Children Incorporated

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Children Incorporated is a non-profit 501(c)(3) international child sponsorship and child assistance organization based in North Chesterfield, Virginia. Children Incorporated was founded in 1964 by Jeanne Clarke Wood.[1] Children Incorporated relies on individual sponsors and donors to provide opportunities to children all around the world.

As an international non-profit, Children Incorporated partners with other organizations that are already structured to address areas of need for children – established orphanages, schools, and childcare centers that have the staff required.

Children Incorporated works in the United States and abroad. The U.S. programs include three primary divisions: inner city, which includes Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; Washington, D.C.; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Richmond, Virginia; American Indian, primarily in the Navajo reservation in Arizona and New Mexico; and Appalachian, primarily in Kentucky and West Virginia.[2]

Noted donors and recognition[edit]

Sponsored children in Africa receive food, clothing, school supplies, tuition, and health care thanks to support from Children Incorporated.

In 1997, Dr. Richard Carlson wrote about Children Incorporated in two of the books in his "Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff" series, in which he indicated that he and his wife and children were all donors, and tells of the positive experience of helping a child move forward in life. Carlson commented that, while many child sponsorship organizations are efficient and commendable, his personal favorite was Children Incorporated in Virginia. The two books, one of which was a New York Times Best Seller, resulted in over 11,000 individual child sponsorships through Children Incorporated.[3]

One of Children Incorporated’s most noted donors was poker professional Barry Greenstein.[4] Greenstein chose Children Incorporated as the primary recipient of his poker winnings, and donated over $1.5 million to the organization, to include $350,000 which was divided equally as a $1,000 cash bonus for the 350 employees of CI.[5]

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.[6]

In 2014, Children Incorporated celebrated 50 years of helping children around the world. To date, the organization had helped over 300,000 children to receive an education.

In 2015, Children Incorporated launched their On the Road Series, which takes readers around the world visiting the affiliated projects and meeting with sponsored children.


  1. ^ "About Children Incorporated".
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-05-23. Retrieved 2012-10-15.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ CHI homepage. Retrieved September 5, 2008.
  4. ^ Andy Bloch, Tuesday, September 30, 2003: "Another second, but first goes to Children, Incorporated." Retrieved September 5, 2008. Archived October 26, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Barry Greenstein's Charities. Retrieved September 5, 2008. Archived July 24, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Rosanne Cash talks about RVA, a local charity, and the Richmond Folk Festival". 8 October 2012.