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May 9, 2011

I have been sponsoring children through this organization for a number of years and was not happy with the 20% fee they charged on monitary gifts. A call to the headquarters put the cost into perspective since there are many steps between the reception and distribution of funds for the stated purpose. They are not dealing with electronic transfers and ATM's on the corner.
I still was a littles miffed until I want to do a sponsorship with a similar large organization. They charge $35.00 per month as opposed to $28.
While ChildFund will accept modest monitary gifts this organization will not accept gifts for the sponsored child UNDER $75.00!!!!
I will not complain about ChildFund again!!!!!

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I can understand how complicated the gift giving process has become.

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Better explain why changes have to be made. They need a better PR team!!!

May 6, 2011

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May 6, 2011

I have sponsored a number of children through this program over the past 30 years and am sponsoring 2 at the current time. I was once very pleased to be part of what I considered a wonderful organization. However, since they have changed from Christian Children's Fund to ChildFund I have become frustrated with their new focus which seems to be about tacking on exhorbitant adminstrative costs at every turn.
For example, I just received stickers and note pads with each of my sponsored childrens' names on them. Included in the packages were solicitations to send this "free" gift for the cost of postage ($9.00). Now they have gone to the trouble of custom printing who knows how many of these cute little note pads to mail to us (for the supposed cost of devery to our kids). For the cost of all of that, they could have just sent the note pad to the child directly. Really? Stop pestering us for these goofy (and transparent) fundraisers and spend your time and money making a real differernce in these special childrens' lives by supplying them and their families with things they need!
The 20% off the top of any gift for administrative expenses also bothers me considerably. I will no longer deal with this organization after the two kids I am sponsoring now exit the program.

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May 6, 2011

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May 6, 2011

My family has found the opportunity to save a life through Child Fund to be a great joy and learning opportunity for both the adults and our children.
We have sponsored a young boy from Ethiopia since he was 4. Alias is now 13 years old. There were times over the years when we could barely pay
our bills. However, we never missed giving so this child could live. In the process, the children who are more blessed in my life have learned the joy and blessings of giving. Alias has brought more joy to us than we could ever give to him. We have been fearful that we would no longer be able to support the child we love as he gets older. I am relieved to find out that we can continue to support Alias. I would not stop supporting my biological child at any age and I am pleased to know that we can continue to support Alias as he grows into a young man. There is very little chance that Alias can find employment in the region of the world he lives in and I can not turn my back on him. Child Fund is the only organization that I am aware of that offers such a unique opportunity to the donor. I stress: You can save a life for under $40.00 a month. It is a no brainer.
I speak from experience. I work with homeless children in the U.S. I know the cost of covering expenses. I was disapointed to see that some folks were riled because the cost of send a gift rose from $2.50 to 20% of the gift. It costs that amount for me to supply a gift to one of the the children I serve locally. Ok, you have to go out and buy the gift (which in a 3rd world country is not always easy) transport the gift to the child and then the child sends a thank you letter ( the letter part is expensive also)
Please ask your self why you are giving this donation? Do you want to save a child's life? Do you really need to eat out? What is more important? I don't mean to sound preachy. I am just so happy that we are blessed to save a life. That is awesome to me. Thank you Child Fund for valuing all children.

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Our family is rich even when our pockets have been almost empty. Our daughter grew up knowing Alias and the experience has allowed her to grow into a compassionate human being. Even as a small child, she knew that she was fortunate and that one who gives is blessed.

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Grow. Ask the donors to "Speak up even when your voice quakes." Kuhn

May 3, 2011

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May 3, 2011

As a former senior executive with ChildFund (several years as CEO in Australia and then five as Regional Director in Asia) I know first-hand the difference the organisation makes in the lives of children in the poorest parts of the world. I regularly visited programmes from Indonesia and Afghanistan to Kenya and Ethiopia and was always inspired by the incredible determination of children, young people and their families to shape their own destiny through the long-term support provided by ChildFund.

I vividly remember meeting a Ugandan woman named Immaculate who was chairing a cattle restocking project - she spoke with such pride and passion about what it meant to her community to have livestock again (their cattle had been stolen by rebels)...they could feed themselves, provide milk for children, pass on calves to other villagers. Even more importantly, this project had given them hope again.

I have 15 years' worth of stories just like Immaculate's...real people with names and children and sisters and brothers who, with a hand up from ChildFund, have grabbed a new future with both hands.

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numerous countries around the world. Interestingly, I joined the organisation from the rather skeptical standpoint of a journalist and certainly asked my share of tough questions at the job interview! At that time, and in the following 15 years, I was impressed by what I saw and heard from staff, families, communities and partners who, together, were always committed to ensuring the wellbeing of children.

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In a consulting capacity I've worked recently with a global team in ChildFund who are helping the wider organisation further strengthen and expand its programmes to reach even more children. Certainly in the four years since I left the organisation, there's evidence of tremendous evolution and a clear strategic direction that a very passionate, articulate and committed group of people around the world are now striving to deliver.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

It's unwavering commitment over more than seven decades to promoting child development and well-being. In particular, ChildFund strives more than most to put real ownership, control and resources in the hands of those at the heart of the work - children, youth and communities - which creates a fundamental foundation for sustainable change.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

May 2, 2011

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May 2, 2011

I have sponsored students through Child Fund for over 25 years, In 2006, I joined one of their Study Tours to Brazil and was able to spend a day with my sponsored boy, who was 13 at the time, and his mother. Previous to our visit, I would get obligatory notes, thanking me for birthday or Christmas presents. Then we got to meet, and I have since received long letters from him. Within each one, he mentions his trip to the ocean to meet me and how much his mother enjoyed it, too. We are now "real people" to each other and it has made such a difference.

