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On Saturday, September 10, Flora, LaLa, Scooter and Duffy clowned at the street fair for the Gavin Buchanan Memorial Foundation fund raiser in Bremerton.

The foundation was started by Gavin’s grandmother after Gavin (at 8 years old) and his mom and dad were killed in 2015. From a very early age, Gavin had an interest in K-9 dogs, and would take his earned money to donate to help purchase protective equipment for K-9 officers and their dogs.

 

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A vest for a K-9 officer costs about $500, but the fitted vests for their dogs, which are bullet and knife proof, cost $3,000 each. A dog will wear its vest for the average 10 year span of its K-9 service, at which time each retires and lives for the rest of its life as a pet with its handler.

The event was wonderful!! In addition to us, there were about 15 other organizations and businesses which donated their efforts, time and funds to make this event a success. It was hosted by the Horse & Cow Bar and Grill on 4thStreet. The street was cordoned off for the event.

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For all us clowns,

Duffy Signature


 

Caring Clowns International receives Silver rating from GuideStar

(Poulsbo, Washington) – Caring Clowns International, a 501c (3) charitable organization, today received a Silver 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.

“We are delighted to have achieved a Silver rating,” said Jed “Duffy” Selter, President of the Board and Acting Executive Director of Caring Clowns International. “As an all-volunteer nonprofit, we keep our overhead costs to about 10% whereas most U.S. nonprofits average 30-35% overhead cost,” he said.

In addition to providing a rating to Caring Clowns International, the other benefit of the Silver rating is that it allows individuals who visit the GuideStar website to automatically make a donation to Caring Clowns International whose mission is to help fund humanitarian projects through other well-established nonprofit organizations and clown to help awaken the human spirit.

The next highest level of rating on GuideStar is a Gold Rating. The Board of Directors of Caring Clowns International is working to provide additional documentation to receive a Gold rating level.

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.

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 $302,000 in funds and equipment supporting many nonprofits in the U.S. and developing countries.

Caring Clowns International is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code


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On Saturday August 20, a group of us clowned at the Military Family Fun Fair Day held outside at the Bremerton Elks Club, a beautiful site overlooking Puget Sound.

Northwestmilitary.com and Navy Families Kitsap, along with USAA sponsored the event – wanting to honor our military families for their sacrifices. About 20 vendors and nonprofits attended, and had canopied areas with information for the roughly 300 families who attended the event. Also included were free pony rides, miniature golf, free cotton candy and shaved ice, prizes, and lots of freebies, give-aways and raffle prizes.

 

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Duffy, Flossy, Sparkes and Bumbles represented us, making balloons sculptures and playing with the kids and their parents who attended.

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Northwestmilitary.com notes that the south Puget Sound military market dominates all others: 47,926 Troops, 15,804 Civilian Employees, 58,862 Family Members, 31,550 Retirees, with a $5.8 Billion payroll, 70% live off base, 2nd largest employer in WA, 1.8% of states GDP. 60% of military are married, 40% own their own home.

 

For all us clowns,

Duffy Signature


 

Caring Clowns International Releases New, Heartwarming Video

(August 20, 2016) — Caring Clowns International today released a new video which explains the far-reaching impact the organization has had worldwide since its founding in 2002.

“There have been so many touching moments with both children and adults in so many countries it wasn’t easy to decide which clips to include,” said Jed Duffy Selter President of the Board and Acting Executive Director of the organization.

The video which is posted on YouTube can be accessed by going to www.caringclownsinternational.org and clicking on the “About us” tab.

Through moving words, video clips and photos, the new presentation conveys the organization’s international reach and its primary objective to free the ‘inner kid” in children and adults alike. As humanitarians, Caring Clowns International funds life changing improvements for children in need.

Caring Clowns International 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.

“We hope that everyone who views the video is impacted and understands the emotional connection our clowns are making around the world, “ Selter said.

 
 

Caring Clowns International 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.

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.

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 $302,000 in funds and equipment supporting many nonprofits in the U.S. and developing countries.

Caring Clowns International is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code


 

Caring Clowns International donates funds to The Butterfly Readers program

While many children in the United States struggle with reading and writing skills, the number of struggling readers in South Africa is extraordinarily higher. Until recently, there has been no scientific measurement of the numbers of children in South Africa who are unable to read. But recently, South African born Carol McCullar — who has spent her career in education including time as a school principal — introduced a method to measure the reading and writing levels of South African students….and the results are staggering. After launching a highly successful reading program at the Athlone Girl’s High School in Johannesburg, Carol is now working on obtaining grants to help expand The Butterfly Readers program to other South African schools.

Caring Clowns International has donated money from its recent Dinner-Auction to The Butterfly Readers, a non-governmental charitable organization, whose goal is to improve the reading and writing skills of children in South Africa. Carol met Caring Clowns International President of the Board and Acting Executive Director Jed “Duffy” Selter at a conference 20 years ago. They share a passion for volunteerism and striving to improve the lives of children.

Carol’s new scientific reading assessment is shedding light on the magnitude of the problem South African students face. In one second grade class alone, 100% of the students read below level and a full 50% could not read at all. The problem continues as the students advance in age and grade. At Missouri Secondary School in Johannesburg, 77% of students in grades 8 to 12 failed to read at acceptable levels. While online reading programs are available, Carol has targeted the poorest of the poor – schools that don’t have iPads, internet…or for that matter, electricity.

“One 5th grader just started crying,” Carol said because he couldn’t read at all.

There are many examples demonstrating that a dedicated reading program can have positive results. In one school after completing a 12-week program, 7th graders were reading at 9th and 10th grade levels. Children who were tested at reading only 13 words a minute prior to being tutored had increased to 113 words a minute after 12 weeks, while also improving their comprehension. Word of the success of the program has spread and many South African schools are clamoring for Carol to include The Butterfly Readers program in their schools.

The Butterfly Readers is about giving children the reading and writing skills which will transform them from recluse caterpillars to confident butterflies who – with their new found skills — have a fighting chance to improve their lot in life. Carol has submitted a proposal to the Department of Education in the Gauteng District, to help fund 100 tutors who would go into schools to teach English reading and writing. Right now, a few of the tutors who have been working with Carol are doing so on a volunteer basis….as is Carol herself.

The support from Caring Clowns International helped defray Carol’s travel from Minnesota to South Africa and food during her stay. In addition, the Poulsbo, Washington Rotary Club Rotary also contributed to the Butterfly Readers program.

“Caring Clowns International has donated over $300,000 to over 40 non-profits around the world and we’re very pleased that in some small way we are helping The Butterfly Readers program,” said Jed “Duffy” Selter of Caring Clowns International.

Born in Johannesburg, Carol’s passion has always been improving people’s lives through education. She was a school principal for children with special needs in South Africa. Then she went into adult education being a diversity training facilitator of personal mastery in South Africa. The past several years she worked with UNESCO as a project coordinator on issues such as housing, human rights and HIV/AIDs. She moved to Minnesota after marrying her husband where she obtained her work permit and became a teacher for the Lighthouse project; a program dedicated to children with special needs. In addition to her work in Johannesburg, the South African Honorary Council in the state of Minnesota invited Carol to Cape Town, South Africa to administer her reading assessment for students there. The results proved that reading and writing skills in Cape Town were just as poor as Johannesburg.

Ultimately with support and funding, The Butterfly Readers – just like the metamorphosis of the caterpillar to a butterfly – could transform the national education landscape in South Africa.

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Caring Clowns International 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.

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.

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 $302,000 in funds and equipment supporting many nonprofits in the U.S. and developing countries.

Caring Clowns International is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code


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