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

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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 donations received into front-line ministry. In fact, when you gave to Compassion this past year, 81.8 percent of expenses went to programs that directly benefit children.

We govern our spending on administration and fundraising so that more than 1.7 million babies, children and young adults around the world can be released from poverty in Jesus’ name.

Thank you for your faithful giving in 2015. Your gifts make it possible for the children and families we serve around the world to receive transforming care in the name of Jesus.

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

  • Charity Navigator

    We are honored to receive Charity Navigator’s highest rating of four stars for the 14th consecutive year. This places the ministry in the top 1 percent of nonprofit organizations reviewed by the independent charity evaluator. Their distinguished rankings are designed to help sponsors and donors invest with confidence.

  • The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s Philanthropy 400 List

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.

You may also download our brochure, "How is My Money Making a Difference Each Month?"

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:

  1. to stay in school longer.
  2. hold salaried, white–collar employment.
  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!

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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Nonprofit Rankings

Compassion ranks #2 on Charity Navigator’s list of 10 Charities with the Most Consecutive 4-Star Ratings

Forbes ranks Compassion #14 on its 50 Largest U.S. Charities List

The NonProfit Times ranks Compassion #25 on its Top 100 List

Chronicle of Philanthropy ranks Compassion #22 on its Philanthropy 400 List