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Aid for Starving Children

CharityWatch report issued
April 2019

CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Aid for Starving Children
2360 Professional Drive
Suite 105
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Other Names

African American Self-Help Foundation--(formerly known as)
Giving Hands (Gebende Hande)

Tax Status


Stated Mission

Provides assistance around the world to children and their families by providing medicines, medical supplies, food, shelter, clean water, immunizations, financial assistance, and emergency relief to victims of famine, natural disasters, and war.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 04/30/2018

Program Percentage: 44%

The percentage of Aid for Starving Children's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $46

How many dollars Aid for Starving Children spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Joint Costs

Aid for Starving Children's rating was adjusted for Joint Costs. If you are a donor who considers direct mail, telemarketing, and other Joint Cost solicitations to be true charitable programs, the below efficiency ratios, which were not adjusted for joint costs, may better reflect your goals.

Program % Cost to Raise $100
60% $31
Accounting rules allow charities to report some telemarketing, direct mail, and other solicitation costs as Program expenses. CharityWatch believes that most donors do not consider a charity's solicitation activities to be the Programs they are intending to support with their donations. We therefore adjust such expenses out of a charity's reported Program expense and add it to Fundraising expense prior to calculating its rating.

Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Aid for Starving Children IRS Form 990 52-1224507
Aid for Starving Children & Affiliate Consolidated Audited Financial Statements Multiple
Entity: Aid for Starving Children
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 52-1224507
Entity: Aid for Starving Children & Affiliate
Document Type: Consolidated Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: Multiple

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
Aid for Starving Children
does not meet governance benchmarks.
Aid for Starving Children
does not meet transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy

Unable to Provide Salaries

CharityWatch is unable to provide a range of Top Three Salaries for this charity for the above fiscal reporting year because we lack complete salary data for the organization. Except for officers, directors, and trustees, the IRS does not require breakouts of salaries totaling less than $100,000.

For example, XYZ charity would be required to provide a breakout in its tax form of compensation to its president of $55,000, but would not be required to provide a breakout of $99,000 in compensation to its top medical researcher if that person is not also an officer, director, or trustee of the organization.

This charity reports that compensation to its officers, directors, and trustees is under $100,000 per individual. Donors who would like to view limited salary data for this organization should refer to its tax form, which may be available on the charity's web site or from a number of third-party sources. See CharityWatch's Links page for information on obtaining copies of charity tax forms.

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.
CharityWatch's rating of Aid for Starving Children (ASC) also includes the financial activities of Gebende Hande (Giving Hands), which are consolidated in the ASC audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2018.

According to the ASC consolidated audit of April 30, 2018 (Note A, Nature of Activities):

"Gebende Hande (Giving Hands), a German nonprofit organization, 'GH,' is organized in Bonn, Germany and operates as a nonprofit limited liability company (gGmbH). ASC was the single member shareholder of GH until a 20% non-controlling interest was sold to another German non-profit on January 1, 2013 (See Note L [cited below]). ... The purpose of GH is to provide aid for poor and suffering people all over the world...

"GH was established in 1996. Per an agreement, ASC gave 100,000 Deutsch Marks in capital to be the single member shareholder of GH. At the time of inception, ASC gave GH two contributions to establish the capital of GH. The [audited] consolidated financial statements include the accounts for ASC and GH... For consolidation purposes, the equity of GH was eliminated against the ASC's investment in GH."

Also according to the ASC fiscal 2018 consolidated audit (Note L, Demerger of Hilfe Weltweit):

"On January 1, 2013, for consideration of 13,000 [Euros], Hilfe Weltweit (HWW), a German NGO, entered into an agreement granting HWW a 20% share of the capital of GH. HWW ceased operations and all existing cash, assets and related liabilities were transferred to GH..."
According to the Aid for Starving Children consolidated audit of April 30, 2018 (Note K, Related Party Transactions):

"For the years ended April 30, 2018 and 2017, the Organization paid a total of $30,000 for consultation and guidance fees to its elected Chairman of the Board of Directors."

According to the Aid for Starving Children (ASC) tax filing for the fiscal year-ended April 30, 2018, ASC reports for Business Transactions Involving Interested Persons, a transaction in the amount of $30,000 paid to Monte Wilson, Board Chairman, described as: "Professional fees paid to Chairman for services" (IRS Form 990, Schedule L, Parts IV & V).
According to the Aid for Starving Children consolidated audit of April 30, 2018 (Note P, Risk and Uncertainties):

"The Attorney General in the State of California opened an audit into the Organization's charitable practices. Information has been requested and provided from January 1, 2011 through July 2017. No assessment has been made for a probable claim. Management believes it is probable that no claim will be asserted and that the outcome will be favorable."
According to the Aid for Starving Children consolidated audit of April 30, 2018 (Note I, Gifts-In-Kind), the Organization received and distributed gifts-in-kind in fiscal 2018 on which it placed a total value of $20,118,240. Of this amount, $20,008,611 consisted of donated medicines.

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found on the Our Process page.]
According to the Aid for Starving Children consolidated audit of April 30, 2018 (Note J, Commitments):

"The Organization has two consulting contracts, for consulting and guidance on the Organization's public relations-publicity campaigns. The monthly expense in relation to these contracts is approximately $6,900. Total consulting and administrative expenses for the years ended April 30, 2018 and 2017 were $81,658 and $86,227, respectively." The future minimum contract payments are reported as being $39,600 for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2019.

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