I’ve never believed in New Year’s resolutions; far too often, those things that we set out to do at the start of January fade and vanish within a couple of weeks, if they even last that long. Instead of making unrealistic and often unsustainable goals for myself, I prefer to look at the facts: what I accomplished in the past year, what I may have missed along the way, and how I might do better in the days ahead.

The same is definitely true in regard to Children Incorporated. While I always dream big when it comes to our organization, I am also a realist. I know the solid and life-changing work that we have done, not just over the last year, but, in fact, over the last 53 years! I have seen first-hand the effects of our outreach to children and families all around the world. I absolutely believe in the value of our child sponsorship program, for I have talked to the children, heard them tell tales of how a kind and caring individual – a sponsor – has changed their lives. I have shared meals and dialogues with our wonderful volunteer coordinators – the incredible folks who are there in the field, doing the work, touching and enriching lives through their kindness and caring. I know that Children Incorporated is making a difference, and I celebrate that fact.

We can always do more

I have talked to the children, heard them tell tales of how a kind and caring individual – a sponsor – has changed their lives.

I am also aware that we can always do more, and we can always strive to be better. Our organization can never stop growing and changing, or finding new ways to meet the needs of children and families; and my vow to each of you, as this new year begins, is that we will do just that. We will continue to evaluate the success of our project sites; and just as we have done for all these years, we will work diligently to be good stewards of the funds entrusted to us. We value our reputation and the solid ratings we have received from Charity Navigator, CharityWatch, GuideStar, and The Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance – and we will maintain the same high standards that have won us their praise.

Looking forward to the new year

Children Incorporated may be fairly small in comparison to some other child sponsorship and assistance organizations, but what we do is significant. Children Incorporated matters, because with the generous support of our loyal donors, we are changing the lives of young people and their families all around the world each and every day. Our resolve is to continue to do so, and to grow and learn, and adapt as new and diverse needs arise.

As we move into 2018, and as always, we appreciate your trust in us, for you truly make our work possible.

From the heart,

Ronald H. Carter

President and Chief Executive Officer

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How do I sponsor a child with children incorporated?

You can sponsor a child in one of three ways: call our office at 1-800-538-5381 and speak with one of our staff members, email us at sponsorship@children-inc.org, or visit our website at www.childrenincorporated.org and browse our sponsor portal.

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written by Ron Carter

Ron Carter is President and CEO of Children Incorporated. Ron is responsible for overseeing all operations of Children Incorporated, with a specific goal of honoring the original vision and mission of the organization as created by Jeanne Clarke Wood in 1964.

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