Educational Institutions

The Charitable Childrens Fund of America Inc

  • Bakersfield, OR
  • www.childrensfundofamerica.org

Mission Statement

The Children's Fund of America provides education and welfare relief to American children enduring long-term sufferings due to a tragedy of national significance. Among its programs are the Twin Towers Orphan Fund, founded to help the children whose parents were publicly murdered by terrorist on 9/11, and America's Child, founded to help the children of our military heroes: the fallen men and women who proudly sacrificed their lives fighting terrorism, and whose strength and courage has kept our nation safe.

Main Programs

  1. Twin Towers Orphan Fund
  2. America's Child
Service Areas

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National

The Children's Fund of America is helping more than 1,200 children in 26 states and territories including 32 babies born after 9/11. Nearly $4 million dollars has been distributed to fund over 700 higher educational savings accounts in the names of the child beneficiaries, $3 million dollars was allocated for mental healthcare assistance, nearly $500,000 has been set aside for children of victims of future terrorist attacks, and over $1 million dollars has been distributed in direct benefits – made possible through the compassionate commitment of individuals, communities and corporations working together to rebuild the futures of these children.

It is of note that 90 percent of every dollar donated will help a child in need. The remaining 10 percent is used for ongoing program expansion, administrative overhead and awareness efforts.

ruling year

2004

Executive Director since 2001

Self-reported

Michele Ritter

Keywords

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Higher Education Assistance, Welfare Relief, Mental Healthcare Assistance

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EIN

57-1197371

 Number

2990873265

Also Known As

Twin Towers Orphan Fund, TTOF, America's Child, Children's Fund of America

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Twin Towers Orphan Fund

The Twin Towers Orphan Fund, founded on September 11, 2001 for the sole purpose of providing educational and welfare assistance to the children who were orphaned (who lost one or both parents) by the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The mission of the Twin Towers Orphan Fund is to provide long-term higher educational assistance and mental healthcare assistance for (a) children who lost parents in the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon, or on-board the four downed airliners, and (b) children of victims of future terrorist attacks.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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

Budget

Program 2

America's Child

In the aftermath of 9/11, America not only looked deep into its collective heart for compassion and into its soul for courage, but it also looked to its armed forces for strength.

Honoring our nation's military, America's Child provides educational assistance and physical and mental healthcare assistance for the children of our military heroes: the fallen men and women who proudly sacrificed their lives fighting terrorism and whose strength and courage has not only kept our freedoms, but has also kept our nation safe.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

The Children's Fund of America is helping more than 1,200 children in 26 states and territories including 32 babies born after 9/11. Nearly $4 million dollars has been distributed to fund over 700 higher educational savings accounts in the names of the child beneficiaries, $3 million dollars was allocated for mental healthcare assistance, nearly $500,000 has been set aside for children of victims of future terrorist attacks, and over $1 million dollars has been distributed in direct benefits – made possible through the compassionate commitment of individuals, communities and corporations working together to rebuild the futures of these children.

It is of note that 90 percent of every dollar donated will help a child in need. The remaining 10 percent is used for ongoing program expansion, administrative overhead and awareness efforts.

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THE CHARITABLE CHILDREN'S FUND OF AMERICA INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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The Charitable Childrens Fund of America Inc

Leadership

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Executive Director

Michele Ritter

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"The Children's Fund of America rebuilds futures, one child at a time. More than a declaration or tagline, these words represent a clear and powerful focus. They not only reflect the determination the Children's Fund of America has in continuing to fulfill its mission, but also the conviction of its successes.

Our resolve to make a difference in the lives of children has been a constant, forward-thinking focus. Our commitment goes beyond addressing a child's immediate need or illness. As an advocate and a resource for the children and their families, we strive to make the greatest difference possible in the health and well being of all our children. Each of us has a personal reason for dedicating our energies to this special cause. We are united in what inspires us on a daily basis; the chance to make a difference in the lives of children. We find inspiration in our ability to reach out to these children in need; to provide assistance with their higher education and well being; to offer the best information about other organizations that may be of assistance to them and their families; and to be an effective part of an expanded care team.

Our mission is to provide education and welfare relief to American children enduring long-term sufferings due to a tragedy of national significance including catastrophic disasters and acts of terrorism. Among its programs are the Twin Towers Orphan Fund, founded to help the children whose parents were murdered on 9/11 by terrorists, and America's Child, founded to help the children of our military heroes: the fallen men and women who proudly sacrificed their lives fighting terrorism and whose strength and courage has not only kept our freedoms, but has also kept our nation safe.
We are helping more than 1,200 children in 26 states and territories including 32 babies born after 9/11. Nearly $4 million dollars has been distributed to fund over 700 higher educational savings accounts in the names of the child beneficiaries, $3 million dollars was allocated for mental healthcare assistance, nearly $500,000 has been set aside for children of victims of future terrorist attacks, and nearly $3 million dollars has been distributed in direct benefits – made possible through the compassionate commitment of individuals, communities and corporations working together to rebuild the futures of these children.

We wish to express our gratitude, thankfulness and appreciation to those who have shown loving hearts, kind efforts and sincere generosity towards the smallest victims, the children who lost parents. Thank you for your support; we honor your compassion and contributions.

We look ahead with excited anticipation to meet new children, families and friends. We have done much, and we will do more.

Please join us in continuing to create brighter, more hopeful futures –one child at a time.

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Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Michele Ritter

The Children's Fund of America

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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