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Compassion International is a Christian child development organization dedicated to releasing children from poverty. Our ministry to children is twofold: We work through local churches to provide child development programs to deliver children from economic, physical, social and spiritual poverty, enabling them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. And we speak out for children in poverty – informing, motivating and equipping others to become advocates for children.
Releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.
Yes. Compassion International, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
As Christians, Compassion is called to be good stewards of the resources God has given us, and we are very passionate about ensuring we are. Internal and independent audits are regularly conducted for our country offices and our Global Ministry Center in Colorado Springs. Every financial process undergoes intensive and continual scrutiny to ensure that funds are properly received, tracked, and managed. We want our program to be effective, so we monitor the child development centers to make sure they are making a difference in the lives of the children we serve. Our goal is that the children in our program follow Jesus Christ in faith and deed, support themselves and share with others in need, are responsible members of their families, churches, communities and nations; and maintain their own physical well-being by the time they complete our Child Sponsorship Program.
The hallmark of Compassion's work is one-to-one child sponsorship. A sponsor is someone who has made the decision to personally invest in the life of a child in need. Through sponsorship, children are able to participate in a church-based program that offers life-changing benefits that range from educational opportunities to health care.
Compassion currently works in 25 countries around the world.
In Africa, Compassion works in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda.
In Central America and the Caribbean, Compassion works in the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua and Mexico.
In South America, Compassion works in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
In Asia, Compassion works in Bangladesh, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
Compassion follows an in-depth process of investigation, analysis and research for God's direction to expand into new countries and communities. Compassion's criteria for opening a new country include:
Compassion is distinct from other organizations because we are:
On June 1, 2016, Charity Navigator introduced a revised method of calculation for the charities they review. This revised system altered Compassion's 4-star rating to a 3, less than three months after awarding Compassion a 4-star rating for the exact same numbers.
There are two changes that had the most impact on Compassion’s rating.
Since 1952, Compassion's ministry model has proved to provide immense stability in the face of various economic situations. We believe our sponsors and donors are best served when their dollars are quickly put to use releasing children from poverty, not sitting unnecessarily idle in an account.
Compassion’s strong commitment to financial transparency, integrity, and our core purpose of releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name is and will continue to be unwavering. Our commitment to stewardship has not changed even though the calculations of Charity Navigator have undergone revisions.
During Compassion's 65-plus years of development work, we've seen various approaches to breaking the cycle of poverty in children's lives. We've discovered 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. Many of these children grow up to become positive influences in their own communities.
Compassion International began in 1952 in Chicago, IL, as the Everett Swanson Evangelistic Association.
Compassion International began in the heart of one man moved by the plight of Korean War orphans The Rev. Everett Swanson was on a successful preaching tour in South Korea when he encountered the bitter poverty of Korea's unwanted children. He knew he had to do something.
Upon his return to the United States, Everett established a program that allowed caring people to provide food, shelter, education, medical care and Christian training for Korean orphans. That program was, and remains, the foundation and core of Compassion.
Santiago "Jimmy" Mellado is the current CEO and President of Compassion International. He is the fifth president in Compassion's history and has been president since 2013.
No. Children are welcome to participate in a Compassion-assisted child development center regardless of their faith. Compassion's program, however, is unapologetically Christian and every Compassion center is connected to a Christian church or ministry. We want children to have the opportunity to see living faith in action, hear the gospel and be discipled in the ways of Christ. But neither they nor their families are under any compulsion to become Christians.
Sponsoring a child costs $38 a month. It's a significant commitment, but the incredible difference it makes in the life of a child is invaluable.
The children Compassion serves receive, among other things: the opportunity to hear the gospel and learn about Jesus; regular Christian training; educational opportunities and help; health care, hygiene training and supplementary food if necessary; a caring and safe Christian environment to grow in self-confidence and social skills; personal attention, guidance and love.
Yes. Each child has only one sponsor, which is why the sponsor's prayers, letters and support mean so much to a child. We believe that the relationship that develops between sponsors and children is instrumental in a child's growth and development. In addition, this one-to-one relationship provides children with the message that they matter, that they are valuable and that someone outside of their family cares about them and their future.
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Yes! You can write your child a letter at write.compassion.com.
Our Where We Work section contains general information about each country we work in, along with more specific information about major regions of each country.
You can also get information about your child's community and child development center from the My Sponsorships page in My Account.
Definitely! We offer pre-planned group sponsor trips and unique custom visits.
You can contact us Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. MT. The telephone number is (800) 336-7676.
You can also send us a message.
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Since 1980, Compassion International's headquarters have been located in Colorado Springs, CO.
You can call Compassion at (800) 336-7676, Monday through Friday, 7a.m. to 5:30p.m. MT., or send mail to Compassion International, Colorado Springs, CO 80997.
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.
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