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.
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.
We have secured a 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.
For several years, we had permission to transfer cash stipends in our Iranian student sponsorship program. In November 2019, we are denied a third renewal of that original OFAC license and are in the process of returning the program to a food package sponsorship system. Food is not subject of sanctions. Given the increase of good prices in Iran, such packages will relieve some of the burden felt by vulnerable families and help children focus on their education.
Sponsorship of an Iranian child is a cosponsorship. You, as a sponsor, would provide half of the child's support with $20.00 per month while a sponsor in Iran would provide the other portion. Our minimum sponsorship level starts at $30,00 per month for children in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Nepal. 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.
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 2018-2019 fiscal year, ending May 31, 2019, approximately 90.5% 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.
Afghanistan, Cambodia, Indonesia, 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.
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, adhering to US sanction which 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.
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, 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.