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World Renew

Living Justice - Loving Mercy - Serving Christ

Byron Center, MI   |  http://worldrenew.net/

Mission

Compelled by God's deep passion for justice and mercy, we join communities around the world to renew hope, reconcile lives, and restore creation. World Renew's worldwide ministry is three-fold: 1. Community Development 2. Disaster Response 3. Peace & Justice

Ruling year info

1975

Executive Director, United States

Carol Bremer-Bennett

Main address

8970 Byron Commerce Dr SW

Byron Center, MI 49315 USA

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Formerly known as

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee

EIN

38-1708140

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

International Relief (Q33)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

World Renew embraces a family-centered approach to ending global poverty with food security, peace and justice, economic opportunity, community health, and disaster response. Through this whole-person intervention model, World Renew joins hundreds of thousands of families in more than 50 developing countries to change global hunger, poverty, and injustice.

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?

International & Disaster Response Services

World Renew is showing God's love to 300,000 people in poverty this year. We work with them and their communities to create positive, permanent change worldwide. To do this, World Renew: 1. Builds Leaders - World Renew works alongside 190 churches and community organizations in some of the world's poorest countries to equip them to meet the needs of their neighbors. This allows programs to continue long after World Renew funding and partnership ends. 2. Strengthens Churches - by working through churches, World Renew strengthens the witness of God's love to people in need. While programs are offered to people regardless of their religious background, the outreach of churches has improved their image in communities, strengthened their ministries, and resulted in more believers. 3. Pursues justice - CRWRC helps local leaders identify key issues in their communities that are keeping people poor. This can include civil unrest, lack of land ownership, gender inequality, child labor, or international debt. We then help them to organize and advocate for change. 4. Improves lives - World Renew helps local churches and community organizations design programs that will help people help themselves. This includes programs in literacy, health, agriculture, income generation, and environmental stewardship 1000 people took steps to improve their lives last year. 5. Promotes Action - World Renew helps North Americans develop their understanding of global and domestic poverty so that they can get involved in a solution. This includes education, and opportunities to experience World Renew 's ministry through volunteering. 6. Responds to Disasters - World Renew also responds to the needs of those affected by disasters. This includes providing emergency food, shelter, and supplies to those most in need. For North American disasters, it also includes sending volunteers to disaster sites to clear debris, assess needs, repair homes, and help communities rebuild their lives for the long-term.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Victims and oppressed people

Village Savings and Loan programs work by focusing on the resources, initiative, accountability and social support that are present in vulnerable communities. Instead of waiting for money from the outside to begin their work, groups of 15-30 members make weekly savings deposits into a group fund. They manage the fund themselves, make decisions about who can receive loans and what the terms are, and hold each other accountable for the repayment of their loans. Group members need each other to be successful and repay the loans so money is then available for themselves and other members in new rounds of lending. This kind of accountability leads to very high repayment rates.

World Renew plays the role of a catalyst, encouraging groups to form, helping them to develop group rules, and providing training in group process, money management, and leadership. Often group meetings are the place where members learn about other ways to improve their families and communities. In some countries, World Renew provides seed funding to the savings groups after a designated savings goal has been reached, and in other contexts loans from the partner are available, either at the beginning in order to build up the fund, or later in the program when some member businesses have grown to a point where a larger boost of capital is needed to expand. In every country, groups manage the funds themselves, and initial savings is a requirement.

Country/Regions served: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Malawi, West Africa, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

World Renew is committed to helping small farmers feed their families and earn extra income through sustainable agriculture practices that protect and nourish the land. According to Roland Bunch, a leading expert on sustainable agriculture, World Renew has “increased food security, promoted Biblical principles of brotherhood and healthy ethnic relations, improved gender relations, [and] improved economic conditions … I would definitely put its work in the top quartile of NGO agricultural work around the world.”
This has been achieved through working side-by-side with local farmers to test and adopt sustainable agriculture methods that improve soil fertility, establish drought resistant crop varieties, boost productivity, extend the growing season through small-scale irrigation, secure post-harvest storage, and improve husbandry of farm animals.
Country/Regions served: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Malawi, West Africa, Mexico, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia

Population(s) Served
Farmers
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Top 100 Canadian Charities 2021

Charity Intelligence

Sojourners Readers' Choice Award 2022

Baxter Research Center

Affiliations & memberships

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability (ECFA) 1993

Food Resource Bank - Implementing Member 1995

InterAction 1990

UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) 2022

National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) 2023

US Agency of International Development (USAID) 2023

Core Humanitarian Standard Alliance (CHS) 2023

ACT Alliance 2023

Accord Network 2023

Christian Connections for International Health (CCIH) 2023

Integral Alliance 2023

Global Impact 2023

Growing Hope Globally (GHG) 2023

CORE Group 2023

Humentum 2023

Alliance to End Hunger 2023

PovertyCure 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Total participants who benefited from all World Renew development, disaster, and justice programming.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Total number of volunteers who supported the work of World Renew.

Hours of volunteer service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Total number of volunteer hours supporting the work of World Renew.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Financials

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Operations

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

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World Renew

Board of directors
as of 02/28/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Rebekah Vanderzee

World Renew US


Board co-chair

Andrew Geisterfer

World Renew Canada

Rebekah Vanderzee

World Renew US

Monika Grasley

World Renew US

Chuck Adams

World Renew US

Jeff Banaszak

World Renew US

Bonny Mulder-Behnia

World Renew US

Shanti Jost

World Renew US

Charles Udeh

World Renew US

Thomas Christian

World Renew US

Andrew Geisterfer

World Renew Canada

Darren Degroot

World Renew Canada

Margaret Van Oord

World Renew Canada

Darryl Beck

World Renew Canada

Joseph Hamilton

World Renew Canada

Echo MacLeod

World Renew Canada

Ray Anema

World Renew Canada

Jane Vander Velden

World Renew Canada

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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/27/2023

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
Native American/American Indian/Alaska Native/Indigenous
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/20/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.