Children In Need (CIN) was started in 1950 by the Assistant Director of the
Department of Public Welfare for the County of San Diego. She wrote to a New
York businessman, asking if he would be willing to contribute to this cause. He
responded to her request and donated funds for a number of years.
formed a committee to determine how the funds should be used. The committee,
consisting mainly of social workers, felt that many children were unable to
participate in activities, because they lived in foster or group homes, and
funds were limited. Another reason was becasue the childrens' parents were
unable to afford anything above the basic necessities. It was decided that CIN
would help with enrichment activites for children in San Diego County.
Each time the New York businessman made a donation, the founder of CIN
reported back how the money was being used. She identified the needs that were
met without revealing the identity of the children.
incorporated in 1968 and received its non-profit status. By-laws were written
and a Board of Directors created to administer the program. Today, the Board
elects the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson, the Secretary is voluntary, and the
agency's fiscal department appoints the Treasuser and Cashier.
CIN is run entirely by employees of Health and Human Services, there are no
administrative costs. The members volunteer to be part of CIN and 100% of the
donations are used for the children.