Forbes Lists Children International a Top Charity

Forbes magazine recognizes Children International, a U.S.-based humanitarian organization, as a top charity, announced Children International Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Many charities have pulled out of the recession reporting an average increase of 4.7% in contributions, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Children International has reported that its income was up over 6% in 2011.

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

Forbes rated Children International in the top 200 of the largest charities based upon three financial efficiency ratios and the trend from the previous year: fundraising efficiency, charitable commitment, and donor dependency.

Children International received more than $156 million in direct public support from 300,000 contributors. It ended its fiscal year with a fundraising efficiency of 83% making it possible for the organization to effectively change the lives of hundreds of thousands of poor children and their families around the world.

President and CEO Jim Cook said, “Children International is grateful to have such dedicated supporters. Our donors are dedicated to helping poor children and have made it possible for us to be recognized as a leading charity.”

Established in 1936, Children International is a humanitarian organization with its headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri.

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