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ChildFund began in 1938 to help deprived, excluded, and vulnerable children around the world.

As of 2022, ChildFund helps children and family members in 23 countries with about 432,000 children enrolled in ChildFund programs. Of these children, about 340,000 are “sponsored” by donors who support programs in the child’s community through monthly contributions.

In addition, the organization provides adolescent sexual and reproductive health and education, and other programs addressing safe motherhood and newborn care, and early childhood development. It also provides projects for sanitation and clean water.

Other programs include Micro-Enterprise Development, to support livelihood and financial literacy, and business and leadership development training. ChildFund also funds emergency response in times of disasters and humanitarian crises around the world.

There are related but autonomous ChildFund organizations in Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Sweden, and Taiwan. ChildFund estimates it impacts an estimated 16 million children and family members in one form or another each year.

ChildFund was originally known as “Christian Children’s Fund,” but leadership changed the organization’s name to distance itself from the “Christian” label. It is now considered “nonsectarian,” though ChildFund has used various religious program names or marketing efforts over the years aimed at Christians.

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The aim of ChildFund is to be a worldwide, nonsectarian child development organization, primarily using the fundraising method of “child sponsorship.”

MinistryWatch Donor Confidence Score:  53 (out of a possible 100) “Give With Caution”

MinistryWatch Financial Efficiency Rating:  1 Star (out of a possible 5 Stars)

MinistryWatch Transparency Grade:  C

ECFA Member?  No

Revenue in Most Recent Year Available (2022):  $199,562,143

Five-Year Revenue Trend:  Flat (by about 1% change)

Percent of Revenue ChildFund spends on Fundraising:  18%

Percent Peer Group Spends on Fundraising:  6%

President & CEO:  Isam Ghanim

President’s Salary and Other Compensation:  $459,302

The Complete MinistryWatch profile for ChildFund can be found here.

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Rod Pitzer

Rodney Pitzer, Certified Fraud Examiner since 2005, has worked for audit and investigative organizations, including Oregon Department of Justice's Charitable Activities, and being Director of the Oregon Board of Tax Professionals in 1999. In 2011 founded AVOWED.org, ministering to widows, elderly and the disabled, and now scheduled to plant a church in Corpus Christi, Texas.