Affiliations & Certifications

World Hope International is committed to maintaining the highest ethical, moral, and operational standards. WHI’s memberships, affiliations, and certifications provide evidence of our high standards of performance, they express a commitment to honesty, integrity, and community.

The following is a sample of World Hope International’s memberships, affiliations and certifications.


InterAction is the largest alliance of international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and partners in the United States, with over 180 member NGOs that work around the world. Each member organization is committed to working with the world's poor and vulnerable, focused on achieving real, long-term change. InterAction enables members and partners to mobilize, enhance their impact, align common interests, build community, and promote learning and innovation.

A collective commitment to quality and integrity by coalitions like InterAction is essential to maintaining and enhancing public trust. InterAction's broad membership of NGOs are all held to high comprehensive standards.

World Hope International has met InterAction’s high standards and is a member in good standing.

Better Business Bureau - Wise Giving Alliance

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance helps donors make informed giving decisions and promotes high standards of conduct among organizations that solicit contributions from the public. It produces reports about national charities, evaluating them against comprehensive Standards for Charity Accountability, and publishes a magazine, the Wise Giving Guide, three times a year.

World Hope International meets all 20 of the Better Businses Bureau Wise Giving Alliance's standards for charity accountability and is a member in good standing.

USAID Private Voluntary Organization

World Hope International is a registered Private Voluntary Organizatoin (PVO).

The PVO registration program connects USAID with new and capable NGO partners that provide lasting solutions to development, humanitarian and health challenges.

A subset of the wider NGO community, PVOs have for more than 50 years played an essential role in USAID's efforts to address global humanitarian and development needs. In FY 2013, PVOs raised $24.1 billion in private support and received $2.8 billion in USAID support.

The PVO registration process enables USAID to identify capable partners and ensures that registrants meet the Agency's basic partnership requirements. An organization that meets the definition of a PVO must register to compete for grants and other types of funding.

Accord Network

Accord Network is a catalyst for learning, collaboration and building Christ-centered unity around the shared vision of eliminating poverty. Accord serves Christian organizations and churches involved in this vision to achieve the highest standards, principles and effectiveness in relief and development.

Accord helps its members reach their full potential by sharing knowledge, skills and support. Its members are not limited to their own learning curve—they have ready access to the collective knowledge of over 60 organizations that collectively leverage over $5 billion of resources annually. Member agencies give away what they have learned to others.

Accord annually hosts a Forum on Relief and Development, a CEO Retreat and other events. Accord offers agency and associate memberships.

World Hope International is a member in good standing of Accord.

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability

ECFA is an accreditation agency dedicated to helping Christian ministries earn the public’s trust through adherence to Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship™, which focus on board governance, financial transparency, integrity in fundraising and proper use of charity resources.

Founded in 1979, ECFA provides accreditation to leading Christian nonprofit organizations that faithfully demonstrate compliance with established standards for financial accountability, fundraising and board governance. Members include Christian ministries, denominations, churches, educational institutions and other tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations. Collectively, these organizations represent nearly $20 billion in annual revenue.

World Hope International is a member in good standing of ECFA and embraces its standards.

Standards of Excellence Short-Term Mission

The U.S. Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission is an accrediting and resourcing body for those who send, receive, facilitate and support short-term mission (STM) endeavors. Members like World Hope International mobilize 5,800+ volunteers to more than 50 countries on 580 short-term trips each year. SOE affiliates also invest nearly half a billion dollars annually to reach those in need.

By adopting the Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission and displaying the SOE logo, WHI demonstrates that our short-term missions strive for the highest Christian and moral purpose. WHI’s membership in the SOE network offers opportunities for resource sharing, improved training, minimized risk and mentoring.

World Hope International displays the top-tier SOE seal of accreditation (seal of excellence), meaning that we meet or exceed the highest best practice standards established for short-term missions. The process to achieve accreditation is rigorous and advancement is not automatic. Accredited SOE members like WHI are commended for their achievement, as well as for their commitment to quality and excellence in STM.

Legally, the SOE exists as a division of the Alliance for Excellence in Short-Term Mission (AESTM), a U.S. based 501(c)(3) Christian nonprofit organization.

Food Resources Bank

World Hope International is a proud member of the Food Resources Bank, an organization that raises money to help people in developing countries grow their own food.

As a Christian response to world hunger, the mission of the Food Resources Bank is to link the grassroots energy and commitment of the U.S. agricultural community with the capability and desire of small-holder farmers in developing countries to grow lasting solutions to hunger.

FRB engages volunteers to raise money for between 50-60 overseas programs every year. All of the programs focus on developing small-holder agriculture, often in the most remote and poorest regions of the world. FRB and World Hope International believe that agriculture as the solution to hunger experienced in much of the world.

FRB received support from more than 200 U.S. growing projects that raised $3.3 million in the last year to support 62 overseas programs. FRB’s 16 member organizations and 59 local partner organizations work in more than 30 countries around the world.

Support from the Food Resources Bank is currently funding World Hope International’s pineapples programs in Sierra Leone and cattle farming in Mozambique.

Combined Federal Campaign

World Hope International participates with CFC through Aid for Africa. Our CFC number is #11639.The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.

CFC is the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with more than 200 CFC campaigns throughout the country and internationally to help to raise millions of dollars each year. Pledges made by Federal civilian, postal and military donors during the campaign season (September 1-December 15) support eligible nonprofit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world. The Director of OPM has designated responsibility for day-to-day management of the CFC to its CFC Operations office.

The Wesleyan Church

World Hope International is a Christian relief and development organization working with vulnerable and exploited communities to alleviate poverty, suffering and injustice.   Out of a desire to focus more effectively on efforts to address these needs church wide, The Wesleyan Church of North America founded World Hope as an independent legal entity in 1996.  While working in cooperation with many denominations, NGO’s, numerous grant making entities, and national governments, World Hope continues to serve as the official partner to The Wesleyan Church for international relief and development.  Wesleyan churches who contribute to World Hope qualify for a United Stewardship Fund exemption.

The Wesleyan Church is a Protestant denomination with a presence in nearly 100 countries around the world, ministering through 6,000 churches and preaching points, with more than 500,000 worshipers on an average weekend. In North America, some 240,000 worshipers regularly attend its 1,600 churches.

Forbes Nonprofit Council

Forbes Nonprofit Council is an invitation-only network for senior-level executives in successful nonprofit organizations. As part of this esteemed community, WHI joins a diverse and dedicated community of leaders working around the world to improve access to education, assist military veterans, end homelessness, inspire innovation and assist startups, among many other missions. Check for frequently published expertise and advice from World Hope’s CEO, John Lyon!

Charity Navigator

World Hope International is proud to be recognized by Charity Navigator, the nation's largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities. We currently have a four-star rating with Charity Navigator. Their rating system examines two broad areas of a charity's performance; their Financial Health and their Accountability & Transparency. These ratings show donors how efficiently Charity Navigator believes a charity will use their support today, how well it has sustained its programs and services over time and their level of commitment to good governance, best practices and openness with information.