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Survey: Majority of Americans say that U.S. 'obliged' to help world's poor children

Survey: Majority of Americans say that U.S. 'obliged' to help world's poor children

ChildFund International president and CEO Anne Lynam Goddard, working with students in Sri Lanka. (Photo courtesy of ChildFund International)

USA Today

March 11, 2010

When it comes to giving back, Americans have a special place in their hearts for children. A new survey out from ChildFund International (formerly known as Christian Children’s Fund) and Ipsos Public Affairs has now put some numbers to how great this generosity could be.

Indeed, the telephone survey, whose results were released yesterday, found that one-third (31%) of respondents think that helping the globe’s poorest children should be our nation’s No. 1 charitable priority.

Even more telling?

66% of respondents believe that the U.S. has an affirmative obligation to help poor children around the world.

“It is heartening, especially in light of a challenging economy, to see that so many Americans recognize the plight of millions of children around the world whose needs are so great,” Anne Lynam Goddard, president and CEO of ChildFund International, says.

And with the majority of families in the least developed part of the world living on an average $1.60 per day, even a small act of kindness is crucial.

“By U.S. standards, there may not be a full appreciation for how much a small donation makes in the lives of these children, but when people are living on less than $2 a day, there really is no contribution that is too small.”

Interested in learning more about how you can help these children?

Websites like provide more information on charities like ChildFund International that are working to help poor children in the U.S. and abroad. In fact, I just ran a keyword search for “children” on CharityNavigator, and it returned 941 charities.

Next step?

Both CharityNavigator and the Better Business Bureau’s Check Out a Business or Charity tool provide information on which charities are making the most impact.

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