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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 more than 200,000 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

226 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I feel good contributing to such a well run organization with 100% volunteer management serving many students in our community.

2 Max L.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been informed that at least 88% of my donation reaches my child. I think that is phenomenal when considering other charities. Operating expenses are expensive and I see this as a good sign.
I am supporting two children and receive letters periodically,so I know 5hey are real.
Get on board and save a life.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

It’s too big and “corporate” nowadays. There’s so much convulsion about finding information about your sponsored child’s family, school and what not. The staff are hit and miss. Sometimes they actually pretend to care and other times you can just tell that your an inconvenience to them. I suggest doing a lot of research into executive salaries. At one point they were paying a former president’s salary for doing nothing. What kind of person would be okay with taking over half a million dollars from a children’s fund while doing nothing? What kind of board of directors would allow this? Imagine the lives that could be changed by paying field staff with that money. It would be interesting to see what else this company does with the money not used to aid the children...

1

Donor

Rating: 1

They do some good things but overall your money can go further with a smaller, local charity. I get that fundraising goals need to be met but instead of sending flyers to my house asking me for more money, just spend that money on the kids. This organization used to spend like 90% of its proceeds to the kiddos but now it’s dipping. The only reason I support this place is because I think I owe it to my sponsored child. The staff give you this idea that you’ve basically adopted the kid and when you ask about cancelling the sponsor deal you are guilted into staying. It’s a good form of emotional blackmail for sure. They keep these kids dependent on us, why not use them for their marketing tactics? That seems to be the line of thinking with all of their mailings. Just stop marketing and spend that money on the kids. If I hear about that girl and her swimming journey one more time, I’m gonna lose it. It’s great that she’s supporting a good cause but my donation shouldn’t be used to promote her ambitions. One more thing, when a kid becomes pregnant do a better job of informing the sponsor. I shouldn’t hear about it after the child’s child is 3 months old. Please refocus your (the donor’s) money on the kids - not on marketing swimmers or British royalty.

Donor

Rating: 1

I wish I could say I love this charity because their cause is a noble one. However, after dealing with continued marketing pleas for more money it’s clear what they are about. Somehow they can set up all these “wonderful” pie in-the-sky programs but they can’t tell me what my child is doing in school. They only send you pictures a few times a year and won’t let you request more. I’ve donated thousands of dollars to this place and can’t get an extra picture for my office? Really? I wonder how many of these “community schools” that they always ask money for even exist. It would be nice if donor money wasn’t spent on employee salaries or severance. Do yourself a favor instead of adopting a kid here, sponsor one at a local hospital or orphanage. That way you can visit with your kid without being accused of being a bad person. The level of paranoia around child contact is astounding. Newsflash - not everyone has bad intentions. We just want to know that our kids are doing well and receiving the money we send. This may sound crazy to CI managers but sponsors are entitled to that!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

If you want to donate to a charity that will spend your money outsourcing everything, CI is for. They love to market themselves and be on the news. Not even 90% of donation money goes to the cause. No wonder they haven’t fixed poverty yet. They spend time and resources on marketing to make their executives feel good about themselves.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have sponsored four different children in the Philippines in the past decade or so. Two are now adults, and I'm currently sponsoring two more. I love this nonprofit because it's clear that the money donated goes largely to help these children in many ways. In addition, I truly admire this nonprofit for addressing child poverty in different parts of the world, not just one or two. Children International is definitely a nonprofit worth investing in.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a charity that I am very proud to support every month. I get stories about, and directly from, the child that I am helping. It has been very rewarding to get occasional notes and pictures from the child that I have been supporting. I am proud of the growth she has made over the years, and glad that I was able to assist her in doing so.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I had an incredible experience with Children International. From the time I was originally recruited on the streets of NY, through the end. CI did everything to make me feel connected with the child I sponsored, Isai. I cannot recommend this program any higher.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been with CI since 2006. I sponsored my first child Mylan when she was 11. I sponsored her until she was 18 and was no longer in the program. During those 7 years I watched her grow into a beautiful young lady. My donations allowed her to go to school all the way through grade 12. She attended many programs offered to her through CI. These programs helped her with social and business skills. By the time she left the program she had the tools she needed to go out and make a difference in her life and for her family. Mylan’s father is a farmer. In 2012 their town was hit by a hurricane. Mylan’s home survived but the farm was destroyed. The family lost their main source of income and were basically counting on the monthly donation to survive. Mylan and her brothers spent their summer break helping restore the farm. It took several years for the farm to get back to where it was. During those rough years my sponsorship ended. CI knows how to stretch a dollar and they turned my small donation into enough food and supplies to keep the family going. I knew how much the family counted on those donations so I contacted CI and asked if I could sponsor Mylan’s brother Manny. Manny wasn’t part of the sponsorship program. CI enrolled him in the program so I was able to continue supporting the family. I began sponsoring Manny in 2014 when he was 11. Manny is thriving in school. Languages, science and math are his favorite subjects. He loves being involved with CI. He goes to the center and participates in many of the programs they offer. He said he really enjoys meeting kids from different towns. CI is giving him opportunities his family wouldn’t have been able to. Besides programs that will help him improve his life, they offer him the opportunity to get involved in sports. He enjoys playing basketball and soccer. Manny has 2 years left in the program. He is the youngest of his family so CI’s help for the family will end. I’m not worried at all on how the family will get by. Mylan and Manny have the tools they need, thanks to CI, to improve the quality of life for the family and be productive citizens of the world.

