Delivering Hope Since 1994

Convoy of Hope was founded in 1994 by the Donaldson family. Their inspiration for starting the organization can be traced back to the many people who helped their family after their father, Harold, was killed by a drunk driver in 1969. Today, more than 65 million people have been served throughout the world by Convoy of Hope. We are proud that we work through churches, businesses, government agencies and other nonprofits to provide help and hope to those who are impoverished, hungry and hurting.

As a faith-based, international, humanitarian-relief organization strategically based in Springfield, Missouri — the crossroads of America — our goal is to bring help and hope to those who are impoverished, hungry and hurting.

We do this by:

ENGAGING

Each year — in dozens of communities throughout the nation — guests of honor receive free groceries, health and dental screenings, haircuts, family portraits, hot meals, job-placement assistance and much more at our signature events.

CARING

We partner, resource and empower rural churches through training, mentoring and coaching so they can enhance their presence in their communities. The strategy works best when church leaders partner with community leaders and stakeholders.

NOURISHING

More than 145,000 children in 11 nations are being fed nutritious meals by us. The food opens doors for education, clean water, a sense of hope and much more. Currently, we are feeding children in the Philippines, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Kenya, Ethiopia, Guatemala, South Africa and Tanzania.

GROWING

Impoverished farmers and families are equipped with the skills, tools and seeds to produce life-sustaining crops through the agricultural work we conduct throughout the world. Each year, tens of thousands of meals are harvested for our children’s feeding work and income is generated for farmers.

RESPONDING

Consistently among the first to respond to disasters throughout the world. We are highly regarded for our scalable distribution model, Disaster Response teams, six international warehouses and Mobile Command Center.

PARTNERING

We empower like-minded organizations, who are doing good work among the poor and suffering in their communities. This is accomplished by providing such friends with food, water, supplies and much more.

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Meals From the Heartland meals in Convoy of Hope's warehouse in the Philippines. Meals From the Heartland meals in Convoy of Hope's warehouse in the Philippines.

Partnerships make all the difference

There have been countless times since Convoy of Hope was founded that I was reminded of the importance of friends and partners, like you, who help us serve those who are hurting. When we held our first official outreach in California in 1994 we had the helping hands of dozens of volunteers. Just a few weeks ago, when we partnered with the U.S. State Department in El Salvador to help impoverished women, we were reminded once again of the power of collaboration and partnerships.

Late last year I traveled to the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan and witnessed the strength of partnerships between our Disaster Services team and numerous in-country churches, agencies and organizations. By working together we are stronger and able to help more people. In the Philippines that meant thousands of storm survivors were given help and hope during some of their most desperate hours.

In Ethiopia, Convoy of Hope’s Women’s Empowerment program is thriving and growing — with the support of in-country partners. Today, thanks to those partnerships, women are learning the skills to run their own businesses and provide for their families.

Our Children’s Feeding Initiative is currently in 11 nations and caring for more than 145,000 children. That is possible, in part, because of the generous support of our feeding partners here in the United States. I’ve met children around the world who are being nourished because of the key, strategic relationships we have with a myriad of partners who want to help lift children and families out of malnutrition and hunger.

Partnerships with organizations, businesses and governments are critical to Convoy of Hope’s mission. But just as important is our partnership with the many individuals, like you, who have joined us in our passion to help the impoverished and suffering. Thank you for your support!

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From The Founders
Kevin Jonas Sr., left, and Convoy of Hope Co-Founder and President Hal Donaldson, right, discuss partnering together. Kevin Jonas Sr., left, and Convoy of Hope Co-Founder and President Hal Donaldson, right, discuss partnering together.

The Jonas and Convoy of Hope Story

Kevin Jonas Sr. was recently named as Honorary Chairman for Convoy of Hope. The unique relationship between a pioneer in the entertainment industry and a humanitarian organization didn’t “just happen.” So, we thought it’d be interesting to backtrack the Jonas and Convoy of Hope story.

In 2008, Hal Donaldson, our Co-Founder and President, engaged in an email conversation with Jonas after being introduced through a mutual friend. Before they were able to meet in person, Convoy of Hope received a surprise donation from the Jonas’ foundation. A few months later, Donaldson and Dan Clark — who directs our development team — met Kevin and his boys at a Jonas Brothers concert in Kansas City.

On January 12th, 2010, a terrible earthquake devastated Haiti where Convoy of Hope has an ongoing children’s feeding initiative. Because of our work there, we had a team with resources on the ground responding in the hardest hit areas almost immediately after the disaster. Three days later, The Jonas Brothers — recording artists Kevin, Joe and Nick, who had just completed a world tour — called on their millions of fans on Twitter and Facebook to join them in helping the victims of Haiti by going to convoyofhope.org. But they didn’t just ask others to help — they backed up their words with a generous donation to our relief efforts in Haiti.

 

For the past several years, the family has shown dedication to our work to help hurting people and feed hungry children around the world. Not only have they raised their voices on behalf of the people we serve, but they’ve also given generously of their time, influence and resources.

May 2013 brought another terrible disaster. This time an E-F5 tornado tore through Moore, Okla. Again, Convoy of Hope had teams in the devastated area only hours after the disaster and again, the Jonas family reached out to help. Joe Jonas — the second oldest brother — traveled to Moore to spend Memorial Day weekend with our volunteers hauling downed trees, destroyed fences and twisted sheet metal out of the yards of families who had lost almost everything.

On numerous occasions the Jonas family has reached out to quietly offer their help. Through it all, Kevin Jonas Sr. has led the family’s involvement with our work. As our Honorary Chairman, Jonas will help discover innovative strategies to inspire people that will follow in his family’s footsteps and commit time, influence and resources to bring help and hope to people in desperate situations.

“My goal is to use my experience to build bridges for Convoy of Hope, raise additional support and increase awareness for the work they do around the world,” shares Jonas.

We’re excited to see how these bridges connect us to people who need hope.

 

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