Children International
2000 E. Red Bridge Road
Kansas City MO 64131
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 942-2000
Fax 816- 942-3714
Mission Statement

At Children International, we connect people around the world in the fight to end poverty. Working together, we invest in the lives of children and youth, build the healthy environments they need to thrive, and empower them to create lasting change in their lives and communities.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Susana Eshleman
Board Chair Mr. David Cacioppo
Board Chair Company Affiliation President, Emfluence, Inc.
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1951
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer

Children International invites you to learn more about our holistic, programmatic approach to helping children and youth break out of poverty or donate by visiting children.org, checking out our social media profiles: facebook.com/children, twitter.com/children, instagram.com/children, or calling 816-942-2000.

Our contributors have many options to help us help kids in poverty. Foremost, they can choose to sponsor an individual child. We also seek funding for programs specifically designed to help impoverished kids become healthy, educated, empowered and employed.
 
If you want to double the impact of your donations, many companies will match employees’ donations for charitable causes. Just talk to your HR department to see if matching gifts is offered. Federal employees can find us on the Combined Federal Campaign list. Others can include us in your company’s United Way campaign as a write-in charity. And, if you’re a business looking for a partner to meet your corporate social-responsibility requirement (or you just have that generous urge to fight poverty and change the world!), please give us a call: 816-942-2000.
 
We look forward to partnering with individuals and as well as public- and private-sector businesses to accomplish our one goal: Every child graduates from our program healthy, educated, empowered and employable, to break the cycle of poverty.
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement

At Children International, we connect people around the world in the fight to end poverty. Working together, we invest in the lives of children and youth, build the healthy environments they need to thrive, and empower them to create lasting change in their lives and communities.

Background Statement

Founded in 1936, Children International is Kansas City's largest nonprofit and a top-rated humanitarian organization with a mission of eradicating poverty. We start with kids as young as 2 and support them through age 19 by providing them with a team of smart, caring adults to guide them and a safe place (our community centers) where they can escape negative influences and unhealthy environments. We then put them on a path out of poverty by giving them access to wide-ranging child- and youth-development programs based on core issues of health, education, empowerment and employment. By the time they graduate from sponsorship, our kids have developed a foundation of life skills designed to help them break the cycle of poverty. We support children in 10 countries: Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Mexico, the Philippines, the U.S.A. and Zambia.

At Children International, we believe that every child matters and has phenomenal potential to be an agent of positive change in his or her community. We work to inspire, equip and encourage each child we serve to be a multiplier of opportunity and hope for others.
 
We accomplish this by providing A PLACE: safe, clean community centers with health and dental clinics, libraries, computer labs, sports facilities and educational spaces. A TEAM: local educators, mentors, doctors, dentists and social workers that support our kids. A PATH: programs that are country- and age-relevant, each designed to maximize the impact of each philanthropic dollar.

At Children International, accountability and straightforwardness are our guiding principles. We recognize that our supporters put their trust in us to use their money wisely and as-stated. Equally important is the trust that the parents of the kids we serve place in us to make good use of resources to best serve their sons and daughters. That’s why we make every effort to be transparent and fully accountable to the public – and to make careful and ethical business decisions so that every contribution is directly related to our goal of a healthy, educated, empowered and employed program graduate.

Impact Statement

Children International is a leader in the movement to eradicate poverty, and about half of those living in poverty are children. So we have developed a simple, proven approach that is making a difference: Surround kids with a team of caring, smart people, give them a safe place and provide a clear path out of poverty.

We have begun a five-year strategy with the goal of "free from poverty," which will be accomplished through a programs framework based on four strategic pillars: health, education, empowerment and employment.
 
To put kids on the path out of poverty, they need programs that are as impactful as possible. Thus, we're making all of them country- and age-appropriate. No one-size-fits-all approach. We're providing kids with the specific support they need when they need it. We're giving kids the resources they need based on what they lack where they live. So we'll ensure appropriate benefits and services are accessible to a boy living in rural Guatemala as well as a girl living in India's urban slums. Ad we'll give different support to a 5-year-old then we will a 15-year-old.
 
In order to measure the effectiveness of those programs, we completed a baseline survey to better understand our children's and youths' situations in regards to health, education, empowerment (life skills and social responsibility) and employment. This is part of a five-year study which will include a longitudinal as well as an end-line study.
 
We believe the best way to address poverty in a sustainable way is to invest in our kids and empower them to break the generational cycle of poverty. We're simply evolving into an organization even more sharply focused on giving our kids what they need.  

