Charity Review

  • Issued: December 2012
  • Expires: January 2015

Feed The Children

Accredited Charity

Meets Standards


Post Office Box 36
Oklahoma City, OK 73101
Accredited Charity


Post Office Box 36
Oklahoma City, OK 73101
Accredited Charity

Accredited Charity

Meets Standards

Standards For Charity Accountability


  1. Board Oversight

    Oversight of Operations and Staff: Standard 1

    Organizations shall have a board of directors that provides adequate oversight of the charity's operations and its staff. Indication of adequate oversight includes, but is not limited to, regularly scheduled appraisals of the CEO's performance, evidence of disbursement controls such as board approval of the budget, fund raising practices, establishment of a conflict of interest policy, and establishment of accounting procedures sufficient to safeguard charity finances.

    The organization meets this standard.

  2. Board Size

    Number of Board Members: Standard 2

    Soliciting organizations shall have a board of directors with a minimum of five voting members.

    The organization meets this standard.

  3. Board Meetings

    Frequency and Attendance of Board Meetings: Standard 3

    An organization shall have a minimum of three evenly spaced meetings per year of the full governing body with a majority in attendance, with face-to-face participation. A conference call of the full board can substitute for one of the three meetings of the governing body. For all meetings, alternative modes of participation are acceptable for those with physical disabilities.

    The organization meets this standard.

  4. Board Compensation

    Compensated Board Members: Standard 4

    Not more than one or 10% (whichever is greater) directly or indirectly compensated person(s) serving as voting member(s) of the board. Compensated members shall not serve as the board's chair or treasurer.

    The organization meets this standard.

  5. Conflict of Interest

    Conflict of Interest: Standard 5

    No transaction(s) in which any board or staff members have material conflicting interests with the charity resulting from any relationship or business affiliation. Factors that will be considered when concluding whether or not a related party transaction constitutes a conflict of interest and if such a conflict is material, include, but are not limited to: any arm's length procedures established by the charity; the size of the transaction relative to like expenses of the charity; whether the interested party participated in the board vote on the transaction; if competitive bids were sought and whether the transaction is one-time, recurring or ongoing.

    The organization meets this standard.

Measuring Effectiveness

  1. Effectiveness Policy

    Board Policy on Effectiveness: Standard 6

    Have a board policy of assessing, no less than every two years, the organization's performance and effectiveness and of determining future actions required to achieve its mission.

    The organization meets this standard.

  2. Effectiveness Report

    Board Approval of Written Report on Effectiveness: Standard 7

    Submit to the organization's governing body, for its approval, a written report that outlines the results of the aforementioned performance and effectiveness assessment and recommendations for future actions.

    The organization meets this standard.


  1. Program Expenses

    Program Service Expense Ratio: Standard 8

    Spend at least 65% of its total expenses on program activities.

    The organization meets this standard.

  2. Fund Raising Expenses

    Fund Raising Expense Ratio: Standard 9

    Spending should be no more than 35% of related contributions on fund raising. Related contributions include donations, legacies, and other gifts received as a result of fund raising efforts.

    The organization meets this standard.

  3. Accumulating Funds

    Ending Net Assets: Standard 10

    Avoid accumulating funds that could be used for current program activities. To meet this standard, the charity's unrestricted net assets available for use should not be more than three times the size of the past year's expenses or three times the size of the current year's budget, whichever is higher.

    The organization meets this standard.

  4. Audit Report

    Financial Statements: Standard 11

    Make available to all, on request, complete annual financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. When total annual gross income exceeds $500,000, these statements should be audited in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards. For charities whose annual gross income is less than $500,000, a review by a certified public accountant is sufficient to meet this standard. For charities whose annual gross income is less than $250,000, an internally produced, complete financial statement is sufficient to meet this standard.

    The organization meets this standard.

  5. Detailed Expense Breakdown

    Detailed Functional Breakdown of Expenses: Standard 12

    Include in the financial statements a breakdown of expenses (e.g., salaries, travel, postage, etc.) that shows what portion of these expenses was allocated to program, fund raising, and administrative activities. If the charity has more than one major program category, the schedule should provide a breakdown for each category.

    The organization meets this standard.

  6. Accurate Expense Reporting

    Accuracy of Expenses in Financial Statements: Standard 13

    Accurately report the charity's expenses, including any joint cost allocations, in its financial statements. For example, audited or unaudited statements which inaccurately claim zero fund raising expenses or otherwise understate the amount a charity spends on fund raising, and/or overstate the amount it spends on programs will not meet this standard.

    The organization meets this standard.

  7. Budget Plan

    Budget: Standard 14

    Have a board-approved annual budget for its current fiscal year, outlining projected expenses for major program activities, fund raising, and administration.

    The organization meets this standard.

Fund Raising & Info

  1. Truthful Materials

    Misleading Appeals: Standard 15

    Have solicitations and informational materials, distributed by any means, that are accurate, truthful and not misleading, both in whole and in part. Appeals that omit a clear description of program(s) for which contributions are sought will not meet this standard. A charity should also be able to substantiate that the timing and nature of its expenditures are in accordance with what is stated, expressed, or implied in the charity's solicitations.

    The organization meets this standard.

  2. Annual Report

    Annual Report: Standard 16

    Have an annual report available to all, on request, that includes: (a) the organization's mission statement, (b) a summary of the past year's program service accomplishments, (c) a roster of the officers and members of the board of directors, (d) financial information that includes (i) total income in the past fiscal year, (ii) expenses in the same program, fund raising and administrative categories as in the financial statements, and (iii) ending net assets.

