ChildFund International
P.O. Box 26484
Richmond VA 23261
Mission Statement
ChildFund International exists to 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.We promote societies whose individuals and institutions participate in valuing, protecting, and advancing the worth and rights of children.
ChildFund International works in 30 countries and assists 18.2 million children and family members worldwide, regardless of their race, creed or gender.
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CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Anne Lynam-Goddard
Board Chair Marilyn Grist
Board Chair Company Affiliation Professional consultant
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 26484
Richmond, VA 23261
Telephone 804 756-2700
Fax 804 7562782
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1938
Former Names
Christian Children's Fund2009
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $252,356,054.00
Projected Expenses $253,907,523.00
Additional Documents
Annual Report2013View
Annual Report2012View
Annual report2011View
Annual report2010View
Annual Report2009View
ChildFund International exists to 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.We promote societies whose individuals and institutions participate in valuing, protecting, and advancing the worth and rights of children.
ChildFund International works in 30 countries and assists 18.2 million children and family members worldwide, regardless of their race, creed or gender.
Impact Our distinctive approach focuses on working with children from birth to young adulthood, as well as with families, local organizations and communities globally, to create the environments children need to thrive. In 2014, ChildFund served 18.2 million children and family members. We take a holistic and protective approach in our work that responds to the developmental and protection rights of children at each stage of life, from birth to early adulthood. We also pay special attention to the transitions between one stage and the next. Working through local partner organizations, we engage children and youth, their parents and families, and the communities and systems that support them in a process of social change that puts the child at the center and that they themselves own.
ChildFund International promotes the well-being of children through sponsorships and contributions. Sponsorships are $28 per month and are pooled and used within communities to bring greater resources to children.

Our core commitment is to CHILD-CENTERED CHANGE, and our needs revolve around  funding needed in support of these areas of focus: HEALTHY AND SECURE INFANTS--We know a healthy beginning for infants means future promise, so we promote programs that offer
• Good nutrition and care during the prenatal period and early years

• 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

 social skills

 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


Overall description:
ChildFund began in 1938 as China’s Children Fund, an emergency relief organization for those displaced by conflict. From these origins, the value of trusted on-the-ground networks became our guiding principle.

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

  • Working with the world's most vulnerable children and youth. 
  • Implementing child development, protection and emergency assistance programs through local communities. No other child development agency has such a recognized history of establishing lasting relationships with local community leaders and people in power who can effect change. 
  • Making a 12- to 15-year commitment to children in communities served. There is no short-term solution to long-term problems.
CEO Statement From the 2014 Annual Report:
Lately, I’ve been thinking back to my first job out of college, as a protective social worker, when I spent my days assessing children’s home environments, following up on allegations of abuse and neglect, making recommendations to the courts, and educating and counseling parents. Being at ChildFund feels like coming full circle to the issue closest to my heart: children’s well-being. That’s why I am so thrilled that in addition to our grassroots efforts to help children worldwide, ChildFund is now advocating at the international level for ending the worst forms of violence against children. With our sister organizations in the ChildFund Alliance, we have launched a worldwide awareness and advocacy campaign called Free From Violence, to make ending extreme violence against children a global priority. Back in 2000, nearly 200 countries agreed on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of goals to reduce poverty, improve health and education, and create sustainable progress by 2015. These commitments sparked plans, targets and funding that brought about huge changes in developing countries, including declines in child mortality, increased primary school enrollment and much more. But the world forgot something really important when it laid out the original MDGs. It forgot that threats to the most vulnerable and smallest among us — children — come not only from having too little of life’s essentials but also from having too much violence in their lives. As 2015 approaches, world leaders are working on the next set of goals. And ChildFund is working to see that child protection is included as a high priority. In Free From Violence, we are raising the collective voice of the ChildFund Alliance’s dozen organizations, which work in 58 countries with millions of children and family members. More than a quarter-million caring people have signed the campaign’s petition at, calling on governments to free children from violence and exploitation by including this issue among the new goals to be approved by the U.N. General Assembly in September 2015. It appears the world is listening. Child protection is now among the proposed post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals — not as a line item but across several different priorities, including child labor, education, gender-based violence, trafficking and more. Protecting children infuses these global goals, much as it does ChildFund’s work, as you’ll see in this year’s annual report. We are so grateful for your generous support, because it makes the world a safer place to be a child. Your ongoing commitment to helping children achieve their potential — as infants, schoolchildren, young adults and beyond — means a more hopeful world for us all. Thank you. With warmest regards, Anne Lynam Goddard President & CEO
Board Chair Statement
Message from our 2014 annual report --

Dear friends,

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 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.

