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Largest Christian Relief and Development Ministries

Warren Cole Smith

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.  One of them, World Vision, tops $1-billion in revenue, and Compassion International should cross that milestone this year.

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.  To learn more about these ministries, click on the ministry’s name and read the complete MinistryWatch profile on this organization.

OrganizationCEO/PresidentECFA Member?MinistryWatch RatingLatest Financials AvailableTotal Revenue
1World Vision, Inc., U.S.Richard StearnsYes42017$1,043,654,000
2Catholic Relief ServicesCarolyn Y. WooNo42018$989,355,000
3Food For The Poor, Inc.Ed RaineNo52018$942,636,264
4Compassion International, Inc.Jim MelladoYes32018$890,571,000
5Samaritan's Purse/ Operation Christmas Child/ Franklin GrahamMr. W. Franklin Graham IIIYes32017$800,823,590
6Catholic Medical Mission Board / CMMBMr. John F. GalbraithNo52018$740,082,285
7MAP InternationalMr. Steve StirlingYes52018$575,470,382
8Mercy CorpsMr. Neal Keny-GuyerNo42019$489,285,000
9Feed The ChildrenMr. Kevin HaganNo52018$376,070,826
10Operation Blessing International/ OBIGordon RobertsonYes52018$276,804,696
11Citihope InternationalRev. Paul S. Moore, Sr.No42017$253,449,629
12ChildFund / Christian Children's Fund/ CCFMs. Anne GoddardNo32018$223,719,600
13Covenant HouseSister Patricia A. Cruise, D.C.No12018$198,856,814
14Convoy of HopeMr. Hal DonaldsonYes42018$179,970,626
15Christian Blind Mission /CBMMr. Ron NaborsYes52018$151,646,693
16Christian Aid MinistriesMr. David TroyerYes52018$144,111,107
17Food for the Hungry, Inc.Mr. David EvansYes32018$143,994,004
18Unbound previously Christian Foundation for Children and Aging/ CFCAMr. Scott WassermanNo42017$136,020,035
19Heifer Project InternationalMs. Jo LuckNo12018$131,308,473
20Mercy ShipsMr. Don StephensYes12018$123,584,538
21Interchurch Medical Assistance, Inc.Mr. Paul DerstineNo52018$94,201,869
22World ReliefMr. Stephan BaumanYes42017$79,194,318
23Children's Hunger Fund / CHFMr. David PhillipsYes52019$66,534,069
24Adventist Relief and Development AgencyCharles SandefurNo32018$63,558,857
25Kingsway CharitiesMr. James GregoryNo52017$61,618,147
26Medical Teams International (MTI)Mr. Jeff PinneoYes42018$59,983,846
27Adventist Development & Relief AgencyMr. Charles SandefurNo32017$54,583,138
28Christian Relief Services CharitiesMr. Eugene L. KrizekNo22017$52,092,820
29Lutheran World ReliefMr. John NunesNo32018$48,428,424
30Opportunity InternationalVicki EscarraNo22017$43,771,187
31Mennonite Central CommitteeMr. Robert DavisNo32018$39,838,357
32Water MissionDr. George Greene III, PhD, PEYes32018$32,861,049
33'International Aid, Inc./ IAMr. Brian AndersonYes52018$31,756,603
33Living Water InternationalMichael J Mantel, Ph.D.Yes32019$23,731,985
34American Leprosy Missions, Inc.Mr. Bill SimmonsYes12018$19,484,176
35One Child Matters formerly Mission of MercyDavid PerkinYes32018$16,358,671
36World Renew formerly Christian Reformed World Relief Committee Inc.Roy Zuidema - U.S./ James Joose - CanadaYes32017$14,700,344
37World Emergency Relief / Children's Food FundKristy ScottNo52017$13,784,314
38Free Wheelchair Mission (FWM)Mr. Don Schoendorfer, Ph DYes32018$10,254,206
39Christian Relief FundDr. Milton JonesYes42017$8,446,329
40Plant With PurposeScott SabinYes32018$8,213,827
41United Methodist Agency for the Retarded (UMAR)Mr. Steve SellersNo22017$7,895,440
42Blessings InternationalBarry Ewy, PharmD, JD, MHAYes32018$5,187,580
43Childcare Worldwide/ Childcare InternationalDr. G. M. LangeYes32018$4,432,613
44Echo, Inc.Mr. Stan DoerrYes32018$4,181,022
45AMOR Ministries, Inc.Mr. Scott CongdonNo42017$4,175,086
46Alfalit International, Inc.Rev. Roberto PerezYes42017$4,135,230
47Mercy Medical Angels (previously Mercy Medical Airlift)Mr. Edward BoyerNo52018$4,040,994
48Luke Society, Inc., TheMr. Stewart OdellYes32017$3,888,411
49Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Inc.Mr. Larry BollingerYes52017$3,410,896
50Bright Hope InternationalMr. C.H. DyerYes32018$3,025,311
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Warren Cole Smith
Warren Cole Smith

Warren previously served as Vice President of WORLD News Group, publisher of WORLD Magazine and has more than 30 years of experience as a writer, editor, marketing professional, and entrepreneur. Before launching a career in Christian journalism 20 years ago, Smith spent more than seven years as the Marketing Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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