The Global Orphan Project

The information on this page was last updated 1/1/2024. 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 rating77 of 11102 of 32
Fund acquisition rating20 of 11112 of 32
Resource allocation rating305 of 11115 of 32
Asset utilization rating324 of 111011 of 32

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$2,982,205$1,723,336$1,388,576$1,323,867$939,562
Short-term investments$248,428$0$201,437$38,920$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$8,698,182$9,193,533$8,981,601$5,425,662$3,541,060
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$2,634,826$2,867,772$2,921,278$2,422,047$2,044,575
Other long-term assets$320,394$26,449$28,059$7,083$1,630,788
Total long-term assets$2,955,220$2,894,221$2,949,337$2,429,130$3,675,363
Total assets$11,653,402$12,087,754$11,930,938$7,854,792$7,216,423
Payables and accrued expenses$415,634$441,980$305,339$268,738$276,348
Other current liabilities$157,279$135,085$184,909$45,505$35,475
Total current liabilities$572,913$577,065$490,248$314,243$311,823
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$457,599$483,541$1,905,702$1,833,615$1,879,711
Total liabilities$1,030,512$1,060,606$2,395,950$2,147,858$2,191,534
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$9,157,546$9,131,035$6,366,180$4,584,245$4,088,265
With donor restrictions$1,465,344$1,896,113$3,168,808$1,122,689$936,624
Net assets$10,622,890$11,027,148$9,534,988$5,706,934$5,024,889
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$17,137,430$14,875,811$12,844,796$10,470,870$8,698,483
Program service revenue$1,042,769$977,943$832,719$318,622$4,009
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$3,307$23,712$7,234$121,844$102,145
Other revenue$497,316$508,070$277,715$369,744$203,694
Total other revenue$1,543,392$1,509,725$1,117,668$810,210$309,848
Total revenue$18,680,822$16,385,536$13,962,464$11,281,080$9,008,331
Program services$16,789,236$12,848,997$8,228,724$8,813,984$6,384,292
Management and general$2,002,540$1,801,991$1,616,355$1,473,246$1,268,514
Total expenses$18,865,697$14,740,446$9,968,633$10,444,506$7,784,038
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)($184,875)$1,645,090$3,993,831$836,574$1,224,293
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($184,875)$1,645,090$3,993,831$836,574$1,224,293


Joe KnittigCEO$145,210
Adrien LewisChief Innovation Officer$142,617
Bret PudenzSoftware Dev 3/ Lead Architect$132,444
Benjamin BarrethSoftware Dev 3$128,833
Trace ThurlbyPresident and COO$124,494
Daniel LeachSenior Developer$123,309
Jessica RayExecutive Director, Marketplace$97,653

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2022

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 1/1/2024. 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.

Program accomplishments

In 2021,
23,744 children served internationally every month
34,446 children served domestically
14,481 request met through care portal
101 jobs sustained by GOEX apparel