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WORLD VISION INTERNATIONAL Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 09/30/2014: WORLD VISION INTERNATIONAL

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AKA  WVI
Monrovia, CA
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WORLD VISION INTERNATIONAL Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 09/30/2014: WORLD VISION INTERNATIONAL

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: WORLD VISION INTERNATIONAL

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Also Known As: WVI
Physical Address: Monrovia, CA 91016 3198
EIN: 95-3202116
Web URL: www.wvi.org 
NTEE Category: Q International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security
Q30 International Development, Relief Services
S Community Improvement, Capacity Building
S30 Economic Development
X Religion, Spiritual Development
X20 Christian
Ruling Year: 1982 


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Mission Statement

Vision statement: Our vision for every child, life in all its fullness;Our prayer for every heart, the will to make it so. World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Inspired by our Christian values, we are dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people. We serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. Our mission: World Vision is an international partnership of Christians whose mission is to follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice, and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God.

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Fiscal Year Starting: October 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: September 30, 2013

Total Revenue $2,034,176,000
Total Expenses $1,992,552,000

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Mr. Kevin Jenkins

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Kevin Jenkins became President and CEO of World Vision International in October 2009. Mr. Jenkins holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Alberta and a Master in Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School. Mr. Jenkins held several senior positions with Canadian Airlines before he was named chief executive officer.  Mr. Jenkins also worked for Westaim Coporation and TriWest Capital before joining World Vision. Mr. Jenkins has been married for more than thirty years and has three adult children.

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Budget:
$1,650,844,000
Category:
International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, General/Other
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified
None
None

Program Description:

Emergency Relief World Vision, the international Christian humanitarian organization, responds to natural and man-made disasters with goods and services helping people return to self-reliance. In the fiscal year that ended September 30, 2013, emergency supplies were distributed to 11 million people affected by 89 disasters, and helped ensure children and families receive nourishment, care and shelter they need. Children and the elderly are especially vulnerable in disasters, whether “sudden-onset” events, like earthquakes and floods, or “slow-onset” events, such as famines, or complex emergencies resulting from conflict or other causes. Most natural disasters cannot be predicted. However, staff monitor local conditions and indicators for potential emergencies, and position relief supplies in strategic locations to help communities prepare for disasters. World Vision has a global reputation for responding quickly and effectively to emergencies, and staying as long as needed to help people rebuild their lives and communities. Community Development World Vision’s community development programs seek to demonstrate God’s love by helping people, especially the most vulnerable children, overcome poverty and realize their own potential. Child sponsorship is an integral element of the organization’s development work. Building a better world for children begins in their homes and their communities. World Vision’s staff work directly community members to provide services including health care and nutrition initiatives; agricultural improvements; income generation programs; safe drinking water and sanitation projects, literacy, leadership, and vocational training. We provide assistance to recipients without regard to their race, gender, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.

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Budget:
$163,873,000
Category:
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Population Served:
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Program Description:

VisionFund offers small loans to small business owners who do not have access to traditional banking facilities. The loans provide opportunity for women and men to begin or expand a sustainable business, and earn regular income. These loans have the power to change not just the lives of our borrowers, but also the lives of their children, family and community. Testimonies and studies show households of microfinance clients have better nutrition, health practices and living conditions. Children are more likely to go to school and finish their studies and more children go on to further education. Improved earnings means that families can save money, which reduces their vulnerability when a business slows, a child gets sick or a family crisis hits. Microfinance gives families living in the poorest global communities options for the future and enables them to give their children the best start in life. We are driven by a social mission to help those who are most vulnerable. All our MFIs are committed to ensuring client protection through their loan procedures and providing loan products that are focused towards the well-being of a child. During the year ended September 30, 2013, VisionFund had the following impact: Gross portfolio: $516 millions, Active borrowers: 935,000, Percentage of female clients: 67%, Job opportunities created and/or sustained: 1,233,000, Children impacted: 2,856,000, Repayment rate: 98% and Average loan size: $630.

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Budget:
$92,481,000
Category:
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Population Served:
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Program Description:

Other program services include grants to other ministries, public awareness and education. World Vision provides donated products (gifts-in-kind) and monetary donations to partner ministries that share World Vision’s commitment to serve the poor and help address injustice. The organization’s staff believe God calls His people to uphold the cause of the oppressed, including children who are exploited or abandoned. World Vision advocates for justice by working to strengthen communities to help ensure children, especially the most vulnerable, are protected and cared for, not forced to survive on their own, or participate in conflicts, unsafe working conditions, or the sex trade. The organization works with local and national government leaders and international institutions and through educational programs, to influence corporate, government, and humanitarian policies.

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

World Vision believes that tackling the causes of poverty through a holistic approach creates the greatest long-term impact. Within 24 to 72 hours of a disaster, we usually can begin delivering aid to children and families in need. We have 46,000 staff in close to 100 countries. Many of those staff are prepared to respond to crises and committed to helping communities rebuild. In 2013, we responded to 89 major disasters and humanitarian emergencies around the world and assisted more than 11 million survivors. Our child sponsorship programs helped change the lives of more than 4.3 million children worldwide. More than 1.2 million of those children were sponsored by more than 750,000 sponsors in the U.S. We invest in the potential of hardworking entrepreneurs in developing countries by providing funding for small businesses. These loans are made to people who do not have access to traditional banking resources. In 2013, we had 935,000 active borrowers, and a total loan portfolio of $516 million in 36 countries. These loans impacted nearly 1.2 million jobs and 2.8 million children. We helped children and families in need by providing over 89,600 MT of food supplies and $60 million in food grants. We enabled nearly 850,000 people in 10 African countries to gain access to clean water by drilling approximately 1,263 new wells and through other sanitation and hygiene efforts.

