Children, Incorporated was founded in 1964 by Jeanne Clarke Wood, daughter of the noted philanthropists Dr. and Mrs. J. Calvitt Clarke. After personally witnessing the deprivation of children in Guatemala, Ms. Wood began writing letters and seeking assistance for the 95 children she met on her journey. This became the first Children Incorporated project.
Thanks to past and current supporters around the globe, Children Incorporated now has over 300 projects in 23 countries which serve over 15,000 children annually. To date, over 250,000 children have been provided opportunities for growth and education and experienced the support and encouragement Children Incorporated programs provide.
Children Incorporated envisions a world in which each and every child has the education, resources, and opportunity to build a better life. 
How does it work? Children Incorporated relies on donors and individual sponsors to provide opportunities to children around the world. Sponsorship provides an underprivileged child with basic necessities such as food, clothing, healthcare and education. For just $28a month, supporters can help to break the cycle of poverty and give a child hope for a brighter tomorrow.
As an international non-profit, Children Incorporated partners with other organizations that already have structure in areas of need. Affiliating with established orphanages, schools and childcare centers that have the staff to manage programs on a volunteer basis. By partnering with these organizations Children Incorporated is able to reduce administrative needs and stay true to its Vision. Over 300 volunteer coordinators drive programs throughout the United States and 22 foreign countries.
Noted Donors & Recognition
Children, Incorporated’s most noted donor is poker professional, Barry Greenstein. Greenstein has chosen CI as his primary recipient of poker winnings and has donated over $1.5 million to the organization.
Dr. Richard Carlson also wrote about Children, Incorporated in two books in his Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff series. The two books, one of which was a New York Times Best Seller, are attributed as having encouraged over 4,000 individuals to sponsor a child through Children, Incorporated.
In 2012, singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash headlined the Richmond Folk Festival to commemorate her 25 years of sponsorship with the organization and raise local awareness.
- Andy Bloch, Tuesday, September 30, 2003: "Another second, but first goes to Children, Incorporated." Retrieved September 5, 2008.
- Barry Greenstein's Charities. Retrieved September 5, 2008.
- CHI homepage. Retrieved September 5, 2008.