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 and Latin America.  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. Since 1951, more than 26 million people in 45 countries have transformed their lives with the support of World Neighbors.

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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Please send a check made payable to World Neighbors, Inc. to:
5600 N. May Avenue
Suite 160
Oklahoma City,  OK 73112-4222
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $3,115,000.00
Projected Expenses $3,115,000.00
History and Background
Supported Organization World Neighbors, Inc.
Year Founded 1951
IRS Ruling Year 1957
State Registration Expiration May 2018

World Neighbors is an international development organization striving to eliminate hunger, poverty and disease in the most deprived rural villages in Asia, Africa and Latin America.  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. Since 1951, more than 26 million people in 45 countries have transformed their lives with the support of World Neighbors.

Background 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 changed the lives of more than 26 million people in 45 countries.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
  1. Guatemala
  2. Haiti
  3. Peru
  4. Bolivia
  5. Kenya
  6. Tanzania
  7. Uganda
  8. Burkina Faso
  9. Mali
  10. India
  11. Nepal
  12. Timor-Leste
  13. Indonesia
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 570,000 people benefit from World Neighbors program work in 13 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. During our 65 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.

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Kate Schecter, Ph.D.
Start Date June 2014
Experience Kate Schecter, Ph.D, just joined World Neighbors as the new President and CEO.  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, Dr. Schecter 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
Ms. Srijana KarkiRegional Director, South Asia
Mr. Robert Lachance, CPAChief Financial Officer
Mr. Chris Macoloo, Ph.D.Regional Director, Africa
Mr. Lionel VigilRegional Dirctor, Latin America & the Caribbean Region
Mr. Edward WrightRegional Director, South East Asia
Number of Full-time Staff 46
Number of Part-time Staff 0
Number of Contract Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 7785
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 13
Other 0 Haitian: 4; Nepali 3; Indonesian 10; Timorese 4
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 30
Female 16
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted July 2012
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes

External Assessments and Accreditations
Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance2016
Charity Navigator2016
4 Star CharityCharity Navigator2016
Seal of TransparencyGuideStar2017
Best in AmericaAmerica's Best Charities2017
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Crime Coverage
Directors and Officers Policy
Commercial Auto
Employee Benefits Liability
Fiduciary Liability
General Property Coverage and Professional Liability
Life Insurance
Disability Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Professional Liability
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
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 Mr. Tommy Barrow
Company Affiliation Tom Barrow Company (Retired)
Term July 2017 to June 2019
Board of Directors
List Current as of July 01, 2017
Board of Directors List
Mr. Tommy Barrow RetiredVoting
Mrs. Carol Blackwood Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Martha Burger Community VolunteerVoting
Mrs. Susan Chambers M.D.Lakeside Women's HospitalVoting
Mrs. Becky Collins RetiredVoting
Mrs. Stephanie Conduff J.D.Leche Lounge/Sovereign ConceptsVoting
Mrs. Emily Estes Community VolunteerVoting
Mrs. Anthea George Star Ridge New Media, LLCVoting
Mr. Wayne Moyer Ph.D.Grinnell CollegeVoting
Mrs. Marla Persky WOMN LLCVoting
Ms. Nani Pybus Ph.D., CRAOklahoma State UniversityVoting
Mr. Paul Robertson RetiredVoting
Mr. Vlad Sambaiew RetiredVoting
Mrs. Kate Schecter Ph.D.World NeighborsExofficio
Mr. Jay Shanker J.D.Crowe & DunlevyVoting
Ms. Tiffany Stevens J.D.Jewelers Vigilance CommitteeVoting
Mrs. Marnie Taylor Oklahoma Center for NonprofitsVoting
Mrs. Mara Tshibaka-Cichocki FeFiFo FilmsVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Caucasian 16
Native American/American Indian 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
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
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Board Governance
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2017-June 30, 2018
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $3,115,000
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $3,115,000
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 Year201620152014
Total Revenue$3,469,997$4,311,643$3,700,948
Total Expenses$4,158,319$3,986,845$3,294,227
Revenue Less Expenses($688,322)$324,798$406,721
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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$945,681$537,655$154,643
Individual Contributions$1,295,340$1,011,083$799,869
Investment Income, Net of Losses$187,843$225,138$169,706
Unrealized Gain/Loss($510,297)($176,670)$534,576
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$3,300,668$3,188,101$2,591,303
Administration Expense$321,706$303,896$284,013
Fundraising Expense$535,945$494,848$418,911
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.831.081.12
Program Expense/Total Expenses79%80%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue14%12%18%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$7,758,616$8,570,688$8,283,050
Current Assets$656,437$333,136$362,284
Long-Term Liabilities$795,558$906,533$1,177,974
Current Liabilities$263,242$276,017$41,736
Total Net Assets$6,699,816$7,388,138$7,063,340
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.491.218.68
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets10%11%14%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $1,295,340Foundations & Corporations $1,402,001Indirect Public Support $1,055,301
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndirect Public Support $948,062Indirect Public Support $1,246,728Individuals $799,869
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovt - Fed $945,681Individuals $1,011,083Other $722,011
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? No
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from audited financial statements. 
Organizations with a GiveSmartOKC profile are responsible for updating information annually within 45 days following the end of their fiscal year.
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 Mr. Tommy Barrow
Board Chair Company Affiliation Tom Barrow Company (Retired)