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April 18, 2011

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April 18, 2011

I have served on the ChildFund board for four years and I couldn't be more impressed with the delivery and quality of the programs in the field. The children have access to education, health facilites, clean water, and along with their parents are helped with developing agriculture and other sources of healthy foods. The kids are happy and entusiastic. A combination of internal and external audits assures that the money is spent as it is intended. The staff makes this organization and I am convinced that it is excellent and highly motivated.

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I have had an opportunity to visit four program areas and without exception the programs are excellent.

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I would help it grow so that the services it provides can be expanded to many additional children.

April 18, 2011

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April 18, 2011

ChildFund International and the ChildFund Alliance have a strong, clear mission and program model: to work with communities to build sustainable programs to help every child sponsored and every child enrolled in that community. They work with preschool, school, and youth age groups. I have visited ChildFund programs in 5 countries and I serve on the Board, working with program, finance and oversight. Our donations definitely are put to direct use to benefit children and their communities; our funds are carefully audited and well spent; the staff are dedicated and very hard working. ChildFund has a 70+ year history and experience. An outstanding organization we should support and be proud to support by sponsoring a child or supporting programs (preschools, schools, water, women's health, microcredit, youth, HIV/AIDS, and others).

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Headquarters in Richmond, CA, and in Ethiopia, Kenya, India, Ecuador, and Zambia.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase ChildFund capacity for corporate alliances and support, sponsorship of children in many countries in addition to the US, and bring the program model to the attention of potential sponsors and funders.

April 16, 2011

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April 16, 2011

I have served on the boards of a dozen non-profits and this wonderful organizaton has been the most rewarding because it very efficiently helps so many of the world's most vulnerable children. I have seen so many lives that seemed hopeless have an opportunity to achieve their potential through the work of the dedicated staff of ChildFund. My only hope is that ChildFund is able to raise more money to help even more children. We recently visited a project in Ecuador where life 20 years ago seemed hopeless for the children but with 20 years of help this community has been able to achieve good education for most(80% finish high school and 20% go to college) and also develop clean water systems and use water for irrigation and raise crops for market and have an opportunity for the children to grow up and have good jobs. This community is now ready for ChildFund to move on to another community to give them the same opportunity.

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Senegal, Gambia, Ethiopia, India, The Phillipines, Ecuador, the US and Paraguay

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Raise more money so the proven methods could be used to help even more children

April 15, 2011

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April 15, 2011

I serve on many non-profit boards but am particularly impressed by ChildFund International and the ChildFund Alliance (which it helped launch) for 3 reasons: (1) the program model is based upon a framework created by research involving affected children, youth and communities; (2) the services and Programs empower beneficiaries to " be all they can be" by helping them live up to their potential, and (3) a special effort is made to develop national and local people as volunteers and staff. ChildFund's focus on the next generation is critically important at a time when the population most developing countries are predominantly young people. Improving their health, education, skills and well being is a proven way to improve themselves, their communities, regions, countries and thereby improving the world in which we all live

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personally, I've experienced their projects in Ecuador, Paraguay, Mexico, Uganda, Ethiopia, india and Mozambique and I sponsor a child in Uganda.

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multiply the funding to allow them to replicate their model and also assist them in doing more policy work since they have much to offer others.

April 15, 2011

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April 15, 2011

I am a board member of Child Fund and we just visited Ecuador on a due diligence trip to see our communities in action. I was awed by the progress the children and families have made in each community. In some communities we have been there 2 years, in other places, 20 years. The takeaway is in all places Child Fund serves the children and families are very fortunate to have their services. A big reason for the success is due to the professionalism and dedication of the Child Fund staff in each country. They are an inspiration. It is humbling and an honor to be associated with this great organization.
Austin B.

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Ecuador

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help advocate and raise global awareness for Child Fund so they could serve more vulberable children in the 31 countries they operate.

April 11, 2011

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April 11, 2011

My 2 daughters and I have been supporting 17 children in total for quite a few years. We LOVE Child Fund and the way they do such wonderful things for the children in the program. We have had several children not need our assistance any longer as their villages were made self-reliant, thanks to Child Fund. We were then able to have other children come in to our lives and have been so blessed in being able to help. Our goal is to meet the biggest need of each of our families, one at a time by the end of the year. So far we have bought 2 cows and a food kiosk! These aren't just gifts, they are things that can change a family and a village. It takes so little to save a child. Thank-you for the opportunity to help.

