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Lutheran World Relief

CharityWatch report issued
January 2019

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

Lutheran World Relief
700 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21230-3850

Other Names


Tax Status




Stated Mission

Works with Lutherans and partners around the world to end poverty, injustice, and human suffering.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 09/30/2017

Program Percentage: 80%

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


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $14

How many dollars Lutheran World Relief spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Lutheran World Relief IRS Form 990 13-2574963
Lutheran World Relief & Affiliate Consolidated Audited Financial Statements Multiple
Entity: Lutheran World Relief
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 13-2574963
Entity: Lutheran World Relief & Affiliate
Document Type: Consolidated Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: Multiple

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?
Lutheran World Relief
meets governance benchmarks.
Lutheran World Relief
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 Opt-Out Policy  

  Name Title Compensation
1 Daniel V. Speckhard President/CEO $318,366
2 Timothy McCully Senior VP International Programs $198,494
3 Joann Theys VP Finance & Administration $179,644
Name: Daniel V. Speckhard
Title: President/CEO
Compensation: $318,366
Name: Timothy McCully
Title: Senior VP International Programs
Compensation: $198,494
Name: Joann Theys
Title: VP Finance & Administration
Compensation: $179,644

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.
On January 14, 2019, Lutheran World Relief and IMA World Health, a faith-based public health agency headquartered in Washington, DC, announced they have combined operations, effective January 1st. Click on the "Articles & Alerts" Tab (above) for a link to the press release announcing the merger.

CharityWatch's current rating of Lutheran World Relief (LWR) is based on LWR's financial activities for the fiscal year ended 09/30/2017, before its combination with IMA World Health. CharityWatch does not provide a separate rating for IMA World Health. An updated rating for the combined organization will be provided, if possible, once the organization completes and makes publicly available its initial IRS Form 990 filing and audited financial statements for a 12-month period.
According to the Lutheran World Relief (LWR) tax filing for the fiscal year-ended September 30, 2017, LWR reports receiving donated in-kind goods on which it placed a value of approximately $13.9 million (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.]

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