Human Services

World of Children Inc

Children Believe in Heroes. Be One.

aka World of Children

Irvine, CA


World of Children unlocks the future for vulnerable children by funding, elevating and educating the most effective changemakers for children worldwide. Since 1998, the organization has dedicated more than $13 million in grants to high-impact programs for children, led by nearly 120 Honorees working in over 50 countries. World of Children has been recognized by the media as the “Nobel Prize for Child Advocates” and is the only global recognition and funding program that exclusively focuses on a broad range of children’s issues including health, education, safety and human rights.

Ruling Year


Co-Founder and Co-Chair

Dr. Harry Leibowitz

Co-Founder and Co-Chair

Mrs. Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz

Main Address

15615 Alton Parkway Suite 330

Irvine, CA 92618 USA


children, humanitarian, health, youth leadership, award, social entrepreneurs, children in need





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

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Our programs

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Humanitarian Award

Health Award

Youth Award

Education Award

Child Protection Award

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Our Results

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Total number of Awards given each year

Population(s) served

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Context notes

Awards included in this count include Awards in Health, Education, Child Protection, Humanitarian Endeavors, Youth Helping Youth, and Alumni Awards (for previous recipients being re-awarded)

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

World of Children Award is dedicated to positively impacting the lives of vulnerable children regardless of nationality. We fund high-impact projects with the goal of improving children's lives in 5 main areas: Health, Education, Child Protection, Humanitarian Endeavors, and Youth Helping Youth. We aim to help organizations scale and sustain impact through the duration of our grant period and beyond.

To ensure our funding goes only to best in class organizations, we employ a rigorous vetting process lauded by leading philanthropic organizations. Our annual review and voting process involves more than 100 people worldwide, including many experts in children's issues. Of 20,000 nominations received in 19 years, only 109 have been chosen to receive a World of Children Award.

We employ a private international investigative agency to conduct an independent review of each finalist's program. These investigations provide us with the certainty that our Honorees are of the highest caliber.

We prefer to fund programs with direct and measurable impact on children's lives. We work in partnership with Honoree organizations to craft grant proposals that allow for meaningful measurement and reporting so both organizations can track the impact of grant funding.

To ensure our grants allow organizations to scale and improve services long term, we provide non-monetary support in addition to grant dollars. This support is tailored to individual organizations' needs and includes but is not limited to leadership education opportunities; connecting Honoree organizations with an engaged network of individuals, organizations, and resources; showcasing Honoree work to the media and new audiences; sourcing specific technology products through partnerships at little to no cost to Honoree programs.

We have assembled a team of over 100 reviewers to participate in the nominations and review process each year. This includes experts in the fields in which we are funding, as well as business and cross-sector leaders. This process ensures no one person has undue influence over the review process.

World of Children Award employs a third party, private international investigative firm to put "boots on the ground" in a thorough investigation of each finalists' programs before they are approved as Honorees. Over the years, this has allowed us to uncover programs that look good on paper but aren't operating effectively (if at all) on the ground.

Our Board of Governors and staff team bring years of nonprofit governance and leadership to working with Honoree organizations to identify their most pressing needs and plan the most effective way for World of Children Award grant dollars and other support to be allocated to programs.

A formal review process of grant reports ensures all program goals are met before further funds are disbursed. If Honoree organizations are falling short of stated goals, we work collaboratively to determine best actions for moving forward to reaching these or newly re-defined goals. This allows us to stay close to the work as a granting organization and provide a variety of support services small nonprofit organizations may not otherwise have accsess to.

Our basic measurement of progress is the number of children's lives we've impacted in each of our program categories. Because each of the organizations we fund is unique, we work to develop specific quantitative and qualitative progress indicators for each grant we make. These indicators are addressed in annual reports or at the completion of a funded project (if the project lasts less than one year). We track the cumulative impact of our grants as a number of children served both directly and indirectly and the number of projects that successfully meet their goals due to our funding and support.

We keep in contact with our Honorees even after their funding cycles are over and we work to keep them engaged with our community and with one another. Many of our Honorees collaborate and help one another – a sign that we are building a vibrant community to sustain the work of a network of connected organizations dedicated to helping children around the world.

World of Children Award reports out on specific impact of each grant to donors and supporters through a variety of online and offline communications platforms.

World of Children Award has successfully expanded our program beyond our initial focus on Health and Humanitarian Endeavors to include Education (as of 2015) and Child Protection (as of 2016), two incredibly important issues we did not previously have the funding to address. We have also more than doubled the number of nominations for the Award over the last two years, meaning we are successfully reaching out to more organizations to make them aware of the support we provide.

However, of these nominating organizations, many do not meet the high standard we set for our Awards. We need to continue our work in encouraging more organizations to adhere to higher standards of work to accomplish and sustain impact in their respective fields. We hope that through our communications and advocacy work, more and more organizations will set these high standards for themselves and we'll see more and more qualified nominations/applications year after year.

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World of Children Inc

Fiscal year: Apr 01 - Mar 31

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Board Leadership Practices

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Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?



Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?



Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?