The Global Orphan Project

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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

Ruling year: 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: Adoption/Foster Care

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating196 of 101010 of 31
Fund acquisition rating88 of 10125 of 31
Resource allocation rating454 of 101215 of 31
Asset utilization rating441 of 101014 of 31

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,323,867$939,562$905,096$649,391$714,899
Short-term investments$38,920$0$41,805$12,840$11,100
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$5,425,662$3,541,060$2,863,730$2,752,500$1,909,124
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$2,422,047$2,044,575$1,800,750$1,632,839$103,229
Other long-term assets$7,083$1,630,788$1,387,339$1,053,876$584,510
Total long-term assets$2,429,130$3,675,363$3,188,089$2,686,715$687,739
Total assets$7,854,792$7,216,423$6,051,819$5,439,215$2,596,863
Payables and accrued expenses$268,738$276,348$319,795$298,484$121,517
Other current liabilities$45,505$35,475$63,126$82,401$0
Total current liabilities$314,243$311,823$382,921$380,885$121,517
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$2,400$12,000
Total long-term liabilities$1,833,615$1,879,711$1,731,988$1,383,824$297,411
Total liabilities$2,147,858$2,191,534$2,114,909$1,764,709$418,928
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$4,584,245$4,088,265$3,385,173$1,745,826$929,185
With donor restrictions$1,122,689$936,624$551,737$1,928,680$1,248,750
Net assets$5,706,934$5,024,889$3,936,910$3,674,506$2,177,935
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$10,470,870$8,698,483$7,574,014$7,529,521$5,706,935
Program service revenue$318,622$4,009$5,890$5,710$8,130
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$121,844$102,145$68,712$22,544$719
Other revenue$369,744$203,694$147,897$194,960$15,351
Total other revenue$810,210$309,848$222,499$223,214$24,200
Total revenue$11,281,080$9,008,331$7,796,513$7,752,735$5,731,135
Program services$8,813,984$6,384,292$6,223,610$5,556,024$5,082,578
Management and general$1,473,246$1,268,514$982,033$695,957$818,375
Total expenses$10,444,506$7,784,038$7,298,851$6,334,752$6,010,677
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$836,574$1,224,293$497,662$1,417,983($279,542)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$836,574$1,224,293$497,662$1,417,983($279,542)


Joe KnittigCEO$128,893
Adrien LewisChief Innovation Officer$119,406
Trace ThurlbyPresident and COO$117,870
Jonathan CassatChief Marketing Officer$110,388
Jessica RayExecutive Director, Marketplace$88,202

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 9/8/2021. To update the information below, please email:


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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