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Briola C.

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Review for ChildFund International, Richmond, VA, USA

Rating: 1 stars  

I have been sponsoring ChildFund (was Christian Children's Fund) since 1989 and was very happy with the organization until a few years ago when I started receiving marketing materials from the organization. Fundraising by sending all donors materials printed on expensive paper does not help the children, nor do overpriced gifts offered through ChildFund for children make any sense to me. Also, all this printed material really harms our environment! Last week, I received a call from the organization asking me to increase my sponsorship dollars, and when I said I wasn't able to at this time, the person hung up. I do have to say that throughout the 24 years as a sponsor, I have been very happy corresponding with all the children, however I am waiting for my present sponsored children (both 11 year olds) to reach 18 before I switch to another organization.

I do want to thank the older organization for giving me the opportunity to make a difference to some very wonderful children.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Donor

Thank you for your 24 years of generous assistance to children in ChildFund’s care. You have our heartfelt gratitude for your support as a sponsor. We sincerely apologize for the recent unsatisfactory experience you described with the representative contacting you on our behalf. Please know that we take this complaint seriously and we are addressing it with the appropriate parties. It would be helpful to have additional information from you, and we would greatly appreciate your time to send an email to Questions@ChildFund.org with your full name and sponsor ID number so that we can follow up effectively. We also appreciate your feedback regarding the mailings you have been receiving. We are also reviewing our materials to determine steps we can take to reduce environmental impact. Please know that when you contact our Sponsor Care team, you can also request an adjustment in the number of mailings you receive. The needs of children worldwide are increasing daily, so we are continually challenged to make every effort to obtain support for the children in our care. ChildFund places a high emphasis on stewardship and accountability. Last year, we devoted 82% of revenues to program services for children; 11 percent was used for fundraising so that we can reach more supporters and 7% went to management and general operations. Thank you again for your time to share your perspectives. We appreciate the feedback and pledge to work harder to restore your trust.