRA added voice in the international community. In 1998 alone it assisted more than 18 million people with more than US$133 million in aid. More than 4,000 ADRA staff members currently work in more than 120 countries worldwide. As new challenges and needs arise, ADRA continues to strive to realize its mission of reflecting God's love through compassionate acts of humanitarian service.

    Program accomplishments

    HEALTH PROJECTS: In 2018, your generosity impacted 1,595,556 lives and supported more than 120 projects around the world.

    EDUCATION PROJECTS: In 2018, your generosity impacted 1,114,582 lives and supported more than 190 education projects around the world.

    LIVELIHOOD PROJECTS: In 2018, your generosity impacted 1,895,458 lives and supported more than 100 livelihoods projects around the world.

    EMERGENCY RESPONSE: In 2018, your generosity impacted 4,472,465 lives and supported more than 225 emergency response and preparedness projects around the world.


    Adventist Development & Relief Agency uses the following to express its ministry needs:

    Giving has never been more rewarding. Following are three ways you can help:

    Donate online-You can make a secure online donation to ADRA International by credit card. See the website for specific programs you can help.

    Charitable Gifts-You may also contribute through charitable gift annuities. You can establish your Gift Annuity with a contribution in the form of cash, stocks, bonds or mutual funds.

    ADRA'S Really Useful Gift Catalog-This Catalog provides you with everything you need to make a decision and choice about how you will positively impact lives around the world in partnership with ADRA International. Every single dollar is put to work for the people and projects that have motivated you to respond.