JONI AND FRIENDS

Joni and Friends is answering the call in the Gospel of Luke 14, "invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind and you will be blessed...make them come in so my house will be full."

Agoura Hills, CA   |  www.joniandfriends.org

Mission

To glorify God as we communicate the Gospel and mobilize the global church to evangelize, disciple and serve people living with disability.

Ruling year info

1980

President/COO

Mr. John Nugent

Main address

PO Box 3333

Agoura Hills, CA 91376 USA

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EIN

95-3402002

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Religious Media, Communications Organizations (X80)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Joni and Friends was founded in 1979 to serve the one billion people affected by disability around the world. Every day, families affected by disability live on the edge of exhaustion and despair. There are sleepless nights, endless medical appointments, challenges at school, and heavy financial burdens that leave them tired and scared. Added to the feelings of isolation and rejection they face every day, and it is no wonder that special-needs families desperately need love, acceptance, and hope. Families affected by disability struggle to overcome the hurdles of extreme stress, financial trials, and depression. Taking care of their loved one demands every resource, and is 24/7 care. This extreme amount of stress often causes a parent to leave the family or a sibling to feel resentment because of the attention given to their disabled brother or sister. Joni and Friends offers programs for special needs families where every person can receive love, attention, support, and resources.

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?

Wheels for the World

Joni and Friends Wheels for the World program provides a free wheelchair and professional individualized wheelchair fitting to people affected by disability in order to open the door to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world.

Joni and Friends volunteers collect used but restorable wheelchairs from across the United States. The wheelchairs are then shipped to one of 15 correctional facilities where inmates have been trained and equipped to restore the wheelchairs to like-new condition. The inmates are also impacted by the service they provide, and many stories include the restoration of lives within the prisons. Due to our volunteer-based ministry model, and the many gifts-in-kind donated by corporate partners, the cost to refurbish, ship and deliver a wheelchair and a Bible is $150. Just imagine … $150 changes a life and has eternal impact!

Joni and Friends does not distribute wheelchairs without the necessary training. Each country we serve has been ‘adopted’ by Joni and Friends on a permanent basis, and is key to the lasting presence and impact of the outreach. We ensure that every one of our wheelchair recipients and their family/friends are trained in: proper wheelchair usage, minor maintenance, and the best way to transfer the wheelchair user in/out of their new wheelchair. We are committed to the long term physical and spiritual lives of the people we serve.

Based on more than 40 years of field experience, Joni and Friends has found that people affected by disability are one of the least evangelized groups of people in the world. Wheels for the World is not about ‘dropping off a wheelchair.’ It’s about changing the hearts and minds of people. It’s about transforming societies, village by village. Babies are being rescued; children, teenagers and adults are given a new life through the gift of a wheelchair and a Bible in their native language. The wheelchair offers mobility, but the Bible and Gospel message delivered have eternal impact.

With your help, we can change more lives for Christ … one wheelchair at a time.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Joni and Friends Family Retreats program is reaching out to the 54 million families affected by disability in the United States with the support they need to face the overwhelming struggles of life with a disability (Statistic: US Census 2009t). Many organizations offer camps ranging from a few days to a few weeks for children, teens, and adults with various disabilities. However, Joni and Friends knows of no other organization that provides the special opportunity for entire families to attend a retreat together where each child - able bodied and disabled – joins with their family to receive rejuvenating rest, enjoy new and exciting activities, and find opportunities to grow in their faith in Christ.

