Children's Hunger Fund

Delivering hope to suffering children

aka CHF   |   Sylmar, CA   |  http://www.childrenshungerfund.org

Mission

Our mission is to deliver hope to suffering children by equipping local churches for gospel-centered mercy ministry.

Notes from the nonprofit

Children's Hunger Fund invites you to join a network of like-minded individuals, intent on making an impact to help suffering children! As you come alongside Children's Hunger Fund, we will remain committed to opening your eyes to hunger and poverty around the world, igniting the passion you have to make a difference, and providing opportunities to take action and make an impact.

Ruling year info

1996

Founder & President

Mr. Dave Phillips

Main address

13931 Balboa Boulevard

Sylmar, CA 91342 USA

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EIN

95-4335462

NTEE code info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Christian (X20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Children around the world are hungry and living in poverty. Since 1991, Children’s Hunger Fund (CHF) has come alongside churches in the US and around the globe to deliver life-saving food and aid with a message of hope that is eternal. At the heart of CHF is the Food Pak, a box of non-perishable, nutritious food. From distribution centers located in San Antonio, Dallas, and the Los Angeles headquarters, Food Paks are distributed to CHF Mercy Network churches in 29 countries who then deliver them directly to the homes of families living in extreme poverty.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Hunger Relief

CHF engages in hunger relief in 29 countries by partnering with local churches which engage in bulk feeding programs and/or our Food Pak program. There is no charge for churches or recipients. Recipients are served regardless of religious affiliation.
A Food Pak is a box of nutritious food designed to supplement meals for a family. Church volunteers deliver Food Paks directly to the homes of families in need. CHF trains volunteers to foster community and protect privacy and dignity. The goal is for families to reach self-sustainability. What sets CHF apart is our relational model.
In some cases, bulk food distribution is more appropriate to serve children in need. CHF provides churches and ministries working with orphanages or schools food for institutional or mass-feeding. CHF Distribution Centers in California and Texas provide food to local social service agencies combatting food insecurity domestically.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

Children's Hunger Fund excels in collaborating with non-profit organizations, NGOs and corporate partners when disaster strikes across America and around the world. What sets CHF apart from other programs providing disaster relief, is that CHF uses its resources to invest in indigenous organizations, which provide relief to their own communities. Some examples of CHF Disaster Relief include:
• 2004 Indonesia tsunami
• 2005 Hurricane Katrina
• 2010 earthquake in Haiti
• 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan
• 2013 Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines
• 2014 Midwest tornadoes
• 2015 earthquake in Nepal
• 2016 Hurricane Matthew
• 2017 Hurricane Harvey/Hurricane Irma/Maria
• 2018 Hurricane Florence/Hurricane Michael
• 2020 Hurricanes Eta, Iota, Laura
• 2020 Beirut, Lebanon bombing
• 2020-2022 COVID-19 relief
• 2022 Ukraine war relief

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims and oppressed people

Medical services are typically substandard or non-existent in the poorest regions of the world. CHF comes alongside in-county partners through in-kind and monetary donations to provide what is needed most, including: building medical clinics; assisting with mobile medical services to remote, underserved communities; facilitating donations of much-needed medical supplies and equipment; linking local church volunteers to assist with medical services to the poor; and supplying nutritious food to address chronic malnutrition and associated medical conditions (e.g., stunting, anemia).

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

CHF is committed to caring for orphans. Every year, CHF provides five containers of food to five orphanages in Haiti. Two of the orphanages serve children affected by disabilities. Tragically, due to the animistic culture within Haiti, children with disabilities are considered a curse and are thrown into the streets or into the dump. CHF partners with churches that rescue these children and raise them. CHF also provides food and other resources for a partner that offers a two-year transitional program for orphans, who at age 16, will become adults.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Accreditations

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2014

Awards

4/4 Stars 2014

Charity Navigator

5/5 Stars 2014

MinistryWatch.com

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of meals delivered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Families, Extremely poor people, Low-income people

Related Program

Hunger Relief

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric reflects the total number of meals delivered within the US and internationally in 29 countries that we currently serve.

