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Giving Children Hope

 8332 Commonwealth Ave.
 Buena Park, CA 90621
[P] (714) 5234454 x 104
[F] (714) 5234474
[email protected]
Savannah Esquivel
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Organization DBA --
Former Names Global Operations & Development (1995)
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 95-3464287 00000



Mission StatementMORE »

Giving Children Hope is a faith-based partner providing sustainable hope through wellness programs and disaster response in collaboration with local and global communities. We do this through the gathering and giving of Basic Needs, Nutritional Foods and Medical Resources.

Mission Statement

Giving Children Hope is a faith-based partner providing sustainable hope through wellness programs and disaster response in collaboration with local and global communities. We do this through the gathering and giving of Basic Needs, Nutritional Foods and Medical Resources.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $1,312,134.00
Projected Revenue $1,525,930.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Global Operations & Development
  • Giving For Living
  • We've Got Your Back

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Mission Statement

Giving Children Hope is a faith-based partner providing sustainable hope through wellness programs and disaster response in collaboration with local and global communities. We do this through the gathering and giving of Basic Needs, Nutritional Foods and Medical Resources.

Background Statement

Giving Children Hope, also known as Global Operations & Development, was founded in 1993 by President and CEO, John Ditty and his wife, who committed their lives to help the world’s most disadvantaged children. Touched by the great needs of these children, they began to help through the delivery of donated medicines, medical supplies and equipment to some of the most economically impacted parts of the world. However, with a closer look at children living in low-income communities in the United States, this vision grew to include local families with immediate assistance in basic needs and healthcare. As part of that mission it became obvious that serving families was a necessary part of serving children. Giving Children Hope also has made it a priority to work with needs in the United States, while also participating in worldwide needs that also touch the lives of children.

Impact Statement

Our vision is to serve children and those in the cycle of poverty through holistic relief and development nationally and globally. By empowering disenfranchised communities and providing them with the basic necessities of life to instill hope and dignity to their lives, we believe our families become healthier, communities are strengthened and the worth and purpose of humanity is restored.  As we equip indigenous leaders with the tools for survival and success we envision the transformation of communities.

Needs Statement

Giving Children Hope needs financial contributions to process the in-kind donations, manage volunteers, ship out product, and report on progress.  We function on a $2 million budget per year which enables us to ship $50 million of medical resources, basic needs, and nutritional foods locally and around the world.

CEO Statement

We are a small and highly motivated team who is eager to make a difference for vulnerable children and families both across the street and around the world. If you have any questions about what we do or how you can get involved, we look forward to hearing from you soon.
Serving Together,
Sean Lawrence
Executive Director

Board Chair Statement


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Volunteers are needed Mon.-Fri. from 8am-5pm in our warehouse in Buena Park. To find out more, please visit We also accept in-kind donations which are distributed through our network of partner agencies both across the street and around the world. We accept everything from clothing to ultrasound machines, from food to furniture; our mission is to find someone somewhere in the world who can use it. Of course, cash gifts are also appreciated to help with the management and transportation of these in-kind gifts. Donate online at You can also call in your donation at 714-523-4454 ext. 116 or mail your check to:Giving Children Hope8332 Commonwealth Ave.Buena Park, CA 90621 Thank you for your support!

Geographic Area Served

Throughout the United States
Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County
Giving Children Hope will provide lifesaving medical supplies and basic needs to qualified nonprofit organization, based on its completed application found on our website at  We do not discriminate based on geographic location.

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
  2. International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security - International Relief
  3. Food, Agriculture & Nutrition - Food Banks, Food Pantries