Joni and Friends is committed to building stronger families and bringing hope to weary caregivers. It is extremely important that effective disability ministry seek to embrace the needs of the entire family. Joni and Friends does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age. Family Retreats are staffed by volunteers and leaders who not only invest a week of their life with no salary compensation but they pay their own registration fee and travel expenses. Volunteers are assigned to a family, offering friendship, support, and general assistance. Each volunteer has undergone thorough background checks and received two days of training.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Where we work

Awards

Best Christian Workplace 2009

Best Christian Workplaces Institute

Best Christian Workplace 2010

Best Christian Workplaces Institute

Best Christian Workplace 2011

Best Christian Workplaces Institute

Radio Program of the Year (Short Form) 2011

National Religious Broadcasters (NRB)

Best Christian Workplace 2012

Best Christian Workplace Institute

Hall of Fame 2012

National Religious Broadcasters

Best Christian Workplace 2013

Best Christian Workplace Institute

Best Christian Workplace 2014

Best Christian Workplace Institute

Best Christian Workplace 2015

Best Christian Workplace Institute

Best Christian Workplace 2016

Best Christian Workplace Institute

Best Christian Workplace 2017

Best Christian Workplace Institute

Best Christian Workplace 2018

Best Christian Workplace Institute

Best Christian Workplace 2019

Best Christian Workplace Institute

Affiliations & memberships

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 1987

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.

Joni and Friends vision is to accelerate Christian ministry in the disability community. We are aiming to reach the world’s one billion people affected by disability for Christ through programs offering practical help and resources.

Wheels for the World

Since 1994, Joni and Friends has delivered over 170,000 wheelchairs to people in need through our Wheels for the World program. Our goal is to deliver 200,000 wheelchairs by 2020.

Joni and Friends Wheels for the World program provides a free wheelchair and professional, individualized wheelchair fitting to children affected by disability. The mobility a wheelchair provides changes a life for a child with a disability. Most importanly, each child and their family receives a Bible in their native language, and a local pastor shares the Gospel of Christ with them. The pastor also invites them to become a part of their local church family.

Wheels for the World is not about ‘dropping off a wheelchair.’ It’s about changing the hearts and minds of people. It’s about transforming societies, village by village. Children are being rescued; teenagers and adults are being given a new life through the gift of a wheelchair and a Bible in their native language.

Family Retreat

Joni and Friends Family Retreat program offers a place where families share and learn together about disability-related issues. There are groups available just for men, women, and siblings in a family affected by disability. Family Retreat provides a safe and confidential environment to share feelings and concerns that often go unexpressed. Worship, Bible teaching, and rich fellowship provide the hope of the Gospel by guiding each family member toward a deeper relationship with Jesus.

Joni and Friends serves over 1,300 families across the United States and around the world each year through our Family Retreat and International Family Retreat programs.

Joni and Friends has been offering Family Retreats since 1991 and we have seen that people affected by disabilities are often forgotten, even by churches who may not know how to reach out to the disabled. Joni and Friends is committed to reaching these families through Family Retreat, and then connecting them to a local church community.

Wheels for the World

Joni and Friends is opening closed doors through disability ministry with our Wheels for the World program. We are sharing the hope of Christ with children and families affected by disability by providing free, professionally-fitted wheelchairs and a Bible in their native language to individuals affected by disability in developing nations.

Joni and Friends volunteers collect used but restorable wheelchairs from across the United States. The wheelchairs are then shipped to one of 15 correctional facilities where inmates have been trained and equipped to restore the wheelchairs to like-new condition. The inmates are also impacted by the service they provide, and many stories include the restoration of lives within the prisons. Due to our volunteer-based ministry model, and the many gifts-in-kind donated by corporate partners, the cost to refurbish, ship and deliver a wheelchair and a Bible is $150. Just imagine … $150 changes a life and has eternal impact!

Joni and Friends does not distribute wheelchairs without the necessary training. Each country we serve has been ‘adopted’ by Joni and Friends on a permanent basis, and is key to the lasting presence and impact of the outreach. We ensure that every one of our wheelchair recipients and their family/friends are trained in: proper wheelchair usage, minor maintenance, and the best way to transfer the wheelchair user in/out of their new wheelchair. We are committed to the long term physical and spiritual lives of the people we serve.

