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Last time you were here, you were looking to help vulnerable children and families. Your support can save and change lives.

Every person who donates to charity wants to feel confident that their contribution will be used effectively and ethically. We want to know that our support will be used to drive measurable and meaningful change, and have a long lasting impact. 

Recently, The Good Cause listed ChildFund Australia as one of Australia’s best international aid charities.

We’d like to tell you more about why we made their list, and what makes us one of Australia’s best charities in the international aid sector. 

We deliver on our mission statement and vision for change

Our mission statement informs our approach across the programs we manage. ChildFund uses a holistic and collaborative approach to reducing child poverty overseas. We work in partnership with children, families and communities to ensure children are protected, nurtured, and given access to opportunities that will help them to break the cycle of poverty. 

ChildFund Australia’s vision is a world without poverty where all children and young people can say: “I am safe. I am educated. I contribute. I have a future.”

To achieve this, we partner to create community and systems change which enables vulnerable children and young people, in all their diversity, to assert and realise their rights. 

At ChildFund, we know that childhood has a deadline. It is a critical time where experience and conditions determine a child’s present, and their future. We must do all in our power to ensure that every child can survive and thrive. Because every child needs a childhood.

We’re clear about how donations are spent across our programs

ChildFund Australia aspires to high standards of integrity. This is one of our organisational values and commits the organisation to being open, honest and transparent in all activities.  

Every year, ChildFund Australia publishes a financial summary as part of our annual reporting. Within the financial summary we outline:

  • the sources of our revenue; 
  • expenditure across our programs and administrative infrastructure; and
  • distribution of revenue across our programs by geographic region.

We also publish annual reports for each of our country offices, and provide regular updates on our child-focused programs to supporters. You can read our Transparency Statement here.

We’re transparent about who leads our charity

Every organisation is as strong as its leadership, and we are committed to transparency about individual appointments. 

Our current CEO is Margaret Sheehan, appointed by ChildFund Australia’s Board in December 2019. She was previously ChildFund Australia’s International Program Director, a role which she had filled for four years. 

Margaret has extensive experience in the international aid sector, which uniquely qualifies her to lead the strategic direction and operation of ChildFund Australia.

We have policies in place to avoid the misuse of funds

ChildFund Australia recognises that it is vital to have policies and processes in place to prevent misuse of funds. For us, the prevention of fraud, corruption or other misuse is the responsibility of all those who participate in the work we do. 

We are also committed to avoiding situations where the interests or personal circumstances of an employee or director could influence, or could be perceived to be influencing, the performance of their duties within the organisation.

ChildFund Australia’s policies apply to ChildFund Australia’s headquarter operations, and  to the offices in each of the countries where we work. They include:

  • Counter Terrorism Financing and Anti-Money Laundering Policy
  • Conflict of Interest Policy
  • Fraud and Corruption Prevention and Awareness Policy
  • Employee Code of Conduct

You can find all of our organisational policies on our publications and reports page.

We have systems in place to manage our emergency response strategies

ChildFund is committed to protecting children and communities impacted by conflict and disaster and aims to support communities to be better prepared to address these threats. 

We believe that risk reduction is the best strategy to manage disasters; however, when emergencies are unavoidable and do occur, our organisation provides support to children and their communities to quickly recover and re-establish their lives, dignity and livelihoods. In many cases, these responses will be initiated and build on local capacity and preparedness plans.

Our policy focuses on a set of key principles:

  • Localisation: ChildFund Australia recognises and respects strengthening leadership and decision-making by local and national actors in humanitarian action, in order to better address the needs of affected populations (DFAT 2018).
  • Humanitarian Imperative: The right to receive humanitarian assistance, and to offer it, is a fundamental humanitarian principle which should be enjoyed by all citizens of all countries. As members of the international community, we recognise our obligation to provide humanitarian assistance wherever it is needed (Red Cross Code of Conduct).
  • Link Emergency Response and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR): ChildFund Australia will build disaster response on local capacity. We aim to address better responses by reducing community vulnerability with development of disaster risk reduction (DRR) programming that builds local capacity, enables local response and reduces risk.
  • National Coordination: ChildFund Australia respects global principles of sovereignty in Emergency Response and the right of governments to coordinate and direct national responses. Wherever possible ChildFund Australia Country Offices will work in partnership with the national government to value-add to respond to those in need.

