The Global Orphan Project


The Global Orphan Project, Inc. (GO Project or GO) is a community. Setting traditional institutional orphan care models aside, we're connecting a global family united by a shared vision to care for vulnerable children and prevent child abandonment. Focusing on one child at a time, we provide sustainable, local, family-style care that is deeply rooted in compassion, hope, and the belief that every child deserves a chance.

Contact information

Mailing address:
The Global Orphan Project
3161 Wyandotte Street
Kansas City, MO 64111


Phone: 816-536-8333


Organization details

EIN: 816079539

CEO/President: Joseph Knittig / Trace Thurlby

Chairman: Mike Fox

Board size: 9

Founder: Mike and Beth Fox

Year founded: 2004

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2007


Setting traditional institutional orphan care models aside, we're connecting a global family united by a shared vision to care for children and vulnerable families along the entire spectrum: Orphan Prevention, Orphan Care and Transition.

Mission statement

A global family on a mission to break the orphan cycle through the power of community, commerce and the love of Jesus.

Statement of faith

The Lord is the leader of this ministry. GO Project is not affiliated with any particular denomination. However, we do exist and operate as an expression of Jesus Christ's radical love in a fallen world. Our leaders are all passionate followers of Christ.

We believe the Holy Bible to be the inspired, complete Word of God. We adopt the Scriptures as our Statement of Faith - obviously better than what we could fairly summarize ourselves. James 1:27 states: "Religion that God our father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." This verse captures the heart of our ministry. We strive to be doers of the Word, not mere talkers.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating357 of 72645 of 94
Fund acquisition rating111 of 72719 of 94
Resource allocation rating428 of 72751 of 94
Asset utilization rating529 of 72668 of 94

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$939,562$905,096$649,391$714,899$769,498
Short-term investments$0$41,805$12,840$11,100$25,011
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,541,060$2,863,730$2,752,500$1,909,124$2,602,751
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$2,044,575$1,800,750$1,632,839$103,229$54,096
Other long-term assets$1,630,788$1,387,339$1,053,876$584,510$0
Total long-term assets$3,675,363$3,188,089$2,686,715$687,739$54,096
Total assets$7,216,423$6,051,819$5,439,215$2,596,863$2,656,847
Payables and accrued expenses$276,348$319,795$298,484$121,517$135,998
Other current liabilities$35,475$63,126$82,401$0$0
Total current liabilities$311,823$382,921$380,885$121,517$135,998
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$2,400$12,000$0
Total long-term liabilities$1,879,711$1,731,988$1,383,824$297,411$0
Total liabilities$2,191,534$2,114,909$1,764,709$418,928$135,998
Net assets20182017201620152014
Temporarily restricted$936,624$551,737$1,928,680$1,248,750$1,160,399
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$5,024,889$3,936,910$3,674,506$2,177,935$2,520,849
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$8,698,483$7,574,014$7,529,521$5,706,935$4,818,046
Program service revenue$4,009$5,890$5,710$8,130$104,564
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$102,145$68,712$22,544$719$1,452
Other revenue$203,694$147,897$194,960$15,351$31,134
Total other revenue$309,848$222,499$223,214$24,200$137,150
Total revenue$9,008,331$7,796,513$7,752,735$5,731,135$4,955,196
Program services$6,384,292$6,223,610$5,556,024$5,082,578$5,259,343
Management and general$1,268,514$982,033$695,957$818,375$790,539
Total expenses$7,784,038$7,298,851$6,334,752$6,010,677$6,114,556
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)$1,224,293$497,662$1,417,983($279,542)($1,159,360)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,224,293$497,662$1,417,983($279,542)($1,159,360)


Joe KnittigCEO$127,581
Trace ThurlbyPresident and COO$120,006
Adrien LewisExecutive Director, Global Ministry$118,292
Jonathan CassatChief Marketing Officer$108,290
Jessica RayExecutive Director, Marketplace$73,233

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2018

Response from ministry

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Our story began in a home for orphaned children in southeast Asia in 2003. Mike Fox, a businessman from Kansas City, Missouri, met a small group of children who dramatically changed the trajectory of his life and many others'.

Mike and his wife, Beth Fox, founded The Global Orphan Project (formerly C3 Missions) in 2004. Supported by the 100% Commitment, the ministry became a vehicle to invite family and friends to invest in the lives of children who need family, and it grew quickly. Within a few years, GO Project was helping care for children on three continents with a growing emphasis on partnering with the local, indigenous church.

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