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International Children's Fund

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Causes: International, International Development, Philanthropy, Private Independent Foundations

Mission: International Children's Fund's mission is to minister to the physical as well as the spiritual needs of desperately poor children and their families, worldwide - just as Jesus ministered to the multitudes.

Results: During 2015/16, more than 99% of our total expenses were for program services and less than 0.1% went to management and administration. Charity Navigator, the premier independent charity evaluator, awarded ICF the highest rating (Four Stars) for exceptional financial health and excellent fiscal management. https://www.facebook.com/ICFaid?ref=aymt_homepage_panel http://twitter.com/#!/ICF_USA

Target demographics: provide humanitarian aid to desperately poor children and their families throughout the world.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 7 missions in 3 African countries and provided more than $42 million dollars worth of life-saving food, clothing and medicine

Geographic areas served: West Africa, Haiti and the U.S.

Programs: We provide food, clothing and medicine and programs that create local skills or capabilities towards self-sufficiency.

Community Stories

66 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I feel truly blessed working with International Children's Fund. Through them many have been given a second chance and a life of hope. Many Orphans and orphanages have new and very decent buildings they can call home and school. Food and clothing have been provided and medicines supplied free of charge to hospitals and clinics in several parts of my country, Ghana, even to hinter lands. Deep wells have been dug to provide portable, clean water. by these actions, sicknesses have been prevented and in some case cured, possible vagabonds have been turned off that course. God richly bless them.

1 Peterson256

Volunteer

Rating: 5

International Childrens' Fund has been working around the world for So long , thanks to the great vision that Dr. David Bruenning, and i was So Privileged to meet David when he visited Uganda , a man with a heart for the Suffering, selfless person!.
David , Lori and the great Selfless team of dedicated people they have at I.C.F , Embarked on this huge work, shipping disaster relief to tragedy hit areas and helping those in need around the around.
I have been Part of the great work here in Uganda, i have Seen those needy hungry Children in slums and villages , Smile upon receiving the most needed food, Clothing and medicines.
An Old woman Said "thank you , where would i have got this," upon receiving a Free treated Long lasting Mosquito net .
I.C.F is a life changing organisation, a huge blessing to us in Uganda

1 Aaron Z.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Full disclosure, this organization was founded by my uncle David Bruenning. I have watched him and his staff work tirelessly to deliver quality, essential items to those who desperately need support. I was able to take a brief tour of their warehouse and office and was blown away by the generosity of those donating items to them and more so by the care taken to make sure each and every shipping crate gets to those who it is intended for. My Uncle Dave is an inspiration to me and to those who serve with him. I know of few other organizations that run so efficiently, ensuring that the maximum amount of donations is spent on relief rather than running the program. Keep up the great work and God Bless!!!

Crystal58

Donor

Rating: 5

I started donating to this organization a few years ago. I chose them based on their score on Charity Navigators. I know that my donation goes to those it serves and need it most!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I chose this charity to donate to based on their great record. I have been sending a monetary gift each month for the last few years and feel my donation is well spent.

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Donor

Rating: 5

When I look for a charity to donate to, many factors come into play. The job these folks are doing is phenomenal. . .but there is one thing that really stood out in my mind. So many directors/ CEOs of some charities take in huge salaries and compensation amounts. I searched Charity Navigator and found that Dr. Breunning accepts a livable salary so that more of the money coming in can help the children. They are a charity that works to keep the costs of operating low and that is so important in these days and times. I have total trust in this group and I appreciate and will continue to support International Children's Fund.

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Donor

Rating: 5

What a fantastic and inspiring organization! This summer several of our volunteers had the opportunity to attend an I.C.F. Brat Fry. Not only did we have the chance to observe their process, but to witness their passion and dedication in doing God's work. It was truly heartwarming to see how we in part, are able to help this cause. We could not be more proud or honored to work with such a wonderful organization. De Pere Christian Outreach

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Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful people working hard for a beautiful cause!

1 Irene Elizabeth

Donor

Rating: 5

Love this charity! I am very careful about what charities I support. I want the money I give to be used for those who truly need it and not to those in charge . There is too much of that in a lot of charities.
I have seen the warehouse and office that ICF works out of. It is very basic. No frills at all. I have checked on Charity Navigator and was pleased to see almost one hundred percent of what I give goes to those in need. That's what I call a topnotch organization! I not only give money but volunteer when I can.

