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50 Largest Relief and Development Organizations – 2024

World Vision tops list again

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Christians have long been on the front lines of relief and development efforts. So it’s no surprise that among the largest relief and development agencies in the country are Christian ministries. Three of them, World Vision, Samaritan’s Purse, and Compassion International, top $1 billion in revenue. This is the first year that Samaritan’s Purse has passed the $1 billion threshold.

This list should not be interpreted as a list of recommended ministries. They are ranked by total revenue, and not by ministry effectiveness, financial efficiency, or any other measure. We have, however, included ratings for the ministries so you can make informed decisions about which ministries you should support.  To learn more about these ministries, click on the ministry’s name and read the full MinistryWatch profile on this organization.

A comparison of this year’s list to last year’s list (which you can find here) reveals a few important differences.  Here are a few of them:

Ministries that saw significant drops on this year’s list include Mercy Ships (9 to 19), Church World Service (14 to 23), and Kinsway Charities (18 to 39).

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Warren Cole Smith

Warren previously served as Vice President of WORLD News Group, publisher of WORLD Magazine, and Vice President of The Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He has more than 30 years of experience as a writer, editor, marketing professional, and entrepreneur. Before launching a career in Christian journalism 25 years ago, Smith spent more than seven years as the Marketing Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers.