Human Services

World of Children Inc

  • Dublin, CA
  • www.worldofchildren.org

Mission Statement

How We Change Children's Lives

We believe the best way to change children's lives is by identifying and elevating child advocates leading effective programs with a proven track record of success in their own communities.

We support these advocates' work by:

1. Providing multi-year grants to fund their programs directly serving children
2. Showcasing their work to the media and new audiences
3. Offering leadership education opportunities
4. Connecting these advocates with an engaged network of individuals, organizations, and resources

From January to March each year, we invite nominations for the most impactful leaders running established child centric programs around the world and identify best in class leaders in 5 Categories:

Health – Education – Child Protection - Humanitarian Endeavors - Youth Helping Youth

Main Programs

  1. Humanitarian Award
  2. Health Award
  3. Youth Award
  4. Education Award
  5. Child Protection Award
Service Areas

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International

World of Children Award honors individuals who are pioneering life-changing programs for vulnerable children around the world.

Since 1998, World of Children Award has granted more than $8 million in cash grants and program support to more than 100 humanitarian leaders who are the driving force behind programs serving children in over 100 countries. We estimate that through these programs we've touched the lives of over 30 million children.

ruling year

2002

Co-Founder and Co-Chair

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Dr. Harry Leibowitz

Co-Founder and Co-Chair

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Mrs. Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz

Keywords

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children, humanitarian, health, youth leadership, award, social entrepreneurs, children in need

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Also Known As

World of Children Award

EIN

31-1772381

 Number

6576658788

Physical Address

1500 Dublin Blvd., Suite 200

Dublin, CA 94568 2827

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

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

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Since 1998, World of Children Award has granted more than $8 million in cash grants and program support to more than 100 humanitarian leaders who are the driving force behind programs serving children worldwide. We estimate that through these programs we've touched the lives of over 30 million children.

Programs

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

Program 1

Humanitarian Award

The Humanitarian Award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to children in the areas of social services or humanitarian services. Our Award honors this humanitarian leader at an annual Awards Ceremony and grants them funds to elevate their work.

Ultimately, our Award ensures that more children’s lives will be touched, improved and changed forever.

Humanitarian Award Honorees are visionary leaders who run sustainable, high-impact programs for children. He or she has made extraordinary achievements in helping children be safe, learn and grow. These courageous leaders are dedicated to making a difference for children who need help, regardless of political, religious or geographic boundaries.

Category

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

$50,000.00

Program 2

Health Award

The Health Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to children in the areas of health, medicine and the sciences. Our Award honors this courageous leader at an annual Awards Ceremony and grants them funds to elevate their work.

Ultimately, our Award ensures that more children’s lives will be saved, improved, and changed forever.

Health Award Honorees are not necessarily doctors or medical professionals; however, all have made extraordinary achievements to improve the health of children around the world. These selfless individuals are dedicated to making a difference for children who need help, regardless of political, religious or geographic boundaries.

Category

Children & Youth (0-19 years)

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

$50,000.00

Program 3

Youth Award

The Youth Award recognizes a young person under the age of 21 who has made significant contributions in the lives of other children. Our Award honors this young leader at an annual Awards Ceremony and grants them funds to elevate their work.

Ultimately, our Award helps extraordinary young people expand their impact and ensure more children’s lives are touched, improved and changed forever.

Youth Award Honorees are visionary young leaders who run sustainable, high-impact programs for children. He or she is dedicated to serving the needs of children, regardless of political, religious or geographic boundaries. Youth Award Honorees aspire to be lifelong child advocates: they intend to continue creating change for children throughout his or her life.

Category

Children & Youth (0-19 years)

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

$25,000.00

Program 4

Education Award

The Education Award recognizes individuals making extraordinary contributions to the education of children thus providing them the platform from which to become fully productive members of society. Our Award honors this courageous leader at an annual Awards Ceremony and grants them funds to elevate their work.
Ultimately, our Award ensures that more children’s lives will be improved and changed forever.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

$50,000.00

Program 5

Child Protection Award

The Protection Award recognizes individuals making extraordinary contributions to children so that they can live free from fear, abuse, and exploitation (including but not limited to trafficking, slavery and sexual imposition). Our Award honors this humanitarian leader at an annual Awards Ceremony and grants their organization funds to elevate their work. Ultimately, our Award ensures that more children live lives that are free and healthy.

Category

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$50,000.00

Results

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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. Total number of Awards given each year

Target Population
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TOTALS BY YEAR
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Awards included in this count include Awards in Health, Education, Child Protection, Humanitarian Endeavors, Youth Helping Youth, and Alumni Awards (for previous recipients being re-awarded)

Charting Impact

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    World of Children Award is dedicated to positively impacting the lives of vulnerable children regardless of nationality. We fund high-impact projects with the goal of improving children's lives in 5 main areas: Health, Education, Child Protection, Humanitarian Endeavors, and Youth Helping Youth. We aim to help organizations scale and sustain impact through the duration of our grant period and beyond.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    To ensure our funding goes only to best in class organizations, we employ a rigorous vetting process lauded by leading philanthropic organizations. Our annual review and voting process involves more than 100 people worldwide, including many experts in children's issues. Of 20,000 nominations received in 19 years, only 109 have been chosen to receive a World of Children Award.

