Children of the Night

Rating: 3.72 stars   18 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Homeless & Housing, Crime & Law

Location: Van Nuys CA 91411 USA

Mission: Children of the Night is a privately funded non-profit organization established in 1979 and dedicated to rescuing America’s children from the ravages of prostitution.
Results: We have rescued over 10,000 American children, boys and girls, from prostitution.
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Rating: 4 stars  

As someone who is committed to helping children of sex trafficking, I am impressed with the work of this organization. To help so many with so little is impressive. Dr. Lee and her team has certainly earned my support.

Personally I find the comments about salary and earnings quite disingenuous. RESULTS matter far more then one persons compensation. The results speak for themselves. There are literally tens of thousands of good-minded charities with officers who are paid much less. But the RESULTS of those charities are often substandard and full of red-tape and bureaucracy as well. These "do it on the cheap" organizations don't have the RESULTS. Pouring money into a program that doesn't work is far most wasteful or our generosity then one that DOES.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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Since numerous people are pointing out the CEO, I thought I'd post the link to what they're referring. I'd also like point out, not all charities are nearly as transparent with where their money goes, not to mention that over 85% goes directly to charity. So while I'm not a huge fan of that large a salary, please don't throw the proverbial baby with the bath water. They do a ton of good work that needs done, and they exist because of donations and volunteers. The CEO taking home a large salary, doesn't negate that good work, nor does it nullify the substantial amount of money and percentage of money that goes directly to gifts/charity/etc.

Just some thoughts, and the link to the charity info is below. Regardless of what I've said, or anyone else view the info and facts below and make your own decision

http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=6611#.U7iJ-LHZ74g

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

Decrease the salary of the CEO/Founder

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 2 stars  

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I've been a monthly donor for two years, but after learning from Charity Navigator that as of 2013, Lois Lee was taking a salary of ~ $240,000, my support will stop immediately. (The total annual revenue for Children of the Night is only about $1.5 million!) Other charitable organizations whose CEOs are paid the same amount (or less) as Lois have revenues of $80 million or more and are 30 times the size of COTN. Lois's compensation is unjustifiable in every way whatsoever.

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

Require Lois to accept a salary cut of 50% or resign. There are plenty of smart, well educated, competent, experienced, visionary, non-self-serving humanitarians who would gladly take her place and be delighted to be paid $120,000 a year!

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No

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No

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Children of the Night is a caring, open, non-judgmental organization. It is a privately funded non-profit organization, dedicated to rescuing America’s children from the terrible ravages of prostitution and exploitation. The Children of the Night home is open to child prostitutes throughout the United States, and the Children of the Night hotline is open to rescue these children 24 hours a day; their hotline staff works closely with law enforcement to rescue children from pimps. After rescue, The Children of the Night Home has an on-site school and college placement program. Rescued kids complete a comprehensive program of academic and life-skills education, and upon completion, caseworkers are available to provide ongoing case management to hundreds of graduates. The staff is a caring, dedicated group of professionals.

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

As a financial donor, I have had frequent contact with the professionals of The Children of the Night.

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

I cannot think of anything negative to say about this organization; they are very dedicated to rescuing exploited, homeless, prostituted children.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

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Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Caring about abused children.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

I felt it was important to help.

What would you tell others about this organization?

Children of the Night is a caring, open, non-judgmental organization. It is a privately funded non-profit organization, dedicated to rescuing America’s children from the terrible ravages of prostitution and exploitation. The Children of the Night home is open to child prostitutes throughout the United States, and the Children of the Night hotline is open to rescue these children 24 hours a day; their hotline staff works closely with law enforcement to rescue children from pimps. After rescue, The Children of the Night Home has an on-site school and college placement program. Rescued kids complete a comprehensive program of academic and life-skills education, and upon completion, caseworkers are available to provide ongoing case management to hundreds of graduates. The staff is a caring, dedicated group of professionals.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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