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When we we contacted to give up a child because they were self sufficient, couldn't believe it. Doesn't get better than the beautiful pictures we receive SEEING the difference in the way a child looks. The health difference is amazing.

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Somehow make turnaround time in mail faster .

April 8, 2011

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April 8, 2011

I have been with this organization for over 8 years and sponsor a girl in Uganda. There is so much more involved when choosing an organization than the 20% fee. The focus is who you are helping and what difference you are making in a life or community. I found them to excel in communicating with me about my sponsored child. There was a war going on in Uganda and they were able to contact the family and tell me they were safe. Yes, I get letters from my sponsored child but also from the Community Leaders and they put me in their small newsletter. They respond very fast. I've donated money that I wanted just for my sponsor childs community. They contacted them to find the need and quickly got back to me with what they would use it for. Within 2 months I had a letter with pictures in my hands of the Trade School they built and sewing machines and wood working equipment we bought. I had pictures of students. I get updates on how many graduates there are yearly. Also in special gifts to my sponsor child communication and action are very fast. With my sponsorship my child is becoming a nurse. What if I let the 20% stand in my way? Her life would be very different. They gave me the conduit to make a difference in the world. Isn't that the focus?

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Through the photos and letters from Community Leaders in Uganda as well as my sponsor child telling me what a difference I have made. They are graduating 28 students a year from the tailoring program I sponsored and it's been 3 years. I'd say they get great results!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Build the admin fee for small gifts under $100 into another cost. I do think it's fair for large gifts to be charged the 20%. How hard it must be to research, order, pay shipping, and receive all they needed because I wanted to built a trade school. That money has to come from somewhere and would not have been needed if not for my request.

April 8, 2011

I have been a sponsor of Children's Fund since 2005. I was very satisfied, and still am, with the 20% expense deduction from my monthly donation, and well aware that all organizations need to deduct administrative costs. I always give more than the minimum monthly assistance. However, I was absolutely appalled by the organizations administrators, when they decided to withhold 20% from ‘special gifts’ and holiday/birthday contributions that go directly to the child and family. That is outright extortion and greed. A $2.50 administrative fee seemed appropriate for these types of contributions. I would have been willing to have a small increase in that fee if the costs were excessive. But, come on – 20%? That’s taking money straight out of the mouths of the children that they are mandated to serve.
I’m continuing to sponsor my child with monthly donations, but will not be sending any additional monies to the family as long as Child Fund continues this practice.

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Two sponsored children.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Drop the 20% 'administrative' fee for special gifts. A fixed fee would be more appropriate.

March 30, 2011
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March 30, 2011
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I've read the back log of criticism that ChildFund has received for it's 20% admiminstrative fee. Good grief, people, how many of you could run a business with only 20% overhead? If you've got an 80% profit margin, I want to invest in your company! People who work for nonprofits have mortgages, children, health expenses just like you. Do you "volunteer" at your job or do you expect a paycheck?

Working in developing nations that have little or no infrastructure takes a lot of feet on the ground. Money won't magically rain onto the heads of struggling people. It takes one person at a time making the right phone call, connecting with the right person. I have no personal opinion about ChildFund International other than I have friends who are sponsors and who asked me about all the kerfuffle on these pages about overhead. Get real. It takes money to give money unless you are willing to fly over to Kenya every month yourself and personally deliver your good will.

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March 23, 2011

I was going to make a contribution to Charity Navigator. Then I discovered that all the reviews critical of ChildFund Int. had been removed. Over the past year, the vast majority of reviews had been highly critical. I made my complaint to ChildFund, particularly on the issue of the exorbitant 20% creaming off for gifts to sponsored children and their families, but also about the high compensation for the CEO and her overall awful leadership. Although the Board's response was polite, it also was unresponsive to my criticisms. Therefore, while I will continue to support my sponsored children, that's all I will do. I respectfully suggest that Charity Navigator restore last year's reviews so that people may have a fair perspective.

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Witnessed its overpayment of CEO and ripoff of personal contributions to sponsored families.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Fire the CEO and reinstitute the former $2.50 fee for personal contributions to sponsored children and families.

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