Compassion International, a Christian child development ministry, jumped to the 54th slot, up from 63rd in the 2006 NonProfit Times 100 (NPT) ranking of nonprofits and charities.
The organizations are categorized by the NPT according to their revenue in fiscal year (FY) 2005. To make the list, at least 10 percent of an organization's income must come from public support. Compassion, which relies solely on public support, saw its total revenues increase by 24 percent for FY2005.
"We are delighted with the dynamic growth and are grateful to God for His blessing and to our donors for their confidence and trust," said Dr. Wess Stafford, President of Compassion International. "In our 55 years, we have witnessed whole generations of lives transformed, both children and their sponsors. There is no greater challenge in today's world than poverty. We have learned the power of love attacks poverty from the inside out. Changed lives always change their communities and world!"
Although the latest NPT ranking focuses on revenue increase in FY2005, the child advocacy organization is seeing an upsurge in other key areas as well. According to its 2005-2006 annual report, Compassion's worldwide sponsorships grew by 13 percent, 417 new church based-child development centers were added overseas, and during the last three months of the fiscal year, 32,000 people made first-time professions of faith in Christ according to Compassion's church partners. Compassion's Leadership Development Program, which provides sponsorship for young adults so they can attend college in their own country, also helped 1,017 students get a higher education while receiving Christian leadership training.
"We're encouraged by these milestones and believe they are the result of God's hands on our ministry," said Stafford. "Compassion takes seriously the mandate issued in the Bible in Psalm 82:3 that says, 'Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.'"
Compassion has been recognized for superior financial integrity by several publications and financial accountability groups, including Charity Navigator, The Chronicles of Philanthropy and The American Institute of Philanthropy. In addition, Compassion is a founding member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.
Compassion International is one of the world's largest Christian child development organizations, working with more than 65 denominations and thousands of indigenous church partners in Africa, Asia, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Since 1952, Compassion has touched the lives of more than 1 million children and has been recognized for its financial integrity with top ratings and recommendations by several of the nation's leading not-for-profit "watchdog" organizations. For information about sponsoring a child, contact Compassion online at Compassion.com or by calling (800) 336-7676, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT.