World Neighbors, Inc.

Inspiring People ~ Strengthening Communities

aka World Neighbors   |   Oklahoma City, OK   |
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World Neighbors, Inc.

EIN: 73-0707328


World Neighbors is an international development organization striving to eliminate hunger, poverty and disease in the most deprived rural villages in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. World Neighbors invests in people and their communities by training and inspiring them to create their own life-changing solutions through programs that combine agriculture, literacy, water, health and environmental protection.

Ruling year info


President & CEO

Kate Schecter Ph.D.

Main address

5600 N. May Avenue Suite 160

Oklahoma City, OK 73112-4222 USA

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Subject area info

Climate change

Air quality

Water conservation

Land resources


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Population served info

People of South Asian descent

People of Southeast Asian descent

People of African descent

People of Latin American descent

Extremely poor people

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NTEE code info

Rural (S32)

cultural Programs (Kgr)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

World Neighbors is working to help the most marginalized people around the world find and implement sustainable solutions to their own problems with hunger, poverty and disease. World Neighbors advocates solutions that are environmentally responsible and promotes gender equality.

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?

World Neighbors Work Program

World Neighbors ("WN") works with people who are struggling to survive in some of the poorest places on earth. Instead of providing short-term aid, WN creates permanent change by working alongside villagers, helping them to identify and solve their own problems. Currently, over 600,000 people benefit from WN's program work in 14 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. During our 71 years of experience, more than 28 million people in 45 countries have transformed their lives. We invest in local leadership and organizations that continue and expand program activities after we end our support. The goal is to achieve long-lasting improvements in people’s lives and in the community, not quick fixes that depend on outside assistance. WN focuses on training and educating communities to find lasting solutions to the challenges they face – hunger, poverty and disease – rather than by giving them food, money or by constructing buildings.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent
People of South Asian descent
People of Southeast Asian descent
People of Latin American descent

Where we work


Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2020

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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 attending course/session/workshop

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Multiracial people, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

People who received training, technical assistance or guidance from World Neighbors staff and volunteers

Number of individuals applying skills learned through the organization's training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Economically disadvantaged people, Multiracial people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

People who benefited from World Neighbors programs, including members of households

Number of volunteers

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Multiracial people, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Volunteers who act as community mobilizers in their villages. They are trusted members of their communities who operate as change agents and innovation leaders.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Eradicate hunger, poverty and disease by teaching people the life-changing techniques that will sustain their communities for the long-term. World Neighbors takes a big-picture, holistic approach focusing on the community rather than on one issue. Problems and issues within a community are all interrelated, and World Neighbors has found that you cannot solve one problem in isolation.

World Neighbors does not give away food or material aid. Instead, it provides training so that people gain the skills and leadership to work together for change. The result is self-reliance, rather than dependence on external aid. World Neighbors invests in people and not things, thereby strengthening the capacity of community organizations while realizing the human potential more fully.

World Neighbors has decades of experience in implementing cost-effective, sustainable solutions in the areas of the world in which we operate. World Neighbors maintains field offices in most of the countries that we work in, employed with full-time staff that have a wealth of experience working in sustainable agriculture, natural resource management, water-sanitation-hygiene (WaSH), reproductive health, and gender equity. Our program staff work with the local communities to impart knowledge and compassion, rather than gifts.

Since its inception, World Neighbors has changed the lives of more than 27 million people in 45 countries. Currently, World Neighbors works in three regions around the world: Latin America Caribbean (Bolivia, Guatemala, Haiti, Peru); Africa (Burkina Faso, Kenya, Mali, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda); and Asia (India, Indonesia, Nepal, Timor Leste). There is still much work to be done in our current programs and we are always looking to expand to new communities.

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 8.10 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 19% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

World Neighbors, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of World Neighbors, Inc.’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $409,665 $2,241,215 $163,198 $1,063,230 -$590,483
As % of expenses 12.0% 74.8% 5.4% 34.4% -18.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $351,752 $2,187,315 $97,757 $974,206 -$681,111
As % of expenses 10.1% 71.7% 3.1% 30.7% -20.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $3,646,722 $5,591,827 $3,635,064 $5,815,453 $3,387,870
Total revenue, % change over prior year -25.0% 53.3% -35.0% 60.0% -41.7%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 5.6% 4.9% 9.4% 5.1% 8.4%
Government grants 36.9% 19.4% 27.2% 13.9% 17.0%
All other grants and contributions 56.5% 72.3% 56.9% 35.6% 91.8%
Other revenue 1.0% 3.4% 6.5% 45.5% -17.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $3,426,649 $2,995,917 $3,040,549 $3,088,965 $3,184,183
Total expenses, % change over prior year -10.8% -12.6% 1.5% 1.6% 3.1%
Personnel 47.4% 50.6% 49.5% 51.7% 53.4%
Professional fees 2.2% 2.6% 3.8% 3.6% 4.1%
Occupancy 4.8% 4.9% 4.8% 4.7% 4.7%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 31.0% 25.3% 26.6% 27.6% 26.2%
All other expenses 14.5% 16.6% 15.4% 12.4% 11.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $3,484,562 $3,049,817 $3,105,990 $3,177,989 $3,274,811
One month of savings $285,554 $249,660 $253,379 $257,414 $265,349
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $900 $69,400
Fixed asset additions $0 $71,142 $115,896 $141,704 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $3,770,116 $3,370,619 $3,475,265 $3,578,007 $3,609,560

