ECFA membership and stewardship standards
WorldVenture is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization in good standing with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), which provides leading Christian nonprofits with accreditation and financial accountability. As a member, WorldVenture adheres to ECFA’s Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship. We are committed to conducting business and raising funds with only the highest standards of excellence and integrity.
Where Your Money Goes
How missionaries use your money
A missionary requires more than just food and shelter to minister well in their country.
A missionary requires more than just food and shelter to minister well in their country.
A missionary support package looks very similar to a small business start-up. A missionary requires more than just food and shelter to minister well in their country. They also need materials and transportation and sometimes a ministry building. Read more on our Costs of Going page.
How we use your money
WorldVenture offers a fixed assessment fee for all support, ministries, and projects. These assessments vary based on marital status and open and set assignments. Set assignment missionaries usually serve between one and four years, depending on the ministry. The assessment is $970 per month for couples and $560 per month for single missionaries. Open assignment missionaries have no end date to their service. Their assessment is $1,295 per month for couples and $750 per month for single missionaries. Open assignments require longer-term resources such as retirement plans, health insurance, etc. For each child in a family, the assessment is $100 per year. This pertains to children between the ages of six and 18. Contributions to missionaries have different transaction fees. These fees are $3 for checks, $2 for credit cards, and $1 for auto debit transactions.
92 cents of every dollar given to WorldVenture goes directly to missionaries and their programs. We use the remaining funds for administrative purposes or fund-raising, as the ECFA can verify. In addition, WorldVenture distributes approximately 9.5 percent more of its income to the ministry, as compared to other similar organizations.The bottom line is that WorldVenture missionaries are benefitting from 92 cents of every dollar donated, and even the money used for assessment fees will directly benefit them through the services WorldVenture offers.
Ways to Give
Your convenience is our priority
WorldVenture accepts donations by phone, mail, or through online giving. Donors may also contribute to WorldVenture in many different ways: estate plans and deferred gifts, non-cash and stock gifts, or through missionary project funds and appointee ministry funds.
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Tax Deduction Information
Basic IRS regulations regarding charitable deductions include the following:
- Under current IRS regulations, only donors who itemize may take a charitable deduction.
- For gifts of cash, the donor may take a charitable income tax deduction up to 50 percent of adjusted gross income and excess deductions may be carried over for up to five years.
- For gifts of other property (not cash), donors may claim a charitable income tax deduction equal to fair market value up to 30 percent of adjusted gross income and excess deductions may be carried over for up to five years.
- Gifts of real estate and certain non-marketable securities over $5,000 must be appraised to determine fair market value for tax deduction purposes.
- Generally, gifts of tangible personal property (autos, artwork, etc.) over $5,000 must be appraised to determine fair market value.
FAQs About Committed Support
What is committed support?
Seldom does WorldVenture have to bring a missionary home because of lapsed commitments.
WorldVenture is a faith mission with no central funding. Therefore, missionaries are responsible to raise their own support from churches, family, businesses, organizations, and friends. Commitments are registered with WorldVenture via a commitment form indicating annual amount, frequency, and start date. When commitments equal the support level set by WorldVenture’s overseas fields (based on cost of living and ministry needs), the missionary receives final clearance for departure. Such commitments, though not a legal contract, are almost always fulfilled. Seldom does WorldVenture have to bring a missionary home because of lapsed commitments.
Why do people make support commitments?
There are many reasons. Most churches make such commitments out of a sense of vision and mission to accomplish the Great Commission. For individuals, it usually starts with the word “relationship.” Many partners also give out of gratitude to God for what He has done for them through Christ. Many partners also give out of obedience to I Corinthians 4:1 to fulfill our stewardship of the Gospel. Many partners have a strong passion to see the Gospel spread among certain people groups or through certain types of ministry. We welcome your partnership with us as together we expand the harvest.
How long am I expected to continue a commitment of support?
Support commitments from both churches and individuals have continued for the entire career of some missionaries—as long as 40 years.
It varies. Support commitments from both churches and individuals have continued for the entire career of some missionaries—as long as 40 years. For practical reasons, WorldVenture suggests that support commitments continue for at least one full term, usually four years. At the conclusion of each term, missionaries return to the U.S. for what is called “home assignment,” an extended time to report to partners, gain new support, renew relationships with extended family, and take additional training. WorldVenture understands that changes in church or family situations may force some commitments to be dropped or changed.
What happens if committed support falls short?
The short answer is, “Ministry effectiveness is compromised.” One unique feature of missionary support is that it includes funds for the work (ministry) in the field on which each missionary serves as well as funds to support the family. Thus, a shortfall in support affects both. A significant shortfall makes it difficult to continue ministering and living overseas, and a trip to the States or an extension of home assignment may be necessary to find additional support. If support does not come in for new missionaries, they cannot begin ministry overseas.
What missionary and mission services are covered under committed support?
Monthly support includes all of the items that your budget at home might cover—and then some. For example, this would be food, clothing, shelter, transportation, salary, social security, utilities, applicable income taxes, health and life insurance, and retirement. Committed support also includes overseas cost of living adjustments, travel, children’s education, transportation, ministry funds, etc. A flat rate of all total support goes toward missionary and mission care, including the operation of the mission, publications, overseas supervision, administration in the U.S., board meetings, medical emergencies, recruiting and deploying new missionaries, research and planning, training, and counseling.
How do partners send their support?
Like many people pay their bills, missionary support is received monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annually, via checks, credit cards, electronic funds transfer, money order, stocks and bonds, and even cash. Gifts and commitments can be made online using our online giving or commitment forms.
What should I expect from the missionaries I support?
As a partner in ministry, you should expect the communication and relationship necessary to assure you that your financial, time, and prayer support are producing the results you pray for and expect.
In a word, “partnership.” As a partner in ministry, you should expect the communication and relationship necessary to assure you that your financial, time, and prayer support are producing the results you pray for and expect. This usually includes prayer letters, e-mail, personal letters, notes, phone calls, visits, and reports of ministry results. In addition, we also know missionaries are inclined to pray for your needs, hopes, and plans as they become aware of them.
Can I make personal, non-tax-deductible gifts to the missionaries I support?
It is very common for support partners to give personal gifts on special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, and Christmas. WorldVenture processes these gifts and sends them on to the recipient. Personal gifts are not tax-deductible. Should you decide to give a personal gift, simply jot an explanatory note on the response portion of the receipt, clearly marked with your intention. For example, “Please forward $50 to Tom Missionary as our personal Christmas gift.” The word “personal” is a signal to us that this will not be a tax-deductible gift.
Does my commitment mean I will receive a lot of mail from WorldVenture?
The choice is yours. Prayer letters and other communication from your missionary partner come to you directly. In addition, we may send periodic mailings asking for various ministry projects. Please let us know if you would like to opt out of any or all mailings.
Whom can I contact with questions?
Please contact us at 720-283-2000 with any questions you may have. WorldVenture has donor relations personnel whose goal is to act as your advocate to the mission. We believe it is a miracle that people willingly and joyfully send financial support for a missionary month in and month out over many years. Our goal is to foster a long-term relationship, satisfying to you and to the WorldVenture missionaries you support.