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


compassion international annual report sponsored child icon Life-Saving Sponsorships

31,219 children were sponsored in May 2015 — the largest Child Sponsorship Program net growth in Compassion’s history)

compassion international annual report child letters icon Increased Correspondence

More letters were sent to encourage children — 300,000 more than last year

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411 new local church child development centers were added — that’s more than one church partner per day

compassion international annual report clean water icon Safe Water for Life

19,113 children and families received Compassion Water of Life safe water systems

girl resting her chin in her handsU.S. Sponsorship Growth

In May 2015, the Child Sponsorship Program gained 31,219 new sponsorships globally — the ministry’s largest monthly net growth, in terms of commitments, in our 63-year history. In the same month, the United States broke the 1 millionth child sponsorship mark, contributing to a fiscal year-end total of 1,585,727 sponsored beneficiaries.


Step Into My Shoes family tool kitStep Into My Shoes

Compassion’s Step Into My Shoes (SIMS) advocacy toolkit was selected by KidzMatter Magazine as a 2015 leading ministry tool for children’s and senior pastors. SIMS is a fourstep experience that allows families, churches and schools to walk alongside a family in poverty and explore the question, “How much is enough?”


an African girlGlobal Advocacy

Great impact was also made through Compassion’s Global Advocacy strategy to equip and empower churches, organizations and leaders who align with our commitment to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. Through these advocacy efforts, Compassion was able to mobilize more than 4,500 church leaders in more than 50 countries to reach additional children who are not able to participate in our sponsorship program!


Compassion International Mobile ExperienceMobile Experience Growth

The phenomenal success of the “Change the Story: The Compassion Experience” traveling exhibit prompted the creation of four additional mobile units that were deployed from August to October 2015. The immersive exhibit allows visitors to experience other cultures, see the realities of global poverty, and discover true stories of hope. Now, seven traveling units are crisscrossing the country. In FY15, the Compassion Experience traveled to 80 U.S. cities, nearly tripling its reach from the previous year, and more than 200 events will be held next year.


an iPadCompassion Magazine: Now Online

Compassion Magazine’s new online edition provides you with more robust content, photo essays, and easy-to-share stories in large print. The magazine is also available through iTunes on iPhone and iPad, or in print. More than 80,000 sponsors have signed up to receive the magazine online, saving the ministry money that would have been spent on paper and postage.

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.
  4. to finish secondary education and complete a university education.

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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Compassion Rankings

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

#14 on Forbes' 50 Largest U.S. Charities List

#22 on the Philanthropy 400 List, compiled by the Chronicle of Philanthropy

#25 on The NonProfit Times Top 100 List