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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Relief

Mission: Children International is a nonprofit worldwide humanitarian organization serving needy children and their families since 1936. Our mission is to help children living in dire poverty. This is accomplished through the generosity of our contributors by providing children with program benefits and services that meet basic needs, enhance their self-esteem and raise their physical and educational levels in a meaningful, lasting way. Our goal is that each child will grow into a healthy, educated and self-reliant adult.

Results: We currently aid more than 340,000 children and their families in 11 countries, including the United States.

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Community Stories

183 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I sponsored a young boy with Children international for 9 years, he seemed always to be moving in a positive direction and it was easy to work with Children Int. they provided options for me to communicate via online with my sponsor kid and write letters and even visit if I had had the capability to

Review from CharityNavigator

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have long been supporting children through your network. Back in Germany we supported 3 children for 5 years but then had personal issues to deal with and had to stop the support. We're very happy that our support helps children in need, especially since we were unable to have children of our own. We look forward to hearing from our sponsored child and how he's making progress. Children International is a wonderful organization and does great work. Thank you for all you do!

Review from CharityNavigator

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been with Children International for over 15 years, starting with 2 sisters (now graduated as the youngest turned 18 in January), and now with 3 children together with my husband. They have been an honorable organization, and I have felt that the donations went to the children and their needs. The need in the world is so great, and it is has been such a positive experience to try to help. This is a wonderful organization, helping so much in the world. There is excellent accountability, and I have always felt that the organization is up front on all issues.

Toria G.

Donor

Rating: 5

Children International is an A-rated non-profit. My experience with them was positive. I got a lot of snail mail from them, but it was always a pleasure to receive! I got handwritten letters, drawings, and photos of my sponsor child. I also had the opportunity to write back to her and Children International made it easy to either send a written letter and include photos or to simply compose it over email.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love Children International. I started back in 2011 with my fist Sponsor Child. Each Child is unique. The Staff is great every where. Many of my Sponsor children have graduated out of the System, but I keep taking new once. It is very sad for me when they Graduate out of the System. It is so rewarding to be able to help each Child. I love getting their Letters. I sent my sponsor Children letters and pictures, so they get to know my family .We have visited my Children in Little Rock and the Philippines multiple times. We love helping them in any way we can. My favorite time is when we go out for lunch with them and then shopping for their School clothes and anything else they might need. I love spoiling them a little with things that they normally can not buy. I also love doing some fun things with them, like going to a zoo, seeing a waterfall, Playing in an arcade and doing Karaoke. The smiles and hugs are the best reward. My Best experience was watching 3 of my Sponsor Kids Graduate from High school in Little Rock. It was so awesome to watch each of them walk across that stage to except their Diplomas and take pictures with them after wards. That is something I will always remember. I have their Graduating Pictures on my wall . I also keep a picture of each of the Children that Graduated out of the System and all the once I still sponsor in my office ,where I can always look at them. I'm keeping each letter and all the pictures from each child, so I can go back and read them again. Thank you Children International for your kindness all your help.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We were with Children International as donors for almost 10 years until our child graduated. Our experience with this organisation has been positive. We had regular communication with our sponsored child, annual pictures, and the updated website was wonderful for writing letters and reviewing information about our child. My only slight criticism is that they do send a number of letters throughout the year asking for funds for other things with a hint of a manipulative begging tone which I didn't love, but that didn't affect our sponsorship so it wasn't really a big deal. All in all, I would recommend this organisation as they are easy to work with and are making a difference in this broken world.

Donor

Rating: 2

I sponsor 2 children through CI. One in South America, the other in Africa. I was recently going through the financial reports that are available online, especially the Tax Returns from 2016. I was shocked to find out that the former president /CEO of CI is still collecting compensation of over $770,000 dollars, just for being retired from CI. There is something very wrong with how a retired person from CI gets paid more than the President of the United States for doing nothing. I am a public school teacher, and when I retire I will not be compensated twice of what I currently earn. After finding these details from the Federal Tax Returns of Children International, once the 2 children that I have been sponsoring since they were very young, turn 18, and CI tries to entice me with 2 more children, I will simply let them know that I am changing to another charity that is more honestly transparent in how they spend the donors' earned money. The more I read about Children International, the more I am finding that this organization does not seem very transparent to their donors with regard to all the high paid "officers" from all the donations. I also give extra money for their birthdays, Easter, and December holiday. From what they "receive", what CI charges me, it does not truly add up. I end up giving more, than what the children receive.

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dhetler 09/13/2017

Salaries are carefully reviewed by CI’s Board of Directors. Our volunteer Directors annually review the organization’s salary structure, including the total compensation levels of the CEO and other staff. Former CEO James R. Cook served the organization for 27 years. His compensation for FY 2016 includes a partial year’s salary and a one-time lump sum payment representing a discounted buyout of the remainder of his employment agreement. Children International’s Compensation Committee retained impartial legal counsel and a compensation consultant to advise on the reasonableness of the discounted buyout. Children International is proud of our high level of donor accountability and careful use of donor funds. Please be assured that our Board of Directors, as well as our executives and staff, take every concern about salaries and other internal expenditures very seriously. Questions regarding salaries are answered promptly and transparently. Children International

Review from Guidestar

Joseph B.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Children International consistently communicates with donors including letters from sponsored children, regular updates on impact of contributions, and general context and work being done within a country or region by Children International. Always responsive to voice or email queries. Very professional staff and home page for access to prior letters, donation history, and other useful content.

Review from CharityNavigator

Laura A.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I am grateful to have the opportunity to contribute to change a child's life through this wonderful organization!!!

Myriam F.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is the best way to help a child's education anywhere in the world, the results are very good, it's nice to see the child grow and see the results of your contribution

Donor

Rating: 5

Been a sponsor since 2009. I was skeptical about these orgs but liked giving to a charity where I was able to connect more with who I am helping. I was charmed by the photos and simple letters I've received over the years. I've realized how lucky I've been to be part of this. My first child had to drop out of the program, but the next child I sponsored until her graduation. My current child is 13 and I love getting her letters and seeing her progress. I trust this org and there's just something about the one-to-one connection that is magical.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've sponsored a child with Children International since 2014, and it's been a heart-warming experience. I sponsored an older child (now 14), because my father was raised in poverty and always appreciated getting Christmas gifts from a charity when he was a teen. As I've written my child, I've learned about several interests that we share. I always feel like she's blessing me when I'm meant to be a blessing to her, as she's so positive, joyful and grateful. I'm glad she's getting all the support she needs with education (she wants to be a cop when she grows up to help people!) and medical needs so she can stay healthy. Her family gets by on very little money, so every bit helps. I was able to buy her a bicycle through Children International. I LOVE my bicycle and it was a treat to give her that same opportunity. It made my day when I received a photo of her with her new bicycle! Great organization, great experience.

Antonio H.

Donor

Rating: 5

I once bragged about how wonderful CI is and I absolutely stand by that! I have since started sponsoring my original child's sister as well as continuing my sponsorship of the 8 year old girl on Colombia. The staff is always so polite and helpful! I feel so much better about life knowing that I am doing something to help someone else, something positive and beautiful. I wish the girls the very best and will do all that I can while I am sponsoring them!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been quite happy in the short time that I've been sponsoring with Children International. I've received two letters from my sponsored child in DR. And the staff always seems willing to help me out if I have any questions. Though that's rare, they always come through. I've been encouraged to visit the child and I've been made aware of ways to look up the work they're doing by either requesting information directly from them, going to this website and others including BBB.org

Donor

Rating: 5

I became a sponsor to a young girl named Katherine when my aunt became ill and passed away. It was one of my aunt's final wishes that I continue her sponsorship of Katherine because she believed so strongly in the work of Children International. I was honored to continue the sponsorship for 10 years and see Katherine grow from a young girl into a young woman. Children International does an outstanding job of making a true connection between sponsors and the children they serve.

Donor

Rating: 5

Me siento muy feliz de poder ayudar a los niƱos que tengo apadrinados para que puedan estudiar y seguir adelante con sus metas. Es un verdadero honor poder compartir con ellos! Margherita C. de Romero

Donor

Rating: 5

Me siento muy feliz contribuyendo para la educacion y preparacion para el futuro de los ninos.
Dios ilumino mi mente para utilizar mi generosidad con ellos.Invito a todas las personas
que se unan a nosotros para luchar a sacar adelante a estos ninos que son el futuro de nuestra
sociedad.
Gracias Children International por la magnifica labor que estan llevando a cabo.
Que Dios siempre los bendiga.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have been sponsoring children thru Children International for 17 years. We have had the pleasure of watching a number of kids grow and graduate from the program. Children International does a wonderful job of keeping you informed about your sponsored child, as well as keeping you connected with them thru letters to and from them. They are also very easy to contact with any questions or concerns and prompt in replying. It's very rewarding to know that you are able to help disadvantaged children in the world, and their families, have the necessities that they wouldn't have had otherwise. It's also wonderful that you can provide a better future for them. We highly recommend Children International as a stellar charitable organization to consider if you are thinking of sponsoring a child in need.
Vecchi and Peter Talarico

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Donor

Rating: 5

Estoy muy orgullosa de ser una sponsored por mas de 14 anios con el mismo ninio y ver el progreso de el por las fotos que children international me ha proporcionado pienso que esta organizacion es lo maximo! una experiencia maravillosa por medio de esta organizacion podemos hacer la diferencia para cambiar vidas Loved it.

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Donor

Rating: 5

YO FELIZMENTE APADRINO A 4 HERMOSOS NI;OS, ME ENCANTA RECIBIR SUS CARTAS, ES ALGO QUE ME ESTUSIASMA TANTO CUANDO VEO QUE TENGO ALGUNA DE ELLOS. ME GUSTA PLATICARLES SOBRE MI Y QUE ME PLATIQUEN SOBRE ELLOS, NOS MOTIVAMOS MUTUAMENTE SOBRE ALGO QUE ESTEMOS HACIENDO Y NOS PLATICAMOS SOBRE LO QUE NOS GUSTA HACER, YO TENGO EN ESTE PROGRAMA SOLO ALGUNOS A;OS PERO ESTOY FELIZ DE QUE DIOS ME DE LA OPORTUNIDAD DE AYUDARLOS Y DE CONVIVIR CON ELLOS AUNQUE SEA POR MEDIOS ELECTRONICOS. ESPERO QUE MUCHAS MAS PERSONAS SE ANIMEN A AYUDAR A TANTO NI;O QUE REQUIERE DE NOSOTROS. QUE DIOS LOS BENDIGA A TODOS.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been sponsoring with Children International since 1989. I currently sponsor two girls, one in Zambia and one in the Dominican Republic. I can't say enough good things about how this organization has enriched my life by providing some basic necessities to these children. The CI staff is absolutely amazing. In my 27 years as sponsorship, I've received two personal visits from the staff when they were working in the area I live in, just to thank me for my support.