Mission: The mission of A Child's Hope International is to motivate and mobilize the church and the community to care for the orphans in their distress. This includes the chi ... (More)

A Child's Hope International is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2009, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  https://thechildrenarewaiting.org/

 2430 East Kemper Road
Cincinnati OH 45241 

  513-771-2244


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Star Rating System by Charity Navigator


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Exceptional

This charity's score is 95.87, earning it a 4-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 

This score is calculated from two sub-scores:

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

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

92.0%


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. Dividing a charity's average program expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Administrative Expenses

6.2%


As reported by charities on their IRS Form 990, this measure reflects what percent of its total budget a charity spends on overhead, administrative staff and associated costs, and organizational meetings. Dividing a charity's average administrative expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Expenses

1.7%


This measure reflects what a charity spends to raise money. Fundraising expenses can include campaign printing, publicity, mailing, and staffing and costs incurred in soliciting donations, memberships, and grants. Dividing a charity's average fundraising expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

6.0%


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Part of our goal in rating the financial performance of charities is to help donors assess the financial capacity and sustainability of a charity. As do organizations in other sectors, charities must be mindful of their management of total liabilites in relation to their total assets. This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and or long term sustainability. Dividing a charity's total liabilities by its total assets yields this percentage.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Efficiency

$0.01


The amount spent to raise $1 in charitable contributions. To calculate a charity's fundraising efficiency, we divide its average fundraising expenses by the average total contributions it receives. We calculate the charity's average expenses and average contributions over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Working Capital Ratio

0.70 years


Determines how long a charity could sustain its level of spending using its net available assets, or working capital, as reported on its most recently filed Form 990. We include in a charity's working capital unrestricted and temporarily restricted net assets, and exclude permanently restricted net assets. Dividing these net available assets in the most recent year by a charity's average total expenses, yields the working capital ratio. We calculate the charity's average total expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Program Expense Growth

19.03%


We compute the average annual growth of program expenses using the following formula: [(Yn/Y0)(1/n)]-1, where Y0 is a charity's program expenses in the first year of the interval analyzed, Yn is the charity's program expenses in the most recent year, and n is the interval of years passed between Y0 and Yn.


Source: IRS Form 990

Governance


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has these governance practices in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990

Governance:
Independent Voting Board Members  ... (More)
No Material Diversion of Assets ... (More)

A diversion of assets – any unauthorized conversion or use of the organization's assets other than for the organization's authorized purposes, including but not limited to embezzlement or theft – can seriously call into question a charity's financial integrity. We check the charity's last two Forms 990 to see if the charity has reported any diversion of assets. If the charity does report a diversion, then we check to see if it complied with the Form 990 instructions by describing what happened and its corrective action. This metric will be assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Full Credit: There has been no diversion of assets within the last two years.

  • Partial Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity has used Schedule O on the Form 990 to explain: the nature of the diversion, the amount of money or property involved and the corrective action taken to address the matter. In this situation, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity's explanation on Schedule O is either non-existent or not sufficient. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Audited financial statements provide important information about financial accountability and accuracy. They should be prepared by an independent accountant with oversight from an audit committee. (It is not necessary that the audit committee be a separate committee. Often at smaller charities, it falls within the responsibilities of the finance committee or the executive committee.) The committee provides an important oversight layer between the management of the organization, which is responsible for the financial information reported, and the independent accountant, who reviews the financials and issues an opinion based on its findings. We check the charity's Form 990 reporting to see if it meets this criteria.

  • Full Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant with an audit oversight committee.

  • Partial Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant, but it did not have an audit oversight committee. In this case, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: The charity did not have its audited financials prepared by an independent accountant. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From Related Parties ... (More)
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Distributes 990 to Board Before Filing ... (More)
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Policies


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization has these policies in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

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  • Yes: This charity has a written donor privacy policy published on its website, which states unambiguously that (1) it will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations or (2) it will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

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  • No: This charity either does not have a written donor privacy policy in place to protect their contributors' personal information, or the existing policy does not meet our criteria.

The privacy policy must be specific to donor information. A general website policy which references "visitor" or "user" personal information will not suffice. A policy that refers to donor information collected on the website is also not sufficient as the policy must be comprehensive and applicable to both online and offline donors. The existence of a privacy policy of any type does not prohibit the charity itself from contacting the donor for informational, educational, or solicitation purposes.

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Transparency


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization makes this information easily accessible.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Transparency:
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Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

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Salary of Key Persons

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Lawrence Bergeron, Executive Director

$86,000 (4.86% of Total Expenses)


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.


