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United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)

CharityWatch report issued
March 2021

Top-Rated Charity
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Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
458 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

Other Names

National Justice for Our Neighbors
United Methodist Committee on Relief of Global Ministries

Tax Status




Stated Mission

Works globally to alleviate human suffering, whether caused by war conflict or natural disaster, and advance hope and healing.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2019

Program Percentage: 98%

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


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $3

How many dollars United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) 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
United Methodist Committee on Relief IRS Form 990 (pro forma) 84-1449602
United Methodist Committee on Relief of Global Ministries Audited Consolidated Financial Statements Multiple
Entity: United Methodist Committee on Relief
Document Type: IRS Form 990 (pro forma)
Tax ID: 84-1449602
Entity: United Methodist Committee on Relief of Global Ministries
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?
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
meets governance benchmarks.
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
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

  Name Title Compensation
1 Jack Amick Director of Global Migration & Special Assignments $143,904
2 Catherine Earl Director of Disaster Response & U.S. Partner Relations $104,271
Name: Jack Amick
Title: Director of Global Migration & Special Assignments
Compensation: $143,904
Name: Catherine Earl
Title: Director of Disaster Response & U.S. Partner Relations
Compensation: $104,271

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 United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) consolidated audit of December 31, 2019 (Note 1, Nature of the organization and principles of consolidation):

"During the year ended December 31, 2018, United Methodist Committee on Relief of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, a New York Corporation changed its name to United Methodist Committee on Relief of Global Ministries, Inc. a Domestic Nonprofit Corporation in the state of Georgia. United Methodist Committee on Relief of Global Ministries ('UMCOR'), a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization, was established by the General Conference of The United Methodist Church to provide assistance to persons in need through programs of relief, rehabilitation, service to refugees, and renewal of life.

"The [audited] consolidated financial statements of UMCOR include the accounts of UMCOR and its wholly-owned subsidiary, National Justice for Our Neighbors, Inc. ('NJFON'). NJFON is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization which was established to administer immigration programs. UMCOR provides shared services to NJFON.

"In January 1998, UMCOR and the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, Inc. ('Global Ministries') organized UMCOR at Sager Brown ('Sager Brown') as a material relief program of UMCOR. The purpose of Sager Brown is to operate the facilities of Sager Brown and the UMCOR depot in support of worldwide ministries, as well as continued development of community ministries. Sager Brown operates as a division of UMCOR and is supported primarily through funding by UMCOR and revenues generated from ministries carried out related to volunteer depot staffing and disaster relief projects."

According to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) consolidated audit of December 31, 2019 (Note 15, Subsequent events):

"Management has evaluated subsequent events through July 23, 2020, the date the [audited] financial statements were available for issuance...

"The Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation was introduced as legislation in early 2020 for the upcoming General Conference. This joins other legislative proposals that if adopted by the General Conference would provide an alternative way for churches to separate from the United Methodist Church. These proposals include a provision for new denominations to receive financial payments from the United Methodist Church and retain their real estate. The scheduled General Conference has been delayed until 2021, and the financial impact resulting from these potential separations on the General Funds is unknown at this time.

"As a result of the spread of COVID-19 in early 2020, economic uncertainties have arisen, which are likely to negatively impact operating results of UMCOR. Other financial impacts could occur though such potential impact is unknown at this time.

"In accordance with...the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the 'CARES Act')...Global Ministries applied for and received a Paycheck Protection Program loan on May 12, 2020, totaling $1,974,740 of which $426,448 was paid towards qualifying expenses of UMCOR. ...[T]he CARES Act provides for forgiveness of up to the full principal amount of qualifying loans including accrued interest to the extent Global Ministries incurs certain qualifying expenses and maintains a certain level of average full-time equivalent employees during the measurement period following closing of the loan. Any portion of the loan that is not forgiven has a term of five years with an interest rate of 1%."