FAQ

Our sponsors become cosponsors and donations will be used to purchase food for your sponsored child.

 
 

Our goal is two cosponsors for each child in Iran to ensure a stable system of support that is more independent of government turbulance. One sponsor, through our Iran partner, provides a stipend from inside Iran or another country unencumbered by US sanctions on Iran. You can be or are already the second cosponsor who, through Child Foundation, provides food. Your support will fill your sponsored child’s Child Foundation-issued student food card each month.  This card is functionally a grocery store gift card used to claim the food imported for that child.

Sponsorship dollars go to providing food for the intended child’s family. Imported food will be distributed throughout Iran via a large, independent chain grocery store. This means, each month, families can collect the food at their convenience and with complete dignity.

Child Foundation promised that the new sponsorship program would genuintely benefit children and their families, operate efficiently, withstand political turbulence, and abide by regulations in both countries. These are our commitments.

Together, we can ensure the wellbeing of our thousands of young students will be independent of government politics as food is not sanctioned and is needed more than ever.  

We love it when our sponsors show extra generosity for a child, unfortunately, our children from Iran cannot receive any extra gifts at the time. Our partner in Iran has focused only on the sponsorship program to supply monthly groceries.

However, you can give a one-time donation toward buying laptops, tablets and other school supplies for underprivileged students in Iran by giving here.  

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.  

We have hundreds of children today who want to learn and qualify for sponsorship. Their families are in need. Sponsoring a child today gets food on the way to their family in the next shipment.

Keep in mind that the economic conditions in Iran have worsened during the Covid-19 pandemic. Food prices have risen alarmingly, and the tough economy has also resulted in some food and employment shortages. These young scholars need our support to access education. 

Our Iran partner will issue your sponsored child’s student food card and fill it each month with credit for the food Child Foundation imported. The third party grocery store will report the food claimed to our Iran office to ensure that families struggling with the process get support. We designed a smart and agile system.

Our social workers are regularly in contact with the children and want to assure each family gets the food it needs.

Further, sponsors are welcome to reach out to their sponsored children by letter. Video and phone chats will be available again after the pandemic subsides.

The food imported and package composition may differ from month to month. We have been successfully delivering beans and lentils to families. Upcoming food packages will feature more diversity of foods including portions of rice, chickpeas, and (periodically) meat. 

U.S. sanctions on Iran are among the strictest in the world. To sponsor Iranian children within these restrictions, we are now importing food into the country with child sponsorship support to help thousands of students in our program to stay and succeed in school. 

The good news is that we can now send educational funds for our partner in Iran to purchase school supplies and services like laptops, tablets, internet access, books, other critical support for our students. 

Our other programs do not have the same limitations, and, as a result, we can support children differently in countries like Cambodia, India, or Indonesia.

Child Foundation takes U.S. laws and regulations seriously. Our cosponsorship program, with its food support to sponsored children’s families, is in compliance with U.S. sanctions on Iran.

With the new era of instability in Afghanistan, uncertainty surrounds the future of humanitarian support from nonprofit agencies. Since the ability to intake children and set up the process is curtailed, for now, we are pausing new sponsorships in Afghanistan.   

However, Child Foundation remains dedicated to our students and their families and finding ways to support them in the new and more challenging environment. If you already sponsor an Afghan child, your monthly support is being held to make a big difference for them as soon as we have good reason to believe we can safely get resources for your sponsored child.  

Make sure to join our newsletter to get updated as the situation in Afghanistan unfolds. 

Our team on the ground has been extremely cautious and systematic about contacting families; as a result, contact is slow and limited. We will inform you if we are able to make contact and there is anything you can do to help the family. 

Please refrain from sending letters intended for your sponsored child at this time, as we are unable to ensure it can be safely delivered. 

Yes. Child Foundation is exceptionally detailed about our compliance program. We are grateful that the US government permits sending funds for access to education through particular avenues and that there is no annual cap.

 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 Iran, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Nepal, and the United States.

Our  Sponsorship Program provides ongoing economic stability for children in need, enabling  them  to remain in school. Sponsorship creates 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  that they  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  include college.  Sponsor a child now!

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 .

Child Foundation utilizes General License E from OFAC, which allows us to raise and send funds for humanitarian efforts. This is the kind of aid you helped us send when the recent earthquake and flood caused so much destruction.  

Food for humanitarian purposes is not subject to sanctions, and we apply for this support in our Iranian cosponsorship program. Given the increase in goods prices in Iran, such packages will relieve the burden felt by vulnerable families and help children focus on their education.

We are able to send funds to provide laptops, tablets, internet access, backpacks, and other supplies to support disadvantaged students’ education. 

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.

Child Foundation maintains low overhead through a myriad of methods: 1. Providing programs to the large number of children in concentrated areas, helps us to efficiently and effectively distribute services. 2. Make 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 assumes a variety of roles. 6. Utilizing volunteers throughout the United States and other countries who help Child Foundation.

Afghanistan, Cambodia, India, and Nepal Sponsorship Programs  

Your donated dollars will be sent to the child or children you are sponsoring in the form of a stipend. The stipend supports the child's education by helping with their school-related costs and living expenses so they can focus on learning.

Indonesia and Tajikistan Sponsorship Program Your donated dollars will be sent to the sponsored child's education program as tuition so that the child receives lessons or extra-curricular and tutoring support to excel in school.

Iran Sponsorship Program 

Your donated dollars will purchase and distribute food packages for each student and their family. The food will be shipped to Iran from a neighboring country, adhering to US sanctions that do not require a license to send food, medicine, and medical equipment. We will prioritize non-perishable and culturally-typical foods like rice, lentils, beans, and oil.

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.

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