What is the Best Charity to Sponsor a Child With?
The best charity to sponsor a child with is the one that best matches your values. Although there may be similarities between child sponsorship programs there are also many differences to consider.
For instance, some child sponsorship charities take a broad community development approach while others focus on child development that ultimately benefits the whole community. Some will accept government funding while others rely completely on donors for program support. Some child sponsorship charities may be faith-based and some may not be.
Of course there are other points of comparison and contrast to consider, so ultimately, the best charity to sponsor a child with is the one that places its priorities where you place yours.
To help you make the best decision for your circumstances, priorities and values, consider these six questions before deciding which charity to sponsor a child with.
- Who implements or administers the program?
- Who most directly benefits from your financial support?
- How often does the child participate in the program?
- What does the child experience in the program?
- What if the sponsored child has unique needs?
- What is the role of the sponsor?
At Compassion, child sponsorship works to release children from poverty. Our program is implemented by thousands of local church partners tailoring our holistic child development model to the contextualized needs of the children they serve.
When you sponsor a child with us, the beneficiary of your support is your specific sponsored child. The family may receive additional or indirect benefits, but our focus is the one child.
The minimum standards for our Child Sponsorship Program dictate that each church-run child development center provide four to eight hours of programming each week, at least 48 weeks out of the year, and that individual child attendance be taken each time the center is open.
Through our Child Sponsorship Program we address every major aspect of a child's well-being, every element that he or she needs to survive, develop and thrive. We work to address each child's spiritual, economic, social and physical needs. A child with unique needs will benefit from additional and specialized assistance provided by our healthcare, medical, and food and nutrition initiatives, which is particularly important during the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Within our Child Sponsorship Program the sponsor's role is to participate. Engaged and active sponsors help children to flourish. Beyond the monthly financial support, we ask that sponsors pray for their sponsored children and write letters a few times a year.