FAQs

About the Organisation

World Vision describes itself as a Christian organisation. What does this mean?

First, it means that we want to follow the example of Jesus in caring for the poor and the hungry, and in challenging the rich. Jesus healed the blind, the lame and leper, all outcasts in his day, and called the rich man to give up his wealth and follow him. Second, it means that we seek to uphold Christian standards of integrity and propriety in the way in which we handle our resources and our staff.

Does that mean that World Vision evangelises?

World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy agency, not an evangelistic agency. Our primary concern is to help the world’s poorest achieve a better standard of living, by working with them to transform their circumstances. Through our love for children regardless of race, religion, gender, we provide unconditional help for the needy by meeting their basic needs of healthcare, access to clean water, food, economic livelihood and education. In the context of their work, World Vision staff may share their Christian faith with people, but only with those who welcome dialogue on faith.

Does aid really reach the poor communities?

Yes. World Vision accounts for every dollar. Audits are conducted regularly by external firms to verify the accuracy of World Vision’s financial reporting. Click here to read our latest annual report.

Does World Vision help only Christians?

No. Our help is offered without any reference to the religious faith of those with whom we work.

 

Finance-related

Is my donation tax-deductible?

No, all donations to World Vision Singapore are non-tax-deductible. World Vision is registered as a foreign charity with the Commissioner of Charities. The policy sets by the Singapore Government requires that only gifts or donations to local charities with IPC* status are entitled to tax-deductions.

(*Institution of Public Character)

For Child Sponsorship, why does the monthly amount vary in different countries?

One of the best things about child sponsorship is that it is a way in which people with average income can be involved in development work. Therefore, the monthly sponsorship rate is decided based on the country’s level of income and cost of living. In countries where the sponsorship rate is set at a lower level, it means support from more sponsors would be needed so that the funds required to achieve the development goals in the community can be raised.

How much of the sponsorship amount actually goes to the child? How do you allocate the funds among the five key sectors?

A maximum 20% of the S$45 is allocated for marketing and administrative costs. The remainder of your contribution is then allocated according to the needs of the community where your sponsored child is from. Some of the aspects that determine the use of the sponsorship contribution are ready infrastructure, traditions and culture, natural resources, and a community’s development phase. Depending on the level of necessity and development chronology, funds will be channelled to develop each area at varying amounts and at different stages.

How can I be sure my donations are really benefiting the community?

At World Vision, we consider every donation a sacred trust. Therefore, as part of our stewardship, we optimise the funds, resources and distribute them to where they are needed most in the communities we are helping. We carefully monitor and review our programmes and costs periodically, making sure the funds are achieving the highest possible impact in the lives of the children and families. For financial accountability, we are audited by external and independent auditors i.e. KPMG Singapore for the Singapore office. In addition, internal audit is also conducted on all national offices and projects where specific project evaluations are carried out, to verify improvements in the people’s lives.