Children International Charity in Forbes List

Forbes magazine recognizes Children International, a U.S.-based humanitarian organization, as a top charity, informed Children International Thursday, Nov. 18.

It says in a year when many large national charities are reporting declines in donations, Children International’s income was up over 5% in 2010.

The organization attributes the increase to the generosity of American consumers during a difficult economy and their commitment to supporting children living in poverty.

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Forbes rated Children International as one of the 200 leading charities based upon three financial efficiency ratios and the trend from 2009.

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Children International says the magazine’s survey rated it in the following manner:

  • 88% fundraising efficiency
  • 81% charitable commitment
  • 98% donor dependency

President and CEO of Children International Jim Cook said, “Children International is fortunate to have such dedicated supporters, even in this trying economy. Our donors are committed child advocates and have made it possible for us to be acknowledged by Forbes magazine as a leading charity.”

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During 2010, it says, Children International received more than $146 million in direct public support from 300,000 contributors, making it possible for the organization to spend over 82% to effectively change the lives of hundreds of thousands of poor children and their families around the world.

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Established in 1936, Children International is a humanitarian organization with its headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri. It says its programs help more than 335,000 children and their families in 11 countries around the world including Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Zambia, Honduras, India, the Philippines and the United States.

For more information about Children International or to sponsor a child, visit

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