Alliance for Children Everywhere

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From America to Africa, ours is a family love story spanning decades, continents, and cultures. For over five decades, ACE has refined a paradigm for family-based care recognized by governments throughout Africa. Today, ACE is a partnership between Zambians and Americans who work every single day to keep children with their families in the face of overwhelming circumstances.

Our values are the principles that made ACE a global movement.

Zambian Expertise: We maintain 100% in-country staff and leadership.

Families, Not Orphanages: We work toward family permanence through reintegration, fostering, and adoption.

Global Alliance: NGO's, foundations, churches, and individuals from all around the world provide funds, program development, and prayer support.

Local Partnerships: Indigenous churches, community leaders, and local governments are integral to everything we do, from adoption sensitization to food distributions to primary schooling.

Over one hundred Zambian leadership and staff execute our mission as ACE Zambia, with governance by a Zambian board of directors. In the U.S., we have four staff members and two interns who partner with ACE Zambia to operate our consulting services as ACE Transition Partners.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Alliance for Children Everywhere
P.O. Box 1568
Ridgefield, WA 98642


Phone: (800) 815-9095

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 911704751

CEO/President: Gabriel Walder, M.S.

Chairman: Clare Boals

Board size: 9

Founder: Virginia Woods

Ruling year: 1997

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2000


Our vision is a permanent, secure, and loving family for every child. There are over one million orphaned children in Zambia. While institutions can provide them life-saving rescue, they cannot replace the love of a secure, permanent family. ACE protects families in crisis; restores orphaned children to family; and strengthens communities through economic empowerment and education.

Mission statement

OUR MISSION is to bring orphaned and vulnerable children into secure families, schools, and communities through family-based care.

We prioritize child safety and permanency in a stable, loving family environment. That means: safety first, and family as soon as possible.

Children without families face lifelong risks. We help provide physical and emotional protection for children in crisis, reintegrate children with their biological family members and find alternate homes through fostering or adoption for children without available family.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating906 of 110469 of 88
Fund acquisition rating803 of 110562 of 88
Resource allocation rating985 of 110581 of 88
Asset utilization rating506 of 110447 of 88

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$950,314$60,715$771,991$1,075,832$1,113,956
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,368,728$495,104$1,228,717$1,557,940$1,870,786
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$0$136$472$807$1,142
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$0$136$472$807$1,142
Total assets$1,368,728$495,240$1,229,189$1,558,747$1,871,928
Payables and accrued expenses$166,158$50,918$170,938$42,645$137,851
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$166,158$50,918$170,938$42,645$137,851
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$166,158$50,918$170,938$42,645$137,851
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$350,091$394,322$458,251$416,102$171,472
With donor restrictions$852,479$50,000$600,000$1,100,000$1,562,605
Net assets$1,202,570$444,322$1,058,251$1,516,102$1,734,077
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$2,697,540$1,070,113$1,179,950$1,191,179$2,188,040
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$785$1,236$741$149$209
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$785$1,236$741$149$209
Total revenue$2,698,325$1,071,349$1,180,691$1,191,328$2,188,249
Program services$1,376,477$1,120,830$1,238,484$1,013,749$1,016,790
Management and general$317,945$359,241$270,386$269,312$223,457
Total expenses$1,940,077$1,685,278$1,638,542$1,409,303$1,360,049
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$758,248($613,929)($457,851)($217,975)$828,200
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$758,248($613,929)($457,851)($217,975)$828,200


Gabriel WalderExecutive Director$125,786

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2022

Response from ministry

When we were first contacted by Wall Watchers and asked to submit information to appear on the web-site we were skeptical of having another watch-dog organization representing Christian ministry and outreach. We complied, but I do admit half-heartedly.

As time has gone by, we are impressed by the quality of the postings and the detail that goes into the analysis. Certainly no organization can be truly known without personal relationships and knowledge of the actual day to day work being done in the field. Numbers are only indicators, and if that is what opens the hearts and doors, AMEN.

We are pleased to be a part of the Wall Watchers web-site and pray that God will bless the vision so that others may become engaged in the critical work of the expansion Kingdom of God on earth through Christ Jesus.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/28/2024. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


ACE History

1969: Alliance for Children Everywhere (ACE) was founded under the name "House of Samuel"

1969-1976: Native American Reservations: ACE provided emergency care for children in crisis who were referred by missionaries, local churches and personal workers within the Arizona Apache and Navajo Nations.

1973-1995: Child Placement Agency: ACE (House of Samuel at that time) established a State approved agency to place children at risk into Christian homes.

1976-1989: Residential Campus and School: As the House of Samuel, ACE opened a group home (45 children) and a school (65 children) for children with special needs and a 13 acre campus.

1984-2005: Guatemala, Central America: Pioneered a child welfare ministry in partnership with Iglesia Verbo in Guatemala, Central America. The ministry is now entirely operated within country. The ministry in Guatemala was founded by, and supported by ACE until it was handed over to an entirely new international board of directors in June of 2005. The reason for raising up this board to focus entirely on Guatemala is that ACE is a pioneering ministry. Its mission statement says "we bring others together". When one area of ministry is strong and able to continue without ACE they release it, and then move on to another pioneering situation.

1989-1991: Peru Pioneered a child welfare ministry in Iquitos, Peru. Operated a group home and adoption program.

1997: Zambian partnership established

Program accomplishments

Since 1998, the House of Moses and Bill and Bette Bryant Crisis Nursery have sheltered over 1,000 babies and children between rescue and family placement.

We have protected the lives and family bonds of over 3,700 children under age five.

Since 2001, our community schools have provided daily lunch and education to over 10,000 children who would otherwise miss out.


Your gift immediately fulfills the most urgent needs for children in Zambia facing hunger, family separation, or social exclusion.