Our Vision

A world in which every child has a safe, nurturing place to call home,
and a chance to achieve their potential through education.

Who We Are

World’s Children is a hands-on, grassroots charity. We have helped orphans and vulnerable children since 1965. We are not a large, corporate-style organization removed from the children we support.

As you go through our website and learn more about us, you may ask why are these children smiling? Because of the kindness and generosity of folks like you.

 

WHY WE ARE DIFFERENT

 

Our Mission

Children are often helpless victims of poverty and disaster and yet they will be the ones to shape the future.

Our mission is to provide support and education for orphans and vulnerable children in the poorest countries around the world.

The Beginning

World’s Children was founded by the late Rev. Edwin and Mable Purviance in 1965. They wanted to create a living memorial for an infant they lost at childbirth.

Realizing the grief they felt was akin to the grief and helplessness felt by children who lose their parents, the Purviances started World’s Children to support orphaned children in developing countries.

Using their own savings, they traveled to Central America and Asia seeking orphanages that provided loving care but struggled to meet expenses and began making appeals for support in the US.

Our Sponsors

World’s Children is a small organization that has a personal relationship with its donors, sponsors, and the children we support. Though most have never met each other, there is a family feeling about our charity.

You will not receive junk mail from us. When you call our office, you won’t be lost in a maze of phone options. You will speak directly to a dedicated staff member. And we will tell you exactly how your donation is used.

Sponsor Stories

Our Team

David surrounded by children at Balavikasita Orphanage in India

David Purviance

Executive Director

World’s Children is administered by David Purviance. Prior to assuming responsibility for World’s Children, David lived in India for five years where he assisted with tsunami relief efforts, provided water wells and toilets to villages, schools and orphanages. He also worked with destitute street children. Before he moved to India, David was public relations director at the University of Montana for 16 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. David is the son of the founders.

Andy Gillihan Operations Director
Andy Gillihan

Andy Gillihan

Operations Director

Before joining World’s Children in 2017, Andy spent 8 years leading and managing complex projects in the world of VIP aviation technical publications. Prior to that, he was a technical writer and a Washington State University graduate. Andy and his wife Charity share a passion for animals, outdoor adventures, and helping children have the opportunity to reach bright futures.

Jean Purviance Finance and Communications Director
Jean Purviance

Jean Purviance

Finance and Communications Director

Jean has been a business owner, sales director, and financial manager for small businesses since 1974. After raising six children, Jean worked in group homes in the US. She and her husband, David, became foster parents and adopted a troubled and unwanted teenager from a group home in Montana.

She lived in India for six years where she witnessed children living in poverty on the streets and has visited orphanages and one college supported by World’s Children. In addition to being the secretary of the Board of Directors, she has served as the assistant director and financial manager of World’s Children since 2009. Jean has a bachelor’s degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Amy Burgstahler Development Director
Amy Burgstahler

Amy Burgstahler

Development Director

Amy brings to WC a passion for keeping people and relationships at the forefront. She has served as a Sisters City Councilor, newspaper editor, PR coordinator and creative director (and even a greeting card editor), overseeing a range of long-term programs and short-term and quick-turn projects. She believes in combining solid process and trustworthy information with creative storytelling. And she enjoys using that formula to positively impact people’s days and lives.

Amy also serves as a co-founding board member and outreach chair for Citizens4Community, a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communication, collaboration and civic engagement in Sisters Country.

A University of Oklahoma Sooner, Amy worked at the Sacramento Bee, the University of California, Davis, and an award-winning midwestern advertising and publishing firm before relocating to Sisters several years ago. She and her husband were drawn to the area’s culture, natural beauty and caring people.

She says having a special needs son further fuels her passion for her work at World’s Children. “It’s inspiring to see our directors’ and sponsors’ depth of commitment to protecting vulnerable children—to safeguarding kids’ dignity and improving their lives. Likewise, it’s inspiring to see how much joy the children offer in return.”

It’s a privilege, she adds, to help communicate how World’s Children sponsors are making a real difference.

Kat Larson Admin Specialist
Kat Larson

Kat Larson

Administrative Specialist

Kat grew up in Eugene OR and worked in Portland for nearly a decade at the America Red Cross. She and her husband Steve moved back to Eugene to raise their children where she returned to the work force managing events and programs at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication. Long-time and frequent visitors to Central Oregon, they moved to Sisters in 2017.

Overseas

Shobha Rani-The One

Shobha Rani Kumar 

India Country Director

The International Rotary Club in May of 2017 gave Shobha Rani, orphanage administrator and World’s Children Country Director, THE ONE 2017 International Humanitarian Award “for compassion and selflessness” for her work taking in unwanted street children in India.

Shobha is well qualified by education, experience and heart for this responsibility. She has a master’s degree in Social Work. She worked as the program director of an Indian charity called Technology for the People where she managed five education centers in Hyderabad that taught computer animation to teenage girls from poor families who were at risk of child marriage. After completing the TFTP program, they were employed by IT companies at salaries that improved their families’ living situations removing the incentive for child marriage.

