Courage Worldwide, Inc.

Changing the world—one individual at a time

Reno, NC   |
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Courage Worldwide, Inc.

EIN: 20-3126288


Our Mission: In a world where children are sold for sex, Courage Worldwide provides safe houses and resources for child victims so they can reach their unique potential. Our Vision: Every child survivor would have the support necessary to begin their journey of hope and healing.

Ruling year info


Founder & CEO

Jenny Williamson

Main address

3495 Lakeside Dr. #88

Reno, NC 89509 USA

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Subject area info

Sexual abuse

Human services management

Transition planning

Group homes

Personal services

Population served info



Victims of crime and abuse

NTEE code info

Personal Social Services (P50)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The devastating reality of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children results in the existence of countless victims–highly traumatized and often unidentified. Current statistics estimate there are approximately 24.9 million human trafficking victims around the world. 92% of those victims are women and girls. Due to the hidden nature of this crime, these numbers hardly represent the true scope of the problem. Once identified, these victims are in need of safety and comprehensive resources to aid in their rehabilitation and reintegration.

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?

Courage House

Courage House provides a safe, loving environment—along with a comprehensive, holistic approach in mental, psychosocial, and educational services—for rescued children who have been victims of commercial sexual exploitation.

While Courage House is a licensed facility, it mirrors a family setting. We give hope, offer healing, and restore lives. The girls who come to Courage House receive tangible resources to equip, encourage, and empower them to discover and fulfill their unique purpose. Our facilities and programs are intentionally designed to provide a long-term home for children who have suffered the severe trauma of sexual exploitation. Statistics show most of the young women who are victims of this crime do not have safe and loving homes to return to. Our Courage Houses offer a long-term solution and unique life plan for each girl that brings healing to her body, mind, spirit, and emotions, as well as prepare her for a successful transition to self-sufficient, independent living.

Population(s) Served
Victims of crime and abuse

Where we work

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 clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Courage House

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Clients served in 2020 include clients in CA and clients in Tanzania. The CA home closed in 2020. Clients from 2021 on are from Tanzania locations.

Number of overall donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Courage House

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Donors here are defined as households who gave a monetary donation within the fiscal year period.

Number of community events or trainings held and attendance

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

CWW was responsible for hundreds of events and thousands of attendees 2011-2017. As of 2020, due to the pandemic, event hosting has decreased.

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.

CWW’s program is designed specifically for the unique needs of minor female victims of sex trafficking. Courage House operates as a trauma-focused, long-term residential safe house, providing supervised 24/7 care by a compassionate, trauma-trained staff. The program is standardized while recognizing the unique attributes of each survivor: she has her own lived experience and survivor story. She has unique strengths and dreams for the future–dreams fostered through individualized care and reintegration pathways.

The issue of child sex trafficking is global and growing. It is our passion and vision to build Courage Houses in every city around the world in need of one so rescued child victims of trafficking will have a safe place to call home. Courage Worldwide engages in best practices and collaborates with strategic partners to ensure every child survivor has a safe home and the resources necessary to experience reintegration into society.

The purpose of Courage House is to provide a safe, loving environment for female, minor victims of sex trafficking with a comprehensive, holistic approach in mental health, psychosocial and educational services, as well as spiritual guidance and healing. Courage House is not just a structure or a building, a program or an approach. Courage House is a place where hope is given, healing is offered, and lives are restored, and it offers each resident a unique life plan (ULP) that brings healing to her body, mind, spirit and emotions. Courage Worldwide is committed to not only rescuing child victims of sex trafficking, but also to restoring their lives.

To provide the necessary and consistent funding for administrative overhead, Courage Worldwide opens Courage Cafés where available in addition to selling Courage Products, including handmade kimonos and freshly roasted coffee. Funding streams are consistently examined for additional diversification, ensuring the financial upkeep of the program does not solely rely on donations. Courage Worldwide additionally pursues grant-funding to plan for longer-term goals, such as expansion across further African countries.

