World Neighbors, Inc.
5600 N. May Avenue
Suite 160
Oklahoma City OK 73112-4222
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
World Neighbors
Mission Statement World Neighbors is an international development organization striving to eliminate hunger, poverty and disease in the most deprived rural villages in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. World Neighbors invests in people and their communities by training and inspiring them to create their own life-changing solutions through programs that combine agriculture, literacy, water, health and environmental protection.
Contact Information
Contact Name Robert Lachance
Contact email
Address 5600 N. May Avenue
Suite 160
Oklahoma City, OK 73112 4222
Phone (405) 286-0805
Fax 405-254-3629
County Oklahoma
How to Give
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Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
Donations, by check, should be sent to World Neighbors, Inc. at 5600 N. May Avenue, Suite 160, Oklahoma City, OK 73112-4222.
Please call Ms. Jenifer Davis at (405) 286-0797 should you wish to make a donation with your credit card over the telephone.
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $3,151,000.00
Projected Expenses $3,151,000.00
History and Background
Supported Organization World Neighbors, Inc.
Year Founded 1951
IRS Ruling Year 1957
State Registration Expiration Feb 2020
Mission World Neighbors is an international development organization striving to eliminate hunger, poverty and disease in the most deprived rural villages in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. World Neighbors invests in people and their communities by training and inspiring them to create their own life-changing solutions through programs that combine agriculture, literacy, water, health and environmental protection.
A visionary beyond his time, Dr. John L. Peters dreamed of an organization administered by people who were aware of the reality that what people need and want are not always what others think they needed and wanted. His idea was unique: to help others by working from the bottom up, with no self-interest and an understanding of the dignity that every person has. Today, that organization is thriving, and since its inception in 1951, World Neighbors has helped transform the lives of more than 26 million people in 45 countries.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
In Latin America and the Caribbean:
  1. Bolivia
  2. Guatemala
  3. Haiti
  4. Peru
In East Africa:
  1. Kenya
  2. Tanzania
  3. Uganda
In West Africa:
  1. Burkina Faso
  2. Mali
In South Asia:
  1. India
  2. Nepal
In Southeast Asia:
  1. Indonesia
  2. Timor-Leste
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition/Agricultural Programs
Tertiary Organizational Category Environment/Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean
World Neighbors works with people who are struggling to survive in some of the poorest places on earth. Instead of providing short-term aid, World Neighbors creates permanent change by working alongside villagers, helping them to identify and solve their own problems. Currently, over 525,000 people benefit from World Neighbors program work in 13 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. During our 68 years of experience, more than 26 million people in 45 countries have transformed their lives.
We invest in local leadership and organizations that continue and expand program activities after we end our support. The average time we stay in a community is eight to 10 years. The goal is to achieve long-lasting improvements in people’s lives and in the community, not quick fixes that depend on outside assistance.
World Neighbors focuses on training and educating communities to find lasting solutions to the challenges they face – hunger, poverty and disease – rather than by giving them food, money or by constructing buildings.
World Neighbors believes that development is a process that people and communities must lead themselves. While improving the lives of marginalized and vulnerable rural people through project inputs, World Neighbors facilitates the emergence, growth and sustainability of local community-based organizations.
Our approach is simple and successful. World Neighbors big-picture, integrated approach focuses on the entire community rather than on one issue. We listen to the people without predetermined ideas of how they should change, and we understand that issues are often interrelated. By removing one obstacle, we can open many avenues of opportunity.
Population Served Africa Asia Latin America & the Caribbean
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state.
Hunger: We work to eliminate hunger through an integrated approach of sustainable agriculture and proper nutrition.
Poverty: Globally, about 1 billion people are living on less than a dollar a day, and 162 million live well below that on less than half a dollar a day. World Neighbors works to lessen poverty by working with communities to find creative income generating activities and encouraging credit and savings programs.
Disease: Millions of people die from preventable diseases each year. World Neighbors trains villagers to become health experts who are able to guide their communities to better overall health. We focus on three different areas: community health, reproductive health and fighting HIV/AIDS.
Environment: World Neighbors programs around the world work under continuously changing weather conditions. As a result, World Neighbors helps our communities build sustainable programs that are not only good for the community, but are also good for the earth.
Disaster Programs
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Kate Schecter, Ph.D.
Start Date June 2014
Experience Kate Schecter, Ph.D, joined World Neighbors, as its President and CEO, in June 2014.  In her previous position, she worked for the American International Health Alliance (AIHA) for 14 years-- since 2000.  As a Senior Program Officer at AIHA, she had responsibility for managing health partnerships throughout Eurasia and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).  She also managed a blood safety program in Ukraine, Central Asia and Cambodia from 2012- 2014.  In the early 2000’s she managed a program on the prevention of mother-to-child-transmission of HIV (PMTCT) in Ukraine and numerous pilot sites in Russia and Central Asia.  Through her work with over 35 partnerships addressing primary healthcare, chronic disease management, hospital management, maternal/child health, Tuberculosis, blood safety and HIV/AIDS, she has extensive experience successfully implementing AIHA’s health partnership model.  Before joining AIHA, Kate worked as a consultant for the World Bank for three years (1997-2000), specializing in healthcare reform and child welfare issues in Eurasia and CEE.  She taught political science at Tel Aviv University in Israel for a year (1992) and at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for four years (1993-1997).  She has written extensively about the Soviet socialized healthcare system and was a principal investigator for the Carnegie Corporation's Russia Initiative where she researched the issue of social cohesion in Russia.  She is the co-editor and co-author of Social Capital and Social Cohesion in Post-Soviet Russia (M.E. Sharpe, 2003), author of a chapter in Russia’s Torn Safety Nets: Health and Social Welfare in Post-Communist Russia (St. Martin’s Press, 2000), and an entry on Chernobyl for Scribner’s Encyclopedia of Europe 1914-2004, (2006).  She also has made three documentary films for PBS about the Former Soviet Union.  Dr. Schecter holds a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University in New York and an M.A. in Soviet studies from Harvard University.
