Caring Clowns International

Suquamish, WA   |  www.caringclownsinternational.org

Mission

We clown to heal and expand the human spirit: people-to-people, country-to-country, and culture-to-culture. We fund projects that help improve people's lives.

Ruling year info

2005

President and Executive Director

Mr Jed "Duffy" Selter

Main address

PO Box 75

Suquamish, WA 98392 USA

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EIN

80-0120296

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (E12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

To help children in need around the world

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?

Support Children Surgeries

We partner with other non-profits that performs free surgeries for poor children internationally. We provide both funds to support these surgeries as well as support the doctors with clowning during the screening and post care for children in the hospital.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Our clowns donate their time at schools, retirement centers, hospitals community events and private parties bringing laughter and joy to children and their families. By clowning and donations we provide funds to other partners that support the homeless and low income families with food, clothing and services.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Through clowning events and donations we support disadvantaged children in orphanages, scholarships and schools globally.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Through clowning and donations we support partners that provide medical and dental equipment, wheelchairs, and prosthetic limbs and clinics to those children in-need.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Provide funds to our partners who help families with shelter, food, health and other services during a major disaster.

Population(s) Served
Families

Where we work

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.

1. One of our goals is to maintain as low an overhead cost to manage Caring Clowns International as possible, so we can focus the vast majority of the donations we receive toward funding programs we identify which improve people's lives -- primarily children. For that reason, we are an all-volunteer organization with no facilities or employees on which we need to spend funds.

2. Another of our goals is to identify and vet other nonprofits whose missions focus on significantly helping children in need, so our Board has the necessary information to determine which nonprofits we will award grants. Our Board Grant Committee reviews these grant applications for funding and recommends to our full Board which organizations we should fund.

3. Another goal is to ensure funds we provide to other nonprofits are appropriately used. For this reason, we have a formal grant application process which requires potential recipients to commit in writing to use funds as they describe and to be accountable to provide periodic reports of the funds usage.

1. We enlist clowns as members and provide training and guidance to them, and we clown at events to support our communities and other organizations.
2. We partner with other organizations and clown at events for donations for funding and sponsorship; we maintain a very active and informative website presence (on which one can donate, and we are part of Amazon Smile for donations); and constantly do PR in the communities in which we operate.
3. We solicit and accept grant applications from other nonprofits with missions to help children in need, vet them and, through our Board Grant Committee, decide to which we provide fund grants. (Our application requires formal signature by a key executive in the nonprofits, agreeing to provide reports of how the fund would be used, and on granting of funds, we monitor their follow-up reporting.)

We have a very active board of directors, webmaster, marketing/pr director, clown members and sponsors who participate in our clowning and fund raising activities. We also employ comprehensive practices to responsibly review and monitor our spending, fund raising and grant processes

Have accomplished: We have successfully provided a total of $302,900 in donated funds to over 40 nonprofits in our 18 year history and we have clowned across the U.S. and 35 developing countries.

Have not accomplished: Increased our PR/marketing activities enough to attract more clowns and to make more substantial progress toward our long term goal of giving away $5 million. We are continuing to manage the organization and task our Board and other volunteer members to attract more clowns and to identify broader means and avenues to raise more funds to donate.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Caring Clowns International

Board of directors
as of 3/14/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jed Selter

Retired

Gaston Peter-Contesse

Steven Letter

Sheila Walters

Jed Selter

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? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/8/2020,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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