Mission: FORGOTTEN CHILDREN WORLDWIDE SEEKS TO PROVIDE A LOVING AND NURTURING ENVIRONMENT FOR ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN BY PROTECTING THEM FROM BECOMING VICTIMS OF EXTR ... (More)

Forgotten Children Worldwide Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2008, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.forgottenchildren.org

  650 N MAIN ST STE A
Bluffton IN 46714-1376


 Important note on the timeliness of ratings

The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Finance & Accountability score for Forgotten Children Worldwide Inc. is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations. Please check with the charity directly for any questions you may have.


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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

82

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 90% Finance & Accountability and 10% Leadership & Adaptability


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...   Finance & Accountability


This score provides an assessment of a nonprofit's financial health (stability, efficiency and sustainability) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.


Finance & Accountability Score

80

out of 100

The score earned by Forgotten Children Worldwide Inc. is a passing score

This V6 of the Finance & Accountability Score provides a baseline measure of an organization's health including the indicators listed in the report below.

This score represents Form 990 data from 2019, the latest year electronically filed and published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

80

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

88.29%

Higher effect on score

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The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s). This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver.


Program Expense Percentage

Amount of Credit Received

70% or higherFull Credit
60% - 69.9%Partial Credit
50% - 59.9%Zero Points for Program Expense Score
Below 50%Zero Points for Both Program Expense AND Liabilities to Assets Scores

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

9/11 Independent

Higher effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent (not salaried).


The presence of an independent governing body is strongly recommended by many industry professionals to allow for full deliberation and diversity of thinking on governance and other organizational matters.


Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Audit or Financial Review

No Audit

Higher effect on score


An Audit, Review, or Compilation provides important information about financial accountability and accuracy. Organizations are scored based on their Total Revenue Amount:

Total Revenue Amount

Expectation to Receive Credit

$1 million or higherExpected to complete an audit
$500,000 - $1 millionExpected to complete an audit, review, or compilation
Less than $500,000No expectation (removed from scoring methodology)

Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

2.17%

Lower effect on score


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990). This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and/or long-term sustainability.

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

Amount of Credit Received

Less than 50%Full Credit
50% - 59.9%Partial Credit
60% or moreNo Credit

Source: IRS Form 990

Website

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency metric.


Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component.


Source: IRS Form 990

Conflict of Interest Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a conflict of interest policy on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy protects the organization and by extension those it serves, when it is considering entering into a transaction that may benefit the private interest of an officer, director and/or key employee of the organization.


Source: IRS Form 990

Board Meeting Minutes

Documented

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has this process in place as an accountability and transparency measure.


An official record of the events that take place during a board meeting ensures that a contemporaneous document exists for future reference.


Source: IRS Form 990

Document Retention and Destruction

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a document retention and destruction policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy establishes guidelines for the handling, backing up, archiving and destruction of documents. These guidelines foster good record keeping procedures that promote data integrity.


Source: IRS Form 990

Whistleblower Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a whistleblower policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy outlines procedures for handling employee complaints, as well as a confidential way for employees to report financial or other types of mismanagement.


Source: IRS Form 990

Additional Information

Unscored

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are up to five of this organization's highest compensated employees. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



MATT HARTSELL, CEO

$63,200


JEFF PATTERSON, DIRECTOR

$62,800


JANEE NUSSBAUM, DIRECTOR

$36,915


KEITH KOTESKEY, DIRECTOR

$0


STEVE HUGGINS, DIRECTOR

$0


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2019

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Activity data not reported from the IRS


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


Forgotten Children Worldwide Inc. reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Staffing


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

Covid negatively impacted our largest fundraising benefit of the year. We realized a full 1/3 reduction in income at the benefit due to Covid. We did however apply for the PPP loan.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

Instead of focusing on development for 18 months, Covid forced our organization to provide relief for our partners in Africa and Asia.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

We adapted very quickly. Zoom meetings became the norm and are still the preferred method even after Covid in some instances. We were able to easily connect with our partners in Africa and Asia and met often as a team/staff here in the US.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

Because we incorporated Zoom meetings so often, our partners in Africa and Asia feel much more comfortable using the technology. We will continue using it for many of our meetings.


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...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

Forgotten Children Worldwide Inc. cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

Learn more about Impact & Results.

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Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Forgotten Children Worldwide Inc. reported its two largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$1,771,750

Spent in most recent FY

70%

Percent of program expenses


TO COLLECT AND SHIP USED CLOTHING. FORTY FOOT CONTAINERS, AROUND 24,000 POUNDS OF CLOTHING FOR EACH CONTAINER, ARE SHIPPED TO EVANGELICAL MINISTRIES WHO ARE OPERATING IN ESTABLISHED MINISTRIES AROUND  ... (More)


$737,276

Spent in most recent FY

29%

Percent of program expenses


HIS MINISTRY PROVIDES A LOVING HOME ENVIRONMENT, FOOD, MEDICAL CARE, EDUCATION AND SPIRITUAL INSTRUCTION BY DISTRIBUTING MONIES TO OTHER ORGANIZATIONS WHICH PROVIDE SUPPORT TO VARIOUS ORPHANAGES.


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...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Forgotten Children Worldwide Inc. is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


It is our mission to safeguard orphans and vulnerable, forgotten children from poverty, abandonment, and the evils of human trafficking as clearly directed in the Bible. Because every child deserves to know their Heavenly Father is crazy about them.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


It is our vision to safeguard vulnerable children in Africa and Asia from extreme poverty and child trafficking; empowering them with the options of advanced education- including university or trade school.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: Our primary goal is to construct a micro-community on 20 acres of land in Mokono, Uganda. It will focus on vulnerable children transitioning into adulthood.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Two: Secure quality missionaries to collaborate with our indigenous leadership in Uganda.

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Goal Three: Exploring the possibility of scaling our tailoring program to create sanitary pads for girls in Uganda. Girls are providing sexual favors in order to secure sanitary pads so they can attend school.

Goal Type: New program(s) based on observed changes in needs among our constituencies/communities served.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

We have provided funding for our Ugandan Executive Director to receive a Masters degree in nonprofit administration. When one leader gets better, we all get better....

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

Strategic partnerships are vital. As scripture says, there is wisdom in a multitude of counselors. FCW partners with Christian Alliance for Orphans, Farming God's Way, CRANE, churches, and multiple organizations in Africa and Asia. Further, we partner with organizations/groups that lend their expertise to assist those we serve. Is our goal to meet with each of the ambassadors of the countries in which we serve (in Washington, DC).

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


Covid, of course, changed the landscape for everyone. In many instances, we pivoted from focusing on development-- to relief. Instead of focusing on long-term goals, we provided funding so that our partners in Africa and Asia could meet their own immediate needs but also the needs of those in their community. As related to Covid and funding, we were very aggressive in contacting donors on a personal level. In many ways Covid was a blessing in that it refocused our attention on contacting donors at a more intimate level.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's culture and connectedness to the community it serves. Learn more about how and why we rate Culture & Community.


Culture & Community Score

Not Currently Scored

Forgotten Children Worldwide Inc. is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback or Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen and Equity Practices sections of their Candid profile.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.


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Culture & Community Report

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion


This organization has not provided information regarding the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices it is presently implementing. As such, the organization has not earned a score on this metric. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


Methodology


We are utilizing data collected by Candid to document and assess the DEI practices implemented by the organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the Equity Strategies section of their Candid profiles to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Constituent Feedback


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective.



Methodology


We've partnered with Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Below you can find more information about the metrics we currently evaluate in this beacon and their relevance to nonprofit performance.


Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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