World Vision claims that it only receives funding from World Vision International and local donations. According to the organization’s financial report, revenue in 2014 amounted to $16.3 million.
In 2016, the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits served the organization with a notice, warning that it had failed to comply with transparency regulations regarding the use of its funds, in addition to failing to submit necessary documentation to the Registrar. It is unknown whether the NGO presented the missing documents to the Registrar.
World Vision claims that “it began working in Jerusalem in response to the Palestinian population needs that as a result of the Israeli occupation the development of infrastructure were severely lacking. Today, World Vision Jerusalem includes 56 projects of community development that help to 150,000 people living in the Gaza Strip and Israel.”
Several senior officials in the World Vision Jerusalem branch have ties to NGOs promoting BDS activities and demonization of Israel:
- Sami Khoury, listed as the financial manager in the latest available documentation, is a member of Sabeel’s General Assembly. Sabeel is highly active in church divestment campaigns, utilizing overtly antisemitic language to demonize Israel.
- Raffoul Rofa, who has led Jerusalem operations since 2009, is also the director of the Society of St.Yves, a Catholic NGO that joins with other highly politicized groups to demonize and delegitimize Israel internationally.
- Anton Asfar is a member of the World Vision Jerusalem board of directors, and serves on the board of directors of St. Yves.
Tim Costello who will give an oration entitled '"Charity in a Time of Terror - From Gaza to Nauru: My World Vision" to Jews in Australia
World Vision Australia CEO Tim Costello contends that the total budget for Gaza operations was only $22.5 million over the past decade, in stark contrast with the $16.3 million annual budget reported in 2014 by the Israeli entity, as well as the Israeli government allegation that over $50 million dollars was diverted from the Gaza budget over ten years.
According to NGO Monitor research, from 2004-2015, the World Vision JWG budget was $134 million. The amount designated for operations in Gaza is unclear.