Children’s HopeChest exists to glorify God by ensuring holistic care to orphaned and vulnerable children that enables them to live as faithful, productive, and whole adults.
Children’s HopeChest develops highly relational, community-to-community partnerships between Christian communities in North America and communities of orphaned and vulnerable children in 10 countries. We believe the most transformational, holistic, sustainable, and long-term change occurs when one community partners with another.
Children’s HopeChest has active partnerships in Russia, Swaziland, South Africa, Ethiopia, Uganda, Haiti, Guatemala, Moldova, India, and the United States.
Children’s HopeChest was founded in 1994 in response to the devastating need of orphans in Russia following the fall of the Iron Curtain. These children had serious basic needs – for clothing, food, medical and facilities – but more compelling was their need for love, human interaction and care, and future hope. In response, Children’s HopeChest developed a holistic approach which meets medical, physical, educational, emotional, and spiritual needs of orphaned children and youth, in fulfillment of our mission.
Children’s HopeChest connects Christian communities in the U.S. and Canada with impoverished communities of orphans overseas. This unique “community-to-community” sponsorship leverages the power of one community of Christians making a long-term, transformational impact on a community of orphans and vulnerable children. Ultimately, these relationships and resources empower orphans to survive, thrive, and succeed within their home culture.
Funding for these partnerships comes, in part, from a monthly child sponsorship program. Individual child sponsors provide a $34/month donation, write letters, and pray for their sponsored child. This funding provides for direct survival needs such as food, water, clothing and basic medical care. It also helps fund educational support, voluntary Christian discipleship, and emotional guidance.
Children’s HopeChest also provides both capital project development and ongoing program support to help children develop opportunity, life skills, and independent adult life. Those programs include:
HopeChest tells the stories of children who are experiencing poverty, abandonment, and violence. We do this in a way that respects the child’s dignity and worth. We want to showcase them as a special creation, made in the image of God. There are many people who help bring those stories to life, writers, designers, photographers, videographers, and printers for brochures and postcards.
HopeChest partners primarily with churches, businesses and Christian communities such as blogs, online groups, book clubs, and small groups. These sponsoring communities are providing help, training, and discipleship for over 10,000 orphans. HopeChest has over 100 active partnerships in Russia, Swaziland, South Africa, Ethiopia, Uganda, Haiti, Guatemala, Moldova, and India.
HopeChest was founded as and remains to this day an evangelical Christian organization. Our statement of faith affirms our core beliefs and doctrine. In practice, we believe strongly in putting faith into action as an expression of our faith in Jesus Christ. In the tradition of Matthew 25, we believe in demonstrating the power of the gospel by meeting earthly needs within a spiritual context and for an evangelical purpose. Our ministry is demonstrative, hands-on, and purposeful in our faith. We have been accused by some as too Christian, and by others as not Christian enough. It is our heart to incarnate the agape love of Jesus Christ to every orphan we minister to and, in doing so, bring them into wholeness in this world and eternal life for the world to come.
Children’s HopeChest is committed to the care of children and believes that each child is a special creation, made in the image of God. We are emphatically opposed to any form of child abuse, exploitation, or oppression, and will strive to do everything possible to prevent this. For our part, we have instituted certain policies and guidelines that are meant to govern the interactions of Children’s HopeChest, staff members, contractors, partners, sponsors, and any others involved with children in our programs and the surrounding communities.
Children’s HopeChest is a member in good standing of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. In accordance with their standards and principles, we are governed by a board of directors. HopeChest’s board has the full fiduciary responsibility for the organization and takes active steps to safeguard our financial, spiritual, and programmatic integrity.
Our current board members and their affiliations are posted here.
Correspondence to the board may be addressed to our corporate office or sent to firstname.lastname@example.org via e-mail. In accordance with best practices, the board has established an Audit Committee to oversee our annual audit and preparation of our IRS Form-990 tax return. Those documents are posted here in PDF format for your review. Given that some of these files are large, they may take a few moments to load in your browser.
Financial Statements with Independent Auditors’ Report.
IRS Form-990 Return of an Organization Exempt from Income Tax.