Mission: Sisters of Mary World Villages for Children (previously known as Asian Relief, Inc.) provides financial support to the charity programs of the Sisters of Mary in Sou ... (More)

World Villages for Children is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1986, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.worldvillages.org/

  4200 Parliament Place
Suite 230
Lanham MD 20706 

  800-662-6316


 Important note on the timeliness of ratings

The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Financial and Accountability & Transparency score for World Villages for Children is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations. Please check with the charity directly for any questions you may have.

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Good

This charity's score is 82.42, earning it a 3-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 

This score is calculated from two sub-scores:

This score represents Form 990 data from 2019, the latest year published by the IRS. 

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

75.4%


The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).


This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver. Dividing a charity's average program expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Administrative Expenses

10.3%


As reported by charities on their IRS Form 990, this measure reflects what percent of its total budget a charity spends on overhead, administrative staff and associated costs, and organizational meetings. Dividing a charity's average administrative expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Expenses

14.1%


This measure reflects what a charity spends to raise money. Fundraising expenses can include campaign printing, publicity, mailing, and staffing and costs incurred in soliciting donations, memberships, and grants. Dividing a charity's average fundraising expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

4.2%


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Part of our goal in rating the financial performance of charities is to help donors assess the financial capacity and sustainability of a charity. As do organizations in other sectors, charities must be mindful of their management of total liabilites in relation to their total assets. This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and or long term sustainability. Dividing a charity's total liabilities by its total assets yields this percentage.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Efficiency

$0.33


The amount spent to raise $1 in charitable contributions. To calculate a charity's fundraising efficiency, we divide its average fundraising expenses by the average total contributions it receives. We calculate the charity's average expenses and average contributions over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Working Capital Ratio

1.61 years


Determines how long a charity could sustain its level of spending using its net available assets, or working capital, as reported on its most recently filed Form 990. We include in a charity's working capital unrestricted and temporarily restricted net assets, and exclude permanently restricted net assets. Dividing these net available assets in the most recent year by a charity's average total expenses, yields the working capital ratio. We calculate the charity's average total expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Program Expense Growth

-2.85%


We compute the average annual growth of program expenses using the following formula: [(Yn/Y0)(1/n)]-1, where Y0 is a charity's program expenses in the first year of the interval analyzed, Yn is the charity's program expenses in the most recent year, and n is the interval of years passed between Y0 and Yn.


Source: IRS Form 990

Governance


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has these governance practices in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990

Governance:
Independent Voting Board Members  ... (More)
No Material Diversion of Assets ... (More)

A diversion of assets – any unauthorized conversion or use of the organization's assets other than for the organization's authorized purposes, including but not limited to embezzlement or theft – can seriously call into question a charity's financial integrity. We check the charity's last two Forms 990 to see if the charity has reported any diversion of assets. If the charity does report a diversion, then we check to see if it complied with the Form 990 instructions by describing what happened and its corrective action. This metric will be assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Full Credit: There has been no diversion of assets within the last two years.

  • Partial Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity has used Schedule O on the Form 990 to explain: the nature of the diversion, the amount of money or property involved and the corrective action taken to address the matter. In this situation, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity's explanation on Schedule O is either non-existent or not sufficient. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Audited Financials Prepared by Independent Accountant ... (More)

Audited financial statements provide important information about financial accountability and accuracy. They should be prepared by an independent accountant with oversight from an audit committee. (It is not necessary that the audit committee be a separate committee. Often at smaller charities, it falls within the responsibilities of the finance committee or the executive committee.) The committee provides an important oversight layer between the management of the organization, which is responsible for the financial information reported, and the independent accountant, who reviews the financials and issues an opinion based on its findings. We check the charity's Form 990 reporting to see if it meets this criteria.

  • Full Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant with an audit oversight committee.

