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Children of the Nations

 P.O. Box 3970
 Silverdale, WA 98383
[P] (360) 633-2899
[F] (360) 337-2499
[email protected]
Eric Nachtrieb
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Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 91-1702551 00000



Mission StatementMORE »

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

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $7,800,000.00
Projected Revenue $8,400,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Village Partnership Program
  • ZOE: Youth Empowerment Project

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Mission Statement

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

Background Statement

Chris and Debbie Clark founded Children of the Nations (COTN) in 1995.  However, God was working in their lives many years before, preparing the couple for this ministry. Chris is himself a fifth-generation missionary raised in Africa by missionary parents. Convinced that God called him to minister to children, he pursued a career with Youth for Christ (YFC), where he worked as Director for ten years. Debbie, a teacher for ten years, also had a heart attuned to children in special need of care. The turning point came during a project assignment to Africa in 1995, when Chris and Debbie 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 or mission agency that would come to the children’s aid. Sadly, they found none willing to offer help; nor, surprisingly, was there a single organization whose sole purpose was to provide for the needs of orphans around the world. Sensing God’s call, Chris and Debbie resigned from YFC to form Children of the Nations to meet this very real need. Today, Children of the Nations is working in the USA( , Dominican Republic( , Sierra Leone( , Malawi( , and most recently in Uganda( to provide relief for orphaned and destitute children. Children of the Nations operates homes, schools, farms, skill centers, clinics and village feeding centers in an effort to give quality care to our children. Each country is established with an individual nonprofit organization.

Impact Statement

We impacted children around the world:
  • 4,349 Children attend COTN Schools.
  • 17 Schools operated by COTN
  • 82 Students in University/Vocational Programs.
  • 8,600 individuals medically assisted
  • 400 Surgeries performed in our clinic in the DR.
  • 4,000 Children given access to clean water.
  • 4,623 Children fed daily.

In 2019 we expect to provide deeper, better care that is long-lasting and transformational.

Needs Statement

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CEO Statement

Children of the Nations (COTN) is a movement of people committed to a single vision, Raising Children Who Transform Nations.  This God-given vision directs our passion for seeing children and their nations transformed.  By focusing on each most desperate child and their needs COTN has built a mission in each country in which we work.  By mobilizing national and international partners a worldwide family has been created around our children.  Our hope is that each child, fully grown up in our environments, will take what they have learned and become agents of Transformation. Our approach to accomplishing this vision is to rescue the most desperate of children who have “tasted” the misery of poverty or death, bring them into a caring worldwide family then teach them by example transformational truths by a host of national and international staff and volunteers.    Our desire is to increase each child’s opportunities for success.  In addition,  we long to extend our care to the communities in which our children live and to partner with caregivers in ways that create sustainability.  We involve you, our US and international stakeholders using your gifts, time and talents to participate in the lives of our children.  Therefore, whether you are participating as staff, volunteering, or serving in one of our countries we all are loving on our children.   You are our family and your contribution to this movement of people is significant in the lives of many, many children. As a Christian Mission we are dependent upon God’s Spirit for leading, guiding, providing and sustaining this work.  We believe that in every way He has gone before, He never leads us to a place that he has not already gone.  This is a work HE prepared for us to walk in (Eph 2:10) and that HE alone sustains.  We understand that the diversity of who we are as a movement of people, provides a greater capacity for us to care for the children in a holistic manner; physically, spiritually, mentally, and socially.  This holistic, yet Christ-centered approach we believe, will allow our children to experience personal transformation and become the advocates for change in their nations.

Board Chair Statement


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

COTN has several ways to help you invest in the care and development of our children. Visit to explore various opportunities and options to get involved. 

Geographic Area Served

Children of the Nations (COTN) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising children who transform nations.  The organization currently serves in Sierra Leone, Malawi, Uganda and the Dominican Republic providing holistic care to orphaned and destitute children.  For more information visit .

Organization Categories

  1. International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security - International Development
  2. Education - Student Services
  3. Human Services -



Village Partnership Program

Our Village Partnership Program was designed to specifically meet the needs of children (some who are orphans, some not) living with destitute families or caregivers who are unable to properly provide for them. ” This community-based ministry provides opportunities for partnership, empowering local people with the resources and training to raise and provide for their own children and better their communities.

