Forgotten Children Worldwide

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Making a difference by transforming the lives of forgotten children.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Forgotten Children Worldwide
650 N Main St
Bluffton, IN 46714


Phone: 260-353-1580

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 260609769

CEO/President: Matt Hartsell

Chairman: Matt Bertsch

Board size: 8

Founder: Matt Hartsell

Ruling year: 2008

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2009


To safeguard orphans and vulnerable, forgotten children from poverty, abandonment, and the evils of human trafficking, as clearly directed in the Bible. We believe that every child deserves to know their Heavenly Father is crazy about them.

Mission statement

To provide a loving and nurturing environment for orphans and vulnerable children by protecting them from becoming victims of extreme poverty and child trafficking so they can grow to fully understand the love of Jesus Christ. We strive to empower forgotten children.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating213 of 107733 of 144
Fund acquisition rating352 of 107844 of 144
Resource allocation rating393 of 107846 of 144
Asset utilization rating263 of 107735 of 144

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$251,934$195,888$171,754$219,239$648,220
Short-term investments$214,099$162,265$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,399,768$904,862$789,263$695,647$1,003,264
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$513,853$546,110$501,675$475,439$491,336
Other long-term assets$2,888$3,369$3,850$4,331$4,812
Total long-term assets$516,741$549,479$505,525$479,770$496,148
Total assets$1,916,509$1,454,341$1,294,788$1,175,417$1,499,412
Payables and accrued expenses$35,369$31,662$47,276$26,265$91,825
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$35,369$31,662$47,276$26,265$91,825
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$46,800$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$46,800$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$82,169$31,662$47,276$26,265$91,825
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$1,224,495$1,061,520$1,012,907$1,016,243$1,265,653
With donor restrictions$609,845$361,159$234,605$132,909$141,934
Net assets$1,834,340$1,422,679$1,247,512$1,149,152$1,407,587
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Total contributions$2,394,046$2,944,597$2,510,567$2,442,542$1,699,260
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$15,752$14,394$3,723$728$302
Other revenue$19,451$41,222$33,739$36,075$37,625
Total other revenue$35,203$55,616$37,462$36,803$37,927
Total revenue$2,429,249$3,000,213$2,548,029$2,479,345$1,737,187
Program services$1,690,284$2,509,026$2,108,833$2,456,906$1,444,655
Management and general$156,767$152,032$175,816$153,479$117,370
Total expenses$2,017,588$2,825,046$2,449,669$2,737,780$1,686,980
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$411,661$175,167$98,360($258,435)$50,207
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$411,661$175,167$98,360($258,435)$50,207


Matt HartsellCEO$63,200
Jeff PattersonDirector$62,800
Janee NussbaumDirector$36,915

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/21/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


A middle-of-the-night awakening for Matt Hartsell initiated the concept of an orphan care ministry while he and his wife Barb were adopting their daughter Allyson in Novorossiysk, Russia in June of 1999. The adoption of another daughter, Tiffani from China, and multiple missions trips to Romania to work with street children further enhanced the unquenchable yearning to assist those who were truly forgotten and marginalized by society.

While Matt & Barb were on a boat on the Moscow River, a stranger from Washington State initiated a casual conversation with the two of them. Matt shared his embryonic vision for assisting orphans with his new acquaintance, named Rodger Johnson. Rodger asked for Matt's address and six weeks later the Hartsells received the confirmation they needed: A $500 check in the mail as seed money for this ministry!

The ministry was initially named "God Will Make A Way Ministries" and consisted of sending multiple boxes of precious clothing to orphans in Russia. Packing originally took place in a 9 x 16-foot closet in the basement of Hope Missionary Church. In 2007 the ministry changed its name to Forgotten Children International and became an official interdenominational nonprofit organization that partners with individuals, organizations, businesses, and churches of all denominations. Further, in 2007 FCW became an official member of the Christian Alliance for Orphans and in 2009 became a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). . Further, in late 2011 FCW moved its official headquarters to 650 N. Main in Bluffton, Indiana as a result of answered prayer for a new headquarters. In 2012 the nonprofit trademarked its name as Forgotten Children Worldwide. The facility was 100% donated.

Today FCW's box truck is driven by faithful FCW volunteers on a weekly basis to multiple clothing collection sites around NE Indiana. Tens of thousands of pounds of clothing are collected, sorted and packed by volunteers. The boxes are then placed into a 40-foot container and shipped to assist street children, orphans and vulnerable children in India and the Ukraine. Over 40,000 children are assisted by this branch of the ministry alone.

A major focus for the ministry is prevention of child trafficking which is so prevalent in the world today.

Orphan home construction, via FCW, has benefited forgotten children on three continents in multiple countries: India, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Nepal, Ukraine, Thailand, and South Africa.

Ongoing partnerships in Nepal, India, Malawi and Uganda are creating genuine hope for hundreds of children. FCW provides self-sustainability projects to help desperate families become self-supporting in such a way that they can, in turn, care for orphans in their homes.

Currently, well over 500 children are sponsored on a monthly basis by charitable American supporters who, by giving $38 per month, provide food, shelter, education and medical care. Caring house parents demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ for each child.

Program accomplishments

295,852 Number of children clothed through our clothing distribution program

46 Number trade and university scholarships provided this year

490 Number of children currently sponsored

11 Number of countries served