World Impact, Inc.

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World Impact empowers urban leaders and partners with local churches to reach their cities with the Gospel. We build healthy urban churches through ministry development.

Contact information

Mailing address:
World Impact, Inc.
2001 Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90007


Phone: (323) 735-1137

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 952681237

CEO/President: Dr. Alvin Sanders

Chairman: Mr. Carl LaBarbera

Board size: 7

Founder: Dr. Keith Phillips

Ruling year: 1971

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1981


For more than 50 years, we've affirmed the call and vocation of local urban church pastors and ministry leaders who want to transform their cities through the Gospel.

We have a vision to see a healthy church in every community of poverty.

At World Impact, we know that many church leaders struggle to sustain ministry impact and grow healthy churches in urban neighborhoods because they do not have the training they need. We know this because we've been in your shoes for five decades.

Our training is designed for the urban context and empowers leaders to build healthy churches in communities of diversity and poverty. When urban church leaders are empowered to own and lead their own ministries, individuals, families, and neighborhoods flourish.

Mission statement

Our goal is to reach under-resourced urban pastoral leaders and empower them with affordable, accessible, and effective training. We do this by partnering with local churches, ministry networks, and denominations to meet them where they are.

Statement of faith

1. There is one living and true God, infinitely perfect in glory, wisdom, holiness, justice, power and love, one in His essence but eternally existing in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. God sovereignly created the world out of nothing, so that His creation, while wholly dependent upon Him, neither comprises part of God, nor conditions His essential perfection (Genesis 1:2; Matthew 28:19,20).

2. The books which form the canon of the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired by God, inerrant in the original writings, the only infallible rule of faith and practice (II Timothy 3:16).

3. God created man in His own image, in a state of original righteousness, from which man subsequently fell by a voluntary revolt, and consequently is guilty, inherently corrupt and subject to divine wrath.

4. Jesus Christ, the eternal Son, became man without ceasing to be God by uniting to His divine nature a true human nature in His incarnation, and so continues to be both God and man, in two distinct natures and one person, forever. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, exhibited His deity by manifold miracles, fulfilled the requirements of the Law by His sinless life, shed His blood as a vicarious and propitiatory atonement for man's sin, was resurrected from the dead in the same body, now glorified. He ascended into heaven and now intercedes in glory for His redeemed as our great high priest and advocate, and as the Head of the Church and Lord of the individual believer (Matthew 1:20,21; John 1:1-14; Romans 3:21-26; 5:6-11; I Peter 3:18; I John 2:1,2; Luke 24; Acts 1:9; Hebrews 8:1).

5. The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, through the ministry of regeneration and sanctification applies salvation and places believers into the Church, guides and comforts God's children, indwells, directs, gifts and empowers the Church in godly living and service in order to fulfill the great commission, and seals and keeps the believer until Christ returns (John 16:1-33; I Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 1:13,14).

6. Every person, regardless of race or rank, who receives the Lord Jesus Christ by faith is born into the family of God and receives eternal life. This occurs solely because of the grace of God and has no ground in human merit.

7. The Holy Church is the one institution specifically ordained of God to function in the furthering of the Kingdom until Christ comes again. It consists of all those regenerated by the Spirit of God, in mystical union and communion both with Christ, the head of the Body, and with fellow-believers. Neighborhood congregations are the local manifestation of the Church universal. In obedience to the command of Christ, these congregations preach the word of God, equip God's people for the work of ministry, and administer the Lord's Supper and Baptism.

8. The Lord Jesus Christ will return bodily, visibly and personally to receive His own, to conform believers to His own image and to establish His millennial kingdom. He will judge the living and the dead and will effect a final separation of the redeemed and the lost, assigning unbelievers to eternal punishment and believers to eternal glory, enjoying conscious fellowship with Him (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Corinthians 15:50-58; Revelation 20:4-6).

