Child Family Health International

Let the World Change You

aka CFHI   |   El Cerrito, CA   |
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Child Family Health International

EIN: 94-3145385


Child Family Health International is dedicated to transformative Global Health Education programs, research, and thought leadership emphasizing community leadership, global citizenship, and ethical engagement.

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Robin Elizabeth Young

Main address

11135 San Pablo Avenue #929

El Cerrito, CA 94530 USA

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Subject area info

Education services

Public health

International development

International exchange

Population served info

Children and youth


Low-income people

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Public Health Program (E70)

International Exchanges (Q23)

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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?

Global Health Education Programs

CFHI is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that specializes in Global Health Education. CFHI's approach is unique: we offer individual trainees and university partners with opportunities to learn about global health while embedded in existing health systems and social services sectors alongside local community members and leaders. We place our participants in appropriately scoped and supervised health settings and within sustainable Fair-Trade partnerships. We prioritize helping participants learn about context and the determinants of health so as to impart a broad-based understanding of the interplays between disease processes, social circumstances, poverty, resiliency, geopolitical realities, historical contexts, culture, and the complexities of health and wellness. CFHI utilizes an asset-based engagement model in which local communities own the educational narrative as they work to achieve health equity and social justice.

Population(s) Served

Projects that originate in the minds and hearts of CFHI partners who are local community members, health practitioners, and others who are dedicated to being change agents in their own communities- CFHI's goal is to support local capacity and passion.  Example projects include the El Alto Center, a day care and skills training center for teen mothers and their young children in La Paz Bolivia, and Catch Them Young, a project in rural India educating young people about healthy life choices and preventive care.

Population(s) Served

CFHI Professional Development Program allows CFHI partners from low and middle income countries to pursue educational opportunities, degrees, exchanges with like-minded colleagues and foster capacity building at a local level in our partner communities.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Seal of Approval 2009

International Volunteer Programs Association

Bronze Verified 2019

Top-Rated Nonprofit 2018

Great Nonprofits

Seal of Approval 2009

BBB for Nonprofits -Wise giving Alliance

Affiliations & memberships

Independent Charities of America 1995

Diversity and Inclusion Champion by Diversity Abroad 2019

National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) Award of Excellence for Outstanding Leader 2018

American Medical Student Association 2019

American Medical Women's Association 2019

Better Volunteering, Better Care 2019

United Nations: Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council 2019

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 global health education programs offered globally

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Totals By Year
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Global Health Education Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of countries we offer health education programs in

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Global Health Education Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of students who particiapted in service-learning programs

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Professional Development

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Output - describing our activities and reach

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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.

1. Offer transformational global health experiences for students and trainees rooted in ethical best practices and embedded within sustainable, longstanding Fair-Trade partnerships. We organize appropriately scoped and supervised learning opportunities in health settings for undergraduate and graduate students, helping them learn from local leaders within health care systems around the world. In doing so, we aim to transform the perspective of our participants so they comprehend the determinants of health and complexity of health systems and are moved to contribute to effective and culturally appropriate solutions at home and abroad.
2. CFHI's aims to support local health care workers through professional development, supporting them as experts in global health, and fostering their passion for their work. The goal is to keep health care workers working in their own communities, and fight against forces of 'brain drain' by providing them opportunities for growth, esteem, and recognition. As a part of this effort, CFHI supports professional development opportunities and community health projects in the communities where we work.

Our strategies to provide transformative Global Health Education Programs include making sure students are safe and well supported while abroad, fully educated in the ethics of global health engagement for students and trainees, adequately prepared for the experience, and reflective about its impacts. We strategically create and maintain partnerships that allow students unique access to health systems, while ensuring appropriate ethical boundaries and not reinforcing North-South power imbalances. With regard to professional development, our strategy is to nurture the professional aspirations of our partners. The strategy behind our community health projects is to support projects which represent asset-based community development, build on existing strengths (the passion and dedication of our local partners being one key strength), as well as create projects which will be sustainable in their own right down the road so we are not breeding dependence.

Our capabilities include having over 15 virtual and place-based programs in 10+countries. We are one of the largest provider of Global Health Education Programs in the US. We have a 30 year track record of Fair-trade practices with our global partners, sustainability, ethical best practices, program quality and safety. CFHI brings capabilities in both the best practices of international education as well as knowledge in the field of global health and development. This unique spectrum of capabilities uniquely poises CFHI to achieve its goals and make great impacts.

CFHI is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the ECOSOC of the United Nations, a role shared by only approximately 3,000 NGOs in the entire world. We are proud of this accomplishment and continually strive to meet and exceed this reputation through two main goals.