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Donor

Rating: 5

ICF is a wonderful organization that puts the needs of others first. They not only send food, clothing, medical supplies and more but most importantly they have partners in Africa that expose the people they are helping to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I am thankful that I can afford to send a contribution to people in need. So it was very important to me to be sure that the money I send is not being used for anything but that! I checked Charity Navigator and when I read that ICF has a 5 star rating that verified that this was an excellent organization.
I have had the opportunity to visit the warehouse from where the items are sent. I have seen the small two person office in this old warehouse. Instead of spending money given to them on improving their working conditions they give to those much less fortunate. This is an excellent organization!

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1 Sam Ann J.

Donor

Rating: 5

They go above and beyond to help anyone in need great non profit place very helpful

1 Thomas30

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been with ICF over 20 years and there never seems to be a dull moment. The things that the org does to help the needy is overwelming to me sometimes in that I don't know how we get the work done with such a small amount of volunteers! It is a real JOY to get a call from the office and hear "we have a container to load can you be available on such and such a day? I can't wait to get down and meet with the guys... I am so blessed to be a part of this truely Godly ministery and the things we are able to get done with the support of our donors....

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Board Member

Rating: 5

ICF started with a committed man who had a vision to help people around the world and it just so happened the Lord spoke to him about Africa.... The rest is history. He has been at it well over 35 years and and with the dedicated volunteers, there is no stopping him until Jesus comes home to take him or we are all carried out in the rapture. I personally have been with the organization for about 20 years.... Wouldn't change a thing!!!!!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been with the organization since 2007. It has been a pleasure and a true blessing to see the faces that have been helped and to get to know first hand the partners ICF works with overseas. I especially love that over 98% of every dollar given goes directly to those we serve. What other organization can say that? Trust is key and donors can believe that their support is truly making a difference in countless lives.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Lori and Dr. Dave are exceptional stewards of the donations received by International Children's Fund. Having worked with them for the past decade, I am truly amazed at their commitment to helping those in need.......the time, energy, passion and love with which they carry out their mission inspires both the volunteers and the recipients of their good works.
May God bless and watch over them as they continue to carry out his vision of service to others.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with Lori and Dr Dave as a partner in the execution of ICF's direct mail programs over the past 4 years. I am not only impressed by the incredible faith, compassion and sacrifice of these two wonderful human beings, but have also become a donor by designating a significant portion of our annual family giving to ICF. Lori and Dave, along with their dedicated team of volunteers, set a wonderful example of how an organization dedicated to serving others should be run.
They are truly doing God's work on earth and are angels among us.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

International Children's fund is a straight forward caring organization with an excellent track record. Check out our 4 star CHARITY NAVIGATOR rating and web site at WWW.ICFAID.ORG

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful non-profit organization that helps people in need in Africa and Haiti. They are very hands on, have a great group of volunteers and I have really had a great time being a part of what they do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is my favorite non-profit!! I would trust them with anything and I have seen first hand only some of the things they have done for people not only in Africa and Haiti but locally as well. I can't imagine all they have done for people world-wide. I have the utmost respect for International Children's Fund and it's workers/ volunteers/ donors and I don't see any other organizations stepping up as much as they have.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am writing on behalf of My Brother's Keeper Orphanage ,a charitable non-governmental ,non-profit organization . My name is Ralph Gelego and presently my wife and are share similar burden for children suffering many abuses and even at the extreme of loosing their lives . We The orphanage have enormously receive a true brotherly Love first from INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FUND USA & Germany and a huge supplies that restore life and hope for many children that were affected due to the prolong civil war in war torn Liberia. This west African state left many children ORPHANS and the lack of basic needs . ICFaid is a RESCUE group that deserves been rated a five STAR nonprofit . With icfaid help, lives have become meaningful and human dignity is an accomplishment . MBK is not the only group that is assisted but the poorest of the poor also are also reached with food, blankets , mosquitoes nets, safe drinking water and the list goes on and on............. I therefore nominate icfaid for this award on behalf of My Brother's Keeper Orphanage and the people of the Republic of Liberia .

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

International Children Fund is making great impact here in Liberia and We the Great Commission Victory Ministries International happens to be one of the volunteer organization of the which the ICF send donated goods to; for distribution.

We are witness of great things that is happening in lives of thousands of people whom benefit from the International Children's Fund donated relief goods. Homes have been feed, people have been clothed; villages, health centers, religious center, institutions as well as children, adult, disable people and the less privilege people have in some way benefited.

International Children's Fund relief goods are send directly to us and then we distribute these goods directly to the beneficiaries. It is more of their concern and care towards us that encourage us to go out and help!

