Kids Around The World


Kids Around the World, Inc. (KIDS) is a faith-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping children and families who have been affected by war, poverty, illness, and natural disasters. Our home office is in Rockford, Illinois and our goal is to reach children around the world with the message of God's love for them.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Kids Around The World
4750 Hydraulic Road
Rockford, IL 61109


Phone: 815-229-8731


Organization details

EIN: 364007250

CEO/President: Jim Rosene

Chairman: Denny Johnson

Board size: 29

Founder: Denny and Evie Johnson

Year founded: 1996

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2002


We will strategically impact the lives of four million children through our outreach programs (KIDStory, OneMeal, and Playgrounds) by the year 2020. We recognize that nearly 25% of children under the age of 14 who hear and believe the Gospel message will begin a relationship with Jesus, so our vision is to see one million one lives transformed. We also recognize that 85% of children learn best through teaching that is oral based, so we will share the message of God's love primarily through Bible Storying. Our training will focus on methods and strategies that will assist in creating environments where children can be nurtured to make an impact in their communities. Our primary area of focus will be in communities where the Church isn't engaged to meet the needs of children, or there is no Church presence at all. In order for us to accomplish our vision, we partner and network with like-minded churches, organizations, and individuals to globally impact the lives of children.

Mission statement

We impact the lives of kids and their surrounding communities with God's transforming hope through food, play, and story.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating57 of 62412 of 68
Fund acquisition rating144 of 62517 of 68
Resource allocation rating169 of 62520 of 68
Asset utilization rating67 of 62411 of 68

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$111,818$35,503$87,651$58,305$83,932
Short-term investments$80,673$126,806$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$269,459$430,528$478,072$472,283$309,002
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$40,569$51,566$64,784$41,685$42,752
Other long-term assets$1,521,718$1,060,486$1,022,639$945,697$807,598
Total long-term assets$1,562,287$1,112,052$1,087,423$987,382$850,350
Total assets$1,831,746$1,542,580$1,565,495$1,459,665$1,159,352
Payables and accrued expenses$62,341$49,952$88,125$39,424$19,706
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$62,341$49,952$88,125$39,424$19,706
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$4,383$5,766$7,026$0$0
Total liabilities$66,724$55,718$95,151$39,424$19,706
Net assets20182017201620152014
Temporarily restricted$0$44,151$0$63,264$0
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$1,765,022$1,486,862$1,470,344$1,420,241$1,139,646
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$5,373,661$4,809,111$4,343,392$4,087,371$3,406,073
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$2,600$1,886($14,340)($2,684)$2,242
Other revenue$24,497$27,045$41,729$49,544$21,322
Total other revenue$27,097$28,931$27,389$46,860$23,564
Total revenue$5,400,758$4,838,042$4,370,781$4,134,231$3,429,637
Program services$4,575,001$4,398,205$3,928,021$3,442,955$3,055,264
Management and general$350,832$242,773$206,435$180,429$164,958
Total expenses$5,115,233$4,821,524$4,320,678$3,853,636$3,416,208
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)$285,525$16,518$50,103$280,595$13,429
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$285,525$16,518$50,103$280,595$13,429

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In 1994, KATW began when Denny and Evie Johnson came up with a plan to help Rockford's sister cities around the world (sister cities allow for average citizens to engage in diplomatic relationships). One of Rockford's many sister cities is Brovary, Ukraine. As a gift to Brovary, KATW built the first of two playgrounds for the city's children. In March 2000, Jim Rosene started working full-time for KATW as President. For the first 6 years, Kids Around the World was an all volunteer organization - gifted men and women led the charge under the leadership of the Board of Directors. As the organization continued to grow, it became obvious they needed a full-time leader and in March 2000, Kids Around the World welcomed Jim Rosene as their President. In 2008, KATW started OneMeal, a mobile food-packing program that feeds children worldwide. Local churches, schools, businesses, and civic groups even host food packing events at their own locations or at the KATW warehouse. From the very beginning, we had an outreach to children with puppets, songs and flannelgraphs, but realized we could accomplish so much more if we were able to train and equip leaders with an oral-based strategy: Bible Storytelling. It was in 2015 that we officially launched KIDStory, impacting lives of children by creating an environment where they are loved and accepted, play games, and have fun learning the Bible. In October 2015, we launched an aggressive campaign, One Million One! In order to accomplish our goals, we needed more space and in May 2016 we moved to our new location in Rockford - nearly 50,000 square feet of warehousing - allowing us to accomplish so much more.

Program accomplishments

Our story began 25 years ago when a team of volunteers traveled to Ukraine to build a playground for children in need. Since then, we have built over 800 playgrounds, shipped over 27,000,000 meals, and nearly 20,000 KIDStory Clubs have been launched, providing ongoing storytelling methodology centered on Jesus' hope.