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Give Kids the World

CharityWatch report issued
May 2019

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

Give Kids the World
210 S Bass Road
Kissimmee, FL 34746

Other Names


Tax Status




Stated Mission

To fulfill the wishes of all children with life-threatening illnesses and their families from around the world to experience a memorable, joyful, cost-free visit to the Central Florida attractions and to enjoy the magic of Give Kids the World Village.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2018

Program Percentage: 80%

The percentage of Give Kids the World's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $30

How many dollars Give Kids the World 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
Give Kids the World IRS Form 990 59-2654440
Give Kids the World Audited Financial Statements 59-2654440
Entity: Give Kids the World
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 59-2654440
Entity: Give Kids the World
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 59-2654440

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?
Give Kids the World
meets governance benchmarks.
Give Kids the World
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
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  Name Title Compensation
1 Pamela Landwirth President $364,751
2 Mark Reed, Sr. VP of Development $169,185
3 Amy Racicot CFO $166,725
Name: Pamela Landwirth
Title: President
Compensation: $364,751
Name: Mark Reed, Sr.
Title: VP of Development
Compensation: $169,185
Name: Amy Racicot
Title: CFO
Compensation: $166,725

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.
According to the Give Kids the World audit of June 30, 2018 (Note 9, Contributions -- Non-Cash):

"The Organization receives donations from several Central Florida theme parks, which consist of tickets, onsite parking, character visits, family photographs while visiting the parks, and more. The Organization also receives donations of toys and family gifts, food and beverages, family transportation, and other similar donations from individuals and corporate partners..."

Give Kids the World reports receiving donated non-cash contributions in fiscal 2018 on which it placed a total value of approximately $35.3 million, including approximately $31.6 million in "Theme park attraction tickets, parking, and photos" and approximately $1.2 million in "Toys and family gifts."

[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 Give Kids the World audit of June 30, 2018 (Note 10, Related-Party Transactions):

"From time to time the Organization engages in transactions with individuals who have family relationships with Board members or management, or with companies in which Board members or management have ownership interests. Independent members of the Organization's Board of Directors approved the transactions after considering the terms of comparable services. During the year ended June 30, 2018, the Organization paid approximately $511,000 for food services, consulting, and other services and approximately $2,000 for legal services to such parties."

According to the Give Kids the World tax filing for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2018 (IRS Form 990, Schedule L, Parts IV & V), included among the above-noted Related-Party Transactions are the following:

-- A transaction in the amount of $428,213 involving Randy Miller, "CAO of Boston Market and Board member of the Organization." The transaction is described as: "Boston Market provides food services for our families."
-- A transaction in the amount of $52,608 paid to Matt Treski, "son of President, Pamela Landwirth," for "contracted web development services."

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