  • Partial Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant, but it did not have an audit oversight committee. In this case, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: The charity did not have its audited financials prepared by an independent accountant. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Partial

Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From Related Parties ... (More)
Documents Board Meeting Minutes ... (More)
Distributes 990 to Board Before Filing ... (More)
Compensates Board ... (More)

Policies


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization has these policies in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Policies:
Conflict of Interest  ... (More)
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Records Retention and Destruction ... (More)
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Donor Privacy ... (More)

Donors can be reluctant to contribute to a charity when their name, address, or other basic information may become part of donor lists that are exchanged or sold, resulting in an influx of charitable solicitations from other organizations. Our analysts check the charity's website to see if the organization has a donor privacy policy in place and what it does and does not cover. Privacy policies are assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Yes: This charity has a written donor privacy policy published on its website, which states unambiguously that (1) it will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations or (2) it will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

  • Opt-out: The charity has a written privacy policy published on its website which enables donors to tell the charity to remove their names and contact information from lists the charity shares or sells. How a donor can have themselves removed from a list differs from one charity to the next, but any and all opt-out policies require donors to take specific action to protect their privacy.
  • No: This charity either does not have a written donor privacy policy in place to protect their contributors' personal information, or the existing policy does not meet our criteria.

The privacy policy must be specific to donor information. A general website policy which references "visitor" or "user" personal information will not suffice. A policy that refers to donor information collected on the website is also not sufficient as the policy must be comprehensive and applicable to both online and offline donors. The existence of a privacy policy of any type does not prohibit the charity itself from contacting the donor for informational, educational, or solicitation purposes.

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Partial

Transparency


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization makes this information easily accessible.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Transparency:
CEO Salary Listed on 990 ... (More)
Board of Directors Listed on Website ... (More)
Key Staff Listed on Website ... (More)
Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are this organizations key compensated staff members as identified by our analysts. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



Rob Silbaugh, Executive Director

$117,759 (1.90% of Total Expenses)


Current CEO and Board Chair can be found in the Leadership & Adaptability report below.

Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2019

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Fundraising (BMF activity code: 927)


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


World Villages for Children reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Administrative Capacity


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

The pandemic has affected all aspects of our organization's financial operations. Our primary funding streams have traditionally been direct mail and major gift fundraising through pilgrimages. Unfortunately, the pandemic has eliminated the opportunities for pilgrimages to visit the sites and direct mail has been significantly curtailed by delays in the mail and processing. Opportunities have arisen concurrently to mature our fundraising operations, including strengthening out stewardship efforts, deepening our relationships with recurring donors, and further developing our digital fundraising capacity.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

The majority of our live-in schools remained opened, while the students, staff, and Sisters quarantined in place. Most of our students never missed a day of school. However, food and supply costs increased as much as 10x for some food staples and ingredients. Additionally, constructions and maintenance costs made many projects untenable. Our recruitment and admissions process for new students was also significantly impacted. Greatly restricted from doing home visits, outreach required the help of graduates and community members when the Sisters could not go out into the community due to quarantine. Fortunately, due to the diligence of the Sisters and students, there have been no outbreaks of COVID-19 in any of our schools.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

The Sisters of Mary adapted by locking down the site facilities and limiting outside exposure. Deliveries were made at the gates. Teachers and maintenance workers lived on site and quarantined with the students and Sisters. Those teachers that could not move on site taught remotely while the students remained in our residential villages. Food and supply costs increased across the board. Our students never missed a day of school or programming. Similarly, our US fundraising office moved largely to remote work and developed flexible scheduling we continue to utilize. Our fundraising practices changed as well - focusing more on retention than acquisitions and communicating with donors virtually, rather than in person.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

Due to the challenges of the pandemic, our fundraising operations in the U.S. have been permanently changed, in many ways, we suppose for the better. After working remotely successfully for months, we have decided to begin hiring permanently remote employees this year for the first time, increasing a talent pool and diversity of eligible employees. We have also launched into digital messaging in new ways that have reached new audiences - releasing a podcast, recording YouTube Masses, social media engagement, online articles, blog entries, radio interviews, virtual pilgrimages, and much more. Our digital fundraising likewise has seen innovation, including utilizing digital matching gift programs, revamping our online giving experience, launching peer-to-peer campaigns and developing clearer call to actions on our website. All of these changes will remain and be continually developed even after the pandemic relents.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
8/3/20212019 82.42
9/3/20192018 85.79
12/1/20182017 79.65
4/1/20182016 72.06
3/1/20182016 68.43

This organization received multiple star ratings within this fiscal year, due to an update to its Accountability and Transparency data and/or the receipt of an amended Form 990.

