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Financial Accountability

At World Vision, we are very careful with how we use the gifts our donors entrust to us — because we know that every resource given to us can transform a real child’s life.

We’re always trying to keep our overhead rate low. In the past year, we used 83 percent of our total operating expenses for programs that directly benefit children, families, and communities.

Learn more about World Vision’s leadership team — and view our financial statistics below.

Have you ever wondered what happens to a dollar when it's donated to World Vision?

Every $1 donated: On average, for each dollar donated, more than a dollar’s worth of goods and services reaches the field! Watch this video to find out how.

Financial Stewardship

At World Vision, we strive to be financially accountable to our donors and to the communities we serve.

Financial Accountability graphicEvery $1 donated—on average—becomes $1.15 worth of impact to children and communities worldwide because of World Vision's unique ability to get donated goods, funds, and grants.

When $1 is donated to World Vision:

On average, we use just 17¢ of that dollar for fundraising and administrative costs. 

That 17¢ subtracted from each $1 leaves us with 83¢

But instead of just sending the remaining 83¢ to the field, we send 60¢ directly to the field. Then we invest 23¢ into a global infrastructure so we can accept, procure, and distribute corporate donations, large private donations, and government grants. 

In 2013, for every 23¢ invested, we received 55¢ worth of goods, funds, and grants!

With 55¢ of goods, funds, and grants sent to the field, as well as the 60¢ of cash sent to the field, each dollar actually brings $1.15 worth of value to the communities we support.

Operating Expenses 2013

Annual Reports

Fiscal 2013 was a pivotal financial year for World Vision, as private cash donations grew a solid 6 percent and a surplus for the year helped replenish depleted reserves.

For more information, feel free to download our 2013 financial documents:

Financial reports for years past can also be downloaded below:

Financial Highlights



Revenue and overhead trends (in millions)

Revenue from private cash donations, the most important measure of World Vision’s financial health, grew 6 percent in 2013 to $599 million. Importantly, donations to World Vision’s core child sponsorship program increased 5 percent, while major gifts from individual donors grew by more than 20 percent.


Overhead rate

Fundraising, management, and general expenses (sometimes called overhead) rose 4 percent in 2013. Our overhead rate (overhead expenses as a percent of total revenue) increased from 15.7 percent to 17.0 percent. The increase is attributable to higher fundraising costs to acquire new sponsors, including the cost to develop several innovative new channels that we expect will boost the growth of sponsorship revenue in future years.