Accountability

Church World Service is committed to transparency and makes available a range of information related to our governance, our finances and our relationship with partner organizations.

Governance

Church World Service is a cooperative effort of 37 member communions in the U.S., representing millions of Americans.  Each of these communions may name someone to our board and serve on our oversight committees and in our leadership.

The CWS Board of Directors meets twice a year, and oversees every facet of the agency.  A list of our current board members, as well as our senior administrative staff, is available here.

Financials

Church World Service is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Contributions to CWS are tax deductible.

Our financial records are audited by independent auditors in accordance with guidelines established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  You can learn more about our sources of support and how we have used that support on our CWS Financials page.  Only around 4 cents of every dollar goes to fund administrative costs.

Additionally, CWS is reviewed annually by GuideStar, the online standard for nonprofit accountability. Take a look at our listing, where you’ll also find our annual report, 990, and additional financial information.

Accountability and Partnership

CWS is accountable to the individuals we assist.  We are also accountable to the local community organizations with which we enjoy partnerships.  They participate and have voice in our semiannual assessment of agency work.

Standards

CWS adheres to all guidelines for humanitarian assistance mandated by the International Committee of the Red Cross.  CWS was also one of the original founders of the Sphere project, a common set of international standards used in disaster response.  Both set a strong mandate for appropriate standards in providing humanitarian assistance, and specifically prohibit proselytizing.

If you don't see what you're looking for here, please visit hunger.cwsglobal.org/accountability for additional information or contact us.


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