Expert Assessment

Experts mention that World Vision International have a high presence and impact in Africa. They have large-scale projects that reach the poorest of the poor and impacts many communities. Read More »

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Evidence of Impact

Experts mention that World Vision International have a high presence and impact in Africa. They have large-scale projects that reach the poorest of the poor and impacts many communities.

Large-Scale Impact
They have a large capacity to impact many communities and provide expert training and build local capacity. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They have ongoing impact. Nonprofit Senior Staff
World Vision is a huge organization with a far reaching program. They do good work, but there are definitely more efficient organizations. Other
They have large-scale projects reaching the poorest of the poor, and are good at working at the community level. Foundation Professional
I'm providing a set of general observations for these large organizations, which I have interacted with over the years on multiple continents. The shared strengths of these organizations is access to resources, strong technical expertise, and broad comprehensive programs that have the potential to create synergy when integrated together in regional initiatives. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Presence & Impact in Africa
Based on my time in the field collecting data as a PhD student, I noticed that World Vision projects were *everywhere* in sub-Saharan Africa. Following that experience, I have since had a few conversation with World Vision people and was always impressed with the scope and vision of their work. Researcher and Faculty
They have a high presence and impact through Africa. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Large Outreach
World Vision has such an amazingly large outreach system. Their projects all over the world reflect a diversity and ability to adapt and change to new environments. The necessity for unique and innovative solutions to barriers to implementing projects in such diverse settings is reflective of their strength as an organization. In addition, their ability to raise and allocate large amounts of money are an indication of good leadership and responsible practices. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Strong Advocacy
Their potential is enormous, and their advocacy capacity is immense. Nonprofit Senior Staff

Organizational Strengths

Nearly all experts mention that two of World Vision strengths are they are well resourced and have strong staff.

Well Resourced and Strong Staff
Due to the size, they are able to sustain operations in needy communities. Also they attract quality experts to work with them. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Their staff and resources are their strengths. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They have a global presence and a huge budget. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Public interaction - World Vision employees are often present at conferences and workshops, and seem to do a good job networking. I was particularly impressed with Dr. Emmanuel Opong of World Vision Zambia, who has an important perspective on delivering WASH projects to the poor without stripping them of their own resources for survival. Researcher and Faculty
They have a great leadership, well resourced and have a long term vision. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Most of their staff are national of their countries. They also have leadership support to WASH. Foundation Professional

Areas for Improvement

World Vision can improve by sharing their lessons learned, in particular providing mentorship to local smaller nonprofits. They also need more technical advisors to improve their field work and monitor their projects in the long-run.

Focus on Local Development Work
They should not try to do everything but focus on key issues of local development. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Reevaluate Program Strategy
World Vision has a great deal of funding and potential but they have some practices that are questioned by my colleagues. I believe in a business based approach to sanitation but that is completely undermined by expensive toilets provided for free by World Vision (I believe there's a project in Bolivia). Other
They are big and need to find a way to really do WASH works because a lot of what they do includes too much entitlements and the communities can get spoiled and aren't learning to do WASH implementations themselves. NO MORE SITTING ALLOWANCES. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Improve Partnerships with Others
However, they have a tendency to treat smaller NGOs with arrogance. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They are a large, well-funded NGO. I give them the lowest rating for several reasons. They are very poor collaborators. The organization tends to avoid working with other NGOs and partners, including from Ministries. I have been in places where they actively proselytize, withholding services (e.g.. food, etc) until after people participate in prayer meetings. It is very difficult to see the results of their work on the ground. They often do work not based on evidence for the approach, but on how they want to do things. I would not work with them again. Researcher and Faculty
Its water and sanitation interventions in many places remain opportunistic and are vehicles to creating and strengthening local organizations, which are aspired to be World Vision partners. This leads to a real democratic deficit around their interventions. They are also quite aggressive with local civil society organizations in a number of countries. Other
Monitor Projects Long Term
To the best of my knowledge World Vision does not monitor their water supply projects over the long term, I think this would be an important addition to their work. Also, it would be great if we heard more about them through popular media, i.e.., Facebook, Twitter, etc. Researcher and Faculty
Provide Mentorship & Share Lessons Learned
They can help mentor small indigenous NGOs. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They can share more of their lessons and best practices. Foundation Professional
Need for Decentralization
The weaknesses, and why I struggle to provide a blanket rating, is that they are so large, each country-level office almost need to be rated as its own organization. In some countries I've been deeply impressed with their philosophy, strategies, and results, while in others extremely disappointed. Decentralization is critical for large agencies like this, especially in order to allow programs to be contextual and relevant in each region, however, the disparity in program quality suggests that a universal set of guiding principles and best practices could be applied more effectively across these organizations along with systems for accountability to ensure they are being followed. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Improve Field Work
Their field work is extremely variable and weak at times. Nonprofit Senior Staff
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