Celebrating 30 years of helping you give wisely
America's most independent,
assertive charity watchdog
Top Rated

Children International

CharityWatch report issued
May 2024

Top-Rated Charity
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

Children International
2000 East Red Bridge RD
Kansas City, MO 64131

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

Connects people around the world in the fight to end poverty; working together, invests in the lives of children & youth, building the healthy environments they need to thrive, and empowering them to create lasting change in their own lives & communities.

View similar charities
Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 09/30/2022

Program Percentage: 76%

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


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $14

How many dollars Children International spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Children International Audited Consolidated Financial Statements Multiple
Children International IRS Form 990 44-6005794
Entity: Children International
Document Type: Audited Consolidated Financial Statements
Tax ID: Multiple
Entity: Children International
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 44-6005794

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.
This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
Children International
meets governance benchmarks.
Children International
meets 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 No Sharing  

  Name Title Compensation
1 Susana Eshleman President / CEO $539,861
2 William Brewster Executive VP / COO $344,094
3 John McCanna VP of Global Programs $256,909
Name: Susana Eshleman
Title: President / CEO
Compensation: $539,861
Name: William Brewster
Title: Executive VP / COO
Compensation: $344,094
Name: John McCanna
Title: VP of Global Programs
Compensation: $256,909

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 Children International also includes the financial activities of the international affiliates consolidated in the organization's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2022. All significant intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated in the audit consolidation.

According to the Children International consolidated audit of September 30, 2022 (Note 1 re: Nature of Operations):

"Children International India was organized in 2012 as fundraising and program affiliates of the Organization in support of its worldwide programs. Children International - Australia (CI-Australia), Children International - Canada (CI-Canada) and Children International - Dominican Republic (CI-DR), were organized in 2014 as fundraising and program affiliates of the Organization in support of its world wide programs. Children International provides management assistance and oversight to these organizations to ensure they are operating in accordance with the Organization's vision."

According to the Children International consolidated audit of September 30, 2022 (Note 1 re: Product Donations):

"In addition to receiving cash contributions, the Organization receives contributions of medical supplies, textbooks, clothing, shoes, soap, advertising, etc. from various donors. It is the Organization's policy to record these donated items at their estimated wholesale market value in accordance with industry standards developed by Accord referred to as the Interagency Gifts in Kind Standards. The Organization has included $18,809,214 in Public Support and Revenue and the same amount under Worldwide Program Services expense for the year ended September 30, 2022."

[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.]