Children International provides support to more than 335,000 impoverished children and their families in 11 countries – Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Mexico, Philippines, the United States and Zambia.
About Children International
Children International is a non-profit humanitarian organization founded in 1936 with the mandate to provide support to children and their families living in poverty around the world. Its headquarter is based in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
Our mission is “to bring real and lasting change to children living in poverty. In partnership with our contributors, we reduce their daily struggles, invest in their potential, and provide them with the opportunity to grow up healthy, educated and prepared to succeed and contribute to society.”
CI, once known as the Holy Land Christian Mission, was initially dedicated to serving handicapped and orphaned children in Bethlehem, the West Bank. We underwent a transformation in the 1980s from a religious charity with a single program to a non-sectarian organization serving poor children throughout the world. Child sponsorship, initiated in 1979, was the fundraising vehicle that allowed for this growth and transformation. Today, Children International is humanitarian in purpose and global in scope.
Children International creates programs through an annual work plan and budget process. Independent accredited auditors from the United States and the countries of operation conduct annual and quarterly financial audits of CI budget and financial records. CI follows accounting procedures established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Financial Accounting Standards Board. CI applies 80- 82% of total revenue to program activities each year, underscoring our commitment to efficiency and good stewardship.
Sources of Funds
Children International is not religiously or politically affiliated. The majority of Children International's funding comes from individual and corporate contributions.
Consumer Digest magazine has selected CI as a leading development and humanitarian organization based on how efficiently we use donations. CI is also a member of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance.
Children International operates in partnership with affiliate NGOs, CI’s “agencies” to conduct our humanitarian work. CI program methodology and system of financial and program controls form the basis of these partnerships. The administration of the range and volume of the work requires the development of institutional capacity on the part of CI agencies in program planning and management, financial control and program outcome evaluation.