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Mennonite Central Committee U.S.

CharityWatch report issued
May 2023

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

Mennonite Central Committee U.S.
21 South 12th Street
PO Box 500
Akron, PA 17501-0500

Other Names


Tax Status




Stated Mission

A worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches, shares God's love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice; envisions communities worldwide in right relationship with God, one another and creation.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 03/31/2022

Program Percentage: 78%

The percentage of Mennonite Central Committee U.S.'s cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $7

How many dollars Mennonite Central Committee U.S. 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
Mennonite Central Committee U.S. and Subsidiaries Audited Consolidated Financial Statements multiple
Entity: Mennonite Central Committee U.S. and Subsidiaries
Document Type: Audited Consolidated 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?
Mennonite Central Committee U.S.
meets governance benchmarks.
Mennonite Central Committee U.S.
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 N/A*
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
*Religious organizations are not required to file with the IRS
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 No Sharing  

Unable to Provide Salaries

See Analysts' Notes for explanation.

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.

Mennonite Central Committee U.S. is not required to file an annual return (Form 990) with the IRS or state charity regulators because it is a religious organization. CharityWatch is therefore unable to provide salary information for this group.

CharityWatch's letter grade rating of Mennonite Central Committee U.S. (MCC U.S.) is based on the MCC U.S. and Subsidiaries consolidated financial audit for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2022.

CharityWatch's rating of Mennonite Central Committee U.S. (MCC U.S.) includes the financial activities of the entities consolidated in the MCC U.S. and Subsidiaries audit for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2022. This includes the accounts of MCC U.S., as well as the following: Mennonite Central Committee East Coast; Mennonite Central Committee Central States, Inc.; Mennonite Central Committee Great Lakes, Inc.; and West Coast Mennonite Central Committee, Inc. The audited consolidated financial statements "also include the Organization's share of assets, liabilities and activities of the international operations as outlined by the covenant between MCC U.S. and Mennonite Central Committee Canada (MCCC)," according to Note 1. All material interorganizational transactions and balances have been eliminated in the audit consolidation.

According to the MCC U.S. and Subsidiaries fiscal 2022 consolidated audit (Note 1 re: Nature of the Organization):

"MCCC [MCC Canada] and MCC U.S. entered into a covenant to share the operations and all related assets including property, relationships, reputation, knowledge, experience and supporting systems of the MCC international programs (internally referred to as Shared Program). It is intended that the share that each national entity owns under this arrangement in each country program will be an undivided share.

"Both MCCC and MCC U.S. have agreed to collaborate and work together in the operation of the Shared Program so that it will be seen as one integrated MCC Shared Program. This commitment does not preclude either entity from agreeing occasionally to fund and manage on its own an entire project or an entire country program. In addition to the international program, MCCC and MCC U.S. agreed to resource and manage other programs on a shared basis."

According to the Mennonite Central Committee U.S. (MCC U.S.) and Subsidiaries audited Consolidated Statement of Activities for the year ended March 31, 2022, the Organization received "Material resources donated in-kind" on which it placed a total value of $4,546,198.

According to the MCC U.S. and Subsidiaries fiscal 2022 consolidated audit (Note 1 re: Nature of the Organization): "Gifts-in-kind include donations of items such as school, relief and health kits, blankets and other material aid."

[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 Mennonite Central Committee U.S. and Subsidiaries consolidated audit of March 31, 2022 (Note 9, Paycheck Protection Program loan):

"In April 2020, the Organization secured and received funding totaling $1,480,018 from the Paycheck Protection Program, a government program authorizing loans to small businesses to cover payroll costs, rent and utility costs over an eight-week period. The loan might have become due if the Organization used funds for anything besides these costs or did not incur enough of the qualified costs. The Organization received forgiveness for the full balance of the funding received and, as such, has recorded $1,480,018 as grant income in the March 31, 2022 [audited] consolidated statement of activities."

According to the Mennonite Central Committee U.S. (MCC U.S.) and Subsidiaries consolidated audit of March 31, 2022 (Note 1 re: Nature of the Organization):

"Much of the Organization's support comes from a variety of generous individuals and churches. MCC U.S. is strongly supported by Mennonite, Brethren in Christ and Amish communities of faith, as well as by many churches and individuals who are not Anabaptist. MCC U.S. thrift shops and relief sales...together provided approximately 20% ($9,897,715) and 15% ($7,014,725) of the Organization's total revenue for the years ended March 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively. Volunteer-initiated events from bike rides to bake sales provide consistent ongoing financial support..."

According to the Mennonite Central Committee U.S. (MCC U.S.) and Subsidiaries consolidated audit of March 31, 2022 (Note 15, Related parties):

"The Organization is named in Ten Thousand Villages' (TTV) adopted restated bylaws effective October 29, 2016, whereby the number of MCC U.S. appointed representatives shall at all times be one (1) less than a majority of the then current number of directors of TTV.

"TTV has entered into an agreement with the Organization, whereby the Organization guarantees TTV's bank line of credit and mortgage loans, which were entered into in January 2017. The Organization is committed to the sustainable livelihoods of artisans who produce the TTV's products, as well as the long-term stewardship of their constituency's investment in significant amounts of volunteer and financial resources in support of the ministries of the Organization and TTV.

"As of March 31, 2022, MCC U.S. is contingently liable, as guarantor, with respect to $7,781,052 of indebtedness of TTV. At any time, should TTV fail to pay debt payments when due, MCC U.S. will be obligated to perform under the guarantee by primarily making the required payments, including late fees and penalties. The maximum potential amount of future payments that the Company is required to make under the guarantee is $10,372,332. The Organization's guarantee is secured by two properties that were appraised at a combined value of $8,800,000 during the most recent appraisal, as well as being secured by the inventory and personal property of TTV.  The Company feels that the guarantee on the loan is substantially secure with these properties. TTV is current with their debt payments at March 31, 2022. As of February 2018, TTV has consented to the execution of a contingent mortgage to secure its obligation to MCC U.S. arising from MCC U.S.'s guarantee of payment or performance of TTV's obligations to Fulton Bank."

According to the Mennonite Central Committee U.S. and Subsidiaries consolidated audit of March 31, 2022 (Note 18, Impact of COVID-19 pandemic):

"In December 2019, a novel strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) was reported to have surfaced in China. The World Health Organization has...characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic. ... The spread of this virus caused business disruption to the Organization beginning March 2020, due to state government-imposed shutdowns of business and other results of the illness. The Organization implemented cost reduction measures during 2020 and made use of federal stimulus funds. Although COVID-19 has been a major interruption of the Organization's international programs, it has found ways to continue implementation of programs and also focus on those made most vulnerable by COVID-19. While the Organization expects this matter may continue to negatively impact its results, the extent of the impact of COVID-19 on the Organization's operational and financial performance will depend on future developments, including the duration and spread of the outbreak and related travel advisories and restrictions and the impact of COVID-19 on overall demand for the Trust's [sic] services, all of which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted."