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ChildFund International as a disaster relief organization

Note: this report covers ChildFund International's response to the Haiti Earthquake, which accounts for a small portion of its overall activities.1 ChildFund is not primarily a disaster relief organization.

Where we looked

All of the below was examined in January 2011. Full references for the below pages are in the sources section of this page.

  • ChildFund International's website (http://www.childfund.org/):
    • Places
    • Children
    • Explore
    • Publications
    • Annual Report (2010)
    • ChildWorld: 2010 Annual Report: Progress and Opportunity
    • Program Documents
    • Emergency Updates
    • ChildFund Contributions Continue to Aid Haitian Children
    • About Us
    • Accountability
    • Child-Centered Spaces Provide Havens in Haiti
    • ChildFund Partners with Physicians for Peace in Haiti
  • InterAction. 2010. Haiti Accountability Report 2010
  • Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • Google search, 'Haiti' and 'Haiti evaluation' on www.childfund.org.
  • Google searches for 'ChildFund International Haiti evaluation,' 'ChildFund International Haiti expenses,' 'ChildFund International Haiti spent.'

How much did the organization raise and how much did it spend?

Date Amount donated Amount Spent
January 29, 2010 $0.16 million2 N/A
February 3, 2010 $0.18 million3 N/A
February 12, 2010 $0.18 million4 N/A
February 16, 2010 $0.45 million5 N/A
November 29, 2010 $1.33 million (plus $0.18 million by worldwide network)6 $0.62 million (of worldwide total)

How specific is the organization about how it spent its funds?

ChildFund International made a $500,000 grant to Physicians for Peace to support the organization's work in Haiti.7

ChildFund International also describes examples of its activities in Haiti.8

Non-disaster relief activities

In its 2010 annual report, ChildFund International breaks down program expenses by country,9 and in six broad categories (education, health and sanitation, micro-enterprise, early childhood development, nutrition, and emergencies).10

We have not found a comprehensive breakdown of activities, or attribution of funds to activities, at a more detailed level.

Sources

  • 1.

    In its 2010 annual report, ChildFund International breaks down program expenses in six categories:

    • Education: 35.7% ($61.5 Million)
    • Health and Sanitation 25.6% ($44.1 Million)
    • Nutrition 8.5% ($14.7 Million)
    • Early Childhood Development 11.6% ($20 Million)
    • Micro-Enterprise (Family Income Generation) 11.8% ($20.4 Million)
    • Emergencies 6.8% ($11.9 Million)
    • TOTAL PROGRAM $172,601,507

    ChildFund International, Annual Report (2010), Pg 15.

  • 2. Chronicle of Philanthropy, "A Roundup of Haiti Fund Raising as of January 29."
  • 3. Chronicle of Philanthropy, "Haiti Donations Exceed $644-Million, as of February 3."
  • 4. Chronicle of Philanthropy, "American Charities Raise $709-Million for Haiti Relief, Chronicle Tally Finds."
  • 5. Chronicle of Philanthropy, "$1.1-Billion Donated for Haiti Relief: Updated Tally (May 11)."
  • 6.
    • "Amount raised: $1,328,223; $175,837 by worldwide network
      Amount spent: $619,741 of the worldwide total as of 11/29/2010
      In-kind donations: n/a
      Government grants: n/a
      Where the money went: The group has worked with Christian Blind Mission International to set up set up safe spaces for children, train child counselors, and support summer programs in art and music therapy." Chronicle of Philanthropy, "Haiti Earthquake Fund Raising, One Year Later."
    • The $175,837 raised by the by worldwide network is in addition to the $1,328,223 raised, making the total amount raised $1,504,060:

      "The total raised by ChildFund is $1,504,060. The amount of this raised by our affiliates is $175,837." Alison Abbitt, email to GiveWell, February 3, 2011.

  • 7.

    "ChildFund has awarded Physicians for Peace a $500,000 grant to support the organization's work in Haiti, providing custom-fitted prosthetics, medical equipment, a summer camp for children with disabilities or who have parents with disabilities and many additional efforts.... 'The grant funds will help build long-term health care capacity and human resources in Haiti, while meeting the immediate needs of those with disabilities,' said Brig. Gen. Ron Sconyers (USAF, Ret.), president and CEO of Physicians for Peace. " ChildFund International, "ChildFund Partners with Physicians for Peace in Haiti."

  • 8.
    • "Seven Child-Centered Spaces supported by ChildFund are operating in Haiti, to the delight of children affected by the Jan. 12 earthquake. At these Child-Centered Spaces, local staff members are pleased to say, 'We turn no one away!' They work with children who sustained injuries in the earthquake as well as children with physical or mental disabilities, providing appropriate activities for all. Other children without disabilities are also welcome to come to the centers." ChildFund International, "Child-Centered Spaces Provide Havens in Haiti."
    • "More than eight months after an earthquake devastated Haiti, ChildFund's support for the country's most vulnerable children continues apace. In our work through CBM and the Centre d'Education Speciale (CES), we are seeing signs of progress as children return to school and families adapt new routines. Much work remains amid Haiti's decimated infrastructure. Yet, there are bright spots. Day care centers for children with injuries and disabilities are operating in six hard-hit areas around Port-Au-Prince. Children attending the centers now have access to therapy, follow-up care and referrals to other health professionals when needed." ChildFund International, "ChildFund Contributions Continue to Aid Haitian Children."
  • 9.

    ChildFund International, "Annual Report (2010)," Pg 13.

  • 10.

    EXPENSES
    Program

    • Education: 35.7% ($61.5 Million)
    • Health and Sanitation 25.6% ($44.1 Million)
    • Nutrition 8.5% ($14.7 Million)
    • Early Childhood Development 11.6% ($20 Million)
    • Micro-Enterprise (Family Income Generation) 11.8% ($20.4 Million)
    • Emergencies 6.8% ($11.9 Million)
    • TOTAL PROGRAM $172,601,507

    Fundraising $23,420,237
    Management and General $16,849,426

    ChildFund International, Annual Report (2010), Pg 15.