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:
+ Why is community development good?
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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+ Why is child development better?
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*
more likely to find white-collar employment as adults*
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* 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)
Financial Integrity and Good Stewardship
As a Christ-centered charitable organization, we strive to be good stewards of the resources you entrust to us. That's why at least 80 cents of every dollar spent goes to programs that transform the lives of children in need.
Our financial accountability, reporting processes, and results around the globe are consistently commended. We have been awarded the highest rating for financial stewardship and transparency by Charity Navigator, are a founding member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and meet the standards of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance.
Who is Charity Navigator?
Charity Navigator, America's largest charity evaluator, rates a charity's performance in key areas such as financial health, accountability and transparency, and results reporting.
Compassion has been awarded the highest rating — four stars — for financial stewardship and transparency.
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.