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Financial Accountability

Did you know that for each dollar donated to World Vision, more than a dollar’s worth of help gets to children and families?

We’re always working to keep our overhead rate low. In 2015, we used 84 percent of our total operating expenses for programs that benefit children, families, and communities.

See more about our stewardship below, and learn about our leadership team.

Financial Accountability

See how every dollar donated achieves $1.30 worth of impact.

Financial Stewardship

At World Vision, we strive to be financially accountable to our donors and to the communities we serve.


Operating Expenses 2015

Annual Reports

2015 financial statements

While overall revenue declined slightly in FY15, our commitment to tackling poverty reached new levels, fueled by the conclusion of a 5-year capital campaign. As we start fiscal 2016, the trend for cash contributions has improved, indicating a stronger outlook for the coming year.

2014 financial documents

Financial reports for years past can also be downloaded below:


World Vision reports joint cost activities on the Financial Statements and the Form 990 as required by Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and the IRS. The allocation of these costs appropriately follows the guiding principles for reporting activities that have components of Fundraising, Management and General, and Programs. Activities with a joint cost component occur in our Donor Contact Center as well as in our 30 Hour Famine program.

Financial Highlights



Revenue and overhead trends (in millions)

Operating revenue for the organization declined by 3% during the year. While private cash and public grant donations declined, gift-in-kind revenue rose 10%.


Overhead rate

Fundraising, management, and general expenses (sometimes called overhead expenses) decreased by 2% in 2015. Our overhead rate (overhead expenses as a percent of operating revenue) remained steady at 15%.