ICTI Annual Award for Children's Charities

Award Origins

In 2003, ICTI instituted an annual award to honor nonprofit organizations in its member countries that work to ensure the welfare of children around the world.

Championed by Salvador Miro of the Spanish Toy Association, a committee consisting of delegates from Canada, Australia and Spain drew up guidelines for the award program.

The statuette that is given to each award recipient—which was also designed by the Spanish Toy Association—is a windmill featuring four sails, each representing the home continents of ICTI members.

Award Recipients

The ICTI Annual Award is presented to a childcare NGO or institution that is nominated by the toy association hosting that year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). The award recipient must meet the following selection criteria:

  • Is a non-profit organization;
  • Is focused on childcare or carries on childcare or child welfare programs;
  • Has achieved national or international recognition; and
  • Does not have any political or economical implications.


The recipient organization will be publicized to the media within ICTI member countries to showcase its work with children, and will be presented with the ICTI Annual Award during a luncheon at the end of the AGM.

Previous Recipients

The following is a list of past ICTI Annual Award recipients:

Year Host Award Recipient
2017 Australian Toy Association

Lighthouse Foundation

Lighthouse Foundation provides homeless young people from backgrounds of long-term neglect and abuse, with a home, a sense of family, and around-the-clock therapeutic care that is individually tailored, trauma informed and proven to work. For over 25 years Lighthouse has successfully supported over 800 young people to break the cycle of homelessness, move into employment and educational opportunities, and overcome damaging life experiences.

2016 French Toy Association

A Chacun son Everest!

The association was started 20 years ago by Christine Janin, a physician and renowned climber and mountaineer, bringing children who suffer from cancer and leukemia on mountain excursions and helping them regain self-confidence. The goal of the organization is to change sick children into active, conquering children.

2015 Mexican Toy Association

Ministerios de Amor

Ministerios de Amor is aimed at rescuing children who either live in the streets or who are under vulnerable conditions, by transforming their lives through love, education and comprehensive care.

2014 Japan Toy Association

Sendai University

This athletics college partnered with the toy industry to organize the “Tohoku Kids Expo,” an event to bring joy to children who suffered through the great Japanese earthquake of March 2011.

2013 U.S. Toy Industry Association

Horton's Kids

This nonprofit seeks to educate and empower the children of Washington, DC's Ward 8.

2012 British Toy and Hobby Association


This Christian charity is committed to helping street-living and street-working children in Latin America.

2011 Japan Toy Association

The Japan Toy Library Foundation & The Japanese National Council of Toy Libraries

The Foundation strives to bring the joy of play to handicap children, and is supported by the National Council.

2010 Brazil Toy Association

Fundação ABRINQ

This nonprofit is dedicated to the rights of Brazilian children and adolescents.

2009 German Toy Association

McDonald's Kinderhilfe Stiftung

The German arm of Ronald McDonald's House Charities, this nonprofit supports sick children and their families.

2008 Taiwan Toy Association

Child Welfare League Foundation

The Foundation is devoted to improving child welfare through legislation.

2007 U.S. Toy Industry Association

The San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center

The center seeks to prevent child abuse and reduce its devastating impact.

2006 Spanish Toy Association

Radio Nacional de España

RNE, Spain's national public radio service, was given this award for its "One Toy, One Hope" campaign, which delivered toys to children in need.

2005 Australian Toy Association

The Smith Family

This independent charity is dedicated to creating opportunities for disadvantaged children and their families through education.

2004 Canadian Toy Association

Concerned Children's Advertisers

CCA has produced more than 30 public service announcements on drug abuse, conformity, self-esteem, bullying and more.

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