#085 – Shelley Callahan: How Children Incorporated Gives Kids in Need an Opportunity to Succeed

  • October 23, 2018

Shelley Callahan is the Director of Development at Children Incorporated, meaning she’s basically a media correspondent who gets to share the stories of incredible children all around the world who are given a chance to succeed and thrive in spite of the circumstances they’re born into.


“A toast to generosity – because I really believe that when we give back to others, our lives become more fulfilling!” –Shelley Callahan



By providing food, clothing, healthcare, and education to tens of thousands of children across 23 countries, the people who work for and support Children Incorporated provide kids in need with the opportunities that everyone deserves to grow and be successful. Because when children aren’t given access to things like food and water, they aren’t able to get an education and their chances to succeed quickly plummet.


Want to change a life? You can sponsor children all around the world by going to https://dms.childrenincorporated.org/Donor/CISponsorChild.aspx.


“We might not be able to change the world… but doing nothing is not an option.” –Shelley Callahan


We also discuss:

  • The programs that Children Incorporated offers globally
  • Huge issues with access to food and water, even in the U.S.
  • Shelley’s not-quite-identical twin, Erin… because of the tattoos!
  • How just a small amount of help can make a tremendous difference
  • Shelley’s incredible journey before joining Children Incorporated
  • Founding Books on Wheels
  • Creating a world worth living in
  • Why sharing stories about our cultures and lives is so important
  • Shelley’s inspiration for writing The House of Life
  • The impact you make when you sponsor a child with Children Incorporated
  • What’s next for Shelley & Children Incorporated




Shelley Callahan’s Bio:

Shelley Callahan, Director of Development at Children Incorporated, started her career in the non-profit sector in 2006 when she co-founded Books on Wheels, which provided free books to children in low-income neighborhoods across the U.S. She then expanded her work in the humanitarian sector by working with international aid organizations, taking her to Colombia to dig wells, Haiti to manage medical teams, and Nepal and Uganda to provide clean water solutions to indigenous populations living in poverty. Through her work with Children Incorporated, Callahan had helped thousands of impoverished children in Asian countries such India as Sri Lanka, Africa, Latin America, and the United States.


Since 1964, Children Incorporated has extended its reach to over 250,000 children across 23 countries through programs and outreach projects. Connecting individual donors to specific in need through their sponsorship program, Children Incorporated provides impoverished children with basic needs such as food, clothing, and educational support in an effort to break the cycle of poverty and offer children a chance at a brighter future.


Children Incorporated relies on our donors and individual sponsors to provide opportunities to children around the world. Sponsorship provides an underprivileged child with basic necessities such as food, clothing, healthcare and education.

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