• Protection against potentially life-threatening childhood illnesses
• Opportunities to develop and learn through play and exploration
• Stronger relationships with the adults who care for them
EDUCATED AND CONFIDENT CHILDREN--We support children as they grow and develop, so we promote programs that offer
• Knowledge and life skills in school, at home and in the community
• Foundations to build lifelong learning and confidence for today and hope for the future
• Interaction with other children, family and community members to develop
SKILLED AND INVOLVED YOUTH--We assist youth with the critical transition to adulthood, so we promote programs that offer
• Training to acquire the skills needed to enter the workforce and meet the challenges of growing into adulthood
• Skills to help understand and express emotions in ways that foster safe and fulfilling relationships
• Enhanced social and leadership skills to become meaningfully involved for the betterment of their communities
Today, the ChildFund approach means working to reduce the roots of child poverty. Our distinctive approach focuses on working with children throughout their journey from birth to young adulthood, as well as with families, local organizations and communities globally to create the environments children need to thrive. This includes
I want to talk about the benefits of sponsorship and its importance to the children and families we serve. As a member of ChildFund’s board, I’ve been able to see firsthand the difference sponsorship makes in children’s lives worldwide.
In Ethiopia, I saw it in a first-grade classroom that included several 11-year-olds. They were much taller than their 6-year-old classmates, but they were happy to be there, finally beginning their educations. This was possible because ChildFund had helped their community build a new water source, which meant that these children no longer had to spend their days fetching water from miles away instead of learning how to read and count.
In Indonesia, I saw new early childhood development programs that involve parents and stimulate children’s development at the time of their lives when they are most receptive.
Sponsorship benefits the children in practical, life-changing ways through the work of our local partner organizations, more than 400 of them, which carry out these efforts within their own communities.
None of this would be possible without you, our supporters. So, I’m excited about some steps we’re taking to improve the sponsorship experience — new and better opportunities for sponsors and children to learn about each other and communicate more easily. We’ve expanded the donor portal at ChildFund.org so that you can learn more about your sponsored child’s world, and over the next year, we are introducing, country by country, a new, faster way to exchange letters.
Sponsorship means stronger communities, which leads to healthier, stronger children, which leads to more productive adults, which leads to even stronger adults … and so on. From my travels, I can tell you that I’ve seen this process borne out in enthusiastic, happy children pursuing their educations, getting the health care they need or training for a job specialty. Thank you for making it possible.
Hugh EwingChildFund Board Chair
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
I am glad to report that ChildFund International donors’ generous support for children and their families resulted in this year’s revenue of $248.5 million. The total is especially noteworthy in light of the fact that ChildFund increased program services to children to 83.5 percent this past year.
We were able to do so despite foreign exchange losses in the sponsorship funding we receive from other ChildFund Alliance members, which resulted in a year-over-year decrease in revenue.
ChildFund International continues to strive for excellence in delivering programs. I am happy to report that the Association of Fundraising Professionals selected ChildFund as the Grand Pinnacle Award winner for our innovative use of mobile payment technology to reach children and their families in remote program locations.
The award recognizes the fact that by being good stewards of the funds you entrust to us, ChildFund is able to make a greater difference for children. This is what we strive to do every day.
We are deeply grateful to you for making this life-changing work possible.
James M. Tuite
Vice President, Finance & Operations/
Chief Financial Officer
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