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September 27, 2014

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September 27, 2014

I was approached at my door earlier today with a sales pitch by someone claiming to be from Child Fund. I said I would look into the organization but not give until doing so. I looked up information about the organization and found that they likely do not go door to door. When I saw the solicitor later in the day I told him what I'd learned and he pretty much shrugged. Later still, he returned to my house while I was gone and gave his sales pitch to my wife. I am considering reporting this to the police.

I notice that a number of reviewers claim to "know for certain" their child-abroad is getting the money they send, but I cannot imagine how on earth they could be verifying this. A letter from the child? Who knows who really writes those letters! The organization might well be doing some good--who knows, really?--but apparently the CEO takes a ludicrously large salary and the organization has been investigated for fraud (see for example: http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/11/15/the-1994-christian-childrens-fund-scandal/ ).

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2014

June 11, 2013
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June 11, 2013
3 people found this review helpful

I am one of the few people who actually visited my sponsored family in Kenya. Irewasre was a teen by then but it was clear she was the girl I chose several years before. Her mother Susan hugged me and cried when we met. I learned that because of the draught that year the extra money I was allowed to gift that year was all the family had to live on.
Their village was in the Great Rift Valley only 40 miles from Uganda. The whole village welcomed me with dancing, song and food. I planted a tree to commemorate the visit. A planning session for the regional villages was going on at the same time. Half the monthly dues go to community projects like irrigations ditchesor outhouses so everyone in the region benefits.
Upon questioning my chaperones I. Found that there were children in the program who did not survive the political riots the year before. I suspect the loss of a child is one reason for the reviews from people who do not get the child they want. As long as my money is going to cfi I'm more than happy.

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

Make it easier to give more.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

December 14, 2012
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December 14, 2012
15 people found this review helpful

You know, I want you all to know, while it's great that you are donating to these nonprofits, you need to realize that they turn away many needy families in America. I am a disabled mom of 2 great girls. At this very moment I have 1/2 jar of mayonnaise, and some peanut butter in my cupboard. THAT"S IT! I know hat you are thinking..."go on welfare ( I tried and was denied), go to food banks (there is one in my area, and it gives 1 box of food every 4th saturday), contact a church (I have, I am on 3 waiting lists).I have contacted all the big charities and they all say the same thing, "We do not service your area". OK what AREA do they serve? I was working 2 jobs until I was in a terrible wreck, I now have osteomyelitis and will probably lose my leg. I was working when I wrecked, so I get workmans comp, $489 every 2 weeks. When I have $600 mortage, $100 insurance, $225 utilities....I am already over what I earn...Did you notice...my list does not even include groceries...because I do not have any money left for groceries. I know everyone has it hard sometimes, I have donated to "Feed The Children and Salv. Army for years....BUT when I need help...I have no one to help me. My kids and myself are literally STARVING IN AMERICA> If we just had enough to eat, it would be a special Christmas..it's heartbreaking when your kids want a big Christmas dinner for their "wish" list to Santa. Next time you want to donate..look around. That lady in the check-out line at the grocery store, frantically searching thru the lint and crumb covered bottom of her purse for loose change, in order to afford a half gallon of milk...is probably me...and MAY one day BE YOU! God Bless

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None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 8, 2012

I don't understand why people want to discontinue sponsoring their child just because CFI changed their name. Does it really matter if it has "Christian" word in it? I am a sponsor through CFI for last 7 years and i am not Christian by religion. All i ever cared was that they are helping a child in need.

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Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

January 6, 2012
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January 6, 2012
1 person found this review helpful

Someone from this charity just came to my door. I shouldn't have answered at all, but because our house is on the market I thought it could be a real estate agent and went to check. The representative used tactics that seemed shady, at best. I asked what percentage of the funds went to the children, and he showed me a sheet of paper that said, in large print 100% of the funds were sent to children, but then in smaller type said something like "and their families, after administrative costs." That seemed sketchy, at best. I told him I wouldn't be able to donate at this time, and he literally stuck his foot in the door to ask me more questions. When I apologized and said I really couldn't help them, he told me I was "really mean." Thanks. Will never, ever consider donating to this charity that uses deliberately misleading figures, aggressive techniques and resorts to childish name-calling.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

December 20, 2011

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December 20, 2011

I am an educator. I first heard of Childfund when I got involved with the programs of the Cordillera Parents Federation, Inc. I have seen how Childfund works not only in helping the child but more on building a better world by helping children and their family as well as their schools develop to give them the learning they need to live in this world. Through Childfund, the recipients develop life skills they could use as individuals that would aim to build a better family, school, community and may even spread to a better country and even world. The approach of Childfund goes beyond superficiality, which I truly admire.

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Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

November 6, 2011

I'm a former staff member who proudly worked with ChildFund for more than 6 years, serving the most needy communities and children. ChildFund has been driven during the past 5 years under the current President to achieve even higher levels of accountability and transparency, to ensure that maximum funds are spent on program work in the field. I can honestly say that based on my broad exposure to organisations in this sector, I believe that ChildFund is one of the most transparent and most 'lean' in terms of operational overheads. I'm confident that having worked at Executive level in ChildFund, I have the real picture of the operational management costs - and I happily recommend my own family and friends to sponsor children through ChildFund knowing that the money is going to the kids. This is an outstanding organisation with real integrity and lots of heart. The passion and commitment of the staff around the world has to be experienced to be understood.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Being part of the team that developed and drove a new strategy to deliver greater impact with more efficiency and effectiveness. As well as having worked alongside our dedicated staff around the world.

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

Encourage a slightly more bold approach to expanding the excellent work that ChildFund does to more countries where there are greater needs for children and communities

August 9, 2011

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August 9, 2011

Myself Mr.Rupesh Yerunkar had seen the work of the organization supported by ChildFund.Their emphasis is more on Child's Health and Education.If the child needs any kind of medical assistance even costly treatment at Mumbai this organization sees that the child gets the best treatment at Mumbai.A social worker of the project accompanies the family ,meets the doctors and make sure the child gets best treatment .

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After getting treatment at Mumbai the child returned with good health

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August 9, 2011

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August 9, 2011

Myself Dr Vinod Goregaonkar,working as Medical Officer had a chance to see and work closely on the Health Programs with the project supported by ChildFund in Raigad District of Maharashtra.As a matter of policy never competed with the government agencies but always supplemented and complemented the efforts of government agency.

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IMR has come down remarkably and 10 villages were declared as Nirmal Gram meaning Clean Villages

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None

August 8, 2011

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August 8, 2011

I am privileged to express my view points about CFI. I find the website of child fund international useful and informative. Though I have never got an opportunity to work with CFI directly, still I know CFI as one of the pioneer organisation working for children and young people. The good thing I like about Child Fund International’s work for the marginalised children with an integrated approach. Community participation is one of the core areas which really strengthen towards sustainable change in the society. Child Fund International is a pioneer organisation sincerely committed for espousing rights of children.

I wish all the very best

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

support advocacy initiatives for children

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