But the transformation isn’t limited to sponsored kids and youth. Helping children positively impacts the lives of those who give too. Every contributor, large or small, is making a real difference in the lives of others and doing their part to help break the cycle of poverty.

Needs Statement

We’re looking for passionate and compassionate individuals who believe that they can make a difference in the fight against child poverty – we call them world-changers. World-changers come in many different forms, and all of them are deeply appreciated and important. Contributors can choose the method of support to fulfill their own desires to make a difference in the world:

  • Individual monthly child sponsors – individuals who commit to help a child or youth in need and form a lasting, one-on-one connection

  • Donors – those who provide support for specific child and youth development programs

  • Campaign donors – mid level and major donors whose contributions allow us to build and expand community centers, provide scholarships, and fund pilot programs to test the effectiveness of our methods

  • Corporate and foundation partnerships that allow multiply the assistance we can provide

Service Categories
Children's and Youth Services
Youth Development Programs
Fund Raising & Fund Distribution
Areas of Service
International
Geographic Area Served Narrative We operate in 10 countries: Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Mexico, the Philippines, the United States and Zambia. 
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

CI takes its role seriously in representing both those who give to our organization, as well as those on the receiving end. That means our management and Board of Directors keep an eagle’s eye focused on the integrity, efficiency and accountability of how we do business. But it’s not as difficult as it sounds. That’s because we’ve created an organization that doesn’t waste time or effort. We pull off amazing wins with our care and support of children and youth because we take advantage of smart, capable and loyal professionals in the local communities where we work. Plus, we’ve built a network of thousands dedicated volunteers – mostly the moms of our sponsored kids – who want these kids to succeed. 

Despite our huge staff of volunteers, we sit firmly in the driver’s seat when it comes to making sure all our procedures and processes get followed without fail. We routinely evaluate what’s going on in the field to keep staff accountable. In fact, members of our Board of Directors and management team regularly make the trip to visit our agencies in person and check out how they are running in real time. We also put pen to paper in comparing the programs against our strategic plan to make sure they match. After all, we know how critical it is to be smart and efficient with our efforts.

When it comes to dollars and sense, we’ve got that part covered, too. Our investment strategy is to achieve reasonable returns without putting our organization at undue risk. You can bet that means we’re very focused on earnings. We aim to achieve an overall return that’s equal to or better than our total revenue growth. To keep risks and returns in balance, we divvy up our portfolio among stocks and bonds (under the guidance of proven financial experts, of course).

We play it on the safe side, for the most part. Our portfolio has a greater emphasis on outperforming target indices in down markets than outperforming in up markets. Branching out like that lets us improve our chances of increasing our monies but at acceptable levels of risk. To help us achieve these objectives, we hire an independent investment advisor and several investment managers.

Programs
Description

We believe that no one should go hungry, least of all vulnerable children who need all the nutrition they can get to grow up strong and healthy.  Our Nutrition program helps address the problem of childhood malnutrition by monitoring the nutritional status of all children under the age of 11 and treating all children and youth who have acute malnutrition.

Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short-Term Success

Our short-term technique for combatting malnutrition includes having our staff members and trained volunteers provide nutritious meals for children in our community centers or the homes of the volunteers.  Another key component is teaching parents and caregivers about nutrition and how to prepare inexpensive but tasty and nutritious meals.

Long-Term Success

In the long-term, we'd love to make rumbling tummies and nutritional deficiencies a thing of the past!  We'll accomplish this by ensuring that all of our sponsored children and youth have the tools and nutrition education to grow up healthy, happy and active.

Program Success Monitored By

Professional staff members in the communities where we work measure success by the number of children we have enrolled in our nutrition program and the number of children who are re-enrolled each year.  Of course, our hope is that numbers decrease each year.  Success is also based on information we gather during medical exams.

Examples of Program Success

In 2017, 6,531 children were enrolled in and treated through our nutritional rehabilitation program, of which 57% were successfully rehabilitated to at risk or normal status. Children enrolled in the program receive benefits such as nutritious meals with other children, supplements, health monitoring and education on healthy foods and a balanced diet. 

Description

Our Empowerment programs for children and youth are designed to teach life skills and social responsibility to youth needs,

Social and Financial Education: Teaches rights and responsibilities and important life skills like coping with emotions and stress in interpersonal relationship skills.
Sports for Development:  Learn about teamwork, conflict resolution and the importance of not giving up, all at the same time.
Leadership Development:  Interactive workshops to teach life skills like communication, decision-making and problem-solving.
Youth Councils:  Participants elect other youth to represent them, promote their interests and implement community-improvement projects. 
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Short-Term Success

We see short-term successes in youth who complete volunteer projects to better their communities, train their peers on leadership and build life skills and gain self-confidence that help them succeed as adults.

