Established in 1994, Child Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered in the state of Oregon. Child Foundation is currently supporting children in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Iran, Nepal, and the United States.
Sponsorship Program provides ongoing economic stability for
in need, enabling
to remain in school. Sponsorships create a unique relationship between an individual donor and a sponsored child. By pairing up a child with one or more sponsors, this child is able to obtain the necessary relief
need. Generally, children sponsored through Child Foundation's programs are supported for their entire academic career. For some children, this is until high school, for others, it may
Our mission and purpose as a public charity is to help gifted and talented children who are economically disadvantaged remain in school. Child Foundation supports children and their respective families to overcome the burdens of poverty so that they can become healthy, educated, self-sustaining and contributing members of society.
Child Foundation is supervised by a Board of Directors, who are all serving as volunteers. Their names and information can be found here.
Yes. We are registered in the United States and our Federal tax ID is 93-1148608. Our affiliated offices in Afghanistan, Canada, Germany, Iran, Switzerland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom are all registered with their local governments and have permits to work in their countries as nonprofit organizations. Due to economic sanctions against Iran, Child Foundation has applied and received two OFAC licenses for working in Iran and transferring $3 million per year to the country as part of our work. Our license numbers with OFAC are: IA-2012-295051-1 and IA-2014-311236-3.
Our minimum sponsorship level starts at $30.00 per month. However, to adequately address the needs of any given child, between $40.00 - $70.00 per month may be required, sometimes covered by multiple sponsors.
You can cancel your sponsorship at any time by calling (503) 224-0409 or sending an email to
If you wish to cancel your sponsorship, please inform us at least one month in advance so that we can replace you with another sponsor. This way there will not be any interruption in our services to the child that you have been helping.
No. Child Foundation does not set an age limit for sponsored children. However, we strive to commence supporting children in their early years. Generally, sponsorship starts when a child enters the first grade.
The children enrolled in our programs are first and foremost in need. Child Foundation makes use of social workers and teachers to identify children who are studious and talented. Usually, these children have a desire to succeed and work extremely hard, despite financial and societal barriers.
Child Foundation works closely with an accountant experienced in nonprofit accounting and financial management to ensure funds are spent in accordance with our donors’ intention. We voluntarily perform an annual audit each year that complies with the Internal Revenue Service’s regulations. Full financial statements are available on our website.
There are many ways that you can check Child Foundation's financial history and operations. As a public charity we are registered with the following organizations. You can check their website to see how they've rated us.
I. Charity Navigator: America's premier charity evaluator has given Child Foundation their highest rating (Four Stars)
II. GuideStar: The national database of nonprofit organizations operating in the U.S. has given Child Foundation its gold rating (The Gold Participant)
III. Independent Charities of America: ICA has provided Child Foundation with their highest seal of approval (Best). Out of over a million charities in America, fewer than 2,500 have been awarded this seal, and Child Foundation is one of them.
IV. Child Foundation's programs have been endorsed by the United Nations and we are currently registered with the Department of Public Information Non-governmental Organizations (DPI.NGO).
Child Foundation's annual and fiscal reports are always available to the general public. You can read our annual reports here and view our financial reports (done by an independent auditor) and our tax returns here.
As an international charity serving children in need around the world, we are very careful to follow the rules and guidelines mandated by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Information about our license is here.
Yes, in 2012 the audit committee of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) examined all of Child Foundation's accounts for the last five years and concluded that all income, expenses, and credits had been reported accurately. According to the IRS letter, Child Foundation continues to qualify for exemption from Federal Income Tax and will continue to hold a 501(c)(3) status.
Child Foundation takes enormous pride in making sure that the funding we receive from our sponsors and donors is used for our programs in an optimal manner. In the 2016-2017 fiscal year, ending May 31, 2017, approximately 93% of your donations were used directly for our programs that benefit children. If your contribution to your child is greater than the child's needs, the remainder of your donation will be used for other children in need.
