Who We Are

A different kind of children’s charity

A Miracle Starts with One Man’s Ministry

The 40-year history of the International Children’s Fund begins with the ministry of Dr. David Bruenning, but it certainly does not end there. ICF has become an ever-expanding network of caring relationships, formed between African missionary workers and partners worldwide who sustain their humanitarian efforts.

When Dr. Bruenning began his career as a Christian pastor in Wisconsin, U.S.A., he had no idea his ministry would extend around the world. The scope of his work expanded as he heeded God’s call to prepare local pastors and lay people with evangelism training to share the Gospel. This soon led to evangelism training overseas, and before long Dr. Bruenning had developed connections with local ministers across Europe, Asia, India, and Africa.

Practical, Grassroots Action is Our Focus

We channel the Christian concern of partners worldwide into street level impact in African villages and other locations, where logistics often frustrate traditional relief efforts. The secret ingredient to effective relief is a trustworthy network of local, native missionary partners who personally shepherd your gifts of food, clothing, medicine, equipment, and funds to the places children need them most. Ultimately, ICF is a way to make a difference and be certain that your spirit of giving is felt directly in the hearts of the African children who are the center of what we do.

A Warehouse Filled with God’s Light

If you expected the U.S. headquarters of the International Children’s Fund to be a modern office complex, prepare to be disappointed. However if you’re an African missionary in need of essential supplies, the gray, old warehouse building that houses the center of our global operations in Neenah, Wisconsin, looks a lot like heaven. The contents of the warehouse make all the difference, with one corner of the room filled with pallets of food. In another corner lie the boxes of sterile medical supplies that a rural medical clinic is eagerly awaiting in one of our strategic villages. Our humble headquarters keeps overhead costs down so that we are able to focus on our mission.

Using A Natural Resource To Meet A Pressing Need

Wherever he went in Africa, Dr. Bruenning couldn’t forget the faces of the children he encountered. Pleading from the street corners for food, water, and the warmth of a human touch, he felt God’s tug at his heart to find help for these precious young ones. He soon realized that he had a tremendous source of help already at hand. He personally knew local, dedicated pastors across the continent who could funnel essential aid directly to the children in need. His pastor friends were excited about the possibilities. Only one challenge remained: how to find the resources needed to make a lasting impact.

The Board

Dr. David Bruenning

Founder/Int’l Director

Larry Oettel

Vice President

Jean Hoppe

Secretary

Carol Grady

Treasurer

Dr. Scott Schinschke

Director

Marcy Bruenning

Director

A Letter From the Board

We channel the Christian concern of Americans into street level impact in African villages and other locations, where logistics often frustrate traditional relief efforts. The secret ingredient is a trustworthy network of local, native missionary partners, who personally shepherd your gifts of food, clothing, medicine, equipment and funds to the places children need them most. Ultimately, ICF is a way to be certain that your spirit of giving is felt directly in the hearts of the African children and others who are its desired result.

Dr. David Bruenning

Founder/International Director

Our Partners

We are pleased to partner with the following organizations to bring tangible hope to children in the villages we serve throughout the African continent and other locations.