Structure and Funding

World Vision consists of numerous national entities around the world, grouped in what is informally referred to as the World Vision "partnership."  This website is maintained by World Vision International.

World Vision International (WVI), established as the international coordinating body in 1977, provides global coordination for the partnership, and ensures that global standards and policies are pursued. Offices located in London, Geneva, Bangkok, Nairobi, Lusaka, Dakar, Cyprus, New York, Los Angeles, and San Jose, Costa Rica co-ordinate the strategic operations of the organisation and represent World Vision in international forums. Its board of directors (“the International Board”) oversees the partnership, and its body of members (the “Council”) is the highest governing authority for certain fundamental decisions.

WVI is incorporated as a religious non-profit corporation under the laws of the State of California, USA, and has been recognised as a tax-exempt organization by the relevant US tax authorities.

The World Vision Partnership

The World Vision partnership of national offices, many of which are governed by their own boards, is bound together in interdependence through a common mission statement and shared core values. By signing the Covenant of Partnership, each national office agrees to abide by common policies and standards. National offices hold each other accountable through a system of peer review. Each national office, regardless of the size of its programmes, has a voice in the Partnership.

The International Board

The International Board meets in full twice a year, appoints senior officers, approves strategic plans and budgets, and determines international policy. Click here for a list of international board members. The international president and chief executive officer is Kevin Jenkins. There are a total of 24 international board members. The Council of Members meets every three years.

National Boards

National Boards composed of business professionals, church, and social service leaders, govern the work of many national offices, where as many operational decisions are made as possible. National directors approve more than 90 per cent of all projects within previously approved budgets.


Funding for World Vision's work comes largely (63 per cent) from private sources, including individuals, corporations and foundations. The remainder comes from governments and multilateral agencies. In addition to cash contributions, World Vision accepts gifts-in-kind, typically in the form of food commodities, medicine, and clothing.

Child sponsorship

Child Sponsorship is the source of approximately half of the funding for World Vision's programmes. Individuals, families, churches and groups are linked with specific children or specific community projects in their own country or abroad, pledging an amount each month to support community-led programmes that benefit children.