Number of churches served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Families, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Hunger Relief

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of active church partnerships

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Families, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Hunger Relief

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Children's Hunger Fund seeks to equip the local church to ease the suffering of children and families around the world by meeting their immediate material needs and delivering the everlasting hope of the gospel. To this end, Children's Hunger Fund focuses on the following goals:


- Prioritize the Gospel
We declare the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ as our first priority. It is the only source of true hope, the ultimate remedy for mankind's suffering, and the power of God to those who are being saved. Therefore, we unite our God-given gifts and resources for gospel proclamation.

- Elevate the Church
The Church was divinely established and its existence uniquely guaranteed by God as His representative of the gospel in word and deed. Therefore, we elevate and esteem churches dedicated to the gospel, by equipping and providing resources to help them proclaim this message to the world.

- Impact the Next Generation
Children are made in God's image and He commands us to nurture and instruct them in His Word. Therefore, we impact the next generation for Christ, so that one day they would be restored as “children of God" through the power of the gospel.

- Pursue Relationships
The most effective way to serve the needs of others is through ongoing, personal relationships. Therefore, we prayerfully pursue relationships with those we serve and those who help us accomplish our mission, so that our actions might be used by God to transform lives.

- Strive for Integrity
We recognize that we are ultimately accountable to God for the stewardship of the resources He has entrusted to us. Therefore, we strive to fulfill our mission with integrity before God and conduct ourselves in such a way that enables others to trust our work with confidence.

All over the world and the U.S., CHF brings communities together by encouraging local churches to reach into their neighborhoods and develop relationships with their neighbors. Through these relationships, needs can be identified and/or communicated in a personal way that respects the privacy and dignity of individuals. CHF then provides the resources and the training to local churches to deliver hope to their neighbors in need. Our strategies include:

Food Paks
The primary instrument to open the doors to these relationships is the Food Pak, a box of non-perishable food. Once trust has been developed, assistance in the form of food, clothing, school supplies, emotional support, and connections to community resources and ongoing relationships with caring neighbors helps move recipients toward self-sufficiency and develops a desire to help others.

Disaster Relief
CHF provides immediate relief when disaster strikes by sending shelf stable food, clean water, lanterns, blankets, tents and other urgently needed aid to in-country partners who distribute aid to their neighbors. But CHF's support doesn't end there. Long after the world's attention leaves the victims of disaster, CHF continues to send aid to help with recovery.

Medical Relief
CHF supports in-county partners through in-kind and funding to provide what is needed most, including: building medical clinics; assisting with mobile medical services to remote, under-served communities; facilitating donations of much-needed medical supplies and equipment; linking local church volunteers to assist with medical services to the poor; and supplying nutritious food to address chronic malnutrition and associated medical conditions (e.g., stunting, anemia).

Orphan Care
Children's Hunger Fund works with indigenous partners in five continents to provide food, nutritional supplements, medical care, and shelter so that lost children can find love, care and a home to call their own. In some areas CHF serves, children with disabilities are considered a curse and are thrown into the streets or into the dump. The churches rescue these children and raise them. So, CHF provides food and other resources to assist the local churches in their ministry of mercy.

Rethink Mercy
Church Equipping
We train leaders to reach their communities with the gospel through relational mercy ministry. Our heart's desire is to assist churches as they help those in need and build relationships that are focused on the gospel. Rethink Mercy—CHF's training and equipping arm—provides:
• Extensive biblical training in the principles and practices of gospel-centered mercy ministry
• Mercy ministry plan development to reach your community
• Free food resources of assistance locating resources to support your ministry
• On-going coaching of your current or new mercy ministry
• Networking with like-minded churches

Leadership & Staff: CHF's greatest assets are people. CHF has a staff of 84 professionals committed to fulfilling our mission, led by our Leadership Team:

Dave Phillips: Founder & President. After witnessing devastating poverty at a children’s hospital in Honduras, Dave Phillips decided to dedicate his life He recognized the overwhelming amount of need seen in children around the world. In 1991, he and his wife Lynn founded CHF as a 501(c)(3) organization from their California garage.

