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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, International, International Relief

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.

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

22 Dave Jenkins

Donor

Rating: 5

I started sponsoring Jessica in Ocumicho, Michoacan Mexico 6 months ago. Initially, I was only going to sponsor her every month. However, after just 2 heartwarming letters and pictures from Jessica, I decided to utilize ChildFund's amazing business model and infrastructure in order to "take things to a different level". Some sponsors only do the $28/month and leave it at that. That's fine, because now another child has been sponsored. However, there are so many things a sponsor can do beyond just the monthly sponsorship to have an even bigger impact on their child, their community and the world. Here's are some other things I have started or completed in only the first 6 months of sponsoring Jessica. Regular letters and pictures - hard to explain the feeling, but AWESOME! Scheduled $50 birthday and Christmas monetary gifts. It is amazing to see the impact and joy such a small gift brings to these wonderful children. You are also really moved how the children allocate the money - food, educational tools and always themselves last. This takes the experience to an incredible level most people have never experienced. Send special monetary gifts if possible in addition to the scheduled monetary gifts. Same effect. Amazing! ChildFund processes these monetary gifts for a flat $3.50 handling fee. Such an amazing, cost effective and easy to use sponsor tool to utilize! The money goes monthly to the national offices, converted to local currency and hand delivered to your child. So, where can a sponsor go from there? I have chosen to do 2 other things to help make an impact. I established a university fund for Jessica. $600/year totaling $5,400 when she is ready to attend. It's invested in America Movil stock that is owned by Carlos Slim in Mexico (richest man in the world). Jessica is very excited trying to decide what type of bachelor's degree she wants to achieve. Very, very exciting! Lastly, I decided to "kick it up one last notch". I have created "The Ocumicho Project" plan with the help of the wonderful ladies at ChildFund. The project's goal is finding sponsors for the remaining 45 children in Ocumicho still without sponsors. My coworkers and friends can literally call the ChildFund 800 number, reference "The Ocumicho Project", get set up as a new sponsor and have one of Jessica's classmates immediately moved into their new sponsor account! All I can say is amazing! The journey is just getting started! What other company (profit or non profit) would offer these existing sponsor tools and new opportunities for their sponsors??? Incredible company! Incredible group of people! Get on board or the train is leaving the station without you! :)

11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I support a 6.5 year old girl in Brazil and have been doing this for about 2 years. The more letters I have been exchanging with her and her family the more I have come to know their situation and the individual personalities. This has been very meaningful to me in they have truly appreciated my support and have shared their gratitude in multiple pictures/drawings of my child's life.

I know the monthly sponsorship is doing great things in the community and directly for my sponsor child and her family from the letters and pictures they have sent me from the project. Knowing that this is being managed so well has given me confidence to send extra money for birthday and Christmas etcetera. The response from my sponsor and her family has been extremely heart warming and gratifying for me so much that I have just recently returned from an in person visit with them.

I was only able to spend two days with them and the expense seemed high when I was planning the trip but in looking back it was worth every dime. The U.S. National Child Fund personnel did a great job setting the agenda up with the local Child Fund Brazil personnel. I was concerned about going to a foreign country and not knowing anyone or the language.

The local Child Fund Brazil personnel set up all the meetings, interpreter as well as transportation even picking restaurants and beach area to enjoy our time together. The local Project that Child Fund has their, set up a surprise performance from the children including, Ballet, Guitar and a choir of children that put on a moving performance. The performance and gratitude from the children brought me to tears, (I was sure at 50 years old I would be able to fight that off). The hospitality and gratitude from my sponsor child/family and all of the children and Child Fund Brazil personnel was so genuine and meaningful. I can't express how meaningful the whole experience with Child Fund has been for me other than to say I'm so grateful.

I await my next letter that will have the pictures from the last few moments I had with my sponsor child to go with my 300+ other pictures. I have selected my new desk picture for my office and home which includes my family and I on our first day together. I have seen the impact Child Fund is making on the community in my sponsor's area first hand and can't encourage you enough to enrich your life the way I have through this program.





