Family driven since 1994

Convoy of Hope - 20th Anniversary

In the 1960’s, a tragic auto accident took their father’s life and forced the Donaldsons into poverty. Thankfully, families in their community came together to lift them out. For the past two decades the organization founded by the Donaldson brothers has been dedicated to people on both sides of their story and on all sides of the globe. Convoy of Hope is founded in, driven by and dedicated to the power of hope that transforms families and communities.

The Last 20 Years

Convoy of Hope’s first office opens in Sacramento, Calif., with initial outreach work focusing on mobilizing volunteers and organizing Days of Care to help the less fortunate.


Convoy of Hope’s first large-scale community outreach is held and is followed by 11 more major outreaches that year.


After moving the home office to Springfield, Mo., Convoy of Hope conducts multiple outreaches in New York City and more than two dozen across the country.


The first Convoy of Hope truck is acquired. It begins transporting relief and hope to many people. The Logistics Department is launched and five community outreaches are held on a single day in August.


Convoy of Hope’s first disaster response work happens domestically and internationally.



Convoy of Hope serves its millionth honored guest and launches its International Department (now called Global Initiatives).


Convoy of Hope opens its 300,000-square-foot World Distribution Center in Springfield, Mo., and the launches


The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States prompt a large disaster response on the East Coast. Earthquakes abroad prompt a disaster response as well.


Disaster response work includes Hurricane Lilly and the Afghanistan War. The first community outreach in Europe is held.


Tornadoes rip through Missouri, prompting a disaster response; and a project supporting a hospital in the Philippines is launched.


Disaster response teams respond to Indian Ocean tsunami, Florida hurricanes, community outreaches are held on four continents and for the first time Convoy of Hope receives a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.


Hurricanes Katrina and Rita batter the Gulf Coast of the United States, triggering a large disaster response effort.


Convoy of Hope’s Mobile Command Center is dedicated and our water and nutrition programs are expanded.


A milestone is reached as the 100th country is served. Disaster response efforts are conducted close to home after a major ice storm strikes Southwest Missouri.


Two milestones are reached as the number of people served surpasses 20 million and more than $100 million worth of aid (since 1994) is distributed.


20,000 children are enrolled in our Children’s Feeding Initiative and we surpass more than 30 million people served.


A massive earthquake devastates Haiti prompting a full-scale international disaster response.


100,000-plus children are enrolled in our Children’s Feeding Initiative and a massive disaster response begins after a tornado hits Joplin, Mo. Response efforts are also conducted in Japan after an earthquake/tsunami strikes.


Hurricane Sandy strikes the East Coast initiating a major disaster response in New York and New Jersey. We surpass 50 million people served.


More than 126,000 children are in our Children’s Feeding Initiative.  We surpass 63 million people served and conduct major disaster response efforts in Moore, Okla., after a massive tornado and in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan.


From modest beginnings feeding the poor out of the back of a pick-up truck in 1994 to large, sustained efforts to help the impoverished around the world in 2014, Convoy of Hope continues to build upon successes of the past to prepare to help more people in the future.

6,450,000 people served.

25,810,000 pounds of product distributed.

$67,054,000 worth of product distributed.

After Superstorm Sandy left my family and I homeless, hungry and hopeless, Convoy of Hope came into our community with smiles, open hearts and supplies. They graciously gave my community water, food, cleaning supplies and most of all hope.
Jeannie Santiago, Hurricane Sandy Survivor

Everyone Can Do Something

by Hal Donaldson, CEO and Co-Founder

Within minutes of meeting Mother Teresa she had unknowingly helped set a new course for my life by asking me a simple question: “Hal, what are you doing to help the poor and suffering?”

“Nothing, really,” I answered honestly, wishing I could have had something better to report. She looked at me kindly and said, “Everyone can do something.” Shortly, after that meeting with Mother Teresa in India, my brothers and I began distributing food from the back of a pickup truck to families in need in California. In the years since, we have seen Convoy of Hope reach around the world into the lives of more than 63 million people who are hungry, impoverished and hurting. Our teams from Convoy of Hope have been on the frontlines in dozens of countries bringing emergency food, water, aid and supplies to victims of tsunamis, earthquakes, fires, floods and even terrorist attacks. They’ve also helped lift communities up throughout the world by bringing poverty-free days complete with free groceries and essential services to families who are struggling to get by. None of this would have been possible without our many friends who want to help those in need. Words cannot adequately express how extremely grateful we are to the countless people, churches, businesses and organizations who have partnered with Convoy of Hope to bring help and hope throughout the world to so many people — including the more than 126,000 children in 11 nations who are fed regularly through our Children’s Feeding Initiative. It’s an honor to be a part of an organization that gives everyone an opportunity to do something. As Convoy of Hope celebrates its 20th anniversary this year I cannot help but think of all of our friends who have helped make the world a better place by joining us in our efforts. I also cannot help but think of what the next 20 years hold as we continue our work together to bring help and hope to those in need.  
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What started as a desire to help the impoverished by handing out groceries out of the back of a truck has grown into a compassionate network of people that have now helped us serve more than 63 million people around the world.
Hal Donaldson, CEO and Co-Founder


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