Senior Staff
Srijana KarkiRegional Director, South Asia
Robert Lachance, CPAChief Financial Officer
Chris Macoloo, Ph.D.Regional Director, Africa
Lionel VigilRegional Dirctor, Latin America & the Caribbean Region
Edd WrightRegional Director, Southeast Asia
Number of Full-time Staff 40
Number of Part-time Staff 2
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 6587
Staff Retention Rate 87
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 7
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 9
Other 21 (Haitian-4; Nepali-4; Indonesian-10; Timorese-3)
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 30
Female 12
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted July 2018
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes

External Assessments and Accreditations
Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance2018
Charity Navigator2018
Best in AmericaAmerica's Best Charities2018
4 Star CharityCharity Navigator2018
Seal of TransparencyGuideStar2019
Top Rated - ACharityWatch2017
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Commercial Auto
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Crime Coverage
Directors and Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
Employee Benefits Liability
Fiduciary Liability
General Property Coverage and Professional Liability
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Professional Liability
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Comments on Staff & Management
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
Foundation Staff Comments
Nondiscrimination policy can be found in the World Neighbors Global Human Resources Policies Guide. 
Board Chair
Name Dr. Susan Chambers
Company Affiliation Lakeside Women's Hospital
Term July 2019 to June 2021
Board of Directors
List Current as of July 01, 2019
Board of Directors List
Tommy BarrowRetiredVoting
Carol BlackwoodCommunity VolunteerVoting
Martha BurgerOklahoma City UniversityVoting
Susan Chambers M.D.Lakeside Women's HospitalVoting
Becky CollinsRetiredVoting
Stephanie Conduff J.D.Leche Lounge, LLC and Sovereign Concepts, LLCVoting
Nicholas DuncanDuncan Real EstateVoting
Emily EstesCommunity VolunteerVoting
Claudia HollimanMorgan StanleyVoting
Wayne Moyer Ph.D.Grinnell CollegeVoting
Caroline PattonCommunity VolunteerVoting
Marla PerskyWOMN, LLC and Epicurean Travel, LLCVoting
Nani Pybus Ph.D., CRAOklahoma State UniversityVoting
Paul RobertsonRetiredVoting
Vlad SambaiewRetiredVoting
Kate Schecter Ph.D.World NeighborsExofficio
Jay Shanker J.D.Crowe & DunlevyVoting
Tiffany Stevens J.D.Jewelers Vigilance CommitteeVoting
Mara Tshibaka CichockiFeFiFo FilmsVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Caucasian 17
Native American/American Indian 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 13
Board Term Lengths 3 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 95 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2019-June 30, 2020
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $3,151,000
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $3,151,000
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201920182017
Total Revenue$5,502,620$3,720,563$5,162,249
Total Expenses$3,049,817$3,484,562$3,910,793
Revenue Less Expenses$2,452,803$236,001$1,251,456
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201920182017
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$1,087,490$1,346,888$1,403,368
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$276,371$203,165$148,838
Unrealized Gain/Loss$40,361$176,177$349,046
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201920182017
Program Expense$2,528,651$2,989,957$3,339,534
Administration Expense$174,218$181,731$191,675
Fundraising Expense$346,948$312,874$379,584
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.801.071.32
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%86%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue9%15%13%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201920182017
Total Assets$11,104,218$8,678,473$8,480,773
Current Assets$3,234,429$1,118,621$1,172,287
Long-Term Liabilities$377,904$417,558$433,076
Current Liabilities$86,238$73,642$96,425
Total Net Assets$10,640,076$8,187,273$7,951,272
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201920182017
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities37.5115.1912.16
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201920182017
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets3%5%5%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201920182017
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $4,037,393Contributions $2,054,029Contributions $2,853,586
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovt - Fed $1,087,490Govt - Fed $1,346,888Govt - Fed $1,403,368
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $276,371Investment Income $203,165Realized & Unrealized Gains/(Loss) $349,046
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990s.
Note:  In "Other" revenue represents miscellaneous, change in split interest and payouts to annuitants.   Please refer to the Form 990s, Page 9, Part VIII section 11 for specifics. 
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Address 5600 N. May Avenue
Suite 160
Oklahoma City, OK 73112 4222
Primary Phone 405 286-0805
Contact Email
Give with Credit Card
Give to Endowment
CEO/Executive Director Kate Schecter, Ph.D.
Board Chair Dr. Susan Chambers
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lakeside Women's Hospital