4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have been sponsoring a boy with special needs in Dominica for over 7 years and it is a pleasure to know he is growing into a young man. CFI has made it possible for him to go to school, provide food and clothing for him through my donations.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Okay first and fore most CCF is one of the most trusted organizations out thereIn FY13 ChildFund increased its efforts to serve children, thanks to the generosity of supporters. ChildFund's public support and revenue for FY13 was $252 million, up from $245 million in FY12. Supporters can give with confidence knowing that 82 percent of every dollar goes to helping children.
For the past five years, ChildFund International has maintained a 3-star rating from Charity Navigator and earned high ratings from Charities Review Council and the American Institute of Philanthropy.

And as far as the CEO making 200,000 a year first keep in mind he raised 252 million, secondly you people complaining would not be qualified to launch a campaign that can raise that much money,
and lastly if he raised 252 million that 82% of every dollar went to, and less people died of starvation and disease....who cares if he made 200,000-- for all you know he donates a bunch of his well deserved money , so get over the complaints people and trust that God is and always has done his work here.


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Volunteer

Rating: 1

In investigating child fund international I found that Anne Lynam Goddard President annual salary is over $325000.00

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

First, I need to 'fess that I don't donate to CFI, although my ex-wife and I did and I'm sure she continued after the split. This evening I was moved by very effective TV advertising to consider donating on an ongoing basis. I first wanted to see what the internet had to say about the organization. I found an organization by name of Charity Navigator whose primary function is to rate charities based on a broad base of metrics. They use collected data to compile lists, such as:
10 Most Followed Charities
10 Celebrity-Related Charities
10 Super-Sized Charities
10 Charities Expanding in a Hurry
10 Most Frequently Viewed Charities
Top 10 Charities That Earn the Highest % of Donations at Year-End
10 Consistently Low Rated Charities
10 Charities Overpaying their For-Profit Fundraisers
10 Highly-Rated Charities with Low Paid CEOs
10 Charities with the Most Consecutive 4-Star Ratings
10 Top-Notch Charities
10 Charities Routinely in the Red
10 Highly Rated Charities Relying on Private Contributions
10 of the Best Charities Everyone's Heard Of
10 Charities in Deep Financial Trouble
10 Charities Worth Watching
10 Highly Paid CEOs at Low-Rated Charities
10 Inefficient Fundraisers

I compared Child Fund Int'l to 3 other similarly oriented charities, i.e., raising money for children on an international basis. My findings were enlightening... and dissuasive. Following I have listed the charity, the CEO's salary and the rating of the charity:
Christian Relief Fund CEO $59.721 overall score 67.48
Children of the Nations CEO $60.000 overall score 64.82
Children's HopeChest CEO $65,049 overall score 62.88
ChildFund International CEO $268,242 overall score 54.28

One might wonder why the CEO of CFI makes 4 times as much as the CEO's of significantly more effective and efficient organizations. This organization routinely responds to negative comments about high executive salaries by saying that it's usual and customary for executives of like charities to earn such salaries. That really doesn't jibe with the above comparison, however. The President, Ms. Anne Goddard, and her Exec. VP, Isam Ghanim, combined are paid over $585,000 a year... enough to sponsor 20,895 children at $28 per month. If they took 50% cuts, to around $12,000 A MONTH(!), the organization could care for another 10,400 children. Do you think you could scrape by on $2,500 a WEEK? Yeah... me too. Needles to say--although I WILL say it--I'll use Charity Navigator to find another charity to effect my sponsorship. Maybe you should too?

