An Effective Charitable Organization Committed to Integrity

All around the globe, a wide variety of charitable organizations work to bring hope to a hurting world. Among these charitable organizations, Compassion International stands out as a beacon of integrity, effectiveness and commitment.

A “Love Thy Neighbor” Holistic Charitable Organization

Compassion is a “love thy neighbor” children's charity and ministry serving impoverished children and families in world’s poorest countries. We view the children and families we serve as whole beings, and we work to release them from their spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty.

Our programs are rooted in Christian child development and child advocacy. Founded by the Rev. Everett Swanson in 1952, we began by providing Korean War orphans with food, shelter, education and health care, as well as Christian training. But among charitable organizations, our programmatic model is distinct.

We are a Christ centered, church based and child focused charitable organization. We work long-term, without accepting government funding, beginning in some cases with prenatal care and going all the way through leadership development for young adults.

And we consistently receive the highest ratings for financial accountability and integrity. At least 80 percent of every dollar is invested into caring for the children in our programs.

A Unique Charitable Organization

One thing that distinguishes us from other charitable organizations is our commitment to remain a Christ-centered ministry. More than 60 years after Rev. Swanson began our ministry Jesus Christ is still at the center of everything that we do.

Another aspect of our uniqueness among charitable organizations is that our programs run entirely through local churches in the developing world. We work with local pastors who understand the specific needs of their communities, and we equip them with the resources they need to make a difference.

Our focus on children — child development rather than community development — is another distinctive that separates our organization from others.

A young girl wearing a red top smiling
A girl from Burkina Faso wearing a green uniform holding her bible
A toddler from Thailand playing outside
A Haitian boy wearing a blue checkered shirt smiling
We believe that investing in children is the most strategic way to change the world. A changed child can change her family, a changed family can change its community, a changed community can change its country and enough changed countries change the world.

Make a Charitable Contribution

By making a charitable contribution or commitment to Compassion you are helping rescue children from poverty.

Sponsor a child in need and offer your child hope and the basic necessities of life.

Make a tax-deductible donation and help children in poverty gain access to clean water, receive a mosquito net, survive a medical emergency or receive additional education assistance, among other needs.


As a Christian charity, we strive to be good stewards of the resources you entrust to us. Our financial accountability, reporting processes, and results around the globe are consistently commended. With God’s blessing and your ongoing support, we will continue working to release as many children as possible from poverty in Jesus’ name.

In 2020, we began publishing an Accountability Report. This report describes the work of Compassion in a way that provides greater transparency to the way we operate and deliver impact as a ministry. We believe this is a more complete response to our stakeholder needs, along with the continued publication of our audited financial statements.

Compassion International, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization | Tax ID (EIN) 36-2423707

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Please call us at 800-336-7676, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. MT to speak with a Compassion representative.