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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Christianity, International, International Relief, Religion

Mission: Compassion International is the world's largest Christian child development organization that works through local churches to permanently release children from poverty.  Founded in 1952, Compassion successfully tackles global poverty one child at a time, serving more than 1.4 million children—pre-natal through higher education—in 26 of the world's poorest countries.  Recognizing that poverty is more than a lack of money, Compassion works through local churches to holistically address the individual physical, economic, educational and spiritual needs of children—enabling them to thrive, not just survive.  Compassion has been awarded 13 consecutive, four-star ratings by Charity Navigator, America's largest charity evaluator, as well as the Gallup Great Workplace Award for the past three straight years.

Results: http://www.compassion.com/does-child-sponsorship-work.htm

Target demographics: children living in extreme poverty.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,461,116 children

Geographic areas served: 26 countries

Programs: Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program creates a one-to-one relationship between a child living in extreme poverty and a sponsor, who, through a $38 monthly commitment, provides that child with physical, social, spiritual and economic care and training, making a difference in that child’s life, thereby changing her world and empowering her to improve her environment for future generations. Compassion's Child Survival Program responds to the needs of mothers on behalf of their babies by ensuring a healthy environment and a strong start in life for the poorest and most vulnerable so that they may escape the cycle of poverty. Using proven child survival strategies, caregivers are equipped to nurture and disciple their children, who otherwise might not survive to age 5.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

35

Donor

Rating: 5

I was a Compassion International sponsored child and was released from poverty in Jesus name thanks to their work. I love the ministry and what they stand for, bringing Jesus to the least of them. I love that they are Christ-Centered and most of their programs are aimed at equipping the kids with the gospel of Jesus Christ. I grew up in Kenya, in a family where our source of income was about $10 a month. Poverty was bad but the hopelessness that came from the poverty was even worse. All I needed as a kid growing up in poverty was food, clothes, water, a home with a warm bed and most importantly love and hope. I got none of these things. 1994, Compassion came into my life took a big turn. Food, clean water, shoes, clothes, a warm bed with a mosquito net, and lots of love is what I got from Compassion. they started to speak words of hope and truth into my life. the love I got from my sponsor was like non other, the warmth I got from the Compassion staff was even better. I did not know Jesus before I joined Compassion but everything Compassion did for me made me want know this Jesus they served. I did, come to know Jesus through an alter call by one of the Compassion staff and that was the difference in my life. The best gift I got from Compassion, was Jesus, my life has never been the same again. In summary, 19 years later here I am today released from poverty and hopelessness in Jesus name. Me and my wife now sponsor 4 beautiful kids (India, Thailand and 2 in Kenya) through Compassion. I am currently a CPA living in America and now in a position to change my family's life and that of a generation. I am blessed to have led people to the lord with my testimony, sponsor one child and bring the good news of Jesus to nations. I can't tell it all what Compassion has done for me and for so many kids around the world, but one thing is for sure : they do what they say they do. I am proof. P.S. - My Compassion sponsor was the best man in our wedding #powerfulrelationships.

19

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have 5 children--the correspondence is so sweet. I love that they set up trips where you can go to visit the children and see exactly what your money is going to. I have volunteered for several of their events and they are well run with great training. I have met the nicest people at the events. I love that I can write online and even upload pictures. They send me information about the region in which my children reside and I even get letters from the Pastors that oversee my children. I have been very pleased and hope to adopt several more soon.

8 lakerdj

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I truly love supporting the fine efforts Compassion International is doing in Haiti. My sponsored child, Paul Ando-Paul is thriving under the guidance and support of Compassion International. I would love to work for them. What a blessing they are to the world!

Doug Johnson
Dallas, Texas

3 Paul98

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Many Blessings I am so blessed by sponsoring children through Compassion! I am excited to be able to write to my children and receive their warm and touching letters. Also, being able to make their Christmas, birthday and family life special and blessed brings great joy to my heart. I truly believe that being Christ centered and involving the local church makes this sponsorship program so successful and unique. Being a sponsor is the best Christmas present I have ever received.

