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World Vision

CharityWatch report issued
September 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 Vision
P.O. Box 9716
Federal Way, WA 98063-9716

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

Dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 09/30/2021

Program Percentage: 84%

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


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $11

How many dollars World Vision 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 Vision & Affiliates Consolidated Audited Financial Statements Multiple
World Vision IRS Form 990 95-1922279
Entity: World Vision & Affiliates
Document Type: Consolidated Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: Multiple
Entity: World Vision
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 95-1922279

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?
World Vision
meets governance benchmarks.
World Vision
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 Edgar Sandoval President $505,513
2 John Daggett Past Treasury/Chief Investment Officer $345,819
3 Margaret Schuler Senior VP, International Programs Group $293,485
Name: Edgar Sandoval
Title: President
Compensation: $505,513
Name: John Daggett
Title: Past Treasury/Chief Investment Officer
Compensation: $345,819
Name: Margaret Schuler
Title: Senior VP, International Programs Group
Compensation: $293,485

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 Vision tax filing for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2021 (IRS Form 990, Schedule M), World Vision reports receiving contributions of in-kind goods on which it placed a value of approximately $427.2 million, including approximately $209.5 million in "Food inventory" and $176.7 million in "Clothing and household goods."

[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 Vision consolidated audit of September 30, 2021 (Note 18, Contingencies):

"The current global pandemic, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), continues to impact certain operations of the Organization. However, COVID-19 has not had a significant impact on the financial results of the Organization."

According to the World Vision tax filing for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2021, World Vision includes in its reporting for Compensation Information re: Officers, Directors, Trustees, Key Employees, and Highest Compensated Employees, "Bonus & incentive compensation" paid to six individuals. This includes $217,709 paid to Richard Stearns, President Emeritus, whose reported total compensation in calendar year 2020 equals the $217,709 (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II).

As Supplemental Information re: the "Bonus & incentive compensation" paid to Richard Stearns, World Vison reports: "Richard Stearns received payment of $217,709 for a retention payment. This was added to the employee's taxable income" (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III).

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