International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security

World Renew

Living Justice-Loving Mercy-Serving Christ

aka World Renew

Grand Rapids, MI


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


Principal Officer

Carol Bremer-Bennett

Main Address

1700 28th Street SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49508 USA

Formerly Known As

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee


Disaster Response, Community Development, Justice Education,





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

International Relief (Q33)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

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

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

International & Disaster Response Services

Village Savings and Loans Program

Sustainable Agriculture

Where we work

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Disaster Response: To help 2.6 million people and their communities over the next five years to cope with and recover from disaster and improve their resilience to disasters of any kind. Food Security: Reach 1 million more people over the next five years with the benefits of productive, climate-smart, sustainable farming methods that boost health and livelihoods. Community Health: To support the health and well-being of 1 million more women and children around the world, which in turn empowers and strengthens entire communities. Economic Opportunity: Help 700,000 more people benefit from financial stability programs that provide the skills, knowledge, and opportunities they need to have sustainable incomes and decent work. Peace and Justice: Reach another 700,000 people by addressing gender inequality and civil conflict, and address barriers that affect community well-being.

Disaster Response • Meet immediate needs such as food, shelter, clean water, hygiene, and more for 200,000 people in the wake of disasters • Train 250 communities in disaster preparedness to maximize resilience and minimize vulnerability to future disasters • Pre-position relief supplies in five central domestic locations • Help communities rebuild their homes and financial stability • Increase by 40% the number of World Renew volunteers who are involved in vital disaster response services • Establish a disaster fund for immediate response (72 hours) Food Security • Ensure 300,000 families have enough nutritious food to eat and additional crops to generate income • Teach environmentally friendly practices for greater harvests and resilience • Improve access to nutritious food through food assistance to vulnerable populations • Help communities promote good nutrition practices • Improve storage methods for greater food security all year • Promote the use of resilient seeds • Help communities develop a plan to adapt to climate change • Reduce environmental impact through improved sanitary practices and proper waste Community Health • Improve the health of 230,000 people through nutrition programs, immunizations, and clean water • Teach mothers about proper infant care to ensure their children’s first 1,000 days build a healthy foundation for life • Teach families how to diversify their diet and improve nutrition to reduce child mortality and stunting • Install latrines, and promote the use of safe water and improved hygiene and sanitation • Train volunteers to monitor child growth • Teach adolescents about sexual health and family planning Economic Opportunity • Engage 200,000+ people in our financial stability programs • Promote savings and loan groups to help people save for their children’s education or start/improve small businesses • Conduct literacy programs for 60,000 individuals • Link groups to local financial institutions • Support local empowerment of women through leadership positions within groups and communities • Introduce small business training and income generating activities • Promote child rights to decrease child labor/abuse • Provide vocational training in business/farming to diversify household income and manage finances Peace and Justice • Train 450 communities in conflict recovery, gender equality, and trafficking • Raise awareness about domestic violence through training, radio, and dramas • Work with households to minimize harmful, persistent practices such as child/early marriage, female circumcision, son preference, and honor-related violence • Train adolescents in leadership skills based on principles of peace and justice in communities and households • Involve women in leadership positions and decision-making processes within community groups and committees • Organize advocacy and peace-building activities • Establish justice groups/centers to handle cases of local injustice • Train local groups on trauma healing

Through local partnerships with over 75 Christian organizations, World Renew works to bring about positive, sustainable change in the lives of the poor through community development, justice, and long-term disaster recovery programs. Our core programs for empowerment cover the following content: - Conservation Agriculture trains men and women farmers in climate-smart agriculture that rebuilds the soil over time so families can grow enough food to eat every day all year. - Village Savings and Loans, Literacy, Vocational Training programs help men and women access loans to improve their income so they can provide for their families. - Maternal and Child Health initiatives train health volunteers to support pregnant women to receive better health care and give their children a healthy start to life. - Water, Sanitation and Hygiene is the foundation of good health. Training communities in how to access and treat clean water as well as in constructing safe latrines is a critical component of World Renew’s work. - Trauma Healing Groups train leaders in the community to facilitate groups where those impacted by violence and disaster can process their harm and develop strategies for healing and coping together.

In order to measure our work of community transformation, we monitor those systems that work to benefit themselves and others around them. Overall, we track the number of communities our partners are working with and within the overall number, monitor the number of communities tracking in our predefined five capacity areas. 1. Sustainable ownership based on shared vision 2. Effective and participatory community organizations 3. Equity and equality for vulnerable groups within the community 4. Program quality and results 5. Spiritual formation For organizational capacity, there are four standard areas that we track: 1. Focus on community transformation 2. Financial management 3. Organizational structure and systems 4. Program/project management These capacities are reported on annually.

In 2019, World Renew served people in a total of 31 countries, responding to disasters and providing long-term community-based programs that helped 919,993 individuals change their lives for the better. Other accomplishments include: - 241,154 people changed their story through our community development programs. - Helped 677,509 people worldwide recover from an international disaster. - Placed 2,784 volunteers on disaster response sites across North America. - Contacted 2,300 disaster-affected households to assess needs, and repaired or rebuilt 290 damaged homes. - Helped 206 refugees resettle in Canada. - 258 churches in the U.S. and Canada were involved in justice activities with World Renew. - 256 North American congregations were engaged in partnerships with churches internationally. - 1,900 Free A Family® donors gave US $719,683, helping to free 2,221 families from poverty. - 1,330 communities worldwide joined World Renew through a local church or outreach ministry. - 511 global volunteers served others in North America and around the world. - Placed 12 international relief managers in Bangladesh, Honduras, Malawi, Madagascar, and Niger. Looking to the future, World Renew is gathering support to scale up our programming in order to reach an additional 6 million people over the next 5 years and to help them transition out of extreme poverty and to place them on a path they can walk towards sustainability and security.

How We Listen

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

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the feedback loop
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How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: sms text surveys, electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), paper surveys, focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), case management notes, community meetings/town halls, suggestion box/email.
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: 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.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board, our funders, our community partners.
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to: it is difficult to get honest feedback from our clients.
What significant change resulted from feedback
We heard from BIPOC staff that we were not appropriately caring for them, we responded in several ways to care for them and will continue to disarm all racism within the organization.

External Reviews

Affiliations & Memberships

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 1993

Food Resource Bank - Implementing Member 1995

InterAction - Member 1990



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Board Leadership Practices

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Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?



Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


Organizational Demographics

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? This organization has voluntarily shared information to answer this important question and to support sector-wide learning. GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/08/2020


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
Native American/American Indian/Indigenous
Gender Identity
Female, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability Status
Person without a disability

Race & Ethnicity

Gender Identity

Sexual Orientation

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Equity Strategies

Last updated: 07/08/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more


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 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 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.