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World Central Kitchen

CharityWatch report issued
April 2022

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

World Central Kitchen
200 Massachusetts Ave NW
7th Floor
Washington, DC 20001

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

Uses the power of food to nourish communities and strengthen economies in times of crisis and beyond.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2020

Program Percentage: 98%

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


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $1

How many dollars World Central Kitchen 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
World Central Kitchen IRS Form 990 27-3521132
World Central Kitchen Audited Financial Statements 27-3521132
Entity: World Central Kitchen
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 27-3521132
Entity: World Central Kitchen
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 27-3521132

Governance & Transparency

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World Central Kitchen
meets governance benchmarks.
World Central Kitchen
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 No Sharing  

  Name Title Compensation
1 Nathan Mook CEO $190,225
2 Erin Gore VP of Development $168,375
3 Erich Broksas Chief Strategy Officer $167,520
Name: Nathan Mook
Title: CEO
Compensation: $190,225
Name: Erin Gore
Title: VP of Development
Compensation: $168,375
Name: Erich Broksas
Title: Chief Strategy Officer
Compensation: $167,520

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 World Central Kitchen audit of December 31, 2020 (Note 7, In-Kind Contributions):

"The Organization received meal delivery service for 300,000 meals during the year ended December 31, 2020. The fair value of the contributed delivery services totaled $2,250,000. The Organization did not receive contributed delivery services in 2019. 

"In addition to these delivery services received in 2020, the Organization received items and services such as kitchen supplies and discounts for lodging while carrying out its mission as well as office space. 

"A total of $3,182,724 and $76,081 is recorded as in-kind contributions and included in program expenses in the [audited] statement of activities for the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively."

[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 World Central Kitchen audit of December 31, 2020 (Note 14, Risks and Uncertainties):

"In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as a pandemic, which continues to spread throughout the United States. The spread of COVID-19 has caused significant volatility in the U.S. and international markets. There is significant uncertainty around the breadth and duration of business disruptions related to COVID-19, as well as its impact on the U.S. and international economies, and such, the Organization is unable to determine if it will have a material impact on its operations."

According to the World Central Kitchen audit of December 31, 2020 (Note 15, Subsequent Events):

"World Central Kitchen Delegacion De Fundacion Extranjera En Espana ('World Central Kitchen Spain') and World Central Kitchen Haiti, both wholly owned subsidiaries of World Central Kitchen, Inc. were formally registered with their respective foreign governments on April 1, 2021 and July 14, 2021, respectively.

"The Organization has evaluated events and transactions for potential recognition or disclosure through November 23, 2021, the date the [audited] financial statements were available to be issued, and concluded that there were no additional subsequent event disclosures requiring adjustment or disclosure."

According to the World Central Kitchen (WCK) 2020 tax filing, WCK reports re: Compensation, Supplemental Information (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III):

Regarding nonfixed payments to officers, directors, trustees, key employees and highest compensated employees (Schedule J, Part I, Line 7):

"At the board's discretion, certain officers and employees may earn a bonus for exceeding agreed-upon goals."

WCK reports "Bonus & incentive compensation" payments to two individuals in 2020. The reported "Bonus & incentive compensation" amounts are $10,000 and $7,000, and the associated reported total compensation in 2020 for those individuals is $152,539 and $160,937, respectively (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II).

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