Financial Integrity of Compassion International

Charity Navigator, The American Institute of Philanthropy, and Ministry Watch rate Compassion International very highly in financial integrity and financial accountability. View Compassion International's current and past annual reports.

Financial Integrity

Outstanding stewardship is more than a priority at Compassion. It’s a passion and deeply held value. Compassion is committed to investing at least 80 percent of gifts received into front-line ministry. In fact, when you gave to Compassion this past year, 83.6 cents of every dollar you gave was spent on programs that directly benefit children. We govern our spending on administration and fundraising so that nearly 1.5 million Compassion-assisted children around the world can be released from poverty — all in Jesus’ name.

Thank you for your faithful giving. Your gifts make it possible for nearly 1.5 million children living in extreme poverty around the world to receive transforming care in the name of Jesus.

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Where Your Money Goes

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Because of your faithfulness and the work of our Christ-centered church partners around the world, Compassion is providing help and hope to:

Where Compassion Is Changing Lives

Thanks to your generous commitment, babies, children and college-age students are receiving Christ-centered, holistic development. These numbers represent the lives being transformed in each region (as of June 30, 2013).

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2012-2013-highlight-jimmy-mellado Compassion Welcomes a New President

This year, Compassion welcomed Santiago “Jimmy” Mellado as the ministry’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. Mellado is one of only five Compassion presidents in 60 years. “I must gratefully acknowledge that his selection is the result of God having orchestrated so many details of Jimmy’s life,” says former Compassion President Wess Stafford. “His childhood among the poor, his deep faith, his Olympic pursuit, his Harvard education, and his 20-year global leadership experience as the president of the Willow Creek Association have uniquely prepared Jimmy to lead Compassion into the future and advance the call that God has given us — to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name.”


2012-2013-highlight-wydick-reportChild Sponsorship: It Works!

Dr. Bruce Wydick, professor of economics and international studies at the University of San Francisco, set out to explore if Compassion child sponsorship really works. His team researched the outcomes of 1,840 adults in six countries who were once sponsored through Compassion. The researchers compared these adults’ outcomes with those of more than 8,000 adults who had not been in Compassion’s program as children. Wydick’s independent study found that children in Compassion’s programs are more likely to (1) stay in school longer, (2) hold salaried, white–collar employment, and (3) become leaders in their churches and communities. As a Compassion sponsor, you can be more confident than ever that you are investing in a strategic, effective program that is truly transforming lives. Find out more about this study!


2012-2013-highlight-charity-navCompassion Receives Highest Rating for Financial Integrity

For the 12th consecutive year, Compassion has received Charity Navigator’s four-star rating. This is the highest possible rating given by the organization, recognizing Compassion’s passionate commitment to sound fiscal management, accountability and transparency. This rating places Compassion among the top 1 percent of nonprofit organizations reviewed by Charity Navigator.


2012-2013-highlight-gallupGallup Honors Compassion with 'Great Workplace' Award

Compassion is humbled to be recognized as one of the most engaged work forces in the world by the Gallup organization. For the second year in a row, Compassion received the Gallup Great Workplace Award. Compassion was one of only 32 organizations chosen. Compassion’s President, Jimmy Mellado, says, “We believe our employees’ commitment and passion for children in need are key to Compassion’s continued growth and stability.”

Compassion has been recognized for superior financial integrity by publications and accountability groups, including:

  • Charity Navigator

We are honored that Compassion has received Charity Navigator’s highest rating 12 years in a row. This places the ministry in the top 1 percent of nonprofit organizations reviewed by Charity Navigator. This means a great deal to Compassion. Charity Navigator’s mission is to carefully examine the practices and performance of charities in order to inform wise giving decisions. Their distinguished rankings are designed to help sponsors and donors invest with confidence. For Compassion to earn their highest award for 12 consecutive years demonstrates that financial integrity is vitally important to Compassion International — and that we live up to the highest standards.

  • The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s “Top Rated Charities”

In addition, we are a member of several accrediting agencies, including:

If you have any questions about Compassion’s commitment to financial integrity, please call (800) 336-7676 or email us. We will be glad to assist you.

2012-2013-highlight-wydick-report Child Sponsorship: It Works!

Dr. Bruce Wydick, professor of economics and international studies at the University of San Francisco, set out to explore if Compassion child sponsorship really works. His team researched the outcomes of 1,840 adults in six countries who were once sponsored through Compassion. The researchers compared these adults’ outcomes with those of more than 8,000 adults who had not been in Compassion’s program as children. Wydick’s independent study found that children in Compassion’s programs are more likely to (1) stay in school longer, (2) hold salaried, white–collar employment, and (3) become leaders in their churches and communities. As a Compassion sponsor, you can be more confident than ever that you are investing in a strategic, effective program that is truly transforming lives. Find out more about this study!

Nonprofit Rankings

Forbes ranks Compassion #15 on its Largest US Charities List

The NonProfit Times Ranks Compassion #30 on its Top 100 List

Chronicle of Philanthropy ranks Compassion #23 on its Philanthropy 400 List

Compassion ranks #2 on Charity Navigator’s list of 10 Charities With the Most Consecutive 4-star Ratings.

A Trustworthy Organization

Compassion has been a trusted charity since 1952. 

Numerous financial accountability groups and accrediting agencies have recognized Compassion for superior financial integrity.

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