A Child's Hope International reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Staffing

  • Administrative Capacity

  • Balance Sheet

  • Growing needs for humanitarian aid as a result of the global reach of the pandemic.


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

-The inability to hold public packing events at our Hope Factory ™ led to a reduction in awareness as well as opportunities for the public to make donations. -Our mobile packing and private packing events had to be suspended which had contractual and financial impacts. -We shouldered huge outsourcing costs as we needed to enlist a food manufacturing company in Minnesota to package Hands Against Hunger ® high protein food. We were committed to continue to provide 20,000 orphans and vulnerable children with high protein food, clean water and life saving supplies, so we were compelled to continue to provide high protein food no matter what the cost might be. -We experienced supply chain disruptions for our critical ingredients as well as sharp price increments for those ingredients. -The inability to hold public events at The Hope Factory ™ also resulted in a reduction in sales in our Hope Marketplace store. This decrease in sales resulted in the need to increase revenues elsewhere.


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

-The need to provide 20,000 high protein meals daily, clean water and life giving supplies for hungry children remained, but with a reduced capacity to meet that need. All of our programs rely on dozens of volunteers. COVID-19 meant large groups of volunteers could not gather. -This resulted in awareness for the growing needs of orphans and vulnerable children to no longer be highlighted at in person events. -The inability to host volunteers also resulted in greater stress on our small team of paid staff. Many within our Red Shirt Team ™ of 150 sacrificially committed volunteers were sidelined as high risk. A high number of these volunteers have retired now because of public health concerns. -Disruptions in international shipping resulted in an increased need for humanitarian relief, but lack of containers and high inflation created barriers. -There are an additional 1 million children who have been orphaned as a result of COVID-19. We must help them.


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

-Innovation was required to meet the needs of 20,000 orphans and vulnerable children who rely on us for high protein Hands Against Hunger ™ food, clean water and life giving supplies daily. -We initially contracted with a food manufacturing company in MN to pack food without the need for volunteers. This adaptation became a financial burden, yet necessary to insure that needy children were still served. Net assets were liquidated to support this. -As a second phase we developed Buddy Packs ™ which allowed for small teams of volunteers to pack food in a socially distanced manner. Buddy Packs ™ provided high protein food in bulk packs for feeding centers. -We also designed our own food processing machine that would help to offset any future disruptions. The result is our Heroes of Hope™ food processing facility which continues to run in tandem with our packing events to insure that orphans and vulnerable children receive the high protein, malnutrition fighting food that they need.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

-Heroes of Hope™ Food Processing Facility will continue to operate to supplement the number of high protein meals that we ship worldwide. The use of this machine will increase our production on top of resuming large scale volunteer Hands Against Hunger ® Packing events. -We will continue to innovate ways that we can provide bulk packaging for feeding centers and orphanages while providing smaller packaging for families. -We reexamined all of our supply chains in order to insure that we can source our critical ingredients at all times. In order to insure that we can provide 20,000 orphan and vulnerable children high protein meals, clean water and life giving supplies every day, we must ensure that we have secure supply chains that can deliver on time. -We will continue to increase the online presence of The Hope Marketplace, our fair trade store. -We will increase the use of technology. Included is increasing technology for more flexible telecommuting in the event of closures.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
11/1/20212019 96.46
9/1/20212019 95.87

This organization received multiple star ratings within this fiscal year, due to an update to it's Accountability and Transparency data and/or the receipt of an amended Form 990.

3/1/20202018 95.40
12/1/20192017 92.71

...   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

A Child's Hope International 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.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



A Child's Hope International reported its two largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$1,609,220

Spent in most recent FY

99%

Percent of program expenses


HANDS AGAINST HUNGER - A PROGRAM THAT PRODUCES "HOPE BOXES" WHICH INCLUDE HIGH PROTEIN MEAL PACKS, WATER PURIFICATION PACKS, AND LIFE PACKS THAT FEED CHILDREN, PURIFY WATER, AND PROVIDE FOR EVERYDAY L ... (More)


$276

Spent in most recent FY

0%

Percent of program expenses


OTHER ACTIVITIES - INCLUDING JOURNEY TO THE FATHERLESS (BOOK) - PROMOTE ADOPTION, QUALITY OF LIFE IN FOSTER CARE, AND ORPHAN CARE INCLUDING EFFORTS TO EDUCATE THE COMMUNITY AND INCREASE AWARENESS OF N ... (More)


...   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 A Child's Hope International 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


TO MOTIVATE AND MOBILIZE THE CHURCH AND COMMUNITY TO CARE FOR THE ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN THROUGH ADOPTION, FOSTER CARE, ORPHAN CARE, AND HUMANITARIAN RELIEF.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


The vision of A Child’s Hope Int’l is that every child have hope and be cared for as a result of every person choosing to champion orphans and vulnerable children by wrapping around at least one child using one of the four bridges of care.


