Top Parachurch Organizations


About our List

This page provides an easy to use list, with reviews, of Christian humanitarian organizations whose programs have proven effective in helping the world’s poorest people to lift themselves out of extreme poverty.
Organizations can be browsed by sector, or alphabetically, below.  Our reviews include a description of each organization’s distinctives, links to key webpages and annual reports, and sources for more detailed information.

Giving Effectively

In constructing our list of top Christian humanitarian organizations, we have given priority to principles of effective giving.  For more information, see:
Sources & Criteria     Trends in Effective Giving     Helping Well     In Brief

To truly make a difference for “the least of these” requires attention to the effectiveness of our giving.  Effective giving aimed at alleviating
extreme poverty is concerned with transforming lives and communities for the long term.  What is the result of our giving — a hand out or a hand up?
Do our gifts foster dependency, or do they produce self-sufficiency?
This question is at the heart of making a lasting difference.

The organizations reviewed on this list are noted for their expertise in applying best practices for “transformational development” – working to empower individuals and build capacity in communities, these organizations labor side by side with the poor to bring about sustainable improvements in basic living conditions. Each brings a substantial focus, expertise, and track record in helping the world’s poorest people work their way towards self-sufficiency…. their programs are, simply put, demonstrably effective.  


Top Parachurch Organizations 
by Sector

The Lord loves a cheerful giver:  That is to say, giving from the heart matters, both to God and to ourselves.  Considering “sectors,” or the arenas in which a parachurch organization focuses its work, allows us to target our help in the ways that are most personally meaningful to us.  Click on a sector below to read our reviews of the exemplary organizations working in that arena.

Comprehensive Community Development


Agriculture and Hunger

Health and Basic Medical Services


Micro-Enterprise Development & Micro-Finance


Exploitation and Human Trafficking

Spiritual Development

Other (Niche) Sectors


Top Parachurch Organizations 

Click on the organization name to read our review.  The organization you select will appear along with other organizations working within the same sector.


Blessings International

Bread for the World

Bright Hope International

Chalmers Center at Covenant

ChildVoice International

Christ’s Hope International

Compassion International

Discipling for Development

Echo, Inc

Engineering Ministries International

Free Wheelchair Mission

Gospel for Asia

Haiti Partners

Hope International

India Partners

International Justice Mission

Lifewater International

Living Water International

MAP International

Medical Teams International

Micah Challenge USA

Mission Aviation Fellowship

Mission Training International

Opportunity International

Plant with Purpose

Samaritan’s Purse


Water Missions International

World Concern

World Relief

World Vision US

Worldlink International Ministries

Wycliffe Bible Translators, Inc


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6 Responses to Top Parachurch Organizations

  1. Mercy Akoth Imbaya says:

    Hello Servants of GOD, I am Mercy from Kenya. I must say that am so impressed with what you guys doing to help the needy. How can I be part of you as a volunteer in this organization?

    • Moderator says:

      Hello Mercy! Thank you for your interest in helping us to help the world’s poorest people. The simplest and most effective ways to help in this effort are: 1) give as you are able and led to the helping organization of your choice, and 2) share our website with your friends — this site is designed to be shared — a free resource for those who are concerned about extreme poverty. We pray that the articles, tools, and resources on this site will help equip the Christian community for a more generous response towards our less fortunate neighbors.

  2. Mary Salley says:

    I am looking for Christian organizations that I can pray for.

    • Moderator says:

      You’ve come to the right place, Mary! Our list of top organizations would be excellent choices to pray for. That’s a lot of organizations… I would suggest choosing a “sector” (water, medical, etc) that is close to your heart and pray for the organizations we’ve listed in that sector. Thank you, Mary; prayer matters…. deeply impactful.
      ps… please pray for Givers by Design as well — we need God’s help in getting our message out to more of Christ’s followers!

  3. Christiana says:

    God bless ur works…

  4. soigi loy says:

    may god lead you in everything you do

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