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Feed the Children as a disaster relief organization: Haiti Earthquake, 2010 (2011 Report)

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.

  • Feed The Children's website (http://www.feedthechildren.org/):
    • About Feed The Children
    • Helping Families around the World
    • How You Can Make a Difference
    • Disaster Relief
    • Feed The Children's Haiti Relief Efforts
    • IRS Form 990 (2009)
  • InterAction. 2010. Haiti Accountability Report 2010
  • Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • Google search, 'Haiti' and 'Haiti evaluation' on www.feedthechildren.org.
  • Google searches for 'Feed The Children Haiti evaluation,' 'Feed The Children Haiti expenses,' 'Feed The Children Haiti spent.'

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

Date Amount donated Amount Spent
January 29, 2010 $0.8 million1 N/A
February 3, 2010 $0.9 million2 N/A
February 12, 2010 $1.0 million3 N/A
May 07, 2010 $1.0 million4 N/A
November 22, 2010 $1.2 million5 $1.2 million


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

  • According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the money Feed The Children has spent in Haiti since the earthquake has gone to manage four camps. Feed The Children estimates that it has helped 1,398 families in those camps, and an additional 1,673 families in other camps, and given medical assistance to 13,518 people. Feed The Children has also replaced some of its vehicles and built 869 tents or other shelters.6
  • Feed The Children provides a breakdown of the $18.6 million in supplies it has delivered to groups working in Haiti. For each of the 354 shipments, the breakdown lists date, items, partner organization, total dollar amount, total weight, and shipment type.7

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

Non-disaster relief activities

  • Feed The Children's 990 tax return form for 2009 breaks down its program expenses in three categories: "Food, medical, and child care" (85%), "disaster relief" (1%), and "education and community development) (14%) .8
  • Feed The Children lists its broad areas of work in the US9 and internationally.10
  • Feed The Children describes its child sponsorship program in more detail.11

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

Sources

  • 1. Chronicle of Philanthropy, "A Roundup of Haiti Fund Raising as of January 29."
  • 2. Chronicle of Philanthropy, "Haiti Donations Exceed $644-Million, as of February 3."
  • 3. Chronicle of Philanthropy, "American Charities Raise $774-Million for Haiti Relief, Chronicle Tally Finds."
  • 4. Chronicle of Philanthropy, "$1.1-Billion Donated for Haiti Relief: Updated Tally (May 11)."
  • 5.

    "Amount raised: $1,200,000; n/a by worldwide network
    Amount spent: $1,200,000 as of 11/22/2010
    In-kind donations: $18,600,000
    Government grants: n/a" Chronicle of Philanthropy, "Haiti Earthquake Fund Raising, One Year Later."

  • 6.

    "Amount raised: $1,200,000; n/a by worldwide network
    Amount spent: $1,200,000 as of 11/22/2010
    In-kind donations: $18,600,000
    Government grants: n/a
    Where the money went: To manage four camps for people displaced by the earthquake, two of which the charity continues to manage. The group estimates that it has helped 1,398 families in those camps, an additional 1,673 families in other camps, and provided medical assitance to 13,518 people. It has replaced some of its vehicles that were destroyed in the earthquake and built 869 tents or other temporary shelters at the camps." Chronicle of Philanthropy, "Haiti Earthquake Fund Raising, One Year Later." This Chronicle of Philanthropy article was published January 7, 2011.

  • 7.

    Feed The Children, "Feed The Children Shipments for Haiti Earthquake Relief."

  • 8.
    • Expenses $983,596,663. including grants of $965,094,175: "FOOD, MEDICAL, AND CHILD CARE: SUPPLEMENTING BASIC NEEDS OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES WITH FOOD, CLOTHING, MEDICAL CARE, AND MEDICINE IN THE UNITED STATES AND AROUND THE WORLD. EQUIPPING AND SUPPLYING FOOD DISTRIBUTION CENTERS."
    • Expenses $14,127,863. including grants of $13,110,386: "DISASTER RELIEF: RESPONDING TO NATURAL AND MAN-MADE DISASTERS WITH EMERGENCY RELIEF SUPPLIES AND SERVICES."
    • Expenses $163,229,757. including grants of $157,741,650: "EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: DISTRIBUTION OF BOOKS, BACKPACKS, EDUCATIONAL SUPPLIES AND OTHER NECESSITIES TO SCHOOLS AND OTHER AGENCIES REACHING CHILDREN WORLD-WIDE. HELPING COMMUNITIES BUILD AND SUPPLY SHELTERS, SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, AND CHURCHES."

    Feed The Children, "IRS Form 990 (2009)," Pg 2.

  • 9.
    • "Americans Feeding Americans Caravan
      Feed The Children has put a fleet of semi-tractor trailer trucks on the road to bring food and essentials to 200,000 American children and families by the end of 2010.
      Help keep our trucks on the road so America's hard-hit families will have food on the table.
    • Education
      Feed The Children is committed to nourishing the minds and bodies of children in need across America. We have partnered with educators to distribute books and supplies to boys and girls living in poverty. Help give a child a better future.
    • Kids Stuff USA
      Children across the country are going without food and other necessities year round. Help them now and build a Kid's Stuff Shoe Box.
    • Disaster Relief
      Because of our fleet of semi-tractor trailer trucks, Feed The Children is often the first relief agency to respond after a disaster. But we need your help to be ready when disaster strikes."

    Feed The Children, "How You Can Make a Difference."

  • 10.
    • "Feeding Programs
      Sometimes the terrible reality of the millions of hungry children around the world can seem overwhelming. But you don't have to stand by hopelessly while children are going hungry. Find out how you can help »
    • Sponsor a Child
      Child sponsorship allows you to personally connect with a child in need while making a lasting investment in his/her future. Your monthly sponsorship provides your child with things like nourishing food, educational books and supplies, medical care and other items for their personal wellbeing.
    • Disaster Relief
      Feed The Children responds to disasters worldwide, wherever they strike. You can help provide food and supplies to children and their families quickly and efficiently. From hurricanes to tsunamis to earthquakes and floods, you can be certain that your support of Feed The Children's efforts will save lives and bring hope to people in great need. Help us be ready when disaster strikes."

    Feed The Children, "Helping Families around the World."

  • 11.

    "Your monthly sponsorship helps your child with things like nourishing food, educational books and supplies, medical care and other items for their personal wellbeing, including wheelchairs, in the case of disabled children.

    For only $30 a month, you can help change the life of a child »

    A portion of your monthly child sponsorship donation goes toward community development programs in the area where your child lives. By investing in the local community, we can help ensure that children receive things like:

    * Food
    * Clean water
    * Education
    * Medical care

    Child sponsorship provides more than just short-term hunger relief—it provides total quality of life (improved heath, better education, a reduced risk of HIV/AIDS, higher earning potential, etc.) and a brighter future for children." Feed The Children, "Sponsor a Child."