8/1/20172015 61.71
7/1/20162014 73.57
6/1/20162014 73.03
Rating Version: 2.0
12/1/20152014 71.16
6/1/20152013 59.45
4/1/20142012 59.02
4/1/20132011 63.59
11/1/20112010 68.74
9/20/20112009 71.68
Rating Version: 1.0
2/1/20112009 64.27
6/1/20102008 70.97
2/1/20092007 83.52
2/1/20082006 82.31
2/1/20072005 61.01
3/1/20062004 61.03
10/1/20042003 60.39
10/1/20032002 71.75
4/15/20032001 81.01

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...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

World Villages for Children cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



World Villages for Children reported its two largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$3,181,509

Spent in most recent FY

73%

Percent of program expenses


Grants


$1,136,479

Spent in most recent FY

26%

Percent of program expenses


Promotion and Education


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...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by World Villages for Children is a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


To practice charity to the poor in the name of Christ Jesus by helping children break free from a life of poverty.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


End poverty through education.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: Develop consistent and sustainable funding streams to support the annual operational needs of our charity programs.

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Goal Two: Expand our operations in Africa to meet the profound needs of the poor, including fully building out the girls' school, building a boys' schools, building a daycare and vocation training center.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Three: Develop the team and organizational structure to lead others into meaningful relationships of service to the poor.

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

Our board of directors brought in a new CEO in 2020 who has certificates in nonprofit management and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). This change, as well as a new commitment to an annual budget stipend for professional development for each employee, demonstrate that leadership development is a organizational priority.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

We have an active social media presence. We have released various videos and produced a podcast to raise awareness of our mission and cause. We have also recently released book on our founder through Ignatius Press. The book outlines the founding of the program 60 years ago that continues to expand today. The author of the book is actively presenting at conferences and to groups about the profound needs of the poor throughout the world and the practical ways we are addressing those needs. Additionally, our CEO actively presents at Catholic development conference and contributes to nonprofit development thought leadership, like participation at the International Catholic Stewardship Conference.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


Passion, flexibility and adaptability are core values at World Villages for Children. Our organization is traditionally and primarily a direct mail operation with an annual pilgrimage event for potential major donors. Unfortunately, due to health precautions the pilgrimage had to be canceled for two consecutive years. Additionally, mail delivery was delayed and inconsistently processed by our caging company over the past year. We knew that new ways of fundraising were necessary. To adapt we took a lesson from our founder who said, "the best way to ensure future gifts is to be grateful for the one's you've been given." We've doubled down on our stewardship efforts, calling more donors to say thank you and developing better, more personal stewardship correspondence. Accompanying a renewed stewardship commitment, we invested in new ways for people to discover our work - through social media, recorded Masses, podcast, radio interviews, news articles in online Catholic publications, and blog postings. And finally, we invested in new modes of solicitation as well - calling more donors than ever before to make year end appeals, developing a year-end matching gift effort, and initiating peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Paul Gesterling

President/CEO

Sister Maria Cho

President

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...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's culture and connectedness to the community it serves. Learn more about how and why we rate Culture & Community.


Culture & Community Score

100

out of 100

World Villages for Children has earned a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating. The organization provided data about how it listens to constituents (Constituent Feedback) and its Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) practices (see report below).

The Culture & Community Beacon is comprised of the following metrics:

  • Constituent Feedback: 100/100 (30% of beacon score)

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: 100/100 (70% of beacon score)


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Culture & Community Report

100

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

100/100 points

70% of beacon score


This organization's score of 100 is a passing score. The organization reported that it is implementing 12 diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


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Methodology


We are utilizing data collected by Candid to document and assess the DEI practices implemented by the organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the Equity Strategies section of their Candid profiles to receive a rating.


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Constituent Feedback

100/100 points

30% of beacon score


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback from the constituents and/or communities it serves. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective.


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Methodology


We've partnered with Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Below you can find more information about the metrics we currently evaluate in this beacon and their relevance to nonprofit performance.


Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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