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: (703)923-9414

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 351985485

CEO/President: John D. Clause

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 rating304 of 111233 of 87
Fund acquisition rating538 of 111345 of 87
Resource allocation rating651 of 111353 of 87
Asset utilization rating70 of 111211 of 87

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,419,293$1,675,422$938,788$567,339$757,105
Short-term investments$674,779$733,386$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,611,474$3,818,563$2,342,450$2,811,939$1,900,014
Long-term investments$0$0$0$5,687$0
Fixed assets$491,421$537,657$131,750$180,296$336,647
Other long-term assets$2,017,659$1,117,772$569,522$72,833$63,160
Total long-term assets$2,509,080$1,655,429$701,272$258,816$399,807
Total assets$6,120,554$5,473,992$3,043,722$3,070,755$2,299,821
Payables and accrued expenses$923,995$953,997$142,687$476,200$693,031
Other current liabilities$212,359$492,468$221,182$102,697$0
Total current liabilities$1,136,354$1,446,465$363,869$578,897$693,031
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$1,320,305$163,817$421,106$126,709$192,964
Total long-term liabilities$1,320,305$163,817$421,106$126,709$694,335
Total liabilities$2,456,659$1,610,282$784,975$705,606$1,387,366
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$3,346,706$2,603,399$1,675,270$435,437$44,766
With donor restrictions$317,189$1,260,311$583,477$1,929,712$867,689
Net assets$3,663,895$3,863,710$2,258,747$2,365,149$912,455
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$22,920,845$23,136,805$15,439,223$21,351,572$11,990,922
Program service revenue$110,832$642,252$195,400$325,512$430,323
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income($92,658)$135,274$12,788$7,555$88,239
Other revenue$604,297$379,396$12,520$932$0
Total other revenue$622,471$1,156,922$220,708$333,999$518,562
Total revenue$23,543,316$24,293,727$15,659,931$21,685,571$12,509,484
Program services$19,975,551$20,366,123$13,451,481$18,362,182$11,989,543
Management and general$2,468,509$1,648,181$1,536,217$1,055,452$955,473
Total expenses$23,811,372$22,686,025$15,769,495$20,242,907$13,816,003
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)($268,056)$1,607,702($109,564)$1,442,664($1,306,519)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($268,056)$1,607,702($109,564)$1,442,664($1,306,519)


John LyonCEO (through 7/2022)$273,957
Kelsey WieckChief Legal Officer$174,452
Nancy GreenChief Development Officer$146,245
Ruth EllisonCFO$115,805
Talmage PayneCOO$110,364
Pat NicholsInterm CEO (as of 7/2022)$82,500
Jo Anne LyonFounder$61,938

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2022

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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