Courage Worldwide was founded in 2005 as Courage to Be You, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose Founder/CEO, Jenny Williamson, learned in 2007 she lived in a world where children are sold for sex. She vowed to do something. As she researched the crime and its impact, she discovered that recovered victims experienced healing and hope when placed at a therapeutic home. At that time, she could only find 3 such homes in the United States for minor victims of sex trafficking and fewer than 7 internationally. With that knowledge, the CWW Board of Directors announced in 2008 they would build homes for these children in every city around the world, calling them Courage Safe Houses. The first of these homes under the CWW umbrella would be in Sacramento, California, where CWW offices were located, and in Tanzania, Africa, a location Mrs. Williamson had recently visited for business and established connections in. As she continued to research the issue of human trafficking and worked toward building these two homes, Mrs. Williamson created an advisory board, was invited to become a member of the California Attorney General’s Working Group on Human Trafficking, worked with the FBI Innocence Lost Task Force to determine best practices in serving this population, and filed papers to become a Non-Government Organization (NGO) in Tanzania, Africa.

As plans moved forward to build a 60-bed Northern California campus, it was disheartening to learn that between 2007 and 2009, the FBI reported 230 children were rescued in the Sacramento area alone. This information caused CWW to secure a partnership with local foster care agencies to train families in the unique needs of these children, as well as plan to replicate the safe house in various locations. Numerous community and training events were led by CWW to educate communities in identifying victims, understanding the effects of this crime and the symptoms of the complex trauma it produces, as well as raise funds for the two locations. Tens of thousands were exposed to CWW’s training and hundreds of thousands of dollars were raised to fund the two locations.

In addition to over 12 years of experience and documented success operating long-term therapeutic safe houses for minor victims of sex trafficking, CWW also has the capacity for expansion. All components of the Courage Safe House program—including accounting, data-collection, and employee training—were intentionally designed for prototyping and replication, both domestically and internationally.

Courage House NorCal was operational between mid-2011 through 2017 as a home for minor victims of sex trafficking. During that time, 41 survivors aged 12 to 17 were served with stays ranging from 3 months to 32 months, though CWW received over 325 calls for placement. 95% of the residents were in the foster care system. Due to California licensing changes, the home transitioned to an over-18 home exclusively in 2017. The over-18 home operated until the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 when it was official closed. 15 survivors were served in this program. CWW continues to provide case management and resources for those former residents in California upon request.

Courage House Tanzania: Moshi opened in 2010 with capacity for 6 survivors and, as of 2022, now has capacity for 60 survivors and 20 of their children. The campus also has an onsite school for residents and a preschool for their children. Between 2010-2021, over 90 victims of trafficking were served. CWW's second campus in Moshi, Courage House Too, is a transition safe house with capacity for 40 residents over 18 and their children. On this campus, vocational, life, and job skills; English and computer lessons; and continued therapy, counseling, and mentoring are provided. College tuition assistance is provided for those pursuing higher education.

The third Moshi location is the Courage Café and Events Center. Opened in 2021, the café provides vocational training and employment opportunities to residents over 18. The café also provides local funding for CWW’s programs and hosts training, education, and awareness-raising events. In 2022, CWW opened offices in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with plans underway to open Courage House Tanzania: Dar es Salaam in 2023.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Our mission serves minor female victims of sex trafficking, those who have been exploited and sold for sex.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Case management notes, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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 inform the development of new programs/projects, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Our organization has recently worked to improve and clarify our program statement with the goal of having a centralized document with all information surrounding the intention of Courage Houses and their functionality. A previous resident and recipient of services from Courage House was asked to review the program statement and provide intentional and critical feedback regarding language, policies, and depiction. The previous resident provided thoughtful and critical feedback that was taken into account and resulted in modification of the document where the feedback had been provided.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Asking for feedback from those who have been previous residents and recipients of services from Courage Worldwide often strengthens relationships. The trust has been built over their course of receiving services and, now that they are no longer direct recipients, that trust is continued in new ways by finding more equal footing. When feedback is solicited from current residents, those residents often feel more empowered and confident in their receipt of services. They express a greater desire to participate in services offered and generally display a more positive attitude in the midst of rules that sometimes can feel frustrating despite being enacted for their safety and wellbeing.

