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Philip Hayden Foundation

Since 1995, Philip Hayden Foundation has cared for at-risk children, including orphans, kids with disabilities, and unsupported children whose families aren’t able to provide the care they need. We serve these special kids by providing humanitarian aid, medical care and therapy, education, and vocational training. Our work began in China, and we recently expanded into Mexico.

PHF is a nonprofit organization that relies on the financial support of people like you. With your help, we can transform lives that are considered hopeless into beautiful stories of redemption and love.

Since our founding, we have:

  • Cared for more than 4,000 orphaned children.
  • Provided more than 3,000 surgeries and medical procedures.
  • Helped more than 900 children find Forever Families of their own.

Although we have helped hundreds of orphans find adoptive homes, we have many wonderful children who still need families of their own. Who knows, maybe your family is one of them? Check out our orphan support to see kids who are waiting for their forever families.

Caring for Children for 25 Years

Beginnings

Timothy and Pamela Baker came to China as English teachers in 1988, along with their good friend Philip Hayden. Their hearts broke when they saw how many orphans in their community needed love and care. They began helping in local orphanages however they could, and they used their own funds to purchase supplies like diapers and formula. 

Philip Hayden died from a rare heart defect when he was just 28 years old. The Bakers established the Philip Hayden Foundation in his honor and continued their work caring for Chinese orphans. They focused on the children with the greatest needs, especially orphans with disabilities.

PHF partnered with adoption agencies to find forever homes for as many orphans as possible. To serve kids with disabilities who were waiting for a family or couldn’t be adopted, the Bakers founded Shepherd’s Field Children’s Village in 2006. Shepherd’s Field was a safe, loving home where children could grow and flourish.

As China has changed in the last 25 years, so have the needs of orphans. Today more than 98% of the nation’s orphans have disabilities. Some have minor conditions that are easy to correct, and others need complex, ongoing medical treatment. PHF works alongside local organizations and charities to care for these vulnerable orphans. We also serve unsupported children with disabilities whose families cannot care for them. 

Together with our partner agencies, we offer compassionate care to kids in need throughout China and beyond. 

A Renewed Vision

When the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020, the Bakers, as well as the entire international staff,  had to leave China. Access to the country is still difficult, but the needs haven’t gone away. PHF continues to support the work of local charities and agencies in Asia, focusing on at-risk children with disabilities. While not always orphans, these kids and their families need extra support to survive and thrive.

In 2021 the Bakers moved to Yucatán, Mexico, and PHF began serving children and their families there. Tim and Pam volunteered in Mexico more than 40 years ago and fell in love with the Mexican people. During college they dreamed of working with children there, but their path led them to China instead. Now 40 years later, their dream of serving in Mexico has been fulfilled. 

The popular resort town of Cancún sits on the Yucatán Peninsula, but beyond the sparkling beaches, more than a quarter of a million people live in extreme poverty. Many families struggle to survive along the edges of the region’s larger cities. PHF is establishing relationships with local charities in the Yucatán to transform the lives of vulnerable children and families.

Our Team

Founders

Timothy and Pamela Baker founded the Philip Hayden Foundation in 1995. They remain actively involved in both the direction and day-to-day activities of our organization. Tim and Pam have seven children, including four children adopted from China. They lived in China for more than 30 years. They currently live in Yucatán, Mexico, where they work directly with vulnerable children and families.

Board of Directors 

The PHF Board is made up of 12 members from many different walks of life, who share a common compassion for vulnerable children around the world. Each of our board members have adopted at-risk orphans and children with disabilities, and they are passionate about the long-term flourishing of children.

Partnerships

PHF partners with local and international charitable organizations to care for vulnerable children. We are constantly working to establish relationships with registered charities in the nations we serve.

Some of our partners include:

Madison Adoption Associates

MAA brings hope, love, and connection by serving children, individuals, and families in the areas of adoption, foster care, and support services.

Hope Station 

Hope Station serves children who are orphaned or disabled in China by raising up champions and caregivers who are motivated by love and equipped to care for their unique needs. Hope Station has a registered charity in China.

New Hope Foundation

 New Hope Foundation provides a caring and secure environment for orphaned infants and children with special physical and medical needs in China. New Hope works closely with government orphanages to provide medical care.

Success Stories

Check out our Stories of Hope to read about your impact on the lives of vulnerable children.

Financial Responsibility

The Philip Hayden Foundation, Inc. is a registered 501(c)3 organization in the United States. Financial donations are tax-deductible in the U.S., following the guidelines of the IRS for charitable organizations. 

Donors receive an email receipt after each online gift, and we provide a year-end summary to all contributors. 

Philip Hayden Foundation is a registered charity with GuideStar and Charity Navigator.

Financial Statements

Our EIN is 39-1815753. If you would like to view our most recent tax statement or 990 form, please email info@phfcaresforkids.org.

Donor Privacy

Your privacy is important to us, and we protect against unauthorized use of our donor lists. We do not share our donors’ personal contact information with any other organizations for purposes of solicitation. Your personal information, including your name, mailing address, and email address, is used only to acknowledge donations and to send newsletters or other updates you request.

Visitors to our website remain anonymous and do not need to reveal any personal information. If a visitor asks to learn more or voluntarily opts in to receive our newsletter, we will request contact information. 

We also collect information when you make an online donation to PHF so we can process the gift and thank you for your gift.

All online credit card transactions are processed through a secure server. 

If you have a question about donating to PHF, please ask us. 

Company Matching Donations

Does your company have a matching donation program? Many do! Philip Hayden Foundation is registered with Benevity and CyberGrants. If you need documentation for your company to match your donation, please email info@phfcaresforkids.org.

FAQ

Right now our work is centered in China and Mexico, where we provide humanitarian aid, medical care, education, and vocational training to at-risk children. Some of our partner agencies have a presence in other countries.

Our US headquarters are located in Temecula, California.

We are not an adoption agency, but we do work with agencies that help special-needs children find loving forever families of their own.

Philip was a close friend of PHF’s founders, Timothy and Pamela Baker. He came to China at the same time they did, and he shared their passion for serving vulnerable orphans. Philip died suddenly at age 28 due to an undiagnosed heart defect. The Bakers established PHF in his memory.

We are grateful for your support! PHF is a nonprofit organization that depends on people like you to help us care for kids in need. You can make your donation online through our secure server or mail us a check. Donate here.

Yes! Philip Hayden Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 corporation, and all gifts are tax deductible in the US.

There are so many ways to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children. Follow us on social media, spread the word about how PHF is helping children, or designate us as your chosen charity via Amazon Smiles. Check our Get Involved page to discover more ways you can help.

Because international travel restrictions are still in place, Philip Hayden Foundation is not accepting volunteers in China. 

We’re active on Facebook and Instagram. Please follow our pages and share our content. You can also sign up for our e-mail newsletters. If you prefer to receive a newsletter in the mail, please email Heartbeat@chinaorphans.org

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