Michael Richards: Senior Vice President. Michael's first trip to Indonesia broke his heart, turned his world upside down, and opened his eyes to the needs in the world. After serving CHF faithfully for nine years, Michael moved his family to Texas to launch and expand CHF's ministry in the Southwest.

Jason Hartung: Vice President of Finance (CFO). Before coming to CHF, Jason spent nearly 23 years working in administrative roles in Christian higher education.

Morgan Owen: Executive Director, Relationship Development. From her first tour of CHF, Morgan immediately fell in love with the mission and values of the organization. She is humbled by the opportunity to serve children in need around the world through the work of the local church.

Jose Luis Amezquita: Executive Director, Ministry Development. As CHF’s first Director of Ministry Development in Latin America, Jose Luis helped establish relationships in that region that still exist today. José Luis has a heart for training pastors and church leaders to reach suffering people through mercy ministry.

Buddy Brewer: Executive Director, Operations. Buddy brings diverse experience from both corporate business and international missions work. Buddy spent 15 years working for Fortune 500 companies in the areas of sales, sales planning, sales str

Relationships with individuals and entities are key to CHF's success in fulfilling our mission.
1) CHF partners with churches to address basic needs in their immediate community.
2) CHF builds key relationships with a network of corporate and professional contacts, who respond quickly when the need arises for product donations, bulk purchases and pro bono services.
3) CHF donates and receives resources from a variety of NGO's committed to serving impoverished communities.

CHF headquarters is located in Sylmar, CA and provides 65,000 square feet of warehouse and office space. Additionally, CHF has two distribution centers in Dallas and San Antonio, Texas, that serve their respective regions.

Each CHF site has training facilities, volunteer programs, and warehousing operations to efficiently handle the logistics of receiving and distributing resources worldwide.

CHF is wholly committed to integrity, accountability, and cost-effectiveness and is widely recognized as one of America's most cost-effective charities (Forbes.com). Since 1996, 96% of all donations have gone to programs that serve suffering children and families.

Since 1991, Children's Hunger Fund's has grown exponentially. From a family project with a small reach to an organization with a substantial service footprint, CHF has grown to operate three regional distribution centers in Los Angeles, San Antonio, and Dallas while equipping churches in 29 developing countries in Africa, Middle East, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Asia. In late 2018, CHF headquarters opened Poverty Encounter – an interactive, educational exhibit that educates, inspires and enlists visitors to become engaged in serving those in need, next door and around the world. To date, over 10,000 visitors have toured Poverty Encounter. We have also established a widely respected curriculum on biblical mercy ministry, called Rethink Mercy. While the leadership of CHF are amazed and grateful at the progress made over the past 30 years, there are still ambitious goals to fulfill in the future. Over the next ten years, some of those goals include:

• Purchase a building in Dallas, Texas, to house offices and a Regional Distribution Center.
• Construct a second Poverty Encounter Location in Dallas, Texas.
• Expanding internationally to serve 50 countries globally.

Longer term goals include:
• Further domestic growth to serve the entire United States
• Further expansion in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Children's Hunger Fund

Board of directors
as of 03/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Dana Scannell

President, Scannell & Wight

Term: 2010 - 2024


Board co-chair

Mr. Steve McCormick

McCormick Construction

Term: 2007 - 2023

Dave Phillips

Children's Hunger Fund

Dana Scannell

Scannell & Wight

Dick Griffith

Money Management Concepts

Steve McCormick

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Mark Tatlock

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Lori Young

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Leonce Crump Jr.

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Len Harral

Financial Executive

Mike Trujillo

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Jim Wicker

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Glenn Carpenter

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Scott Olson

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/16/2022

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