Shobha and her husband began taking abandoned street children into their own home, which eventually grew into the Balavikasita Sadan orphanage, which now cares for more than 70 children. As the WC India Country Director Shobha visits the orphanages supported by World’s Children, oversees the progress of funded projects, and is a member of our scholarship committee that provides over 200 college scholarships to impoverished students in India each year.

The children have loving caretakers

Orphanage administrators

The real heart of World’s Children is the many women and men who have given their lives to care for children who may never have known a kind person before. Their love and compassion heals the emotional wounds and provides the security the children so desperately need. You can see the miracles they accomplish in the faces of the children. The International Rotary Club in May of 2017 gave Shobha Rani, orphanage administrator and World’s Children Country Director, THE ONE 2017 International Humanitarian Award “for compassion and selflessness” for her work taking in unwanted street children in India.

Our Board

Patrick is giving out food to impoverished families living in make-shift tents in India.

Patrick Spiger

President

Patrick has a B.A. in Business Administration from Eastern Washington University. Over the past 40 years he has worked extensively in sales and marketing as well as leading several companies as CEO. Since the 1970s he has served on multiple boards of directors for charitable organizations providing for children’s needs. He was a founding member of the Children’s Endowment Fund which later merged with the Children’s Home Society. Patrick served on their board for five years. Beginning in 1993 he began to travel to India and had an opportunity to visit many orphanages and interact with homeless street kids. In 1998 he met David and Jean Purviance and was a founding member of the board of World’s Children when it was moved from Florida to Oregon in 2009.

Jean with scholarship students at E.T.C.M. College of Nursing, India

Jean Purviance

Secretary

Jean has been a business owner, sales director, and financial manager for small businesses since 1974. After raising six children, Jean worked in group homes in the US. She and her husband, David, became foster parents and adopted a troubled and unwanted teenager from a group home in Montana.

She lived in India for six years where she witnessed children living in poverty on the streets and has visited orphanages and one college supported by World’s Children. In addition to being the secretary of the Board of Directors, she has served as the assistant director and financial manager of World’s Children since 2009. Jean has a bachelor’s degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Bruce Moore

Bruce Moore

Treasurer

Bruce did his undergraduate work at Stanford University and went on to become an entrepreneur, building small publishing and manufacturing companies into successful businesses. Now retired in northern California, he and his wife enjoy their children and grandchildren, local community life and the great outdoors. Having seen the plight and the promise of the street kids in India, he is especially glad to be able to help sustain and grow World’s Children.

Dr. Marie L. Long, MD

Dr. Marie L. Long, MD

Board Member

Marie is a neurological surgeon and chair of the Division of Neurosurgery at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis, Oregon. She has conducted medical camps in Nepal and Guatemala. In 2009 she founded the non-profit charity Global Nutritional Empowerment (GNE) and serves as its president. GNE has established an extensive network of local healthcare workers in remote areas of Nepal to distribute vitamins to at-risk populations, including pregnant women and children.

Twice a year Marie takes a team of Oregon State University students to Nepal to oversee their projects. Following the disastrous earthquakes of 2015 her Nepalese teams took emergency supplies to 10 relief support camps in very remote villages. GNE teams provided medical checkups, medicines, tents, clothing and food. They later concentrated on rebuilding schools in many villages.

Meghan Fitzgerald

Meghan Fitzgerald

Board Member

Meghan has a B.A. in psychology and a master’s degree in Public Health with a focus on International Health. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Oregon State University in Health Policy. She spent the summer of 2014 interning with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in Jordan. Her assignment was to work with the Women’s Program Officer on developing women’s empowerment programs in each of the UNRWA refugee camps.

Her personal interest in preventing early child marriage compelled her to write a short story empowering young girls to resist arranged marriage before they completed their education. Her story, titled “A Girl Keeps a Tiger in Her Heart,” has been printed by World’s Children and distributed to all of the orphanages we support.

Roslyn Moore 

Roslyn Moore

Board Member

Roslyn graduated with a B.A. in Education from the University of Michigan and is now a retired teacher. She has had a lifelong interest in psychology and spirituality, and has written three books in that field.

While doing research for a book in India she was charmed by its children and wanted to give them her support. She is currently a part-time editor, a student of yoga, a literacy advocate and mentor, and she happily serves on the board of World’s Children.

Financials

World’s Children adheres to strict standards of accountability and transparency at home and abroad.

Statements

Financial Pie Chart

World’s Children yearly average for Program Services is 90% with 10% used for Operations and Fundraising.

The organization has its financial statements reviewed by a certified public accountant (CPA).

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Annual Reports

2017 Annual Report

One of the best ways to get to know us, is to read our Annual Reports.

2016 Annual Report

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Accountability

World’s Children holds the highest rating from GUIDESTAR.

You can also read our review on BBB (Better Business Bureau).

Our yearly 990 tax forms are available on our website.

 

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