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Church World Service

CharityWatch report issued
October 2018

Top-Rated Charity
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Church World Service
P.O. Box 968
Elkhart, IN 46515

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

Faith-based organization working to transform communities around the globe through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement, and disaster.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2017

Program Percentage: 91%

The percentage of Church World Service's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $20

How many dollars Church World Service spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

50% to 100%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Church World Service IRS Form 990 13-4080201
Church World Service Audited Financial Statements 13-4080201
Entity: Church World Service
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 13-4080201
Entity: Church World Service
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 13-4080201

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
Church World Service
meets governance benchmarks.
Church World Service
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy

  Name Title Compensation
1 Reverend John H. McCullough President/CEO $345,366
2 Miro Marinovich Africa Regional Representative $180,541
3 Erol Kekic Executive Director, Immigration & Refugee Program $173,503
Name: Reverend John H. McCullough
Title: President/CEO
Compensation: $345,366
Name: Miro Marinovich
Title: Africa Regional Representative
Compensation: $180,541
Name: Erol Kekic
Title: Executive Director, Immigration & Refugee Program
Compensation: $173,503

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.
According to the Church World Service (CWS) tax filing for the fiscal year-ended June 30, 2017, CWS reports receiving donated in-kind goods on which it placed a total value of $2,040,887, including $879,257 and $857,762 in goods described as "hygiene kits" and "school kits," respectively (IRS Form 990, Schedule M).

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found on the Our Process page.]
According to the Church World Service (CWS) audit of June 30, 2017 (Note 16, Collective Bargaining Agreement):

"CWS is party to a collective bargaining agreement and agrees to be bound by the terms of the labor union agreements with the employees to ensure a supply of labor for designated roles in our Ne[w] York City office.

"If CWS and the union representing the employees are unable to agree prior to expiration of the current contracts or does not comply with the union agreements, CWS's source of labor may be limited and not readily available, and a work stoppage may occur that could adversely affect operations. Since January 23, 2017, the union and CWS have been at an 'impasse'. As part of this impasse salary increases were provided to eligible bargaining unit members, and benefits contribution by union staff were adjusted to reflect the same cost share non-union staff provide.

"As of June 30, 2017, approximately 4% of the employees are under the collective bargaining agreement represented by the union. The bargaining unit has continued to work without any disruption."

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