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I have sponsored about 6 or 7 students through Childfund over the past 25+ years and have greatly enjoyed the experience and learned much about the families and the projects through which they work and play.

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I truthfully can think of nothing I would change.

May 2, 2011

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May 2, 2011

My family has been sponsoring children through ChildFund for over 11 years now. My mother, sister, and I support 17 children from all around the world...each one of them capturing a piece of our hearts. Our family sees our money not as our own, but as "God's money", and thus, choosing a charity, and supporting it with enthusiastic hearts means really doing our homework to ensure that the money we invest is being put to good use. It is with confidence that I can report that ChildFund is incredibly careful, respectful, and responsible with the money donated to it's organization. We even had a situation many years ago where one "project" was not accounting appropriately for it's funding, and ChildFund informed us that they regrettably had to terminate help in that area. ChildFund knows the burden and responsibility of being accountable to it's sponsors, and I believe that they are doing the best that they can to meet the needs of the sponsors and the sponsored...not an easy balance. The 20 percent increase that many people are referring to in their write- ups is a big change, but it's one that should have been happening gradually over the past 10 years. It requires time and money to deliver special gifts to our sponsored children. When we sent a recent gift of a $500.00 cow, for example, to Uganda, it requires time and one on one effort from multiple employees to make arrangements for the purchase, delivery, protection, etc. I can't possibly pretend to believe that the old fee of $2.50 would have been sufficient to cover the expenses of this task. I am more than happy to pay for the privilege of having someone help me deliver gifts to our beautiful families all over the world! We love ChildFund! We can't say enough about what wonderful things they do!

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Receiving letters from the children and the families we support. We receive pictures of the children and even pictures of the gifts we purchase for them through the money we send above and beyond our monthly sponsorship. ChildFund also communicates with us in a very extensive way.

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Find a way for communication between sponsor and sponsored children to happen faster. Letters take 4 to 8 weeks to arrive.

April 27, 2011

I was extremely happy with this charity when it was Christian Children's Fund. Since it became Childfund, they have a new policy of taking 20% of each monetary gift I send to my sponsored child and their family. I would drop this charity in a minute if I wasn't so concerned about my sponsored child.

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My sponsored child and their families have been very faithful to write me and tell me exactly how my donations have been used and helped them have a better quality of life.

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I would certainly immediately stop this new policy of taking 20% of all monetary gifts to these poor children and their families. Raise the sponsorship fees or something that doesn't take money from the poor. I have been sending $75 a month for several years to help this large family, and now they only get $60. Taking from the poor is just not right.

April 27, 2011

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April 27, 2011

My husband and I have been sponsors of children in Christian Childrens' Fund (now ChildFund International) for over forty years. During that time we sponsored a boy named Anastacio Papa in the Philippines for at least fifteen years and became quite well acquainted with him. When he was 21 and had a job we moved on to other children. Last month he looked us up through Facebook and with the help of my granddaughter found me after 20 years. It has been a real thrill for me to learn that he went on to college, has a degree in Accountancy, and is a business manager for a company that manufactures sandals. We have renewed our acquaintaince and exchanged photos and he is continually thanking us for our support of him. He calls us his "foster parents". It is so wonderful to know that our small contribution to his welfare has created a fine, successful man. We always had confidence in CCF and this is more proof of the excellent work they do. Ruth Bogia

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receiving word from my sponsored child that he has become a successful business man.

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I think they are doing well as they are now.

April 24, 2011

My elderly father has been sponsoring children through this organization (first as Christian Children's Fund and now as ChildFund) for several decades. However, now that I am handing my father's finances I have been taking a closer look at the organization's solicitation material and am really bothered by some of it.
For example, we just received a preprinted birthday card that we could sign and return to ChildFund, who would then turn around and deliver it to the child for $9.00. Nine Dollars?!?!? I could send a card for 44 cents because this child is in the US. I understand that some of the money must go to subsidize delivery of cards to children in foreign countries, but $9???? That just is exhorbitant!
We also received a pack of animal stickers that we were assured any child would LOVE. Well, our "child" is 15-year-old boy. I sincerely doubt that he would be thrilled to receive animal stickers. Again, we were asked to send $9 so that ChildFund could deliver these stickers to him. Give me a break! Why doesn't ChildFund look at the demographics of who their gifts are intended for?
The 20% off the top of any gift for administrative expenses also bothers me considerably. All in all, I am not inclined to deal with this organization again after our "child" ages out of the program.

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Received several letters from the child thanking us for our donations.

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Get rid of the ridiculous fees!

April 22, 2011

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April 22, 2011

ChildFund is a leader in programs focused on improving the quality of life for children living in poverty that is focused on the community to ensure sustainability. Anne Goddard and her team have a passion for what they do and could all be earning a lot more if they worked in the private sector. ChildFund has a global presence and reach that makes them incredibly relevant . They are not a perfect organization but I have yet to find one that is. They are making a difference and impacting the lives of the most vulnerable.

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Richmond and Africa

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Increase their funding

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