Global Operations & Development

Through Global Operation & Development, GCHope gathers and redistributes of medical supplies, medical equipment, and basic needs to other non-profit partners, clinics, or hospitals locally and internationally. Thanks to our family of donors, GCHope is able to respond quickly and efficiently when a natural disaster strikes or plan projects based on a great need in a developing country. GCHope is able to send thousands of dollars worth of supplies to almost any corner of the Earth because we are blessed by medical manufacturers and hospitals willing to donate their overstock or unused equipment that might otherwise be thrown away. We then receive the product, clean it, and refurbish it, and find someone in need. These donated supplies are then shipped all over the world based on our partners’ needs.
Budget  $256,164.00
Category  Health Care, General/Other International Public Health/International Health
Population Served International Africa Asia
Program Short-Term Success  Increase number of new international partners each month by 3 each month. Send one pharmaceutical package a month to treat preventable diseases within clinics and hospitals in rural and developing countries. Send one container of disposable medical supplies to a clinic or hospital to support ongoing treatment at those facilities. Supply one medical equipment container a month to a clinic or hospital in a developing country to help expand their medical treatment program. Supply 4 clinic packages a year to undeveloped clinics as the primary medical care facility in an underdeveloped region.  As needed supply disaster relief supplies to current and ongoing relief efforts in countries effected by natural disaster, war, disease outbreaks and displacement. 
Program Long-Term Success  Program will be sustained through self-funding by 2014/2015 FY. Two new Medical Supply donors are developed and sustained each year to supply growth in medical supplies containers sent. Deliver at least 2 pharmaceutical packages per month to international partners. Obtain at least one grant per year to sustain the program. Sustain program through self-funding projects. Deliver 6-10 clinic packages per year. Obtain at least 2 new vendors/biomed techs/ equipment manufactures to donate equipment each year, while maintaining current donors. Implement crisis disaster plan to best address disaster response. Analyze ROI to ensure program is self-sustaining. 
Program Success Monitored By  Reports from project manager leading hospital and clinical packages. Ability of program to sustain through self-funding of projects. Deliver 6 to 10 clinic packages per year.
Examples of Program Success 

Since August GCHope has prayerfully and strategically worked to support those treating Ebola patients in Liberia. The virus has tragically taken over 6,000 lives, with 10% of those deaths being health care providers that contracted the virus while treating those with Ebola. Thus far GCHope’s response team has partnered with two incredible nonprofit partners, Kids Around the World and Africa Mercy Partners, to get two 40-foot containers with sanitation and other medical supplies to those in need. One container arrived weeks ago in Monrovia, Liberia and has been delivered to a clinic in desperate need of supplies. The second container will be arriving in Monrovia on January 10th. GCHope’s future plans include sending two more containers of supplies with another partner, Containers of Hope. These containers will include items such as food, clothes, medical supplies, and school supplies. The supplies will be distributed throughout the county of Bonga and to orphanages in Monrovia, Liberia.

Giving For Living

Giving For Living serves as a local redistribution center, assisting our nonprofit partners in obtaining the items they need to carry on their work. We thrive on partnerships – partnerships with our donors, volunteers and especially our fellow nonprofits. The program works to build relationships with other nonprofit organizations in Southern California. We focus on these partners’ unique missions and assist them in obtaining the supplies they need to run their programs. We maximize nonprofits’ limited funding by providing resources to help them reach their goals. Current partners that benefit from our program include nonprofit agencies, churches and missionaries, pregnancy centers, homeless shelters, drug rehabilitation programs, and youth programs. Some of the items typically in stock are personal hygiene products, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, diapers, liquid nutrition, latex exam gloves, basic living needs, and household items.
Budget  $113,712.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Human Services, General/Other
Population Served US Families
Program Short-Term Success  Gather and then redistribute Basic Needs supplies to partners & agencies in order to multiply the impact of these goods. Our families in need will receive access to the items they need.
Program Long-Term Success  Transform lives and support families and individuals who need help to eventually become self-supporting. Bring lasting hope to communities by securing and sustaining a network of Gift-In-Kind Donors to collaborate with us in our mission.
Program Success Monitored By  Track and report partner agency data such as number of individuals served. Giving for Living stories sent monthly from our partners. Securing and sustaining a network of Gift-In-Kind Donors.
Examples of Program Success  --