    The organization meets this standard.

  3. Website Disclosures

    Web Site Disclosures: Standard 17

    Include on any charity websites that solicit contributions, the same information that is recommended for annual reports, as well as the mailing address of the charity and electronic access to its most recent IRS Form 990.

    The organization meets this standard.

  4. Donor Privacy

    Privacy for Written Appeals & Internet Privacy: Standard 18

    Address privacy concerns of donors by (a) providing in written appeals, at least annually, a means (e.g., such as a check off box) for both new and continuing donors to inform the charity if they do not want their name and address shared outside the organization, (b) providing a clear, prominent and easily accessible privacy policy on any of its websites that tells visitors (i) what information, if any, is being collected about them by the charity and how this information will be used, (ii) how to contact the charity to review personal information collected and request corrections, (iii) how to inform the charity (e.g., a check off box) that the visitor does not wish his/her personal information to be shared outside the organization, and (iv) what security measures the charity has in place to protect personal information.

    The organization meets this standard.

  5. Cause Marketing Disclosures

    Cause Related Marketing: Standard 19

    Clearly disclose how the charity benefits from the sale of products or services (i.e., cause-related marketing) that state or imply that a charity will benefit from a consumer sale or transaction. Such promotions should disclose, at the point of solicitation: (a) the actual or anticipated portion of the purchase price that will benefit the charity (e.g., 5 cents will be contributed to abc charity for every xyz company product sold), (b) the duration of the campaign (e.g., the month of October), (c) any maximum or guaranteed minimum contribution amount (e.g., up to a maximum of $200,000).

    The organization meets this standard.

  6. Complaints

    Complaints: Standard 20

    Respond promptly to and act on complaints brought to its attention by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance and/or local Better Business Bureaus about fund raising practices, privacy policy violations and/or other issues.

    The organization meets this standard.


Feed The Children meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


Number of complaints processed by the BBB in the last 36 months: 5

FTC addressed the complaint issues brought to its attention: 5
(4 of these complaints involved individuals seeking to have their name and address removed from the organization’s mailing list. There was another complaint concerning a delay in the delivery of goods.)


  • Year, State Incorporated

    1964, Oklahoma

  • Affiliates

    FTC Transportation

  • Stated Purpose

    "to provide hope and resources for those without life’s essentials."


FTC receives donations of food, clothing, blankets, and medical supplies and services, and distributes these items to children and their families in the United States and 50 countries worldwide. In the wake of natural and man made disasters around the world, FTC delivers food, shelter and other necessities. FTC also provides training and development programs to communities to generate food and income. As part of its education program, FTC distributes books and educational materials to impoverished areas of the United States and around the world. In FY 2011, FTC reports that it distributed more than 95 million pounds of food and other essentials to children and their families in the United States plus another 9 million pounds internationally. The organization also reports that its feeding programs worldwide provide meals to 350,000 children daily, its education outreach provided 150,000 backpacks filled with school supplies, food and personal care items to homeless students in the U.S. last year, and that its disaster relief program provided more than 60 truckloads and 250,000 shipments of food, personal health items and supplies to victims of tornadoes, floods and other natural disasters. This is accomplished through distribution centers in several states and operations in Africa, Asia, Central America, South America and Haiti.

Childcare, food and medical 245,631,510
Disaster Relief 15,465,033
Education and community development 111,451,607
Total Program Expenses: $372,548,150

Governance & Staff

  • Chief Executive

    Kevin Hagan, President & CEO

  • Compensation*


  • Chair of the Board

    Rick England

  • Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation

    Automobile dealer

  • Board Size


  • Paid Staff Size


*The cited amount was the partial-year compensation during the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011 for the Interim President who no longer works at FTC. The new President & CEO, Kevin Hagan was hired by FTC in 2012.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:

FTC incurred joint costs of $1,014,700 for informational materials and activities that included fund raising materials. Of those costs, $798,600 was allocated to program expenses, $114,600 was allocated to administrative expenses and $101,500 was allocated to fund raising expenses.
Fund raising costs were 9% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $435,064,471, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)

Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.


The following information is based on FTC's audited financial statements (consolidated) for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011.

Source of Funds
Gift-in-kind 358,926,582
Contributions 75,005,197
Investment Income 9,306,850
Transportation service 4,980,095
Government Grants 1,108,910
Gain on disposition of assets 927,175
Other 926,812
Donated Services 123,782
Total Income $451,305,403
  • Programs: 86%
  • Fundraising: 9%
  • Administrative: 4%
  • Other: 1%
Total Income $451,305,403
Program expenses 372,548,150
Fundraising expenses $38,191,051
Administrative expenses $19,294,600
Other expenses $4,685,991
Total expenses: $434,719,792
Income in Excess of Expenses 16,585,611
Beginning Net Assets 163,100,446
Ending Net Assets 179,686,057
Total Liabilities 12,005,088
Total Assets 191,691,145

Note 1: FTC's expenses includes the following in-kind activity that was included in FTC's program service expense: Food $132,284,198 Hygiene items $57,471,204 Drugs and medical supplies $53,957,987 Books and publications $49,918,806 Miscellaneous necessities $18,482,739 Clothing and household goods $17,677,056 School and office supplies $13,149,531 Toys $2,064,241 Donated services $123,782 Note 2: For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011, FTC reports it distributed 13 million mebednazole (deworming) tablets for a total of $5,131,280 which represents less than 2% of FTC's gifts-in-kind donations in that fiscal year.

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