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2020 Annual Report

A Message from the CEO

Dear Friends,

It’s been a challenging year for everyone, and I’m proud to say that our dedicated employees found innovative ways to help missing and sexually exploited children 24/7 despite COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns. When schools were shuttered and children were spending significantly more time online, we stepped up our prevention efforts, warning and educating families about dangers lurking on the internet. 

The surge in screen times took a devastating toll on children this year, as reports of online enticement skyrocketed. During the height of the pandemic, our CyberTipline received 37,872 reports of suspected enticement compared to 19,174 last year – a 97.5% increase. Enticement occurs when a person communicates online with someone they believe to be a child with the intent of committing a sexual offense or abduction. We also saw child sex traffickers leverage new business models to profit from child sexual exploitation in which they navigated face mask and social distancing rules by making sexual abuse content available for purchase online.

As the country was in lockdown, we assisted our federal partner, The U.S. Marshals Service, in operations across the country that led to the recovery of nearly 400 missing children. We commend their success. The fortuitous timing of our launch of NCMEC CONNECT, our new virtual gateway to trainings, resources and best practices, allowed us to continue sharing online the knowledge we’ve gleaned over 37 years as the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for missing and sexually exploited children.

All of us at NCMEC, along with our Board of Directors, were deeply moved that, despite economic uncertainty, our donors and corporate partners continued their generous support of our mission to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation and prevent child victimization. Holding our premier fundraising events virtually this year, notably “HOPE Live,” gave survivors a much wider audience for their messages of hope and enabled us to showcase all that NCMEC can do to help.

We’re now facing one of the biggest challenges in our 37 years, and I can’t overstate this: We’re in danger of losing the global battle for child safety. Despite our best efforts for a compromise, European Union (EU) regulations went into effect at the end of this year that infringe on tech companies’ ability to use scanning technology to detect, report and remove online child sexual abuse material, which comprised the vast majority of the record 21.7 million CyberTipline reports we received this year. 

We’ve warned legislators in the EU and in this country in stark terms that these regulations would literally blind the world to reports of online sexual abuse of children relating to the EU. Since its enactment, we’ve already seen some of our worst fears realized with reports relating to the EU plummeting. Law enforcement can’t rescue children if they can’t find them.

I’d like to personally thank our donors and corporate partners for their unwavering support during this trying time in America. For those who truly want to make a difference, please consider joining us in our mission. There’s nothing more fulfilling than helping children every single day.  



John F. Clark, President and CEO

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children


Find Missing Children

Assisted in


missing children cases



posters of missing children

Team Adam assisted in


critical or long-term
missing child cases

Reduce Exploitation


21.7 million

reports to
our CyberTipline


19 million

files of suspected child abuse imagery for review



requests to locate
sex offenders

Prevent Victimization



kids have used NetSmartz online safety educational materials and games

Worked with law enforcement partners
to confirm


attempted abductions



instances of training to law enforcement and other professionals.


Year ended December 31, 2020 Without Donor Restrictions With Donor Restrictions Total
Revenue and Other Support      
Government contracts and grants $39,727,660 $ — $39,727,660
Contributions 12,907,024 4,245,140 17,152,164
Special events, net of direct benefit costs of $1,207,085 1,027,674 1,027,674
Investment gain 3,174,317 3,147,317
Other income 205,488 205,488
Change in value of unitrust agreement 5,742 5,742
Net assets released from restrictions:
   Satisfaction of program restrictions 809,141 (809,141)
   Satisfaction of time restrictions 983,576 (983,576)
Total Revenue and Support 59,935,903 2,458,165 62,394,068
Operating Expenses      
Program services:      
   Community outreach 5,368,811 5,368,811
   Missing child case management 14,144,821 14,144,8211
   Information and case analysis 14,276,971 14,276,971
   Training 906,926 906,926
   Exploited child case management 14,094,395 14,094,395
Total Program Services 48,791,924 48,791,924
Supporting Services:      
   Management and general 926,025 926,025
   Fundraising 2,613,640 2,613,640
Total Supporting Services 3,539,665 3,539,665
Total Operating Expenses 52,331,589 52,331,589
Change in Net Assets  7,604,314 2,458,165 10,062,479
Non-Operating Expense      
   Change in post employment benefit liability (250,077) (250,077)
Total Change in Net Assets 7,354,237 2,458,165 9,812,402
Net Assets, beginning of year 44,630,464 1,250,567 45,881,031
Net Assets, end of year $51,984,701 $3,708,732 $55,693,433

Only 6.76% of expenses are spent on Fundraising, Management and General Expenses. NCMEC's commitment to transparency and financial accountability has earned it Charity Navigator's highest 4 Star rating.


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Old Navy

Palantir Technologies



$500,000 – $999,999



$250,000 – $499,999

Amazon Web Services


George Washington University

Jones Day




$100,000 – $249,999



Australian Federal Police

Lifetouch National School Studios

Match Group

Microsoft Corporation


Tellfinder Alliance

Thomson Reuters

Verizon Wireless

Vigilant Solutions



$50,000 – $99,999







Venable LLP

Word on Fire Catholic Ministries



$10,000 - $49,999

A&E Networks

American Airlines

American Bank of Commerce

ASL Marketing

Atmos Energy Corporation

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

CDW Logistics


Deloitte & Touche

ESRI, Inc.

