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ChildFund International

ChildFund International, one of the largest child sponsorship charities in the United States, was founded as the Christian Children's Fund in 1938. Presbyterian minister Calvitt Clarke founded the charity to collect and distribute aid to Chinese children orphaned by the second Sino-Japanese War. The scope of the charity has since expanded: it now provides food, healthcare, child and adult educational programs, vocational training, sanitation development, and fresh water in developing areas around the world, in addition to emergency relief in the wake of disasters. The emphasis continues to be on the plight of children.

ChildFund's basic model is that of monthly sponsorship. Instead of sponsoring a specific child, donor funds—made through monthly subscription donations—are pooled and then distributed to an entire community. Children from that community ...

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