Working through the local village leadership (chief, pastor, elders, etc.) to provide a coming-alongside type of assistance, which usually includes provision distribution (blankets, clothing, soap, etc.), nutrition, and education. As children in the community are individually sponsored, additional program components are added accordingly. A ministry center is often built to provide services such as education, medical care, a feeding center, and spiritual training.
Budget  $4,037,374.00
Category  Community Development, General/Other Community Economic Development
Population Served Africa Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  Through the components of our Village Partnership Programs, COTN and its partners are involved in community development in many ways, including:

Investing in infrastructure
Dispelling cultural myths that affect health
Empowering the next generation
Creating opportunities for self-sustainability
We have a combined total of 4,194 Children in School, 256 Children in full time care, 15,702 Children who have been medically assisted, 2,454 Children who are fed daily, and 2,242 Children in our Village Partnership Program.
Program Long-Term Success 

Our goal is to educate children in order to equip and empower them to become the leaders of tomorrow. With your help, we can accomplish this goal by providing three necessary components:

  • Accessibility – to ensure that quality education (preschool – university) is accessible to all children enrolled in Children of the Nations programs
  • World-class learning standards – providing the best education possible
  • Well-prepared teachers – training and mentoring the best teachers

 Funds provided through child sponsorship and other generous gifts allow the children in our programs to attend school from preschool through primary and secondary school, and on to the university level. Students desiring to enter a skill-based vocation may opt to attend vocational skills centers and trade schools rather than a traditional university.

Ultimate objective: Raising children who transform their communities and nations.
Program Success Monitored By  COTN has over 400 trained and educated national staff in each of the countries we serve. Reporting and accountability provide tools used for measuring success and effectiveness of the program.
Examples of Program Success 
The walk to school was long and dangerous, and Pilirani was only in first grade. Girls tend to drop out of school at a young age in Malawi, the last thing Pilirani needed was a long, dangerous walk. She lived with her grandmother since her parents died.
But Pilirani was determined to succeed despite the difficulty and danger. Fortunately for her, generous people halfway across the world were also determined to make sure she had everything she needed to succeed. 
When Pilirani was in second grade, she was invited to join the Children of the Nations (COTN) child sponsorship program in her village, Mtsiliza. "My sponsors started paying for my school fees at a good school close to my home and to the COTN ministry center, where I could easily commute from school to the center for breakfast and lunch." 
Pilirani kept working hard in school and as a result, was able to go on to COTN's secondary school. Today, she is in eleventh grade.

ZOE: Youth Empowerment Project

At Children of the Nations, we believe that in order to truly empower children to become leaders in their nations, we must keep long-term sustainability at the forefront. One way of doing this is by helping our children realize their God-given potential and breaking poverty cycles through empowerment models that encourage dignity and human flourishing.

Currently, COTN Malawi has over 300 children in the Village Partnership Program who are 16 years or older. Our average age at completing high school is age 20. Projecting ahead, over 150 of these students will not complete high school by the age of 22. Many are not age appropriate in their grade levels. Many are struggling and have repeated grade levels multiple times. It is uncertain that these older students will complete secondary school. Whether or not they do, they will have to acquire skills in order to sustain themselves and their families.

Budget  $23,739.00
Category  Community Development, General/Other Community Economic Development
Population Served Africa Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

After the second year of participation, students will gain access to micro-grants, additional vocational training, and business start-up materials. Working Groups, much like cohorts, will be established in each village to support collaboration, idea sharing and accountability amongst the students. Each group will stay working together throughout the duration of the program. These groups will regularly reach out to identify potential YEP candidates and assist other orphans in their villages. For general program oversight, an experienced social worker has been hired and she is responsible for managing and reporting on the success of all three groups.

Program Long-Term Success 

COTN Malawi is employing the ZOE empowerment model in our Youth Empowerment Project(YEP) and providing resources and training to effectively prepare these at risk students to become financially independent in three years.

The following is criteria has been established to qualify as a YEP participant:

Are you at least 14 years old.
Have completed primary school or will soon complete primary school.
Are struggling academically and/or will not complete secondary by age 22.

Once participants are identified and enrolled in the program, they will spend the first six months in a trade apprenticeship of their choice. Students will receive intensive hands-on training from local business owners and tradespeople. These locals will be retained throughout the three year program to ensure continuity for our students. By providing training for our students, locals will benefit from having the extra set of hands to assist them with their respective trade at no additional cost.

Program Success Monitored By 

After three years, students will graduate and are prepared to care for themselves and their younger siblings. They will have secure, dependable sources of food and income. Graduation from the VP Program is dependent on progress in the empowerment project and on the criteria established in the Child Exit Policy for COTN Malawi.

Our desired outcome is that within 3 years, the villages of Mgwayi, Chirombo and Mtsiliza will graduate 90 formerly at-risk students with marketable skills and the proper business training. Our expectation is that each student will have established their own independent business/trade. We anticipate that family members of students as well as members of the community will stand to benefit as these businesses begin to flourish.

