Children's Aid International, an Alexandria-based charity that was the subject of a Feb. 7 article in The Washington Post, has supplied financial statements showing that it raised approximately $775,000 in cash contributions and approximately $210,000 in donated services in fiscal years 1978 and 1979. Of the cash contributions, approximately $90,000 was spent on nutrition supplements, medicines and other items for the charity's programs, and approximately $175,000 was spent on developing and administering the programs. The donated services were contributed to the programs.
In fiscal year 1978, the organization's first year of operation, Children's Aid International spent on fund raising an amount equal to two-thirds of its cash receipts. However, the fee of the Northern Virginia firm that it hired to raise funds was determined by the number of letters mailed and was not calculated on a percentage of the charity's receipts. The contract between the charity and the firm was terminated in May, 1978.
In its fiscal years 1978 and 1979 the charity received no cash donations from overseas.
Maryland authorities had provided The Post with erroneous information that Children's Aid International had been prohibited from soliciting funds in that state. The charity actually was denied a further extension of time in which to file its annual report, but was not prevented from raising funds.
The term "legal expenses" as used in the article included attorneys fees and other costs incurred in complying with state regulations.