August 17, 2011
I have been sponsoring with Children's International for over 3 years and I support several children. I have been very pleased with the staff response to questions or to problems. I receive regular yearly updates in a timely fashion, as well as regular letters above and beyond the child required letters. I have developed an excellent relationship with the children. I have contributed to the special hugs and birthdays which go to a general fund that allows all children in the program to receive a gift ( someone mentioned if you calculate it doesnt add up- did you consider the cost of purchase, shipping to the country if not readily available, as well as transport to the actual centers and then to pay staff to handle the distributions, notifications so that all thechildren show up for the distribution) The other issue is this, the children receive regular check ups but CI also pays for emergency medical care, medications, will treat the entire family if it is a contagious disease such as tuberculosis. I was very pleased with the use of special needs gifts taht were given to my sponsored children in assorted countries. I got lovely pictures and it was obvious that the money was stretched to help the family to the max. Yes, the CEO makes a lot, but he is no where near being in the top 25 highest paid charity CEO's, he receives a moderate salary for a CEO. I am an average worker making $32,000 a year, but I understand that he is growing the charity which is the same as a company, it can not continue to help children if it does not grow and is not productive, you can not do that with a worker making barely above the poverty level in this country. I also suspect that he regularly puts in more than 40 hours a week. I think that we all need to step back and evaluate if we are jealous or if we think he is doing a poor job. I believe he is growing the company. If i want to donate for an extra campaign I do, if i do not want to, then i thrown the request into the recycle bin. I believe in this charity. I have sponsored with it off and on for the last 25 years. I will sponsor a child through them as long as I have the ability to due so.. i have always supported three of the charities that are on the top 25 highest paid ceo's and some have far worse than 3 stars.. i will reconsider before assisting some of those again, as for CI i will continue to provide support, It is an excellent charity.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
receipt of letters, photos as well as regular yearly family reports and special needs reports, education reports, and health reports.
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I would increase contact with the children. We are limited to one letter a month and pictures once a year unless we send a direct package or a special needs gift.
Donor & Sponsor 4 children.
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