Samaritan’s Purse Overview Fact Sheet
President & CEO: William “Franklin” Graham III, son of Billy Graham

Founded: 1970, by Bob Pierce

Purpose: Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to victims of war, natural disasters, disease, famine, poverty and persecution in more than 100 countries, with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His son, Jesus Christ.

Budget: $607 million (2017)

Offices: Headquartered in Boone, North Carolina, Samaritan’s Purse has affiliate offices in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia; field offices in 16 developing countries; and ministry partners in more than 100 countries, including Germany.


Crisis and Disaster Response —
  • International Relief: Samaritan’s Purse specializes in meeting critical needs for victims of war, disaster and famine in the world’s most troubled regions, often working through local churches and ministry partners. Recent efforts include responding to refugees fleeing war-ravaged Mosul, Iraq, by providing food, shelter and other supplies, and operating an emergency field hospital to treat patients injured by gunfire, mines and other explosives. Samaritan’s Purse has also distributed emergency supplies to earthquake victims in Nepal and Ecuador, and has continued to help people in Liberia recover from the Ebola outbreak.

  • U.S. Disaster Relief: Since 1998, when Samaritan’s Purse equipped its first Disaster Relief Unit, staff and volunteers have helped more than 34,000 families impacted by U.S. natural disasters—hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, floods and ice storms—by quickly providing emergency supplies and cleaning, repairing and rebuilding homes.
Feeding Programs — Samaritan’s Purse has specialized programs to treat severely malnourished children and runs large-scale distributions to feed victims of disaster, famine and war.

    Health and Medical —
  • Emergency Field Hospital: Ready to deploy at a moment’s notice, the emergency field hospital provides medical relief in disaster-stricken areas where the medical infrastructure is either damaged, overwhelmed or non-existent. Each unit is customizable depending on the needs of the response and can include an emergency room, two operating theatres, a critical care unit and more than 50 inpatient beds. This program has enabled Samaritan’s Purse medical staff to provide relief to earthquake survivors in Ecuador and life-saving care to more than 2,000 victims of war in Mosul, Iraq.

  • World Medical Mission: Each year, the medical arm of Samaritan’s Purse places hundreds of doctors, dentists and other medical professionals in voluntary, short-term service with hospitals and clinics in the world’s least-developed countries. World Medical Mission also provides hospitals overseas with critical medical equipment and supplies.

  • Children’s Heart Project:This project brings children to North America to receive life-saving surgery not available in their home countries. To date, Samaritan’s Purse has arranged surgery for nearly 1,200 children with heart defects.

  • Diseases: Samaritan’s Purse fights malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and other epidemic diseases through medical care, health services, hygiene projects, preventative education and compassionate care. At the height of the Ebola crisis, the organization operated the only Ebola treatment centers in Liberia and educated millions on how to protect themselves from the disease. Currently, Samaritan’s Purse has multiple programs to support Ebola survivors in Liberia.
Operation Christmas Child — The world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, Operation Christmas Child uses gift-filled shoeboxes to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 146 million shoebox gifts to children in more than 160 countries and territories. Each year, the project mobilizes more than 150,000 volunteers in the United States. Since 2010, more than 11 million children who have received a shoebox gift have participated in The Greatest Journey—a 12-lesson discipleship program. Children learn from trained, local volunteers what it means to follow Jesus and share their faith with friends and family.

    Operation Heal Our Patriots — This program is designed to strengthen the marriages of members of the U.S. military who have been wounded or injured since 9/11. The primary component is Samaritan Lodge Alaska, a wilderness retreat offering outdoor activities and biblically based marriage-enrichment classes.

      Animals and Agriculture –Samaritan’s Purse enables families in third-world countries to meet their daily food and nutritional needs by providing seeds, tools and livestock. Programs also include training that enables beneficiaries and communities to transition from subsistence living to sustainability.

        Construction Projects — Samaritan’s Purse constructs houses, schools, hospitals and churches for families and communities affected by disaster, poverty and war around the world.

          Water, Sanitation & Hygiene — In 2016, Samaritan’s Purse clean water programs provided safe drinking water for approximately 400,000 people worldwide in impoverished communities, refugee camps and schools. These programs include wells, water storage and filtration for households and communities, coupled with health and hygiene education.

            Women’s Programs — Samaritan’s Purse works to reach vulnerable women by meeting their physical, emotional and spiritual needs through programs focused on maternal and child health, job skills training, education, and the prevention of human trafficking and gender-based violence.