    We employ a private international investigative agency to conduct an independent review of each finalist's program. These investigations provide us with the certainty that our Honorees are of the highest caliber.

    We prefer to fund programs with direct and measurable impact on children's lives. We work in partnership with Honoree organizations to craft grant proposals that allow for meaningful measurement and reporting so both organizations can track the impact of grant funding.

    To ensure our grants allow organizations to scale and improve services long term, we provide non-monetary support in addition to grant dollars. This support is tailored to individual organizations' needs and includes but is not limited to leadership education opportunities; connecting Honoree organizations with an engaged network of individuals, organizations, and resources; showcasing Honoree work to the media and new audiences; sourcing specific technology products through partnerships at little to no cost to Honoree programs.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have assembled a team of over 100 reviewers to participate in the nominations and review process each year. This includes experts in the fields in which we are funding, as well as business and cross-sector leaders. This process ensures no one person has undue influence over the review process.

    World of Children Award employs a third party, private international investigative firm to put "boots on the ground" in a thorough investigation of each finalists' programs before they are approved as Honorees. Over the years, this has allowed us to uncover programs that look good on paper but aren't operating effectively (if at all) on the ground.

    Our Board of Governors and staff team bring years of nonprofit governance and leadership to working with Honoree organizations to identify their most pressing needs and plan the most effective way for World of Children Award grant dollars and other support to be allocated to programs.

    A formal review process of grant reports ensures all program goals are met before further funds are disbursed. If Honoree organizations are falling short of stated goals, we work collaboratively to determine best actions for moving forward to reaching these or newly re-defined goals. This allows us to stay close to the work as a granting organization and provide a variety of support services small nonprofit organizations may not otherwise have accsess to.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Our basic measurement of progress is the number of children's lives we've impacted in each of our program categories. Because each of the organizations we fund is unique, we work to develop specific quantitative and qualitative progress indicators for each grant we make. These indicators are addressed in annual reports or at the completion of a funded project (if the project lasts less than one year). We track the cumulative impact of our grants as a number of children served both directly and indirectly and the number of projects that successfully meet their goals due to our funding and support.

    We keep in contact with our Honorees even after their funding cycles are over and we work to keep them engaged with our community and with one another. Many of our Honorees collaborate and help one another – a sign that we are building a vibrant community to sustain the work of a network of connected organizations dedicated to helping children around the world.

    World of Children Award reports out on specific impact of each grant to donors and supporters through a variety of online and offline communications platforms.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    World of Children Award has successfully expanded our program beyond our initial focus on Health and Humanitarian Endeavors to include Education (as of 2015) and Child Protection (as of 2016), two incredibly important issues we did not previously have the funding to address. We have also more than doubled the number of nominations for the Award over the last two years, meaning we are successfully reaching out to more organizations to make them aware of the support we provide.

    However, of these nominating organizations, many do not meet the high standard we set for our Awards. We need to continue our work in encouraging more organizations to adhere to higher standards of work to accomplish and sustain impact in their respective fields. We hope that through our communications and advocacy work, more and more organizations will set these high standards for themselves and we'll see more and more qualified nominations/applications year after year.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

World of Children Award honors individuals who are pioneering life-changing programs for vulnerable children around the world.

Since 1998, World of Children Award has granted more than $8 million in cash grants and program support to more than 100 humanitarian leaders who are the driving force behind programs serving children in over 100 countries. We estimate that through these programs we've touched the lives of over 30 million children.

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Fiscal year: Apr 01-Mar 31
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Co-Founder and Co-Chair

Dr. Harry Leibowitz

Co-Founder and Co-Chair

Mrs. Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz

BIO

Co-Founders Harry and Kay Leibowitz continue to serve as Board Co-Chairs for World of Children Awards. Their unwavering vision and voluntary service has led the organization from humble beginnings in Ohio to the international organization it is today.

Harry grew up in humble beginnings in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout World War II and into the early 1950s his family lived in an old bungalow in Coney Island where ten families shared a common bathroom. He began working long hours as soon as he became a teenager. Through these experiences, he developed an incredible work ethic and an appreciation for the plight of children born into challenging circumstances.

Harry went on to enjoy a successful business career, serving in senior executive positions at companies such as Procter & Gamble, ESMARK, and also running his own marketing consultancy. His years of business travels around the world gave him a firsthand taste of the circumstances of children in developing countries and made a lasting impression.

Harry's honors include the Procter & Gamble Alumni Humanitarian Award in 2007, the Reclaiming Youth International Child Advocacy Award in 2006 and the Starr Commonwealth Child Advocacy Award in 1999. He has been featured in AWEARNESS by Kenneth Cole and The Humanitarian in Each of Us by Dr. Frank LaFasto and Dr. Carl Larson. Most recently, he was awarded the 2012 Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

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Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Harry Leibowitz

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