The one-to-one relationship with your sponsored child is truly a blessing from God. This relationship is further enhanced and developed through prayers and regular correspondence between you (either the sponsor or the correspondent sponsor) and the child. I have fond memories of receiving my first child letter, being able to pray for my child and respond back to the child letter. I have grown to appreciate the well-controlled and high-quality driven process that Compassion has implemented to ensure that all letters are translated and delivered. Although at times it seems like the process is slow and cumbersome, the end result is very rewarding; the delivery of the child letter to the sponsor. Not exactly knowing when a letter is going to be delivered is like a special holiday gift from God. So remember to be patient and pray for and write to your child on a regular basis. Prayers and Letters have a huge impact!

1 Carol89

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have sponsered 4 children since 1996 and have been very pleased with this organization.

Review from CharityNavigator

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have sponsored a child with this organization since the early 1970s and have also been to Africa to meet the children I now sponsor with them. I also donate to a Child Survival Program through Compassion in Haiti as well as one in Africa. Having seen first hand the differences this organization makes in the lives of children, their families and communities, and over the years seeing the integrity of this organization financially,walking out their mission statement, I continually recommend them to any and everyone!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Compassion as a sponsor for 7 years, and recently began work as a volunteer. Compassion is really an impressive organization. It is very focused on its service role, and works hard to serve children around the world. Everything I have seen suggests a very well-run and committed organization.

Review from CharityNavigator

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have sponsored children through Compassion since 2009, and we could not be happier. We had the opportunity to go meet one of the kids, and see for ourselves how Compassion children development programs work. Wonderful!!!! We are thrilled to be part of something bigger than ourselves. An organization that not only releases children from poverty, but, most importantly leads them to the only one who can release them from eternal death: Jesus Christ.

Review from CharityNavigator

1 Jeff31

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have sponsored children through Compassion International since I was in my mid-twenties. I am 50 yrs. old now. I believe that this organization does what they say they will do. Help deliver children from poverty in Jesus' name. The children and I have established relationships through the letters we exchange. I know that my financial support is making a difference in that child by his/her receiving medical care, nutrition, education, and, most importantly, an opportunity to hear about how to have a relationship with Jesus. I feel such support for the work that they do that I decided to become an Advocate, or volunteer who will tell others about Compassion. The support and friendships my wife and I have made through the Advocate Network is so rewarding. I am very thankful that Compassion exists to allow me to use my passion to help the poor.

3 Crystal Kupper

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My parents have sponsored several children through Compassion since I was a small child. As soon as I left home and got a job, I began sponsoring as well and fell even more in love with this fantastic organization. Our money truly does go to an amazing cause -- one child! We have developed lasting relationships with our sponsored children and plan on acquiring more as our finances allow. We cannot say enough good about Compassion!

Review from CharityNavigator

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We’ve been sponsoring children through Compassion International for approximately eight years, and they have far exceeded our expectations. For decades, this organization has been working to fulfill the spiritual, physical, economic, social…needs of children in many countries throughout the world. By utilizing the local church in these countries, they serve over one million children, along with their family members. By using a holistic approach to stopping poverty, they become more than an aid organization that focuses mainly on the physical needs of a person. Compassion works with children throughout their life, providing them with structure and opportunity that is necessary to break the hopeless cycle of poverty, allowing them to have the tools necessary to succeed throughout their lifetime.

My wife and I are blessed to be child sponsors, and to be a part of so many families. Depending on the child and the country they live in, we are called father/mother, aunt/uncle, godfather/godmother, or friend, and we love it. Knowing that our relatively small contribution in their lives (i.e. prayer, letter writing, money, etc.) can have such a tremendous impact is unbelievable. A week doesn’t go by when we don’t hear from one of our children. They write to tell us about their successes, their struggles, their sickness, their fears, their hopes, dreams, desires, goals...the weather. Being a part of so many lives is simply awesome.

Throughout the past eight years, we have visited Compassion International’s headquarters in Colorado Springs, CO. many times to see their operations and ask questions (everyone is welcome during the week when they give tours), and we’ve call them many times with additional questions. We also have friends who are former employees and current child sponsors with Compassion, and they love it. We’ve traveled to Haiti to meet one of our children, which Compassion graciously assisted us with, and after doing all this research, we have concluded that they are doing a great job at fulfilling their mission and working to expand so they can continue to serve more and more children. They are the blue ribbon winner in my book, and I look forward to being a part of this organization for the rest of my life. Please visit www.compassion.com , and learn how you can start the amazing journey my wife and I started so many years ago. Thank you.