FAQ

We are excited that food is not sanctioned by the US government because grocery costs are a significant burden for the average Iranian household and even more so for our sponsored students’ families as need and academic motivation are the two most important qualifications for Child Foundation scholarships. Reports from our Iran partner office indicate food insecurity is an even more urgent need now for low-income families. We can help put food in front of our sponsored children and so we will.

We have seen the Iran program’s impact in students’ reports that the financial and emotional support over the years helped them excel. We are confident that the program’s impact will continue because food is a basic need that families must meet for their young scholars to stay in school. We know that hungry students struggle to learn.

The food imported may differ from month to month. As of 2020, the Iranian government allows the import of the following four types of food:

    - Meat (frozen)
    - Legumes (beans and lentils)
    - Rice
    - Tea

At different harvest times of the year, the Iranian government shifts import allowances and we expect to be able to import sugar and other items in the future.

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. 

Additionally, a 13-month IRS audit came to a close on May 1, 2020. The IRS examined two years' worth of documentation including all governing instruments, contracts, licenses, board and committee meeting minutes, and accounting and financial statements. Specifically, the IRS auditor examined:

Every wire transfer sent by Child Foundation USA over the last two years including those sent to Afghanistan and Iran. 

Each memorandum of understandings (MOU) which set out how Child Foundation USA works with each affiliate office around the world. 

Each contracted trustee, officer, director, and key employee contract to ensure transparent, reasonable wages. 

All donations, tracing their being applied to the intended campaign or child with only reasonable and reported overhead cost reductions.

The criteria for selecting children eligible for programs and how needs were assessed. We explained our internal auditing process which verifies that resources are received by children and used to support their education.

Our independent auditor and their records.

We received a flawless finding from IRS with no changes to our status as a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. The successful audit was no surprise to Child Foundation. We are proud to be a top-rated and transparent organization who put the welfare of children at the center of all we do.

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