9. Man's chief end in life is to honor and glorify Almighty God. Personal salvation is a means to this end.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Leadership Training

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating1008 of 111316 of 21
Fund acquisition rating745 of 111414 of 21
Resource allocation rating812 of 111413 of 21
Asset utilization rating1034 of 111320 of 21

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$6,606,975$1,153,272$1,093,676$1,416,196$1,477,201
Short-term investments$8,739,490$8,623,897$8,198,973$9,179,123$10,122,168
Other current assets$81,775$196,699$188,316$72,152$71,155
Total current assets$15,936,237$10,864,520$10,003,009$11,127,436$12,749,064
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$12,965,497$14,301,944$15,702,254$16,779,510$18,287,351
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$12,965,497$14,301,944$15,702,254$16,779,510$18,287,351
Total assets$28,901,734$25,166,464$25,705,263$27,906,946$31,036,415
Payables and accrued expenses$1,793,794$483,148$754,933$544,023$758,983
Other current liabilities$90,105$94,537$91,960$95,369$93,132
Total current liabilities$1,883,899$577,685$846,893$639,392$852,115
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$1,883,899$577,685$846,893$639,392$852,115
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$22,507,150$18,347,332$18,886,591$20,927,397$24,150,724
With donor restrictions$4,510,685$6,241,447$5,971,779$6,340,157$6,033,576
Net assets$27,017,835$24,588,779$24,858,370$27,267,554$30,184,300
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$3,697,586$5,589,800$5,887,138$6,261,122$6,284,574
Program service revenue$2,261,230$2,771,414$2,893,559$2,779,159$2,612,522
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$50,182$391,682$224,133$626,008$327,225
Other revenue$7,823,800$4,397,095$2,800,730$1,704,043$98,743
Total other revenue$10,135,212$7,560,191$5,918,422$5,109,210$3,038,490
Total revenue$13,832,798$13,149,991$11,805,560$11,370,332$9,323,064
Program services$8,686,331$10,465,940$11,157,200$11,207,469$11,765,528
Management and general$1,898,166$2,373,897$2,465,104$2,663,054$2,228,508
Total expenses$11,405,249$13,419,582$14,214,744$14,287,078$14,541,300
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$2,427,549($269,591)($2,409,184)($2,916,746)($5,218,236)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$2,427,549($269,591)($2,409,184)($2,916,746)($5,218,236)


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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 1/10/2024. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


1970's When our founder (Dr. Keith Phillips) was a college student, God inspired him to start Bible clubs for poor kids within the inner-city of Los Angeles. His vision spreads, and a second city is launched in Wichita, KS. throughout the decade, thousands of volunteers work alongside paid staff and the ministry becomes national.

1980's The ministry expands from Bible kid clubs to wholistic discipleship of entire families. Their needs lead to starting Christian community development initiatives such as elementary schools, medical facilities, and campgrounds aimed at serving the common good of the neighborhood residents.

1990's Natural progression leads to expansion into church planting, as the vast majority of those we serve are unchurched. Dr. Don Davis launches The Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI) to bring seminary quality education to those who live in urban neighborhoods. We begin partnering with denominations and church networks to spark church planting and leadership development outside of our ministry.

2000's Dr. Phillips pivots, casting a vison of World impact missionaries being repurposed from leading ministry to resourcing grassroot community church leaders. Dr. Efrem Smith follows Dr. Phillips and advances this vision even further, leading us into a new age of expansion. We go from exclusively serving the U.S. into providing global ministry training, as those trained locally take their leaning home to their countries of origin.

In 2017, Dr. Alvin Sanders was named the president and CEO of World Impact. Our desire to see a healthy church in every community of poverty means training needs to be more accessible. World Impact University was launched in 2021 so anyone with the internet can receive training. Under the philosophy of Redemptive Poverty work, WIU offers training in five programs - Church Based Seminary, Church Plant Training, Trauma Healing, Prison Ministry and Leadership Retreats.

Program accomplishments

633 partners
671 trainers
7,162 workers


Your financial partnership is key to forwarding the transformation of communities that God has called us to.