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
Why missionaries need financial support
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.
A missionary requires more than just food and shelter to minister well in their country.
How WorldVenture utilizes your financial support
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.
92 cents of every dollar given to WorldVenture goes directly to missionaries and their programs.
Ways to Give
At WorldVenture we have numerous way to make your giving simple. Please read below and select the option that is best for you. Thank you for your support!
Click the Give Now button in the upper right corner of this site or go to give.worldventure.com to give online, register for an account, manage your commitments, download and print your giving history and learn more about the workers and projects you support.
Mail a Check
If you prefer to give by check:
- Make your check payable to “WorldVenture.”
- Write the seven-digit number and fund name in the lower-left portion of your check.
(e.g. “4000-231-Missionary Last Name, First Name” or “6080-999-Project Name”)
- Mail your check to:
20 Inverness Pl E
Englewood, CO 80112-5622
If you need to manage any aspect of your giving, including the option to give by phone, please contact us at (720) 283-2000 ext. 2600 or send us an email requesting assistance to firstname.lastname@example.org
We want our workers and partners to share the special relationship that comes from engaging the world for gospel impact together. However, if you would like to make an anonymous donation, please call or mail a check with instructions. We do not accept anonymous gifts online.
Asset Gifts, Estate Gifts, and More
There are many other ways you can give. Consider contributing Stocks and Bonds, Real Estate, Personal Property (such as jewelry and vehicles), Donor Advised Funds, Business Interests, Corporate Giving, or Employer Matching Gifts. You can even make arrangements for legacy gifts and planned giving from your estate that may include tax relief and benefits. Get more information at our FAQ page for online giving.
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.
Financial FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
There are two ways that you can receive your contribution statement from WorldVenture:
1. The first way is through our online giving platform. You can access and download your latest contribution statement at any time. If you do not have an account yet, please register for one by going to www.worldventure.com/register.
2. The second way you can receive a statement is through our automatic quarterly email. Every quarter, we will provide access to a contribution statement that will provide you with your year-to-date contribution history. If you have provided your email to us already by giving online or registering online, you do not need to do anything to receive your statement! If you have not yet provided your email address, please do so by registering with our online giving platform at www.worldventure.com/register.
If you are in retirement care, severely handicapped, or incarcerated and unable to access your contribution records online, please contact us at 1-800-487-4224 for assistance.
Why do I see "Worker Name Withheld" and/or "Project Name Withheld" in my receipt, statement or when giving online?
This is done for security purposes. The global worker or project to which you contribute is located in a restricted access area or context. It is our policy to protect them by listing those contributions on your receipt, statement, and online by providing only their fund number identification followed by “Worker Name Withheld” or “Project Name Withheld” (for example, “1234-567- Worker Name Withheld” or “1234-567 – Project Name Withheld”). Again, we do this for their security and safety. If you have additional questions, you must contact the worker or project leader directly, as we do not provide information about them via email or over the phone.
Can I give a personal gift to my missionary via check? May I include it with my current contribution?
No. You may not send personal gifts to missionaries by check to the WorldVenture main office. We cannot process those anymore. You must contact your missionary directly and make separate arrangements.
Please be advised that if you attempt to include a personal gift with your normal contribution check, we will be unable to process that check, which means we will be unable to provide your usual contribution funds to your missionary.
Again, we cannot accept personal gifts to your missionary; only regular contributions to their ministry support fund.
The worker that I support resigned or retired, but my bank account was debited (or credit card was charged) after they left the organization. When does my commitment end?
WorldVenture’s policy is to complete commitments 90 days after a worker resigns or retires. When a worker is leaving WorldVenture, it is very similar to closing down a business. Costs, such as ministry reimbursements, repatriation of personal items, and final payroll costs are incurred after ministry concludes. Contributions continue to play a vital role in finalizing ministry activity and ending well. As a donor, you are never under any obligation to contribute to WorldVenture and should you want to complete your commitment at any time, you can log in to your account online to end your commitment. Don’t have an account? You can register online at www.worldventure.com/register. You can also email us directly at email@example.com. Please note that you can end your commitment at any time via online registration; ending your commitment via email generally takes longer.
That’s easy! Please contact your worker or the project leader directly. They’ll be happy to confirm their number with you and they’ll want to thank you in advance for your generosity. (And, you’ll definitely make their day with a phone call, email, or social media message about that!). At WorldVenture, the giver is always more important than the gift. Then go to www.worldventure.com/give to make your contribution.
Why Committed Support Does More Than One-Time Gifts
WorldVenture is a faith mission. This means that WorldVenture and its missionaries are responsible to raise the necessary support to cover the cost of doing ministry around the world. This support comes from partners, like churches, family, friends, businesses, and other organizations, who have prayerfully committed to giving financially toward this goal. These financial commitments range in amount and frequency depending on the partner and the need, but all are used to great effect to see God’s work accomplished.
There are many reasons. Some are given out of a greater vision to accomplish the Great Commission, others because of personal relationship with the missionary, obedience to God’s calling, or even gratitude for what God has done in your own life. Whatever the reason, we welcome your partnership with us as we take the Gospel around the globe.
That is completely dependent on the partner and what God is asking them to commit to. For practical reasons, WorldVenture suggests that support commitments continue for one full term, usually 2-4 years, of the missionary being supported. At the end of each term, missionaries will return to their home country for an extended time. During this “home assignment” missionaries will report to their current partners, recruit new partners, spend time with family and friends, and seek any additional needed training before returning to their field of service.
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.
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.
Like many people pay their bills, missionary support can be received monthly, quarterly, or annually. Contributions can be made via checks, credit cards, electronic funds transfer, money order, stocks and bonds, and even cash. Gifts and commitments can be made, managed, and reviewed online using our partner community.
In a word, “partnership.” As a partner in ministry, you should expect that your support is being used for gospel impact and that your missionary periodically communicates that to you and other partners. This may include prayer letters, e-mails, photos, online videos, social media updates or other forms of communication from your missionary. In addition, your missionary is inclined to pray for you – your needs, hopes, and plans – as they become aware of them. So, expect yourself to reach out to them, too!
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.