ZOE International

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With approximately 3.2 billion people in our modern world who have never heard about Jesus Christ, ZOE seeks to reach them with the message of the Gospel and with an estimated 40.3 million victims of human trafficking worldwide, ZOE makes every effort to rescue children from commercial exploitation. From raising awareness about the dangers of human trafficking to providing restorative care and vocational training for survivors of child trafficking, ZOE does everything we can to ensure the safety and well-being of children.

Contact information

Mailing address:
ZOE International
PO Box 221510
Santa Clarita, CA 91322

Website: gozoe.org

Phone: 661-255-7963

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 141862549

CEO/President: Michael & Carol Hart

Chairman: Michael & Carol Hart

Board size: 7

Founder: Michael & Carol Hart

Ruling year: 2003

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2005


ZOE works to end child trafficking in three ways: prevention, rescue, and restoration. Our goal is to rescue children from human traffickers and provide them with opportunities and support for a new path and future.

Vision: Every person reached. Every child reached. That every person we reach and every child we rescue would experience God's LIFE.
[John 17:3 ]

Mission statement


REACH EVERY PERSON: Bring the Good News. Train followers of Jesus Christ.

RESCUE EVERY CHILD: End child trafficking. Restore survivors and at-risk orphans.

[Matthew 28:18-20, James 1:27 ]

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Advocacy

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating734 of 109432 of 42
Fund acquisition rating544 of 109719 of 42
Resource allocation rating397 of 109729 of 42
Asset utilization rating1016 of 109438 of 42

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$195,615$167,924$71,504$12,396$0
Short-term investments$1,053$1,006$5,857$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$5,394,838$3,942,269$4,090,128$4,234,253$3,254,774
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$8,015,416$8,413,355$6,320,271$5,197,984$4,928,213
Other long-term assets$198,733$462,077$602,361$11,950$0
Total long-term assets$8,214,149$8,875,432$6,922,632$5,209,934$4,928,213
Total assets$13,608,987$12,817,701$11,012,760$9,444,187$8,182,987
Payables and accrued expenses$255,249$249,822$81,085$29,115$28,735
Other current liabilities$12,453$8,219$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$267,702$258,041$81,085$29,115$28,735
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$288,832$434,546$547,575$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$288,832$434,546$547,575$0$0
Total liabilities$556,534$692,587$628,660$29,115$28,735
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$11,985,498$11,291,660$8,206,622$6,810,979$6,204,949
With donor restrictions$1,066,955$833,454$2,177,478$2,604,093$1,949,303
Net assets$13,052,453$12,125,114$10,384,100$9,415,072$8,154,252
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Total contributions$6,344,767$5,781,825$4,509,316$4,466,932$4,763,618
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$521$6,624$1,509$1,401$929
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$521$6,624$1,509$1,401$929
Total revenue$6,345,288$5,788,449$4,510,825$4,468,333$4,764,547
Program services$4,208,651$3,271,771$2,714,270$2,402,361$2,320,688
Management and general$634,563$516,442$565,864$621,507$484,501
Total expenses$5,417,949$4,047,435$3,540,540$3,207,513$2,895,949
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$927,339$1,741,014$970,285$1,260,820$1,868,598
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$927,339$1,741,014$970,285$1,260,820$1,868,598


Michael HartCEO$78,000
Les GinozaVice President$71,768
Carol HartPresident$64,000

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 2/20/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


ZOE (a Greek word meaning "life") was founded in the United States as a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization in 2002 by Michael and Carol Hart. The Harts founded ZOE International in response to their commitment to share the Gospel with those who had not heard and their passion to rescue orphans and other vulnerable children from human trafficking. The Harts sold their custom home and most of their possessions; set up headquarters in Santa Clarita, California; and moved to Thailand where the problem of human trafficking was steadily growing.

In 2003, ZOE International Foundation began in Thailand with 47 at-risk children and has since been granted legal status by the government of Thailand, enabling the foundation to own and operate ZOE Children's Homes. ZOE Foundation Australia was established as a not-for-profit in 2011. In 2017, ZOE was granted not-for-profit status by both the government of Mexico and Japan.

ZOE is active in the fight against human trafficking working with both national and local governments, partnering with international and local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and assisting law enforcement in each of the countries where ZOE operates.

In 2010, ZOE built a 40,000 square foot facility in Thailand, increasing its capacity to accommodate up to 250 children; built and opened a 60-bed, 8,060 square foot boys' shelter in 2013; and completed work on its new $1.2 million Child Rescue Center in 2017.

ZOE also operates a 2-year, live-in leadership school for young adults with a focus on developing indigenous leaders, child advocates and evangelists. Students are trained in leadership, bible-based instruction, vocational skills, language classes, and business skills.

ZOE has partnered with the U.S. State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons through a 3-year, $500,000 grant for ZOE's Enhanced Victim Protection Services program that has enabled ZOE to develop and implement a robust vocational program that prepares children for success in their areas of career interest and which has been cited by State Department inspectors as among the best they have seen. In addition, grant funds have been used to provide expert training for childcare providers at ZOE as well as 60 other agencies in a variety of subject areas.

In Thailand ZOE has an active self-sustainability program on our 35-acre campus including organic crop production, organic animal husbandry, a fish farm, and water conservation.

ZOE's campus in Thailand has over 120,000 square feet of buildings, a state of the art rescue center. ZOE is building a campus in the USA, and continues to expand operations in Australia, Japan, and Mexico.

ZOE has rescued and restored the lives of hundreds of children and led thousands of people to Christ.

For a timeline, visit: https://gozoe.org/history/

Program accomplishments