Samaritan's Purse / Operation Christmas Child / Franklin Graham

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The story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37) gives a clear picture of God's desire for us to help those in desperate need wherever we find them. After describing how the Samaritan rescued a hurting man whom others had passed by, Jesus told His hearers, "Go and do likewise." For over 50 years, Samaritan's Purse has done our utmost to follow Christ's command by going to the aid of the world's poor, sick, and suffering. We are an effective means of reaching hurting people in countries around the world with food, medicine, and other assistance in the Name of Jesus Christ. This, in turn, earns us a hearing for the Gospel, the Good News of eternal life through Jesus Christ.

As our teams work in crisis areas of the world, people often ask, "Why did you come?" The answer is always the same: "We have come to help you in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ." Our ministry is all about Jesus-first, last, and always. As the Apostle Paul said, "For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake" (2 Corinthians 4:5, NIV).

Contact information

Mailing address:
Samaritan's Purse
PO Box 3000
Boone, NC 28607


Phone: (828) 262-1980


Organization details

EIN: 581437002

CEO/President: Mr. W. Franklin Graham III

Chairman: Mr. W. Franklin Graham III

Board size: 19

Founder: Dr. Bob Pierce

Ruling year: 1981

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1981


People around the world are brought low by catastrophic circumstances, whether it be famine, conflict, persistent poverty, or natural disaster. Fallen along the wayside of life, these families and communities are in need of physical assistance as a demonstration of God's love. Recognizing these needs, Samaritan's Purse provides physical aid while ministering to the broken and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Mission statement

Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan's Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God's love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Statement of faith

Samaritan's Purse uses the following to express its Statement of Faith:

  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God revealing the love of God to the world. 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; John 3:16.
  • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19; John 10:30; Ephesians 4:4-6.
  • We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood on the cross, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. Matthew 1:23; John 1:1-4 and 1:29; Acts 1:11 and 2:22-24; Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 1:1-4 and 4:15.
  • We believe that all men everywhere are lost and face the judgment of God, that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation, and that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ results in regeneration by the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, we believe that God will reward the righteous with eternal life in heaven, and that He will banish the unrighteous to everlasting punishment in hell. Luke 24:46-47; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:23; 2 Corinthians 5:10-11; Ephesians 1:7 and 2:8-9; Titus 3:4-7.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, whose indwelling enables the Christian to live a godly life. John 3:5-8; Acts 1:8 and 4:31; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Galatians 5:16-18; Ephesians 6:12; Colossians 2:6-10.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved unto the resurrection of eternal life and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation and eternal punishment. 1 Corinthians 15:51-57; Revelation 20:11-15.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and that all true believers are members of His body, the Church. 1 Corinthians 12:12, 27; Ephesians 1:22-23.
  • We believe that the ministry of evangelism (sharing and proclaiming the message of salvation only possible by grace through faith in Jesus Christ) and discipleship (helping followers of Christ grow up into maturity in Christ) is a responsibility of all followers of Jesus Christ. Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:9-15; 1 Peter 3:15.
  • We believe God's plan for human sexuality is to be expressed only within the context of marriage, that God created man and woman as unique biological persons made to complete each other. God instituted monogamous marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. For this reason, we believe that marriage is exclusively the union of one genetic male and one genetic female. Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5-6; Mark 10:6-9; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9.
  • We believe that we must dedicate ourselves to prayer, to the service of our Lord, to His authority over our lives, and to the ministry of evangelism. Matthew 9:35-38; 22:37-39, and 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:9-15 and 12:20-21; Galatians 6:10; Colossians 2:6-10; 1 Peter 3:15.
  • We believe that human life is sacred from conception to its natural end; and that we must have concern for the physical and spiritual needs of our fellowmen. Psalm 139:13; Isaiah 49:1; Jeremiah 1:5; Matthew 22:37-39; Romans 12:20-21; Galatians 6:10.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating678 of 102256 of 85
Fund acquisition rating485 of 102441 of 85
Resource allocation rating480 of 102445 of 85
Asset utilization rating853 of 102268 of 85

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$52,627,797$57,499,614$65,438,359$57,703,504$46,084,576
Short-term investments$206,031,779$214,096,774$207,549,900$204,792,431$111,417,339
Other current assets$15,523,542$13,912,225$21,334,122$19,262,149$13,137,188
Total current assets$704,026,925$531,536,266$511,212,397$511,796,271$333,477,324
Long-term investments$52,340,983$40,991,926$33,924,385$32,853,501$28,712,168
Fixed assets$236,802,147$193,311,089$162,405,195$132,848,630$127,120,175
Other long-term assets$834,150$804,895$760,601$711,927$677,063
Total long-term assets$289,977,280$235,107,910$197,090,181$166,414,058$156,509,406
Total assets$994,004,205$766,644,176$708,302,578$678,210,329$489,986,730
Payables and accrued expenses$41,914,799$39,841,643$31,897,957$25,107,398$28,505,873
Other current liabilities$3,200,596$2,805,914$7,133,780$7,252,146$6,896,349
Total current liabilities$45,115,395$42,647,557$39,031,737$32,359,544$35,402,222
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$25,169,821$22,039,794$19,574,666$18,366,490$17,003,690
Total long-term liabilities$25,169,821$22,039,794$19,574,666$18,366,490$17,003,690
Total liabilities$70,285,216$64,687,351$58,606,403$50,726,034$52,405,912
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$639,962,307$458,684,126$388,051,760$327,196,108$248,003,316
With donor restrictions$283,756,682$243,282,699$261,644,415$300,288,187$189,577,502
Net assets$923,718,989$701,956,825$649,696,175$627,484,295$437,580,818
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$882,344,707$732,812,226$703,183,852$790,686,749$633,092,350
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$9,540,119$13,940,977$4,253,558$4,000,053$2,132,216
Other revenue$6,781,339$6,854,535$1,623,481$6,136,788($428,727)
Total other revenue$16,321,458$20,795,512$5,877,039$10,136,841$1,703,489
Total revenue$898,666,165$753,607,738$709,060,891$800,823,590$634,795,839
Program services$576,914,641$605,826,881$603,057,217$534,794,934$514,299,873
Management and general$46,226,753$40,404,423$33,635,752$29,585,875$26,924,042
Total expenses$676,904,001$701,347,088$686,849,011$610,920,113$583,791,807
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$221,762,164$52,260,650$22,211,880$189,903,477$51,004,032
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$221,762,164$52,260,650$22,211,880$189,903,477$51,004,032