Many God Continue to Bless The International Children's Fund

2 GhansahEY

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been associated with ICF for almost twenty years now. I have nothing but praise for them. Through them we have supplied quality medicines and medical supplies to hospitals and health facilities even in remote parts of my country. New and better orphanage buildings have been constructed, not to mention food items and clothing supplied to the needy. Currently we have finished drilling an hundred and sixty feet deep well for an orphanage to provide them with good clean water. All I can say is God bless International Children's Fund.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I came in contact with this organisation through its founder in 1999. I have since worked with them in helping to build orphanges and delivering their shipments to needy institutions such as orphanages, rehab centres, hospitals and clinics in cities and remote rural communities of my country and even our national disaster management organisation and MOH in my region. These shipments have come in the form of food, medicines, medical supplies, clothing, vehicles, etc. What an opportunity to work with such faithful and committed servants who make sure you properly account for all donations received and visit to check on your work to see that reports are a true reflection of what is being done on the ground. I would rate them highly and say thumps up all people for ICF.

Bonnie89

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a very good non profit organization.,They are so companionate and caring about other people. They are doing a great job of helping people in Africa and around the world.,The people I've worked with are so great and hard working .,It is a good organization to get involved in.

Donor

Rating: 5

The cheery voice of the Founder of International Children's Fund comes over the airwaves of my car radio as I make my highway commute to church each Sunday. He opens the broadcast for the weekly updates about International Children's Fund with the familiar greeting "Good news!!, Good news!!" and then makes every moment count as he dives into the interesting facts and tales of what the organization is up to, who he was meeting with, difficulties being encountered by people of other countries, and what is coming up in the future for ICF and how we can help. He then turns to his co-host and President, and she adds more interesting information about what was happening with the things she is involved with. Their passion is contagious and full of facts and HOPE!!!
I began hearing that they were actually located not too far from me - and I made a promise to myself to stop by to see about how I could make a donation, to meet them if that was possible. This is after all "INTERNATIONAL" Children's Fund....like the people at the top would have time to meet with me - someone who making a donation. This place sounded like such a "well-run machine"! Huge! I was pretty sure meeting them would be out of the question, but one could hope! The day came and I set off to see what one of these places is like. I took with me some things I heard they were looking to send in their next container shipment overseas. I had some school supplies and I wanted to make a donation. I arrived at this enormous brick factory-like building, I pulled into the parking lot, walked up to the door and went toward the office. There was loads and loads of stuff to be packed. I was told their dedicated crew of highly experienced packers could get these containers packed in no time flat and when they finished you'd be lucky to squeeze in an extra piece of paper. Making the most of EVERYTHING was top priority here, by everyone. They are PRO's at making everything count!! They have been at this long enough that nothing at all goes to waste. Incredibly, I got to meet the Founder and the President that day! Unreal!! The timing just happened to be right and they were able to give me a little background of ICF. I learned that the Founder has personally accompanied containers to their destinations. He and the President work directly with the people receiving the donated goods. This is a hard working, dedicated group of folks that does the work of many on a shoestring budget! They have successfully carried this out for many, many years now. I pray you will help this group continue this much needed work of getting supplies, food, medicine, clothing, and goods into the hands of the people that desperately need them!! They have consistently received very very high ratings from Charity Navigator over the years. They are a wonderful charity - please consider helping them to help others.

Kristiane K.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to get to know all the good folks involved with this charity and saw myself how all the volunteers worked so hard to load up containers bound for Africa - it was amazing! All the people involved with this wonderful charity give freely of their personal time to ensure that the goods are packed properly and shipped overseas to help those in need. They also showed the local folks in Africa how to dig wells, since water contamination from domestic animals is quite frequent there. They are responsible for providing the poor with mosquito nets so that the spread of malaria can be halted, saving many lives. Yes, this charity is wonderful with the great works that it does for the underprivileged, and the leadership, Dr. Dave Bruenning and Ms. Lori Fulcer are simply amazing people who are totally dedicated to the mission of the charity.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to get to know Dr. David Bruenning a number of years ago and helped to found his German organization for ICF - a bit later on, I also got to meet volunteers in Neenah that work on behalf of this charity, pro bono. I was able to see how they load up containers bound for Africa - and found them to be amazingly well organized and professional. Lori Fulcer is a wonderful leader and has been Dr. Dave's right hand person for a number of years (of course in addition to his wife Marcy). This is one charity I would heartily recommend to prospective donors - the good that it does in Africa, showing people there how to become self-sufficient, how to dig wells away from domestic animals, building schools for the children, turning a container into a library by putting it on its side, filling it with shelves and books for people to read who would otherwise have no opportunity to do so - simply marvelous acts of charity! Kristiane K, formerly with Mindwize BV, now retired.