The most recent emergency response coordinated by ChildFund Australia is our COVID-19 crisis response.

We demonstrate the impact of our programs clearly

ChildFund Australia prides itself on measuring and reporting the outcomes of our programs to demonstrate clear and measurable impact. 

We’re focused on achieving the best possible outcomes for children, their families and their wider community. 

Our Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Framework is a vital tool to ensure we can evaluate the effectiveness of our work in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, Vietnam and other Asia-Pacific nations. 

This enables us to generate credible evidence about:

  • how ChildFund Australia’s projects contribute to change;
  • what we can learn about the quality and effectiveness of our programs; and
  • the reach and scale of ChildFund Australia’s programs.

You can find out more about ChildFund Australia’s Organisational Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Framework here.

You can donate or sponsor a child with confidence

We were named one of Australia’s best charities because we are a trusted, reliable and responsible not-for-profit organisation. 

ChildFund Australia is also a member of Accountable Now, a platform of international civil society organisations that strive to be transparent, responsive to stakeholders, and focused on delivering impact. 

As a member, ChildFund has signed 12 globally-agreed-upon Accountability Commitments and will report annually to an Independent Review Panel on our economic, environmental and social performance according to the Accountable Now reporting standards.

When you give to ChildFund Australia, you can donate or sponsor a child with confidence.

The best things about sponsoring children are the relationships that are formed and what it can teach you and your family, says long-time sponsor Karen Wood.

The mother-of-three (pictured below) has been sponsoring children through ChildFund Australia since the 1980s, and says sponsorship has been a mind-opening experience for her and her children.

Sponsorship has changed Karen’s life for the better

“Sponsorship has changed me for the better,” Karen says. “It has taught me to be more considerate of cultural differences. There may be a difference in language and the colour of our skin, but we still have the same needs, physically, mentally, emotionally.

“And as parents have the same concerns about our children, and that goes beyond the colour of our skin and our language.”

Karen’s children have grown up learning about different cultures

Through writing letters to her sponsored children and their families – Diah in Indonesia and Man in Vietnam – Karen’s children have also grown up learning about different cultures and how other children around the world live and grow up.

“With my children, they got to see that what we take for granted – like going to school, a bed to sleep in, a meal on the table, a doctor, dentist, and medicines – and what some children around the world don’t have,” Karen says.

She says it has been “heart-warming” to see how the lives of Diah and Man have changed and how they now have access to education and better healthcare.

Helping children was something that remained close to her heart

Karen first began sponsoring through ChildFund after finishing her nursing degree, and has sponsored children on and off ever since.

While life had been “extremely tough” after her partner passed away and she became a single parent, helping children was something that remained close to her heart. “My life had turned upside down but I got back on my feet, and recommencing sponsorship was back on the table,” Karen says.

“I wanted to instil into my children to be there for others, to be considerate, and really help.”

Being a sponsor with ChildFund has been “like being part of a family”. “I can email or call and I can find things out and I can work out the best way to provide support with my situation,” Karen says.

“If others are thinking of sponsoring I would say without hesitation, go for it. It is just so rewarding.

“You develop lasting friendships.”

Donate today and experience the life-changing journey for yourself 

When you donate to ChildFund Australia, not only do you change a child’s life forever, but you provide your family with a life-changing experience: a journey of change through helping children and their families.

Donating provides a unique opportunity to actively make a difference in the world by providing children living in poverty with hope for the future. 

Interested in helping children through ChildFund Australia? Sign up to donate monthly today and make a difference for up to 1,000 children per year.