Child Aid (Portland, OR)


  • Name:Mr. Sam Hendricks
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Child Aid
  • Address:917 SW Oak Street
    Suite 208
    Portland, OR 97205
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:503-223-3008
  • Main fax:503-223-4017

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  • Mission:
  • Child Aid’s mission is to create opportunity for Latin America’s rural and indigenous poor through childhood literacy programs.

  • Overview:
  • Child Aid innovative work in rural villages is creating a new generation of teachers and librarians who are transforming education in their communities. Working in partnership with over 50 towns and villages, Child Aid helps thousands of children learn to read, and provides effective, ongoing literacy training to hundreds of rural teachers and librarians. Child Aid also distributes tens of thousands of Spanish-language children’s books to partner schools and libraries and impoverished communities throughout Guatemala.

    We believe education is the most effective long-term solution to poverty. Day in and day out we work to improve children’s lives by helping them learn to read, succeed in school and develop the literacy skills they need to improve their lives. To do this most effectively, we rely on these guiding principles:

    -The ability to read is both personally empowering and essential to a child’s capacity to imagine, pursue and realize a better life.

    -Long-term commitment is a must. Whenever we partner with a community, we commit to a minimum of three years of training and capacity-building for local teachers and librarians. Following our three-year program, we provide ongoing resources, consulting, training, and materials for as long the community requests our assistance and continues to make progress toward improving literacy for children.

    -Local individuals know the most culturally appropriate and effective way to bring about change. We hire and train nearly all of our staff from within and around the regions where we work. Their knowledge informs and shapes our program, which we tailor to each community.

    -Indigenous culture must be valued. Most of the people we work with are indigenous Mayas. We therefore strive to create programs that both respect and help preserve local indigenous languages and cultures. Most of our Guatemalan staff members are indigenous and speak at least one indigenous language, including K’iché, Kaqchikel and Tz’utujil.

    -Training is the most effective way to bring about lasting change. Our program is sustainable because we help rural teachers develop skills they can use the rest of their lives—skills that will turn generations of children into better readers.

    -Flexibility is key. We recognize that we don’t have all the answers. By listening closely to the people who participate in our program, we continually adapt, innovate and improve Reading for Life so it most effectively serves the people involved. Flexibility is crucial to success in the regions where we work.

    -Organizational integrity is vital. We operate a nimble, non-bureaucratic, streamlined organization. We consistently devote nearly all of our income to programs, not fundraising and overhead. In recognition of this efficiency, Charity Navigator ranks us a four-star charity, its highest possible rating.

  • History:
  • Child Aid's work in Latin America began after husband and wife founders Rick Carroll and Nancy Press traveled to southern Mexico in 1987. There they witnessed the region’s crippling poverty and learned about the troubling lack of services available to deaf and hard-of-hearing children. What began with bringing surplus hearing aids to a local Oaxacan doctor nearly 25 years ago led to the creation of CORAL, a full-service hearing program in Mexico. The only organization of its type in southern Mexico, CORAL assists more than 2,500 hearing-disabled individuals and their families annually.

    Child Aid’s work in Guatemala was also born out of great need. On average, rural indigenous children in Guatemala finish only 3½ years of schooling, and more than 50 percent of Guatemalans cannot read beyond the simplest of words. Our work in Guatemala began when founder Rick Carroll traveled to the country in 1986 to study Spanish. During his stay, he met Rigoberto Zamora, founder of the organization Probigua, which then focused on creating community libraries in impoverished indigenous communities. Over the next 13 years, Child Aid worked in partnership with Probigua to create or improve 34 community libraries and 16 computer centers throughout the country.

    Today, we bring training, support and mentorship to teachers and librarians in over 50 towns and villages in Guatemala’s indigenous Central Highlands. The main thrust of our work is Reading for Life, the childhood literacy program which brings together hundreds of librarians, teachers and community leaders to teach and promote reading. More than 8,500 children from 52 communities directly participate in Reading for Life. Thousands more benefit from the Spanish-language children’s books that we deliver to remote communities throughout the country. And our program grows to serve more children every year.

  • Year established:1988
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:12
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:18


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:33-0317937

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:330317937
  • Organization Name:CHILD AID
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  • Organization Address:917 SW OAK ST STE 208
  • Organization City:PORTLAND
  • Organization State:OR
  • Organization Zip:97205-2805
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:May, 1993
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):320
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:Q193
  • Asset Amount:$1,996,836
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$1,743,636
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$1,325,720
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 7:05:10 am

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