Examples of Program Success  Year 1 - Progress

Today, 15 of our YEP students have already received grants to start businesses. Nine of those students have started businesses after successfully completing their apprenticeships. Some of the new Malawian businesses’ include a small grocery stores selling mostly produce, a piggery, butcher shop, a peanut butter vendor, barbershop, salon, and carpentry shop. Two of our YEP students received their apprenticeship training in carpentry from a local business man. The most recent classes attended by YEP students were a introductory Business Management course, a course on The importance of Child Rights and Protection, and a course pertaining to Workplace Hygiene and Disease Prevention.


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Christopher Clark
CEO Term Start Nov 1995
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Chris is a fifth-generation missionary, born in Japan and raised in Liberia and the United States. In 1984, he graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in Law and Justice. Convinced God’s calling was for him to minister to children, he completed the ordination process and served as a youth pastor for five years. Later, he pursued a career with Youth for Christ (YFC), where he worked as a Regional Director for ten years. Debbie grew up in Edmonds, Washington, and graduated from Seattle Pacific University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. With her interests focused on special education, she eventually worked as a special education teacher in western Washington for eight years. Early in their marriage, Chris and Debbie became foster parents, serving many children for over ten years.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
-- -- --

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Debra Clark Co-Founder/International Program Director --
Eric Nachtrieb Senior Director, National Field Services, USA --


Award Awarding Organization Year
-- -- --


Affiliation Year
-- --

External Assessments and Accreditations

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


  • African Bible College
  • David C. Cook's Global Mission Program
  • Esperanza International
  • Faith Comes by Hearing
  • Faith Seminary
  • Feed the Children International
  • Food for Kidz
  • Highlands Dominican Republic
  • Kids Against Hunger
  • Kids Fighting Hunger
  • LAMb International
  • Let Them LOL
  • NiceServe (Orlando)
  • Orange
  • Rotary International
  • Selah Center
  • Serving In Mission
  • Soroptomist International of Anacortes
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • World Vision Malawi
  • Young Life International
  • Youth With A Mission (YWAM)
  • YWAM Publishing

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 31
Number of Part Time Staff 14
Number of Volunteers 300
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 85%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: --
Hispanic/Latino: --
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: 49
Other (if specified): 49
Gender Female: 30
Male: 15
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

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

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 Mr. Mike Jungkeit
Board Chair Company Affiliation Children of the Nations, Volunteer
Board Chair Term June 2015 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Brandon Beard -- Voting
James Blessing Chase Bank Voting
Rev. Christopher Clark Children of the Nations Co-founder Voting
Dr. Greg DeSautel -- Voting
Bruce Donoho No Affiliation Voting
Dr. Mike Jones No Affiliation Voting
Dr. Mike Jungkeit No Affiliation Voting
Scott LaFramboise Adaptive Insights Voting
Jacqueline Lang No Affiliation Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
Debbie Clark Executive VP - COTN NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 8
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 1
Male: 7
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 5
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $8,501,321 $8,477,283 $9,287,804
Total Expenses $8,130,373 $9,056,110 $8,915,300

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$7,961,331 $7,729,371 $9,287,537
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- $0
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- $0
Earned Revenue -- -- $0
Investment Income, Net of Losses $579 $612 $267
Membership Dues -- -- $0
Special Events -- -- $0
Revenue In-Kind $539,411 $747,300 $1,582,091
Other -- -- $0

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $6,913,753 $7,911,405 $7,605,995
Administration Expense $510,080 $520,120 $591,868
Fundraising Expense $706,540 $624,585 $717,437
Payments to Affiliates -- -- $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.05 0.94 1.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses 85% 87% 85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 9% 8% 8%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $5,405,813 $5,062,035 $3,763,258
Current Assets $4,982,478 $4,612,233 $3,188,248
Long-Term Liabilities -- $13,230 $0
Current Liabilities $118,532 $132,472 $87,924
Total Net Assets $5,287,281 $4,916,333 $3,675,334

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 42.03 34.82 36.26

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value $100,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

CEO Comments

Children of the Nations has been awarded a Four Star Rating from Charity Navigator in recognition of the good stewardship we practice with the money given to us by donors like you. Our financial integrity has even earned us the endorsement of the ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability). Taking care of the investments with which we are entrusted is a top priority, and we believe maintaining integrity through transparency is an important way to communicate that your money is in good hands.

Forms from 2006 to present can be found and reviewed at 

Foundation Comments

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