Financial Integrity of Compassion International

Trustworthy Charity

At Compassion, we take your trust in our ministry very seriously. We know how valuable your confidence is that we are a trustworthy charity. Without it our mission of releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name can't be accomplished. We want to do everything we can to earn your confidence in us as a trustworthy charity.

Compassion International has been a trustworthy charity since 1952. Since that time, we've striven to be transparent and authentic in everything we do.

We know what a significant decision sponsoring a child can be so we encourage you to do your research. Ask the important questions and address any doubts you might have. We're confident that when you do, you'll see Compassion as an honorable and trustworthy charity.

More than 1 million people have helped children through Compassion. Become a part of this trustworthy charity and help make a difference in the life of a child in need.

Will Your Money Really Make A Difference

When you donate through Compassion, you can be confident that your money will be used to further programs that transform the lives of children in the name of Jesus!

How Your Donation is Used

At Least 80%
funds program expenses that help children in poverty

+ Where does this money go?

Where does this money go?

At least 80 percent of your donation goes to programs that directly benefit your sponsored child. These programs deliver basic healthcare, hygiene training and materials, educational opportunities, food and supplements and individualized care and attention to sponsored children in a Christian, church-based envrionment.

Program expenses also includes the costs of our field specialists and country staff who direct and maintain the daily activities of our child development program.

No more than 20%
to supporting services such as fundraising and administration.

+ Why doesn't every penny go to child programs?

Why doesn't every penny go to child programs?

Supporting more than 1.7 million children around the world with transformative care requires substantial logistical support.

To keep these costs conservative, we are committed to investing no more than 20 percent of donations recieved into administrative and fundraising services. This past fiscal year, 16 cents of every dollar given went to administration and fundraising -- important tasks that help us care for even more children around the world.

Transparent financial accountability is just one reason to trust Compassion with your charitable donations. See why we are a top rated Christian charity!

Your Donations Are Used To Help an Individual Child in Poverty

We devote our resources to a child development model that focuses on each individual child instead of the more common approach of community development. Here's how the two different approaches compare:

Community Development

+ Why is community development good?

Community Development

Your sponsorship money is typically given in the name of your sponsored child into an overall community fund. This money is usually used for community improvement projects (such as building schools, drilling water wells, paving roads, etc.) where your sponsored child lives. The sponsored child benefits as the whole community benefits.

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Child Development

+ Why is child development better?

Child Development

Your sponsorship money is directed specifically to your sponsored child through a Compassion-assisted local church in their community. Your child is noticed and cared for by Christian leaders. In addition, you can donate gifts and resources to your sponsored child while building a close relationship through sharing letters and pictures.

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Individual child development transforms lives!

Supported by Compassion, children in poverty are:

  • 27% - 40% more likely to finish secondary education*
  • 50% - 80% more likely to graduate college*
  • 35% more likely to find white-collar employment as adults*

See More Results »

* Source: Does Individual Child Sponsorship Work? A Six-Country Study of Impacts on Adult Life Outcomes, published in The Journal Of Political Economy (April 2013)

We Are Accredited By Major Charity Watch Dog Organizations.

As a Christ centered charitable organization, we strive to be good stewards of the resources you have entrusted to us. Our financial accountability, reporting processes, and results around the globe are consistently commended by groups dedicated to monitoring non profit organizations for financial integrity.

  • Who is Charity Navigator?

    Charity Navigator rates a charity's performance in key areas such as financial health, accountability and transparency, and results reporting.

    For the 14th consecutive year, we have received Charity Navigator's highest rating of 4 stars. This places Compassion International in the top 1 percent of nonprofit organizations reviewed by the independent charity evaluator.

  • What is Wise Giving Alliance?

    The Wise Giving Alliance is a national charity monitoring organization that has over 100 years of combined experience in charity evaluation. To receive accreditation, Compassion International has undergone a comprehensive and in-depth evaluation of our governance, fund raising practices, solicitations and informational materials, as well an thorough vetting into how we spend our money.

  • What is the ECFA?

    The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability is an accreditation agency promoting fiscal integrity and and sound financial practices among its organizations. Compassion International is a founding member of this accountability group.

    To earn accreditation, an organization must meet the Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship outlined by the organization.

Our Impact Has Been Featured By Leading News Sources.

Our ministry programs are frequently mentioned and highlighted by various media outlets.

We Make It Easy To See Exactly Where Your Money Goes!

We are passionate about financial integrity and are committed to transparency. Want to know how much money we bring in, where our donations come from, and how every penny is spent throughout our charity organization?

Browse through our current and historical financial records below.

We are committed to investing at least 80 percent of gifts received into front-line ministry.

How are we doing? In our 2015 fiscal year, 81.8 cents of every dollar you gave went directly to our Child Development Program and Sponsor/Donor Ministries.

Every Penny You Give Makes A Difference

Your contributions make an incredible difference in the lives of children. During our last fiscal year, our Child Development Program and Christ-centered church partners:

  • Offered hope to more than 1.7 Million Children
  • Assisted 3,077 students attend college
  • Helped 29,084 mothers and babies
  • Had an eternal impact on 122,588 children and adults who gave their lives to Jesus

A Difference That Is Growing Exponentially Every Day.

Still Have Questions About Our Financial Stewardship?

We know that sponsoring a child is an important decision, and encourage you to fully research an organization before you donate. If you have any unanswered questions about Compassion’s commitment to financial integrity, please call us at (800) 336-7676, Monday through Friday, 7 am to 5:30 pm MT to speak with a Compassion representative. You may also download our brochure, "How is My Money Making a Difference Each Month?"