World of Children Inc

Children Believe in Heroes. Be One.

aka World of Children   |   Encinitas, CA   |  www.worldofchildren.org

Mission

World of Children unlocks the future for vulnerable children by funding, elevating and educating the most effective changemakers for children worldwide. Since 1998, the organization has dedicated more than $14 million in grants to high-impact programs for children, led by nearly 130 Honorees working in over 70 countries. World of Children has been recognized by the media as the “Nobel Prize for Child Advocates” and is the only global recognition and funding program that exclusively focuses on a broad range of children’s issues including health, education, safety and human rights.

Ruling year info

2002

Co-Founder and Co-Chair

Dr. Harry Leibowitz

Co-Founder and Co-Chair

Mrs. Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz

Main address

2240 Encinitas Blvd. # D441

Encinitas, CA 92024 USA

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EIN

31-1772381

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

THE NEED > Approximately 15,000 children under the age of five die every day from preventable causes because they cannot get the care they need. > 66 million primary school-age children living in the developing world go to school hungry. > One in four children around the world are victims of physical or sexual abuse. > It is estimated that at least 93 million children around the world who are marginalized and excluded in society because they were born with a disability. > 14% of children and adolescents around the world do not have the opportunity to enter or complete school. Innovative humanitarian leaders around the world are seeking financial support for the programs they are currently operating on the ground in their communities. We help them become sustainable engines of social change for vulnerable children.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Humanitarian Award

The Humanitarian Award recognizes individuals making extraordinary contributions to children through social or humanitarian services. Each of our Honorees has created a sustainable, high-impact program that has significantly changed the lives of vulnerable children by providing basic needs like food, shelter, access to medical care, and an improved quality of life so they may grow in an environment where they are loved and cared for.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Health Award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to children in the fields of health, medicine or the sciences. Health Award Honorees are not required to hold the title of doctor or medical professional, however, they have all achieved and continue to achieve measurable accomplishments in areas such as pediatric cancer, burn injuries, heart failure and defects, dentistry and overall healthcare.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Youth Award recognizes individuals 21 years old or younger who have made significant contributions in helping other youth. These are young leaders who have founded or co-founded their own nonprofit organization to advocate for important causes, create innovative models of service and inspire their peers and community to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Education Award recognizes individuals making extraordinary contributions to children in the fields of education, literacy and learning. Our Honorees are supporting children in inner-city schools, remote towns and villages, or those living in war-torn countries where education is often an afterthought. Their programs nurture each student’s educational development, providing them with the confidence to become fully productive members of society.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Protection Award recognizes individuals making extraordinary contributions to children so that they can live a life free from fear, abuse, and exploitation—including trafficking, slavery and sexual imposition. Battling these troubling global issues, our Honorees are giving children the support and care they need to repair long-lasting physical and psychological trauma by providing them with medical care, education, psychosocial support, vocational training, and most importantly, a safe and loving family environment.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of Awards given each year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Awards included in this count include our Health, Education, Protection, Humanitarian and Youth Awards, as well as our Hero Award (for previous recipients being re-awarded) and the Crisis Award.

Number of organizations applying for grants

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of participants in annual vetting and review process for Award organizations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

More than 20 years ago, Kay and Harry Leibowitz founded World of Children with the goal of becoming the foremost recognition program for individuals who have dedicated their lives to changing the future for vulnerable children. Every day since then, our organization has made its mark in the global nonprofit sector by investing in the bravest, brightest and most determined humanitarians who are battling the world’s most pressing issues facing children today.

World of Children is dedicated to positively impacting the lives of vulnerable children regardless of their geographic location, nationality, religion or economic status. Innovative humanitarian leaders around the world are seeking financial support for the programs they are currently operating on the ground in their communities. World of Children helps them become sustainable engines of social change for vulnerable children.

We award individuals who are making a difference in their community without the support of a big name or substantial backing from affiliated nonprofit organizations. Our Honorees typically work for little or no pay and often risk their lives to serve vulnerable children.

Our selection process allows us to cast a wide net domestically and internationally to find the most impactful humanitarians, and our ongoing performance monitoring throughout the duration of an Honoree’s funding cycle allows us direct access to evaluate the impact of our grants.

THE WORLD OF CHILDREN GOLD STANDARD

We employ a rigorous initial and follow-up investigation process. Every program has been investigated by one of the world’s leading security firms to ensure that they meet World of Children standards. Investigations include a criminal background check; an on-site visit; interviews with law enforcement, community leaders, and experts in the areas of impact; and a review of all financial data.

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 21 years, only 120 have been chosen to receive an Award from World of Children.

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.

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 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 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 access to.

World of Children has successfully expanded our program beyond our initial focus on Health and Humanitarian Endeavors to include Education (as of 2015), Protection (as of 2016) and our Crisis Award (as of 2017).

We will 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.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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

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World of Children Inc

Board of directors
as of 3/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr. Harry Leibowitz


Board co-chair

Mrs. Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz

GUESS? Inc., Coldwater Creek, Inc.

Jim Gold

Past president and chief merchandising officer for Neiman Marcus Group

Jill Beraud

Levi Strauss & Co

Devin Beresheim

Lockton Specialty Practices

Francis Fraenkel

Neuberger Berman

Bertan Kalatchi

JohnPaulRichard, Inc.

Ranjan Manoranjan

Prime AE Group, Inc.

Roberta Romberg, J.D.

Romberg Law Office, PC

Sandy Sholl

MadaLuxe Group

Sue Steinberg

Molly Eldredge

Tim Adams

Macy’s Inc.

Darren Lachtman

Brat

Allan Jean-Baptiste

KKR

Adam Freede

MadaLuxe Group

Stephanie March

Actress, Activist

Peter Rosenthal

Rosenthal & Rosenthal, Inc

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and 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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • 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? No