With gratitude,

Hugh Ewing
ChildFund Board Chair


Areas of Service
Areas Served
ChildFund International works in 30 countries. Currently, they include Afghanistan, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Dominica, Ecuador, Ethiopia, the Gambia, Guatemala, Guinea, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Mexico, Mozambique, Philippines, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, St. Vincent, Thailand, Timor Leste, Togo, Uganda, United States, Vietnam and Zambia.
Board Chair
Board Chair Marilyn Grist
Company Affiliation Professional consultant
Term Jan 2015 to Jan 2017
Board of Directors
Board Members
John B. Adams The Martin Agency
Austin Brockenbrough IVInvestments
Jane Brown Ph.DRetired
Tom Deline Executive
Shailendra Ghorpade Community Volunteer
Sally G. Green Retired
Ed Grier Dean
Marilyn Grist Professional Consultant
Nancy Hill Ph.D.Harvard University
Ayesha Khanna Points of Light
Jill E. Korbin Case Western Reserve University
Cassie Landers Columbia University
Tushar Makhija Helpshift
Lyn McDermid Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Geremie Sawadogo World Bank
Dr. Daniel Silva Executive
Aaron Williams Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 3
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 11
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 85
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
ChildFund International’s board functions through a committee structure. As part of its annual work, the committee on trusteeship considers multiple criteria for selection to the ChildFund board. Board members represent multiple geographic donor regions throughout the United States. They reflect multiple demographics and provide expertise in many areas. ChildFund board members are not compensated.
Executive Director
Executive Director Mrs. Anne Lynam-Goddard
Experience Mrs. Goddard joined ChildFund International in 2007. She has held a number of overseas positions in Egypt, Indonesia and Bangladesh. She also worked in Mogadishu for UNICEF and she began her career serving the Peace Corps in Kenya. She is a graduate of Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts and holds a Masters of Public Health, International Health degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Senior Staff
Sarah Bouchie Vice President, Program Development
Cheri Dahl Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs
Isam G. Ghanim Executive Vice President, Programs
Scott Lemler Vice President, Information & Operations/CFO
Aki Temiseva
James Tuite Vice President, Finance & Operations/CFO
Full Time Staff 1600
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 0
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted July 2009
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Description ChildFund works toward the well-being of children by forming partnerships with local governments and non-governmental resources to strengthen our programs.  Our initiatives are locally led activities where families and communities work together to help overcome poverty and protect the rights of their children. ChildFund programs are comprehensive, addressing needs throughout three life stages -- healthy and secure infants and children, educated and confident children and skilled and involved youth. This distinctive approach focuses on working with children throughout their journey from birth to young adulthood. We offer youth an opportunity to participate in youth groups and join in the decision-making processes of our work. We also address children's transitional needs from one life stage to another, to enable them to get a healthy start in life, have the tools needed to enter primary school, and eventually develop a skill or gain an education to earn a living and contribute back to their communities. ChildFund works in 30 countries among 18.1 million children and family members -- often in environments where poverty, conflict and disaster threaten children's well-being.  Our programs confront critical needs of safe motherhood, the quality of education and trained teachers, HIV/AIDS prevention and care, nutrition and health needs. Nutrition includes a multi-pronged approach that includes the establishment of home gardens and lessons in the importance of varying diets. We combat malaria through education, health care and the provision of mosquito nets. In emergencies, ChildFund provides emergency feeding and supplies, Child-Centered Spaces and long-term recovery programs in areas where we operate programs. In addition, youth learn skills that are vital to their communities -- skills that were identified after conducting studies to determine what needs are relevant to each community.
Budget $205,278,150.00
Short Term Success Short-term success is identified in the successful transition of a child from one life stage to another. Initially, offering a strong foundation enables children to reach appropriate development milestones so they can succeed in their formal education. 
Long Term Success ChildFund promotes programs that enable children to reach their full potential.  We start by offering a healthy beginning for infants as we know that it leads to  future promise.  We promote programs that offer good nutrition and care, protection against life-threatening childhood illnesses, the opportunity to develop and learn through play and to foster  strong relationships with caring adults.  As children grow, we address knowledge and skills in school, building lifelong confidence while encouraging interaction with other children, family and community members to develop social skills. We also work with youth as they transition into adulthood, providing an environment where they can acquire the skills needed to enter the workforce. This also involves helping them understand and express emotions in ways that foster safe and fulfilling relationships as well as leadership skills so they can become meaningfully involved in the betterment of their communities.  
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $252,356,054.00
Projected Expenses $253,907,523.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 83.5
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$13,355,354$15,865,009$0
Individual Contributions$155,786,510$171,094,475$22,728,523
Investment Income, Net of Losses($5,932,555)$707,610$453,341
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind$42,284,204$34,600,240$32,712,124
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$196,911,849$211,415,154$203,046,041
Administration Expense$17,676,906$16,919,082$17,859,285
Fundraising Expense$21,110,581$21,547,941$22,305,657
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.971.001.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%85%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue11%10%38%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$124,918,487$116,185,286$117,101,446
Current Assets$37,822,115$34,893,041--
Long-Term Liabilities$11,645,834$4,000,000$3,700,000
Current Liabilities$31,002,253$25,605,234$22,860,902
Total Net Assets$82,270,400$86,580,052$90,540,544
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.221.360.00
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets9%3%3%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 11/2014View
Organization Comments

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

Foundation Comments
  • The organization does not release unaudited numbers.  The numbers under the FY projections section are actually audited numbers from the previous fiscal year
  • Financial information provided by audit
  • Support from "Foundations and Corporations" may also include government support
  • Revenue from "Individuals" also includes sponsorships for children
  • Form 990 prepared by McGladrey, LLP
  • Audit prepared by KPMG, LLP