To the Future: “Every Parent, Every Child – a SuperHero!”

aka CCWF   |   Geneva, IL   |
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EIN: 45-4135014


For every child and adolescent to have a strong network of adult caregivers and professionals engaged in putting empathy into action : supporting their positive development in non-violent families and peaceful communities.

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Executive Director

Dr. Kimberly Svevo-Cianci

Main address

411 Stevens St.

Geneva, IL 60134 USA

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Subject area info


Child abuse

Community improvement

Family services

Child welfare

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Population served info

Children and youth



NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

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What we aim to solve

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Our programs

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

"Best Start" for Families

"ICDP-Best Start" is a program for all caregivers to strengthen their empathy-based communications, interactions and relationships with children so that these children may be surrounded by holistic support for their positIve development and well-being.

This program is adapted and integrated wIthin communities and institutions to be relevant, efficIent, enjoyable and sustainable. Community professionals and parents are trained as "Best Start" Facilitators in order to replicate and establish the program universally with the community, long-term. This Insures that children are surrounded by consistent messaging and modeling of positive adult-child attitudes, behaviors, communications, interactions and relationships, spanning a spectrum ranging from social/emotional learning to cognitive development to self control that they need to succeed in life.

"Best Start" supports parents to gain confidence and become empowered to champion and advocate for their children, as well as for families and communities in other ways. Our current programs, available in both English and Spanish, support diverse parent groups including entire communities, military-connected parents, teen parents, and parents of children with special needs.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Pritzker Early Childhood Education Foundation Grant 2013

Pritzker Foundation

Affiliations & memberships

National Association of Social Workers 2012

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Total number of grants awarded

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Population(s) Served

Caregivers, Families, Children and youth

Related Program

"Best Start" for Families

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Our main goal is to strengthen children's rights to positive development and well being, ensuring protection from violence. We think that every child and adolescent should be supported by a caring network of parents, caregiver and professionals from within loving, non-violent families and peaceful communities.

The Changing Children's World Foundation (CCWF) addresses the full developmental ecology of youth with a strengths-based and measurable approach. The Community/Child Capacity Development and Violence Prevention (CCDevVP) framework is aligned with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which establishes and promotes international best practice in children's rights to survival, maximum development, health and social services, and protection from violence and neglect. It provides an integrated approach to community-based child protection. These are the approches we utilize in the implementation of our programs.

Through international collaboration, the Changing Children's Worlds Foundation has developed youth programs: the International Child/Parent Development Program (ICDP) and the Integrative Youth Development Program (IYD). These programs have had success internationally and have been supported through evidence-based research.

We have successfully been awarded numerous grants and gained loyal sponsors and enduring partnerships. We have been able to implement ICDP in both English and Spanish, but the goal now is to expand the reach of these programs. We want the programs to be found in more Chicagoland neighborhoods, and for them to include a greater diversity: we want to improve the lives of more children.


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 61.03 over 8 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.2 over 8 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

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Average of 7% over 8 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of CHANGING CHILDREN'S WORLDS FOUNDATION’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 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$35,490 -$27,856 $24,304 -$42,171 -$46,670
As % of expenses -8.7% -6.7% 6.5% -10.5% -8.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$36,451 -$28,098 $24,218 -$44,507 -$46,670
As % of expenses -8.9% -6.8% 6.5% -11.0% -8.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $373,868 $386,643 $396,481 $360,299 $487,604
Total revenue, % change over prior year -15.7% 3.4% 2.5% -9.1% 35.3%
Program services revenue 12.6% 16.8% 25.3% 14.9% 19.1%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.2% 0.1% 0.1% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 6.8% 14.7% 21.7%
All other grants and contributions 33.2% 26.3% 12.3% 9.8% 7.8%
Other revenue 54.2% 56.7% 55.5% 60.4% 51.4%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $409,250 $414,499 $372,177 $402,470 $534,274
Total expenses, % change over prior year 1.4% 1.3% -10.2% 8.1% 32.7%
Personnel 11.5% 19.5% 20.8% 27.6% 33.0%
Professional fees 0.3% 0.2% 0.4% 64.4% 60.5%
Occupancy 2.0% 2.1% 2.4% 2.1% 1.6%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 86.2% 78.2% 76.3% 5.9% 4.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $410,211 $414,741 $372,263 $404,806 $534,274
One month of savings $34,104 $34,542 $31,015 $33,539 $44,523
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,180
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $444,315 $449,283 $403,278 $438,345 $584,977

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 3.3 2.5 3.5 3.2 1.3
Months of cash and investments 3.3 2.5 3.5 3.2 1.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.3 2.4 3.5 1.9 0.4
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $112,849 $84,918 $109,172 $106,613 $57,357
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $300 $300 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $12,693 $12,693 $12,693 $15,029 $15,029
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 97.4% 99.3% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 1.0% 1.5% 2.0% 40.7% 72.4%
Unrestricted net assets $112,127 $84,029 $108,247 $63,740 $16,077
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $112,127 $84,029 $108,247 $63,740 $16,077

Key data checks

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

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Executive Director

Dr. Kimberly Svevo-Cianci

As President of the Child Rights and Protection Consultancy-International (CRPCI) since 2008, she has focused on leveraging children’s rights (UN Convention on the Rights of the Child) to strengthen protection of children from violence and maltreatment. Major consultation and training projects included Belarus, Colombia, Georgia, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa & USA, to leverage child rights and protection-related national policy-making to strengthen inter-sectoral CP services and systems. From 1995 until September 2008, Kimberly served as Executive Director, the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN), with members in over 180 countries, working with UNICEF, WHO, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, NGO and government leaders. Fluent in French and functional in Spanish, she holds Masters and PhD degrees in Human and Organizational Development/Systems.

Number of employees

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 02/27/2023
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Board chair

Kyle Hempel, M.B.A.

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Term: 2012 - 2022

Kimberly Svevo-Cianci, Ph.D.

Changing Children's Worlds Foundation

Monica Woodson

Albany Park Community Center

Dennis Carr, M.A.

Matthew Sperry, J.D.

Lynn Garner, Ed.D.

Chicago Public Schools

Chuck Miles, P.M.P, M.B.A

Mauricio Ortiz, J.D.

Loy Williams, Th.M., M.S.W.

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 ? No
  • 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 10/3/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Sexual orientation

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