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, 84 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-sponsored 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.

2013-2014 pie chart illustrating Compassion International's program expenses

We are grateful for your faithfulness and the work of our Christ-centered church partners around the world. In the last fiscal year:


2013-2014 Compassion International Annual Report At-a-Glance


Where Compassion Is Changing Lives

Thanks to your generous commitment, babies, children and college-age students around the world are receiving Christ-centered, holistic development. These numbers represent the lives being transformed in each region (as of June 30, 2014).


2013-2014 Compassion International Annual Report beneficiary figures for the countries we work in

Charity Navigator Four-Star RatingCompassion Receives Highest Marks for Financial Integrity

For the 13th consecutive year, Compassion earned Charity Navigator’s four-star rating. This is the highest rating for U.S. charities given by Charity Navigator, recognizing Compassion’s outstanding commitment to sound fiscal management, accountability and transparency. This rating places Compassion in the top 1 percent of nonprofit organizations reviewed by the nation’s largest independent evaluator of charities.


The Gallup Great Workplace Award TrophyCompassion Among Top Workplaces in the World

The Gallup organization recognized Compassion as having one of the most engaged workforces in the world for the third straight year. The Gallup Great Workplace Award, based upon the most rigorous workplace research ever conducted, is a prestigious achievement demonstrating extraordinary levels of employee engagement. “This award is a testimony to our hardworking, dedicated staff,” says Compassion President Jimmy Mellado.


Haitian students in schoolHaiti Recovery Efforts Bring Hope Five Years After Quake

Compassion is on track to complete construction of 30 new earthquake-resistant school buildings in Haiti by January 2015. The construction is funded by Compassion’s Disaster Relief Fund in response to the 2010 earthquake. Children, babies and mothers enrolled in Compassion’s programs will gather in these locations to learn, grow, and find safety and care for years to come. Without these new schools and other relief efforts, Compassion would have lost the ability to serve an estimated 25,500 beneficiaries in Haiti. Compassion’s disaster relief efforts, which began the day the earthquake hit and continue to date, have helped serve more than 60,000 Haitian families.

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 13th 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.

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!

Nonprofit Rankings

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

Compassion ranks #4 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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