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Convoy Recognized for Consistently Receiving Charity Navigator’s Highest Award

Convoy of Hope is honored to be ranked among Charity Navigator’s list of “10 Charities with the Most Consecutive 4-Star Ratings.”

For 18 years in a row, Convoy of Hope has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator — the highest award the organization has to offer. Now, we are pleased to see Convoy of Hope listed among other long-standing 4-star award winners such as United Way of Central Alabama, American Kidney Fund, and Kids Alive International.

To be successful, organizations must be high performers consistently, year after year,” Charity Navigator said on its website. “These ten charities have earned the most consecutive 4-star ratings demonstrating an ongoing fiscal excellence. They are well-positioned to pursue and achieve long-term change.” 

Charity Navigator rates non-profit organizations based on several factors including accountability, transparency, and financial health. The goal of their rating system is to show, at a glance, how efficiently non-profits will use donors’ funds. Their rating system ranges from “CN Advisory” (a step below their zero-star rating) to four stars, awarded when a charity “… exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its Cause.” 

Convoy of Hope considers it a huge honor to consistently receive high marks from Charity Navigator. We are grateful for those who support us and allow us to do the work that we do around the world.

Convoy of Hope’s profile on Charity Navigator can be found here.

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New statistics show great need but also opportunities for hope

For the first time in more than two decades, global extreme poverty rates rose in 2020. Unsurprisingly, the pandemic was a large factor in this change. Experts estimate that the number of those who live in extreme poverty, i.e., on less than $1.90 per day, may rise by as many as 150 million in 2021.

Though news about COVID-19 has taken a more optimistic turn in many parts of the world, the pandemic’s disruption of the global supply chain has continued to impact farmers who no longer have access to seeds for next year’s crops and others who lack access to the supplies necessary to stay in the workforce.

The pandemic also continues to have a harrowing effect on food insecurity. An estimated 820 million people are undernourished — 130 million of which became undernourished within the past year due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The instability of the global supply chain creates many complexities and, often, unforeseen challenges,” said Heath Adamson, Convoy of Hope’s Vice President of Global Program. “Convoy of Hope is not backing down. We are as committed as ever to deliver hope in these times — to children, women, and families all over the world.”

Although needs are still prevalent on the global stage, other statistics show a more hopeful view of the big picture. On average, extreme poverty rates have decreased 75% in the last 30 years.

Despite disasters, humanitarian crises, COVID-19, and other seemingly hopeless situations, the work that you support through Convoy of Hope has a massive impact on millions of lives. Even in the face of insurmountable odds, together, we can feed the world and provide hope for those who need it most.

To support Convoy of Hope’s Feed the World Fund, click here.

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Super Bowl Champion Bradley Pinion Partners With Convoy of Hope for Community Event

Super Bowl champion Bradley Pinion teamed up with Convoy of Hope to host a Pro-Series Community Event in Clemson, South Carolina. The event featured free groceries, shoes, socks, haircuts, hygiene kits, hot meals, and NFL-style skills and drills for Guests of Honor to enjoy. 

“I’ve been partnering with Convoy of Hope since my rookie year and am so thankful that I can bring the Convoy Nation Pro-Series Community Event to the Clemson community — where I played college football,” Bradley said. “Any family who needs some help is welcome.”

The event helped meet immediate needs of those in the Clemson community. More than 600 people received help and hope that day.

“Oh mama, look at these shoes!” one child said, beaming with joy. “I’m going to run so fast now!”

Partnerships like Bradley Pinion’s help Convoy of Hope serve communities all around the world.

“Bradley has played a pivotal role in bringing Convoy of Hope to communities throughout his NFL career,” said Kirk Noonan, Vice President of Convoy Nation, a fan base of kindness with Convoy of Hope. “We are thankful for such a friend who is determined to give families help and hope.”

Thank you to our partners and supporters who make events like this possible.

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Convoy of Hope Recognized by city of Houston, Texas

The city of Houston, Texas, honored Convoy of Hope — marking June 1 as “Convoy of Hope Day.” The recognition from Mayor Sylvester Turner comes after Convoy’s relief efforts following winter storm Uri in February.

The storm crippled gas stations, grocery stores, and homes. Many were without power or running water for days to weeks.

Convoy of Hope delivered 89 tractor-trailer loads of needed supplies that mostly contained bottled water. Volunteers set up stations with local churches and handed out nearly 3 million bottles of water.

“You are invaluable, your volunteers incredible. We deal with storms and disasters between April and October, but not extreme weather events in February. Winter storm Uri was a big one for us. On behalf of the city of Houston, we appreciate what you do and consistently have done throughout the years,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

Convoy of Hope is thankful for the many local churches and partners who offered the use of their parking lots and facilities as points of distribution. Convoy is also thankful to the city of Houston and its leadership for the proclamation, and for the people of Texas who helped distribute essentials to those in need.

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Throughout the last year, Convoy of Hope distributed more than 200 million meals to those who needed help. Throughout the last year, Convoy of Hope distributed more than 200 million meals to those who needed help.

One Year Later: Reflecting on 2020 & the Pandemic

We are quickly approaching one year of living through the COVID-19 pandemic. As photos flood social media feeds from last March and as friends share about the last shows, events, or large gatherings they attended in 2020, we’re reminded of how our lives have drastically changed. For many, reflecting on this year of loss is a painful experience. But it has also been a year of hope.

Convoy of Hope launched our COVID-19 response in late March 2020 as we saw people lose jobs, kids leave school — along with the school lunches many of them depended on — and families worry about basic necessities. In a time of the unknown, Convoy of Hope chose to bring light and hope with a pledge to distribute 10 million meals.

Your generosity quickly turned 10 million meals into 50 million, and then 100 million into 150 million. As the need grew, so did your compassion. In a time where we were told to stay physically distanced, we came together through kindness and generosity to help those hit hardest by the pandemic.

Now, approximately one year later, Convoy of Hope has delivered more than 200 million meals to people suffering from COVID-19 and the restrictions that followed. With your support, we also fed more than 387,000 children every single school day, empowered more than 26,000 women and girls, and trained more than 15,000 participants in agricultural practices in 2020.

Last year was difficult in profound ways for everyone. As we look back, we urge you not to forget the triumphs. Since last March, you have helped bring life-changing hope to millions of people.

Your individual acts of kindness — whether they were financial donations, time volunteered, or a post shared on social media — were the driving force behind a united act of compassion.

Thank you. 

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