CFHI is meeting the demand for global health educational experiences and shaping the future healthcare workforce through programs that inspire students to better understand poverty, healthcare, and their role as professionals and global citizens. Through multiple virtual and place-based programs in 10+ countries, we provide an average of nearly 1,000 students each year an opportunity to learn from healthcare experts in underserved communities abroad.

Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, CFHI pivoted to offer a robust portfolio of virtual global health education programs, comprised of internships, practicums, electives, and custom programs for our university partners. These have furnished global health learning for nearly 500 students each year subsequently, and have dramatically increased access to CFHI's programs for students globally. For example, participants from 15 countries joined, from Bhutan to Lebanon.

CFHI continues to expand our reach to meet increasing student demand for health experiences in different areas of the world. We continue to innovate and fundraise in order to increase investment and support for community health projects in the areas where we work. Our track record of 30 years running student programs and funding health projects is a testament to our accomplishments and sustainable approach to engaging with global communities. In the future we will continue to lead the global health education field with expanded program themes highlighting the myriad of determinants of health. We would also like to leverage technology in global health engagement as a way to present global health through our partners eyes.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To examine and review alignment with Strategic Plan

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Child Family Health International
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 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.31 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.5 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 19% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Child Family Health International

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Child Family Health International

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Child Family Health International’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 $128,358 $102,159 -$324,387 $20,711 -$28,719
As % of expenses 4.8% 3.6% -26.7% 2.8% -1.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $128,358 $102,159 -$324,387 $20,711 -$28,719
As % of expenses 4.8% 3.6% -26.7% 2.8% -1.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $2,997,139 $2,926,968 $895,138 $723,415 $1,662,278
Total revenue, % change over prior year 25.6% -2.3% -69.4% -19.2% 129.8%
Program services revenue 91.2% 97.1% 92.3% 52.9% 84.5%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.3% 0.2%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 21.4% 1.5%
All other grants and contributions 8.8% 2.9% 7.7% 25.4% 13.7%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $2,661,487 $2,820,895 $1,215,063 $730,454 $1,724,277
Total expenses, % change over prior year 10.8% 6.0% -56.9% -39.9% 136.1%
Personnel 21.4% 21.9% 36.6% 30.9% 16.8%
Professional fees 62.3% 62.9% 40.8% 33.9% 56.6%
Occupancy 1.2% 1.5% 3.3% 0.4% 1.5%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.2%
Pass-through 1.6% 1.3% 1.3% 1.3% 1.1%
All other expenses 13.6% 12.4% 18.0% 33.1% 23.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $2,661,487 $2,820,895 $1,215,063 $730,454 $1,724,277
One month of savings $221,791 $235,075 $101,255 $60,871 $143,690
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $2,883,278 $3,055,970 $1,316,318 $791,325 $1,867,967

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 4.2 4.0 4.7 7.0 3.7
Months of cash and investments 4.2 4.0 4.9 7.3 3.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.7 1.1 -0.6 -0.7 -0.5
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $926,108 $929,894 $475,360 $424,888 $537,516
Investments $8,274 $9,753 $17,862 $19,772 $23,668
Receivables $0 $1,210 $1,600 $3,075 $2,230
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $7,971 $7,971 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 100.0% 100.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 59.9% 53.2% 66.9% 64.7% 82.3%
Unrestricted net assets $158,066 $260,225 -$64,162 -$43,451 -$72,170
Temporarily restricted net assets $225,792 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $225,792 $231,067 $235,529 $207,779 $174,499
Total net assets $383,858 $491,292 $171,367 $164,328 $102,329

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization


Robin Elizabeth Young

As Executive Director of Child Family Health International (CFHI) Robin leads one of the largest and most well-respected Global Health education organizations, with over 20 programs in 10 countries, and hundreds of collaborating universities. She supports all of CFHI’s work, programs and operations, helping to ensure alignment with the organization's mission, vision, and unique approach to global health engagement. Robin is a Certified Professional in Education Abroad through the Forum on Education Abroad. She is passionate about program ethics, safety and quality, best practices in international education, and strong institutional and global partnerships. Robin’s professional background includes extensive work in international education, global health, and asset-based development. Robin holds an MBA from Florida International University and a BA in Sociology/Anthropology with a minor in Ethnic Studies from Lewis and Clark College. She completed a course at the Summer Institute for Int

Number of employees

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Child Family Health International

Board of directors
as of 12/18/2023
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Board chair

Gunjan Sinha

MetricStream, Inc

Term: 2009 -

Evaleen Jones

Stanford University

Gunjan Sinha

MetricStream, Inc

Scott Loeliger

Contra Costa County Regional Medical Center

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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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/14/2022

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
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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