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 and others focus on child development. Some will accept government funding while others rely completely on donor 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 child sponsorship program?
- Who most directly benefits from your financial support?
- How often does the child participate in the sponsorship program?
- What does the child experience in the sponsorship program?
- What if the sponsored child has unique needs?
- What is the role of the sponsor?
At Compassion, our Child Sponsorship Program is implemented by the local church in the countries where we work. We have 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 4-8 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 initiatives to meet other critical needs.
Within our Child Sponsorship Program the sponsor's role is to participate. Engaged and active sponsors help children to flourish.