World Hope International

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World Hope International (WHI) is a Christian relief and development organization working with vulnerable and exploited communities to alleviate poverty, suffering, and injustice.

Contact information

Mailing address:
World Hope International
1330 Braddock Place
Suite 301
Alexandria, VA 22314


Phone: 1(703)923-9414

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 351985485


Chairman: Mike Chambers

Board size: 16

Founder: Jo Anne Lyon

Ruling year: 1996

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1999


Our vision is to provide those in need with opportunity, dignity, and hope so they can possess the tools for change in themselves, their family, and their community. WHI supports all people regardless of ethnicity, gender, race, or religion.

WHI uses market-based and community-driven enterprise solutions to empower, protect, and build resiliency through innovative, environmentally conscious, and transformative projects. We deliver our programming through strategic local and global partnerships to create a maximal, sustainable impact.

Mission statement

World Hope International (WHI) is a Christian relief and development organization working with vulnerable and exploited communities to alleviate poverty, suffering, and injustice.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating215 of 107724 of 82
Fund acquisition rating465 of 107840 of 82
Resource allocation rating506 of 107842 of 82
Asset utilization rating40 of 10774 of 82

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$938,788$567,339$757,105$1,014,922$769,204
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,342,450$2,811,939$1,900,014$2,766,100$1,915,636
Long-term investments$0$5,687$0$0$325,476
Fixed assets$131,750$180,296$336,647$534,006$794,153
Other long-term assets$569,522$72,833$63,160$204,284$162,519
Total long-term assets$701,272$258,816$399,807$738,290$1,282,148
Total assets$3,043,722$3,070,755$2,299,821$3,504,390$3,197,784
Payables and accrued expenses$142,687$476,200$693,031$565,119$280,130
Other current liabilities$221,182$102,697$0$0$85,645
Total current liabilities$363,869$578,897$693,031$565,119$365,775
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$421,106$126,709$192,964$234,425$272,694
Total long-term liabilities$421,106$126,709$694,335$561,674$704,629
Total liabilities$784,975$705,606$1,387,366$1,126,793$1,070,404
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$1,675,270$435,437$44,766$973,580$1,064,413
With donor restrictions$583,477$1,929,712$867,689$1,404,017$1,062,967
Net assets$2,258,747$2,365,149$912,455$2,377,597$2,127,380
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$15,439,223$21,351,572$11,990,922$19,547,224$12,367,422
Program service revenue$195,400$325,512$430,323$245,277$36,334
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$12,788$7,555$88,239$18,546$31,972
Other revenue$12,520$932$0$0$2,516
Total other revenue$220,708$333,999$518,562$263,823$70,822
Total revenue$15,659,931$21,685,571$12,509,484$19,811,047$12,438,244
Program services$13,451,481$18,362,182$11,989,543$17,602,982$10,825,132
Management and general$1,536,217$1,055,452$955,473$854,989$665,364
Total expenses$15,769,495$20,242,907$13,816,003$19,235,029$12,350,585
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($109,564)$1,442,664($1,306,519)$576,018$87,659
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($109,564)$1,442,664($1,306,519)$576,018$87,659


John LyonCEO$155,665
Gayle RietmulderCFO - Until 07/2019$83,445
Ruth EllisonCFO - As of 07/2019$38,300
Kris MeyerCOO - As of 10/2019$26,420
Tim MurphyCFO - 10/2019-11/2019$16,512

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

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The roots of World Hope International (WHI) can be traced back to the vision and heart of our dynamic founder, Jo Anne Lyon. From a humble start in 1996, God has blessed Jo Anne's journey to serve those crippled by poverty. Her hope:

To empower the poorest of the poor around the world so they can become agents of change within their communities.

What began in the back bedroom of her home, grew into a leading-edge Christian relief and development organization, recognized by partners and governments alike as a successful service model for those in need. For more than 10 years, Jo Anne entered into war-torn regions, abandoned communities and dark pockets of the world teeming with forced labor and prostitution. She looked at the bleakness and despair and saw how she could bring glimmers of light through opportunity, dignity, and hope.

Today, WHI continues its mission as a voice for the silent, an opportunity for the oppressed and water for those who thirst. WHI helps provide the dignity that comes from an educated mind, a healthy body, an honest day's wage and a safe place to heal. WHI is the one who comes alongside those gripped by poverty to offer a hand up instead of a handout. But more than anything, WHI is the reflection of Jesus Christ's compassion for all who suffer.

Program accomplishments

186,714 individuals gained access to safely managed drinking water in 2021
1,325 children with disabilities received physical and behavior therapy in Sierra Leone in 2021
705 people trained to care for victims of sexual exploitation of children in Philippines in 2021
21,615 kilograms of mushroom grown and sold in Cambodia in 2021