Hope International

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We are a group of Christ followers motivated by the Great Commission and the Greatest Commandment to love God, love our neighbor, and make disciples of all nations.

We proclaim and live the Gospel, affirming that we all need daily bread and the Bread of Life. In fighting global poverty, we are confronting one of the greatest challenges of our day in service to an even greater God.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Hope International
227 Granite Run Drive
Suite 250
Lancaster, PA 17601

Website: hopeinternational.org

Phone: 717-464-3220

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 232836648

CEO/President: Mr. Peter Greer

Chairman: Jeff Rutt

Board size: 12

Founder: Jeff Rutt

Ruling year: 1997

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2004


HOPE believes families in poverty have the God-given talents and skills to provide for their families. In obedience to Christ's command to love our neighbor and make disciples of all nations, HOPE International provides discipleship opportunities, training, a safe place to save, and small loans. We offer these services through two models: Savings groups and microfinance institutions.

Mission statement

To invest in the dreams of families in the world's underserved communities as we proclaim and live the Gospel.

Statement of faith

Rooted in Christ, HOPE adheres to the following statement of faith, adopted from the National Association of Evangelicals.

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Community Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating727 of 109282 of 142
Fund acquisition rating902 of 1095104 of 142
Resource allocation rating668 of 109586 of 142
Asset utilization rating408 of 109254 of 142

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$3,305,851$2,344,882$3,773,526$3,339,823$3,165,621
Short-term investments$16,114,398$15,309,755$10,523,081$10,425,261$10,295,263
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$20,498,276$18,295,419$15,152,859$14,137,820$14,253,405
Long-term investments$306,015$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$3,484,448$3,479,236$639,932$809,124$896,877
Other long-term assets$184,980$185,141$221,812$769,366$539,061
Total long-term assets$3,975,443$3,664,377$861,744$1,578,490$1,435,938
Total assets$24,473,719$21,959,796$16,014,603$15,716,310$15,689,343
Payables and accrued expenses$613,709$704,834$614,924$602,497$571,987
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$613,709$704,834$614,924$602,497$571,987
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$5,120$5,615$4,295
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$5,120$5,615$4,295
Total liabilities$613,709$704,834$620,044$608,112$576,282
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$18,747,656$16,621,076$10,860,762$10,943,284$11,495,989
With donor restrictions$5,112,354$4,633,886$4,533,797$4,164,914$3,617,072
Net assets$23,860,010$21,254,962$15,394,559$15,108,198$15,113,061
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$27,552,397$25,786,704$19,221,286$18,193,260$16,974,452
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$428,249$605,977$285,111$259,959$183,679
Other revenue$131,954($37,317)($370,652)($274,242)($114,415)
Total other revenue$560,203$568,660($85,541)($14,283)$69,264
Total revenue$28,112,600$26,355,364$19,135,745$18,178,977$17,043,716
Program services$20,106,109$15,973,745$15,172,934$14,185,000$12,824,495
Management and general$2,662,441$2,275,438$1,975,786$1,605,001$1,376,110
Total expenses$25,526,515$20,561,038$19,378,439$18,013,791$16,207,811
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$2,586,085$5,794,326($242,694)$165,186$835,905
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$2,586,085$5,794,326($242,694)$165,186$835,905


Peter GreerPresident & CEO$174,335
Christopher HorstChief Advancement Officer$133,695
Jesse CaslerChief Operating Officer$109,476

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2021

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 5/9/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Following the fall of the Soviet Union in Ukraine in the early 1990s, Jeff Rutt, a Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based homebuilder, traveled to Ukraine numerous times with his church, transporting containers of food, clothing, and medical supplies to the city of Zaporozhye.

After several of these visits, a local pastor pulled Jeff aside and told him honestly that the shipments were not helping. Instead of handouts, the pastor felt that his community needed a hand up.

Though people were accessing needed supplies, they had become dependent on American charity. In addition, local businesses could not compete with the free handouts. The well-intentioned aid shipments were actually doing more harm than good by depressing local industry and initiative.

Jeff returned from the trip with a strong drive to find a solution. He plunged into research and eventually discovered the concept of economic development, then a little-known poverty alleviation strategy.

Peter Greer, HOPE's current president, joined HOPE in 2004, ushering in a period of strategic growth and increased public awareness. Under Peter's leadership, HOPE has grown to serve in 16 countries around the world.

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