First Source Federal Credit Union


Godlan, Inc.

Honeywell Hometown Solutions

IBC Bank Austin

L Brands Foundation

Marinus Analytics

Media Choice


Multi Media


Pedal the Pacific

Port Clinton Police Department

Reflex Media

Rochling Advent Tool & Mold

Safer Society Group Sweden Netclean AB (Griffeye)

Save the Children International Cambodia

Total Defense



UT Health

Valassis Communications




$5000 - $9999

Eagle Bank

Fleming & Fleming, PLLC

Greenman-Pedersen, Inc


National Vehicle Service

New York Sash

New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal

NYS Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association

Otsego Mutual Fire Insurance Company

Redner's Markets

South Florida Golf Course Superintendent's Association

Sullivan Contracting, Inc.

The Atlantic Philanthropies Director/Employee Designated Gift Fund


$100,000 - $249,999

Oak Foundation


$50,000 - $99,999

Motorola Solutions Foundation


$10,000 - $49,999

Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation

NAILBA Foundation

Sunshine Foundation


$5000 - $9999

American Legion Child Welfare Foundation

Glick Community Relief Fund at Central Indiana Community Foundation



The James Annenberg La Vea Charitable Foundation


$100,000 – $499,999

Janet L. Merrill Trust

Steward Family Foundation


$25,000 – $99,999

Gary and Pennie Abramson Charitable Foundation


Benson Family Charitable Trust
Greg Brown
Nancy Grace
Estate of Barbara Harrington
Marion Oberting Estate
Timothy Sullivan

$10,000 – $24,999

L & N Andreas Foundation
John and Luci Clark
Alyssa Cooper
Dennis and Patty DeConcini
Bob Foosaner
Curtis Ford
Melvin and Estelle Gelman Foundation
Mike Gioja and Tabitha Mapstone
Jonathan and Lynn Grosso
Arlene Hillerson
Sylvia Johnson
Richard Kolodziej and Holly Bayne
Yvonne and Jason Lee
Claudia Nagele
Theresa Payton
Leonard Pfeiffer and Anna Gunnarsson
Wanda Polisseni
Kristi Remington
Iris Smith
Karen Tandy and Steve Pomerantz
John and Revé Walsh
Charles Wood III
Carly Yoost
Audrey and Carlos Zaffirini

$5,000 – $9,999

Jeffrey Abramson

Mary Ellen Albers

Krystle and Christian Alvarado

The Baldridge Foundation

Erik Becker

Leo Blume

Philip and Faith Bobrow

Jeffery and Patricia Davis Family Foundation, Inc.

Epstein Family Foundation

Brooke Evans

Matthew Foosaner

Jeremy Gavin

Vincent and Janet Giuliano

Linda Griffin

George Hambrecht

Shawn Henry

Nathan P. Jacobs Foundation

The Kampe Family Foundation

Kevin Laws

Cindy McCain

Don McGowan


Thomas Mingone

Gavin Portnoy and Lily Foks

Eric and Pamela Pride

William Rand

Michele Salisbury

Mark Schupack

Jacquie Segal

The Abe and Kathryn Selsky Foundation

The Sigal Family Foundation

Shawn Tardy

Hank and Angela Uberoi

Brenda Weygandt Estate

Wilson Family Foundation

The Wollenberg Foundation

Robert and Linda Yawman

Weston Yonge

2020 Board of Directors

Board Chair
The Honorable Karen Tandy
Public Policy Executive


Pennie Abramson

Michael Breslin
LexisNexis Special Services, Inc.

Robbie Callaway**
FirstPIC, Inc.

Manus Cooney**
American Continental Group

Sharon Cooper, M.D.
Developmental & Forensic Pediatrics, PA

Antigone Davis
Facebook, Inc.

The Honorable Dennis DeConcini**
U.S. Senator (Retired)

Torrie Dorrell
The Pokémon Company International

Matthew Foosaner
Spectrum Enterprise


** Denotes Previous Board Chair

Revé Walsh
Co-Founder, NCMEC


Vincent P. Giuliano
Marketing Expert

Andre Hollis
Tiger International Advisors

Jennifer Majernick-Hufstetler

Richard Kolodziej**
Zenergy Advisors

Meghan Latcovich
The McCain Institute

Francine Levinson
Businesswoman & Philanthropist

Don McGowan
Bungie, Inc.

Tim Murphy

Chris Nelson
Old Navy

John Penn II


Jon Grosso
Kohl's, Inc.


Leonard Pfeiffer IV
Leonard Pfeiffer & Company

Kristi Remington
West Front Strategies LLC

Karen Robb
Retired Congressional Counsel & Legislative Analyst

Steve Salem
Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation

Susannah Schaefer
Charles B. Wang Foundation

The Honorable Regina Schofield
Batelle Education

Emily Vacher

Kenneth Valentine
Regions Bank

John Walsh
Co-Founder, NCMEC

Patty Wetterling**
Child Advocate

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