Convoy of Hope
Convoy of Hope is a faith-based charity organization that provides humanitarian relief in the US and around the world. The group is consistently rated among the top 1% of US charities for governance and fiscal responsibility.
History and Background
The organization was established in 1994 by the brothers Hal, Dave, and Steve Donaldson. As children, they benefited from charity from neighbors while in poverty after their father was killed and mother injured in a car accident.
Convoy of Hope is headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, and also runs an office in Washington, DC. Hal Donaldson serves as CEO and President. The organization typically has an annual volunteer pool of 40,000.
For the past 11 years, Convoy of Hope has received a “4-star” rating for fiscal responsibility (out of a possible four stars) from independent charity evaluator Charity Navigator. Fewer than 1% of rated US charities have received at least 11 consecutive 4-star evaluations.
In 2012, Convoy of Hope raised more than $83 million, a gain of 11.4% over the previous year. 80% of its donations are products and services. Donations largely come from private giving: 96.9% are in the form of contributions, gifts, and grants, while 3% are government grants.
Although the group is faith-based, Convoy of Hope has no spirituality requirement for receiving aid.
Convoy of Hope responds to international disasters with food and emergency supplies for victims. Its global response has helped 55 million people, including:
- January 2010 earthquake in Haiti
- March 2011 tsunami/earthquake in Japan
- May 2011 EF5 tornado in Joplin, Missouri
- November 2012 Hurricane Sandy/US East Coast superstorm
- November 2013 typhoon in Philippines
- May 2013 EF5 tornado in Moore, Oklahoma
The group feeds more than 145,000 children.
In Haiti, the group launched its Children’s Feeding Initiative in 2010. The program provides immediate nutrition for children, typically by providing meals in schools. The initiative then develops supporting programs for food security in their community, including an agricultural program to train farmers and access to clean water. Through the initiative, 1.2 million meals were produced by local Haitian farmers.
In 2012, the Convoy of Hope began its 50-state All America Tour to bring outreach programs to every state. The charity has delivered $50 million in goods and services, including groceries, career services, and health screenings such as breast health services.
Women’s Empowerment Program
In 2010, the group partnered with USAID, Assemblies of God World Mission, and the national church in Ethiopia to launch the Women’s Empowerment Program. The initial program focused on Ethiopia to educate women in job skills and help them start businesses. After its success, the program expanded to Tanzania.
In 2014, Convoy of Hope partnered with the US Embassy to launch the program in rural El Salvador. This program will train 255 women ages 12–65 in small groups. The $153,828 investment for this program includes financial support from the US Embassy of almost $60,000.
Actor Stephen Colbert helped increase donations to victims of a November 2013 typhoon in the Philippines by publicizing the charity’s work on his television show, The Colbert Report, and through social media. The Colbert team brought in donations exceeding $100,000 in just a few hours and $300,000 over the course of their drive.
Professional football quarterback Drew Brees and his Brees Dream Foundation partnered with Convoy of Hope to raise resources for Hurricane Sandy victims in New York and New Jersey. To date, the partnership has raised $300,000
The music group The Jonas Brothers and their father have supported Convoy of Hope since 2009. Their Change for the Children Foundation endows grants to support Convoy of Hope international children’s initiatives. In May 2013, they participated in clean-up efforts after tornado destruction in Oklahoma.
- "Convoy of Hope Receives Charity Navigator's 4-Star Rating" The Christian Post. April 8, 2014
- Rollins, Jess "Mo. humanitarian relief group delivers aid, hope" USA Today. January 1, 2013
- Donaldson, Hal "Connections: Hal Donaldson" Pentecostal Evangel. July 21, 2013
- "'Convoy of Hope' reaches out to Americans below poverty line" Fox News. July 14, 2012
- The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Volume XXVI, No. 1 10/24/2013 (Page 7 – Ranked #270 with picture)
- "Convoy of Hope" Charity Navigator
- Weber, Catherine "Joe Jonas Joins Convoy of Hope to Aid Oklahoma Tornado Victims" The Christian Post. May 24, 2013
- McMullin, Adam "Convoy of Hope: 50 Million Served" Pentecostal Evangel. March 18, 2012
- Fitzpatrick, David and Griffin, Drew "Scammers create fake donation websites for Sandy victims" CNN. November 11, 2012
- Patton, Laurie "Colbert Bump Helps Raise Over $100,000 for Convoy of Hope" Ozarks First. November 13, 2013
- "Nutrition Services & Treatment: CLASSY Awards Top 5" The Classy Awards. March 2014
- Houghton, Jeff "Helping Women Worldwide" 417 Magazine. August 2013
- "Launching of Women's Empowerment Through Enterprise Program" US Embassy News, San Salvador. 2014
- Gounley, Thomas "Springfield-based Convoy of Hope gets Colbert bump" News Leader. November 15, 2013
- O'Neil, Tyler "Stephen Colbert's Challenge to 'Out-Donate China' in Philippines Aid Gives International Relief Organization a Push" CP Church & Ministry. November 20, 2013
- "Drew Brees Soars with American Airline and Convoy of Hope" The Brees Dream Foundation
- Jonas, Kevin Sr. "Jonas Brothers' Dad Named As Charity Honorary Chairman" Look To The Stars. March 13, 2014
- Lang, George "Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers volunteering in Moore today with Convoy of Hope" News OK. May 24, 2013
- Baldwin, Brooke "The Jonas Brothers help tornado victims" CNN. May 24, 2013