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55 Years of Helping Children in Need

Our CEO and President, Ron Carter, reflects on our work over the last six decades

In 1964, the average cost of a new home in the United States was $13,050. Postage stamps were 5 cents each, and a gallon of gasoline cost just 25 cents more than that. One could buy a loaf of bread for less than a quarter, and a ticket to see one of the latest theatrical blockbusters — Goldfinger or Mary Poppins — was $1.25. Reports from those early days indicate that funds raised for and […]

Stepping Back in Time

Our CEO writes about visiting our affiliated projects in West Virginia

I recently had the privilege of visiting several schools in West Virginia where Children Incorporated offers our child sponsorship program. It had been several years since my last visit to these schools; while I had clear memories from my previous trips, I wasn’t sure what I would find this go-around. Reflecting on the fact that everything in our world changes rapidly, I expected to find that these West Virginia schools were different from how they […]

A Magical Time of Year

Our CEO, Ron Carter, reflects this Christmas season on the impact our programs are having

A few years back, my younger daughter, who was in grade school and believed wholeheartedly in Santa Claus at the time, asked me a couple of questions that I have since replayed in my mind time and time again. She had heard me talk about the fact that many children go without presents at Christmas, and she knew that Children Incorporated works with various organizations, companies, and individuals to provide gifts to many such youngsters […]

Our Incredible Work in the Land of Eternal Spring

Our President and CEO, Ron Carter, reflects on his fondness for our affiliated projects in Guatemala

I first traveled to Guatemala in 2004. That trip was strictly for personal reasons, as I was going there to meet my Guatemalan-born daughter, who was in foster care at the time, as my family and I awaited final approval of our adoption. Even though I was quite focused on the task at hand, I couldn’t help but notice the many contrasts in the “Land of Eternal Spring”. Beautiful modern buildings stood side-by-side with tiny […]

Two Important Ways You Can Help Children

Our President and CEO, Ron Carter, highlights our Shared Hope Fund and our Higher Education Fund

Dear Friends, At any given time, we have over 1,000 children on our waiting list for sponsorship. Currently, there are more than 600 unsponsored children in our United States Division alone. One of our organization’s most difficult challenges is finding enough sponsors to support all the children referred to us by our network of volunteer coordinators. After being enrolled in our sponsorship program, some children wait many months – even years – before they are […]

Mary Wilson’s Passion for Helping Children

Our President and Chief Executive Officer reflects on his time with Ms. Wilson

My mother’s sister operated a record store in our small hometown of Reidsville, North Carolina. During my childhood in the 1960s, I spent a great deal of time there. While other little boys were outside climbing trees, swinging bats, and getting into mischief, I was inside spinning records. Music was everything to me; and while I was a huge Beatlemaniac, my favorite music of all was that of The Supremes: Diana Ross, Florence Ballard, and […]