Children of the Nations

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Children of the Nations® (COTN®) is a Christian nonprofit dedicated to raising children out of poverty and hopelessness so they can become leaders who transform their nations.

We believe that in order to raise healthy, well-rounded children, you must care for the whole child:

Physical: nutritional food, vitamin supplements, medical and dental care, and sports programs emphasizing physical fitness.
Educational: quality education (preschool through university), skills training for those geared toward vocational careers, and a Challenge Children's program for children with special needs.
Social: children raised in their own country and culture with caregivers from their own culture, visits (for orphaned children) with relatives or extended families, celebration and education of traditional ethnic music, dance, storytelling and dress.
Spiritual Needs: Biblical training, evangelistic activities, outreaches (such as summer camps and youth retreats), scripture memory, devotionals, worship, and discipleship.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Children of the Nations
PO Box 3970
Silverdale, WA 98383


Phone: 360-698-7227

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 911702551

CEO/President: Christopher Clark

Chairman: Michael Junkeit, MD (USA board)

Board size: 8

Founder: Christopher and Debbie Clark

Ruling year: 1996

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2006


VISION: Raising children who transform nations.

By partnering with nationals in each of the countries we serve, we care for children from infancy to adulthood. We want each child to reach their full potential. We believe that in order to raise healthy, well-rounded children, you must care for the whole child.

Mission statement

To provide holistic, Christ-centered care for orphaned and destitute children, enabling them to create positive and lasting change in their nations.

Statement of faith

We believe the Bible to be God-inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

We believe that there is only one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that for the salvation of the lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and lost; they that are saved unto resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in Christ.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating460 of 108559 of 143
Fund acquisition rating658 of 108888 of 144
Resource allocation rating388 of 108857 of 144
Asset utilization rating451 of 108554 of 143

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,887,526$1,954,413$2,085,450$2,450,754$2,711,128
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$5,061,475$3,588,192$3,727,324$4,683,227$4,982,478
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$418,307$380,441$387,712$404,097$423,335
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$418,307$380,441$387,712$404,097$423,335
Total assets$5,479,782$3,968,633$4,115,036$5,087,324$5,405,813
Payables and accrued expenses$169,787$125,093$142,444$138,187$109,059
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$169,787$125,093$142,444$138,187$109,059
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$23,139$0$1,126$5,445$9,473
Total long-term liabilities$23,139$0$1,126$5,445$9,473
Total liabilities$192,926$125,093$143,570$143,632$118,532
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$2,504,596$2,463,237$2,126,752$3,166,219$3,448,171
With donor restrictions$2,782,260$1,380,303$1,844,714$1,777,473$1,839,110
Net assets$5,286,856$3,843,540$3,971,466$4,943,692$5,287,281
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Total contributions$9,221,781$8,104,333$8,331,329$8,161,075$8,500,742
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$4,195$11,443$13,619$657$579
Other revenue($27,740)($13,258)$0$0$0
Total other revenue($23,545)($1,815)$13,619$657$579
Total revenue$9,198,236$8,102,518$8,344,948$8,161,732$8,501,321
Program services$6,680,656$7,159,787$7,997,804$7,327,932$6,913,753
Management and general$487,176$435,791$511,794$464,272$510,080
Total expenses$7,771,720$8,230,444$9,317,174$8,505,321$8,130,373
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$1,426,516($127,926)($972,226)($343,589)$370,948
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,426,516($127,926)($972,226)($343,589)$370,948


Christopher ClarkPresident$93,516
Debra ClarkNon-Voting Member$74,143

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2021

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/17/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Chris Clark, a fifth-generation missionary raised in Africa, and his wife Debbie, a teacher, felt God calling them to minister to and help children around the world.

In Chris's time as the Youth for Christ regional director, he and Debbie went on a project assignment to Africa. There, they encountered orphans and refugee children in dire need of assistance. Committed to finding help, the Clarks returned to the United States and began searching for an organization that would come to the children's aid. Sadly, they found none willing to offer help, nor was there an organization who had a sole purpose of providing for the needs of orphans in these areas. Sensing God's call, in 1995, Chris and Debbie formed the child sponsorship program, Children of the Nations.

Today, COTN serves in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Malawi, Sierra Leone, and Uganda to provide care for orphaned and destitute children. COTN, through funding primarily from child sponsorship and individual donations, operates homes, schools, farms, skills centers, clinics, and village feeding centers in an effort to provide quality care for our children. COTN is recognized among reputable Christian charities around the world.

Each country office is established as an individual, mission-based, nonprofit organization. Local governing boards oversee local ministry staff in each country. COTN country directors and management committees work closely with staff to provide the best for our children.

From a desire and $300 in 1995, to today--a worldwide movement of people, more than 400 staff, tens of thousands of volunteers, an annual budget of $9 million, and a family that has grown to help thousands of children annually in Africa and the Caribbean--God has done amazing work for our children.

Program accomplishments

As of March 2023:
6,017 children
126 projects
104 programs
5 countries