September 5, 2011
I have been sponsoring a child through Children International since 2004. It appears the child is receiving benefits and services and the photos that I receive each year are showing a child that looks healthy. Letters and pictures are received-there is some personal info in the letters but some of the content is like a form letter-I have no reason to believe that the letters are not authentic. It appears that the services and the child are real, and there is benefit being received by my sponsored child. I do share the concern of some reviewers about the CEO's very high salary. They do spend 80% of revenues on programs, but even so, $400K+ a year is exorbitant for a nonprofit executive. I think $100K would be more appropriate. I would ask that the CEO take an immediate pay cut, and ask other highly paid managers to do the same, and put the money saved into the children's programs. A CEO is largely a figurehead anyway. You have to have a CEO of some sort to be accountable but no reason they can't find one that is cheaper, if this guy won't take a pay cut. So I hesitate to sponsor any more kids, until this is resolved. I will keep supporting mine until she ages out (she is 15 now so 3 more years)-I owe that to the child at least.
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sponsoring a child and receiving letters and photos of the child.
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Lower the executive salaries, cut back on fundraising costs.
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A legit charity that helps kids who are poor, but pays their CEO too much.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Donor & sponsored a poor child in Ecuador since 2004, @ $22 a month sponsor cost. .
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