Wide Horizons for Children, Inc.

Waltham, MA   |
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Wide Horizons for Children, Inc.

EIN: 04-2564960


Wide Horizons For Children advances the lifelong wellbeing of the most vulnerable children worldwide. We envision a world where every child has the opportunity to grow up in a loving, healthy, and stable family and not only survive, but thrive. Wide Horizons for Children focuses on three areas; Family Preservation, Orphan Programs and Adoption.

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Principal Officer

Janice Hoffman

Main address

375 Totten Pond Road Suite 100

Waltham, MA 02451 USA

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Subject area info

Human services

International development

Population served info

Children and youth


Ethnic and racial groups


NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Adoption (P31)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

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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?

Orphan Care

Daily living presents unimaginable challenges for those who are orphaned and abandoned. Wide Horizons For Children provides assistance, hope and opportunity for the most vulnerable among us through orphanage support, vocational training and a Granny program.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Adopting a child is one of the most life-changing decisions you will ever make. As one of the nation’s leading child welfare and adoption agencies, Wide Horizons For Children has helped place more than 13,000 children from nearly 60 countries with permanent, loving families. We work with trusted partners around the world, and offer well-established adoption programs in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the United States. We also help place children through our parent-initiated program, which allows families working with another child placement agency or personal contact to use our services.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Our priority for any child in crisis is simple — to provide them with all they need for the best possible outcome. For a child with a family, that means keeping their family together, preserving their family.

For the last 50 years, we’ve worked with some of the most vulnerable children in the world, many of them orphans. When we first met them, some of these orphans had no living family — but many did — and could have remained with their family if they had received the help they needed before so many crises piled on top of them that life became untenable. Wide Horizons For Children is committed to providing interventions that help stabilize families at risk of dissolution because of poverty, disease or financial collapse, helping them to remain intact. Working in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Burundi and India, Wide Horizons For Children family strengthening programs provide a clear path to a better future for thousands of children.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Joint Council on International Children's Services 1999

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Wide Horizons for Children, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2022 WHFC - FY22 Audit 2020 Wide Horizons For Children 2017
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.62 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.8 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 18% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Wide Horizons for Children, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Wide Horizons for Children, Inc.’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$84,699 $47,504 -$267,418 $393,432 $1,227,456
As % of expenses -2.0% 1.2% -7.7% 12.8% 40.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$107,600 -$2,225 -$331,946 $343,047 $1,170,519
As % of expenses -2.5% -0.1% -9.4% 11.0% 37.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $4,115,559 $3,965,528 $3,164,856 $3,478,453 $4,263,736
Total revenue, % change over prior year -3.3% -3.6% -20.2% 9.9% 22.6%
Program services revenue 37.5% 37.7% 36.4% 26.0% 23.5%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.7% 0.9% 0.7% 0.3% 0.2%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 17.4% 7.7%
All other grants and contributions 62.3% 61.3% 63.0% 56.4% 68.5%
Other revenue -0.5% 0.1% -0.1% -0.1% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $4,237,645 $3,900,035 $3,466,028 $3,081,165 $3,053,792
Total expenses, % change over prior year 3.6% -8.0% -11.1% -11.1% -0.9%
Personnel 45.9% 46.6% 43.6% 41.8% 41.3%
Professional fees 8.1% 10.7% 10.1% 10.4% 10.7%
Occupancy 4.4% 3.0% 2.9% 2.8% 2.4%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 29.0% 25.6% 29.4% 26.7% 31.4%
All other expenses 12.6% 14.1% 14.0% 18.2% 14.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $4,260,546 $3,949,764 $3,530,556 $3,131,550 $3,110,729
One month of savings $353,137 $325,003 $288,836 $256,764 $254,483
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $136,928 $160,695 $0 $0 $95,655
Total full costs (estimated) $4,750,611 $4,435,462 $3,819,392 $3,388,314 $3,460,867

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.9 3.5 3.6 5.4 7.8
Months of cash and investments 7.6 8.5 8.9 11.4 15.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 6.6 6.9 6.8 9.8 14.4
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $1,020,422 $1,128,613 $1,034,446 $1,386,342 $1,978,166
Investments $1,669,809 $1,629,938 $1,541,120 $1,543,043 $2,041,525
Receivables $395,068 $290,305 $209,559 $114,134 $165,711
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $662,645 $772,528 $669,171 $482,337 $570,297
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 56.9% 48.7% 50.8% 75.7% 72.7%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 19.5% 20.0% 23.4% 22.5% 17.2%
Unrestricted net assets $2,628,947 $2,626,722 $2,294,776 $2,637,823 $3,808,342
Temporarily restricted net assets $171,995 $200,937 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $171,995 $200,937 $171,859 $172,061 $150,268
Total net assets $2,800,942 $2,827,659 $2,466,635 $2,809,884 $3,958,610

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Janice Hoffman

Janice M. Hoffman, President & CEO, joined Wide Horizons For Children in 1999 as its Chief Operating Officer and was appointed President & CEO in 2012. During her tenure, she has been instrumental in developing a strategic blueprint for the organization, bringing a new focus to the areas of orphan prevention and orphan care programming, and building capacity in sustainable philanthropy. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration and a BA in Psychology from Laurentian University. Janice grew up in Canada and is an adoptive mother of two children from Latin America.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 11/08/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Jennifer Gill

West Cambridge Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine

Christopher Conway


Laura Dierks

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Alexandra Perce-van Schie

Brian Franklin

Communications Executive

Greg Kozich

PNC Financial Services Group

Debbie Upton Helvig

Paul O’Neill

Billy Adams, Jr.

Sharon Reilly

Brett Wilhelm

Marylou Lemieux

Wide Horizons For Children

Anne Hill

Wide Horizons For Children

Mark Johnson

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/6/2022

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/06/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
There are no contractors recorded for this organization.

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SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

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