Funding Our Work

Growing from a grassroots base composed primarily of faith communities, to one that includes secular foundation and government support, CWS enjoys the benefit of a robust spectrum of funders. Our grassroots base, composed of CROP Hunger Walks, Blankets and Tools congregations and individual contributors, continue to place their trust in us, providing substantial support for our humanitarian and development work. CWS Member Communions remain vital in their partnership and encompass a core constituency of our grassroots base. Through their generous support we are able to maintain operations, enact direct services and collaborate across skills and geographic areas otherwise not possible. Our most noteworthy government support is reflected in serving as one of nine contractors that resettle refugees for the U.S. government. This annual contract enables our work accompanying refugees on their journey in the arduous process of applying for resettlement, and supporting the public-private partnership that helps refugees find new homes in the U.S.

Key Institutional Funding Partners

Contributing more than $25,000

  • Act for Peace
  • AmeriCares
  • AmeriCorp
  • Arcus Foundation
  • Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation, funded by Canadian International Development Agency (the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development)
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Commonwealth of Virginia
  • DHAPP (DoD HIV/AIDS Prevention Program)
  • ECHO/DanChurch Aid
  • EE/ Brot fur die Welt
  • Embassy of the United States, Dominican Republic
  • Equitas Group
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission
  • Foods Resource Bank
  • General Board of Global Ministries, the United Methodist Church
  • The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund)
  • IOM – the International Organization for Migration
  • Japan Platform
  • David and Carol Myers Foundation
  • Niwano Foundation, USD
  • Paulos Foundation
  • Presbyterian Hunger Program, Presbyterian Church (USA)
  • State of Florida
  • State of North Carolina
  • Two Degrees Food
  • UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Week of Compassion (Christian Church – Disciples of Christ)

Revenue / $77,742,927


U.S. GOVERNMENT SUPPORT $50,116,190 / 64.4%
CWS secures U.S. and state grants and contracts which support our refugee, emergency and development work. Primarily, the support assists refugees and internally displaced persons by conducting interviews with refugee resettlement candidates in sub-Saharan Africa, to providing resettlement, integration, employment, training and legal services through a network of offices in the U.S.

PUBLIC & COMMUNITY APPEALS $18,405,236 / 23.7%
Public response to global emergencies, including contributions from individuals, denominations, congregations, special events and foundations, make a significant amount of our work possible.
INDIVIDUAL GIVING. Individuals, seeking to see a change in the world, partner with CWS through their generous financial and planned gifts. This support allows them to be active participants in the work we do around the world.
CONGREGATIONS. Congregations are the heartbeat of our community engagement in the U.S. Through Blankets and Tools offerings, special collections and other opportunities for engagement, congregations help to make our work possible.
EVENTS. Individuals across the country wanting to take a stand against injustice and see a difference in the world take part in our special events. These include our largest public fundraiser – the CROP Hunger Walk along with matching grants gifts, Team CWS independent fundraising efforts and other events.
FOUNDATIONS. Partnerships with family, regional and national foundations, who believe in and choose to invest in our mission, are critical to the work we do.

CWS is a membership organization enjoying the support of 37 Protestant, Anglican and Orthodox communions based in the U.S. The support of our member communions is at the core of our roots: we were founded by a group of 18 denominations who were concerned about helping those most in need following World War II. The same spirit of concern is in place today amongst a broader network of members who choose to effect change through CWS.

INVESTMENT & OTHER INCOME $2,501,825 / 3.2%
Revenue from investments, including endowment funds, services fees and miscellaneous income is included.

DONATED MATERIALS $2,161,898 / 2.8%
Communities in the U.S. build CWS Kits to help those recovering from disasters, remitting them to CWS for helping those in need. Other miscellaneous in-kind support is also included.

Expenses / $78,212,192


CWS works with a network of churches, organizations and individuals that assist uprooted persons that have had to flee their countries due to persecution, armed conflict, etc. Together, we seek to provide forcibly displaced populations support to address critical unmet needs as durable solutions are sought.

The focus of CWS hunger and development work is on the most vulnerable persons and communities, to develop socially, economically and environmentally sustainable communities and help them to achieve a higher quality of life.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE $7,139,118 / 9.1%
CWS joins others to support people and communities in humanitarian crises around the world, helping the faith community play its special role in disaster mitigation, preparedness and response. The goal is to assist communities experiencing crisis to achieve durable solutions that build or restore peace and justice.

ADVOCACY $2,081,309 / 2.7%
Grounded in faith, CWS seeks to build and strengthen relationships, build partnerships and coalitions, and advocate for a more just and peaceful world. At the core of CWS’ work is to help people of faith put faith into action. An emphasis on relationships enables partnerships to be built around the world that informs and inspires our work, and leads to advocacy for issues that build or restore peace and justice.

FUNDRAISING $6,552,086 / 8.4%
Fund-raising activities involve inducing potential donors to contribute money, securities, services, materials, facilities, other assets or time.

MANAGEMENT & GENERAL $3,569,781 / 4.6%
Management and general activities include oversight, business management, general record keeping, budgeting, financing, and all management and administration except for direct conduct of program services or fund-raising activities.

Financial information subject to audit.

Net Assets

Net Change / ($469,265)
Net at July 1, 2014 / $10,199,511
Net at June 30, 2015 / $9,730,246

Church World Service is tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to Church World Service are tax deductible. The CWS financial records are audited by independent auditors in accordance with guidelines established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. The CWS 990 is available through and upon request.