ChildFund / Christian Children's Fund

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Worldwide, 570 million children live in extreme poverty, vulnerable to many factors that threaten their well-being. Children need protection, support and care at each stage of childhood to stay safe, healthy, learning and on track to achieve their potential. ChildFund works with local partner organizations, governments, corporations and individuals to help create the safe environments children need to thrive.

Contact information

Mailing address:
PO Box 1911
Merrifield, VA 22116-1911


Phone: (800) 776-6767

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 540536100

CEO/President: Isam Ghanim

Chairman: Lyn McDermid

Board size: 18

Founder: Dr. J. Calvitt Clarke

Ruling year: 1951

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Our Vision: A world where every child realizes their rights and achieves their potential.

Mission statement

Our Mission:

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.

PROMOTE societies whose individuals and institutions participate in valuing, protecting and advancing the worth and rights of children.

ENRICH supporters' lives through their support of our cause.

Statement of faith

ChildFund does not have a statement of faith. "Non-sectarian" is the phrase ChildFund uses to describe their religious standing.

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Transparency grade


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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating951 of 103178 of 83
Fund acquisition rating909 of 103273 of 83
Resource allocation rating870 of 103272 of 83
Asset utilization rating686 of 103157 of 83

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$14,963,939$17,351,563$11,654,510$9,482,831$16,333,471
Short-term investments$65,008,014$55,726,864$53,670,796$51,179,836$44,815,228
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$113,859,680$99,680,994$80,228,220$77,563,787$84,388,049
Long-term investments$10,536,174$5,793,711$6,929,383$8,358,203$8,011,401
Fixed assets$28,698,467$29,231,200$30,952,492$31,652,973$28,487,150
Other long-term assets$11,904,488$9,685,367$9,627,622$9,535,522$9,143,126
Total long-term assets$51,139,129$44,710,278$47,509,497$49,546,698$45,641,677
Total assets$164,998,809$144,391,272$127,737,717$127,110,485$130,029,726
Payables and accrued expenses$12,166,833$11,563,592$15,957,868$16,357,048$17,102,081
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$12,166,833$11,563,592$15,957,868$16,357,048$17,102,081
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$2,229,094$7,935,936$5,060,487$3,822,963$7,499,575
Total long-term liabilities$5,749,928$16,315,369$12,285,720$12,218,797$17,520,408
Total liabilities$17,916,761$27,878,961$28,243,588$28,575,845$34,622,489
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$76,024,931$46,126,343$44,439,275$45,355,993$40,719,905
With donor restrictions$71,057,117$70,385,968$55,054,854$53,178,647$54,687,332
Net assets$147,082,048$116,512,311$99,494,129$98,534,640$95,407,237
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$197,089,235$194,219,915$189,673,191$196,735,361$199,428,325
Program service revenue$807,854$810,068$875,792$944,493$1,027,683
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$4,911,322$2,222,463$4,591,685$4,384,943$3,971,853
Other revenue$469,558$343,530$878,315$572,594$281,959
Total other revenue$6,188,734$3,376,061$6,345,792$5,902,030$5,281,495
Total revenue$203,277,969$197,595,976$196,018,983$202,637,391$204,709,820
Program services$146,066,852$141,075,384$144,417,671$161,147,013$157,126,366
Management and general$18,949,107$20,190,026$19,991,944$18,886,715$17,209,419
Total expenses$190,747,008$183,026,081$192,070,927$203,837,342$198,375,886
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$12,530,961$14,569,895$3,948,056($1,199,951)$6,333,934
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$12,530,961$14,569,895$3,948,056($1,199,951)$6,333,934


Anne GoddardPresdent$438,279
James TuiteVice President/CFO$291,518
Adam HicksChief Dev & Mktg Officer$272,623
Naomi RutherbergVP, Programs & Partnerships$263,107
Scott ShermanVP, Global Human Resources$246,920
Paul BodeVP of Global Operation$245,042
Jeremy WilletSponsor Ambassador$242,139

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2021

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

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Helping children in poverty has always been at our heart, although how we do it has changed over time. What's been consistent is our desire to ever improve how we make an impact - we've fostered a spirit of innovation from the beginning, first as China's Children Fund, then as Christian Children's Fund and now as ChildFund International.

We're still growing and learning, but now we're doing it under a name that fully reflects the way we've always welcomed children and supporters of all nationalities and faiths to change the world through our programs. Here's how.

Innovation #1: The sponsorship model

Our founder, Dr. J. Calvitt Clarke, was an early innovator in gathering support for his cause: He started the "child sponsorship" concept we know today, asking a sponsor to donate to help one child.

Innovation #2: Working with families

Acting on its growing understanding of what works for children, ChildFund moved from running orphanages to helping families and communities fight poverty at its roots.

Innovation #3: Local communities run the local programs

Because helping an individual child only goes so far, we added community-level interventions. We determined the best way forward for lasting change was to have local people lead those local programs, because they understand cultural nuances and their local needs best. We added a focus on the whole child - not just physical needs, but emotional and social ones, as well.

Innovation #4: Pioneering accountability measures

As we grew, we knew our sponsors would want to know their dollars were being well spent, so we created a Code of Fundraising Ethics: our continuing promise that we will conduct ourselves with accountability, integrity, stewardship and honesty.

Innovation #5: A fund for emergencies

We created the Emergency Action Fund, which allows our emergency response teams to provide immediate relief and long-term assistance to children in wars, droughts, hurricanes and more.

Innovation #6: Places for recovery

We established the first of our Child-Centered Spaces to help children affected by war recover, learn, play and heal. These spaces, which we now offer in any kind of emergency, help children return to a sense of normalcy, hope and calm.

Innovation #7: A new approach to program development

We conducted an in-depth study on child poverty, which revealed that children acutely feel not only the physical but also the emotional and social impacts of poverty. As a result, we found that listening to children's voices when it comes to how poverty affects them makes a profound difference in how we help them improve their futures. We listen before we act. And when we help, it's as a partner.

We'll keep growing and learning: We've evolved and innovated over the years to improve the lives of children who are in the most distress, and we empower the communities where they live to take responsibility for this work themselves. We will continue doing so, to ensure that children are heard and receive the physical, cognitive, psychological, emotional and social support they need to become leaders in their communities.

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