In 2016 I was able to sponsor a second child. Dianna was 13 at the time and she is one amazing young lady. In 2018 her father passed away. He was the main breadwinner for the family 6. Dianna deeply grieved the loss of her father. I lost my father the same year so we were able to share what we were going through. Dianna’s mom got a job in the fast food industry. She works hard to provide for Dianna and her three younger brothers. To relieve the pressure her mom was under Dianna took over the household duties. She does the housework and runs errands. I sent a special donation to help the family. I received a photo of Dianna and all the things she used the money for. Besides getting food supplies for her family, Dianna bought a washing machine so she could help her mom by doing the laundry. I know her mom is proud of her. So am I. Dianna has started helping her aunt sell her products so she can earn extra money to help her family. She has taken on a lot of responsibilities to help her mom. She doesn’t let that interfere with her education. She received several awards in her junior year of high school. She also passed the examines for accounting and business management. She is able to complete her senior year at her dream school. She was elected to be an officer of her community. Over the summer she attended training classes on how to be a good leader. There is no stopping her. She is determined to create a good life for her and her family. My sponsorship with her will end in 2 years. I’m excited to see what she will accomplish in that time. CI is the reason Dianna will achieve her goals. CI is the reason her family is able to get through the tough times.

I am so glad to be a part of CI. Sponsoring my kids has changed my life. It opened my eyes to the poverty in the world. All three of my kids have amazed me with what they can archive in the conditions they live in. When my sponsorships end with Manny and Dianna my hope is to be able to sponsor Dianna’s littlest brother and one other child. After seeing all the good CI has done for the kids I have to be a part of it. They really do make a difference.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm in my fifth year of sponsorship with Children International and it has been a life-changing experience. As a sponsor, I receive two letters a year from each of my sponsored children (more if I write them, which I do several times a year) and I have the opportunity to send them donations called "Extra Gifts" to allow their families to purchase things they otherwise couldn't afford and to help support the children's education. Their customer service team is simply the best and always ready to answer questions or to help resolve any issues or concerns!

Previous Stories
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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been sponsoring several children with CI for almost a year now. Their "Care Team" always answer my questions and so far they have been a pleasure to deal with. To date, I have received updates about the children's living conditions, new yearly photos, educational reports (which I requested) as well as several letters from each child. I have also sent a few "Extra Gifts" (donations that go directly to my sponsored children and their families), which they can use to buy the things they need) and received a report telling me how the family used the money (with photos) as well as a letter from the child expressing their thanks. I plan to stay with CI for a long time to come. Also, to anyone who wonders how their sponsorship money is used - it's all on their website. Click on "About Sponsorship" at the top of the page and then "Benefits of Sponsorship" to learn what the children get and/or "Where Your Donation Goes" to learn how the money you donate is handled.

2 Angela Mackey H.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have sponsored 5 children over 11 years of being a donor. Children International is a fantastic organization! They have excellent customer service! I am so happy that I have been able to bless so many children!

2 Diane L.8

Donor

Rating: 5

I have sponsored 2 children, from start to aging out of the program. I have found they use funds appropriately. When I did special donations, they sent a list and photos of items my child choose. This made me feel secure about doing extra donations. They never pressure you for more. Great Charity!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I really like the idea behind Children International, "Break the Cycle". It is not enough to just give food and other daily necessities to those who are not able to support themselves due to a lack of resources. I like the idea of helping the families and also giving them an education and training so that the next generation is better off than the current generation. The staff at CI is very helpful and are very concerned for their clients, the children that CI supports. The CI staff with whom we work always go a step further, making you feel more comfortable that your donations and efforts will be used efficiently. In the current climate, nonprofit organizations such as Children International are essential.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

CI has been a great way for me to feel connected to my sponsored kids. Sometimes I feel closer to them than I do my niece and nephews! Every time I call the care team or my representative Alex the help I receive is always delivered with kindness and compassion. Sometimes information takes a little while to be relayed to me but I suppose that comes with the territory of dealing with a global organization. I don't have a lot to give, but what I do I feel completely confident giving it to this organization. Keep up doing the great things you do!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Children International is a an excellent and well run nonprofit organization. They work hard to keep me updated about my sponsored child and I really my money is put to good use with them. I recommend Children International to anyone looking to donate to a worthy cause.

1 Anne D.4

Donor

Rating: 5

We started to sponsor a beautiful child from Columbia, she was just 2-3 years old when we
she was assigned to us, her name is Damaris and it is now 15 years later and she just graduated the CI program.
I cannot begin to explain the fantastic journey that we were able to experience with her as she grew older. From to 2 to 17 what a blessing it was to know and help her along the way.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been sponsoring a child for two years now. My family and I just had an amazing trip to the Dominican Republic to meet him. What a joy to get to hug him. That makes sponsorship even more special to make that connection. There is so much need around the world, I hope more people help by sponsoring.

2 Giovanni S.

Donor

Rating: 5

It's wonderful to help a child in need, and children International makes it possible

4

Donor

Rating: 5

El proceso de apadrinamiento de un niño mediante la ONG Children International resulta muy sencillo a través de su página web. Tras unos minutos, el registro queda completado y comienza una experiencia que cambia la vida de cualquiera: es muy gratificante recibir frecuentemente información acerca del estado de salud del apadrinado, sobre la evolución de su educación y su formación y de otros aspectos relacionados con su vida diaria: programas sociales, vivienda, campañas de salud e higiene bucodental y un largo etéctera. Los niños se esmeran en enviar cartas y dibujos a su apadrinado, en las que se puede apreciar cómo su letra va cambiando y sus trazos se hacen cada vez más firmes. Children Internacional se pone rápidamente en contacto con usted ante eventuales problemas y ofrece otra serie de servicios, tales como programas de visita a los niños, información acerca del país del apadrinado... Children Internacional ha cambiado mi vida.