Your donation to the Where Most Needed fund will help us better serve children in extreme poverty.
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Compassion has been involved in development work for over 65 years. During that time, we have tried various approaches to break the cycle of poverty in children's lives. We've seen that changed circumstances rarely change people's lives while changed people inevitably change their circumstances. Community development is important work that addresses the external circumstances of poverty and is an important complement to our work. However, our primary focus is individual child development — an inside-out, bottom-up approach that recognizes the God-given value and potential of each individual child. Very often, these children grow up to become positive influences in their own communities.
Your donation can make a difference in the lives of children in need. Please send your tax-deductible donation today.
Children around the world are bombarded with images from Western media that promote materialism and highlight the disparity between the rich and poor. Child sponsorship provides a bridge between cultures and connects those from different worlds on a very human, caring level. Sponsors receive materials that provide guidelines for their contacts with children and staff screen correspondence for inappropriate or culturally insensitive materials. Because a sense of hopelessness is at the root of poverty, we want our programs to raise the hopes and expectations of children. We encourage sponsors to emphasize the rewards of faith and family and values such as health, productivity and generosity, rather than Western possessions or accomplishments.
As a Compassion sponsor, you'll discover Compassion's distinctive values:
Our goal, then, is to take a child from the brink of survival to abundant life as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
No. Children are welcome to participate in a Compassion center regardless of their faith. Compassion's programs, however, are unapologetically Christian and every Compassion center is connected to a Christian church or ministry. While we want children to have the opportunity to see living faith in action, hear the gospel and have an opportunity to be discipled in the ways of Christ, neither they nor their families are under any compulsion to become Christians.
In 1952, evangelist Rev. Everett Swanson was preaching in Korea. Moved by the plight of Korean war orphans, Swanson established a program through which caring people could provide food, shelter, education, medical care and Christian training for those orphans. Rev. Swanson's program became the basis for what is now Compassion International.
More than 2 million children have been sponsored through Compassion; its history can be traced through more than 40 countries.
Compassion's Christian commitment has never wavered. We are keenly aware of the part we can play in fulfilling the Great Commission. All of our employees are committed followers of Jesus Christ, dedicated to developing children worldwide — and we are working exclusively through local churches and fellowships.
Compassion works with local church partners and fellowships representing more than 65 denominations. Our statement of faith is the same as that of the National Association of Evangelicals.
Currently we work in 25 countries, divided into four areas:
Africa: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda.
Central America and the Caribbean: the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua.
South America: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
Asia: Bangladesh, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
Compassion International is a Christian not-for-profit ministry dedicated to the long-term holistic development of children in poverty.
Our ministry of Christian child development is two-fold:
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Yes. Compassion is committed to providing consistent service to registered children in our programs. Compassion's method of keeping program benefits consistent for sponsored children happens through pooling sponsorship funds to produce a level support system.
Every month we put all the current sponsorship funds we receive into one central fund. Your monthly sponsorship payments are combined with the payments from other sponsors. The overhead and field support costs are deducted and then we divide the balance over the total number of sponsored children. The resulting figure is what will help each child for that month. With the help of our pooling system, every child in our program can count on consistent support.
Without a pooling system, sponsored children whose sponsors were late with their support or simply did not send support would have their sponsorship benefits interrupted. If some sponsors do not send their support in a given month, the project would not have enough funds to provide the benefits for all of the children at their project.
In the United States the IRS has prohibited organizations from receiving donations and passing those funds directly to individuals. By pooling the benefits between all children, Compassion can qualify to issue tax-deductible donation receipts to our sponsors.
This approach also allows us to be better financial stewards of the resources God has blessed us with. For example, if we were to pass on to sponsored children the exact support amount sponsors have sent, we would have to manage the many different rates of sponsorship funds coming in. Project directors in our thousands of centers around the world would have to assign differing benefit amounts to each of our children in our centers. To accomplish this task, administrative costs would rise dramatically and we would have fewer resources to maintain the quality of our program. Pooling is a financially responsible option that ensures Compassion-assisted children receive consistent benefits.
Yes. Compassion is audited each year by an independent accounting firm. We publish the independent auditor report in its entirety and make it available to anyone at any time. Accountability is a commitment and a value that drives our whole organization. We are committed to earning and keeping your trust.
If you have any questions about financial issues, please call us toll free at (800) 336-7676. Our Sponsor Relations representatives will gladly respond to any questions you might have.
In most cases, no. Such direct aid can lead to misuse of funds, children's unhealthy dependency on an outside organization, and difficulty in monitoring individual development goals. Compassion funds church-based programs that provide developmental opportunities and benefits agreed upon by the church and Compassion. The standard is that funds are used on meaningful developmental opportunities for the program's children.
Compassion seeks out local partners who share our passion and vision for ministry. When they are as committed to the children as we are, they make sure that the funds are used effectively. In addition, we train and equip center workers so that they understand effective child development and good financial management. Compassion is totally committed to earning the trust of our donors and sponsors. Integrity is not only a commitment but a value that drives our whole organization. Besides an annual audit of Compassion by an independent auditing firm, we regularly conduct our own audits to make sure that funds are properly received, tracked and managed in every center for every child.
Yes. All contributions to Compassion are tax-deductible in the United States. As a requirement of the 1993 Revenue Reconciliation Act, we verify that no goods or services of value are given to you for your contribution.