Long-Term Success

The culmination of all these progams would be our youth developing into self-reliant adults who are able to get good jobs to support themselves and their families.  In addition, they would be active in their communities and use the skills they learned in the programs to create positive changes in their own lives, their families and their communities.

Program Success Monitored By

Program staff guide, supervise and evaluate program outcomes.  They keep an eye on what's working and what isn't.  Children and youth also self-report by taking surveys and even quizzes to show how much they've learned.

Examples of Program Success

In 2017, 6,557 kids and teens participated in projects to improve their communities.  The best part is that the youth themselves identified, organized and ran them themselves.  In total, 104,912 community members benefited.  Now that's multiplying the good!  In addition, nearly 28,538 youth submitted their ballots to elect 2,878 Youth Council members.  But not just Youth Council members learn leadership skills, a total of 24,412 teens participated in the Youth Leadership Training Program.  Over 50,000 children and youth participated in our sports for development and social and financial education programs.  If participation is the way to form children and youth who are ready for the future, we're definitely heading the right direction.

Description Children International makes sure that every child in our program has access to quality health care.  In many cases they receive free exams at Children International's medical clinics where basic medicines and supplies are distributed at no cost, and our professionals offer free and low-cost referral services for children and youth requiring specialized care.  In areas where public health clinics are up to our standards, children and youth may receive medical care there.  No matter how old a sponsored child or youth is, they can always count on receiving care in case of illness or injury.  We don't leave our families hanging in a medical emergency either.  That's why financial support is available to those families when serious problems arise.  CI also ensures that kids have access to dental care.  This means, fluoride and cleanings along with tooth restoration where needed.  This benefit is highly valued by families in communities where dental care usually means having teeth pulled instead of restored.
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success In the short-term, we strive to make sure that all sponsored children and youth have access to quality healthy care.  In addition, we form partnerships with local hospitals and specialty doctors for special cases.  We also teach families basic techniques for safe water and hygiene to get ahead of any potential illnesses.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
Long-Term Success In the long-term, success would mean that all children and youth grow up healthy.  It's a lofty goal, no doubt, but by establishing and operating modern community centers with well-equipped medical clinics and creating partnerships with local and government clinics, we work to stop the spread of disease in the communities where children live and provide the education families need to best take care of their health.
Program Success Monitored By We use an electronic medical records system to track children's medical histories and provide follow-up care, medicines and treatments as necessary.  Electronic medical records are a fancy way of making sure that our children are receiving the care they need and keeping tabs on common medical problems in each community so we can better address them.
Examples of Program Success

In 2017, over 290,000 medical and dental exams were administered for kids in need.  Medical care when children get sick is so important as is the provision of free medication which is often outside of a families budget.  Dental care is usually unaffordable for families in the communities where we work.  Providing preventative and curative dental care means better overall health for kids.

Description While children and youth might not be super excited about school, their parents are.  And so are we. After all, having an education, getting a good job and ending the cycle of poverty sounds like a pretty thrilling prospect to us!  To help children and youth move closer to that goal, Children International provides educational support like scholarships, school fees, uniforms, school supplies, computer courses, and tutoring.  Our community center libraries and computer centers are also great spaces where children and youth can check out a good book, do homework and research.  Kids in secondary school can apply for scholarships to help them complete secondary school.  From start to finish, we strive to support each child's and youth's education.
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short-Term Success For us, short-term success in the area of education is making sure sponsored children and youth have what they need to enroll in school and finish secondary school and be successful.  That includes everything from material items to community center libraries to motivating youth to stay in school.
Long-Term Success Long-term success is the dream: for all children and youth in our program to get the education they need to be successfully employed in the future and make a better life for themselves and their families.
Program Success Monitored By Tutors, Early Childhood Development Teachers, Computer Course Instructor and Educational Programs staff monitor the implementation of the programs and evaluate the results.  School records such as enrollment, completion and report cards also a big clue to let us know how we're doing.
Examples of Program Success Education Program Success is all in the numbers, but we won't make you do the math.  In 2017, Children International provided 181,844 children and youth school related benefits such as school supplies, uniforms, textbooks, school transportation and school fees.  Additionally, 5,100 youth received scholarships to attend secondary school and 16,102 children and teens enrolled in our tutoring program, with over 92% of them increasing their proficiency in math and literacy.
CEO Comments

When I visit our sponsored children, youth and families, their resolute spirit never ceases to amaze me. It is clear after talking with them that we can’t afford to be satisfied with how far we’ve come; we must continue to dream big so that they can dream big, too. To help others understand our mission, we share stories of children, youth and sponsorship graduates who are doing just that – pursuing their dreams despite being born into some of the worst possible circumstances.

