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Salvation Army World Service Office

Empowering Communities Around the World

aka SAWSO   |   Alexandria, VA   |  www.sawso.org

Mission

Founded in 1977, SAWSO provides technical and financial assistance in a variety of community-based programs and works through the Army's worldwide network of personnel and facilities in 127 countries. Program areas include disaster relief and recovery, education, empowerment and livelihoods, and public health. SAWSO also works toward increasing the capacity of Salvation Army personnel to develop and implement effective programs to alleviate poverty.

Ruling year info

1978

Executive Director

Lt. Col. George Baker

Main address

615 Slaters Lane 3rd Floor - SAWSO

Alexandria, VA 22314 USA

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EIN

13-2923701

NTEE code info

Salvation Army (P24)

Community Health Systems (E21)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In addition to partnering with local Salvation Army Corps (churches) The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO) also serves communities/villages, families and individuals through The Salvation Army’s network of more than 2,000 schools, 183 hospitals and clinics, 611 child care centers, and 511 elder homes, which provide critical services to those living in some of the poorest and most neglected areas of the world. Serving in the same communities/villages, these institutions act as partners with the local Corps to strengthen and sustain their work with the community/villages. As part of The Salvation Army USA, SAWSO collaborates closely with the four US territories to help maximize US support for Salvation Army global programs, to deepen the relationship between US supporters and Corps community centers overseas, and to strengthen outcomes through coordinated support for the most promising programs.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community Initiatives

SAWSO promotes community-based initiatives that improve living conditions and increase skills in poor communities. Programs focus on five areas: (1) village-based health care projects (including HIV/AIDS) provide education and treatment; (2) community development programs provide counseling, literacy education, leadership development, elderly programs, and women's support groups; (3) income generation program includes skills training and small loan programs; and (4) relief and reconstruction aid is provided to those affected by disasters, and (5) anti-human trafficking.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Disaster Relief & Recovery - The Salvation Army World Service Office will improve the well-being of poor and vulnerable people affected by international disasters, man-made and natural, through a holistic approach that encompasses immediate relief, recovery, and disaster risk reduction focusing on resiliency

Health - The Salvation Army World Service Office will improve the health of poor and vulnerable members of society through a holistic health ministry that brings together health facilities, churches (Corps) and the local community to improve family and community health practices, increase access to care, and enhance health service quality.

Education - The Salvation Army World Service Office will develop compassion, integrity, and character in children and youth along with skills, knowledge and understanding to achieve their God-given potential. This will be achieved through high-quality, holistic, faith-based and family-focused education, prioritizing the vulnerable and marginalized.

Livelihoods - The Salvation Army World Service Office will improve the lives of individuals, families and communities by helping them acquire the skills and assets needed to be free from oppressive labor, recover from setbacks and create a better future for the next generation.

Anti-human Trafficking - The Salvation Army World Service Office will free people and communities from oppressive labor by reducing the number of poor and vulnerable people who fall victim to human trafficking, and increase their skills and assets for healthy relationships and meaningful livelihoods.

Disaster Relief & Recovery
- Strengthen capacity of The Salvation Army to help communities be less vulnerable to disasters and to recover from them more rapidly.
- Strengthen capacity of The Salvation Army to respond to natural and man-made disasters.
- Support implementation of high-quality, community-led disaster recovery that transitions to long term development.

Health
- Improve individual, family and community livelihoods by implementing proven institutional and community-based projects.
- Develop and/or identify replicable tools and training materials for livelihood projects that increase household incomes.

Education
- Empower and equip Salvation Army schools to provide high-quality, holistic, faith-based and family-focused education for all young people
in a safe and secure environment.
- Provide education and skills training in safe settings for out-of-school and vulnerable children and youth.
- Increase community support for education through partnerships between Salvation Army schools and the community, especially Corps,
and the families of students.

Livelihoods
- Improve individual, family and community livelihoods by implementing proven institutional and community-based projects.
- Develop and/or identify replicable tools and training materials for livelihood projects that increase household incomes.

Anti-human Trafficking
- Mobilize community action and increase public awareness to combat human trafficking through Salvation Army Corps in locations around
the world.
- Provide a safe haven for at-risk youth and adults in vulnerable communities where trafficking victims are known to be held captive.
- Build a referral system for aftercare services through a network of anti-human trafficking partners.

$50 Million in funds dedicated to over
170 Active projects in more than
60 countries and the capability to mobilize in any of the
132 countries where The Salvation Army is present.

Ten technical advisors covering all sectors (see goals) above
Full accounting team monitoring financial income and expenditures

In 1977, The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO) received almost $1 million in funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Since then SAWSO has channeled more than $100 million in goods and services to developing countries around the world.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Salvation Army World Service Office

Board of directors
as of 05/19/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Commissioner Kenneth Hodder

The Salvation Army National Headquarters USA

Term: 2020 - 2025


Board co-chair

Colonel Ralph Bukiewicz

The Salvation Army National Headquarters USA

Term: 2023 - 2026

William Bamford

The Salvation Army Eastern Territory USA

Kelly Igleheart

The Salvation Army Southern Territory USA

Bradford Bailey

The Salvation Army Central Territory USA

Kenneth Hodder

The Salvation Army National HQ USA

Steven Ellis

The Salvation Army National Headquarters USA

George Baker

The Salvation Army World Service Office

Douglas Riley

The Salvation Army Western Territory USA

Ralph Bukiewicz

The Salvation Army National HQ

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/19/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data