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Find the Children

CharityWatch report issued
August 2023

CharityWatch Grade

Contact Information

Find the Children
2656 29th Street
Suite 203
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

Dedicated to the recovery of missing children and the prevention of the abuse & endangerment of children.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 08/31/2022

*Why Not Ratable?

CharityWatch is currently unable to rate this organization. This does not imply a negative or positive evaluation. Please see the Analysts' Notes section for a more detailed explanation.

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.
Find the Children
does not meet governance benchmarks.
Find the 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 is unable to provide a letter grade rating for Find the Children based on its fiscal 2022 financial activities. CharityWatch generally applies our methodology and assigns letter grade ratings to charities that take in at least $1 million in public cash contributions and that maintain an annual budget of at least $500,000. 

As of 8/31/2022, Find the Children reported $172,979 in total net assets; $428,700 in contributions (of which $276,393 is reported as sales proceeds from "Cars and other vehicles); and $496,398 in total expenses (of which $183,882 consisted of program expenses, $26, 967 consisted of management & general expenses, and $285,549 consisted of fundraising expenses). (IRS Form 990, Parts VIII, IX, X, & Schedule M). 

Historical Ratings:

CharityWatch assigned Find the Children the following ratings in prior years:

Fiscal 2018: "F" rating. Find the Children spent 24% of its cash budget on its programs that year. 

Fiscal 2016: "F" rating. Find the Children spent 22% of its cash budget on its programs that year. 

Fiscal 2014: "F" rating. Find the Children spent 32% of its cash budget on its programs that year. 

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