Children of the Nations

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Children of the Nations® (COTN®) is a Christian nonprofit dedicated to raising children out of poverty and hopelessness so they can become leaders who transform their nations.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Children of the Nations
P.O. Box 3970
Silverdale, WA 98383


Phone: 360-698-7227


Organization details

EIN: 911702551

CEO/President: Christopher Clark

Chairman: Mike Jungkeit

Board size: 9

Founder: Christopher and Debbie Clark

Year founded: 1996

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2006


VISION: Raising children who transform nations.

Mission statement

To provide holistic, Christ-centered care for orphaned and destitute children, enabling them to create positive and lasting change in their nations.

Statement of faith

We believe the Bible to be God-inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

We believe that there is only one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that for the salvation of the lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and lost; they that are saved unto resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in Christ.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating326 of 94139 of 104
Fund acquisition rating750 of 94382 of 104
Resource allocation rating251 of 94331 of 104
Asset utilization rating209 of 94128 of 104

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$2,085,450$2,450,754$2,711,128$2,502,724$720,800
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,727,324$4,683,227$4,982,478$4,612,233$3,285,644
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$387,712$404,097$423,335$449,802$477,614
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$387,712$404,097$423,335$449,802$477,614
Total assets$4,115,036$5,087,324$5,405,813$5,062,035$3,763,258
Payables and accrued expenses$142,444$138,187$109,059$132,472$87,924
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$142,444$138,187$109,059$132,472$87,924
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$1,126$5,445$9,473$13,230$0
Total long-term liabilities$1,126$5,445$9,473$13,230$0
Total liabilities$143,570$143,632$118,532$145,702$87,924
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$2,126,752$3,166,219$3,448,171$3,078,527$2,716,737
With donor restrictions$1,844,714$1,777,473$1,839,110$1,837,806$958,597
Net assets$3,971,466$4,943,692$5,287,281$4,916,333$3,675,334
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Total contributions$8,331,329$8,161,075$8,500,742$8,476,671$9,287,537
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$13,619$657$579$612$267
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$13,619$657$579$612$267
Total revenue$8,344,948$8,161,732$8,501,321$8,477,283$9,287,804
Program services$7,997,804$7,327,932$6,913,753$7,911,405$7,605,995
Management and general$511,794$464,272$510,080$520,120$591,868
Total expenses$9,317,174$8,505,321$8,130,373$9,056,110$8,915,300
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($972,226)($343,589)$370,948($578,827)$372,504
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($972,226)($343,589)$370,948($578,827)$372,504


Christopher ClarkPresident$112,668
Debra ClarkNon-Voting Member$73,591

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 8/8/2021. To update the information below, please email:


Chris Clark, a fifth-generation missionary raised in Africa, and his wife Debbie, a teacher, felt God calling them to minister to and help children around the world.

In Chris's time as the Youth for Christ regional director, he and Debbie went on a project assignment to Africa. There, they encountered orphans and refugee children in dire need of assistance. Committed to finding help, the Clarks returned to the United States and began searching for an organization that would come to the children's aid. Sadly, they found none willing to offer help, nor was there an organization who had a sole purpose of providing for the needs of orphans in these areas. Sensing God's call, in 1995, Chris and Debbie formed the child sponsorship program, Children of the Nations.

Today, COTN serves in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Malawi, Sierra Leone, and Uganda to provide care for orphaned and destitute children. COTN, through funding primarily from child sponsorship and individual donations, operates homes, schools, farms, skills centers, clinics, and village feeding centers in an effort to provide quality care for our children. COTN is recognized among reputable Christian charities around the world.

Each country office is established as an individual, mission-based, nonprofit organization. Local governing boards oversee local ministry staff in each country. COTN country directors and management committees work closely with staff to provide the best for our children.

From a desire and $300 in 1995, to today--a worldwide movement of people, more than 400 staff, tens of thousands of volunteers, an annual budget of $9 million, and a family that has grown to help thousands of children annually in Africa and the Caribbean--God has done amazing work for our children.

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