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Children's Hunger Fund
13931 Balboa Blvd.
Sylmar, CA 91342
tel: (800) 708-7589
fax: (818) 979-7101
EIN: 95-4335462

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Board Leadership

Dana Scannell
Chairman of the Board


David Phillips

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Children's Hunger Fund

Delivering hope to suffering children through gospel-centered mercy ministry.

(out of 100)
Overall Score & Rating 87.62 3 stars
  Financial 82.50 3 stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 4 stars
This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial Performance Metrics
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity’s total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
  Administrative Expenses 1.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 0.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.10
  Program Expenses Growth -8.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 46.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Children's Hunger Fund on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Income Statement     (FYE 12/2014)

   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $32,275,355
   Federated Campaigns $129,138
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,026,170
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $33,430,663
   Program Service Revenue $83,261
Total Primary Revenue $33,513,924
   Other Revenue $-412,377
TOTAL REVENUE $33,101,547
   Program Expenses $27,856,372
   Administrative Expenses $1,288,260
   Fundraising Expenses $543,099
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $3,413,816
Net Assets $8,265,762

Financial Charts

Compensation of Leaders     (FYE 12/2014)

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$132,551 0.44% David K. Phillips President


Children's Hunger Fund's mission is to deliver hope to suffering children by equipping local churches for gospel-centered mercy ministry.

Children's Hunger Fund (CHF) has practiced gospel-centered mercy ministry for over twenty years. Since 1991, 99% of total contributions-over 1 billion dollars in food and other aid-has been distributed through programs serving more than 20 million children across America and around the world.

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Official Charity Response

Since its inception in 1991, CHF has placed a priority on efficiency, transparency and financial accountability, consistently ranking at the top of America's most cost-effective charities. Recently, Charity Navigator lowered CHF to a three-star rating. Here's why.


While the vast majority of CHF's distributions are food related, a portion of CHF's ministry activity includes distribution of donated pharmaceuticals (less than 3% annually). Last year, due to the giving cycles of its corporate donors, CHF did not receive, and therefore did not distribute, any pharmaceuticals. The absence of these donations in the past year resulted in more than a $20 million drop in donation revenue from prior years.


While CHF experienced significant growth in cash revenue and ministry activity, the absence of pharmaceutical distributions creates the perception on CHF's financial statement of lower program expenses than the prior year. This influenced Charity Navigator to lower CHF's rating to a 3 star based on their rating criteria. An audited financial statement is available upon request (info@childrenshungerfund.org), which further explains the variance in pharmaceutical activity from year to year.


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