To clowns and special friends everywhere…thank you for your support in 2016!! You have inspired us to bring joy and laughter through clowning to hundreds of thousands of less-fortunate children and their parents; hospital patients and staffs; folks in retirement and assisted living facilities; to members and the families of our U.S. military branches; and to many others throughout the United States and in 17 countries. We look forward to sharing our 2017 clowning adventures with you.
Yesterday, six of us (count ‘em – Duffy, Flossy, Gracie – one of our new clowns, LALA, Scooter and Selfie – another of our new clowns- her second gig in a row, … six of us!!!) clowned for the third year at the Annual Christmas Party in Marysville, Washington , just north of Seattle, put on by the SeaMar Community Health Centers. We played with loads of kids among the 250 families who attended.
Duffy even got his picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus. (He went over just to say “hello,” and Santa said “Sit on my lap little clown and tell me what you want for Christmas.” How could he refuse!!?? What a treat for Duffy!)
We even clowned on the ferry from Kitsap over to Edmonds to get to the gig.
As usual, we had a FANTASTIC time with everybody- and a marvelous way to kick off the Holiday Season.
One of the BEST days of clowning in 10 years. So many beautiful children at the Anguilla Holiday Faire yesterday. Rose played “tag” in 85 degree temps with about 15 local children in full costume, gave out my smiley clown faces, twisted balloons and sang Christmas songs with the children. And, Rose got her photo taken with Santa!!! How cool is that?
On December 3, 2016, seven of us clowns attended the Swarner Communications Christmas Party for Military Families at the Elks lodge in Bremerton, Washington.
It was the inauguration GIG for three of our newest clowns – Daisy, Jelly Bean and Selfie. Duffy, Flora, Sparkles, and Tiezee also played with the kids and adults. Another fantastic time for all!!
Caring Clowns International receives Gold rating from GuideStar
(Poulsbo, Washington) – Caring Clowns International, a 501c (3) charitable organization, received a Gold rating from GuideStar, an online organization which gathers and disseminates information about every IRS-registered nonprofit organization. The GuideStar rating provides information about Caring Clowns International’s mission, legitimacy, impact, reputation, finances, programs, transparency, governance, and so much more. GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations.
“As an all-volunteer nonprofit, we keep our overhead costs to about 10% whereas most U.S. nonprofits average 30-35% overhead cost,” said Jed “Duffy” Selter, President of the Board and Executive Director of Caring Clowns International. “The Gold rating reflects our commitment to not only properly managing our donations but also our attention to transparency and governance.”
The organization’s goal is to raise and responsibly donate $5,000,000 to help needy children in the world. To date, Caring Clowns International has donated over $304,000 in funds and equipment supporting many nonprofits in the U.S. and developing countries.
Caring Clowns International (www.caringclownsinternational.org) is an all-volunteer, IRS tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization comprised of clowns across the U.S. and several other countries. These clowns donate their time at over 80 events internationally and across the U.S. including orphanages, children’s and other hospitals, events for homeless children and adults, residences for abused women and children, schools for the disabled, retirement centers, VA hospitals, events for kids with down syndrome and disabilities, and children whose parents are in prisons and correctional facilities, community events and private parties.
Caring Clowns International members have clowned and supported nonprofits operating in Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic, England, Ethiopia, France, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, Russia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, Uganda, the Ukraine, Vietnam, and throughout the United States. Thousands of children and adults have received red clown noses, balloon sculptures, toys and stuffed animals.
Caring Clowns International is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code