Childfund International

Rating: 3.66 stars   196 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Human Services, International

Location: PO Box 26484 2821 Emerywood Parkway Richmond VA 23294 USA

Mission: ChildFund International exists to help deprived, excluded and vulnerable children have the capacity to improve their lives and the opportunity to become young adults, parents and leaders who bring lasting and positive change in their communities. We promote societies whose individuals and institutions participate in valuing, protecting, and advancing the worth and rights of children. One of the world''s oldest and most respected international child development organizations, ChildFund International works in 31 countries and assists approximately 17.8 million children and family members worldwide, regardless of their race, creed or gender.
Results: ChildFund has established youth clubs so children and youth can tell us how they experience poverty. From this knowledge, we build programs that address targeted issues so that programs are impactful and can be sustained by the communities served. We have improved maternal/child health, educated families on achieving a balanced diet and even helped start community gardens. ChildFund not only addresses education, but we work to improve the quality of education so it becomes meaningful. In addition, we conduct studies to determine what education or skills training are viable to the communities where the children live. We are a child development organization with programs that have a deep understanding of localities needs and a long-term goal of enabling children to become contributing adults.
Target demographics: We assist children in 30 countries, including the United States.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Direct beneficiaries include children who are sponsored by individuals or groups in the 31 countries where ChildFund works.
Geographic areas served: 30 countries, including the United States,
Programs: ChildFund works toward the well-being of children by forming partnerships with local governments and non-governmental resources to strengthen our programs. Our initiatives are locally led activities where families and communities work together to overcome poverty and protect the rights of their children. ChildFund programs are comprehensive, addressing needs throughout three life stages -- healthy and secure infants and children, educated and confident children and skilled and involved youth. This distinctive approach focuses on working with children throughout their journey from birth to young adulthood. We offer youth an opportunity to participate in youth groups and join in the decision-making processes of our work. We also address children's transitional needs from one life stage to another, to enable them to get a healthy start in life, have the tools needed to enter primary school, and eventually develop a skill or gain an education to earn a living and contribute to their communities. ChildFund works in 31 countries -- often in environments where poverty, conflict and disaster threatens children's well-being. Our programs confront critical needs of safe motherhood, the quality of education and trained teachers, HIV and AIDS prevention and care, nutritional and health needs. Nutrition includes a multi-pronged approach that leads to the establishment of home gardens and lessons in the importance of varying diets. We combat malaria through education, health care and the provision of mosquito nets. In emergencies, ChildFund provides emergency feeding and supplies as well as conducting long-term recovery programs in areas where we operate programs. In addition, youth learn skills that are vital to their communities -- skills that were identified after conducting studies to determine what needs are viable to each community.
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Child Fund International is an exceptional organization doing terrific work around the globe with tremendous breadth and unparalleled experience.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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I have been involved with ChildFund for several years, as a sponsor, participating in field visits, and by serving on the Board. I have seen first hand the impact ChildFund makes to deprived and vulnerable children as well as the communities they live in. I know ChildFund is committed to ensuring that over 80% of every dollar raised goes straight to children. I have nothing but positive things to say about this great organization.

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

Ethiopia, Ecuador

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

get more sponsors!

 
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I have been involved with Childfund International for 3 years. I have sponsored children, and have visited Childfund programs in Ethiopia and Ecuador. Childfund makes a profound impact on the children it serves and the communities they live in. I have seen first hand that the absolute minimum of funds are spent towards administration to maximize the impact that can be made to children. On my trip to Ethiopia I remember a conversation (through a translater) from a 35ish year old woman and her teenage daughter. She explained that when she was a child, she couldn't go to school due to the daily task of walking miles for water. A Childfund water pumping system and treatment facility helped the community have ready water access, allowing the next generation to go to school. I have a picture of these two women in my office to remind myself every day about the impact Childfund has.

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

I have experienced the impact of the organization through my relationships with sponsored children.

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

make sure there were as many ways as possible for supporters to contribute.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am very proud of ChildFund’s work to help communities break the cycle of extreme poverty, enabling their children to not only survive, but thrive and become contributing members of society.
I witnessed a beautiful example of this during a visit to Ecuador this spring. We toured a village that, years before, had been in dire straits, with malnourished babies and children neglected while parents left in search of food and water. The circumstance of this village was a heartbreaking, and some might think, hopeless situation. As we toured the school, the reservoir, the irrigation system and even some homes, it seemed each person, young and old, was anxious to share his personal success story.
One of the village elders summed it up best in an emotional thank you to ChildFund and its donors. “You made us whole. We can now take care of ourselves and our families. We do not need you anymore because we are a strong village. Now you can leave us to help other villages like you helped ours. We are so thankful”.

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

Africa, India, the Philippines, Ecuador and our own country.

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

increase our fundraising capacity so we could help more families. The need is so great.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

I first learned of the organization from my elementary school teacher in the 1960s.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I have worked with many international NGOs over the past 35 years, and ChildFund stands out in numerous respects, but most importantly for the quality of the programs they deliver in the field. Sure, the organization manages donors' money carefully. Many organizations can make this claim. But ChildFund delivers where it's most important: changing the lives of the children, their families and their communities.

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

I've seen the tangible products of ChildFund programs--improved schools, safe water, increased food supplies--and have seen lives transformed as a consequence.

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

I would love to see ChildFund grow so that it can reach at least double the number of children currently served.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The return of ChildFund International to 3 star rating is most appropriate and timely, since this great organization is achieving new heights in helping children and youth and their families and communities around the world. ChildFund is one of the few organizations that is based on research and evidence of the most effective ways to support development of children and youth by enabling them to live up to their potential. In addition to literally helping millions of children and young people, we are most touched by experiencing the growth and development of our sponsored child in Northern Uganda who has emerged in the post-conflict era into her adolescence and young adulthood with the support and help of this special organization.

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

Some of the countries I have visited to experience the impact and effectiveness of ChildFund programs, approaches and projects have included: Uganda, Ecuador, Mexico, and Mozambique

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

Wish we had longer board terms so that I could continue to serve!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

In the 3+ years I have served on the ChildFund board, I continue to be amazed by the level of care, integrity, and professionalism with which this organization is governed -- both by the staff and the board. It truly is a shining example -- in both the non-profit world, as well as among the Fortune 500 organizations I have had the privilege of working with -- of how to organize effectively to achieve stated goals on time and on budget. ChildFund is singleminded in its mission (to assist deprived, excluded, and vulnerable children and those that care for them) -- and pursues that mission efficiently and effectively. I have met mothers suffering from AIDs in Ethiopia who had gainful employment and could support their children, thanks to ChildFund. And ChildFund helped to provide children and youth in rural Ecuador with a local health clinic, pharmacy, and doctor, when formerly they would have had to travel 2 hours by bus to receive care.

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

Visited programs in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and in two communities north of Quito, Ecuador

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

Ensure that as many people as possible know about the great outcomes that ChildFund produces -- but at the same time communicate the incredible need that remains for more support, sponsors and funding of all kinds.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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

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

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

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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).

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

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

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.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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

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

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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

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

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

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

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.

 
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