We've Got Your Back

We've Got Your Back began as a weekend nutrition program for elementary students identified as homeless in Orange County’s school districts by the Orange County Department of Education under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. This program has provided food and nutrition education for children and families in need. Each child in the program receives enough food for three to four family members throughout the weekend. Because these students do not have access to the free and reduced breakfast and lunch programs over the weekend, this sustainable food source ensures that they always receive the nutrition they need. Each week we are able to serve more than 5,000 children and their families with these backpacks.
Budget  $154,434.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Homeless US
Program Short-Term Success 
Immediate alleviation of hunger for children and families. Better focus and concentration for the students in school because they don't need to worry about food insecurity over the weekend. Stronger foundation for families to sustain themselves through not only the food provided but also the other resources such as job training, healthcare, and other family services.
Program Long-Term Success 
To alleviate the hunger of the homeless children and families in Orange County. To graduate families from the program as they are able to sustain themselves. Together with our donors, we want to build healthier communities through the food distribution and education programs. For our students to grow up physically healthy and integrated into society through the help of the community.
Program Success Monitored By  A secured, steady source of healthy foods for distribution. Strong partnership with school liaisons to benefit children and families. 
Examples of Program Success  For the first time, food stamps are rolling over for one of the moms in our WGYB Program. Prior to joining WGYB, because she is a diabetic, she was always concerned about the nutritious value of the food that both she and her family consumed. After joining our program, however, she has had access to nutritious fruits and vegetables that she would have had to otherwise purchase at a grocery store. As a result, her family's meals are cheaper and healthier, and she no longer has to worry whether or not she has enough food stamps to feed her family. 


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Sean Lawrence
CEO Term Start June 2012
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Sean grew up a missionary kid in SE Asia and would later work with his church in Southern California to develop a missions program that extended to Japan and Rwanda. In addition, Sean spent several years reporting on missions work and humanitarian crises events around the world for a mission’s magazine. He looks forward to using his experience in relief and missions work to the benefit of our partners. Sean arrives at GCH from a most recent background in marketing writing for both non-profits and the private sector. Sean joined Giving Children Hope in June 2010 and became the Executive Director in June of 2012.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
-- -- --

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Mikaela Buchanan Executive Coordinator --
Marius Marza Director of Operations --
Jessica Rickerts Director of Administration --
Christine Sanchez Director of Community Programs --


Award Awarding Organization Year
HALO Award Orange County School Nurses Organization 2013
Humanitarian Award Friendships 2008


Affiliation Year
-- --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
Charity Navigator 2006
Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2006



Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 17
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 4,000
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 0%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 11
Hispanic/Latino: 5
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: 2
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 12
Male: 8
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Robert Burns
Board Chair Company Affiliation Thrivent Financial
Board Chair Term June 2016 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Sandra Aguilar -- --
Kwame Anochie PIMCO --
V. William Barta United States Army --
Robert Burns Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Voting
Richard Darnell Athletes N Education --
Audra Davies Nutrilite --
Vance Gardner MD -- --
Robert Lichtsinn -- --
Victor Perrin -- --
Virginia Vaughn -- --
Jeff White Nano Materials Group, Inc. Voting
James Wilcox Raymond Handling Situations --

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 10
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 3
Male: 8
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria --
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy --
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 86%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

  • Audit
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $1,525,930.00
Projected Expenses $1,312,134.00
Form 990s

2016 Form 990

2015 990

2014 2013-2014 IRS Tax Form 990

2013 2012-2013 IRS Tax Form 990

2012 Form 990

Audit Documents

2015 Audited Financials

2014 Audit 2013-2014

2013 Audit 2012-2013

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2013
Total Revenue $34,419,579 $34,047,747 $30,443,882
Total Expenses $31,534,281 $32,782,597 $34,098,457

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$33,896,771 $33,194,642 $222,977
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $0 $0 --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support $0 $0 --
Earned Revenue $423,349 $578,321 $1,004,548
Investment Income, Net of Losses $1,426 $90,279 $5,500
Membership Dues $0 $0 --
Special Events $98,030 $184,505 $59,408
Revenue In-Kind $33,115,959 $31,921,090 $29,091,449
Other $-98,027 $-184,505 $60,000

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2013
Program Expense $30,986,935 $31,996,305 $33,960,169
Administration Expense $307,625 $565,818 $110,981
Fundraising Expense $239,721 $220,474 $27,307
Payments to Affiliates $0 $0 --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.09 1.04 0.89
Program Expense/Total Expenses 98% 98% 100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 1% 1% 10%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2013
Total Assets $21,547,025 $16,794,634 $12,975,199
Current Assets $579,147 $504,927 $12,975,199
Long-Term Liabilities $2,436,703 $2,364,968 --
Current Liabilities $45,089 $30,310 $2,619,811
Total Net Assets $19,065,233 $14,399,356 $10,355,388

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 12.84 16.66 4.95

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 11% 14% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal $0.00
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.