Through our carefully designed and well-supported programs, they are overcoming gang violence, hunger and lack of access to education – daily struggles that would devastate most children in their situations. But these children aren’t giving up. They are striving for even greater success.

Consider, for example, the toddler who lived in one of the most crime-ridden neighborhoods in Zambia. Because her Children International community center gave her access to books, the tiny prodigy began reading at age 2. Just 10 years later, she was appointed as her nation’s ambassador for a reading and literacy program.

Or let me tell you about the story of a young girl in the Philippines. She feared for the well-being of her family due to the dilapidated condition of the shack they called home. She was determined to earn a college diploma and an income of her own to change their living conditions. Today, she has a successful career as a law-enforcement officer and is grateful for the opportunity to give back to others in need.

Because of our programs’ design, children and youth who take advantage of the opportunities we offer are overcoming incredible obstacles, dreaming big and even surpassing their own definitions of success. 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Susana Eshleman
Term Start May 2014
Experience
Susana Eshleman is entering her fourth year as president of Children International. Her profound devotion to helping children and youth overcome poverty and her desire to bring contributors and beneficiaries together to create big changes are making an impact in the countries where we work and at our headquarters.
 
In her own words: “I am very honored and humbled to have the opportunity to lead an organization whose vision I feel so passionately about. I have looked deep into the eyes of hopeless, hurting children all over the world, and every time I meet one of these children, my resolve to help them grows.”
 
Originally from Argentina, Susana brings a wealth of experience, both personal and professional. She has traveled around the world and has a personal understanding of Latino culture. She also has a Harvard MBA and more than 16 years of marketing leadership experience at Hallmark, including serving as Multicultural Leader in their Multicultural Center of Excellence.
 
A mother of three, a tireless advocate for children and a highly educated professional, Susana Eshleman is a triple threat and then some.
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Mr. James R. CookJan 1996 - Feb 2015
Mr. Joseph R. GripkeyJan 1973 - Jan 1996
Senior Staff
Title Vice President of Program Services
Experience/Biography What happens when you take a Wisconsinite and send him to Africa? Well, you get our VP of Program Services! Jack is a graduate of Marquette University and Thunderbird School of Global Management (MBA). He also previously worked for aid organizations in Namibia, Zambia and Kenya for more than 10 years. We’re lucky to have had him in the leadership role of Children International’s Programs Department since 2009.
Title Vice President of Finance
Experience/Biography Not much gets past Danielle Mitchell. As a graduate of Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – emphasis in Accounting, she’s had numbers on the brain for quite a while – and that’s a very good thing! She previously worked as an auditor at BKD, LLP. She’s been with us at Children International for more than 18 years, first as a Controller and now as VP of Finance. For Danielle, her job is so much more than crunching numbers – it’s about keeping us on a financially secure, accountable and transparent course.
Title Vice President, Global Philanthropy
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 155
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 0
Retention Rate 90%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
Clean the World is a not-for-profit corporation that collects and recycles soap and shampoo products discarded by the hospitality industry. The forward-thinking foundation works with Children International to distribute these and other donated hygiene products to impoverished people, preventing millions of deaths caused by hygiene-related illnesses.
 
