World Vision International


Governance and Funding

We aim to make use of the best tools to track, analyse, discuss and improve individual and organisational effectiveness.

World Vision International’s annual Accountability Report sets out the key principles which underpin our work and shape our approach to accountability and fulfills our obligation to report on our compliance with the International NGO Charter of Accountability. Since 2009, our Accountability Report has been prepared using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) NGO Sector Supplement.

The International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) has established a global standard for government donors to report and share aid information, in an effort to make that information comparable, timely and accessible.

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World Vision consists of numerous national entities around the world, grouped in what is informally referred to as the World Vision "partnership."

The International Board meets in full twice a year, appoints senior officers, approves strategic plans and budgets, and determines international policy. The chairperson of the international board is Josef Stiegler. The international president and chief executive officer is Kevin Jenkins. There are a total of 24 international board members. The Council of Members meets every three years.

National Boards, composed of business professionals, church, and social service leaders, govern the work of many national offices, where as many operational decisions are made as possible. National directors approve more than 90 per cent of all projects within previously approved budgets.

Funding for World Vision's work comes largely (almost 80 per cent) from private sources, including individuals, corporations and foundations. The remainder comes from governments and multilateral agencies.

In addition to cash contributions, World Vision accepts gifts-in-kind, typically in the form of food commodities, medicine, and clothing.

Child sponsorship is the source of approximately half of the funding for World Vision's programmes. Individuals, families, churches and groups are linked with specific children or specific community projects in their own country or abroad, pledging an amount each month to support community-led programmes that benefit children.

World Vision now uses a leading third-party provider of ethical reporting services to support our expanded "whistleblower" mechanism. A confidential telephone hotline and on online reporting tool are available to staff, partners in the field, contractors and others wishing to report suspected illegal or unethical conduct by World Vision or its personnel. For further information, or to make an online report, go to

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