World Emergency Relief / Children's Food Fund


Untold millions of people - and the programs helping them - need practical resources to make their lives successful. Food for starving children. Medicines for the sick. Seeds for farmers. Clothing for the naked and shivering. Even fire trucks for Brazil's rain forests.

WER receives daily requests for commodities. We verify needs and cultural appropriateness of supplies we can procure. We then seek those supplies from corporate donors and other charities. Before shipping, we check that supplies are safe and usable, and we often must obtain import permission from foreign embassies in the U.S.

It's a long struggle to get 25,000 pounds of baby food from New Orleans to an orphanage in Africa. But when we hear the grateful "thanks" from people we help, we understand how our efforts answer prayer. And then we also realize we've multiplied your "charitable punch" ten-fold. It's the classic "win-win" situation which blesses everyone.

This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Contact information

Mailing address:
PO Box 218
San Dimas, CA 91773


Phone: (760) 930-8001


Organization details

EIN: 954014743

CEO/President: Kristy Scott

Chairman: Gary Becks

Board size: 5

Founder: Joel MacCollam - (Deceased)

Year founded: 1974

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


To give children a living chance through emergency relief, food, medical care, schools, orphanages, and micro-economic assistance including Native Americans in the USA.

Mission statement

World Emergency Relief uses the following to express its mission:

World Emergency Relief is dedicated to providing humanitarian assistance to people harmed by natural disaster, armed conflict, physical or mental abuse and exploitation, or poverty.

Statement of faith

WER uses the following to express its Statement of Faith:

  • God is sovereign, and His grace is sufficient for all our justification.
  • God appears in the Bible and throughout history as Father, Son and Holy Spirit in creation, providence, revelation, redemption and final judgment.
  • The Bible is divinely inspired, and is totally trustworthy and is the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
  • The life and work of Jesus Christ, best exhibited through the Cross, is our all-sufficient ground for redemption from the guilt and power of sin.
  • The only salvation for lost and sinful people is through regeneration by God through the working of the Holy Spirit.
  • The contemporary ministry of the same Holy Spirit enables a Christian to live a godly life to its fullest.
  • Jesus Christ will return to this world in power and glory, to judge both the living and the dead.
  • Christians are to function as the Body of Christ in this world and that spiritual unity of believers embraces equality across racial, gender, cultural and class differences.
  • Our challenge as Christians is to find God's Will, and then do it...recognizing that in all matters we are to love God and to love our neighbors.
  • A personal relationship with God is essential to effective Christian life. The best nurture for that relationship is through regular, daily prayer and Bible study.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating12 of 7174 of 68
Fund acquisition rating130 of 71816 of 68
Resource allocation rating70 of 7188 of 68
Asset utilization rating3 of 7171 of 68

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$45,443$67,957$64,723$42,502$23,441
Short-term investments$56,932$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$304,381$341,459$391,624$217,219$226,709
Long-term investments$0$42,010$45,765$28,606$17,434
Fixed assets$1,438$2,335$3,380$2,756$1,715
Other long-term assets$0$2,040$2,846$2,784$2,754
Total long-term assets$1,438$46,385$51,991$34,146$21,903
Total assets$305,819$387,844$443,615$251,365$248,612
Payables and accrued expenses$44,333$68,975$38,313$44,581$56,044
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$44,333$68,975$38,313$44,581$56,044
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$44,333$68,975$38,313$44,581$56,044
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$28,971$0$12,184$7,835$0
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$261,486$318,869$405,302$206,784$192,568
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$10,115,273$5,423,426$13,694,392$23,907,797$16,882,563
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$14,705($2,429)$7,922$11,919($1,628)
Other revenue$33,000$49,500$82,000$56,406$38,551
Total other revenue$47,705$47,071$89,922$68,325$36,923
Total revenue$10,162,978$5,470,497$13,784,314$23,976,122$16,919,486
Program services$9,817,271$5,145,077$13,184,906$23,578,314$16,595,137
Management and general$147,636$143,447$166,997$153,542$150,684
Total expenses$10,220,361$5,556,930$13,619,123$23,969,741$16,984,807
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($57,383)($86,433)$165,191$6,381($65,321)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$12,184$0$0
Total change in net assets($57,383)($86,433)$177,375$6,381($65,321)

Response from ministry

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WER started in 1974 as an informal outreach by an American religious broadcaster wishing to deliver emergency aid to drought- stricken Africa and flood victims in Bangladesh.

In 1985, WER incorporated and elected Reverend Joel MacCo llam, an Episcopal minister, as its first president. Current efforts are focused on five continents, plus long-term relief to Native Americans.

Program accomplishments

Our commitment to improving children's lives continues through our two primary outreaches, Native American Emergency Relief & Children's Food Fund.

NAER's focus is to better the lives of Native American's by providing food, blankets, firewood, clean water and agricultural support.

CFF programs concentrate on feeding children and providing resources for their basic needs.

Through these programs, WER provides food, medicines, hygiene and disaster relief supplies to people in need-

WER delivers meals to hungry African children - Provides fresh produce, blankets, disinfectants, firewood and water barrels for Native American families - Responds to devastating hurricanes, floods and fires in the US - Supplies clinics and hospitals in Sierra Leone, DR Congo & Cambodia with life-saving medicines to treat the poor free of charge.


WER express its needs as follows:

Volunteers to work throughout the world in these specialized areas.

  • Experienced teachers and school administrators to work in schools in Burundi and the Dominican Republic. Spanish and French skills are a plus.
  • Medical and dental professionals to participate in short-term team missions. Spanish language skills are a plus. Especially in Guatemala and Honduras.