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

    We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, 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, With the nature of our served population, feedback can often come out of frustration and trauma.,


Courage Worldwide, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.87 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.9 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 24% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info

Courage Worldwide, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Courage Worldwide, Inc.

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of Courage Worldwide, 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 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$202,332 -$693,819 -$107,228 -$37,227 -$31,641
As % of expenses -18.3% -74.1% -22.9% -8.6% -8.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$268,235 -$749,389 -$118,531 -$37,406 -$31,641
As % of expenses -22.9% -75.6% -24.7% -8.6% -8.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $900,699 $242,414 $361,946 $398,089 $365,601
Total revenue, % change over prior year -48.0% -73.1% 49.3% 10.0% -8.2%
Program services revenue 2.0% 4.7% 3.6% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 12.4% 1.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 84.5% 205.1% 96.4% 100.1% 97.2%
Other revenue 1.1% -111.1% 0.0% -0.1% 2.8%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,103,028 $936,233 $469,174 $435,316 $397,242
Total expenses, % change over prior year -36.3% -15.1% -49.9% -7.2% -8.7%
Personnel 58.8% 24.8% 38.0% 26.2% 35.0%
Professional fees 3.1% 4.0% 2.4% 1.8% 1.3%
Occupancy 7.8% 4.0% 8.0% 4.5% 0.3%
Interest 0.5% 3.2% 0.2% 0.0% 0.1%
Pass-through 6.3% 12.9% 37.0% 58.6% 56.4%
All other expenses 23.6% 51.1% 14.4% 8.9% 6.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,168,931 $991,803 $480,477 $435,495 $397,242
One month of savings $91,919 $78,019 $39,098 $36,276 $33,104
Debt principal payment $23,702 $560,500 $24,482 $12,187 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $30,633 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,284,552 $1,630,322 $574,690 $483,958 $430,346

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Months of cash 0.5 2.5 1.2 0.7 0.8
Months of cash and investments 0.5 2.5 1.2 0.7 0.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.8 3.0 1.9 1.3 0.6
Balance sheet composition info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Cash $49,741 $191,236 $47,164 $26,319 $26,132
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $2,420 $4,883 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,922,324 $261,495 $277,928 $233,812 $233,812
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 13.5% 26.6% 24.0% 18.3% 21.3%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 35.5% 10.7% 7.2% 1.2% 11.8%
Unrestricted net assets $1,142,011 $392,622 $274,091 $236,685 $205,044
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $1,142,011 $392,622 $274,091 $236,685 $205,044

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
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

Founder & CEO

Jenny Williamson

Jenny & husband Michael have owned and operated a successful energy consulting business for 20 years, with Jenny serving as the company's CFO. She is a professional life coach, published author, international speaker, and Founder of Courage Worldwide. Jenny's courageous leadership and enormous vision has propelled CWW into a nationally and internationally recognized organization known for its expertise in victim restoration and mobilizing leaders in the fight against sex trafficking. She sits on the California Attorney General's human trafficking work group and is a member of an advisory committee for singer, songwriter and Grammy nominee, Natalie Grant's anti-trafficking organization, Hope for Justice. Jenny was also a part of Shared Hope International's 2012 advisory group, as well as the California Attorney General's anti-trafficking working group in 2012 and 2013. Jenny is a wife, mother and passionate cheerleader of those wanting to embark on a journey of purpose and passion.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Courage Worldwide, Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Courage Worldwide, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 03/09/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Jenny Williamson

Williamson Energy, Inc.

Term: 2005 -

Jenny Williamson

Williamson Energy, Inc.

Melissa Yocum


Joel Midthun

Tanzania Pastor

Edna Simbi

Global Compliance Analyst, Goldman Sachs, New York

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 3/9/2023

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/08/2022

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

  • 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.
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.