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: To provide more than 20,000 hungry children every day, with high protein Hands Against Hunger ® meals, clean water and life giving supplies, turning hunger into hope in desperate parts of our world.

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


Goal Two: To double our support of adoption and foster care in order to ensure that more children in need find a supportive home.

Goal Type: This goal reflects our commitment to further our advocacy work for our organization and or cause area.


Goal Three: To increase our Red Shirt Team™ of volunteers numerically as well as in capacity to meet the growing needs of our programs.

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


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

Since COVID-19 arrived, three investments in Leadership Development were made. -One was a re-boot of our Red Shirt Team. This highly committed team of 150 volunteers was sidelined by COVID through the cancellation of events and health concerns. Staff continued to invest relationally and find socially distanced opportunities for volunteers to develop, including a dinner to address Volunteer Coordinator concerns. -Second was the research and adoption of new volunteer software. This new platform increased our capacity to find new volunteers and develop existing volunteers as we find the best place in the organization for them to serve that meets their skills, abilities and passions. -Third was a nationwide search for a successor to our Founder and Executive Director, Larry Bergeron. This intensive process led by a national search firm led to finding and hiring a new Executive Director. This process further developed our Board of Directors and Staff as they engaged in the process.

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

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

We host regular food packing events at our building, The Hope Factory ™. Events can host up to 400 volunteers and include education and active service to meet the needs of orphans and vulnerable children around the world. We also host businesses, schools, universities and public sector groups. Through presentations, mobile packing events, and communication we mobilize local churches to care for orphans and vulnerable children. Our 6 paid staff train and release hundreds of volunteers each week. Included are 150 Red Shirt Team™ volunteers who sacrificially serve on a regular basis. We are part of CAFO (Christian Alliance for Orphans) on a national level as well as local based initiatives to assist in advocacy and solutions. We assist with logistics and practical needs for local ministries, food banks, and overseas ministries. The book Journey to the Fatherless, authored by Larry Bergeron, ACHI Founder, provides a call to action to answer the needs of orphans and vulnerable children.

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-19 caused a huge disruption in our five year strategic plan. It caused the cancellation of the opening of Hope Factory 2 in Beavercreek, Ohio, which was set to commence operations to provide more life saving food, clean water and life giving supplies to orphans and vulnerable children who are in desperate need. COVID-19 also meant the cancellation of all of our volunteer based events which crippled our capacity, since we fully rely on both the education of volunteers as well as the labor which they provide. In addition COVID-19 meant that a large number of our skilled and highly committed Red Shirt Team™ volunteers decided to retire from active service because of health concerns. While we faced these disruptions, there remained the reality that 20,000 orphans and vulnerable children still relied on A Child’s Hope Int’l to provide high protein Hands Against Hunger ™ food, clean water and life giving supplies. To meet the needs of those children we initially contracted a food manufacturing company in Minnesota to produce the food so that children could continue to be fed, but without the need for volunteers. As a second phase we developed Buddy Packs ™ which allowed for small volunteer teams to pack food in a socially distanced manner. Buddy Packs ™ were innovated using a manually operated mixer for small teams to pack high protein food in bulk packs to serve feeding centers and orphanages. We also researched all providers of food products within 50 miles to see what resources could be adapted to meet our needs. During this season we also entered into the design phase of our own food processing machine to offset any long term continuing problems with COVID-19 or any future disruptions. This evolved into the creation of our Heroes of Hope™ food processing facility which continues to run in tandem with our packing events to insure that orphans and vulnerable children receive the high protein food, clean water and life giving supplies that they need.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. When organizations listen to constituents, they are able to better deliver on programs and meet the needs of stakeholders. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.


Culture & Community Score

Not Currently Scored

A Child's Hope International is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback

Not Scored


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback.


Here's how this organization is listening and learning from the people they serve:


How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees


How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve


With whom does your organization share the feedback you got from the people you serve?

The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our community partners


What challenges does your organization face in collecting feedback from the people you serve?

We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Briefly describe a recent change that your organization made in response to feedback from the people you serve.

Note: The organization did not respond to this question.



Methodology


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. We've partnered with GuideStar by 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.


Charity Navigator awards full credit for this Beacon to every nonprofit that is eligible for an Encompass Rating that completes the survey, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. This data is not evaluated for quality at this time. Validation will be added in future iterations of this Beacon.

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. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving, and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.


Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.

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