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ChildFund International 04/16/2014

The salary of our CEO is comparable to that of CEOs of other international nonprofits. One thing to note is that these CEOs are running multi-million-dollar international operations that endeavor to change the world. That means the CEOs have to bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the position. Because this question is asked on occasion, I’d like to share a report with you that was produced by Charity Navigator about the compensation of CEOs in the charity world: http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=studies.ceo#.U06_Zldrino

9

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Years ago a teacher at my school asked me to translate letters from his sponsored child through Christian Children's Fund. Since they were real letters, I decided to trust the charity and about eight years ago I sponsored a little girl in Oaxaca from whom I receive a letter each and every time I send her anything. It is obvious she is a real person and I am sent photos of her with the items she buys from the money gifts I send. She also draws pictures for me and seems hungry to hear from me. I write her in Spanish because some of the translations leave out whole sentences and I want her to be able to read what I write to her just as I write it. I was very happy with our arrangement, BUT when this organization became Childfund instead of Christian Children's Fund, it suddenly because more interested in slick promotions than in the children. I agree with another reviewer that while I greatly appreciate the personal updates from my child, the expensive paper and the constant dunning for more and more money is a real turnoff. On top of this, I got an offer to send a birthday card to my child for NINE dollars through the company instead of a normal card I can buy or make myself for much less. This was a definite ripoff. I won't stop sponsoring this child because I love her, but I won't sign on again because of the new marketing practices that make me suspicious about where the money is actually going these days.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 1

For 75 years asking others to support. The best you can do for the children and parents is to educate them about not having children they cannot feed. If they need to have sex to give them birth control and condoms. Give the already parents seeds to grow their own food. Explain to children before having sex and producing a child they cannot feed to take birth control and wear condoms. If after 75 years of repeating what does not work and expect others to provide for them is unbelievable. Educate, till you have given them control over their own lives.

4 Cindy81

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started sponsoring Merlyn from Guatemala when she was a toddler. In fact, the letters I received in the early years were written by her Mother on Merly's behalf. As she grew, the sweet letters and drawings came directly from her. This life changing experience has been so rewarding for me. When I receive a letter, drawing or picture, I feel proud that I am helping in very small way to help her grow each and every day. Every year, I send her extra money for Christmas and Birthday's so that she can buy what she wants or needs. ChildFund takes a picture of her with the items that she has purchased with her "extra" money. I can't tell you how many times I have cried looking at these pictures. There she sits with a big smile and on her lap sits a small stack of undergarments or a pair of shoes and socks. The part of the picture that makes me cry is the large box of Corn Flakes that sits next to her! It breaks my heart to think that she chose cereal over a toy! My beautiful sponsor daughter is now in high school and will celebrate her 16th birthday next month!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have sponsored a boy in Honduras for 8 years. I read so many reviews, and people cry about this or cry about that. Well I guess you can find fault in anything. My sponsorship brings joy to me every day of my life. I thank God for Childfund. I share the little bit I have with children that have so much less than me or you. Stop listening to the crybabys. Look in your heart. Do you really want to help a small child or complain about Child fund? Its up to you.. The letters I recieve from my boy are priceless. Would you like to recieve some great letters?

3 Jamal B.

Donor

Rating: 3

I've been a Childfund sponsor for five years now (I started when the group was still the Christian Children's Fund). I'm actually quite surprised by some of the reviews I've seen on this website, because my experience overall with the organization has been very good. There are some things I don't like that the organization does, such as charging money to send monetary gifts to my children (I sponsor two girls in Asia). And sometimes, the offices overseas are slow to respond to my e-mails. Overall though, I'm pleased with the organization. I visited one of my sponsor children in 2010 and had a wonderful time with her. She and I have a strong bond; we write each other several times a year, and I plan to visit her again soon, and meet the other one for the first time. So overall, I would recommend sponsoring a child through Childfund. I've found it to be quite rewarding. Just know that sometimes communication isn't as efficient as you might like it to be, and that they do try to charge you for sending money to your child or little gifts that they mail you (I usually just buy gifts myself and send them to the children anyway).