Family Retreat

Family Retreat is a time to embrace the needs of the entire family, offering a full range of activities in a supportive, loving environment where families affected by disability feel welcomed, understood and accepted. A day at Family Retreat may include: teaching on disability-related issues, support groups, crafts, family activities, water games, and more. Joni and Friends serves over 1,000 families across the United States each year through our Family Retreat program.

Joni and Friends knows of no other organization that provides the special opportunity for entire families to attend a week-long retreat together, no matter the disability. At Family Retreat, families affected by disability can find a community of people who understand their day-to-day challenges and caring volunteers who help them to find renewed joy and courage.

Family Retreat is staffed by Short Term Missionaries (STMs) and leaders who not only invest a week of their life with no salary compensation, but they pay their own registration fees and travel expenses. These STMs are assigned to a family, offering friendship, support, and general assistance. Each STM has undergone thorough background checks and received two days of disability training.

Established in 1979, Joni and Friends is an international organization with over 150 employees in the United States, and we recruit over 5,000 volunteers every year. Our volunteers serve on our Wheels for the World outreach teams, as Short-Term Missionaries at Family Retreats, and help with administrative tasks in our 19 offices across the United States.

Wheels for the World

Since 1994, Joni and Friends has delivered over 170,000 wheelchairs to people affected by disability around the globe. Our Wheels for the World teams include mechanics, professional physical and occupational therapists and administrative staff – who not only volunteer their time, but pay for the own registration and travel expenses.

Joni and Friends team of Chair Corp volunteers will collect over 18,000 used wheelchairs in 2019. These wheelchairs will be sent to our Wheels for the World restoration shops to be upgraded to like-new condition. Through our partnerships with various national and international companies, the wheelchairs will be shipped to 16 countries for distribution through our Joni and Friends Wheels for the World outreach events.

Family Retreat

Joni and Friends partners with churches and other community organizations to offer our Family Retreat program to families affected by disability. In 2019, we will offer 38 domestic Family Retreats and 39 International Family Retreats.

Family Retreat is staffed by Short Term Missionaries (STMs) and leaders who not only invest a week of their life with no salary compensation, but they pay their own registration fees and travel expenses. These STMs are assigned to a family, offering friendship, support, and general assistance. Each STM has undergone thorough background checks and received two days of disability training.

Our STMs show devotion to Christ by expressing joy in everything they do. They may help a child with cerebral palsy go down the slide or rock a baby with Down syndrome so the parents can enjoy their first quiet meal in months. When our STMs represent the tender hands and willing heart of Jesus, they not only declare the love of God, they demonstrate it.

Wheels for the World

Since 1994, Joni and Friends has delivered over 170,000 wheelchairs to people affected by disability around the world. In 2015, Joni and Friends began our Hope Overflowing initiative to send 100,000 wheelchairs to people affected by disability by 2020. As we move forward in 2019, we are well on our way to achieving our goal. This year, we will provide a total of over 16,000 wheelchairs.


Family Retreat

Since 1991, Joni and Friends has served over 17,000 families through our Domestic and International Family Retreats. In 2019, Joni and Friends has added 10 new Family Retreats to serve more families than ever before.

Financials

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

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JONI AND FRIENDS

Board of directors
as of 4/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr Peter Schulze

Schulze Global Investments

Term: 2019 -

MICHAEL BEATES

Covenant Presbyterian Church

RON REGENSTREIF

Regency Lighting

KEN TADA

Joni and Friends

JONI TADA

Joni and Friends

JAN VAN DEN BOSCH

The Company Media Productions

JEFFREY MORRIS

William Morris Chevrolet

GREG WOOD

Attorney at Law

CARIN AMARADIO

Select Portfolio Management, Inc.

John Nugent

N/A

Eric Boles

Life Center

Sean Baker

Peter Schulze

Schulze Global Investments

Leigh O'Dell

Pharmaceutical Attorney

Debbie Faculjak

Computer Scientist, Retired

Floyd Kvamme

Doug Mazza

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 08/21/2019

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Not transgender (cisgender)

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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