International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security

Worlds Children

  • Corvallls, OR
  • www.worldschildren.org

Mission Statement

World's Children seeks to provide humanitarian aid and assistance to people and communities living in poverty around the world, and especially to those living in the most under-developed areas. Recognizing that children are often helpless victims of poverty and disaster and yet it is they who will shape the future, this organization provides support, shelter, maintenance and education to children either directly or through institutions established to provide for the basic needs of orphaned, disabled, impoverished, AIDS afflicted or otherwise disadvantaged children.

Main Programs

  1. Child Sponsorship
  2. Projects for Children
  3. Scholarship Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

World's Children sponsors children in: India, Mexico, Guatemala, Kenya, Ethiopia and the Philippines.

ruling year

2007

Executive Director

Self-reported

David Purviance

Keywords

Self-reported

World's Children child sponsorship orphans vulnerable children

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Also Known As

World's Children

EIN

20-5276353

 Number

8180021828

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

Since 1965 World’s Children has supported an estimated 44,000 at-risk children living in orphanages and hostels in Asia, Latin America, South America and Africa. World's Children has helped many of these children attain a higher education and move beyond the poverty and illiteracy that grips their families. The organization has built new dormitories, repaired buildings, constructed water storage tanks and toilets, drilled drinking water wells, purchased livestock, funded seeds and tools for vegetable gardens, bought beds and tables, and generally improved living conditions at many of the orphanages we support.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Child Sponsorship

World's Children International provides child sponsorship to 1300 destitute children in India, Guatemala, Philippines, Kenya, and Mexico.

Category

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 2

Projects for Children

World's Children performs projects that help orphans and vulnerable children. For example, we install wells and toilets.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Female Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Budget

Program 3

Scholarship Program

World's Children provides scholarships to impoverished young men and women in India who qualify for higher education but need help with funding.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Results

Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of list subscribers

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Our email subscribers sign up to receive regular e-news to update them about our work.

2. Number of overall donors

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric

3. Number of clients participating in educational programs

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
World's Children provides scholarships to impoverished youth in India for higher education. This includes the total number of students in college seeking a degree or in vocational training.

4. Average number of dollars received per donor

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The goal of World’s Children is to ease the suffering of children who are orphaned or vulnerable. Helping orphans is our top priority. We also aim to help girls who are unwanted or at risk and to support children affected by HIV/AIDS. We strive to give these children, nutritious food, education, health, safety, and a life surrounded by love. Our goal is successful outcomes for our children--to see them graduate from high school, college or a vocational program so they can become productive and happy members of society.
    We also have the goal of not only providing a quality experience for the orphans and children we support but also for our sponsors and donors.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    World’s Children works with orphanages in six countries. We partner with organizations that support our goals and provide quality care to the children living in the orphanages and hostels through our child sponsorship program. We also solicit donations for projects that help children such as providing water and sanitation to orphanages and schools in emerging countries such as India.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have a loyal funding base that shares our goals and gives support to our organization by sponsoring children and donating to projects. We hire dedicated staff and use the help of volunteers and interns to provide quality communication to our sponsors and donors and to attract new sponsors and donors through our unique personal approach. Many people like the one on one approach to helping children.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    World’s Children knows it is making progress by using the following indicators:
    World’s Children is receiving more donations every year despite the difficult economic times. This is a primary indicator.
    Another indicator is that our donors and sponsors are very loyal and continue to donate year after year because they receive a quality experience.
    A third indicator is the success of the children. We currently support over 100 children who are in college. Most of these students graduate with a very low drop out rate.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have accomplished helping thousands of children and hundreds of college students to have a decent life with a future. We have also successfully completed many special projects to better the lives of the children we support. We provide a quality experience for our donors by providing them with outstanding communication. Our biggest challenge is to get the word out and attract new sponsors and donors. With more funds we can better the lives of more orphans and vulnerable children and we will have the funds to hire additional staff.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

World's Children sponsors children in: India, Mexico, Guatemala, Kenya, Ethiopia and the Philippines.

Additional Documents

Social Media

Blog

Accreditations

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance

Affiliations + Memberships

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization

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Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Worlds Children

Leadership

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Executive Director

David Purviance

BIO

Bangladesh Field Director, Plenty International
Program Director, Plenty International
Executive Director, Plenty International
India Country Director, Wherever the Need
President, Wherever the Need US
Executive Director, World's Children

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"World's Children is a small organization run by heart-motivated individuals and this is both our appeal and our strength. We know our sponsors by name, people calling our office are greeted by a real person rather than a confusing array of choices, and as often as not the caller will find they are speaking to the director or assistant director. The staff of World's Children have worked for years in developing countries doing such things as providing shelter to destitute street children in Bangladesh, working in a school for former street beggars in India, providing front-line assistance to victims of the Asian tsunami, delivering development aid to Caribbean countries and overseeing the construction of numerous toilets and drinking water wells for schools, orphanages and villages in India. We bring to our charity the personal knowledge that what we do makes a real difference for impoverished children. This is not just a job for us, it's what we love. And we enjoy sharing it with others."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Patrick Spiger

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
Race & Ethnicity
Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity