Convoy of Hope

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Convoy of Hope is a faith-based nonprofit organization founded in 1994 and known for its international programs of feeding and otherwise helping poor people. Based in Springfield, Missouri, it also helps in disaster-relief work and has recently begun a science education program in the United States and elsewhere.


The organization was founded in 1994 to aid in humanitarian relief. It began by serving Mid-America but has now expanded to other areas.[1] Hal Donaldson, a co-founder and chief executive officer, recalled in 2014 that the group was founded in California but moved to Missouri some two years later because of its importance to truck transportation. He chose Springfield because he and his wife had attended Evangel College there.[2]

The Convoy had beginnings in a Christian tradition.[1] Hal Donaldson, who later became a journalist and author, said he and his two brothers, Steve and Dave, and a sister founded the organization a quarter century after their father was killed by a drunk driver and their mother was hospitalized. The siblings, Hal being age 12 at the time, were taken in by neighbors and that response, he said, impelled him to take steps when he grew up to alleviate other people's needs.[2][3][3]

Scope of services[edit]

Convoy of Hope is noted for its disaster-relief work.[4] In the United States thousands of volunteers were organized into programs that provided, among other things, groceries, résumé advice and dental screenings.[1]



Each year Convoy of Hope sponsors events to provide free groceries, job and health fairs and activities for children.[4] Some of the events:

  • in 2013, a day-long event was held in the French Hill area of Marlborough, Massachusetts, attracting some thousand people. There was a social services tent and a prayer tent as well.[6]
  • In 2011, some 5,300 people gathered in Memorial Park of Rapid City, South Dakota, for a Convoy event featuring blood-pressure and blood-sugar tests as well as physical exams for children. Six thousand bags of food were distributed in a grocery tent. The activity stemmed from "previous local community outreach activity by local faith-based and secular groups."[7]


  • With a regional headquarters in Lucena, Philippines, Convoy of Hope has established a business program for local people and has developed three aquaponics systems for production of tilapia, which provide not only food but also waste products to nourish vegetable and other plants above ground.[12]

Disaster relief[edit]

Evangel University[edit]

Convoy of Hope and Evangel University, both based in Springfield, have signed an agreement to "increase and improve 'applied science expertise' " in the United States and in Africa, Central America and South Africa.[15] Brittni Woods is the project coordinator.[16]

National tours[edit]

Convoy of Hope staged a tour across the United States beginning June 16, 2012 in Swope Park, Kansas City, Missouri, where tents were set up and volunteers distributed food, gave haircuts and made job referrals.[17] A similar tour was held in September 2013.[4]


For eleven years in a row, Convoy of Hope has earned a four-star rating, the highest, from Charity Navigator, an organization that evaluates charities in the United States.[18]

Notable supporters[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Jess Rollins, "Mo. Humanitarian Relief Group Deliver," USA Today, January 1, 2013
  2. ^ a b Bob Watson, "Convoy of Hope Leader Urges Cooperation Among All," News-Tribune, January 10, 2014
  3. ^ a b Emily Wood, "Convoy of Hope Founder Hal Davidson Shares the Story Behind the Worldwide Charity," KY3 Television, November 26, 2014
  4. ^ a b c Alex Murashko, "Convoy of Hope: Next Stop Sioux City, Iowa, to Give Away $1 Million in Food, Services," The Christian Post, September 13, 2013
  5. ^ Brianna Clark, "Convoy of Hope Stops By Siouxland for the Second Time,", September 13, 2014
  6. ^ Joan F. Simoneau, "Second Convoy of Hope Event Planned in Marlborough," Community Advocate, June 24, 2014
  7. ^ David Montgomery, "Convoy of Hope Helps Thousands in Rapid City," Rapid City Journal, August 21, 2011
  8. ^ "Convoy of Hope Returns to Leesburg Sept. 13," Leesburg Today, September 3, 2014
  9. ^ "Convoy of Hope Fills Need in Mid-South,", September 6, 2014
  10. ^ "Convoy of Hope Draws Thousands," WHBQ Fox13, September 13, 2014
  11. ^ Jeff Houghton, "Helping Women Worldwide," 417 Magazine, August 2013
  12. ^ Maria Neider and Tom Schultheis, "Convoy of Hope Empowers Filipinos With Business Education," KY3 television, November 13, 2014
  13. ^ Laura Jones, The Global Dispatch, September 20, 2013
  14. ^ Carol Wolfram, "Convoy of Hope at POD Site on Bayou Lane in Slidell," The Times-Picayune, September 1, 2012
  15. ^ Charlotte Riley, "Evangel, Convoy of Hope Agree to Work Together," Springfield News-Leader, January 24, 2015
  16. ^ "Evangel and Convoy of Hope Partner to Make a Global Impact,", January 28, 2015
  17. ^ Laura McCallister, "Convoy of Hope Provides Outreach to Those in Need," KCTV 5 News, June 16, 2012, updated June 30, 2012
  18. ^ Jeff Phillips, "Convoy of Hope Honored," KSPR ABC 33, March 14, 2014
  19. ^ George Lang, "Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers Volunteering in Moore Today With Convoy of Hope," The Oklahoman, May 24, 2013

External links[edit]

  • [1] Day of Hope in Bangor, Maine, WABI television report, September 3, 2014
  • [2] "'Convoy of Hope' Reaches Out to Americans Below Poverty Line," Fox News television report, July 14, 2012