The Global Orphan Project

The information on this page was last updated 12/9/2022. If you see errors or omissions, please email: [email protected]


Setting traditional institutional orphan care models aside, we're connecting a global family united by a shared vision to care for vulnerable children and keep families together. Because we provide localized care based on a community's unique needs, how we serve looks different depending on where we are serving.

Contact information

Mailing address:
The Global Orphan Project
3161 Wyandotte Street
Kansas City, MO 64111


Phone: 816-536-8333

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 816079539

CEO/President: Joseph Knittig / Trace Thurlby

Chairman: Mike Fox

Board size: 9

Founder: Mike and Beth Fox

Ruling year: 2004

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2007


Vision: Care for every child.

Setting traditional institutional orphan care models aside, we're connecting a global family united by a shared vision to care for children and vulnerable families along the entire spectrum: Orphan Prevention, Orphan Care and Transition.

Mission statement

To break the orphan cycle through the power of community, commerce, and the love of Jesus.

Statement of faith

The Lord is the leader of this ministry. GO Project is not affiliated with any particular denomination. However, we do exist and operate as an expression of Jesus Christ's radical love in a fallen world. Our leaders are all passionate followers of Christ.

We believe the Holy Bible to be the inspired, complete Word of God. We adopt the Scriptures as our Statement of Faith - obviously better than what we could fairly summarize ourselves. James 1:27 states: "Religion that God our father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." This verse captures the heart of our ministry. We strive to be doers of the Word, not mere talkers.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Adoption/Foster Care

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating247 of 107411 of 34
Fund acquisition rating33 of 10754 of 34
Resource allocation rating498 of 107520 of 34
Asset utilization rating576 of 107417 of 34

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,388,576$1,323,867$939,562$905,096$649,391
Short-term investments$201,437$38,920$0$41,805$12,840
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$8,981,601$5,425,662$3,541,060$2,863,730$2,752,500
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$2,921,278$2,422,047$2,044,575$1,800,750$1,632,839
Other long-term assets$28,059$7,083$1,630,788$1,387,339$1,053,876
Total long-term assets$2,949,337$2,429,130$3,675,363$3,188,089$2,686,715
Total assets$11,930,938$7,854,792$7,216,423$6,051,819$5,439,215
Payables and accrued expenses$305,339$268,738$276,348$319,795$298,484
Other current liabilities$184,909$45,505$35,475$63,126$82,401
Total current liabilities$490,248$314,243$311,823$382,921$380,885
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$2,400
Total long-term liabilities$1,905,702$1,833,615$1,879,711$1,731,988$1,383,824
Total liabilities$2,395,950$2,147,858$2,191,534$2,114,909$1,764,709
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$6,366,180$4,584,245$4,088,265$3,385,173$1,745,826
With donor restrictions$3,168,808$1,122,689$936,624$551,737$1,928,680
Net assets$9,534,988$5,706,934$5,024,889$3,936,910$3,674,506
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$12,844,796$10,470,870$8,698,483$7,574,014$7,529,521
Program service revenue$832,719$318,622$4,009$5,890$5,710
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$7,234$121,844$102,145$68,712$22,544
Other revenue$277,715$369,744$203,694$147,897$194,960
Total other revenue$1,117,668$810,210$309,848$222,499$223,214
Total revenue$13,962,464$11,281,080$9,008,331$7,796,513$7,752,735
Program services$8,228,724$8,813,984$6,384,292$6,223,610$5,556,024
Management and general$1,616,355$1,473,246$1,268,514$982,033$695,957
Total expenses$9,968,633$10,444,506$7,784,038$7,298,851$6,334,752
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$3,993,831$836,574$1,224,293$497,662$1,417,983
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$3,993,831$836,574$1,224,293$497,662$1,417,983


Joe KnittigCEO$138,993
Adrien LewisChief Innovation Officer$130,325
Jonathan CassatChief Marketing Officer$117,653
Trace ThurlbyPresident and COO$113,712
Jessica RayExecutive Director, Marketplace$94,328

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2020

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 12/9/2022. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Our story began in a home for orphaned children in southeast Asia in 2003. Mike Fox, a businessman from Kansas City, Missouri, met a small group of children who dramatically changed the trajectory of his life and many others'.

Mike and his wife, Beth Fox, founded The Global Orphan Project (formerly C3 Missions) in 2004. Supported by the 100% Commitment, the ministry became a vehicle to invite family and friends to invest in the lives of children who need family, and it grew quickly. Within a few years, GO Project was helping care for children on three continents with a growing emphasis on partnering with the local, indigenous church.

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