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6

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I'm a Florida resident, and I sponsor two children through Childfund International, formerly the Christian Children's Fund. I consider my relationship with the organization to be one of the greatest things I've ever done. I started sponsoring my first little girl, Carmina, in 2007. When I started, Carmina was a few months shy of her 10th birthday. She's now 14 years old, and our relationship has grown deeply from our places across the world. I was privileged to meet her and her family in 2010, and it was fantastic! I love Mina very much and I'm so proud to be the sponsor in her life! I have recently began sponsoring another little girl named Syrenath in Cambodia, and I hope our bond will grow just as mine has with Mina.

6 Linda82

Volunteer

Rating: 1

Last November I contacted Child Fund to ask them about the 20% fee that was going to be imposed on my Christmas gift to my sponsored child. I was told that the fee was still in place and should be modified after the first of the year. After a fund raing event I worked on locally, it reminded me that I should follow up on the issue. When I contacted Child Fund I was once again told it was being reviewed and since they are only customer service people they had no information that involved fees. How convenient. Run, don't walk away from this organization. It is so upsetting that a CEO who makes hundeds of thousands a year on our sympathy towards the less fotunate and wants to better their live, feels she deserves a piece of every one of them. WITCH! I can only hope you die from a slow painful cancer!

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aabbitt 06/13/2012

I did want to reply to your concerns and we understand how you feel. ChildFund has been working diligently to find the best way to cover the costs of administering your special monetary gifts to children without compromising the quality of services provided by sponsorship funds and without putting an unnecessary burden on our sponsors. Many of our sponsors have indicated a preference for a flat rate donation, rather than the percentage we have been charging. Therefore, beginning this summer, ChildFund will return to charging a flat fee for processing cash gifts: $3.50. Going forward, 100% of the funds you send for your sponsored child will go directly to your sponsored child. The $3.50 will be added to the total amount of your gift

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ChildFund International 01/04/2013

Thank you for your comment. We heard from hundreds of sponsors who expressed their preference for a small donation to cover the cost of processing and delivering rather than 20% of the total gift. Based on those recommendations, ChildFund changed its policy in July 2012. Now, 100 percent of the gift amount goes to the sponsored child. We ask for a voluntary donation of $3.50 to cover handling and delivery costs.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was reunited with my “son” on Facebook.

Omeja Moses, a young boy from Uganda, came into my life in 1996 after I saw a late night TV ad on child sponsorship for ChildFund, formerly named Christian Children’s Fund. I immediately decided to sponsor a child.

Omeja and I grew close through letters, photos and drawings shared between us for over 10 years. I encouraged Omeja, to mind his mother and do well in school. “I told him to take what he learned and teach someone else and he would be rewarded.”

I lost touch with Omeja after he graduated from the program in 2005. I immediately sponsored another child from Uganda named Fiona, who I still sponsors today.

I started a Facebook page to stay connected with family, friends and people I knew through business.

About two years ago I received a great surprise when a message came through, “Hey Mum, remember me? It’s Omeja.”

I was crying, I couldn’t believe it, he found me. We picked up where they left off and are still messaging all the time.

Omeja, graduated from the local University and is looking to come to the states to get his masters! I often wondered during those years if I had indeed made a difference. I know now that I did.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am Bijoy a Health Coordinator VARRAT a partner organaisation of ChildFund since 1997. The programme initiatives taken by ChildFund through its partners in reducing infant mortality, maternal mortality and morbidity and common endemic diseases in collaboration with Government line departments is definitely praiseworthy. The PD/ Hearth concept to reduce malnutrition is unique and the same practice is adopted by ICDS after 3 years of intervention by ChildFund. I feel proud to work in a ChildFund supported project. It is highly beneficial for the communities.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Myself N.K.Mishra ,am privileged to be associated with ChildFund .This is one of the organization which works for bringing qualitative improvement in the lives of not only children but their families and community in an integrated manner. It's the organization which knows the importance of 0-3yrs in the child Development and plans the programs for the children and caregivers accordingly. Implemented the Relief and Rehabilitation Program in the Super Cyclone affected Village of Mahakalpara in Kendrapara district India successfully . The web site provides complete information on all the projects and programs being implemented for the children and their families. I wish ChildFund should continue helping children worldwide