Children International is proud to partner with Clean the World® in educating children in poverty about proper hygiene practices and giving them the tools they need – like soap – to use that knowledge. Clean the World’s mission parallels that of Children International: to save – and improve – the lives of those in poverty. Together the two organizations are working to prevent millions of deaths caused by hygiene-related illnesses every year.
Planet Water
Planet Water is a nonprofit international development organization focused on bringing clean water and hygiene education to the world’s most disadvantaged communities. Children International works as a deployment partner with Planet Water to install community-based water filtration systems called Aqua Towers and conduct education programs on water-related health and hygiene issues.
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
MemberAmerican Institute of Philanthropy2012
MemberBetter Business Bureau AICPA2012
MemberConsumer Digest2012
Best Civil Society Organization on Humanitarian AssistancesRepublic of the Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction & Mgt. Council2012
Hall of Fame in recognition of work in disaster reliefRepublic of the Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction & Mgt. Council2012
"Invaluable contribution in the field of disaster risk reduction & Mgt. CouncilRepublic of the Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction & Mgt. Council2012
Top Area Non-Profit Organization in the Book of Leads & Book of ListsIngram's Magazine2014
Top Area Non-Profit Organization in the Book of Leads & Book of ListsIngram's Magazine2015
Top-Rated Nonprofit AwardGreat Nonprofits0
Platinum Seal of TransparencyGuideStar2017
"A" ratingCharity Watch2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments Children International has always been passionate about helping children, beginning all the way back in the 1930s with a small program to help poor children in Bethlehem. Over time, our efforts evolved. By the 1980s we had transformed our organization into a nonsectarian charity serving desperately poor children all around the world. Today, were neither religiously nor politically affiliated. Board members - all in elected positions and serving three-year terms - help guide our activities to ensure we remain focused on our strategic plan. These smart and informed individuals meet six times per year to plan the development and growth of our organization. They look for ways to enhance our services, and they are always investigating ways to grow our financial base. Perhaps most importantly, they hold our staff accountable to incredibly high standards that make sure we respect and serve our supporters and donors at the highest levels of integrity. We maintain regional offices in Guatemala City, Guatemala; Quito, Ecuador; and Kolkata, India. All of these agencies - plus many others - undergo regular review. We make sure they stay within the boundaries of their budget, following our strategic direction and running programs as efficiently and effectively as possible.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. David Cacioppo
Company Affiliation President, Emfluence, Inc.
Term Nov 2015 to Nov 2018
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. David CacioppoPresident of Emfluence, Inc.
Mr. Brad CloverdykeRetired
Mr. Liderman DuinOwner, Bluepoint2
Ms. Susana EshlemanPresident & CEO of Children International
Ms. Tara FrankOwner Tara Jaye Frank Co.
Mr. Dean OskvigPartner, Black & Veatch
Mr. Mike ReillyTeacher, Gwinner Country Public Schools
Dr. Robyn WiensPrincipal, Hawthorn Leadership School
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Finance
Human Resources / Personnel
Nominating
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Sept 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $132,527,300
Projected Expenses $134,027,200
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 9/30/2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$137,120,897$90,225,384$102,381,357
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified--$0$0
Individual Contributions------
$30,157$0$44,677
$0$0$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$696,294$51,870$359,810
Membership Dues--$0$0
Special Events$0$24,412$0
Revenue In-Kind$55,570,635$61,372,498$85,253,273
Other$80,954$138,484$54,842
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$123,522,621$136,912,703$156,022,928
Administration Expense$6,612,825$7,302,608$10,516,015
Fundraising Expense$7,564,226$7,211,427$20,172,808
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.001.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%90%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$67,935,299$65,516,506$64,196,277
Current Assets$6,704,511$7,146,304$4,497,537
Long-Term Liabilities$800,742$857,903$1,051,015
Current Liabilities$5,272,327$5,856,187$7,711,873
Total Net Assets$61,862,230$58,802,416$55,433,389
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.271.220.58
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets1%1%2%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments

Children International maintains investment reserves, the use of which is determined by its Board of Directors. The Board of Directors has set minimum and maximum levels at which net assets and investment reserves should be maintained. In fiscal year 2015, Children International used 84 percent of total expenses to help more than 300,000 children and their families. To ensure the sustainability of these programs, Children International maintains reserves for the consistent delivery of benefits. The reserves also provide an alternative to bank borrowing for major capital purchases, and they provide a source of funding to take advantage of strategic opportunities. Ongoing monthly contributions received from sponsors help ensure sustainability of programs. Accountability and effectiveness are fundamental at Children International. Chief among its sound business practices is Children International's audit program that includes semiannual independent internal financial audits in each country and an annual system-wide financial audit by BKD, LLP, one of the largest accounting firms in the United States. These frequent reviews and audits help Children International maintain a consistent level of accountability and operational efficiency. Children International's current 990 is on file with the Internal Revenue Service and may be viewed at www.guidestar.org. Children International reports revenue, expenses and other financial information in our annual report.

Other Documents
Annual Report2016View
Organization Name Children International
Address 2000 E. Red Bridge Road
Kansas City, MO 64131
Primary Phone (816) 942-2000
Contact Email children@children.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Susana Eshleman
Board Chair Mr. David Cacioppo
Board Chair Company Affiliation President, Emfluence, Inc.
Year of Incorporation 1951