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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Relief

Mission: Children International is a leader in the movement to eradicate poverty. From toddler to young adulthood, we surround kids with a caring team, a safe place and a clear path out of poverty through programs focused on health, education, empowerment and employment. Our supporters are inspired as they see children radically change their lives and create a ripple effect that impacts their families and communities for generations to come.

Results: We currently serve 250,000 children in 10 countries, including the United States.

Geographic areas served: Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Mexico, Philippines, United States and Zambia

Programs: Our programs are focused on four key areas – health, education, empowerment and employment.

Community Stories

195 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Have sponsored a couple of CI kids for about 10 years. Their programs are great at not just meeting immediate needs of the children but really preparing them for a successful future in terms of skill building and personal development. This really changes the trajectory for these kids lives. We support several other charities but CI is our top nonprofit to support.

Donor

Rating: 5

Children International always does a great job of communicating with donors and doing it in a caring, classy way. You get details about the children you are serving without feeling that you are invading the family's private life. This organization is top notch in every way. They are passionate about helping children and it shows. So glad to be able to serve through them!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a sponsor for Children International for the last 10 years. It is a wonderful feeling to know you are making a difference by giving just a little bit each month. Receiving the pictures and letters from your sponsored child and watching them grow is amazing.

Sponsorship is one small way we can make a difference in the world without putting in too much effort and Children International is a great non-profit to work with.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization, great program. Enjoy the ability to see how my gift is used thru that one-to-one sponsorship connection.

Donor

Rating: 5

It is such a wonderful feeling knowing that I am helping to provide a few necessities for 2 children with needs. I have so much in life and I want these children to have just a small portion of the same.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GRACIAS CHILDREN INTERNACIONAL, MI NOMBRE ES LILIANA SOY DE ECUADOR DE LA CIUDAD DE QUITO DONDE GRACIAS A SU MAGNIFICA OBRA PUEDE SER UNA PROFESIONAL. NUNCA PUDE CONOCER A MIS PADRINOS O PATROCINADORES COMO LOS LLAMABAMOS EN ESE TIEMPO PERO DE LO QUE SI ESTOY MUY AGRADECIDA ES DE TODA SU MARAVILLOSA AYUDA QUE ME DIERON. FUERON MI APOYO DESDE QUE TENIA 8 AÑOS HASTA CUANDO TUVE 21 AÑOS DE EDAD.
AHORA TENGO 35 AÑOS SOY UNA PROFESIONAL, TENGO UNA FAMILIA Y UN TRABAJO Y LE AGRADEZCO MUCHISIMO A DIOS POR LA GRAN AYUDA DE MIS PADRINOS.
AL ESCRIBIR ESTAS LINEAS RECUERDO CUANDO ESCRIBI LAS CARTITAS Y HACIA UN LINDO DIBUJO PARA QUE SE LOS ENVIEN CON TODO MI CARIÑO.
"LINDOS RECUERDOS" GRACIAS A USTEDES MI INFANCIA FUE DIFERENTE Y HERMOSA

Donor

Rating: 5

My sponsorship with Children Inernational has been a truly amazing experience. I'm crying as I write this because I've been a sponsor for almost 3 years and have to cancel as I am in graduate school now and can no longer afford to sponsor. As soon as I graduate my program, I will immediately volunteer to sponsor again. My partner and I were approached by someone from CI on our first day visiting Denver, CO from another state. I listened to his pitch, and gave him a bit of a hard time as I'm a school teacher and initially felt that I was already doing enough for children. He was very professional and understanding, and eventually won me over. We signed up right then and there. CI makes it so easy and fun to stay connected with your child. I look forward to the photos and updates about her life, but most especially to the letters. We loved learning from our child about her life, her family, and her community. My partner and I would read her letters together, then sit down and talk about what we wanted to write back to her. I would highly recommend sponsorship to anyone who is considering it. It makes such a difference, in your life and theirs.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love how they connect you to the child you are sponsoring. I will come back as a donor again once i am settled in my new life. I recommend this agency for all the good it does.

2 Nick T.2

Donor

Rating: 5

Great experience helping someone suffering from poverty - get hand written letters from sponsored child & the ability to visit your child if one wants to.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Children's International is a great organization for connecting Sponsors with children from all over the World ,who need love, support, and encouragement. This organization is filling a niche that is unique and cannot be met by the governments where it operates. I am happy to be the proud sponsor of two lovely children. My dream is for them to live their dreams.
Thank You Children International for helping my dream enable future dreams to become true.

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Donor

Rating: 5

They care about their children but also about their Sponsors.

3 Dadi G.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor for many children for 20+ years through Children International. I think that speaks for itself. I have continued like this due to my trust in their operations, as verified with outside auditors and the communication I get personally.

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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

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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!

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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.

1 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.

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.

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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.

Comments ( 1 )

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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.