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United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)

CharityWatch report issued
June 2018

Top-Rated Charity
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
458 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

Other Names

National Justice for Our Neighbors

Tax Status




Stated Mission

Works globally to alleviate human suffering, whether caused by war conflict or natural disaster, and advance hope and healing.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2016

Program Percentage: 94%

The percentage of United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)'s cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $1

How many dollars United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
United Methodist Committee on Relief Consolidated Audited Financial Statements Multiple
United Methodist Committee on Relief IRS Form 990 (pro forma) 13-5562279
Entity: United Methodist Committee on Relief
Document Type: Consolidated Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: Multiple
Entity: United Methodist Committee on Relief
Document Type: IRS Form 990 (pro forma)
Tax ID: 13-5562279

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
meets governance benchmarks.
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS N/A*
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
*Religious organizations are not required to file with the IRS
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy Opt-Out Policy  

Unable to Provide Salaries

See Analysts' Notes for explanation.

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is not required to file an annual return with the IRS or state regulators because it is a religious organization. CharityWatch is therefore unable to provide salary information for UMCOR.
According to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) consolidated audit of December 31, 2016 (Note 14, Transfer of Net Assets of Aregak):

"In October 2015, UMCOR's Board of Directors approved the transfer of the net assets of Aregak to the UMCOR Armenia Foundation (the 'Foundation'). On November 30, 2015, UMCOR received approval from the Central Bank of Armenia to transfer its shares of Aregak common stock to the Foundation. On December 1, 2015, UMCOR transferred all shares of Aregak to the Foundation and upon the transfer the Foundation became the sole owner of Aregak. The net assets of Aregak on November 30, 2015 transferred to the Foundation were $33,872,535.

"As UMCOR has no controlling financial or economic interest in the Foundation and does not have the ability to directly or indirectly control the direction of management and the policies of the Foundation, the accounts of the Foundation are not included in the [audited] consolidated financial statements of UMCOR."

Regarding Aregak, the UMCOR Armenia website (umcorarmenia.am) states:

"In the fall of 1997, UMCOR established the Aregak microfinance program, with the purpose of creating economic opportunities for low income people who had limited to no access to formal financial resources, especially in the remote rural areas. The microfinance program rapidly became the largest MFI in Armenia in terms of number of active clients."

"In March 2006, Aregak was registered and accredited by the RA Central Bank as a Universal Credit Organization structured as a Closed Joint Stock Company having UMCOR as its sole shareholder."