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10 days ago

Child Protection Advisor

ChildFund International Washington, DC

• Develops and maintains proposal and concept note rosters related to child protection • Provides technical… Glassdoor

30+ days ago

Director, Advocacy and Partnerships

ChildFund International Washington, DC

Leads and facilitates efforts to influence US government policy and advocate for organizational positions on issues important to the welfare and… Glassdoor

25 days ago

Director, Grants & Partnership Development

ChildFund International Washington, DC

• Provides leadership and strategic direction for the global grants acquisition and management staff responsible for the planning, coordination and… Glassdoor

3 days ago

Networks Infrastructure Manager

ChildFund International Richmond, VA

• Manages and schedules project and workload for a staff of four responsible for LAN / WAN, Communications, Server and Storage, and Network… Glassdoor

30+ days ago

Technical Specialist Disaster Risk Management (DRM)

ChildFund International Alden, IL

The Technical Specialist DRM reports to the Deputy Program Director and responsible for providing adequate programmatic support on Disaster Risks… Glassdoor

10 days ago

Marketing Specialist - Renewals

ChildFund International Richmond, VA

• Scheduling and tracking all jobs steps and dates. • Understanding renewal and acquisition programs. • Managing the routing for creative… Glassdoor

14 days ago

Manager, Analytics & CRM

ChildFund International Richmond, VA

• Responsible for the development of analytical plans and timelines for projects and drives the development of analysis research methods. • Serves… Glassdoor

30+ days ago

Sr. Specialist, Volunteer Program

ChildFund International Richmond, VA

• Proactively recruits volunteers to serve as ambassadors for supporting ChildFunds mission by fundraising and/or engagement activities. • Manages… Glassdoor

30+ days ago

Program Coordinator LS1

ChildFund International Alden, IL

• Facilitate processes with Partners to Design / develop quality projects based on Life stage for infants, children and youth… Glassdoor

3 days ago

VP, Global Philanthropy & Communications

ChildFund International Richmond, VA

• Responsible for building, leading and developing a high-performing marketing and fundraising team knowledgeable about current strategies in… Glassdoor

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Anne Lynam Goddard
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    BRIDGE to nowhere

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    Current Employee - Director Program Development Technical Unit in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Director Program Development Technical Unit in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at ChildFund International full-time (more than 5 years)


    ChildFund, on some level, remains the ma and pa shop that came into being 75 years ago. In fact, many people have been there more than 20 years, making it difficult for the to bring new ideas and ways of doing things to the table. They just don't have the external experience needed to modernize even the way they do their own jobs. If ChildFund's culture, like most of the large non-profits, were to keep donations and donor stewardship as its two guiding principles a tremendous amount of donations would go directly to programs rather than administrative costs. (Take the watchdogs with a pinch of salt; it's easy to reclassify certain activities as program activities to make the fundraising costs look good. Actually fundraising in ChildFund took a 20% hit last year, way above any other area of the organization, and the top leadership could not understand why they were being asked to sign off on a comparable reduction in revenues...which she refused to do. Fundraising, for the most part, is formulaic,money in, money out.


    Just over seven years ago, new leadership took up the helm right before the global economic crash. Funding became rocky. And the CEO, clearly seeing the potential for high levels of funding losses decided to change the organization's name from Christian Children's Fund to ChildFund International. The department tasked with handling the messaging fell far short of an idea, as is usually the case - scattered leadership) and donors left ChildFund in droves. Droves.Then. and the mind boggles, the CEO decided to launch a new venture by the name of BRIDGE and at a cost of $13M worth of donor money. BRIDGE is, for all intents and purposes, a new database system, a fancy phone system that helps Sponsorcare reps know who's on the phone, and it puts all of a donors info in one place so that everybody sees the same info. It's also supposed to transform, that's what it was know as 'Business Transformation' fundraising as it's known today. Those folk fear that they'll end up with less than they hae now in teir 13 year old system. The CEO has now rebranded BRIDGE from Business Transformation to Minimally Viable and she and her IT head have advised the board that they need four month and and another $2M over the $13 already spent. Many of us work here because we want to help kids. We're not naive. And we know when there is waste. Internal Audit has looked at BRIDGE but struggles to get information from them. Nobody does anything about that because the CEO closes down any conflict with the CIO. HR is fond of telling people that there is a thick file on the CIO down in HR and it's growing by the day. Yet nothing every happens.

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    Ask for a clear accounting of a) How much revenue has come in, b) how are those revenues used (the executives do not see the full report; serious lack of information by the CFO to his peers, and c) status reports on special projects, such as BRIDGE, which was/is being managed badly. There isn't one person in the entire organization that the CEO is willing to discuss the issues with when it pertains to the CIO. In the past two months, Seven key staff have left due to, basically, a negative vote for the CEO. The good ones are leaving. And we hope someone on the board is reading this, too. We're hearing that the CEO will remain another four years and we don't think ChildFund can withstand that. A word to the wise, there are two current executives, you know who you are, who are convinced that if they wait around long enough they share the CEO and EVP positions between them.

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