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.3 3.5 3.3 1.7 2.3
Months of cash and investments 19.2 23.1 29.2 30.9 23.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.9 13.1 13.1 16.5 13.7
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $646,471 $872,551 $825,173 $446,154 $613,335
Investments $4,822,913 $4,891,991 $6,568,679 $7,497,146 $5,695,372
Receivables $414,033 $2,288,403 $317,596 $54,694 $655,197
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $405,748 $449,917 $529,828 $612,607 $622,605
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 70.7% 69.7% 64.8% 60.9% 72.5%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 5.7% 4.2% 5.3% 4.1% 4.9%
Unrestricted net assets $1,229,230 $3,416,545 $3,514,302 $4,488,508 $3,807,397
Temporarily restricted net assets $4,099,229 $4,103,417 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $2,858,814 $3,120,114 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $6,958,043 $7,223,531 $7,380,337 $9,559,645 $8,913,374
Total net assets $8,187,273 $10,640,076 $10,894,639 $14,048,153 $12,720,771

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

President & CEO

Kate Schecter Ph.D.

Kate Schecter, Ph.D, joined World Neighbors, as its President and CEO, in June 2014.  In her previous position, she worked for the American International Health Alliance (AIHA) for 14 years-- since 2000.  As a Senior Program Officer at AIHA, she had responsibility for managing health partnerships throughout Eurasia and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).  She also managed a blood safety program in Ukraine, Central Asia and Cambodia from 2012- 2014.  In the early 2000’s she managed a program on the prevention of mother-to-child-transmission of HIV (PMTCT) in Ukraine and numerous pilot sites in Russia and Central Asia.  Through her work with over 35 partnerships addressing primary healthcare, chronic disease management, hospital management, maternal/child health, Tuberculosis, blood safety and HIV/AIDS, she has extensive experience successfully implementing AIHA’s health partnership model.  Before joining AIHA, Kate worked as a consultant for the World Bank for three years (1997-2000), specializing in healthcare reform and child welfare issues in Eurasia and CEE.  She taught political science at Tel Aviv University in Israel for a year (1992) and at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for four years (1993-1997).  She has written extensively about the Soviet socialized healthcare system and was a principal investigator for the Carnegie Corporation's Russia Initiative where she researched the issue of social cohesion in Russia.  She is the co-editor and co-author of Social Capital and Social Cohesion in Post-Soviet Russia (M.E. Sharpe, 2003), author of a chapter in Russia’s Torn Safety Nets: Health and Social Welfare in Post-Communist Russia (St. Martin’s Press, 2000), and an entry on Chernobyl for Scribner’s Encyclopedia of Europe 1914-2004, (2006).  She also has made three documentary films for PBS about the Former Soviet Union.  Dr. Schecter holds a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University in New York and an M.A. in Soviet studies from Harvard University.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

World Neighbors, Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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World Neighbors, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 10/28/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Becky Collins

Tulsa Global Alliance (Retired President & CEO)

Term: 2022 - 2024

Kate Schecter, Ph.D.

World Neighbors, Inc. (ex officio)

Mara Tshibaka Cichocki

FeFiFo Films

Nani Pybus, Ph.D., CRA

Oklahoma State University

Becky Collins

Tulsa Global Alliance (Retired)

Wayne Moyer, Ph.D.

Grinnell College

Martha Burger

Oklahoma City University (President Emerita)

Anita Kendrick

World Bank

Ujjwal Pradhan

Tetra Tech ARD

Jim Falk

World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth (President Emeritus)

Clayton Taylor

Taylor Group

Beth McLaughlin

Small Business Entrepreneur

Helen Lowman

Peace Corps

Mindy Galoob

Take Control Initiative

Tommy Barrow

Community Volunteer

Board leadership practices

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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 8/18/2023

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


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/13/2019

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  • 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 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 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 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.
There are no contractors recorded for this organization.

Professional fundraisers

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