Sezaro

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Im Sezaro, coordinator of one community based association called Associacao Kurera Wana located in Gondola-Manica-Mozambique finaced by ChildFund Mozambique.
Im very happy to be part of the work done by this international organization because a lot of things are done and the wellbeing of the children in our community was improved a lot.
Im here to talk about School Garden one of the activity done by our association finaced by ChildFund. This activity is very important becasuse while to giving fish for these children enrolled in the activity we are giving them chance to know fishing while to give them a fish. This mean that is possible continue improving their social life at home producing vegetables to improve their diet and selling excedents for income generation.
Also at school we are improving the diets for all children because there are possibility to prepare soap for the children important to figth against malnutrition. Malnutrition is one of the problem that affect children in our community, doing this we are giving them capacity to grow well. These activity influence the community arroud the schools and now is possible to see positive changes.
We are working with 5 primary schools located in rural area benefiting directly 150 children enrolled in our
programs and more than 5000 children that are indiretly involved.
We need more in other to integrate more schools.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SOVA, the partner NGO, is affiliated to ChildFund India since 2004. Many milestones have been achieved through Child Club mechanism in Koraput district of Orissa state. ChildFund India is a pioneer organization working for the holistic development of the children in India. It is really a child and community friendly project which has been trying to address the root causes of exclusion, vulnerability and deprivation of those who are living in remote areas and have been facing exclusion and discrimination on the grounds of caste, race, gender and legal status. It has been making a long time commitment as it knows that long term problems have no short term solution. It has been transforming the lives of millions of children across Koraput district with its asset and partnership-based approach. It has been promoting the development, protection, wellbeing and rights of children through incorporating health, education, nutrition, water, sanitation and livelihood interventions. It believes that changing the life of a child is the first step towards changing the world. It considers children as the pivotal point of development. It is also initiating activities meant for children with special needs and children infected and affected by HIV & AIDS. It empowers all the children to thrive at all stages of life by equipping them with the skills and resources they need at all stages of childhood. It always gives priority to children’s voice as it knows that best solutions comes from them only and they are the key factors who will bring an enduring and positive change in the community they belong to.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Myself Dr V V Kulkarni ,am privileged to be associated with ChildFund .This is one of the organization which works for bringing qualitative improvement in the lives of not only children but their families and community in an integrated manner. It's the organization which knows the importance of 0-3yrs in the child Development and plans the programs for the children and caregivers accordingly.Implemented the Relief and Rehabilitation Program in the land slide affected Village of Jui in Raigad district India successfully in close collaboration with government.The web site provides complete information on all the projects and programs being implemented for the children and their families.I wish ChildFund should continue helping children worldwide

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am Rakesh reside at Dhar district of MP, India..I used to offer my service as village volunteer for ChildFund India..I am associated with this organisation because it cares for children for their Nutrition and education. This is the first kind of organisation working in our area, one of the most backward areas of India. I am grateful to ChildFund India for its responses to the poor needy children through sponsorship program..In my village around 43 children are getting benefited through this initiatives...In upcoming days we want more sponsorship to give those poor children a light of hope!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Myself Mahend from a remote hinterland of Dahr district, M.P, India where ChildFUnd India has been working closely with the, for the and by the poor children/youth who really need support from organization like ChildFund Inida. This Organisation has the dedicated and committed team working enormously for betterment of children with the areas being Health, education and most importantly Nutrition...I am amazed at their dedication. being from the same area I used to work as youth volunteer to suffice the organisation's efforts to bring positive changes. The momentum created by ChildFund India thru youth and Child club is just amazing and Village youths like me are looking forward to keeping the tempo..We will be happy if ChildFund India can provide us with livelihood generation platform so that we can stand on our own feet.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I Pradeep Darole working with families which are supported by ChildFund since the past 12 years have come across families which were dependent on others previously are now on their own with the help of ChildFund India programs. the women have become more independent and aware of their rights