Child Foundation maintains low overhead through a myriad of methods: 1. Providing programs to large number of children in concentrated areas, helping us to efficiently and effectively distribute services. 2. Making sure our social workers are trained volunteers who live in that country or region. 3. Actively pursuing donations from corporations and companies. 4. Organizing fundraising events with trained volunteers. 5. Maximizing resources by operating with a small staff who each assume a variety of roles. 6. Utilizing volunteers throughout the United States and other countries who help Child Foundation.
Twice a year, you will receive a progress report from your child. This report will update you on your child’s academic progress, their living conditions, and any changes in your child’s mental or physical health. Along with this report, you will receive an updated picture, a letter from your child and a letter from your child’s social worker.
Bi-annual progress reports are usually available to new sponsors after they have continuously sponsored a child for the full length of a reporting cycle. There are two reporting cycle in each year, first cycle starts at the beginning of spring, which is the start of the Persian new year, and the second one starts at the beginning of fall.
Due to the large number of sponsored children and the nature of the work, it can take up to three months after this time to receive progress reports. Depending on what time of year you start your sponsorship, it could take anywhere between eight to twelve months to receive your first progress report. Once you enter your second year of being a sponsor, you will receive two reports per year regularly.
Not at all. Child Foundation has no governmental, political, religious, ethnic or racial affiliations. We are a public charity established solely to help children in need obtain an education and remain in school.
Child Foundation sends assistance to the children in its program in the form of cash and goods. We are committed to following the rules and regulations mandated by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of Treasury as well as the rules and regulations of countries receiving our aid.
Prior to 2014, we had to provide our children with food items according to OFAC regulations, but since then, we have been utilizing OFAC General License E to send $500,000 and later our own License No IA-2014-311236-2 that enables Child Foundation to send up to $2,000,000 cash annually.
In February 2017, Child Foundation was awarded license No IA-2014-311236-3 by the Office of Foreign Asset control of the U.S. Department of Treasury which allows us to send up to $3 million to Iran. This is the highest amount of OFAC license issued to any nonprofit to work in Iran.
Absolutely! A face-to-face meeting will give you the opportunity to witness firsthand how your sponsored child is doing. It also enables you to see how your contributions are being used and what opportunities it has opened for your sponsored child.
Yes! You will receive two progress reports and letters per year from your sponsored child. You can also write to your child as often as you wish.
Yes. All contributions made to Child Foundation are deductible from taxable income in the U.S. Every January, Child Foundation sends an official statement to its donors that reflects all of their donations from the previous year. Our tax ID number is 93-1148608.
Many sponsors participate in their company's Matching Gift Program. Matching Gift Programs enable employers to double, triple and sometimes quadruple their employee's charitable contributions. Simply contact your human resources department and ask if your company has a Matching Gift Program for public charities.
Although Child Foundation's main goal is to help children stay in school, we do provide humanitarian aid to help children and their families when there is an urgent need. Child Foundation was very active when deadly earthquakes hit Afghanistan, Haiti, Iran, Japan, Pakistan, and Turkey and collected both in-kind and cash donations to help rebuild the countries. Our Afghanistan office regularly organizes blood drives to help children with thalassemia and provides free rides for their blood transfusions. We also fundraise for children who need to undergo expensive surgeries or treatments that they cannot afford.
There are many ways that you can help Child Foundation assist children in need.
- Sponsor a child: Go to our Sponsor page and choose one or more children to help.
- Donate: You can visit our one-time donation page and choose any of our humanitarian projects in which you are interested in, and help launch or continue that program through your generosity.
- Volunteer: Please complete our volunteer application, and we will contact you to see how we can work together to help children in need.
- Spread the Word: Talk to your friends and family about Child Foundation's humanitarian activities and share your own experience with them. If you need additional copies of our annual magazine, annual report, or just a list of our children waiting to be sponsored, please contact us and we will send them to you.
- Follow us: We are on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. You can follow us on our social media outlets or just send us your e-mail and we will send you our bi-monthly newsletter.