William Franklin Graham IIIBd Mem/Chr/P$740,704
Ronald WilcoxCOO$352,677
Kenneth IsaacsVP-Prog/Govt$347,351
James HarrelsonVP-Op Christ$344,673
Christopher WeeksChairmanaffi$342,418
Paula WoodringBd Mem/Vp-Qu$326,670
William MaupinVP-Info Tech$324,309
James DaileyVP-Communica$314,982
Merrill LittlejohnVP-Finance/C$314,849
Brian GreshamDirecoccaffi$311,020
Phyllis PayneBd Mem/Astse$289,373
Luther HarrisonVP-North Ame$280,357
Donna PierceSecretary/VP$245,715
Jane Austin LynchBd Mem/Spoke$140,947
Felix Martin Del CampoBd Mem/Consu$16,000

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2020

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 4/14/2022. To update the information below, please email:


"Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God." Bob Pierce wrote these now-famous words in his Bible after visiting suffering children on the Korean island of Koje-do. This impassioned prayer is what guided him as he founded and led the ministry of Samaritan's Purse in 1970. His mission for this organization was "to meet emergency needs in crisis areas through existing evangelical mission agencies and national churches."

After World War II, Bob Pierce traveled throughout Asia as an evangelist and journalist with Youth For Christ. While on a university lecturing circuit in China, he stumbled across some courageous women who were living among lepers and orphans, sacrificing everything to share the love of Jesus Christ. Through their selfless love, God gave Pierce a vision for ministry. He dedicated himself to finding and supporting other such Christians who were caring for the poor and suffering in the distant corners of the world.

In the summer of 1973, Bob Pierce met his eventual successor, an adventurous young student named Franklin Graham with a growing heart for world missions. Intrigued by his many stories from the field, Franklin began to spend more and more time with the seasoned Christian statesman. In 1975, he accompanied Bob on a life-changing tour of some of the world's neediest mission fields. Franklin saw the poverty of pagan religions and the utter despair of the people they enslave. God had captured his heart for missions.

Bob Pierce died of leukemia in 1978, and a little over a year later, Franklin Graham became the President and Chairman of the Board of Samaritan's Purse. Through over 40 years of earthquakes, hurricanes, wars, and famine, Franklin has led the ministry in following the Biblical example of the Good Samaritan all across the globe. God has blessed the organization under Franklin's leadership, and the ministry has seen explosive growth.

"Go and do likewise," Christ commanded after explaining the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10. So we do. Samaritan's Purse travels the world's highways looking for victims along the way. We are quick to bandage the wounds we see, but like the Samaritan, we don't stop there. In addition to meeting immediate, emergency needs, we help these victims recover and get back on their feet.

No matter where we go or what we do, we offer more than help. We offer hope. To suffering people in a broken world, we share the news of the only One who can bring true peace-Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.

Program accomplishments

Globally, Samaritan's Purse has responded to crises in scores of countries by bringing emergency relief in Jesus' Name. In 2019, we treated Ebola patients in the Democratic Republic of the Congo near the epicenter of the second largest Ebola outbreak in history; airlifted relief supplies and an emergency field hospital to cyclone survivors in Mozambique and hurricane survivors in the Bahamas; and provided critical aid in Colombia to Venezuelan migrants escaping severe food shortages, a broken economy, and a collapsing healthcare system.

Across the world, Samaritan's Purse has impacted impoverished and vulnerable communities through a variety of development projects including: Animals, Agriculture, and Livelihoods; Children's Ministries; Construction Projects; Discipleship, Education, and Training; Feeding Programs; Health and Medical Ministries; Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Projects; and Women's Programs.


Prayer is one of the most powerful and important ways you can help. Without the prayers of friends and faithful supporters, our work among suffering people around the world would not be possible. As you pray, remember that our Heavenly Father "is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us" (Ephesians 3:20, ESV).

Constant Prayer Needs:

Pray for our relief teams as we respond year-round to disasters in both the U.S. and abroad, that we arrive quickly and are able to minister to the physical and spiritual needs of survivors with grace and compassion.

Pray for Operation Christmas Child and The Greatest Journey, that God will continue to use these projects to reach and disciple millions of children in more than 100 countries.