Global poverty and giving

facts & stats About World Poverty and Giving

Deciding when and where to lend your support to an antipoverty organization can feel like a daunting task. Where does my money go? Who’s doing the most? Is this even helping? The answer is that most charitable organizations are funded by contributors like you, so your donation or gift makes a huge impact on the work we do. At Children International, 81% of our total operating expenses fund programs for children, support our dedicated staff, and build community centers in the countries we serve. So, when you make a monthly gift or donation to our organization, the majority of your dollars go toward exactly what you intended — supporting children in poverty.

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  • Over the past 20 years, global poverty has been cut in half, with extreme poverty declining in every region of the developing world.

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  • The current generation has been called “the first generation in history that can end extreme poverty” by the World Bank (in 2015).

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  • In 2018, the largest source of charitable giving came from individuals.

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  • People are giving of their time as well. In 2018, approx. 77 million Americans volunteered to make a difference.

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  • For $30 billion, we could end world hunger. Americans throw away $165 billion a year in unwanted food.

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  • The World Bank aims to end extreme poverty, or those who live on $1.90 a day, by 2030.

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  • At the end of 2018, extreme poverty was at the lowest level worldwide in record history.

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Our programs break the cycle

We empower children and youth through health care and education programs, life-skills workshops, career placement initiatives and more.

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How will you make a difference?

A one-time donation, monthly sponsorship or supporting community centers and the teams that serve them, there’s no shortage of ways to get involved and make a difference. Children International has changed millions of lives and helped thousands of children and youth, but we can’t do it without you.

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